Dr. Paulina Miklosz believes marijuana can improve the quality of life for people suffering from a myriad of afflictions. That’s why she opened Higher Med, a clinic where patients learn how cannabis may benefit them, and if they qualify for the state’s medical marijuana program.
Located at 53 Whiting St., Higher Med opened in early June.
“A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into this place,” said Miklosz, who started the business during the pandemic while working from home.
At first, it was a telehealth operation, but soon it became clear to Miklosz that she needed a proper office in which to meet with patients.
A graduate of Boston College and UConn’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice program, Miklosz has more than nine years of primary care experience.
“Higher Med is dedicated to providing CT residents with an elevated customer service experience. We strive to provide a positive, educational, and hassle-free experience when assessing our patients for a medical marijuana card,” the business states on its website. “We are committed to offering a safer, more natural alternative to treating many chronic and debilitating conditions. We are passionate about educating the public about the many medicinal benefits of cannabis.”
Currently, medical cannabis is legal in 33 states. In Connecticut, dozens of conditions qualify residents for the medical marijuana program, including cancer, Crohn’s Disease, glaucoma, seizure disorders, chronic pain, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
A PTSD evaluation can be completed at Higher Med.
Once a patient is accepted into the state’s medical marijuana program, they are free to purchase cannabis products from any of Connecticut’s 18 dispensaries.
There are many ways to ingest cannabis, such as in capsule, vaporizer and edible form, and by smoking the actual flower. Cannabis-infused tea and topical ointments are other options.
Higher Med is open Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturdays by appointment. The clinic can be reached at 860-342-8550. For more information, visit highermed.org.