Initial Steps to Obtain a Florida Medical Marijuana Card
Florida Department of Health & Medical Marijuaua Use Registry
Medical Marijuana Use Registry Login
Office of Medical Marijuana Use - Know the Facts
Registry User Guide for Patients and Caregivers
Department of Health Frequently Asked Questions
Medical Marijuana Card Paper Application and Help
Approved Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers
Applying for or Renewing your Medical Marijuana Card
Please note the medical use of medical marijuana does NOT include the following:
Possession, use, or administration of marijuana that was not purchased or acquired from a medical marijuana treatment center.
Use or administration of any form or amount of marijuana in a manner that is inconsistent with the qualified physician’s directions or physician certification.
Transfer of marijuana to a person other than the qualified patient for whom it was authorized or the qualified patient’s caregiver on behalf of the qualified patient.
Use or administration of marijuana in the following locations:
On any form of public transportation
In any public place
In a qualified patient’s place of employment, except when permitted by his or her employer
In a state correctional institution
On the grounds of a preschool, primary school, or secondary school
In a school bus, a vehicle, an aircraft, or a motorboat
Do not drive or operate any motor vehicle or machinery impaired using medical marijuana.
Obtaining a medical marijuana card does not protect you from Federal law where possessing any form of marijuana remains prohibited.
For more information on medical marijuana law please visit. Americans for Safe Access
Medical Cannabis Information
Chemical compounds named cannabinoids are mostly produced in secretions of the cannabis plant called trichomes. Evidence suggests that these compounds provide medicinal benefits. Cannabinoid components when consumed interact with receptor sites in the body and brain. These interactions mimic naturally occurring molecules called endocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids which refer to the plant components bind to CB1, CB2, and other cannabinoid receptors. Targeting endocannabiniod receptors with varying concentrations, routes of administration, and types of cannabinoids may achieve medicinal effects. This concept provides the foundation of cannabis based therapy.
Medical cannabis in Florida is cultivated by approved treatment centers in a secured, regulated, and controlled environment.
Raw material and essential compounds are harvested from the cannabis plants. These components are then laboratory tested to ensure safety and effectiveness. Some treatment centers will provide Certificates of Analysis for quality testing.
Medical cannabis that is approved by independent testing labs is formulated into various routes of administration including inhalation, oral, topical, sublingual & rectal preparations.
Our bodies utilize an endogenous system to maintain balance and homeostasis. This system is partly composed of endocannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptors. If you have ever felt the runners high this is the release of our own endocannabinoids. In nature the cannabis plant has been found to produce various phytocannabinoids and compounds that naturally interact with the human endocannabinoid system.
Most potent activator of CB1 and CB2 receptor sites. Numerous mechanisms of action and anti-inflammatory effects.
Has shown anti-inflammatory, anti-epileptic, and anti-proliferative effects.
May reduce the side effects of paranoia from THC. It also may act to suppress appetite.
Possible use for anti-epileptic and anti-psychotic applications. The US govt has patented CBD for anti-inflammatory and neuroprotectant effects. Recently FDA approved first of its kind CBD drug Epidiolex.
When combined with THC may provide superior pain relief.
Degraded THC, may cause sedative effect.
A potent antimicrobial agent.
Anandamide (2AG) produced naturally in the body and acts on CB1 and CB2 receptors. This interaction is thought to be involved with homeostasis of major body systems. These processes include energy, hunger, controlling cell death, pain response and more.
Marinol & Dronabinol
Plant aroma is largely attributed to small compounds called terpenes. Cannabis plants have a variety of these compounds. These small molecules may have various effects on the human body and can work in conjunction with cannabinoids to provide therapy. Terpenes are also found in common among other plant species.
THC may be more effective when mixed with other cannabinoids and terpenes. This concept is known as the entourage effect. There are hundreds of cannabinoids and terpenes that have been found in nature. Many combinations of these compounds may be used effectively to achieve various medicinal benefits.
Indica strains are usually shorter and bushier and have broad leaves. The effects of an indica are usually relaxing and possibly sedating with superior pain relief.
Sativa strains are taller and skinny with narrow leaves. These strains have a profile that can be described as uplifting and energetic. Sativa strains tend to be used for creativity and motivation.
Hybrid strains are created by crossing indica and sativa strains. Balanced hybrids, indica dominant and sativa dominant strains exist and will retain traits from their lineage.
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