SAN FRANCISCO, April 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Got $5 ON IT? MMJRecs today unveiled a brand-new app that enables California medical-cannabis patients to apply for and receive doctor recommendations via their mobile devices. Now available on the App store & Google Play. To mark the occasion, the company announced that it will be offering $5 evaluations to military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who register through their app. (Offer is valid for a limited time only and to the FIRST 100 registered Veterans per day.)
"Too many of our veterans have difficulty accessing proper health care, including medical marijuana, which has shown itself to be an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder," said Dr. Brian White, MMJRecs co-founder. "We are just trying to do our small part."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, PTSD is a major public health problem among current and former military service members, especially those who have served in combat. The prevalence of PTSD among service members and veterans varies widely, but deployment to a war zone is consistently associated with an increased risk for the illness. The U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs estimates that anywhere from 10 to 20 percent of veterans of the Iraq, Afghanistan and Gulf wars suffer from PTSD.
Founded by Dr. White and Faisal Ansari—a patient—MMJRecs is staffed by a team of licensed physicians, complies with all HIPAA regulations, and employs the same cyber-security as banks, bringing the highest possible level of safety, comfort and relief to the ill. The entire process can take as little as 20 minutes, and no office visit is required. Available on its website since September, MMJRecs has so far served more than 1,000 patients.
"The process of acquiring medical cannabis can be daunting, particularly for those who are very ill, in pain or otherwise incapacitated," said Faisal Ansari, MMJRecs co-founder. "This often makes people hesitant to get the medicine they need—or worse, prevents them from getting it at all. So they continue to suffer—needlessly."
Ansari knows. A former cancer patient, he has firsthand experience with the often-onerous process of acquiring medical cannabis.
That experience led him and co-founder Dr. White to investigate ways to make it easier for patients to get the medicine they need while providing top-quality health care and security.
"One of the key elements for us is providing continuing consultations with qualified licensed physicians," Dr. White said. "What we bring to medical-cannabis patients is the same level of care they would receive at a doctor's office but without the burdensome and often unnecessary hurdles involved in the process."
MMJRecs involves just three main steps: providing an electronic image of a driver's license or other state-approved ID, filling out a medical history form and requesting an evaluation with a doctor. Patients who are approved will receive their recommendations via e-mail in as little as 20 minutes. MMJRecs.com currently is available only in California but plans to expand and help medical marijuana patients in other states are underway.
For more information or to sign up, please visit us at MMJRecs.com