How to Qualify for Medical Marijuana Florida: What You Should Know

Wondering how to qualiify for medical marijuana Florida? Well, wonder no more because today we’re talking about exactly that!

How to Qualify for Medical Marijuana Florida: What You Should Know

As a top Florida medical marijuana doctor, Dr. Tirmal works with many patients who want a better understanding of who qualifies for medical marijuana use. Today we’re going to share a little bit of the knowledge that he shares with those patients to help you to understand too.

Eligibility For Medical Marijuana in Florida

The first thing that you should know is that when we talk about qualifying for medical marijuana treatment, we are talking about eligibility. This means the criteria that you need to meet if you are going to qualify for medical cannabis use.

So, what are the qualifying criteria?

To qualify for medical marijuana treatment in the state of Florida you meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a permanent or seasonal Florida resident.
  • You must have a qualifying medical condition that has been diagnosed by a qualified Physician.
  • You must obtain a Florida medical marijuana card.
  • You must be entered into the Medical Marijuana Registry.

Dr. Tirmal offers all potential patients a free medical evaluation to help you to determine whether you meet the qualifying criteria to become a legal card-carrying medical marijuana patient in the state of Florida.

Qualifying Medical Conditions

What is a qualifying medical condition? There are many, but included among them are:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • A terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than Dr. Tirmal.
  • Chronic nonmalignant pain caused by a qualifying medical condition and pain that persists beyond the usual course of that condition.

Why Is There So Much “Red Tape” Around Medical Cannabis Use?

Like any medical treatment, it’s important that medical marijuana treatment is administered by a doctor who has experience and knowledge about the conditions being treated and the medication being used to treat those conditions. When the medication or treatment being used involves a controlled substance like medical marijuana, it requires even more careful monitoring.

Why is it so important to monitor medical marijuana treatment?

Prohibiting Abuse

Like many other medications and controlled substances, there is a potential for abuse of the medical cannabis industry. Meaning that patients can try to take advantage of doctors by feigning symptoms in order to obtain medical marijuana treatment. By having numerous regulatory processes in place, however, the potential for abuse of the medical marijuana industry is considerably lowered.

Limited Research

Because cannabis is a controlled substance it is exceptionally difficult for researchers to get a full understanding of the full potential of medical marijuana treatment because getting approval for studies is difficult. This means that while there are studies that show how beneficial medical marijuana treatment can be for certain conditions, this research is limited. This limited data means that it’s very important for doctors to closely monitor patients undergoing medical marijuana treatment both to contribute to research and to monitor the health of patients.

Monitoring Treatment Progress

Another reason why it’s so important for there to be “red tape” around medical cannabis treatment is so that doctors can closely monitor treatment progress. Like all medical treatments, not everyone responds to that medical treatment in the same way. Things like other medical conditions, genetic makeup, allergies, and overall health can all impact how your body responds to a treatment program so it’s important that your doctor can monitor you to see how well you are responding. This monitoring also allows your doctor to make adjustments to your treatment as needed so that you can get the most benefit from your treatment program.

Additionally, since there are various strains of medical marijuana and various strengths, it can be a process of trial and error to see which strain and strength is best for treating your symptoms and your particular condition.

Have More Questions About How to Qualify for Medical Marijuana Florida?

If you have more questions about qualifying for medical marijuana in Florida or if you’d like to consult Dr. Tirmal about a beginning medical marijuana treatment, Benevolent care is here for you. All you need to do is make an appointment online using our easy online appointment booking tool!

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