SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA’S ONLY MEDICAL MARIJUANA PHARMACY
In Louisiana, nine pharmacies were awarded a license from the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy to distribute and dispense medical marijuana to qualified patients. Medicis Pharmacy, located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, was awarded the license in the Southwest region which includes Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jefferson Davis parishes.
1727 Imperial Boulevard
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Medicis Pharmacy provides fulfillment of medical marijuana to those with treatable conditions.
Monday – Thursday: 9am-5pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
How to Become a Medical Marijuana Patient?
AS OF AUGUST 1ST, 2020, PHYSICIANS CAN NOW RECOMMEND MEDICAL CANNABIS FOR ANY CONDITION THAT THEY CONSIDER DEBILITATING TO THEIR PATIENT.
Finding a Recommending Physician
As of August 1st, 2020, any Louisiana licensed Medical Doctor in good standing with the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners may recommend Medical Cannabis to their patients.
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Interested in recommending Medical Marijuana to your patients?
If you are a doctor who would like to use medical marijuana as a treatment option for your patients, modifying your CDS permit to include Schedule 1 privileges with the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy is quick and easy. Click the button for more information:
What Conditions Are Treatable With Medical Marijuana in Louisiana?
As of August 1st, 2020, physicians can now recommend Medical Cannabis for any condition that they consider debilitating to their patient.
Are you eligible?
Examples of Debilitating Conditions
Louisiana law allows for any condition considered debilitating to an individual patient to be treated with medical marijuana. The list below shows common conditions that can often be effectively treated with medical marijuana. Click on each condition for additional information and links to scholarly articles. This list is not intended to be all inclusive.
Your body creates its own cannabis-like chemicals that affect various processes like inflammation and pain. Cannabis works well to treat chronic discomfort due to these natural cannabinoid receptors we all have within our bodies.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
There are four conditions or behaviors associated with autism spectrum disorder to be considered an eligible condition:
- repetitive or self-stimulatory behavior of such severity that the physical health of the person with autism is jeopardized;
- avoidance of others or inability to communicate of such severity that the physical health of the person with autism is jeopardized;
- self-injuring behavior; and
- physically aggressive or destructive behavior.
Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can help relieve pain and nausea, reduce inflammation, and can act as an antioxidant. Cannabidiol (CBD) can reduce anxiety and paranoia, and can counteract the “high” caused by THC.
Recent studies suggest that certain cannabinoids may slow growth and reduce spread of some forms of cancer.
In order to manage cachexia, patients need to increase their food intake by managing vomiting and nausea, and according to anecdotal and scientific and evidence, using medical cannabis is an effective and safe method to do this.
Not only can medical cannabis help with increasing appetite, it treats nausea, vomiting, depression and general malaise that is experienced with cachexia.
Some of the cannabis health benefits that address Crohn’s disease effects and symptoms include reducing inflammation through anti-inflammatory properties, providing pain relief through analgesic effects, lowering levels of anxiety, suppressing nausea and vomiting, and increasing appetite.
Many patients suffering from epilepsy and other seizure disorders have found great relief from medical marijuana, either taken on its own or in conjunction with other epilepsy medications. Some epileptics who cannot tolerate other anti-seizure medications have been able to use marijuana to successfully control their seizures.
Medical marijuana can lower intraocular pressure, stop inflammation, halt nausea or vomiting, and can relieve pain associated with glaucoma.
HIV / AIDS
Marijuana/cannabis for HIV/AIDS can eliminate nausea, vomiting and appetite loss associated with HIV/ADS treatment. This can allow you to stop losing weight while getting enough essential nutrients to support your body. Medical marijuana also targets the neuropathic pain you feel when undergoing drug therapy.
Recent research has shown that marijuana can inhibit the inflammation of the brain that is associated with HIV/AIDS, as it stops the virus from attaching to your cells. It’s also been proven that cannabis can inhibit the virus replicating within your body.
Medical marijuana effectively relieves extreme pain, which accompanies muscular dystrophy. In most cases, marijuana is a better solution for pain relief than opioids because it can be used long-term for chronic pain.
