Multiple Wellness Centers of PA Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Opening in Pennsylvania in Early 2018

Multiple Wellness Centers of PA Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Opening in Pennsylvania in Early 2018

On December 7, 2017, Wellness Centers of PA in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania announced that its medical marijuana dispensary affiliate network would open sometime in the middle of the first quarter of 2018. This network includes locations in Altoona, Bradford, Brookville, Dubois and Gettysburg. There are 27 permitted dispensaries in Pennsylvania in total, although Wellness Centers of PA is the sole network consortium of affiliated dispensaries permitted to open multiple locations. Wellness Centers of PA will open six dispensaries in all, becoming the single largest medical marijuana dispensary service provider in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program allows for patients suffering from any of 17 different medical conditions to safely and legally access medical marijuana services and products, as per the Medical Marijuana Act. Many of the conditions for which medical marijuana is permitted in the state are terminal while all 17 of them are debilitating.

Wellness Centers of PA dispensaries have been carefully designed to surpass the standards the state has set forth in its regulations so it can offer as professional and safe environment for patients as possible. At each dispensary site, there will be medical professionals and pharmacists licensed by the state available on hand. All dispensary staff are trained for superior standards of professionalism and compassion.

At each of the Wellness Centers of PA dispensaries, patients will be able to purchase a range of medical marijuana product formulations and types. Among the kinds of medical marijuana delivery methods that will be available are topical creams, liquids, capsules, sublingual tinctures and vaporizer pens. Staff will help guide through the process of choosing the right forms and types of medication for their specific condition, needs and preferences. All Wellness Centers of PA medical marijuana products will be made in Pennsylvania and adhere to the states rigorous quality control standards.

Among the services that will be provided at Wellness Centers of PA locations are patient medical marijuana educational series. In these events, topics will be discussed like medical marijuana uses, the dispensary experience, cannabinoids and their medical benefits, getting your Pennsylvania medical marijuana identification card, methods of medical marijuana consumption and cannabis safety and side effects. Sessions last a couple of hours, include a question and answer period, and refreshments are provided.

The stated vision of the Wellness Centers of PA is to offer helpful solutions to those people in the communities they serve who are suffering from chronic diseases and conditions to manage their symptoms and better their quality of life. In this aim, Wellness Centers of PA offers each patient personalized care that honors their individual uniqueness, including an extensive private consultation with trained medical staff.

To receive medical marijuana legally from the Wellness Centers of PA, or any Pennsylvania dispensary, you must either be a patient or registered caregiver with a Pennsylvania medical marijuana ID card. Through the Safe Harbor program, parents, caregivers and legal guardians of minors under 18 years of age with a qualifying medical condition may still obtain marijuana from dispensaries like the Wellness Centers of PA for those minors’ medical use.

Medical Cannabis as an Alternative Medicine

With the legalization of MMJ (medical cannabis) being such a dominant topic of discussion lately, it’s difficult to know what is science and what is politics. The vital scientific research intended for those seeking an alternative to Big Pharma is often overlooked by the media. Whether you are an advocate for legalizing MMJ or you are on the fence about its use, it’s still important to know how MMJ acts and effects patients with certain medical conditions.  This post will discuss some of the more well-known medical conditions that MMJ has helped alleviate symptoms for.

Chronic Pain

Using MMJ for medical conditions that involve chronic pain is proving to help alleviate the pain for some patients.  For people who experience daily and extreme chronic pain, MMJ helps them to function throughout their day without popping pills and using synthetic chemicals.  The use of MMJ for pain has been especially emphasized in cancer patients and people who suffer from arthritis.  However, the problem with MMJ’s use for chronic pain is that eventually patients start to become immune to the drug, so the dosage must be upped.  The issue with upping the dosage is that it can make a person feel sedated and lethargic, but they will still experience significant relief.  More and more tests are being conducted on medical cannabis’ use in response to chronic pain. Eventually, MMJ may become a household remedy to alleviate chronic pain.

Anxiety Disorders

A growing body of medical cannabis research lies within cannabidiol (CBD).  THC, another chemical in cannabis has been linked to causing anxiety and paranoia in patients.  However, CBD has proven to be a non-psychoactive chemical in cannabis that offers a wide range of therapeutic benefits.  With this knowledge, doctors and scientists have found ways to decrease the THC chemical in MMJ and increase its CBD levels.  With the effects of THC minimized, patients suffering from anxiety, social stress, and PTSD can use the drug and cope with their disorders without unwanted side effects.  CBD also helps to work the body’s natural compounds to create a relaxing reverse effect of the brain.  This gives patients with anxiety disorders a type of therapy unlike synthetic, lab-created chemicals.


The use of medical cannabis to help people with seizures has been a long-standing theory. However, doctors and scientists have really only just begun to discover how the use of MMJ effects people with seizure disorders, like epilepsy.  Just like anxiety disorder, the chemical of CBD seems to be an important component when it comes to seizures as well.  With seizures being triggered in the brain, CBD helps to relax the brain and give therapeutic effects.  In some cases, the brains response is immediate to the CBD and can stop a seizure in its tracks.  But research for this kind of MMJ use is still underway, and while some cases it works better than any other drug, in other cases it does not.


The main reason MMJ continues to be demonized for the treatment of chronic disorders is simple – there is a lack of scientific research.  Just like any other drug, scientists and doctors need to see all kinds of scenarios to make sure that the use of MMJ does not create negative symptoms for patients.  With more knowledge and research on the effects of the drug the more doctors will be able to utilize the specific chemicals found in MMJ and target them towards certain medical conditions.