THIS GUIDE EXPLAINS HOW HIV/AIDS PATIENTS CAN OBTAIN A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD.
If you’ve been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS and other treatment options aren’t working, you should consider medical marijuana (MMJ). Although regular medications are popular treatment options, they often have many side effects. Some of these side effects might include vomiting, insomnia, nausea, and anxiety. Many patients have found relief from these symptoms while on MMJ.
According to WHO (World Health Organization), over a million Americans are living with HIV or AIDS. The disease causes severe symptoms. For this reason, states that legalize medical marijuana include HIV/AIDS in their qualifying debilitating health conditions.
Additionally, marijuana counteracts the side effects of most antiretroviral therapies, which are used to fight HIV and AIDS. It simultaneously acts as an analgesic (pain reliever) and anti-emetic (stops vomiting), making the medication process more bearable.
BECOMING A MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT IN FLORIDA
Since Amendment 2 was passed on Nov 8, 2016, the list of health conditions qualifying for Florida medical cannabis prescriptions has grown. Also, patients now have access to more diverse strains with higher THC levels. Patients who suffer from Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, PTSD, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and ALS are now authorized to receive medical marijuana prescriptions. To receive Florida medical marijuana treatment, you will need a licensed Florida medical marijuana card.
Fortunately, the process for receiving the card is now very easy for qualified patients. Authorized medical marijuana clinics like Greenhealth will streamline your access to medical marijuana. If a patient fulfills the requirements, they can obtain a prescription for medical marijuana.
Please note that only residents of Florida (who can provide proof of their residency) can receive this prescription. Other states will have a different process or requirements to obtain medical cannabis.
CONDITIONS FOR BECOMING A QUALIFIED MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT IN FLORIDA
- To obtain a medical marijuana card in Florida, you have to fulfill the requirements below:
- Have the right documentation or I.D. to prove that you are a legal resident of Florida.
- Be at least 18 years of age – Although there are still provisions for younger patients.
- Present proof that you’ve tried traditional treatment methods, which have failed.
- Have a prescription from an authorized doctor affirming your health state qualifies for medical marijuana and that other treatment options have been inadequate. Finally, if you meet these conditions, then you can receive a Medical Marijuana Card. Finally, your doctor must submit your registration paperwork for your MMJ card.
FLORIDA MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD APPLICATION PROCESS
When patients with debilitating medical conditions like HIV/AIDS are applying for a Florida Medical Marijuana Card, they can refer to the following steps accordingly:
See a Doctor?
To treat yourself with medical marijuana, you must first find a qualified doctor. The doctor will then conduct a medical history diagnosis to see if traditional methods are really failing to cure the aliment. You must see this doctor for at least 3 months to confirm this. After this, the doctor can write you a prescription for medical cannabis and submit your details for a card.
Receive your Florida Medical Marijuana Card
After your doctor has completed the registration, you will receive a new Florida medical marijuana card in the mail.
Filling your Prescription
You’ll be prescribed medical marijuana by your doctor and receive your medical marijuana card. After this, you can fill your prescription at an authorized dispensing organization. Keep in mind that Florida prohibits reciprocity for medical marijuana.