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We have a tele-med option for re-certifications
Office hours 9a-4p
Tele-med hours 12p-6p
We are located at
703 West Housatonic St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Conveniently 3 minutes from South St., and right on the bus line. We have ample parking, and are handicap accessible. We look forward to seeing you.
We are a small family business of medical professionals who have proudly served Berkshire county for over 40 years. Our mission is to assist patients with improving their quality of life through the healing power of cannabis.
We believe that the key to a good remedy is being both natural and effective. Too often, it seems, that pharmaceuticals cause more side effects than relief from the ailment being treated. The good news is cannabis has been proven to provide great benefits when used medicinally and is both safe and natural. Medical cannabis certification will give you access to the best products on the market.
We are highly knowledgeable and happy to evaluate your needs with compassion in a comfortable, and discreet setting. Come let us assist you in feeling better! Our cannabis clinic is easy and convenient.
People often wonder why they should get their MMJ, or medical cannabis card, when recreational cannabis is legal in the State of Massachusetts. There are several ways getting your MMJ is extremely beneficial.
1. The most popular reason is financial. Recreational users in Massachusetts pay taxes of 17-20% on their marijuana at the dispensaries. Medical patients don't have to pay taxes on their medical cannabis. The cost of getting the card pays for itself very quickly with the money saved from not paying that tax, and it saves you a tremendous amount of money throughout the year.
2. Another benefit to getting an MMJ is the VIP treatment. Medical patients have special parking spaces designated for them right in front of the dispensary. Also, medical patients get to move up to the head of the line. This makes it easier for people with debilitating illnesses or chronic pain to be able to get their medical cannabis quickly. Medical patients can also have their medical cannabis delivered from dispensaries that offer delivery services.
3. Finally, the most important reason to get an MMJ, is access. Dispensaries have to make sure that a 35% of medical grade product is set aside for medical patients. This means you never have to worry about going without your medical cannabis. When the supply becomes low they will limit the amount recreational users can purchase. Recreational users are also limited in the THC content of their edibles and the amount of edibles they are allowed to purchase. Medical patients have access to edibles with much higher doses of THC and aren't limited in their purchases.
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Medical card is valid for 1 year
Re-certifications must be done yearly. We can re-certify you regardless of whether you certified with us to begin with.
STARTING SEPTEMBER 1, 2021, ONLY RECERTIFICATIONS CAN BE SEEN VIA TELEHEALTH. IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST CARD, YOU MUST BEEN SEEN IN THE OFFICE.
Veterans get a 10% discount
Patients that can demonstrate they are facing financial hardship get a 10% discount. Please bring in a copy of your MA Health acceptance or renewal letter dated within 12 months.
Educational and counseling is included in the certification process (especially for older and/or medically complicated patients), if desired.
Payment for office visits is due at time of service.
Payment for tele-medicine is due at time of scheduling the appointment through our web-booking system.
We have been busy creating a beautiful, relaxing, and discreet atmosphere for you to visit. Come and let us help improve your quality of life!
What is a chemovar? A chemovar is basically a chemically distinct entity within a plant. For anyone that's new to the cannabis industry, it may seem a little overwhelming to pick which breed of plant is best to treat your illness. How do you choose between all of the delicious sounding names? Luckily the dispensaries give a pretty good description of what each strain of cannabis contains, and that very helpful for connecting with the best chemover for you.
Let's take a look at some of the key properties in distinguishing different types of cannabis:
Some people may be familiar with the terms "Indica" "Sativa" and "Hybrid". It's been generally believed that indicas are calming and give more of an all-over body effect, while sativas are invigorating, and effects are mostly felt in the head. Hybrids being somewhere in between. Recent studies have shown that there's much more to it than that and different breeds can have varying effects, within the indica/sativa classification.
Each breed of cannabis has what's called a "cannabinoid profile" which is distinguished by it's cannabinoid and terpene content. These chemical compounds are responsible for the effects the plant has on it's user. When looking at the cannabinoid part of the plant, it's important to understand how our body uses it.
