What’s a medical marijuana (cannabis) recommendation?

A medical marijuana recommendation is a document that indicates that based on a physician’s evaluation, he/she thinks that your medical condition may benefit from the use of medical marijuana.

How to get a medial marijuana recommendation

What’s the difference between a medical marijuana (cannabis) card and a medical marijuana (cannabis) recommendation?

The medical marijuana recommendation is a document given to you by a doctor if you are approved for the use of medical marijuana.  The medical marijuana card is an easy to carry representation of the medical marijuana recommendation. It’s suggested that you carry a copy of recommendation as well as the card with you whenever you have any marijuana products in your possession.


What am I able to do with a medical marijuana (cannabis) recommendation?

The medical marijuana recommendation is not a prescription, but is a necessary document for you to be able to visit a medical marijuana dispensary and purchase marijuana medications in California.


In California, who is legally allowed to issue a medical marijuana (cannabis) recommendation?

Any licensed California Allopathic or Osteopathic Physician can issue a medical marijuana recommendation. However, not all doctors are necessarily comfortable doing this or are informed about the medical use of marijuana.


How do I get a medical marijuana (cannabis) recommendation?

In the state of California, it is required that you be evaluated by a doctor for a medical marijuana recommendation.


What’s the medical marijuana (cannabis) evaluation process like?

It’s just like any other doctor’s visit.  You’ll fill out some paperwork.  We’ll go through your medical and surgical history.  I’ll do a brief physical exam.  Then, I’ll step-by-step walk you through how to safely use medical marijuana (cannabis) for your  particular medical condition(s), which includes

  • the best way to use medical marijuana (cannabis) for your medical condition(s), other than smoking it
  • how to select medical marijuana (cannabis) products based on laboratory test results
  • how to avoid the undesired side effects, like the notorious “high”
  • plus, a whole lot more!

Do I need to renew my medical marijuana (cannabis) recommendation?

Medical Marijuana Recommendations are typically valid for up to 1 year, so they do need to be renewed.