Are you trying to gain access to medical cannabis? Well first, you'll need a medical marijuana card.
Medical Marijuana is legal in 35 states in the U.S., and will likely be made legal in several more by the end of 2021.
On a federal level in the U.S., cannabis remains a Schedule 1 substance, meaning that there are no recognized medical benefits to the use of the plant and as such, it remains federally illegal. However, on a State level, more than half of the country allows marijuana to be prescribed for medical purposes.
Over the past few decades, research and anecdotal evidence has piled up surrounding medical marijuana and the ailments that it can treat, including Epilepsy, Chronic Pain, Insomnia, Anxiety, and many others. Now, it's a matter of getting the federal laws to catch up.
The advocacy work of many prominent celebrities such as Jay Z, Mike Tyson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and others have helped to lift the profile of cannabis and its derivatives to a mainstream level, in addition to a recent rescheduling done by the United Nations to acknowledge the lack of danger that cannabis use possesses.
Now, support for marijuana has reached an all-time high, with 68% of Americans supporting cannabis legalization.
If you live in a state that allows medical cannabis use, and you have a qualifying condition for medical cannabis, the first thing you'll want to do is get your Medical Marijuana Card.
Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis
In order to be prescribed medical cannabis in the United States, you must first have a qualifying condition that medical cannabis is considered helpful in treating.
These conditions vary from state to state, so it's worthwhile looking at the rules around medical marijuana in the state you're in before applying for medical cannabis. However, there are several qualifying conditions for cannabis which are largely accepted across the United States, which are as follows:
In some states, symptoms such as chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, and others may qualify you for medical cannabis, given the growing body of evidence supporting the use of medical cannabis to treat these conditions.
Find a Cannabis-Prescribing Physician
Firstly, you'll want to have your documentation in order, including your driver's license or passport, proof of residency, and any medical documents you have.
In many cases, doctors can be reluctant to prescribe cannabis, out of doubts of its efficacy, or a lack of knowledge of its benefits. As such, finding a physician or doctor who prescribes cannabis will be the main challenge involved with obtaining medical cannabinoid products.
Alternatively, in some states you can go online to find
Once you've found your prescriber and they have assessed your condition, you will be given your medical marijuana (MMJ) card!
You can take your MMJ Card to a local dispensary to get your supply of medical cannabis products, whether they be CBD-dominant, meaning that they don't possess the psychoactive effects, or THC-dominant, which comes with the "high" that marijuana use is known for.
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