Stephen Blythe, D.O.


Bringing Medical Marijuana to those in need in Ellsworth

Marijuana

Your Consultation

A marijuana consultation is done only after I know that you in fact qualify for the Maine Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP).  Since I am not involved in the initial evaluation and ongoing management of your qualifying condition, I either need to review medical records that document your qualifying condition or else I need to be faxed a referral form from your treating provider. For further information see this link for a list of Medical Record requirements.  A referral form will be included in the paperwork package which you can download from the Required Paperwork page.

Acceptance of Risk

Marijuana has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. It is one of the most widely-studied drugs ever. And yet its use has not been documented as safe and effective by the FDA. A patient who uses medical marijuana must accept this and understand that no physician can guarantee the safety and effectiveness of medical marijuana for any specific condition. Legal medical marijuana has an advantage, though, over illegally-obtained marijuana in that it will be free of harmful chemicals and filler and will generally be of uniform quality. The use of medical marijuana is at the patient's own risk, and if any untoward reaction develops, the use must stop. Initial use by those unfamiliar with the effects of marijuana should be in the presence of a trusted friend or family member.

What does a consultation consist of?

A consultation consists of a review of your medical history, specifically your qualifying condition(s), any potentially disqualifying factors, a review of the risks and benefits of medical marijuana, and discussion of any specific other possibly related health conditions which might be impacted by the use of marijuana. Those with asthma, for example, would be strongly cautioned not to smoke marijuana but to use alternative methods of delivery. You may be asked to complete paperwork such as a depression and anxiety screening form in order to assess effects of marijuana.