Medical Marijuana FAQs
You are eligible for a medical marijuana card if you have cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, PTSD, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, chronic pain, and a number of other conditions. See a full list of conditions here.
If a patient is seeking pediatric medical marijuana and is younger than 18 years old, a second physician may concur with our medical marijuana doctor 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 care doctor or a specialist.
The two major components of medical marijuana 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 and has other medical applications such as providing alleviation of seizures and dystonia CBD also has anti-anxiety, anti-nausea, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Inhalation – Effects are quick (within 1-2 minutes) and last for several hours. Vaporizers heat cannabis to temperatures and release cannabinoids without the toxins from combustion. Marijuana 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.
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, additional medical documentation showing that they have been diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition. Medical documentation can be medical records, physician letters, or reports.
Patient medical records are confidential and private. Qualification for a medical marijuana card will not show up on background checks for employment, schools, or insurance. Phone contact regarding qualification will not be conducted since it may provide unauthorized access to your information or a breach of doctor-patient confidentiality.
Once the application is complete online, the patient will receive a temporary Medical Marijuana Card after two weeks via email, which can then be used to purchase medical cannabis while their permanent ID card is being mailed.
A medical marijuana doctor must follow up and re-evaluate patients in person every 30 weeks. Medical marijuana cards must be renewed yearly with the Florida Department of Health Registry online. Here is the online portal to apply for and renew your medical marijuana card.
Dispensaries are privately licensed companies in Florida that provide medical cannabis. You may go to a dispensary location or call for delivery to your home.
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