So, you’ve been doing your research, finding out about medical marijuana, and confirmed that your condition is treatable with medical marijuana. You may be suffering from epilepsy, chronic pain, PTSD, nausea associated with chemotherapy, cachexia, or a host of other conditions that qualify you for medical marijuana in your state — but you’re not alone. There is help in the form of marijuana therapy, and you just have to find it. You’ve checked out the state government laws on marijuana, gotten your things in order to make obtaining a medical marijuana I.D. card in your state easier, and taken a look at the news and regulations. Now it’s time to find a marijuana doctor near you, who will confirm your condition for medical marijuana treatment so that you can get started with the most important aspect of marijuana therapy: getting your medicine and beginning treatment so you can find pain relief or relief from other symptoms your condition causes. But where do you look first? There’s so much information out there — some of it misinformation. Here’s a brief guide on how to locate a certified medical marijuana doctor in your area with ease, and get your treatment started right away.
Where Can I Find My Medical Marijuana Doctor?
You could waste immense amounts of time sifting through all the information on the Internet, asking friends, calling government offices and waiting on hold for hours, or you could go directly to a trusted website like MarijuanaDoctors.com. MarijuanaDoctors.com has been around since 2010, and its goal is to connect new and established medical marijuana patients around the United States to doctors in their area who can provide the services they need to obtain their medical marijuana and begin or continue treatment. MarijuanaDoctors.com has been featured as an excellent resource for patients on ABC, Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live, CNN, CBS, CNBC, Bloomberg, and Time. Their website gives you the ability to easily browse marijuana doctors in your area, and provides you with all information you need to know: location, price of a visit, medical marijuana license renewal, and reviews. After viewing the profiles of all the marijuana doctors near you and making your decision, you can then schedule an appointment on the MarijuanaDoctors website. You can choose the “do-it-yourself” package and fill out your own MMJ license application, or the doctor’s office can do everything for you – including an evaluation, an application to the state for your MJ license, and a temporary license that you can use as soon as you leave the office. Keep in mind that office hours may vary, and most insurance companies will not cover the costs of an MMJ license in most states.
What Should I Bring to My Medical Marijuana Doctor Appointment?
For most appointments, you should bring as much of your medical history information as possible. This will make it easier for the doctor to evaluate your personal medical issues and determine the best path for your marijuana therapy. Items like previous medical records (you can have these mailed or emailed to you or the medical office of your choosing by simply making a phone call or in some cases, go into your doctor’s office to collect them), medication bottles for medications you are currently taking for your illnesses or disorders, as well as a complete list of medications you are currently taking, and therapies you have tried. X-rays, MRIs and surgical scars from previous surgeries are also considered acceptable in many states. Records of previous doctor visits that pertain to your current condition are also acceptable, such as records from your chiropractor, physical therapist, massage therapist, acupuncturists, nutritionist, naturopaths, etc. Many doctors’ offices on the site have a medical records release you can download, print, fill out, and send to your previous doctors’ offices to make this process easier. Wait a reasonable amount of time, then give the medical marijuana doctor’s office a call and confirm that they have received your medical records, or bring them to the appointment you scheduled online. You could be at the appointment for about an hour, so schedule that into your day, as well. And that’s it! Happy appointment scheduling, and symptom relief!
This post was originally published on January 6, 2017, it was updated on March 15, 2017.