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For your everyday questions like “Is cannabis legal?”, “How do I get a medical marijuana card?”, “How old do I have to be to apply for a MMJ card?” etc., scroll down to the menu at the end of this article.

Unfortunately, answering all of your health-related medical marijuana questions on one page would be an almost impossible task. That’s why we have a blog section entitled Medical and Health, where we answer these questions in more detail. We are also currently working on research on medical marijuana and its applications and uses for various conditions on our Medical Conditions, so check here if you’re wondering about how cannabis might work for specific conditions.

What’s the Difference Between Hemp and Cannabis? – Explaining the differences between medical marijuana and hemp.

3 Major Health Problems Medical Marijuana Can Help With – The most common problems cannabis can help with, including headaches/migraines, cramps & spasms, and anxiety & depression.

Cannabis Concerns: Culture and Usage – People’s most common fears looked at. We look at families & social life, jobs & insurance,whether or not you’ll get arrested, the best method of consumption, and what type of strain/cannabinoid you’re looking for.

Cannabis Concerns: Marijuana and Prescription Medicine – We look at some of the most common questions surrounding medical marijuana, including whether or not cannabis will interfere with other medications, mental health, strokes and heart attacks, and addiction.

How Do I Use Edibles Safely? – Learning how to use edibles safely is more of an art than a science at the moment. Yes, there is a science to it, too, but as eating marijuana is so different in its effects in comparison to other ingestion methods, we though it best to dedicate an entire blog post to it.

3 Big Questions About Marijuana, Answered – A few of most common questions concerning the effects of marijuana, including whether or not marijuana is addictive, whether or not marijuana will turn you into a lazy so-and-so, and a few of the potential negative health effects of using cannabis.

How to Get a MMJ Card for Your Child – It may sound unusual, but medical marijuana is indeed a cutting-edge pediatric medicine. Cannabis has a magin of error that most other medications would be jealous of were they living beings capable of thought and emotion. Check this page out if you’re at your wit’s end and are considering medical marijuana for your child.

5 Reasons Why Cannabis is Great for Seniors – Seniors are the fastest-growing demographic of new medical marijuana users. Find out why here, and why it may be great for you, too!

Finding Your Ratio of CBD to THC – Thinking about strain names can prove problematic when looking at marijuana as a medicine, when it’s the cannabinoid and terpenoid profile that really matters when it comes to effects. Here are some reasons why a 1:1 ratio of CBD:THC might work best for some people. Remember, though: everyone responds differently to different cannabinoid concentrations and ratios.

What Types of Medical Marijuana Are There? – A table including the breeder, strain, genetics and effects/use of different strains.

Medical Marijuana Consumption Methods: Pros & Cons – A post on the different methods of consuming cannabis and the advantages & disadvantages of each.

What is a Medical Marijuana Dispensary/Club? – Post detailing what consitutes a medical marijuana dispensary or club.

Getting Cannabis into Your System and How it Works – The best way of getting cannabis into your system.

Is Marijuana a Drug, Medicine or Both? – The reasons for all three, and why we think marijuana is medicine.

Is cannabis legal?

Cannabis is not legal federally, and is considered a Schedule I drug. However, states can legalize cannabis for medical or recreational use without the need for federal permission, to put it simply. Unfortunately, this means people can still be federally prosecuted for cannabis, even in states that have legalized it.

We recommend not carrying your cannabis when travelling to other states, and keeping to within the confines of the law in terms of the amount you can carry or grow. Please don’t give law enforcement a reason to arrest you. Please do not mail it to someone across state lines, and do not think that Obamacare will save you – it won’t.

What do I need to qualify for a medical marijuana card?

A valid state-produced ID (doesn’t have to be Californian) and proof of residency in California (e.g. rent or mortgage agreement, official government letter, utility bill, bank statement). Having your personal health records and medication list to hand may also help, but is not a requirement. However, there are discrepancies. Some dispensaries in Northern California will accept out-of-state-ID, whereas dispensaries in the south of California may not.

Doctor Frank can also recommend medical marijuana for patients in Nevada. Nevada can take out-of-country passports as identification as well – you just need proof of residence in Nevada.

How do I get a medical marijuana card?

In three easy steps:

1) Apply online and have a consultation with your physician.

2) Receive your medical recommendation letter should you qualify.

3) Get your medical marijuana card and start using the dispensaries!

Click on the "Get a Medical Card Here" link at the top of this page. You will be asked to set up a profile, and then you can set up an appointment with Dr. Frank, either in-person or via telehealth.

How much does it cost to get a recommendation letter and MMJ card?

$50 for a standard recommendation letter. $60 for a recommendation letter and MMJ ID card. $139 for a recommendation letter, MMJ ID card and growers recommendation card. You are only billed if your application is approved.

Is there a difference between applying online and going to see a doctor in person?

Some people prefer a face-to-face meet, whereas others may feel more comfortable online. Both are as private as each other, and the doctor can see you over the camera if you need to show them something. However, in some instances, a face-to-face meeting may be best, whereas in other instances online can be best.

What about privacy and security?

