About ExAlt Med

What is ExAlt Med?

ExAlt Med is a private clinic catering to individuals of all ages who have complicated diagnoses, and who may be able to find relief through the medical use of the cannabis plant in all its forms.

The goal of the clinic is to maximize and replenish each individual’s endocannabinoid system, thereby achieving the therapeutic goals of treatment and restoring quality of life.

How can ExAlt Med help me?

The ExAlt Med team can help with every step of your healing process.

  • If you’re not sure what’s wrong, but you know something isn’t right, we can help you figure out what’s causing your symptoms or discomfort.

  • If you do have a diagnosis, but you want a second opinion about how to move forward, we can help you make the right choices.

  • If you live in Florida and believe that medical marijuana may improve your treatment regimen, we can help you obtain the medicine you need.

What should I bring to my first visit?

  • Your most recent physician document describing your diagnosis and treatment plan.

  • Your most recent hospital discharge summary, if you have been admitted within the last year.

  • A recent clinical note from your primary care physician.

  • Any documents, labs, or radiologic studies that you feel would provide context and aid in the formation of a treatment plan.

  • Signed HIPAA Compliance Form, Medical Consent Form, and Medical Release Form (these will be emailed to the patient upon confirmation of appointment).

Will ExAlt Med work in conjunction with my primary care physician?

Yes.

  • ExAlt Med will make every effort to contact your primary care physician or your Primary Specialist to discuss your current treatment plan, both to gain context and to communicate our recommendation(s) for your specific case.

  • A signed consent form permitting these conversations to take place is required.

Can I receive a Physician Certification on my first visit?

Yes.

  • Provided that you are diagnosed with a qualifying condition and registered with Florida’s Medical Marijuana Use Registry, you can obtain your Physician Certification on your first visit to ExAlt Med.

  • Registration with the Florida Department of Health Medical Medical Marijuana Use Registry requires the patient or caregiver to complete an application and pay an application fee of $75 before the card can be issued. This process takes about 15 minutes, and we will walk you through every step.

  • Minors under 18 must have two physicians certify their diagnosis in order to obtain a Florida Medical Marijuana Card. In addition, minors MUST have a caregiver to obtain and administer their medication; caregivers must also complete an application and pay the application fee of $75, totalling two applications for patient and caregiver, and $150 in fees paid to the Florida Department of Health.

If Medical Marijuana isn’t right for me, can you still help?

Yes.

  • If you aren’t interested in the psychoactive side-effects of medicines that contain THC, other options include hemp-derived CBD products, which have many of the same effects of Medical Marijuana, without the high.

  • In addition, lifestyle modifications to support the health of your endocannabinoid system are recommended for all patients, whether or not they elect to use Medical Marijuana.

  • Everything we have learned about Medical Marijuana is related to its effects on the endocannabinoid system, and qualities of the plant can be isolated to fine-tune the mode and dose. This versatility, coupled with good doctor-patient communication, can benefit a wide range of individuals and conditions.

How will you secure my personal data?

  • All medical records, meaning every page of your ExAlt Med record and any documentation you provide to us, as well as any information contained therein, will be stored on a secure database only accessible to ExAlt Med. Additionally, no documentation of any patient visit can be sent to anyone without the consent of the patient.

  • Every patient must sign a HIPAA Compliant Authorization for the Release of Patient Information Pursuant to 45 CFR 164.508

Do you accept insurance?

  • At this time, no insurance companies offer coverage for Medical Marijuana or hemp-derived CBD.

    However, if you are unable to afford your consultation or medication out-of-pocket, we will work with you to ensure that you don’t go without the care you need.

If i’m not a resident of Florida can you still help me?

Yes!

  • ExAlt Med has vast knowledge and expertise in all areas of medicine, including pediatric and medically complex cases. We are happy to provide consultation and advice to residents of all 50 states, but we can only recommend Medical Marijuana to residents of Florida.

  • Even if you’re not a resident of Florida, we can carefully construct a treatment plan in conjunction with your primary care doctor or primary specialist, no matter where you live.

Do I have to pay for my first visit if I don’t receive a physician certification?

Yes.

  • Every doctor/patient encounter is treated like any other appointment with a medical professional. All visits have a fee.

About Medical Marijuana

What is Medical Marijuana?

  • Medical Marijuana refers to the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant and its concentrated extracts when intended for use in the treatment of certain medical conditions.

  • It consists of the raw or processed flowers of the species cannabis Sativa L. and cannabis Indica. CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are the two major active compounds unique to the cannabis plant, known as cannabinoids. However, the therapeutic value of the cannabis plant isn’t confined to THC and CBD alone.

  • Whole-plant medicines (raw flowers and full-spectrum extracts) include many additional cannabinoid and terpene compounds not present in isolates and synthetic products. Terpenes are primarily responsible for the differences between various strains of the cannabis plant, and they greatly contribute to the therapeutic and biological effects of cannabinoids.

  • Cannabinoid compounds can be used in isolation, as with the pharmaceutical drug Marinol. The active ingredient of Marinol is a synthetic version of THC chemically identical to THC from the plant. However, research has shown that Marinol has significantly reduced duration and efficacy in comparison to whole-plant preparations, due to the lack of additional cannabinoids and terpenes.

What are the qualifying conditions to get Medical Marijuana in Florida?

