Medical Marijuana

Thomas S. Ziering, MD, FAAFP

Morristown, NJ (formerly Bernardsville, NJ)

Did you know that New Jersey is home to more than 20,000 medical marijuana patients? If you’ve tried various prescription medications to ease uncomfortable symptoms, but want to try something more natural, consider medical marijuana. At his office in Morristown, New Jersey, Somerset, NJ, Monmouth County and Middlesex County, family practitioner Thomas S. Ziering, MD, and the team regularly prescribe medical marijuana and cannabidiol (CBD). To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.

Medical Marijuana Q & A

What is medical marijuana?

Marijuana, or cannabis, is a plant traditionally categorized as a recreational drug. Over the course of the last several decades, research has shown that using marijuana can also provide relief from the uncomfortable symptoms associated with a variety of health problems. It can also promote better sleep, appetite, and quality of life.

The marijuana plant contains more than 100 different compounds called cannabinoids. Two of the most well-known cannabinoids are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the chemical responsible for providing marijuana’s “high,” while CBD presents no intoxicating effects. 

When prescribed by a family medicine practitioner like Dr. Ziering, you can visit a dispensary and legally purchase marijuana or CBD for your own medical needs.

What conditions can medical marijuana treat?

Dr. Ziering regularly prescribes medical marijuana to manage uncomfortable symptoms associated with:

  • HIV
  • Chronic pain
  • Nausea
  • Muscle spasms
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Insomnia
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis

You might also benefit from medical marijuana if you’re struggling with addiction to opioids. Since medical marijuana became legal in New Jersey, death rates from opioid abuse have declined significantly.

How is medical marijuana administered?

Medical marijuana comes in a variety of forms including edibles, salves, and ointments. You can also consume it the traditional way, either through smoking or vaping. There are dozens of marijuana strains bred to address specific symptoms and side effects.

Dr. Ziering and the team can make recommendations that align with your individual needs, ensuring you receive the best possible outcome from treatment. They can also refer you to local dispensaries and answer any questions you have.

Am I a good candidate for medical marijuana?

Only a qualified medical provider can determine if you’re a good candidate for medical marijuana. During your initial consultation, Dr. Ziering conducts a physical and neurological exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your goals for treatment. He uses this information to develop a custom care plan. 

After Dr. Ziering writes a prescription and the state of New Jersey sends you a medical marijuana card in the mail. 

To learn more about medical marijuana, schedule an appointment at the practice of Thomas S. Ziering, MD. Call the office and speak with a staff member or book a consultation online today.