We are 100% secure and HIPAA compliant. If you’re worried about the state knowing about your cannabis use, don’t worry – records are kept by health departments, not law enforcement departments. Law enforcement can only search your ID number by looking at your card and running it through a database.

Where can my medical marijuana card be used?

In any medical marijuana dispensary in California. They will check your ID and recommendation letter, then let you in if everything’s valid. Some dispensaries may require you to call ahead, so it is recommended you do so if you live near such a dispensary.

We can issue recommendations for Nevada as well. Those who qualify for a medical marijuana card in Nevada can start buying flowers, extracts, edibles and other cannabis-based products from one of Nevada's dispensaries.

Can I use my medical marijuana card in other states?

Depends on the state! Some states have “reciprocity agreements”, meaning they recognise out-of-state medical marijuana patients. Arizona, Delaware, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island all have reciprocity policies. Nevada is perhaps the most open state for the moment.

Can I use my out-of-state MMJ card in California?

For the moment, no. If you’re in California long enough to be considered a resident (and have residency somewhere), then get a California-specific MMJ card! Remember – your state-issued ID doesn’t need to be from California! We may have some reciprocity with Maine and Rhode Island, but this depends upon dispensary.

Can Dr. Frank recommend patients from outside of California?

Yes. Dr. Frank can recommend patients from Nevada as well as California. You can book an appointment with him online and see him as soon as possible/available- we are telehealth ready!

As for Maine and Rhode Island, California has some reciprocity laws, but there is some confusion here for the moment (we will update you as soon as the law becomes clearer to us). We recommend calling a dispensary and asking if they accept recommendations and MMJ cards from outside of the state.

What conditions will qualify me for a medical marijuana card in California?

Suffering from one of the following conditions will likely get you qualification for a MMJ card in California:

- Anxiety
- Arthritis
- Cancer
- Chemotherapy side-effects or radiation therapy side-effects
- Chronic pain
- Depression
- Fibromyalgia
- Glaucoma
- HIV/AIDS
- Migraine headaches
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease

This list is by no means exhaustive, and other chronic, life-threatening or persistent conditions (e.g. amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), lupus or diabetes) may also qualify you for medical cannabis. Call us today if you have a condition you feel may benefit from medical marijuana and are unsure about whether or not it’s listed as an accepted medical marijuana condition.

Marijuana’s legal from 2018 onwards in California – remind me why I need a medical marijuana card again?

You will not have to pay a sales tax of 15% (which could be raised any time). You can grow a lot more than 6 plants. You can carry up to eight ounces on your person, rather than just the one. There is more legal precedence for medical marijuana users than for recreational users – trust us, courts can be a headache! Anyone with an exemption to the age requirements for a medical marijuana card (18+ years-old) must carry a valid MMJ card.

Can I Apply on Someone Else’s Behalf?

Yes you can if you are their official caregiver. You must also fill out a Caregiver’s Pack if you are applying on behalf of someone else. This sort of license is usually given to those caring for loved ones who are sick and/or disabled.

You will also be eligible for all sorts of deals at dispensaries, and you’ll probably have access to a better quality of product as well (the best flowers, concentrate, transdermal patches, cuttings for growing and so on). Basically, getting a MMJ card could save you lots of money.

Feel free to ask us more questions. Please remember that this may be updated in future as laws change.

How old do I have to be to apply for a medical marijuana card?

If you are applying for yourself or as a caregiver, you must be 18 years old or older in order to apply for a medical marijuana card in the state of California.

You may be able to apply for a medical marijuana card for your child if you are their caregiver and your child suffers from a condition medical marijuana can be recommended for.

What about the health concerns?

We highly recommend checking out our blog and checking out the "Medical and Health" page as well. Here, we discuss the most common cannabis concerns, its relationship with the human body, the best ways of taking it, and what conditions it might (and might not) work with.

As there are so many health concerns (and benefits, of course) and questions, we thought it best to dedicate an entire section to answering them!

What about my health insurance?

Unfortunately, using cannabis, even for medical reasons, may invalidate your health insurance. Not all states are like this, and different employers and health insurance companies may have different rules, but you will need to read your policy properly.

What about employers?

In some states, employers cannot discriminate against those using cannabis for medical reasons. In California, however, this is not the case, and employers are allowed to terminate the contracts of those using marijuana for medical reasons.

What is a medical marijuana dispensary?

A medical marijuana dispensary is a place where you can buy marijuana flowers, extracts and lots of other marijuana-based products. Dispensaries must be licensed and sanctioned by their jurisdiction, otherwise they are illegal and will be shut down sooner or later.

What types of medical marijuana/cannabis out there?

Lots! Generally, cannabis can be broken down into three main types: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and the auto-flowering Cannabis ruderalis. They all have different cannabinoid and terpenoid profiles, depending upon their parents, the phenotype that results once the seed is popped and the conditions & altitude the cannabis plant is grown in. Cannabis ruderalis, however, has a low-THC, high-CBD ratio.

Why do you say "recommend" rather than "prescribe"?

Cannabis and many cannabinoids are federally illegal. Prescribing cannabis would get doctors arrested. Hence, doctors can only "recommend" medical marijuana for a list of specific conditions.