You can't take the THC out of Healthcare

The Holistic Center was created with one goal in mind:

To provide expert medical care in order to obtain electronic medical marijuana certificates or cards.

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Founded in 2013, The Holistic Center ("THC") is the oldest and most experienced certification center in Massachusetts. We provide you with current, accurate and medically-sound counseling to answer questions about cannabinoid treatment.

FEES:

  • New Patients: $170*
  • Seniors (60+), Veterans and SSDI recepients: $150*
  • Students (with valid ID): $140*

RECERTIFICATION:

  • $100* for our unexpired patients $125* for others
  • Patients with expired certificates $140*

*$5 additional for credit/debit card

Important News and Updates

  • Announcement: Change in Wait Times

    July 7, 2019

    No more waiting for weeks for your certificate!  Receive your certification the same day as your appointment.  Make an appointment today to qualify.

About Us:

For many, easing their suffering involves turning to medical marijuana. Patients can encounter multiple obstacles on their way to attaining a medical marijuana card, and beyond offering a convenient central location in Boston, The Holistic Center can accelerate the journey toward securing one. Any Massachusetts resident who is fighting cancer, AIDS, ALS, or another qualifying illness may schedule an appointment with one of The Holistic Center’s Massachusetts-certified physicians. Along with compassion and encouragement, a patient will receive a physical evaluation, a heart-to-heart dialogue about cannabis as a treatment option, and a consultation about its proper use. The Center can then assist the patient in maneuvering the bureaucratic roadblocks that may prevent him or her from feeling better and experiencing a greater quality of life.

The doctors and legal consultants who serve The Holistic Center have received much of their training in Boston and have decidedly committed themselves and their work to Massachusetts citizens.

They study Massachusetts law, keep up to date on policies, and advocate for the civil rights and health of Bay State residents. Dr. Wong possesses extensive knowledge of traditional and holistic approaches to medicine, and excels at merging them in order to create optimal therapy for his patients. Dr. Wong is now investing his savvy in the promotion of legal medical marijuana use on behalf of The Holistic Center. A patient who comes to The Center can feel assured that the Center’s professionals will guide him or her in an appropriate direction. If that direction includes a recommendation for procuring medical marijuana, The Center will ensure that the patient leaves with a plan for cultivating that resource, one that can alleviate discomfort and improve day-to-day well-being.

Additional Location!

OPEN MON - FRI 11AM - 7PM.

Our Newton Location:

The Holistic Center

233 Needham St., Suite 300 Newton, MA 02464

Phone: (617) 787-7400

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Our Boston Location:

The Holistic Center

320 Washington Street, 3rd Floor Suite 300 Brighton, MA 02135
Phone: (617) 787-7400

Patient Hours:

Monday

11AM-8PM

Tuesday

1PM - 8PM

Thursday

1PM-8PM

Saturday

2PM - 6PM

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of a scheduled appointment?

FEES:
New Patients: $170*
Seniors (60+), Veterans and SSDI recepients: $150*
Students (with valid ID): $140*
RECERTIFICATION:
$100* for our unexpired patients $125* for others
Patients with expired certificates $140*
*$5 additional for credit/debit card

May I obtain a certificate for medical marijuana if I am under 18?

YES. BUT you must be a Massachusetts resident who has been diagnosed by two Massachusetts licensed certifying physicians, at least one of whom is a board-certified pediatrician or board-certified pediatric sub specialist, as having a debilitating medical condition.
 
Our doctors will discuss the potential negative impacts on neurological development with you, your parent or legal guardian. You will need to be accompanied by your parent or guardian who will sign and provide us their written consent. Our doctors will document the medical rationale in your medical record and on your written certification if approved.

What exactly does The Holistic Center do?

Broadly, we practice holistic medicine – what WebMD calls, “a form of healing that considers the whole person… in the quest for optimal health and wellness.” This includes, in some cases, the provision of a medical marijuana recommendation.
 
The recommendation process is a legally valid one, guided by explicit standards written into Massachusetts law. At The Holistic Center, only a licensed physician will review your medical records and meet with you for an in-person evaluation, satisfying the law’s requirements. Remember: virtual examinations (e.g., Skype appointments) do not satisfy Massachusetts law.
 
If our physician partners deem it appropriate, patients may be written a legally valid medical marijuana recommendation that fully complies with state law.
 
The Center also provides educational information to outside doctors, holistic centers, and other individuals interested in learning about the potential benefits of medical marijuana.

What if I am homebound and cannot get to your office?

We provide home visits for those patients who are homebound. The cost is more expensive than the office visit. CALL US TO DISCUSS THIS OPTION.

Who may qualify for a medical marijuana recommendation to Massachusetts?

Patients suffering from any of the following conditions are candidates for a medical marijuana recommendation: cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or multiple sclerosis. Some other conditions may also merit a medical marijuana recommendation, per the determination of a qualifying patient’s physician.
 
If you suffer from any of these conditions, or feel as if medical marijuana would help you cope with other medical symptoms you may have, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with a Massachusetts-certified physician at The Holistic Center.

Once a recommendation is written, how is medical marijuana dispensed?

Currently, a medical marijuana recommendation is not the same as a prescription, as Massachusetts pharmacies are not yet equipped to dispense marijuana commercially. Instead, state law allows patients with a medical marijuana recommendation to cultivate their own marijuana, up to a 60-day supply (the law specifies 10 ounces of raw marijuana and an equivalent amount for edibles as the amount for such a supply).
 
You may self-cultivate or designate a “caregiver” (see next entry). Dispensaries are scheduled to open sometime in April-May 2015.


When will dispensaries open in Massachusetts? Where will they be? If none are opened near me, what alternatives do I have for acquiring medical marijuana?

Does The Holistic Center provide medical marijuana to its patients?

No, the Center will not provide marijuana to patients; to do so would be illegal. Nor does the Center plan to pursue accreditation as a legal dispensing unit. The Center’s first priority is to provide the highest quality care to patients, within the bounds of Massachusetts state law. Caregivers may grow crops for up to one patient (not including themselves) and are legally allowed to supply those patients with medicine

For how long does a medical marijuana recommendation remain valid?

Recommendations are valid for one year, after which time they must be renewed.  The cost for renewals are subject to change but currently the cost is $125.  You must renew annually or prior to your certification end date.  Between renewals, The Holistic Center nurse practitioners will remain in contact with patients to monitor the treatment’s effectiveness, and to answer questions.
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