Medical marijuana delivery services are bringing the natural remedy right to your door.
Getting just what the doctor ordered just got a lot easier, especially if it’s medical marijuana and you live in San Francisco.
Last July, San Francisco Patient Research Center, which today services over 40,000 patients, signed a deal with a tech startup delivery service called Eaze to make medical marijuana home deliveries throughout the Bay Area, usually in 10 minutes or less.
This has been a lifesaver for patients like Israel Jimenez of San Bruno, CA, who became disabled from his job and now suffers from chronic back pain. Jimenez affectionately refers to Eaze as ”Uber for users.” He logs into the app and chooses “whatever strands I want with a click of a button,” he says. “The only other delivery service in my town is for pizza.”
“We want to bring a new level of service to patients, like a concierge,” says Keith McCarty, founder and CEO of Eaze. His company plans on rolling out Eaze deliveries to Southern California and across the state in 2015, and then expanding further in the coming years to all medicinal marijuana states. “We went from zero deliveries to hundreds the first day we launched.” No wonder Eaze had no trouble raising $1.5 million in seed money from nearly 40 Silicon Valley angel and institutional investors, including the ArcView Group and Fresh VC.
Marijuana, according to its proponents, has been called a cure-all for a wide variety of medical conditions such as pain caused by headaches, nerve damage, and glaucoma, but it is also helpful for patients suffering from muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, nausea from chemotherapy, lack of appetite or weight loss from HIV or nerve disease, seizure disorders, and Crohn’s disease, according to WebMd. It has been shown to be an effective treatment for bipolar disorder and depression as well, according to Lester Grinspoon, MD, emeritus professor of psychiatry at the Harvard School of Medicine.
Prescribed weed is now legal in 23 states, as well as Washington D.C., and has recently been approved for recreational use in four states (Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon) as well as D.C.. The trailblazer in the medical marijuana movement has been the state of California, home base for SPARC.
In California recently to cover this story, I had hoped to try the med-weed service myself. Alas, I wasn’t able to find a doctor to prescribe marijuana to alleviate the pain of my professional condition of periodic writer’s block. But New York, where I live and work, recently passed a medical marijuana legalization law of its very own, which will allow medical marijuana to be distributed as edibles. Hopefully, by this time next year, I’ll be opening the door to delivery of my very own Writer’s Wonder Brownie. I can’t wait.