IMPROVED HEALTH…Not Just A Card
Unlike new pop up practices exchanging money for a “card”,
Florida Compassionate Care Centers emphasizes CARE. We have an overriding interest in helping the vast majority of Florida residents who want to live better more comfortable and happier lives by ADDRESSING THE MANY HEALTH CONDITIONS they face. For most Florida residents, better health is a LONG TERM issue and we take a long term view. Florida law requires that medical marijuana card holders re-certify about twice per year – which gives us the perfect opportunity to monitor, discuss and adjust medical marijuana usage during these re-visits and over the phone in between.
The best medical marijuana care provider is a PRIMARY CARE doctor.
Our long list of Qualifying Conditions tells us that we will see a WIDE array of medical conditions brought to us by many patients. This is why it is critical to select a PRIMARY CARE physician as your medical marijuana certification and care-giving doctor. This class of doctor is better qualified to address the many conditions that can be helped by medical marijuana than a specialist physician. This same primary care experience applies to our Marijuana Health Specialist: a nurse who is a seasoned veteran of primary care practice who is a key player in getting our medical marijuana patients started right and helping them fine tune their product choices and usage over time.
YOUR PART IS EASY – OUR’S IS COMPLEX!
It is easy to qualify for the use of medical marijuana: the array of QualifyingConditions is wide AND we believe it is the right of every Florida resident with a diagnosed and life-limiting condition to TRY THIS POWERFUL AND NATURAL HEALTHCARE SOLUTION.
However, that vast array of conditions must be matched up with an amazingly complex variety of licensed dispensaries, each of which have different theories of product FORMULATIONS and PACKAGING and DELIVERY SYSTEMS. It is therefore imperative that anyone entering the world of medical marijuana for the first time identify – and place their healthcare in the hands of – a primary care experienced team that can MATCH UP varying conditions to the right starting type/dosing to get off to the best start.
We guide Florida citizens through the process of becoming certified in the State of Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry by:
- Interview to determine qualifying condition and source of medical records
- Securing medical records
- Determining the correct starting medical marijuana level of usage
- Entering the patient into the State Registry
- Conducting the required in-person exam with a physician
- Entering into the Registry for the patient the physician medical marijuana orders/recommendations for three 70 day periods to cover fully the State mandated period within which the patient must return to this office for Recertification. We schedule those recertification visits for every 6 months from original certification exam.
Start Low – Go Slow – Adjust to What Works for You
We know that every one of us is different – that our Endocannabinoid System may react differently to the same type and dosing of medical marijuana. We also know that 95% of everyone we see will not have any or any recent experience with marijuana use. That’s fine… it’s to be expected. This is why we start the majority of our patients with lower formulations and recommend initial purchases be for smallest medicine packaging. We have seen most of our patients adjust a) one way or the other on the CDB vs THC formulation ratio, including gaining familiarity to a subset chemistry called “terpenes”; b) between day and night formulations; and c) between methods of intake – “routes” as the State of Florida calls them – until they settle on what brings them maximum relief, improvement and happiness.
This is the main reason we recommend that our patients visit an ACTUAL RETAIL DISPENSARY versus ordering online for home delivery – at least at the beginning. The dispensaries have done a good job of hiring what one firm calls “Wellness Coordinators” who have been well trained in this new field to help us help you find the right first product(s) – and to be there for your subsequent visits to compare notes on how you felt, how something did or did not work and how to try a variation on this initial medicine.