In Florida, you must be diagnosed with one of the following conditions in order to qualify for a Medical Marijuana card:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
  • AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Medical Conditions of the same kind or class or comparable to those enumerated above
  • Any Terminal Condition
  • Chronic Non-malignant Pain

How can I get Medical Marijuana?

Medical Marijuana can only be obtained in states that have legalized the cultivation and possession of marijuana under certain circumstances.

Typically, you must be diagnosed with a qualifying condition and possess a state-issued form of identification verifying that you are legally permitted to possess Medical Marijuana. The state of Florida has a Medical Marijuana Use Registry, and use of Medical Marijuana is legal under the supervision of a Medical Doctor (MD) or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).

How can I get a Medical Marijuana card in Florida?

To get a Medical Marijuana card in Florida, you must be entered in the Medical Marijuana Use Registry. This requires a visit to a Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) who is registered with the state as qualified to certify patients for Medical Marijuana use. The physician will determine whether the patient meets diagnosis qualifications for Medical Marijuana use and that the benefits of use outweigh the risks.

When you are entered into the Medical Marijuana use registry by a qualified physician, a card will be mailed to your residence. In addition, all dispensaries, recommending physicians, and law enforcement personnel can view your status in the Medical Marijuana Use Registry, which satisfies the same purpose as the physical card.

For more information, visit https://mmuregistry.flhealth.gov.

How much does Medical Marijuana cost?

The cost is a direct result of how many milligrams (MG) of Medical Marijuana a patient needs per day. The differences in price also depend on the route of administration (sublingual oils and tinctures, inhalable/vapable flowers or concentrates, oral capsules and edibles, topical creams and ointments, etc.)

On average, the price can vary from $0.02/MG – $0.30/MG (cents/MG) and is completely determined by the dispensary .

Relative to prescription drugs, even the most costly Medical Marijuana treatment regimen is significantly less expensive than comparable pharmaceutical treatments for the same kind and degree of illness. For example, the average yearly cost of epilepsy prophylaxis and treatment is more than $30,000.

On the other hand, people who use CBD to manage their symptoms spend less than $1000 annually, and those who use Medical Marijuana spend less than $3000 annually; this represents an order of magnitude reduction in costs compared to prescription treatments.

What is a Physician Certification?

In Florida, a Physician Certification is a Qualified Physician’s official authorization for a Qualified Patient to receive a specified monthly amount of Medical Marijuana, as well as a Medical Marijuana Delivery Device, from an approved Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC), for use in the treatment of a specified condition.

While Medical Marijuana can NOT be prescribed, per se, in the United States, it can be recommended for use in states with Medical Marijuana legislation. In Florida, this official recommendation is referred to as a Physician Certification.

What is the Medical Marijuana Use Registry?

In Florida, the Medical Marijuana Use Registry (MMUR) serves as a secure, online database which identifies all Qualified Patients, their Caregivers, and all Qualified Physicians in the state of Florida.

The  MMUR serves as a central hub containing all relevant information about Qualified Patients, their Caregivers, and their Physician Certification, which may be required by an MMTC, a Qualified Physician, or law enforcement personnel.

The MMUR specifies the amount of Medical Marijuana each respective Qualified Patient is authorized to possess as per their Physician Certification.

What is a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC)?

Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers are dispensaries, groweries, and any other businesses or entities authorized to cultivate, process, or dispense Medical Marijuana. These are the only businesses authorized to handle Medical Marijuana for commercial purposes in the state of Florida.

MMTCs include dispensaries, grow operations, processing facilities, testing labs, and any other entity authorized to handle Medical Marijuana at any point in its life cycle.

How do I find an MMTC?

To find a dispensary near you, visit the Florida Department of Health official list of dispensaries.  The list is updated daily, and is organized by municipality so you can easily find a dispensary in your hometown.

What’s the difference between cannabis, hemp, and marijuana?

Contrary to popular belief, marijuana and hemp are two different expressions of the same species; cannabis Sativa L.

  • Hemp is defined as any cannabis plant which contains less than 0.3% THC by dry weight. This amount of THC is negligible, and a prohibitively massive amount of hemp would have to be consumed in a short period of time to produce even mild psychoactive effects.

 

  • Marijuana is used to refer to female cannabis plants with dense flowering tops that produce large quantities of THC, the compound which causes the psychoactive effects (high) of marijuana, along with many of its therapeutic effects. Marijuana plants typically contain between 15-30% THC by dry weight; a 50 to 100-fold increase over the maximum THC content of hemp plants.

 

  • Cannabis refers to the cannabis plant, of which hemp and marijuana are two distinct varieties. Nonetheless, “cannabis” is used almost interchangeably with “marijuana” in vernacular English.

While Indica and Sativa are commonly thought of as two distinct species, Indica is actually a variety of the species cannabis Sativa L.

While European cannabis plants were non-psychoactive and used extensively for their seeds and stalk, Indian cannabis plants had much greater psychoactive effects relative to the European varieties.

European cannabis Sativa is now known as hemp, and Indian cannabis Sativa Indica is now known as marijuana.

Due to interbreeding over the last several centuries, most cannabis plants today are of the indica variety of cannabis. Any difference between strains is caused by differences in the terpene profiles of the strains, and not by whether the strain is considered Sativa or Indica. Indeed, Indica is simply a variety of Sativa, along with hemp.

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