Medical Marijuana Specialist

Downtown Pain Management

Board Certified Physician located in Red Bank, Hoboken, and Manalapan, NJ

Medical marijuana can treat a wide range of conditions, but it’s commonly used for pain management. At Downtown Pain Management in Red Bank and Hoboken, New Jersey, physician Ron Ben-Meir, DO, FAAPMR, can authorize patients with qualifying conditions to obtain medical marijuana. To find out if you qualify for medical marijuana, call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.

Medical Marijuana Q&A

What is medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana, also known as medical cannabis, is a term that describes any derivative of the cannabis sativa plant that aims to relieve symptoms of health problems. Medical marijuana comes in many forms, but products that you can smoke or eat are the most common. 

What conditions qualify for medical marijuana in New Jersey?

Under the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program, medical marijuana is available to patients with approved debilitating health conditions. Approved conditions include:

  • Anxiety
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Migraines
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • ALS
  • Intractable skeletal spasticity
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • PTSD
  • Seizure disorders, including epilepsy
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Terminal illness with less than 12 months to live

Chronic pain, which is pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks, is the leading cause of medical marijuana use. Dr. Ben-Meir treats many conditions that cause chronic pain, including arthritis and other types of joint pain, sciatica, pelvic pain, back and neck pain, and pain related to sports injuries.

How does medical marijuana work?

Medical marijuana contains many active compounds, but the most notable for medical purposes include THC and CBD. These compounds work together to promote pain relief.

In addition to their natural pain-relieving properties, THC and CBD can reduce inflammation. Many patients also experience improved sleep while using medical cannabis, which can enhance your overall health and well-being.

For some people, medical marijuana reduces the need for prescription painkillers like opioids that can cause dangerous side effects.

How can I obtain medical marijuana?

The first step is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ben-Meir at Downtown Pain Management. He carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam in order to accurately diagnose your condition.

If you have a qualifying ailment like chronic pain and Dr. Ben-Meir thinks you could benefit from medical marijuana, he may approve you for this treatment. He doesn’t provide medical marijuana in his office and can only recommend the appropriate dosage for your needs.

To obtain medical marijuana, you or a designated primary caregiver must go to a licensed dispensary in the state.

Call Downtown Pain Management or book an appointment online today to find out if medical marijuana is right for you.