New Patient Evaluations
California Medical Marijuana Recommendations
What should I expect?
For patients who have never had a California medical marijuana recommendation, New Patient Evaluations are to determine eligibility for a California medical marijuana recommendation. Qualifying patients receive a one year, internet verifiable recommendation and free access to all Naturally Healing MD classes.
How should I schedule?
The Medical Marijuana Recommendation: New Patient Evaluations can be scheduled on-line. If you do not see an appointment that meets your needs, please call the office at (510) 550-7500. Physically disabled patients should call the office in advance of scheduling, so suitable arrangements can be made.
What is the cost?
The New Patient Evaluation for Medical Marijuana Recommendations is $99.Naturally Healing MD accepts cash, check, Paypal or Venmo. We do not accept debit or credit cards.
Can Marijuana help me?
Many symptoms and medical conditions can be alleviated through medical marijuana, including pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, nausea, loss of appetite, and a variety of mood disorders. Patients seen at Naturally Healing MD range from individuals suffering from occasional bouts of pain (such as headaches or menstrual cramps), to patients with chronic problems (such as arthritis, back pain, depression, insomnia, and anxiety disorders), to patients with life threatening diseases (such as cancer, AIDs, and advanced neurological disease). Often patients have two or more conditions – such as arthritis and intermittent insomnia – that are appropriately managed through therapeutic medical marijuana use.
How Long will it take?
Please allow 40 minutes for your New Patient Evaluation. This includes parking, paperwork, physician visit, and printing of the medical marijuana recommendation.
What should I bring?
Patients should bring to their appointment their California identification or driver’s license. If they are not available, please bring your Passport. Medical records are not required. If accessible, bring them! They may be useful in helping the physician better understand your medical history.
What will I get?
You will receive a medical marijuana recommendation if your symptoms are likely to respond to medical marijuana’s medicinal properties.
Recommendations are internet verifiable and valid for one year and can be presented to any dispensary in California where you can obtain medicinal marijuana.
If you are seeking medical guidance or a personalized treatment plan to help you use cannabis for symptom treatment, this is NOT the right appointment for you. Instead, schedule a First Timer’s Package appointment (link), which includes a treatment plan and follow-up appointment, to gauge progress and adjust treatment accordingly.
What about a Medical Marijuana Card?
Your written doctor’s recommendation is your legal document and, along with your California ID, all that is necessary to purchase medical marijuana products from a medical dispensary.
Patients can also purchase a wallet-sized photo ID card to present to dispensaries (rather than a piece of paper), for an additional cost.