Medical marijuana was approved in Florida in November, 2016 with an overwhelming majority of voters favoring the new legislation. Since this is a new policy, there are still aspects of the legislation that have yet to acquire fortification in active use, but the guidelines mentioned below will allow Floridians to understand the law as it currently stands.

Treatment From a Certified Medical Marijuana Doctor

In addition to being a legal resident of Florida, those seeking medical cannabis must first be officially diagnosed by a physician for their debilitating condition.  diagnosed with a qualifying condition, as an individual must be a patient of Bruce Stratt, MD our medical marijuana doctor for a minimum of three months.

In addition to being diagnosed with a qualifying condition, an individual must be a patient of Bruce Stratt, MD our medical marijuana doctor for a minimum of three months.

The goal of the marijuana doctor is to identify whether the patient is suffering from a condition that would be satisfactorily treated with medical marijuana after other avenues of treatment have been assessed. Cannabis is seen as an alternative treatment option when other methods of treatment have not provided an ideal outcome.

This is why a certified Boca Raton Medical Marijuana physician needs to understand the patient’s ailments and determine whether medical cannabis will be an effective and worthwhile investment in the patient’s health. If no other feasible treatment options exist, the physician will authorize and order medical marijuana for the patient.

Medical Conditions that Qualify for Marijuana Treatment

Most medical conditions legally covered are limited to conditions that manifest physically, however, it’s possible that medical marijuana may still be an option for chronic mental conditions that are debilitating. Currently, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease, Epilepsy, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Arthritic Pain, Chronic Post Surgical Pain, IBS, OCD, Back Pain, Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Autism, Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome, Auto Immune Diseases, Neuropathy, Alzheimer’s Disease and any illness deemed terminal are potential qualifications for becoming a medical cannabis patient in Florida.

Patients who are suffering from a terminal illness must be assessed by a board-certified physician, but they don’t need verification from a certified medical marijuana doctor. They also don’t require the explicit recommendation for marijuana by their physician, but it’s necessary that FDA approved treatment options have been sought prior to marijuana treatment.

Other Debilitating Medical Conditions Not Specified

Often, patients don’t neatly fit within specific diagnostic criteria, especially if they have a rare disorder that’s not as well researched as other more high profile illnesses. If an individual is suffering from a condition that’s not listed specifically under the law, it’s possible that they will still be eligible for medical marijuana treatment.

With thorough review of a patient’s medical history, a certified Boca Raton cannabis physician will be able to recommend the best treatment plans, which may or may not include medical marijuana. If you’ve been suffering from a condition that has been treated with other drugs and therapies with limited success, seeking medical marijuana approval may be a good course to take.

Reach out today at (561) 571-9076 to see if you qualify for medical marijuana or fill out our evaluation form on this page.