The laws pertaining to medical marijuana in Florida are specific and extensive. There are specific conditions which allow for patients to be eligible for a prescription for medical cannabis and, from there, the medication can only be prescribed by an eligible provider. One of the most challenging aspects of the usage of marijuana for medicinal purposes is distinguishing the difference between low-THC cannabis and medical marijuana. All are derived from the cannabis plant but each act in a different way have different prescribing requirements. Here at Fountain of You, Dr. Kim Zipper at is certified to offer qualifying patients a prescription for the use of medical marijuana in Melbourne, FL. She is an advocate for patients in need this life-changing drug and will work on your behalf provided the condition you suffer from is covered under the Florida law.
Currently, qualifying physicians are able to give two different types of prescriptions for medical cannabis: low-THC and medical marijuana. These are distinct from one another and we are going to dive deeper into the particulars to help you understand which, if either, you qualify for under the law.
Let’s begin with low-THC cannabis. Low-THC cannabis comes from specific parts of the Cannabis plant and contains up to .8% THC, tetrahydrocannabinol. THC Is the compound in the plant that creates a psychotropic effect which is responsible for an altered mental state. It does not give users the “high” typically associated with the use of marijuana. Low-THC may contain approximately 10% cannabidiol. Patients suffering from diseases and conditions such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, Parkinson’s, Chron’s Disease, and more may qualify for a prescription for this type of medical cannabis. To find out if you qualify, you must visit a physician who has participated in the training necessary to write a prescription.
Medical marijuana may come from all parts of the Cannabis plant and contains higher quantities of THC and cannabidiol. Medical marijuana also has psychoactive attributes and can alter one’s mental state. A qualified prescriber can write a script for this type of medical cannabis given the patient has the diagnosis of a terminal condition from their doctor that has also been verified by at least one other physician board-certified in the field of medicine for the given diagnosis.
As a patient, you must do your due diligence to find a physician who is qualified to order medical marijuana on your behalf. You must meet the standards and adhere to the dispensing laws as well in order to protect yourself. There is a state registry, found here on the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use. If you need more information on providers, license verification status, physician profiles, and more please visit here.
It is easy to become confused about the prescribing process and whether or not you qualify. We hope that this blog helps you feel more at ease and sheds light on the steps you must take to obtain a prescription. If you have more questions, we are ready and available to speak with you. Contact our office today.