Medical Marijuana Evaluation & Prescriptions
What Should YOu KNow About Medical Marijuana Evaluation?
While certified Oklahoma physicians do not prescribe Medical Marijuana – they are the source for recommending a patient be approved for a marijuana license. IV Health Center is a fully equipped medical facility that is now offering comprehensive medical marijuana evaluations. Patients will be seen by a qualified physician who is experienced in alternative medicine and non-traditional pain relief. Having experience in these fields gives the doctor a unique understanding on how to treat and care for a number of chronic conditions and ailments. You’ll receive an in-depth exam to evaluate your symptoms and determine if you would substantially benefit from using medicinal cannabis. Patients will also learn the risks and benefits of using this alternative therapy. You’ll be educated on the types and strengths of product that you should consider. Our goal is to bring medical marijuana therapy to patients that benefit from alternative medications, in a safe and productive manner.
You’ll develop a personal relationship with your provider and the IV Health Center staff, so that your care is monitored and evaluated to achieve medical goals and attain specific health needs. Approved patients will be able to submit their card applications to the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority for a license.
WHAT IS MEDICAL MARIJUANA?
The term medical marijuana refers to using the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat symptoms of illness and other conditions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine. However, scientific study of the chemicals in marijuana, called cannabinoids, has led to two FDA-approved medications that contain cannabinoid chemicals in pill form. Continued research may lead to more medications. Because the marijuana plant contains chemicals that may help treat a range of illnesses and symptoms, many people argue that it should be legal for medical purposes. In fact, Oklahoma and a growing number of states have legalized marijuana for medical use.
WHAT CONDITIONS MEET MEDICAL MARIJUANA CRITERIA?
Beginning in the fall of 2018, both adults and minors (under the care of a legal adult guardian) with Oklahoma residency may apply for a standard medical marijuana card. The Oklahoma law leaves much discretion to the physician to determine appropriate use. Since they have more research supporting their responsiveness to medicinal marijuana, these conditions commonly get approval from state programs and marijuana-friendly doctors:
- Chronic pain
- Severe nausea
- Epilepsy and other seizure disorders
- Terminal illness
- Muscle spasms
- Cachexia and wasting syndrome
- Neuropathic pain disorders
- Crohn’s disease
- Anorexia and bulimia
GET YOUR MEDICAL MARIJUANA PRESCRIPTION
In order to get your prescription, you’ll need to establish care with one of our certified physicians. You’ll meet with the doctor to make sure your disease meets established criteria. There are a number of items that you will bring with you to your evaluation 1) your past medical records documenting the disease, 2) Your application paperwork, found at www.omma.ok.gov, and 3) a copy of your drivers license.
Call us now at (580) 224-9000 to schedule your evaluation today!