The human body has a complex system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system is responsible for regulating a multitude of important bodily functions. The key components of ECS are endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes. We produce cannabinoids naturally, whether we use cannabis or not. We have endocannabinoid receptors spread out all throughout our bodies. CB1 receptors are mostly found in the central nervous system and CB2 recepters are found in our peripheral nervous system and immune cells. The different endocannabinoids target and bind to different receptors in order to trigger a desired result. After the endocannabinoid has carried out it's desired function, enzymes come and break it down. They pretty much clean up the mess. Scientists believe that the ECS's function is to keep the body stable and have been linked to the following functions: immune response, metabolism, sleep, appetite, digestion, chronic pain, stress, nervous system function, motor function, mood, cardiovascular system function, musculoskeletal system function, liver function, reproductive system function, and more.
It is important to understand how vital these endocannabinoids are to our bodies to understand the benefits of cannabis for our healing.
When cannabis is used as a medication, or even recreationally, our bodies use the cannabinoids the same way it uses endocannabinoids naturally produced. There is THC, which is the main psychoactive compound of the plant. It's effect is euphoric in nature and is the benefit usually associated with the plant. CBD, which doesn't cause any "high" or euphoria, but does help with pain, nausea, preventing seizure activity, and migraine headaches. CBN, which is great for treating neurological conditions and their side effects. THCA, which has no psychoactive effects, but reduces symptoms of neurological conditions like MS, Parkinson's, Huntington's, and ALS. It also helps reduce inflammation caused by autoimmune disorders and arthritis. CBG, which reduces mental illnesses such as anxiety, OCD, depression, PTSD. Different chemovars of cannabis can have more than one of these cannabinoids which makes it an appropriate choice for many different illnesses.
Terpenes are another important compound within the plant. Terpenes are what give the plant the aroma, which is where all the fun names come from, but what has recently been discovered is that different terpenes seem to also have an effect on the medicinal benefits of the plant.
Bisabolol - reduces inflammation, pain, and irritation.
Caryophyllene- helps with anxiety and depression
Linalool- reduces stress and improves mood.
Myrcene- helps with anxiety and insomnia
Ocimene- antiviral and antimicrobial
Pinene- boosts memory and eases pain
Terpinolene- antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Sedative.
Limonene- boosts mood and relieves stress
Humulene- reduces pain and inflammation
Eucalyptol- invigorating and reduces inflammation
Of course everyone is different, and different terpenes may effect people differently. These are in no way set in stone, but it gives an idea of where to start.
When choosing the right chemovar for you it's important to keep in mind what you want to treat. Now that you know what the different cannabis compounds do, you have a better idea of what you're looking for. When in doubt, you can always speak with one of our team members, or the specialists at the dispensaries to help find the best product for you!
Do I need a referral from my primary care physician?
No. You can just call and make an appointment, or use our online system.
Do I need to bring documentation of my illness from my primary care physician ?
No. While we highly recommend informing your physician that you are choosing medical cannabis as a treatment option, there is no need to bring in documentation.
Do you take health insurance?
Unfortunately, at this time health insurance companies don't offer coverage for medical cannabis or medical cannabis certification. Hopefully that will change sometime in the future.
What do I do if I'm having trouble registering with the MA Cannabis Commission?
Just give us a call, and we'll be happy to help.
How old must you be to be certified for medical cannabis?
Stephen E. Tracy M.D. graduated from Albany Medical College, after studying Pre-medicine at UMASS Amherst. He then did a 1 year internship and a 2 year residency training program at BMC. After that he spent 2 years in the United States Public Health Service in Rural North Carolina before settling into a long career of emergency medicine at Fairview Hospital, where he served Berkshire County residents for over 30 years. He retired in 2018, but quickly realized he wasn't ready to stop caring for the residents of his community, and beyond. He believes strongly in the benefits of Medical Cannabis, as a treatment for multiple diagnoses. He started this small business with his wife and children to bring relief to the people who need it and create something he can be proud of.
Barbara Shea Tracy, MSN-FNP graduated from Frontier Nursing University. Prior to that she worked as an RN, with a masters degree in psychology. She is a dedicated nurse practitioner and patient advocate. She is well versed in medical cannabis, as well as ketogenics. She has also worked for Hospice, at the world renowned Austen-Riggs psychiatric facility, and as an instructor for the Berkshire Community College and Elms College Nursing programs. Barbara's reputation in Berkshire county is top notch. She is well known and loved by every patient who's life she has touched.
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