The medical card process can be daunting for some people — after all, medical marijuana hasn’t been legal for more than a handful of years, and there are still plenty of misconceptions floating around about what medical “weed” does and doesn’t do. However, if you have a severe or debilitating health condition that qualifies you for medical cannabis treatment in Illinois, Colorado, Missouri, or any other state where it’s legal, our medical marijuana doctors assure you that there is nothing to worry about. That being said, here are some tips to help you prepare for your medical card evaluation:

Bring Necessary Documents

There are certain requirements that patients must have in order to qualify for medical marijuana treatment. First of all, you must have proof of a qualifying medical condition, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis (MS), or Parkinson’s disease. Prior to scheduling an appointment with our clinicians, be sure to gather up any medical records you have, as well as documentation of any current prescriptions you are taking for your ailment(s). Tangible proof of your medical condition will help to expedite the process of getting approved for a medical card, so the more information you can bring to your appointment, the better. To see the full list of health conditions that qualify you for medical cannabis treatment, click here.

In addition to medical records, you’ll need to provide proof of age and residency. The age requirement for medical marijuana licenses is 18, so be prepared to provide a driver’s license or passport as evidence that you are of legal age for medical cannabis consumption. Also, make sure that your driver’s license is valid and that your current address is listed to prove your residency in the state in which you are applying for a medical card. Minors under the age of 18 can still apply for a medical card, but they must have a parent or legal guardian with them, who will be listed as a caregiver on the card.

Veterans and U.S. citizens on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) qualify for a 50% discount on their medical marijuana card, but documentation is necessary to make this happen. For veterans who have severe or debilitating health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries, DD214/discharge papers are required. Citizens on SSDI must bring their benefit verification letter to qualify.

Make Your Case

In most cases, medical records speak for themselves. However, you’ll also want to be wary of the way you come across when getting evaluated and approved for a medical card. Avoid language that makes your motives questionable, such as “I just want to get high.” Instead, present your medical documents and answer any questions honestly but with professionalism. Medical marijuana doctors are still qualified physicians, so even though they are here to help you get the natural treatment you need to manage your symptoms, they are also on the lookout for people who might be trying to play the system.

That said, don’t be afraid to assert yourself and explain why you think medicinal marijuana is the best treatment option for you. Maybe you’ve tried loads of prescription medications and have suffered countless side effects that you wouldn’t have to worry about with medical cannabis. Or, perhaps you’re taking a few necessary medications (or you’re undergoing radiation), and you’re looking for a natural way to reduce the unpleasant side effects you are currently experiencing. Whatever the case may be, make sure to communicate effectively and know your terminology when it comes to medical cannabis.

Ask Questions

All things said, medical marijuana doctors aren’t going to expect you to know everything there is to know about cannabis. Making a strong case and researching the benefits of medical marijuana for certain health conditions is more important if you are getting a recommendation from your regular physician than it is if you’re going to a medical marijuana doctor who knows more about the treatment. No matter what type of physician you see, don’t be afraid to ask questions and get a second opinion if you’re unsure about medical cannabis treatment. Asking things like, “Does CBD get you high?” and “What is the difference between indica and sativa?” will give you a better idea of the options you can pursue when you get approved for a medical card. Sure, your doctor is there to evaluate whether or not you qualify, but they should also be open to answering your questions and providing additional insight.

Get Evaluated For A Medical Card In Illinois, Colorado, Or Missouri

At Medical Cannabis Outreach, we welcome patients who are interested in learning more about medical cannabis, as well as those who want to get evaluated and approved for a medical card. We are a full-service medical cannabis clinic, which means we offer everything you need to get evaluated and approved for a medical marijuana card. Not only that, but we also offer mobile wellness clinics, so we can come to you!

If you have a severe or debilitating health condition and are ready to take the next step in your journey to wellness with medicinal marijuana or CBD, please don’t hesitate to contact us or visit one of our eight medical cannabis clinics. We have clinics in Chicago, Savoy, Wood River, Harrisburg, Pekin, and Shelbyville, IL, as well as Chesterfield, MO, and Loveland, CO. Visit us today to get started!