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California Only. Starting from $49. Only billed if approved.
Medical marijuana can provide tremendous relief for many conditions including anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. LeafWell provides the easiest and most convenient way to get approved.
Speak to a physician in minutes and get the support and relief you need today. No appointments needed, no waiting lines, and no time wasted. All from the comfort of your home.
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If you live in California, you can apply for your medical card and start enjoying the benefits and savings of medical marijuana today.
Once approved, you can download your recommendation letter and take to your local dispensary.
Your hard copy will arrive in the post 3 days later.
With Your Medical Marijuana Card
You get a free consultation with a licensed physician.
It takes just 4 minutes and 50 seconds.
Anywhere, on any device. No appointment required.
You can ask our physicians any question you want during your consultation.
You can download your recommendation letter instantly, on approval.
You can buy cannabis the same day with your printed PDF copy and a photo ID.*
Your hard copy arrives at your door within 3 days of approval, at no extra charge.
Your data is — and will remain — 100% confidential and secure, protected under HIPAA law.
Protected by State Medical Marijuana Laws, Increased possession amounts, and exemption from sales taxes.
* Make sure to check with your local dispensary if it’s your first visit, in case they require the hard copy.
How do I contact Leafwell?
Our email addresses are:
Our telephone number is:
+1 (415) 287-5070
What is your refund policy?
Patients will receive a full refund within 10 days of obtaining their recommendation letter, half of their refund within 30 days and no refund after the 30-day period.
Can I change my shipping address?
You can contact us on our live chat, send an email to [email protected], or call as at +1 (415) 287-5070 as soon as possible. We will do everything we can to get your card to the right address before the shipment goes out.
Do you provide a tracking number?
We are currently working on adding tracking numbers to each package.
How long until I receive my letter in the post?
Yes, a hard copy of your recommendation letter and card (if requested) will be sent to the address provided on your application for. This usually takes between 2 – 5 days. However, you can sometimes expect to wait up to 35 days for a hard copy in some jurisdictions, as the MMP is sometime loaded with applications.
In the meantime, you can use the recommendation letter we email to your inbox immediately to access dispensaries. Just show the receptionist the letter (either print it out or have it on your smartphone), and they will be able to verify your patient number. Once verified, you can enter the dispensary.
Can you mail my recommendation letter to another state?
No. You must provide a California address.
I haven’t received my recommendation letter. What should I do?
If you have not received your recommendation letter, and tracking states it’s still being mailed to you we can certainly check the situation for you. If there is a need to update any information we can update that for you and send another packet out.
Feel free to contact us on [email protected], [email protected] or call us on +1 (415) 287-5070 if you are having trouble and haven’t received your recommendation letter or medical marijuana card.
How will you show up on my billing descriptor?
The charge will appear as “Hippocratica”.
Will medical cannabis interfere with my other medications?
It depends on the medication. There may be some interference with benzodiazepines (e.g. antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), antiseizure drugs), immunosuppressants, barbiturates and some opioid-based drugs. We do not know to what extent cannabis may interfere with antidepressants and anxiolytics, but it could possibly be used in conjunction with them to control chronic pain, as well as reduce the need for them for certain conditions. This is an area of ongoing research, and we will try to uncover as much as possible regarding negative drugs interactions. Cannabidiol (CBD) in particular seems to desensitize the liver enzyme cytochrome P450 (CY P450), which processes many drugs. Therefore, it is wise to be careful with dosing cannabis when using medications that are processed by CY P450.
One of the best things about medical marijuana/cannabis is that it seems not to interfere with many of the more benign, over-the-counter medications (e.g. aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen), but this is difficult to say for sure due to the dearth of information and research on this matter.
If you are worried about any of your current medications being interfered with, please ask us. Feel free to show us your current medication list as well, as this can help.
What strain do I get?
Nobody knows the answer to this question for sure. You can check out our conditions page and report for more information, as well as our blog for blog articles and interviews with doctors and scientists, to get learn more about cannabis as medicine. Sadly, we cannot say anything more than, “Cannabis/marijuana may have some potential medical use for some medical conditions and illnesses. We cannot point you to any particular strain or product for definite.”
