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Doctors in Florida do not have to undergo any training on medical marijuana before filling orders

Some patients wind up with wrong dose and strain
Posted at 6:25 PM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 15:15:23-04

Bryon is one of more than 100,000 patients in Florida approved to use medical marijuana. He says it wasn’t the doctor, but the dispensary who told him to start with a small dose to see how he would function throughout the day.

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The rules for medical marijuana differ from most pharmaceuticals. Dr. David Berger of Wholistic Pediatrics and Family Care blogs about the fact medical cannabis physicians do not have to undergo any training on strains of cannabis or dosing before authorizing it for patient use.

Doctors often issue a general approval and certain quantity for 70 days. Then it is up to the dispensary to guide that patient when it comes to how much to use and what type to use.

So uninformed patients can wind up with a strain that makes them drowsy all day or keeps them up all night. In other cases people end up with a product high in THC which give them a high they may not be looking for.

Victoria Walker with Trulieve showed us some of the 100 different products the dispensary carries in multiple forms like vaporization, oil drops and capsules. The dispensary advises patients to start with low doses and keep a journal to figure out what works and what doesn't.

Bryon, who has used medical marijuana for 6 months says that is the path that worked for him. He claims medical cannabis has relieved him of crippling anxiety that he once suffered on a daily basis.

Leafly is an educational website loaded with information for anyone looking to learn more about medical cannabis.