What is medical marijuana?
The two major components of medical cannabis are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). THC provides the psychoactivity of cannabis. However, it also provides pain relief, muscle relaxation, and appetite stimulation. THC has anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effects.
CBD is the non-psychoactive portion with other medical applications in providing alleviation of seizures and dystonia, reducing intraocular pressure. CBD has anti-anxiety, anti-nausea, anti-inflammatory properties.
Who is eligible for medical marijuana?
A patient with cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, PTSD, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Crohn's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, chronic pain, and other conditions.
What are the ways of taking medical marijuana?
Inhalation – Effects are quick within 1-2 minutes and last several hours. Vaporizers heat cannabis to temperatures to release cannabinoids without the toxins from combustion. Flower is now available in the state of Florida.
Capsules– Effects occur in approximately 90 minutes, and last longer, approximately 6-8 hours. Monitoring dosage is important since the effects may take longer to realize.
Sublingual Tinctures – Effects occur in 30-60 minutes and last 6-8 hours.
Topical – Rarely psychoactive, but very high doses may result in psychoactive effects. Provides localized pain relief.
What do I bring to my appointment?
Please bring a valid Florida state ID card or driver's license. Otherwise, a bank statement and utility bill (FPL or City Utilities) are acceptable for seasonal residents.
New patients must bring or fax/scan ahead of time medical documentation showing that you have been diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition. Medical documentation can be medical records, or physician letters or reports.
Is there an age limit for medical cannabis?
If a patient is younger than 18 years old, a second physician may concur to help a patient become qualified, as long as the patient meets the criteria for an appropriate medical condition. The second physician may be the patient's primary or specialist doctor.
Is there patient confidentiality?
Patient medical records are confidential and private. Qualification for a medical marijuana ID card will not show up on background checks for employment, schools, or insurances. Phone contact regarding qualification will not be conducted since it may provide unauthorized access to your information or a breach of doctor-patient confidentiality.
When are recommendations for medical cannabis valid?
Once the application is complete online, the patient will receive a temporary ID card via email, which can then be used to purchase medical marijuana while their permanent ID card is being mailed.
Are there any other follow-up visits required?
Doctors must follow-up and re-evaluate patients in person every 30 weeks. Compassionate use ID cards must be renewed yearly.
Where can I purchase medical marijuana?
Dispensaries are privately licensed companies in Florida that provide medical marijuana. You may go to a dispensary location or call for delivery to your home.