New Patient Package
California Medical Marijuana Consultation, Treatment, and Follow-up Plan for New Patients
New Patient Package: Consultation, Treatment Plan, and Follow Up
The New Patient Package is designed to address the challenges facing most patients trying to treat medical problems with Cannabis: lack of comprehensive medical guidance – the REAL problem with medical marijuana. With over 50,000 products on the market and many geared towards getting high, how does a patient seeking symptoms relief from marijuana safely begin? Which product? What dose? How should adjustments be made over time?
This package is for patients 18 years of age or older who want comprehensive information on the appropriateness of Cannabis for their particular situation and concrete guidance on how to start a new, safe, and effective treatment plan for symptom relief. The Package takes all the guess work out of Cannabis use. It includes: a personalized treatment plan, product recommendation, dispensary information, dosage guide, one-year internet-verifiable medical marijuana recommendation, and a follow-up appointment in 4-8 weeks to assess progress and make any changes a patient’s experience suggests are necessary.
What should I expect?
Naturally Healing MD’s focus is on providing medical guidance. With over 20 years of experience and over 10,000 patient visits, Dr. Vollen provides a thorough review of you medical history and treatment goals and then a personalized treatment plan based on YOUR needs, designed to ensure safe Cannabis use and an efficient route to effective symptom relief.
How should I schedule?
The package can be scheduled on-line. If you do not see an appointment that meets your needs, please call the office at (510) 550-7500.
Naturally Healing MD typically serves ten or so new patients a week, while continuing its work with the many many long-term patients it has had the pleasure of serving and learning from over the past 20 years! Typically, patients will be able to schedule an appointment within two weeks time.
What is the cost?
The New Patient Package, which includes a separate follow-up appointment, is $259 and is our most popular appointment for New Patients. To schedule, you will need to provide a valid credit card, that will not be charged until after your appointment is complete.
For those patients unable to pay by credit card, please contact the office at : (510) 550-7500 so we can make alternative arrangements.
Can Cannabis help me?
The most common conditions for which patients seek the New Patient Package are pain, anxiety, insomnia and depression. But each treatment plan is individualized because each person has unique needs or circumstances – from individuals suffering from occasional bouts of pain (such as headaches or menstrual cramps), to patients with chronic problems (such as arthritis, back pain, depression, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and anxiety disorders), to patients with progressive diseases (such as advanced neurological disease) or mood disorders.
How long will my appointment take?
Patients complete a comprehensive intake form that takes most patients 10-15 minutes to complete. The form includes medical history, current medications, and the patient’s goals for the consultation. It is reviewed by Dr. Vollen in advance of the scheduled appointment.
The appointment provides up to 45 minutes with the physician. Your treatment plan is developed during the appointment, based on your particular history, needs and goals. It is then mailed to you , usually the same day.
How should I prepare for my appointment?
If you have not already done so, 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.
Decide which symptom (if you have more than one) is the most important for your initial treatment plan. While cannabis can be used for a variety of symptoms, to begin usage it is enormously useful to focus on one particular symptom.
What will I get?
You will receive a personalized treatment plan that includes specific product recommendations, dispensaries or delivery services that carry the product, mode of medicating, frequency of use, and a titration schedule to adjust your dosage in the first weeks of use. You will also receive a California medical marijuana recommendation. These documents will be mailed to you.
A follow-up appointment is part of the New Patient Package. It is typically advised that you schedule within 4-8 weeks of your initial appointment. You can schedule your follow-up here.
At your follow-up, we will review your progress to date with Cannabis and adjust your treatment plan accordingly.
What about a Medical Marijuana Card?
Your package includes a California medical marijuana recommendation, which is your legal document necessary (along with a California ID) to purchase medical marijuana products from a medical-only cannabis dispensary. You do not a physical wallet size card for any reason, other than convenience. For those with smartphones, a picture of your recommendation will suffice for dispensaries requiring proof of your status as a medical marijuana patient.