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How to Get a Medical Cannabis Card for Your Child

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How to Get a Medical Cannabis Card for Your Child

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Navigating the healthcare system can be daunting, especially when seeking alternative treatments like medical cannabis for your child. In Florida, obtaining a medical cannabis card for pediatric use involves specific steps and considerations. This guide aims to provide parents with a clear roadmap to help you secure a medical cannabis card for your child, focusing on pediatric cannabis care and the benefits of a doctor that takes a holistic approach to pediatrics, focusing on your child’s unique needs, addressing not only the physical symptoms but also the emotional, social, environmental, and spiritual aspects of health. Dr. Machado specializes in kids and teens complex or difficult issues or that have failed conventional medical treatment by educating and empowering parents with integrative treatment options.

Understanding Pediatric Cannabis Care
Pediatric cannabis care involves using medical cannabis as an alternative treatment for various conditions in children. This approach can be particularly beneficial for conditions such as autism, ADHD, and mood disorders. With the rise of integrative medicine, more parents are exploring CBD for kids as a complementary therapy to traditional treatments. Dr. Machado is up to date on the scientific research on the use of cannabis in pediatrics and uses nutritional counseling and supplements as well as movement and mindfulness to complement the medical cannabis treatment and help the child reach their fullest potential.


1. Consult with an Integrative Pediatrician or Medical Cannabis Practitioner
1. Consult with an Integrative Pediatrician or Medical Cannabis Practitioner

The first step is to consult with a practitioner who is knowledgeable about pediatric alternative medicine. These specialists can provide guidance on whether medical cannabis is a suitable option for your child’s condition. Conditions like autism and adolescent mood disorders have shown positive responses to CBD treatment. Dr. Machado is a pediatric intensive care unit doctor that specializes in pediatric complex care for the past 20 years and uses evidence-based research to guide pediatric

2. Qualifying Conditions
2. Qualifying Conditions

In Florida, medical cannabis is approved for various conditions. For pediatric patients, some of the qualifying conditions include:
• Autism spectrum disorder
• Severe and persistent muscle spasms
• Epilepsy
• Cancer
• Chronic nonmalignant pain
As a medical cannabis doctor, Dr. Machado can help determine if your child’s condition qualifies for medical cannabis and create a personalized and compassionate treatment plan.

3. Medical Records and Documentation
3. Medical Records and Documentation

Gather all necessary medical records that document your child’s condition. This includes medical history, previous treatments, and any relevant diagnostic information. These records will be essential for your consultation and the application process.

4. Obtain a Physician’s Recommendation
4. Obtain a Physician’s Recommendation

After a thorough evaluation, if Dr. Machado determines that medical cannabis is appropriate for your child, she will provide a recommendation to the Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use. This recommendation is crucial for the application process for a medical cannabis card.

5. Register with the Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry
5. Register with the Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry

With the physician’s recommendation, you can now register your child with the Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry. You must provide identification and proof of residency for yourself and your child. The parent or legal guardian will be the designated Caregiver, who must be at least 21 years of age and has significant responsibilities in caring for the child. Caregivers will need to fulfill additional criteria to qualify for the role, such as completing a course and signing a standardized consent form.

6. Complete the Application
6. Complete the Application

Complete the application for a medical cannabis card through the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU). There is an application fee, and the process may take several weeks for approval. Dr. Machado will provide an easy-to-follow guide on this process and will collaborate with obtaining the collaboration letter from a second physician that agrees with using medical cannabis for your child’s condition, as is required by the State of Florida.

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Benefits of Medical Cannabis for Kids

With a pediatric medical cannabis card, you can now shop at any dispensary in Florida for appropriate cannabinoid-based medication for your child. Medical cannabis, particularly CBD, has shown promise in treating various pediatric conditions. Here are some potential benefits:

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CBD or low THC
Cannabis for Autism

Studies and anecdotal evidence suggest that CBD can help manage symptoms of autism, such as anxiety, aggression, and self-injurious behaviors. Parents have reported improvements in social interactions and communication skills.


CBD or Low THC Cannabis
For Adolescent Mood Disorders

Adolescent mood disorders, including depression and anxiety, can be challenging to manage. Medical cannabis, especially CBD, has shown potential in stabilizing mood and reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression in adolescents.

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Overall Wellness
& Symptom Management

Medical cannabis can contribute to overall wellness by reducing chronic pain, improving sleep, and enhancing the quality of life for children with severe medical conditions.

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In Conclusion

Obtaining a medical cannabis card for your child in Florida involves several steps, but with the right guidance from Plant MD, it can be a straightforward process. Dr. Machado is a pediatric cannabis doctor ready to help you safely explore new avenues for your child’s health and well-being.