Next Cannabis Medicine 101 Class is Thursday, January 10 from 6:30-8:30pm at Cville’s Northside Library (705 Rio Rd W)
Are you interested in registering as a Medical Cannabis patient in Virginia?
If so, this post will be helpful! I will expand upon it shortly, but in the meantime, I want to share these tips. It took me an hour to figure out how to register online… I was using Virginia NORML’s guide, which is great, but I soon discovered that anyone who wants to be a Medical Cannabis patient has to have been reincarnated as the love child of Sherlock Holmes and Miss Cleo to understand what options to choose in the drop downs!
How to register as a Medical Cannabis Patient in Virginia:
- Go to https://www.license.dhp.virginia.gov/apply/PersonSearchResults.aspx
- Enter your last name & social security number.
- You’ll be sent to the Initial Registration page. Fill out the name/address info and choose a user ID and password.
When you log in, you’ll see the Welcome screen. Select “Initial Application” from the top left menu.
- Now here’s where it could be a LOT easier!
- For Profession: choose “Pharmaceutical Processing“.
- For License Type: choose “Registered Patient For CBD/THC-A Oil“. (If you’re applying as a Caregiver, remember the patient must be registered first.)
- For Obtained By Method: choose “Initial Application“.
- Here’s a picture of what your form should look like:
- You can stop here and resume your Medical Cannabis registration later. In order to do that, log back in and find your pending license at the bottom of the page. Click the teeny tiny “continue” link.
- Next you have to pay that 50 bucks! Click “Finish” at the top left and enter your payment info.
- Lastly, you must upload your Affirmative Defense Certificate (provided by a doctor, must be registered with the Board of Pharmacy (see below)) and proof of identity/age/residence (driver’s license).
- I haven’t gotten my Affirmative Defense Certificate yet, so I can’t guide your next steps, but would hope it’s easy to figure out from here? (I’m expecting that I’ll need to take a picture of my driver’s license, but am not sure about that.) Once I do finish my Medical Cannabis registration, I will update these instructions!
*Use this link to find doctors who have registered: https://dhp.virginiainteractive.org/Lookup/Index
- Use bottom section only, choose Occupation of “Registered Physician for CBD/THC-A oil”, leave other fields empty, click Search)
- If you add Zip Code to your search, it will only return exact matches. If you enter 22902, it won’t return anyone from 22901. Unfortunately, there’s no option to search by city.
How to register as a physician:
To register with the Board of Pharmacy you will need to apply as a “Registered Physician for CBD/THC-A Oil” using the online application system.
1. Go to https://www.license.dhp.virginia.gov/apply/ and login. You may use the same credentials you use to maintain you MD or DO license. You may need to register as a new person if you’ve never created an account with the Board of Medicine. Note: Only physicians that have a current active medical license from the Virginia Board of Medicine may apply for registration with the Board of Pharmacy.
2. Once you’ve logged in you should see the Welcome screen. Select Initial Application from the left menu.
3. On the Application for Licensure screen:
- For Profession: choose “Pharmacy”.
- For License Type: choose “Registered Physician For CBD/THC-A Oil”.
- For Obtained By: choose ” Initial Application”
- Click the Start Application button.
Have you attended one of my Cannabis Medicine Primers?
These are the resources I referred to:
- Handout on CBD: access PDF @ https://app.box.com/s/nbcrw172f22slu1f6nee6nject2ljlkh
- Calculator for figuring dosage: https://www.cbdoilusers.com/cbd-oil-drops-dosage-calculator/
- *Sample* dosing schedules. These are just general guidelines. Be sure to consult a qualified practitioner for an appropriate personal strategy! Schedule an Info Session with me.
- How to get involved locally
- Articles about Portugal’s legalization of all drugs:
- Emerging Clinical Applications for Cannabis and Cannabinoids: a great resource from NORML for your policymakers and healthcare providers
- NORML Fact sheets: https://norml.org/marijuana/fact-sheets
- The International Cannabinoid Research Society: http://icrs.co/
- Research articles on CBD by condition at CBDOrigin.com
- Research articles on CBD by condition at ProjectCBD.com
- Research articles on CBD by condition at Realm of Caring
- Explanation of cannabinoid receptors
- About terpenes: www.steephill.com/science/terpenes
- Virginia physicians who have registered to recommend Cannabis Medicine: https://dhp.virginiainteractive.org/Lookup/Index
- Which drugs use Cytochrome P450 enzyme, with which CBD interferes?
- P450 Drug Interaction Table from Indiana University’s School of Medicine. But still, please consult with your doctor or pharmacist!
- Good summary article about cytochrome P450 from NursingLink.
- Sources for high quality CBD Oil
Finding your ideal formulation and dose of Cannabis Medicine and CBD might require a lot of trial and error… it will be easier if you have help and I want to help you! I’m doing my best to stay on top of all legal, health and product developments. Plus, the beneficial effects of cannabis and CBD can be boosted by the right nutrition and lifestyle choices. There’s a lot to talk about, so schedule a session with me now!
Here’s what I’ve been doing to support you the best I can:
- Pragmatic/skeptical research using science-centric resources (continuing)
- Dr. Dustin Sulak’s Healer Training monthly webinars (continuing)
- NORML Cannabis Conference and Lobby Day in Richmond, Virginia (upcoming: Jan 12 & 13, 2019)
- NECAM Cannabis Convention in Portland, Maine (October 6 & 7, 2018– attended some great lectures!)
- HempStaff Training in Maryland (September 22, 2018) *Not recommended*
- Dr. Dustin Sulak’s Healer Training (September 13, 2018)
- Attendance at NORML’s Lobby Day in Washington DC (July 22 & 23, 2018)
- Memberships in NORML & Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition