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The Seniors Guide to Getting Started With Medical Marijuana

Seniors with medical marijuana cards in Virginia have uncovered a big secret— cannabis is a great remedy for many of the conditions that affect us as we age! Getting started with medical marijuana can be intimidating for those who don’t have any experience with this natural therapeutic intervention. That’s why we’ve created this short guide to walk you through the process from A to Z. Are you a senior looking for relief? Read on!

Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Marijuana

As a starting point, let’s walk through some frequently asked questions about medical marijuana. There are a lot of myths and preconceived notions out there about medical marijuana, and it can help to get the facts straight from the start!

Is It safe?

Absolutely! In fact, the medical marijuana sold at Virginia dispensaries is some of the most carefully regulated, supervised, and cultivated product in the U.S.

Is It legal?

Yes! The laws around recreational marijuana are still in the works in Virginia, but medical marijuana is legal and established law. When you get your medical marijuana card and go through a regulated dispensary, you are purchasing and using a completely legal substance in the Commonwealth.

What Does Medical Marijuana Help?

Medical Marijuana helps a wide range of conditions that impact seniors. Research into how exactly medical marijuana does this is ongoing, but many experts believe it has to do with how the cannabinoids in cannabis impact the endocannabinoid system in the body.

Getting Your Medical Marijuana Card

Now that you have a better idea of how safe and efficacious medical marijuana can be, let’s take a look at the first step in the process— getting your medical marijuana card. To do this, you will need to schedule an appointment with a certified medical marijuana doctor. This medical professional has gone through their own registration process with the state so that they can provide recommendations to patients looking for medical marijuana.

During this session, you will discuss your symptoms, and your doctor will provide you with some guidance and recommendations. There are no required conditions for getting a medical marijuana card in Virginia, but cards are often provided to those with the following conditions often experienced by seniors:

  • Chronic Pain

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Parkinson’s Disease

  • Depression

  • Glaucoma

  • Cancer

  • Cachexia

Again, don’t worry if you don’t see a condition of yours on this list. Virginia leaves medical marijuana recommendations to the discretion of your certified medical professional. Walk them through your symptoms and chances are you will find that medical marijuana is a fit!

Registering With the State

Once you have your recommendation in hand, you will need to register with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy to get your medical marijuana card. This involves a small fee and may take a few weeks. You can start the registration process online here.

Going to Dispensaries

Now that you have your card, you can take your first trip to your local dispensary to purchase your product. Virginia is divided into separate Health Service Areas, and each area has its own regulated dispensaries. You can also purchase products online from your regional dispensary if that is more comfortable for you!

When choosing products, take a look at the reviews. Chances are you will see other seniors just like you providing feedback on various medical marijuana products and their properties. This can help ensure that you find a product that's the best fit for you!

Medical Marijuana Is Helping Seniors in the Commonwealth! Get Your Medical Marijuana Card Today!

Getting your medical marijuana card is an easy and legal process that gives you access to one of the safest and best products available today.

Schedule an appointment with an online VA medical marijuana doctor today to start gaining access to safe and legal cannabis products, including tinctures, flower, concentrates and more for your loved one or patient!


Doctors Who Care.

Relief You Can Trust.

At Virginia Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness

safely and conveniently through increased access to MMJ. Our focus on

education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma for our patients by

providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

Call us at (888) 633-5808, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

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