Avecina Medical is a premier medical office that is able to evaluate and qualify patients for recommendation of medical cannabis. We provide our patients with the finest medical care. Our physicians have a deep understanding of the medicinal benefits of cannabis. Whether you’re a first time patient, or just looking to renew your cannabis card, Avecina Medical is your best choice for a medical cannabis evaluation.
Our goal at Avecina Medical is to empower families and patients to choose the best treatment approach for the patient’s medical condition. We are devoted solely to the evaluation and certification of qualified patients who meet the state of Florida legal requirements for receiving medical cannabis. In addition to patients covered under the state’s prior medical cannabis laws, we also treat patients who qualify under Florida’s amendment 2. The state of Florida strictly regulates low-THC and THC-containing medical cannabis. We’ve compiled all the details to make it easy for you.
Avecina Medical is committed to providing our patients the best possible care, while also complying with the ever-shifting legal landscape of medical cannabis. We will continue to update our information as the state of Florida clarifies the still ambiguous areas of law.
Here is a list of qualifying conditions:
ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
Any type of terminal condition
Any condition that is a similar type or class of the above conditions. An example is PTSD, depression, and anxiety etc… are similar types of conditions that cause significant decrease in quality of life.
Please contact Avecina Medical if you have specific questions to find out if your medical condition can possibly qualify for medical cannabis treatment.
Cannabis Certification Consultation
For each certification encounter with the patient, the physician must:
Conduct a physical examination including a full assessment of the patient’s medical history.
Diagnose the patient with at least one qualifying medical condition.
Determine whether the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for the patient.
Include attestation by a second physician for patients under the age of 18.
Determine whether the patient is pregnant.
Review the patient’s controlled drug prescription history in the prescription drug monitoring program database.
Review the medical marijuana use registry and confirm the patient does not have an active physician certification from another qualified physician.
Register as the issuer of the physician certification and Obtain voluntary and informed written consent.
Florida’s Medical Marijuana Use Registry
Entering the patient into the registry enables the state to issue a medical marijuana use registry ID number, which is required before the patient (or caregiver) can apply for the required ID card.
The patient will be placed into the medical marijuana use registry (where a unique patient ID number is generated) after:
The patient’s certification consultation with one of our physicians
All required medical documentation, such as proof of qualifying diagnosis, is in the medical chart.
Medical Marijuana Use ID Card
After being entered in the registry the patient and/or caregiver must submit a completed application to obtain a Florida medical marijuana use registry ID card. Applications are issued through the Office of Medical Marijuana Use. Once approved, an ID number and temporary ID card will be issued by email to the patient. Usually within one month, a printed ID card is sent to the patient/caregiver, but only the temporary ID card is needed to purchase the medical cannabis.
Obtaining Medical Cannabis from State-Approved Dispensaries
After receiving the temporary patient/caregiver’s state ID card, the patient/family can then visit or call one of the state-approved medical marijuana treatment centers to arrange the purchase of products sanctioned by the state of Florida. Avecina Medical will provide a list of the state-approved dispensaries. The ordering physician may certify a patient to receive up to a 70-day supply and provide up to 2 refills. It is the policy of Avecina Medical that patients return for a follow-up visit once every (6) months.
Types of Medical Cannabis
The state of Florida currently permits two types of medical cannabis treatments for qualified patients: low-THC medical cannabis and THC containing medical cannabis.
Low-THC Medical Cannabis
The active ingredient of low-THC medical cannabis is cannabidiol (CBD). This treatment does not cause the euphoric effects typically attributed to cannabis consumption. CBD appears to be non-toxic to humans; though some mild side effects have been reported, including increased sleepiness, fatigue, diarrhea, and change in appetite.
Low-THC Medical Cannabis
THC is the ingredient that causes the euphoric/psychoactive effects of cannabis. The doses needed to provide relief for the patient will vary, and with this, so can the euphoric effect. CBD should also be an ingredient of this treatment as it works synergistically with the THC, and can also decrease the euphoric effects of THC. This allows for higher doses of THC to be used by lowering the side-effects of the THC.
How Medical Cannabis Can Be Administered
Available Treatments in the State of Florida:
Cannabis derivatives may be available in the form of vapor, capsules, tinctures, oils, and topical, nasal, and transdermal applications.
Availability and product forms will be determined by Avecina Medical.