Medical Marijuana & the EndocannabIniod System

The marijuana plant is at the center of some of the most exciting, but underreported, developments in health science. Although marijuana has been used medicinally for thousands of years across the world, modern society is only now discovering its potent healing properties for the treatment of a variety of diseases and medical conditions. Check out the full list of qualifying conditions in Arizona.

At INNOVA Medical & Spa, we take a holistic approach to prescribing medical marijuana, offering same day comprehensive medical exams and certification. Our mission is to provide comprehensive, individualized care to our patients, treating the whole person rather than just their symptoms. We provide multi-level care and can use complimentary naturopathic treatments that amplify the healing benefits of medical marijuana. As part of our personalized services, we offer additional access and support if questions and/or complications arise.


Research on marijuana and its effects has led to the discovery of the Endocannabinoid System, a biochemical communication system found in all mammals that is responsible for maintaining homeostasis throughout every major system in the body, including maintaining brain function, digestion and immunity.

The three key components of the Endocannabinoid System are:

  • Cannabinoid receptors found on the surface of cells
  • Endocannabinoids, small molecules that activate cannabinoid receptors
  • Metabolic enzymes that break down endocannabinoids after they are used


Medical Marijuana laws vary from state to state. In order to qualify in Arizona, a patient must:

  • Be 18 years or older (if under 18, a legal guardian must be registered as your caregiver)
  • Have a valid Arizona Driver’s License or Arizona Identification Card
  • Have an Arizona residential address

The following conditions qualify for medicinal use:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes:
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome;
  • Severe and chronic pain (e.g. arthritis, migraines, etc);
  • Severe nausea;
  • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy;
  • Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including multiple sclerosis
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)