Registered physician for cbd thc a oil

Registered physician for cbd thc a oil

As a medical practitioner in Virginia, you may be wondering how to help your patients with medical cannabis treatment.

This guide helps physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants through the process of registering to recommend patients for treatment, while offering insight into patients who may benefit.

How does the process work?

Virginia is a state that allows practitioners to recommend medical grade cannabis as a treatment for qualifying conditions. In Virginia, any condition that a practitioner feels could be alleviated with treatment is considered a qualifying condition.

Registered patients, legal guardians, registered agents, and pharmaceutical processors have legal protection under Virginia law to legally possess medical cannabis oil. This means that when a patient has discussed medical cannabis as an option with their practitioner, the registered practitioner can recommend them for treatment, and the patient can visit a licensed processor to obtain their products.

How do I become registered to recommend my patients for treatment?

Do you have a current active medical, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner license from the Virginia Boards of Medicine and Nursing? If so, to include this service as part of your practice, all interested practitioners — including physicians, NPs, and PAs — must register through the Board of Pharmacy. Use the link here to apply as a “Registered Practitioner for Cannabis Oil” through the online application system.

There is a $50 registration fee and processing can take 7-10 days. Once approved, you will receive a link to the written certification form to fill out for your patients when recommending them for treatment. This form is what a patient will use to register themselves as a medical cannabis patient.

What conditions qualify my patients for medical cannabis treatment?

There have been hundreds of studies committed to understanding the benefits of medical grade cannabis treatment. Virginia NORML and Americans for Safe Access have some helpful resources about this, especially for practitioners considering registering .

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To give you some ideas of which patients may be good candidates for treatment, patients with symptoms like chronic pain, PTSD, severe nausea, and headaches are just a few.

Virginia is not a state that requires a certain condition to qualify, but here is a list of conditions and symptoms that other states have deemed as qualifiers to help you understand what medical grade cannabis can help with:

Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease • ALS • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/Lou Gehrig’s disease • Anxiety • Arnold-Chiari malformation • Arthritis • Autism • Cachexia (wasting syndrome) • Cancer • Causalgia • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy • Chronic pain • Crohn’s disease • CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type II) • Cancer • Dystonia • Fibrous dysplasia • Fibromyalgia • Glaucoma • Hepatitis C • Hydrocephalus • Hydromyelia • Insomnia • Interstitial cystitis • Lupus • Migraines • Multiple sclerosis • Muscular dystrophy • Myasthenia gravis • Myoclonus • Nail-patella syndrome • Neurofibromatosis • Parkinson’s disease • Peripheral neuropathy • Post-concussion syndrome • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy • Residual limb pain • Rheumatoid arthritis • Seizures (including those characteristic of epilepsy) • Severe or persistent muscle spasms • Severe Nausea • Sickle Cell Anemia • Sjogren’s syndrome • Spinal cord disease (including but not limited to arachnoiditis) • Spinal cord injury with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity • Spinocerebellar ataxia • Symptoms from AIDS/HIV • Syringomyelia • Tarlov cysts • Terminal illness with life expectancy of less than one year • Tourette syndrome • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

What happens once I am registered?

Now that you’re registered, you can begin working with your patients to help them get this transformative treatment. If you feel that your patient would benefit from medical grade cannabis treatment, you can recommend them by filling out a certification form.

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There is another step that must occur before patients can retrieve their medical grade cannabis. Once patients have a written certification from you, they too must register with the Board of Pharmacy. Refer them to this “road map” to help them through the process.

Once you’ve registered as a practitioner, you may want to make an announcement to your patients so that they are aware of this service. You may also receive new patient inquiries, as you will now be listed as a registered practitioner.

Helping your patients access treatment

You and your patients can reference the list of Virginia Medical Cannabis Coalition processors here, in locations across the state including Portsmouth, Richmond, Abingdon, and Manassas, where your patients will work with a pharmacist to obtain treatment. Patients can visit any processor across the state with their registration card and meet with a pharmacist to discuss treatment options.

As a registered practitioner, you do not need to worry about knowing all of the products and doses. The pharmacists at our facilities will work with your patients on determining which treatment will be best for their symptoms. Pharmacists and practitioners will, however, collaborate to discuss the patient’s course of treatment, including a patient’s other medical conditions and medications.

You can start preparing to recommend your patients for treatment today. Start by getting registered with the Board of Pharmacy and having conversations with your patients to get them registered as well.

Medical Marijuana Registry

Our online registration system will unavailable from 5 p.m. on May 6 until 10 a.m. on May 7 while it undergoes routine maintenance.

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May 4

Online applications and corrections received.

May 5

Online access requests received.

May 6

Emails received.

April 20

Mail-in applications received.

After your application is approved you can download your card to print it or display it on your mobile device.

  1. Select the word “Active” next to your name under “Tracking Inbox: Patient Registration.”
  2. Click the blue “Print Card” button on the left side of the page to print your card or access it on a mobile device.

Jan. 1, 2022

  • Only first-time applicants 18-20 years old will need to submit certifications from two providers from two different medical practices when they apply. If the patient is homebound the providers do not need to be from different practices. Patients that have a valid registry identification card prior to Jan. 1, 2022 will maintain their current registration.

Feb. 14, 2022

  • The application processing fee is $29.50.

Jan. 1, 2022

Providers will need to include the following information on provider certifications.

  • Patient address
  • Recommending physician DEA
  • The maximum THC potency level
  • The recommended product, if any
  • Directions for use
  • The patient’s daily authorized quantity, if such quantity exceeds the maximum statutorily allowed amount for the patient’s age

We will continue to share more information about how these changes will affect the application process.

Starting Jan. 1, 2022 if a patient’s provider authorizes them to purchase more than the statutory daily sales limit, they will need a Uniform Certification Form from the Marijuana Enforcement Division that has been completed by their recommending provider. The patient does not need to include this form with their application for a medical marijuana registry identification card as it is separate from the provider certification that is submitted to the Registry.
For more information about the form visit the Marijuana Enforcement Division’s website.