Medical cannabis is also effective at reducing the length and severity of muscle spasms and cramps. Patients with muscular dystrophy can get very painful muscle cramps.
Medical cannabis for multiple sclerosis has some specific effects that relate to the disease. Some of those effects include:
Anti-inflammatory: MS causes inflammation related to the myelin damage. That inflammation and resulting damage causes the physical symptoms felt by MS patients, including motor control issues, weakness and spasms. Marijuana has an anti-inflammatory property that may reduce immune response and inflammation.
Pain relief: Pain is often a symptom of MS. That pain can be debilitating. Cannabis helps relieve pain, which can benefit MS patients who suffer from discomfort.
Antispasmodic: Another effect of cannabis beneficial to MS patients is the ability to reduce the frequency and severity of muscle spasticity.
Antidepressant: MS patients suffering from depression may benefit from the antidepressant qualities of marijuana. Studies have shown that THC, CBD and CBC can help with depression.
Abdominal issues: Cannabis may help with symptoms in the abdominal area, including pain, constipation and incontinence.
Sleep disturbances: MS patients who deal with sleep issues may find help from cannabis.
Marijuana may be an excellent alternative or addition to the medication regime of someone suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. Medical marijuana offers a combination of anti-anxiety, antioxidant and pain relief all in one medication.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Medical marijuana activates the body’s cannabinoid receptors, providing incredible relief for a few of the most debilitating symptoms associated with the disorder, including:
Anxiety: One of the most common afflictions associated with PTSD is chronic anxiety. Cannabis with large amounts of CBD has been shown to reduce stress and fight anxious feelings. It also has mood enhancing abilities.
Nightmares: Nightmares are an intense side effect of post-traumatic stress disorder. Marijuana may have the ability to reduce REM sleep (rapid eye movement). This is the stage where the most vivid dreams occur. A decreased REM cycle may be effective at treating PTSD-related nightmares.
Insomnia: Due to the flashbacks, nightmares and anxiety that those with PTSD experience, many with the condition also have insomnia, and find it difficult to fall asleep. Even those who fall asleep are sometimes awoken by the intense nightmares caused by the disorder. THC has been shown to both reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep and improve the overall quality of sleep, both powerful incentives to those coping with insomnia.
Severe Muscle Spasms
Marijuana works by reducing inflammation, which causes muscle spasms. When medical cannabis is used, cannabinoid receptors in your ECS bind with THC and CBD, another cannabinoid. By binding to cannabinoid receptors, THC starts an anti-inflammatory response which prevents inflammation and muscle spasms.
Some sufferers of intractable skeletal muscular spasticity experience significant relief from their symptoms when using medical marijuana.
Many can experience relief from the following symptoms when treating with medical marijuana:
- Nausea, vomiting or gastrointestinal discomfort
- Sudden feelings of anxiety
- Uncontrollable bodily movements, jerking or spasms
Cannabis has anti-inflammatory and pain reduction properties that can help a patient during the recovery process after a seizure. Medical marijuana can also help to boost serotonin levels which foster better emotional health.
Medical marijuana is an effective appetite stimulant. It also treats the vomiting, nausea, depression and general malaise symptoms of wasting syndrome.
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What forms of Medical Marijuana are allowed in Louisiana?
Forms of Medical Marijuana
The acceptable forms of medical marijuana in Louisiana, approved by the legislature, are oils, extracts, tinctures, sprays, capsules, pills, solutions, suspension, gelatin-based chewables, lotions, transdermal patches, suppositories, and metered-dosed inhalation.
Available today are cannabis tinctures, which is the concentrated extract applied under the tongue via dropper, a distillate syringe (RSO) for oral administration and a topical cream that can be applied to the skin. Within the next 60-90 days it is anticipated that oral dissolving strips, gelatin-based chewables, and metered-dose inhalers will also be made available as application forms of Medical Cannabis.
As the medical marijuana program grows in Louisiana, we expect more dosage forms to become approved and/or available.
