“What do I do when I get to the dispensary?” It’s one of the most frequent questions we hear from Florida Medical Cannabis patients.
Understanding your Medical Cannabis recommendation will help you to have a smooth and productive dispensary visit. Planning ahead is very helpful, especially for those new to cannabis. Unlike conventional medicine, Medical Cannabis patients have much more control and flexibility when choosing and dosing their medicine. Planning ahead can help alleviate some of the overwhelm of learning about the different medicinal products and help you to choose medicines that will be the most effective for your needs.
Florida's Office of Medical Marijuana Use Registry
After seeing our physician and receiving your Florida Medical Marijuana recommendation, we will enter an order into the State’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use patient registry. The order will specify the types of Medical Marijuana you are able to purchase, your recommended daily dose, and the amount of days of your order will be active. While the doctor may make suggestions, especially if you are new to cannabis, strain and specific product choices are yours to make at the dispensary.
The registry currently allows physicians to enter two orders for Medical Cannabis at a time - one for low THC and the other for medical cannabis. Low THC products have very little THC, thus no psychoactive effect, but are high in the healing CBD. Medical Cannabis products are “full strength,” meaning they are high in THC with a psychoactive effect. CBD amounts in Medical Cannabis products may vary.
In addition to the two types of medical cannabis, physicians may order up to two delivery methods per order. For the majority of patients this will include oral and inhalation methods, but other methods such as topical are available. Oral products include tincture, syringes (can be used sublingually or ingested), capsules, and concentrates. Inhalation products include vaporizer cartridges and cups. We’re happy to help all of our patients choose the correct products and strain types, but when it comes down to it - the decision is yours.
Accessing Your Florida Medical Cannabis Order
To access your order prior to visiting the dispensary login into the patient registry (https://mmuregistry.flhealth.gov) click on your profile and scroll down. Once you locate your active order you can click on each line to see additional information.
How much medication can I purchase?
Unlike other Medical Marijuana programs, Florida requires that doctors issue a recommended dosage amount, which is the cap on how much medication you can buy. Your doctor will recommend a specific amount of milligrams per day for a specified amount of days.
To find the total milligrams available for purchase during your order time period, multiple your daily total milligrams x the amount of days on your order. If you click the expand arrow next to your order a drop down will appear with max dosing information, your purchase history, and the total milligrams available. At the dispensary you will be able to purchase any combination of products and strains as long as you stay within your order type, delivery method, and milligram limit. Remember that you will have a separate order for each type of medical cannabis (low THC or medical cannabis) as well as orders for each delivery type (up to 2 per type).
Please remember the numbers listed are meant to be the MAX dosing - start low and slow, following the guidance provided at your in person exam. Very few patients will need max dosing.
Each product available in the dispensaries will specify how many milligrams of CBD and/or THC it contains. As you purchase the milligrams will be deducted, like a bank account, from your total available like a bank. Remaining milligrams expire on the date listed. Any scheduled orders will begin automatically. If all your orders are expired or will be expiring soon contact us for an appointment. You will not verify or be able to purchase medication without valid and open orders.
How many milligrams do I have left?
If you click on your order the screen will expand to show a dispensed medication history. Underneath the dispensed medication information is the amount of milligrams remaining on your order. Remember milligrams expire on the date indicated and do not roll over to your new order.
How do I know what to buy?
If you need assistance our doctor and cannabis health coach will help you to decide on the specific products for your needs, but many patients prefer to experiment on their own. When purchasing medication at the dispensary you will be able to choose any strain or combination of products you want within your order recommendations.
There are a few things to consider:
- Delivery Method
The majority of patients will receive a recommendation for oral and inhalation delivery routes, which affords the patient a variety of choices in delivery methods. This blog post covers the available delivery options in Florida. Vaporizer and tinctures seem to be patient favorites, especially for those new to cannabis. To see the available products under each delivery route visit dispensary websites prior to your visit. Make a plan and have an idea of what you want to purchase prior to visiting. You can find a list of dispensaries under our resources tab.
The medicinal properties of cannabis vary by strain type and cannabinoid composition. While everyone's experience may vary, this post covers some common Florida Medical Cannabis strains.
To determine the best value of medication, divide the price by total amount of milligrams for a per milligram break down. You can review dispensary websites and review product info and prices online.