Cannabis is the scientific name for the plant commonly known as marijuana. This plant has been used in medical applications around the world for hundreds and perhaps even thousands of years.
Cannabis was also used as medication in America in the 19th and early 20th centuries, although it became federally restricted in the mid-1900s. In recent years, extensive research on the medical use of cannabis has led to changes in the law that allow this powerful plant to again be used to help patients feel and function better.
Florida allows medicinal use of every part of the cannabis plant, as well as any compounds created from the plant or the resin extracted from the plant. It’s important to understand, however, that the law requires that all medical marijuana products are obtained from a state-licensed medical marijuana treatment centers (MMTCs).
Florida clearly outlines the conditions that qualify for medical marijuana treatment. They include:
The law also allows use for “diagnosable, debilitating conditions” like migraines, depression, and anxiety and for chronic nonmalignant pain. You can also be cleared for medical marijuana use for terminal conditions, although those must be diagnosed by a different physician than the one who issues your certification.
The process begins with a visit to a certified doctor. This visit works in much the same way as a normal physical exam and includes a discussion of your health history and any medications you’re currently taking.
If your practitioner determines you qualify for a medical marijuana card, they will submit the recommendation paperwork on your behalf. You’ll then create an online account through the Florida Department of Health to confirm your residency status and pay your $75 fee. Once approved, you’ll receive your medical marijuana card.
If you’d like more information or are ready to begin this process, call the office today to set up a visit, or spend a few moments on the online booking page.