RETURNING PATIENTS: Please click here to make your appointment.
Step 1. Order the past two years of medical records for your debilitating medical condition and have them sent to our office. We do not need hundreds of pages of records. Quality is more important than quantify. The easiest way to arrange to have the records sent to us is complete this Medical Release Form and send it to your physician. They will forward the records directly to us and you will avoid having to pay for them.
Step 2: Complete the Intake Form
After you have completed Steps 1 and 2, please click here to make your appointment.
The EXCEPTION: if you are dying of a terminal illness please do not waste time getting your records. Just make an appointment and we will work with you to get the records.
Monday: Noon – 5 pm
Tuesday: 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday: 9 am – 3 pm
Thursday: 9 am – 3 pm
New Patients: $200.00
Returning Patients: $100.00
We are located at 41 Locust Street, Northampton, MA 01060.
Our office is across from Cooley Dickinson Hospital and next to Easthampton Savings Bank.
Here is a link for Directions to our office
I have Multiple Sclerosis. Do I automatically qualify? No. If you have been diagnosed but you are not debilitated by your MS, you would not qualify.
I have been using cannabis to treat the debilitating symptoms associated with my Multiple Sclerosis. Do I qualify? In this case, if you are debilitated by MS and you only use cannabis to treat it, you would likely qualify.
How much will the visit cost? The initial evaluation is $200.00. The annual renewal is $100.00. Visits in between are free of charge.
May I grow my own cannabis? At this point in time, yes. In the future (once dispensaries are open) the Department of Public Health will require anyone that can’t afford or can’t access a dispensary to apply for a hardship cultivation license.
I am under 18 years of age. Can I qualify for a medical marijuana card? Yes. First you must obtain your certification to use medical marijuana from a board certified pediatrician. After that, we will consult with your pediatrician and if we are in agreement, we can act as the second signatory. Pediatric patients require two certifying physicians and one must be board certified in pediatrics. Dr. Griffin is not a certified pediatrician.
How much cannabis am I allowed to possess as a Massachusetts Medical Marijuana patient? 10 ounces for a sixty day supply
Can you explain the different ways that cannabis can be consumed?
- Inhaled via smoking or a vaporize
- onset: about 5 – 10 minutes
- duration: about 2 hours
- Eaten (aka: “edible”)
- onset: 1 – 2 hours
- duration: around 6 – 8 hours
- Tincture (cannabis whose active ingredients have been extracted into grain alcohol or glycerin). Placed under the tongue and held in the mouth for as long as possible (up to a minute or longer) to allow direct absorption of the medicine through the mucous membranes of the mouth.
- onset: about 15 minutes
- duration: about 3 – 4 hours, sometimes longer
- onset: 5 – 15 minutes
- duration: 4 – 6 hours
- Topical (adding activated cannabis to salves, oils, ointments, DMSO,etc)
- Onset,Duration,and depth of penetration depend on the carrier as well as the concentration of cannabis
- Rubbed into the skin
The doctor recommend that I try a “high CBD strain”. What does that mean? Cannabis contains many different compounds. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most common cannabinoid in cannabis and it has been shown to treat anxiety, pain, insomnia and many other medical symptoms that in the past were attributed to THC. CBD does not make you high in the way that THC does. All strains of cannabis contain a combination of THC and CBD and when the dispensaries open in Massachusetts, each strain will be labeled with it’s THC and CBD percentage.
What are the risks of using cannabis?
- risk of federal prosecution
- risk of addiction
- it is reported that uapproximately 9% of people that use cannabis recreationally become addicted.
- We do not know the addiction rates for medicinal marijuana.
- risk of side effects such as anxiety, panic, altered motivation, temporary changes in short term memory, dry mouth, changes in sexual desires, euphoria, dysphoria, changes in heart rate and blood pressure, rash, chronic bronchitis in long term smokers, nausea, vomiting.
Can I overdose on cannabis? You can use too much of it and suffer an adverse reaction such as anxiety or paranoia, nausea and vomiting as well as extreme sedation but you will not die from the overdose. You may, however, feel miserable.
How addictive is cannabis compared to other commonly used drugs? Here is a list of commonly used drugs and their level of addictive potential (from most to least addictive)
How will I know if I am addicted to cannabis? The American Psychiatric Association has stopped using the term “addiction” and now refers to a “Cannabis Use Disorder”. They define a cannabis use disorder as: “A problematic pattern of cannabis use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by at least tow of the following, occurring within a 12 month period:
- Cannabis is often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period than was intended.
- There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control cannabis use.
- A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain cannabis, use cannabis,or recover from its effects.
- Craving, or a strong desire or urge to use cannabis.
- Recurrent cannabis use resulting in a failure to fulfill major role obligations at work,school or home.
- Continued cannabis use despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of cannabis.
- Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of cannabis use.
- Recurrent cannabis use in situations in which it is physically hazardous.
- Cannabis use is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by cannabis.
- Tolerance, as defined by either of the following:
- A need for markedly increased amounts of cannabis to achieve intoxication or desired effect2.
- Markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of cannabis
- Withdrawal,as manifested by either of the following:
- The characteristic withdrawal syndrome for cannabis.
- Cannabis (or a closely related substance) is taken to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms.
Source: Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria From DSM-5. American Psychiatric Publishing, Copyright 2013, American Psychiatric Association. Pages 241 – 242.
Jill Griffin, MD graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1992 and the Tufts University/Baystate Health Systems Residency in Emergency Medicine in 1995. She has been a physician in the Pioneer Valley for twenty years. She is a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society and has accumulated over 300 hours of continuing medical education in the area of cannabis and endocannabinoid medicine.
Northampton Medical Marijuana
41 Locust Street
Northampton, MA 01060