Medical Marijuana Treatment
At Advanced Pain Medical Center, Dr. Stewart believes that all viable treatment avenues should be explored. This includes considering the use of medical marijuana in certain treatment scenarios, and Dr. Stewart is approved by the State of Florida to recommend medical marijuana.
Medical Marijuana Introduction
The State puts restrictions on who would qualify for a medical marijuana order (we don’t use the term “prescription”).
Approved medical conditions are the following:
- positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- multiple sclerosis
- medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those above
- terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the physician certification. “Terminal condition” means a progressive disease or medical or surgical condition that causes significant functional impairment, is not considered by a treating physician to be reversible without the administration of life-sustaining procedures, and will result in death within 1 year after the diagnosis if the condition runs its normal course
- chronic, nonmalignant (non-cancer) pain
The videos below illustrate Dr. Stewart’s thoughts on medical cannabis and Amendment 2, which was passed in November 2016 and became law in the summer of 2017.
Medical marijuana is still a schedule 1 substance, as the Federal Government reaffirmed this on August 11, 2016. (Click for more information). So, to the Federal Government, there is no such thing as “medical” marijuana. It either is marijuana or it is not.
Important Items to Know Prior to Setting an Appointment for a Medical Cannabis Evaluation
- Marijuana is not covered by insurance. You will be required to pay for the drug.
- Medical marijuana cannot be smoked. That form of the drug will remain illegal in Florida under all circumstances. Vaporizing, oral ingestion (edibles, tinctures, capsules, and oils), sublingual application (dissolvable strips, sublingual sprays, medicated lozenges, and tinctures), and topical application (lotions, salves, patches, bath salts, and oils) will be permitted. WE DO NOT TYPICALLY OFFER A “VAPE” OPTION. Please plan on an ORAL formulation.
- Marijuana remains federally illegal, and physician’s DEA license is federally-based. Therefore, the physician must make responsible recommendations, and that may mean that you do not receive this therapy. On your initial visit, you will receive a consent form detailing such examples of how that could occur. Your payment will be refunded prior to your seeing the physician if you do not agree to those terms.
- Initial and ongoing medical cannabis evaluations are self-pay only. No insurance is accepted for this visit. No checks are accepted for this visit type.
- The initial and periodic evaluations for medical cannabis will not be combined with regular office visits (for the purposes of health insurance) if you are a current patient of Advanced Pain Medical Center. If you are a regular patient of Advanced Pain Medical Center, you can may schedule both regular and medical marijuana visits on the same day. However, they will be treated as separate encounters.
- Following your initial encounter, the usual and customary clinic standards will be enforced (e.g., appointment scheduling, cancellation fees, no-show fees, etc.).