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Medical Marijuana Specialist

Michael P. Gentile, MD -  - Board Certified Psychiatrist

Wyckoff Wellness Center

Michael P. Gentile, MD

Board Certified Psychiatrist located in Wyckoff, NJ

Medical marijuana is now legal in many states, and patients are taking advantage of its many benefits. At Wyckoff Wellness Center in Wyckoff, New Jersey, experienced doctor Michael Gentile, MD, uses a unique approach to psychiatric treatment that may include medical marijuana. If you're interested in learning about the benefits, schedule an appointment today.

Medical Marijuana Q & A

What is medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana refers to cannabis and its associated compounds, which are used to treat specific afflictions. Dr. Gentile may choose a particular strain of cannabis for you, depending upon what he is treating.

There are many cannabinoids found in cannabis. Each of these compounds can have various impacts on your body and brain. 

THC is the most known cannabinoid, and it causes the high you feel when ingesting marijuana. CBD is another well-known cannabinoid that is increasingly being used to treat anxiety and other disorders. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive.

Is medical marijuana legal?

In New Jersey, medical marijuana is a legitimate way to treat certain qualifying conditions. These include anxiety, addiction, chronic pain, epilepsy, migraines, PTSD, Tourette's, and many more. 

Medical marijuana is not legal in every state, and each state has its restrictions and regulations about what conditions qualify for use. If you have questions about New Jersey's laws surrounding medical marijuana, get in touch with Wyckoff Wellness Center.

What conditions does medical marijuana treat?

Medical marijuana is used to treat many different conditions and disorders. It's been known to treat more severe conditions, like Crohn's disease, Alzheimer's, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis. 

It can also help with mental health conditions, such as anxiety and PTSD. It's also prescribed for cancer patients to relieve symptoms from chemotherapy.

Cannabinoids impact each body differently, so every patient may not have the same experience when taking medical marijuana. This notion is why different forms of the drug may be tried out and replaced as needed, as discussed with your doctor at Wyckoff Wellness Center.

How can I take medical marijuana?

There are a few ways to ingest medical marijuana. These include:

  • Eating (edibles)
  • Smoking
  • Vaping 
  • Applying it to your skin (oils or lotions)
  • Using it under the tongue (tincture)

Does medical marijuana have side effects?

People experience different reactions to medical cannabis. Common side effects include:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Dizziness or hallucinations
  • Bloodshot eyes and dry mouth

You may not experience these side effects, depending on your dose and the way you ingest medical marijuana. Speak to Dr. Gentile today, and he helps you find the plan that works best for you. Call or use the online tool to schedule an appointment.