Plants Not Pills is your access point to save, effective medical marijuana in Florida.
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Plants Not Pills is your access point to safe, effective medical marijuana. Our team of medical cannabis specialists will:
- Connect you with a medical marijuana physician in your area who will assess your condition and qualify you for a medical marijuana card
- Provide Medical Marijuana education on usage, strains and methods of delivery
- Access those in need to Disability, Veteran and Palliative Care lifetime promo codes and discounts for medical marijuana products
- Regularly send you special offers and incentives for various dispensaries throughout Florida
- Provide administrative assistance with Medical Marijuana Card applications and renewals
Here at Plants Not Pills, we believe in equal and safe access for all Floridians seeking natural symptom relief. This is why all of our services are free of charge. However, please note that physicians’ fees for Medical Marijuana consultations are not covered by insurance at this time and are paid out of pocket by the patient. In addition, though we offer significant promotional codes and discounts through various licensed dispensaries, we do not cover the full cost of the medical marijuana you purchase.
Though marijuana has been used as a medicine in various cultures around the world, it is only in the last 3 decades that researchers have begun compiling clinical evidence of the incredible medical benefits of the 113 known chemical structures known as cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant and have been isolated for further studies.
The term medical marijuana refers to using the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat symptoms of illness and other conditions. Among the extracts that have shown to be the most effective in treating a wide array of symptoms include:
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): this is the principal cannabinoid in cannabis and the one directly responsible for the elevated or “high” effect associated with cannabis use.
Cannabidiol (CBD): this is the principal non-psychoactive cannabinoid. Results from dozens of clinical studies have suggested CBD has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-nauseant, anti-emetic, anti-psychotic, anti-ischemic, anxiolytic and anti-epileptiform effects.
When you take Medical Marijuana, the cannabinoids found in the plant attach to endocannabinoid receptors naturally found in your body. The endocannabinoid system has millions of receptors that are specially designed to interact with cannabinoids. THC and CBD naturally attach to the receptors and start communicating, which triggers the effects felt by cannabis. Together, THC, CBD and various other compounds work together to create the “entourage effect”, a therapeutic result that varies depending on the plant’s specific cannabinoid, terpene and flavonoid properties. The way the cannabinoid receptors react depend on what cannabinoid you ingest, as each has a different set of therapeutic properties.
The onset of the effects of medical marijuana and how long they last also depends on the way you ingest your medical marijuana.
Sublingual/Oral Solution: The properties of the Medical Marijuana are rapidly absorbed through the sublingual artery, your body’s main blood supply to the tongue.
Medical Marijuana Capsules: The capsules are processed through the digestive system first before the Medical Marijuana properties are distributed to other areas of the body. This is why the onset of effects from capsules generally take longer to feel.
Vaporization: Onset of effects are the fastest of any other form of ingestion as the Medical Marijuana properties are delivered directly into the bloodstream.
Medical Marijuana products are generally classified according to two distinct criteria: strain type and cannabinoid content
Cannabinoid Content: most strains are dominant in either THC, CBD, or contain a mix of both. This is why all medical marijuana products currently available are classified as either THC dominant, CBD dominant or Balanced, meaning that they contain both. Depending on your health condition, your Plants Not Pills affiliated physician will recommend the cannabinoid content specific for the symptom(s) you wish to treat. You may even be recommended a variety of strains with different cannabinoid content concentrations to be used throughout the day (i.e. a THC for the day or CBD at night or vice versa depending on your health needs).
Strain Type: Strains are generally classified into 3 main groups and depend on the specific: Indica, Sativa and Hybrid.
Indica: Indica strains are often as more sedative, physically relaxing strains that provide a heavy-bodied, numbing sensation.
Sativa: Sativa strains are thought to provide more energetic effects and provide an energy boost similar to caffeine or other stimulants.
Hybrid: A blend of both indica and sativa, these strains may be indica or sativa dominant or a near even balance of the two.
Since 2015, the Florida Department of Health has designated licenses to dispensaries that have meet the highest standards of cultivation and distribution. The medical marijuana products offered by licensed dispensaries come in the following forms:
Oral Solutions or Sprays
Oral solutions contain purified cannabis oil in a liquid form and are ingested with the help of a dropper that aids patients measure their dose. Oral solutions can be squeezed from the bottle directly under the tongue or taken with food and beverages (i.e. dropped into water, juice or onto a meal). In the case of an Oral Spray, the solution is sprayed onto the tongue or into the mouth.
Benefits: Easy to control dosage for a very low dose, Mild taste, Preferred method for children.
All vaporizers (or vapes) sold by dispensaries in Florida are pre-filled with cannabis oil made from cannabis plant extract and natural terpenes. The process of vaporizing means the cannabis oil is heated so that active cannabinoids can be inhaled through a mouthpiece on the vaping device.
Benefits: Easy to use, discrete and the onset of effect is quicker. For beginners vaping is an ideal way to control and monitor the effects of medical marijuana.
Medical Marijuana capsules contain a precise dose of active cannabinoids in the form of purified cannabis oil. This form of ingestion means it takes longer for the effects to kick in.
Benefits: These pre-dosed capsules can be easily swallowed and the duration of the effect is typically longer.
Each cannabis strain is unique, with varying characteristics defined by several factors. This is why it is essential that your medical marijuana physician guide you and takes the time to explain his or her dosage recommendations and the method of ingestion/consumption (oral solution, vape or capsule) most beneficial to your health condition. Your doctor may also offer recommendations on which dispensary has the medical marijuana products that provide optimal symptom relief.