We advise people to take things slowly and to never consume too much cannabis at once, and in a safe environment. People respond to cannabis in different ways, and we will never say, “Cannabis will definitely help for your condition.” It may, it may not. Sometimes it might help at certain dosages, or hinder at other dosages. Some might even report little effect whatsoever! Different cannabinoids and terpenes might have different effects, and you may need to try and find out and see what works for you.
Perhaps the best advice we can give when it comes to medical marijuana is “Go to people who take their jobs seriously.” Does the dispensary and/or company who makes the product test their for safety (pesticides, heavy metals, pollutants, pathogens etc.)? Do they endeavor to give information on cannabinoid and terpenoid profiles wherever possible? Do they provide any other educational services?
You may also want to approach doctors and scientists who are trying to figure out “What cannabinoid-terpenoid profile works for my particular condition and endocannabinoid system (ECS)?” We don’t expect everyone to have the answers, but those who honestly state, “We don’t have all the answers, but here’s what I know and here’s the research out there so far on it” are probably the ones who might actually know something about cannabis. Be suspicious of snakeoil and anyone claiming to have all the answers, because for the moment, nobody does.
Is medical cannabis safe for me?
Yes, cannabis is far safer than many drugs produced by big pharmaceuticals, and can help with a broad range of problems. In fact, it has saved people’s lives and their sanity and it can potentially do the same for you.
The main concern with cannabis safety isn’t necessarily the plant itself, but the pollutants, pesticides and pathogens that are found on it from the environment it was grown in. Fortunately, California is moving forward on this issue, and we also believe that this is an area that needs to be worked on.
Many people are coming to the world of medical marijuana in their senior years. Some are younger first-timers, but many of them were once in a world where cannabis was demonized. Finally, studies are now debunking the myths and showing the wonderful effects of this plant on people’s health.
How much cannabis can I possess?
In California, no patient limit is specified. Technically, a medical marijuana patient may possess “whatever amount the physician recommends”. However, we would advise you take take reasonable precautions. Some sources state that medical cannabis patients may carry up to 8 ounces on their person in the state of California, but there is little information on what is considered “reasonable” for a patient.
Do not take your cannabis over state lines. Keep your cannabis in California. If you are moving around the state of California with cannabis, keep it to reasonable amounts (e.g. 1 ounce/28.5 grams or less of dried flower or 8 g of hashish/concentrate, as per recreational laws), and preferably locked away and safely kept.
If you are carrying both concentrate and flower, then you cannot go over the equivalent possession amounts. This means you cannot carry both an ounce of dried cannabis flower and 8 g of concentrate at the same time. If you are carrying 4 g of concentrate, the maximum amount of flower you can legally carry is 14.25 g of dried cannabis flower. This applies to recreational cannabis users, and medical patients may have some leeway, but we don’t recommend tempting fate wherever possible.
Don’t use operate a vehicle or heavy machinery when under the influence of cannabis.
How do I buy cannabis?
You can buy cannabis at a licensed dispensary or using a licensed delivery service. You can also grow your own cannabis – up to 6 plants per person per household, up to a maximum of two people (so no more than 12 plants).
Is “cannabis” the same thing as “marijuana”?
Yes, it is. We generally prefer to call medical marijuana “cannabis” and here’s why …
First of all, “cannabis” or Cannabis sativa is a more scientific, less colloquial and more accurate term for the plant. However, many people are more familiar with the term “marijuana”. “Medical cannabis”, however, has less of a ring to it, and “medical marijuana” helps others understand what we are talking about. This means that we’ll usually refer to “marijuana” as “cannabis” when using it in a scientific context.
Second of all, there are all sorts of unfortunate negative connotations with the word “marijuana”. We feel that the word “marijuana” was used as a propaganda tool in order to fuel the “War on Drugs” stemming from the Prohibition era, carried on throughout the 30s, and made concrete in the 70s with the Nixon administration. This allowed for the federal government to negate any valuable scientific research associated with cannabis.
