Finding a medical marijuana doctor in California should not be difficult. Thanks to the internet and the development of telehealth, you can now do so even if the doctor is hundreds of miles away from you! Of course, you must be a resident of California in order to get a medical marijuana card as well as have the following:
- Photographic, state-produced identification (e.g. driver’s license, passport, official ID card). Please note that the ID doesn’t have to be produced by the state of California.
- Proof of address (e.g. utility bill, bank statement, rental/mortgage agreement).
- A reliable internet connection.
- A desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone with a working camera and microphone.
- Optional: medical history or medical notes.
So, if you need a medical marijuana card and recommendation in California, whether brand new or a renewal, then you can set up an appointment online with a trained physician at Leafwell, any time and from any place – just remember that you must be a resident of California in order to qualify.
If you want to set up an appointment online with Leafwell and see a doctor as soon as possible, all you have to do is follow these three simple steps:
- Setting up an account with a username and an email address and completing a questionnaire for pre-approval.
- Have a chat with a friendly physician.
- Once approved, you will be sent a recommendation letter via email, which can be downloaded and used immediately. It is worth printing and laminating your recommendation.
Even though cannabis is legal and available recreationally, there are still several good reasons to get a medical marijuana card and recommendation in California, including:
- Exemption from the sales tax portion of the cost of cannabis.
- Greater precedent with regards to protection from the law – medical marijuana laws have a longer case history in California.
- You can carry greater amounts of cannabis on your persons – 8 ounces for medical marijuana patients, as opposed to the maximum of 1 ounce for recreational cannabis.
- Arguably a greater number of products and dispensaries to choose from.
- Dispensaries often do special deals for medical cannabis patients.
- The ability to access guidance from health practitioners.
As for which conditions can qualify you for a medical marijuana card in California, here’s a list:
- Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
- Chronic pain and pain associated with chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) types 1 & 2
- Crohn’s disease
- Epilepsy and conditions that can cause seizures
- Irritable bowel disease (IBS)
- Migraines/persistent headaches
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Neuropathic pain, including that which is caused by diabetes
- Parkinson’s disease (PD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Severe nausea
- Side-effects of radiation therapy
- Any other chronic or persistent medical symptom that substantially limits the ability of the person to conduct one or more major life activities (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) or, if not alleviated, may cause serious harm to the patient’s safety or physical or mental health
The above list is not complete, although it does capture many of the conditions patients use medical cannabis for. If you think you’d benefit from medical cannabis, sign up and set up an appointment today!