Medical cannabis tinctures are packaged in a 30 mL glass bottle with a dropper. Tincture dosages are easy to self-titrate and measure. Tinctures are easily absorbed by the liver, so the effects are felt more quickly than in pill or gelatin based chewable form. Because of this, tinctures represent an effective method of consumption for precise dosing.
Tinctures are administered either:
Orally: You place the instructed dosage into your mouth and swallow. You should start to feel the effects coming on between 30 to 90 minutes, with a peak maximum effect reached after two to three hours, and last for about 4 to 12 hours, depending on the dose.
Sublingually: You place the instructed dosage under your tongue and hold for 30 seconds and then swallow. This helps get the medicine into your bloodstream quicker and is a preferred method that will allow you to feel the effects coming on faster and stronger.
Topicals can include cannabis-infused lotions, balms, and oils that are absorbed through the skin for localized relief of pain, soreness, and inflammation. Topicals are often used by patients who want the therapeutic benefits of marijuana without the cerebral euphoria associated with other delivery methods as they are non-intoxicating.
Since the rate of absorption of the skin is slow, this allows the therapeutic relief to last longer, while avoiding the altered mental states from developing.
A distillate syringe contains a highly concentrated oil that can be used sublingually underneath the tongue or orally indigested.
Oil is a concentrated extract derived from the marijuana plant. Oils can be consumed in many ways, but the most common are placing under your tongue via a dropper or through a vaping device. Depending on how the oil was consumed, it typically will take up to 20 minutes to start feeling the effects.
Extracts are a type of concentrate created using solvents (alcohol, carbon dioxide, etc.) that essentially wash the trichomes off the cannabis plant, collecting them for further refinement. All having similar effects, cannabis extracts can come in many different forms, like oils, lotions, sprays, and more.
Cannabis sprays are another form of tincture. Sprays come in small bottles, that allows you to consume the oil. Usually used by spraying inside mouth onto cheeks and under the tongue, the effects can take approximately 30 minutes.
Capsuled cannabis comes in a small pill-like form, allowing the patient to ingest orally. Researchers say that a capsule pain-relieving effect may last longer throughout the day.
Medical marijuana solutions are mixtures that dissolve thoroughly, allowing each ingredient to be equally distributed. Some cannabis solutions can include lotions.
In a medical marijuana suspension, there are usually two main ingredients that are unable to dissolve with one another. Therefore, there are small particles that remain intact. Most cannabis suspensions include oils.
Gelatin-based chewables are another option for patients who choose not or does not want to consume capsule forms of medical marijuana. When consuming chewables, the cannabis enters the bloodstream and is further digested. This then is broken down by the stomach and absorbed by the intestines. These chewables take typically 30 minutes- 1 hour to reach the maximum effect.
Transdermal patches are an easy and effective way to receive pain relief throughout the day. These medical marijuana patches allow an immediate infusion into the bloodstream allowing all day relief. Transdermal cannabis patches range in dosages and are very user friendly: it’s as simple as unwrapping and sticking it to the desired area.
Over the past few years the use of these medical marijuana suppositories has risen. After entering the rectal mucosa, the healing components of the plant-based medicine quickly spread to the organs and into the bloodstream. Unlike pills or any oral consumption of medical cannabis, suppositories do not allow the patient to experience a “head high”. These are also easy to use at home and offers just as many benefits as any other product.
Metered Dose Inhalation
Charged with natural extracts of cannabis, the aerosol sprayed from a metered dose inhaler is coarser than smoke yielding more cannabinoids per dose. Very little of the product (~5%) dissipates or is exhaled, allowing you to medicate without exposing others to significant second hand aerosol.
The Proven Health Benefits of CBD
CBD has been scientifically proven to have a variety of positive effects on the human body. However, not all of these benefits could apply to everyone.
Types of CBD
A Full Spectrum CBD product means the product contains all compounds naturally found in the plant.
Broad Spectrum CBD products are identical to Full Spectrum except the product has been processed and refined to remove THC.
Isolate CBD products have been processed and refined to remove all compounds naturally found in the plant except CBD.