Posted on January 25, 2018

The first time to a medical marijuana dispensary, or Medical Marijuana Treatment Center as they are legally known in Florida, can come with anxiety and concerns. But with the right research and preparation, it can be a pleasant and simple task. Once a patient has registered with the Florida State Medical Marijuana Use Registry and obtained a cannabis card, they can follow these four tips to get started.

Prioritize Personal Needs

Many different strains and forms of marijuana exist, and cardholders should consult with their doctor about which options will work best depending on their medical needs. Strains can have different effects, causing reactions such as hunger, drowsiness, or even alertness. For users experiencing anxiety, a low THC strain, or cannabidiol (CBD), that produces calming effects is best. Cancer patients, on the other hand, may want to use a strain that helps increase appetite.

Determine Consumption Preferences

In addition, patients can consume marijuana in a variety of ways to suit their personal preferences. However, it's worth noting that smoking marijuana is still illegal in the state of Florida, even for cardholders. Popular alternatives include edibles, oils, creams, and vaporizers. Smoking and vaping are similar, though vaping functions at a higher temperature so that the user is not inhaling smoke. This method works almost immediately and lasts a few hours. Edibles are easier to consume, but it can take half an hour to an hour to see any effects; effects can last eight to twelve hours.

Not every dispensary will offer the same inventory. The products available can vary from location to location, so it's best to call ahead. For added convenience, many dispensaries in Florida offer delivery options, too.

Know the Laws

Since the passing of Amendment 2 in January of 2017, qualified physicians can now prescribe medical marijuana to eligible patients in Florida. However, marijuana is still illegal under Federal law, and residents should be cautious about flying across state lines.

When planning a trip to the dispensary, patients should be sure they have the proper identification, including their issued cannabis card, and that they have completed an evaluation within the last seven months.

Be Respectful

This should be an obvious one, but be respectful to the people working at the treatment center and the other customers. Dispensaries are actual businesses; they pay taxes and are part of the community. Visitors should not attempt to haggle with the employees, and non-cardholders should not try to obtain substances.

Visiting a medical dispensary for the first time can be a rewarding and exciting time. Armed with the right research, doctor recommendations, and legal documents, this should be a streamlined process. If you are a current Marijuana Doctor patient, you can browse dispensary locations to find one close to you. If you have a qualifying condition and want to learn more about our medical services, you can schedule your consultation today.