Initial Consultations

California Medical Marijuana Recommendations for New Patients

Call for your appointment (510) 550-7500

Or schedule on-line

Cannabis can be a life-transforming medicine for some conditions, but is not a solution for everyone.  The Initial Consultation is intended for those interested in exploring whether Cannabis could relieve their symptoms and improve their well-being.

After filling out an intake form, patients meet with Dr. Vollen who will evaluate their medical history and determine if Cannabis can help achieve their treatment goals.

Consultations are highly personalized and take into account every individual’s unique experience. They are NOT designed to persuade anyone to use Cannabis. Rather, they are intended to help individuals make informed decisions about Cannabis use based on reliable information and time-tested experience.

How long is an Initial Consultation?
The on-line intake form takes about 10-15 minutes to complete.  The consultation with the physician lasts up to 25 minutes.

What outcome can I expect?
The goal of the Initial Consultation is to answer your questions and concerns and provide the information you need to decide if Cannabis is right for you.  Dr. Vollen will help you understand the process and cost of medicating your symptoms with Cannabis.  She will also look at any Cannabis products you already have and determine if they are useful for you.

The Initial Consultation provides evidence-based, scientifically grounded guidance to patients looking for answers about the likelihood that cannabis can help them. There is a lot of Cannabis-promoting hype behind marketing efforts. Naturally Healing MD is not in the product business and bases its guidance on the scientific literature and the physician’s long term experience with thousands of patients.

If it is determined that Cannabis is a good fit, we will discuss the next steps, which may include a Personalized Treatment Plan and Follow-up appointment.

How should I schedule?
Initial Consultations can be scheduled on-line. If you do not see an appointment that meets your needs, please call the office at (510) 550-7500.

What is the cost?
The fee for an Initial Consultation is $99.  Scheduling an appointment requires a valid credit card, which will be charged the $99 fee at the conclusion of the appointment.

For those patients unable to pay by credit card, please contact the office at : (510) 550-7500 so we can make alternative arrangements.

How should I prepare for my appointment?
To get the most from your appointment, Naturally Healing MD urges you to read the New Patient’s Guide before your appointment. It will give you the basics of Cannabis medicine, so you can more easily understand the options that will be discussed during your appointment.

If you want to further enhance your understanding of Naturally Healing MD’s approach, you can watch the hour long on-line video of Dr. Vollen’s San Francisco library talk, which will introduce you to her, the science behind cannabis, and a few patients who share their medicinal cannabis experiences with viewers.