Can You Get Medical Cannabis for Migraines in Florida
Yes, you can get a medical marijuana card for migraines in Florida.
Migraine sufferers have very few options for relief. For most people who suffer from migraines, traditional over-the-counter medications such as Excedrin, Tylenol, and Advil are not effective at relieving the debilitating pain that comes with migraines.
And pharmaceuticals often prescribed for migraines can be toxic and potentially come with serious side effects.
However, for many Americans suffering from migraines, medical marijuana, and CBD oil have proven to be not only effective at alleviating their pain, but have also proven to be quite safe to use.
Migraine headaches are not on Florida’s list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana. However, residents might still be eligible for a medical marijuana card for migraines in Florida. In this post, we’ll explain why that is true and how to get a Florida medical marijuana card.
Do migraine patients qualify for medical marijuana in Florida?
In order to qualify for a medical marijuana card in Florida, you must suffer from one of a list of qualifying conditions. Migraines are not on that list.
Does this mean migraine sufferers are ineligible for medical marijuana in Florida? Thankfully, no!
Among the list of specific conditions, is this clause:
“Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those listed.”
What this means is that exceptions can be made for those suffering not only from migraines but potentially a host of other ailments not specifically mentioned on the list of qualifying conditions.
So, who gets to decide if your medical condition is “comparable to those listed”?
Thankfully, it’s not the state, but your doctor who gets to decide whether or not medical marijuana can safely bring relief for your condition.
How to get a medical marijuana card for migraines in Florida
Before your Florida medical marijuana card application can be approved you first need the blessing of a state-certified Florida medical marijuana doctor.
Both permanent and seasonal residents can get a medical marijuana card in Florida. Patients must be 21 years of age or older to apply. A parent or guardian of a minor patient may also apply on the patient’s behalf.
It’s actually quite common for migraine patients to be approved for a Florida medical marijuana card.
However, when you call to make an appointment, you will be asked a few about your condition. Let them know that you wish to use medical marijuana to treat migraines.
You’ll be told whether or not you are likely to be approved when you call to make your appointment.
In order to make a determination of your eligibility, your doctor will obviously ask you about your history and experience with treating your migraines. He or she will also inquire about other things such as your lifestyle and work environment.
If there are no red flags, approval is likely.
Assuming you are approved, your doctor will enter you into the state’s medical marijuana registry database. Once you have this “note from your doctor,” so to speak, you can sign onto the Florida Medical Marijuana Registry website and complete your application.
A paper application is also available if you prefer.
An application fee of $75 must be paid at the time of submission.
It will take some time for the actual card to arrive in the mail. However, as soon as your application is approved, you’ll immediately be able to buy medical marijuana from any Florida medical marijuana dispensary using your drivers license or other state-issued ID.
Florida medical marijuana cards expire after one year from the date of approval. However, you might be required to follow-up examination before the card expires.
Current card-holding patients making follow-up appointments may take advantage of Florida telemedicine laws.
This means that in most cases you can see your doctor via audio or video conference. There’s no need to show up in person for the appointment.
Cannabis strains reported to help with migraines:
Hemp CBD an alternative to medical marijuana
If, for some reason you are denied a medical mirijuana card you still have an option. Hemp — which is essentially marijuana without the intoxicating compound THC — is completely legal in Florida as is CBD oil derived from hemp.
Hemp and CBD oil can also be purchased online and delivered to your home.
And finally, you could conceivably grow your own hemp, but you’d need a license from the state.
If you are interested in becoming a Florida medical marijuana patients, we make it easy to connect with a Florida marijuana doctor near you that is actively certifying MMJ patients. You will also receive updates, news as well as specials from local dispensaries.
To get started, simply fill out the MMJ patient registration form and press submit. A clinic representative will contact you to review and schedule your appointment. For Florida marijuana card renewals, appointments can be done online using telemedicine. See if you qualify today!
Patient Registration Form
Florida medical marijuana links:
Additional sources of information:
The Office of Medical Marijuan Use is open weekdays, 8 am – 6 pm, EST (excluding state holidays)
- Phone 800-808-9580, 850-245-4657
- Fax 850-487-7046
- E-mail MedicalMarijuanaUse@flhealth.gov
- Address Office of Medical Marijuana Use, PO Box 31313, Tampa, FL 33631-3313