Sometimes, the most intimidating part of becoming a medical cannabis patient isn’t the first trip to the dispensary, or even the first dose, but instead figuring out how to find a good medical marijuana doctor.
Beginning the journey can seem daunting, especially if you don’t have a primary doctor willing to talk to you about the process. Fortunately, there are many great resources to help you navigate becoming a medical cannabis patient. Below, discover how to easily start the process and ensure you’re finding the right physician for you.
3 STEPS FOR FINDING A MEDICAL MARIJUANA DOCTOR
For any patient interested in getting a medical marijuana card, obtaining your physician recommendation is the first priority. Whether you have past experience treating your symptoms with marijuana or you’re considering this option for the first time, the doctor approval process is important.
We hope the following steps will answer your questions and get you started on the path to becoming a medical marijuana patient.
STEP 1: CHECK YOUR STATES LIST OF QUALIFYING CONDITIONS
Every state has their own list of qualifying medical marijuana conditions, with some having a more restricted list than others. For example, some states permit medical cannabis for common issues like insomnia, while others reserve it only for severe diagnosis such as cancer or AIDS. Meanwhile, other states allow physicians to make a recommendation at their own discretion.
Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Florida include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/Lou Gehrig’s disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Chronic seizures
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Medical conditions of the same kind of class as or comparable to those listed above
- A terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the certification
- Chronic nonmalignant pain
STEP 2: OBTAIN YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS
Your new cannabis doctor will need to have access to your medical records like any other physician. If you have a primary care physician who is experienced with your medical history and current treatments, that’s a good place to ask for a referral as well as your records.
Your primary care physician should be able to provide guidance specific to your health needs and may be able to write a recommendation themselves. If your physician or nurse practitioner agrees to give you a recommendation for medical marijuana, then you’re well on your way to becoming an approved patient and do not need to seek a specialists.
STEP 3: FIND THE RIGHT MEDICAL MARIJUANA DOCTOR
Many patients do not have a primary care physician that is able to issue medical marijuana recommendations. In this case, the best approach is to visit a specialists who is experienced with medical marijuana treatment.
The best place to start is researching online and by word of mouth. This way you can see what options are available in your immediate area. While location is important, there’s also the question of how to know you’re seeing a doctor that is right for you.
Many people don’t know what to expect when visiting a medical cannabis doctor for the first time, and what’s more, they don’t know what they are allowed to expected. Usually, the medical marijuana doctor will confirm you have a qualifying condition, ask about your symptoms, prescribe their recommended solution, and send them on to a local dispensary.
YOU DESERVE A MEDICAL MARIJUANA DOCTOR WHO CARES
The Medical Group of South Florida is now offering medical marijuana consultations. If you have one of the qualifying medical conditions listed above and have been referred by your primary care physician, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bruce Eisenberg.
Dr. Eisenberg is an Internal Medicine physician who focuses on preventive medicine, working closely with patients to ward off diseases before they start. His approach consists of living a healthy lifestyle and recommending improvements one can make to see better results. Currently he finds an interest in evaluating the balances between traditional western medicine and alternative treatments including medical marijuana which in many situations are complimentary.
Now as a Medical Marijuana doctor, Dr. Eisenberg is able to see patients with a qualifying condition and prescribe them his recommended cannabis treatment. There are many ways to use the cannabis effectively, and this is a topic that will be discussed during your first consultation.
Questions? Talk to Dr. Eisenberg or call (561) 622-6111 to find out more information.