Medical Cannabis Evaluation
Medical cannabis, (or marijuana,) uses the marijuana plant, or the chemicals in the plant, to treat disease and other conditions. It is a similar product as recreational marijuana, but is used for medical purposes.
Marijuana plants contain more than 100 different chemicals, or cannabinoids. Each cannabinoid has a different effect on the body. Delt-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol CBS are the chemicals used in medicine. THC produces the high felt when eating foods with marijuana or smoking the weed.
Some conditions treated by medical marijuana include:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Appetite Loss
- Eating Disorder or Anorexia
- Crohn’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Mental Health Conditions such as PTSD and Schizophrenia
- Cachexia or Wasting Symdrome
- Chronic Pain
In addition to physical diseases and problems, the beneficial effects of medical cannabis include reducing chronic pain, nausea and stiff muscles caused by MS.
Our Cannabis providers are here to provide you with the best medical care for anyone who is seeking a healthier alternative to addictive, harmful pain medicines used today. Our job is to educate and help you understand the process in which to obtain your medical cannabis card, so that you may finally have all options to better take control of your health. New Medical marijuana evaluation recommendation and medical card $350. Follow up medical marijuana recommendation $150.
As of 2020, patients in state of Utah finally have options for obtaining medical cannabis legally. The process is new for patients and providers alike, so Dragon Healthcare Services and Med Spa has created this educational material to help.
- HIV or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Persistent nausea that is not significantly responsive to traditional treatment except for nausea related to: pregnancy, cannabis-induced cyclical vomiting syndrome, or CBD hyperemesis syndrome
- Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
- Epilepsy or debilitating seizures
- Multiple sclerosis or debilitating muscle spasms
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that is being treated and monitored by a mental health therapist and that: has been diagnosed by a health care provider or mental health provider by the VA and documented in the patient’s record; or has been diagnosed or confirmed by evaluation by a psychiatrist, doctorate psychologist, a doctorate licensed clinical social worker, or a psych APRN
- Terminal illness when the patient’s remaining life expectancy is less than 6 months
- Condition resulting in the individual receiving hospice care
- Rare condition or disease that affects less than 200,000 individuals in the U.S., as defined in federal law and this is not adequately managed despite treatment attempts using conventional medications (other than opioids or opiates) or physical interventions
- Pain lasting longer than two weeks that is not adequately managed, in the qualified medical provider’s opinion, despite treatment attempts using conventional medications other than opioids or opiates or physical interventions
- If a patient does not have a qualifying condition specifically named, they may petition the Compassionate Use Board for approval of their medical cannabis card.
Medical Cannabis Cards
Patients who are Utah residents may apply for medical cannabis cards with their qualified medical provider (QMP) in the QMP’s office through the electronic verification system.
The Department of Health evaluates applications and issues cards within 15 days if applicant qualifies. All card applications for patients under 21 years of age must be approved by the Compassionate Use Board.
Cards issued include the following:
Medical Cannabis Patient Card
- Issued to patients 18 years of age and older
- Application fee (amount to be determined)
- Valid for up to 30 days upon initial issuance, then six months upon renewal (with additional fee)
- Card for patients age 18-20 must have card approved by Compassionate Use Board
Medical Cannabis Caregiver Card
- Card renews automatically with associated Medical Cannabis Patient or Guardian Card (with additional fee)
- Criminal background check
Provisional Patient Card
- Patients under 18 years of age
- Issued and renews automatically with Guardian Card (no additional fee)
- Requires approval by Compassionate Use Board Medical
Cannabis Guardian Card
- Issued to parent or guardian of patients under 18 years of age
- Valid for 30 days upon initial issuance, then six months upon renewal (with additional fee)
- Criminal background check
States Licenses: California, Iowa Minnesota, North Dakota, Utah, Washington