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6 Things to Know Before Your Medical Marijuana Evaluation

    • With a little preparation, you can face your medical marijuana evaluation head-on without fear or uncertainty. The first thing to know is that you can schedule a virtual evaluation appointment through an online service like TeleLeaf.

 

    • You should also consider what documentation and records you need to submit, and be prepared to discuss your medical history and past experiences with marijuana (if you’ve used it before).

 

    • Most importantly, feel free to ask your doctor questions, and remember that they have your best interest at heart.

 


You’ve taken the first major step on your healing journey: you scheduled a doctor’s appointment for your medical marijuana evaluation. Now what?

Leading up to your evaluation, you may feel a complex mix of emotions: uncertainty, eager anticipation, nervousness, and relief. The list goes on.

Fortunately, TeleLeaf is here to show you that there’s nothing to fear about your medical marijuana evaluation. After reading our guide to 6 things to know before your medical marijuana evaluation, you’ll be fully prepared to attend your upcoming appointment with confidence and excitement.

#1: You Can Make a Virtual Appointment!

Telehealth appointments have become increasingly popular for a variety of reasons. They:

  • Remove the distance barriers from access to medical care
  • Make doctor’s appointments more convenient for patients with busy schedules
  • Allow patients to receive care in a comfortable and familiar space

You might already be using telehealth with other providers; your medical marijuana evaluation can be virtual, too.

If you’re searching for the best online medical marijuana card service, look no further than TeleLeaf. We connect you with only the most experienced and compassionate medical marijuana doctors who will understand your needs and help you access the right treatment options for you.

When you choose TeleLeaf, you’re choosing:

  • Convenience
  • Efficiency
  • Affordability
  • Continued care

After you’re approved for a medical marijuana card, we won’t send you on your way without a roadmap. We’re committed to guiding you on your holistic healing path by providing individualized medical marijuana advice, help with renewing your card, and more.

#2: You’ll Need to Provide Proper Documentation

Before you arrive at your in-person or virtual medical marijuana evaluation, make sure you have all the necessary documents for a smooth approval process.

To approve you for a medical marijuana card, most providers will need to see:

  • Valid identification – Doctor’s offices don’t always require you to show your ID to access their services, but medical marijuana is a special case. Most states have age minimums for their medical marijuana program (for example, in Louisiana, it’s 18), so you’ll need to prove that you’re old enough to apply. Valid IDs can include your driver’s license, as well as your passport, state ID, or military ID card.
  • Proof of residency – Since medical marijuana programs are run by individual states, you’ll need to verify that you’re a current resident of the state where you’re applying. Examples of valid proof of residency documents include driver’s licenses, state IDs, credit card statements, lease agreements, and more. In Louisiana, you don’t need to prove your state residency to get a medical marijuana recommendation.

You may also need to provide certain medical records that show that you have the conditions or symptoms you’re seeking treatment for. You’ll likely be able to submit these records to your doctor ahead of your appointment for ease and efficiency.

One piece of documentation you won’t need is your health insurance card. Currently, medical marijuana is not covered by insurance since the federal government classifies it as a Schedule I drug. While this is unfortunate, it’s worth noting before your evaluation.

#3: You and Your Doctor Will Discuss Your Medical History

The bulk of your medical marijuana evaluation will be dedicated to assessing the reasons why medical marijuana may be the right treatment for you. Naturally, your doctor will ask about your current medical condition(s), as well as your medical history.

In order to be approved for a medical marijuana card, you need to have one of the qualifying conditions that your state recognizes as a valid reason for medical marijuana use. Most states have fairly extensive lists, and many allow doctors to have the final say about whether your condition warrants a medical recommendation.

Qualifying conditions vary by state, but some common ones include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Insomnia
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Cancer
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Glaucoma
  • Seizure disorders, including epilepsy
  • Muscle spasms and multiple sclerosis (MS)

Your doctor will know whether your condition qualifies for a medical marijuana recommendation according to your state’s guidelines.

Note again that in many states, including Louisiana, a patient with any condition that a doctor believes would benefit from marijuana treatment can qualify for a medical card. It’s important to be honest and open about your medical experiences so your doctor has all the information they need to properly evaluate you.

#4: Your Doctor May Ask If You’ve Ever Tried Marijuana

Before you panic—this is not a trick question!

If (or when) your doctor asks if you’ve used marijuana in the past, it’s not to catch you off-guard or report you for illegal substance use. They simply want to better understand your experience so they can determine whether marijuana will be a good fit for you.

If you’re worried about disclosing this information, or any part of your medical history, rest assured that your privacy is protected by law.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed in 1996 to create national healthcare privacy standards. The HIPAA Privacy Rule protects your personal health information and allows the safe transfer of medical documents. Under HIPAA, your personal information can only be shared with your consent.

All healthcare providers—including your medical marijuana doctor—are required to comply with HIPAA.

Remember: your doctor isn’t trying to incriminate you. They care about your health and well-being, full stop.

#5: Your Evaluation Goes Both Ways—Ask Questions!

Your medical marijuana doctor is going to ask you lots of questions about your medical history and past experiences. It’s only fair that you get to ask some questions of your own.

Here are just a few examples of the kinds of questions you can (and should!) ask during your evaluation:

  • How has marijuana helped others with my condition?
  • What kinds of marijuana products are available to me? Do I have to smoke it?
  • I take other medications. Will marijuana negatively interact with them?
  • Will marijuana allow me to reduce the use of my other medications?
  • What medical marijuana restrictions or regulations should I be aware of?
  • Do I have to renew my medical card? How often?

After you’re approved for a medical marijuana card, your doctor (or online services like TeleLeaf) can connect you with pharmacists who can answer even more specific questions you may have about medical marijuana, including the best products to use, the proper dosages, and more.

#6: Everyone Has Been a Patient Before

Talking to doctors can be intimidating for some people. Sitting on the opposite side of their desk (or even on the flip side of a computer screen) and being asked personal questions can feel a bit like you’re in the hot seat.

Before you get cold feet, remember that your doctor has probably been in a position similar to the one you’re in now.

We at TeleLeaf understand how important your medical marijuana evaluation is—and how nerve-wracking it can be. That’s why we treat our patients with the utmost care and compassion. It’s our job to listen to your needs and fulfill them. We’re here for you.

If the nerves start to creep up during your evaluation, remember to stay focused on the goal: access to safe and holistic healing.

TeleLeaf Simplifies the Medical Marijuana Recommendation Process

With TeleLeaf, you can obtain your medical marijuana recommendation online, the same day as your evaluation. And you don’t have to scour the internet for the best medical marijuana doctors in your state—we have them all for you right here.

If you and your provider decide that you’re a good match for cannabis treatment, you’ll gain near-immediate access to medical marijuana products and dispensaries. And if for some reason you don’t qualify for a medical card, we’ll give you your money back, guaranteed.

Schedule a virtual appointment today, and be seen as early as tomorrow. You’ve spent this long waiting for access to the right treatment—we won’t make you wait any longer.


Sources:

Louisiana State Legislature. PART X-E. THERAPEUTIC USE OF MARIJUANA.
https://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/Law.aspx?d=96986

ProCon.org. State-by-State Medical Marijuana Laws.
https://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/legal-medical-marijuana-states-and-dc/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
https://www.cdc.gov/phlp/publications/topic/hipaa.html

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