Using Telehealth for MMJ Cards: The Future of Medical Cannabis Consultations

Medical marijuana is already an accepted form of treatment of qualifying conditions in the many US states. In addition to the rise in the medical marijuana industry’s legitimacy, the consultation and procurement of medical marijuana cards is being revolutionized thanks to telehealth and at-home virtual consultations.

What is the point of a medical marijuana card?

If you want to purchase medical marijuana, you need to have the means to do it legally, and a medical marijuana card is the way to do that. The process of getting a medical marijuana card will depend on the state you live in, but there are some common sense rules that apply. For example, since you have to be a certain age in order to actually use marijuana (with some exceptions), they will require a legitimate photo ID

In addition to requiring certain forms of identification, you may also need to demonstrate to an authorized physician that you have a medical need for using marijuana. There are a number of things you may be able to receive a prescription for with respect to medical marijuana. These include cancer, HIV/AIDS, autism spectrum disorder, and more. In the case of the former two ailments, one of the best things about using medical marijuana is that it often helps you handle the nausea that often comes with these illnesses (or chemotherapy). It can also be used to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder and to help you keep it relatively under control.

Do you need a marijuana card to purchase marijuana for recreational use?

If you are looking to enjoy marijuana recreationally, you may be wondering whether a medical marijuana card is necessary. Thankfully, marijuana dispensaries do not require such a thing, for the same reason why you do not need a custom card for alcohol or cigarettes. All you need to do is have a valid state ID and reach the age of majority (often 21 years of age, much like alcohol).

How do telehealth services help?

One of the drawbacks of an MMJ card is the annual renewal. A telehealth service makes the renewal process easier by doing everything online. So long as your conditions remain, or you have developed new conditions that require medical marijuana, your telehealth provider may be able to help you get your information updated on your medical marijuana card.

Is there a medical marijuana card that is distributed federally?

While medical marijuana is legal in a number of states (37 states and counting as of publication), this does not extend to the federal level. To date, the federal government still frowns upon the use and sale of CBD products, and the government can even charge people for using CBD in a state where both it and the method of consuming it are legal. However, it is important to note that CBD hemp is legal, so long as the THC rate is under 0.3 percent.

Marijuana, regardless of whether it is used for medical or recreational purposes, is classified as a Schedule I drug. This classification basically communicates that the drug has a high risk of abuse, has little to no medicinal value, and/or can be dangerous when ingested. Whether any one of these, let alone all of them, are true is dubious, but that is the reasoning the federal government employs.


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The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (NDPS Act) outlaws the recreational use of cannabis products in India

CBD oil manufactured under a license issued by the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 can be legally used in India, for medicinal purposes, only with a prescription, subject to specific conditions. Kindly refer to the same here for the legalities of use in India

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