Here at Plants Not Pills, we are only affiliated with physicians who have undergone extensive medical marijuana training and will take the time to guide each patient through the exciting, extensive but potentially overwhelming selection of strains and ingestion/consumption/delivery methods available to Florida Medical Marijuana patients.
Once you have your medical marijuana and know how you’re going to consume it, you should prepare for your first dose. Choose a time when you don’t have any personal or professional responsibilities, and make sure you’re in a comfortable environment. Your physician or cannabis clinic counsellor should have recommended a very small dose for your first time, and it’s critical that you adhere to their instructions.
Even with a minimal prescribed dose, the amount of cannabis necessary to result in noticeable effects will vary from patient to patient. We can’t stress enough how important it is to take it very slowly your first time. If vaping, take a single puff and wait at least 15-20 minutes to see how you feel. If you want to heighten the effects, take another small puff. With oils or edibles, you’ll have to wait even longer and it’s even more critical to start low and take it slow. Start by ingesting just half of the dose prescribed by your doctor and wait 60-90 minutes to see how you feel. The effects take longer to kick in, so don’t think your cannabis isn’t working and ingest even more.
If you experience any side effects during your first couple of cannabis sessions, please talk to your physician immediately. It may be necessary to switch strains or dosages. As you become more comfortable using medical cannabis, you can experiment with different consumption methods, times of day and types of strains or products to see what’s best.
Always remember that patients should completely avoid the use of any motor vehicles or heavy machinery while under the influence of their medical cannabis.
You may travel within Florida with your medical marijuana products, but you must have your medical marijuana card with you at all times. Air travel may be more difficult as certain airports and airlines do not permit travelling with medical marijuana products.
Out of State Travel
Depending on where you travel within the USA, you may not be able to take your medical marijuana product(s). Always check the state regulations and if travelling by air, call ahead to see the airline and airport policy on travelling with medical marijuana.
- Patients suffering from any of the qualifying conditions below are considered to be eligible:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those above
- A terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the physician certification
- Chronic nonmalignant pain caused by a qualifying medical condition or that originates from a qualifying medical condition and persists beyond the usual course of that qualifying medical condition
*A terminal condition is 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 diagnosis if the condition runs its normal course.
- Florida state law has several requirements for patients to be eligible to receive low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis.
- A patient must have been diagnosed with a qualifying condition.
- A patient must be a Florida resident or seasonal resident.
- If under the age of 18, a patient’s guardian or legal caregiver
- A patient must be registered with the Medical Marijuana Use Registry by their ordering physician.
A qualified patient must first seek treatment from a qualified physician immediately preceding their order for low-THC or medical cannabis. Once the ordering physician inputs the patient’s information and the order information into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry, the patient or the patient’s legal representative will then be able to contact one of the licensed dispensing organizations and fill the order.
A legal representative is a qualified patient’s parent, legal guardian acting pursuant to a court’s authorization as required under section 744.3215(4), Florida Statutes health care surrogate acting pursuant to the qualified patient’s written consent or a court’s authorization as required under section 765.113, Florida Statutes or an individual who is authorized under a power of attorney to make healthcare decisions on behalf of the qualified patient.
Can patients obtain low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis if they do not have one of the qualifying conditions?
No. Physicians may only order low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis for patients diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions outlined here.
Does the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act allow qualifying patients to grow their own low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis?
In order to get your Medical Marijuana Card and be able to purchase medical marijuana products from a Florida dispensary, you will need to complete the following the steps:
- Book an Appointment with a Plants Not Pills affiliated physician in your area by calling us at 1-800-203-5124, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.plantsnotpillsfl.com and book your appointment online.
- Note: All of our affiliated physicians offer a special 20% special discount on Initial Medical Marijuana Consults for Veterans of the Armed Forces. If you are a Veteran, make sure to get your coupon code at www.plantsnotpillsfl.com
- Show up for your physician appointment at least 15 minutes before scheduled to fill out any required paperwork.
- Once you consult with one of our physicians and he/she confirms that you qualify, your physician will enter your personal and initial order information into the Compassionate Use Registry and you will be sent an email with the application form and next steps to getting your physical Medical Marijuana Card
- Complete the Medical Marijuana Card Application form and mail it to the address indicated on the form along with the photo for your physical card.
- Once the Office of Medical Marijuana use processes your payment and application, you will receive an email with your temporary ID card number that you can use to while you wait for your permanent ID in the mail (you may use your email with the temporary ID number to purchase Medical Marijuana). At this point contact Plants Not Pills at 813-603-3107 to be transferred to a dispensary and receive a special promo code for lifetime discounts on medical marijuana products.
- Over the 4-6 weeks it takes to receive your Medical Marijuana Card, Plants Not Pills will send you email newsletters in which you will find invaluable medical marijuana education and special offers on the medical marijuana products recommended by your physician.
- Once you have seen your physician for a final follow up and received your Medical Marijuana Card, contact Plants Not Pills directly at (813) 603-3107 to be connected with the dispensary who has the strains/products for your condition as well as a promo code for significant discount on your lifetime purchases.
As medical marijuana in Florida becomes available to more patients, many questions arise.
For all other questions, don’t hesitate to call a Plants Not Pills team member at 1-800-203-5124 or consult the Florida Department of Health Website for their complete list of Frequently Asked Questions.