Medical Marijuana Certification Q&A

What is a medical marijuana certification?

The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule 1 drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse. When prescribed medically, however, Arizona does permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes, including:

Crohn’s disease
Some cases of Alzheimer’s disease
Hepatitis C
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)


Before you can legally use marijuana to treat these conditions, you must obtain approval or certification from an approved provider like Dr. Schneller.

Why should I seek medical marijuana certification?

Many of the compounds, known as cannabinoids, found in cannabis, have a positive effect on certain conditions. The use of marijuana for medical purposes can ease pain and relieve anxiety and other mental disorders.

Seeking certification means you can legally obtain marijuana from an official dispensary. The certification also means you can use marijuana to ease your symptoms legally without fear of arrest or prosecution.

With medical marijuana certification, you’re allowed to have 2½ ounces of usable marijuana on your person. If your certification permits cultivation, you can have up to 12 plants contained in a fully enclosed, locked facility.

The law does not permit you to use medical marijuana in a public location or while driving.

What uses are permitted with a medical marijuana certification?

There are several methods to receive medical marijuana, including:

Applying it to your skin (oils or lotions)
Using it under the tongue (tincture)

You may need to experiment with various forms to find the one that works best for you. Dr. Schneller can help you determine which delivery method works best for your condition and preferences.

Does medical marijuana have side effects?

Medical marijuana can cause side effects, including:

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

Not everyone experiences these side effects and if you find them troublesome, talk to Dr. Schneller about your recommended dose. Certain formulations of medical marijuana may work better for you. 

If you have a condition that would benefit from medical marijuana, seek certification at Inclusive Natural Medicine. Call today or schedule a consultation online today.