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What you need to know about this medical specialty
Why referring your patients to a Cannabis Specialist is the right move:
The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission reports that there have been over 50,000 patient registrations & over 30,000 certifications since Medical Marijuana became legal & the dispensaries have opened. Your patients are using it and you want them to have the safest & best possible outcome.
Many certifying providers have minimal working knowledge of cannabis pharmacology, dosing titration & drug interactions. There is currently no CME or Certification requirement in Maryland in order to be a certifier.
Most certifying providers do not communicate with PCPs or other Disease Management Specialists in detail about their patient's treatment plan or cannabis products being used, or continue to follow patient response with ongoing adjustments & recommendations.
Cannabis Medicine will soon become a unique medical specialty, requiring practitioners to have an in-depth knowledge of the science and pharmacology of hundreds of major & minor cannabinoids. Thousands of patients will need guidance & management to ensure best practice and safe use & titration. Dr. Hempel has been recognized by her peers as a Baltimore Magazine Top Doctor in Palliative Medicine in 2016 & 2017, and has excellent working relationships with numerous physicians & medical groups across many Baltimore health care systems. Communication, collaboration & the highest quality care & partnerships are her strength & top goal. She has partnered & worked alongside experienced Cannabis Physicians in Colorado to gain first hand expertise in patient care & is certified by The Medical Cannabis Institute with over 100 CME hours and training.
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