However, for the purposes of this FAQ and in order to be properly understood (and found on searches!) throughout our website, we will occasionally refer to “cannabis” as “marijuana” or “medical marijuana”, as it’s a more commonplace term that’s more widely understood and searched-for. Also, we cannot change official terminologies. Many states use terms such as “Medical Marijuana Program” or “Medical Marijuana Card”. Not using such terminology can be confusing for people who do not search for “cannabis”, as well as inaccurate. You will more often than not see on our blog posts and the like that we refer to “medical marijuana” as “cannabis”, due to it being a more scientifically accurate term. However, this is not always possible. Sometimes, even well-researched scientific studies use the term “marijuana”. There are two options here: either stop using the term “marijuana”, or to “defang” the term so it no longer has negative connotations, in a similar way the word “hemp” has become less negative over the years. Remember: “cannabis” also has negative connotations for many!
Will I be on a public database?
No. Details from the Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program (MMICP) and and the state of California’s Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) are not accessible via a public database. Although you can verify a patient number publically, it won’t give any personal details.
The federal government cannot, as far as we know, access the information on specific state’s MMPs.
Is the payment 100% secure?
Yes, payment is 100% secure.
Our payment processor uses the same encryption as banks do, so your credit card data are in complete safety. You can use Visa or Mastercard.
What do you mean by HIPAA compliance?
HIPAA stands for “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act”, and was passed by Congress in 1996. HIPAA does the following:
More informations about Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Is a California MMJ Card Valid in Other U.S. States?
Yes. Arizona, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Michigan recognize a valid, in-date medical marijuana identification card and recommendation letter from California. However, entrance into another state’s medical cannabis dispensaries is at the dispensary’s discretion. Reciprocity means that participating states recognize California medical marijuana cards and recommendations as valid. Whether California recognizes medical marijuana cards from other states is still yet to be decided, but it looks as if the answer is “no” so far.
What if I think my child needs medical marijuana?
We will do all we can to help. We also know lots of great people and dispensaries who can help, too. You will need to be the child’s caregiver. Medical histories are particularly useful for such cases.
Will insurance cover my recommendation letter?
No. Medical marijuana cards are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or Obamacare (aka, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)). This is because cannabis/marijuana is a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).
Are there hidden charges or extra fees?
No. A medical marijuana recommendation letter costs $49. A medical marijuana recommendation letter and MMJ card together costs $59. This includes the cost of the appointment.
Can I use my recommendation letter in another state?
Your recommendation letter may be valid in Nevada, Arizona, Michigan, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, and you may be protected by these states’ medical marijuana laws. However, you cannot utilize a medical marijuana dispensary in those states, unless those states allow it.
However, if recreational marijuana is legal in another state, you may still use dispensaries and delivery services licensed to sell to recreational customers in the state.
How often do I need to renew my recommendation?
Yearly. Your medical marijuana recommendation and card is valid from the day your application is successful to the same date the following year. E.g., if your application was successful on 01/01/2018, it’ll be valid until 01/01/2019.
Do you renew medical marijuana recommendations?
Of course! Feel free to book an appointment with us to renew your medical marijuana recommendation.
What are the qualifying conditions?
Different states have different criteria as to what conditions marijuana can be recommended for. As a general rule of thumb, think “Any condition that has a long-term impact upon quality of life and/or is terminal.”
In California, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana recommendation and card:
How do I qualify?
You need to have a qualifying condition, photographic ID and California residency (i.e. a California address, which can be proven using e.g. utility bill, rental/mortgage agreement, bank statement).
How does the online evaluation process work?
In three simple steps …
Can I just use a recommendation letter?
Yes, you can technically still use a dispensary with just a recommendation letter. However, we HIGHLY recommend registering for a medical marijuana card as well. It’ll save you a lot of headaches, legally or otherwise.
Why do I need a medical card?
Here are some of the reasons why an Medical Marijuana Card is perfect for you:
How old do I have to be to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
You must be at least 18 years of age in order to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in the state of California, whether for yourself or as a caregiver.
Is completing my doctor’s evaluation online legal?
In the state of California, yes it is. Leafwell is accessible via telehealth in California. Many (but by no means all) states, require an in-person physical examination to establish a bona-fide patient-physician relationship. Check out our state guide for more on specific state rules (which are subject to change – apologies if our information becomes out-of-date without us realizing!).