With the endless benefits of medical marijuana, we are thrilled to say it is now available to full-time and part-time Florida residents!
To learn more, and specifically how it can help certain conditions, click each button below:
Not only does medical marijuana help with the symptoms experienced by patients going through chemotherapy by helping them maintain their appetite and maintaining a level of comfort throughout their treatment. CBD may also help prevent cancer from spreading, researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco reported in 2007. Cannabidiol can help stop cancer by turning off the gene called Id-1, the study, published in the Journal of Molecular Cancer and Therapeutics, found. Cancer cells make more copies of this gene than non-cancerous cells, and it helps them spread through the body. The researchers studied breast cancer cells in the lab that had high levels of Id-2 and treated them with cannabidiol. After treatment, the cells had decreased Id-1 expression and were less aggressive spreaders. In the CNN Special Report “WEED,” Dr. Sanjay Gupta also mentioned a few studies in the U.S., Spain, and Israel that suggest the compounds in cannabis could even kill cancer cells.
The Department of Health and Human Services recently signed off on a proposal to study marijuana’s potential as part of treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Marijuana is approved to treat PTSD in many states, including Florida. Naturally occurring cannabinoids, similar to THC, help regulate the system that causes fear and anxiety in the body and brain.
CHRONIC NONMALIGNANT PAIN
Several studies have indicated that patients dealing with chronic nonmalignant pain can benefit from the pain-relieving effects of medical marijuana.
HIV & AIDS
Studies on patients with HIV have shown that marijuana can help make the adverse side effects more manageable. HIV-positive patients consuming medical marijuana have reported significant increases of appetite and decreased muscle pain levels, nausea, anxiety, depression, and skin tingling. Studies have found that daily and chronic neuropathic pain related to HIV can be significantly lowered by regular cannabis consumption. Marijuana may boost appetites, helping to combat weight loss and muscle breakdown. Research also suggests that consuming medical marijuana is safer for patients with HIV/AIDS. One study found no significant association between cannabis use and CD4-T cell counts of patients co-infected with HIV and HCV, suggesting cannabis had no adverse effects on the immune system. Another study found that patients with an HIV/HCV co-infection that smoke marijuana were at no greater risk of liver fibrosis.
Marijuana use can prevent epileptic seizures, a 2003 study showed. A physician study run by Virginia Commonwealth University gave marijuana extract and synthetic marijuana to epileptic rats. The drugs rid the rats of the seizures for about 10 hours. Cannabinoids like the active ingredients in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (also known as THC), controls seizures by binding to the brain cells responsible for excitability and regulating relaxation. The findings were published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
The Department of Health and Human Services recently signed off on a proposal to study marijuana’s potential as part of treating anxiety. Marijuana is approved to treat anxiety in many states, including Florida. Naturally occurring cannabinoids, similar to THC, help regulate the system that causes fear and anxiety in the body and brain.
Recent research from Israel shows that smoking marijuana significantly reduces pain and tremors and improves sleep for Parkinson’s Disease patients. Particularly impressive was the improved fine motor skills among patients. Medical marijuana is legal in Israel for multiple conditions. A significant amount of research into medical uses of cannabis is done there, supported by the Israeli government.
Marijuana can be used to treat and prevent the eye disease glaucoma, which increases pressure in the eyeball, damaging the optic nerve and causing loss of vision. Marijuana decreases the pressure inside the eye, according to the National Eye Institute. “Studies in the early 1970s showed that marijuana, when smoked, lowered intraocular pressure (IOP) in people with normal pressure and those with glaucoma.” These effects of the drug may slow the progression of the disease, preventing early blindness.
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disorder that causes pain, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and more. But a recent study in Israel showed that smoking marijuana significantly reduced Crohn’s Disease symptoms in 10 out of 11 patients, and caused a complete remission of the disease in five of those patients. That’s a small study, but research has shown similar effects. The cannabinoids from marijuana seem to help the gut regulate bacteria and intestinal function.
Marijuana may ease the painful symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), a study published in the Canadian Medical Association in May suggests. A recent study on 30 MS patients with painful contractions in their muscles. These patients didn’t respond to other treatments, but after smoking marijuana for a few days, they were in less pain. The TCH in the marijuana binds to receptors in the nerves and muscles to relieve pain. Other studies suggest that the chemical also helps control muscle spasms.
ALS The Journal Neural Regeneration Research published a review recently detailing the latest findings in the use of cannabis-derived compounds to treat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease The review, “Can cannabinoids be a potential therapeutic tool in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?,” notes that to date, the only available therapy for ALS patients is riluzole, which controls neuronal signaling. However, this drug has limited therapeutic value and only moderately increases survival – meaning novel and more effective therapeutic options for ALS patients are still needed. Cannabinoids, the bioactive compounds of Cannabis Sativa, exert their activity by binding to the CB1 and CB2 receptors. The Cannabinoid system seems to be involved in the pathologies of ALS. Indeed, the spinal cord of ALS patients has been shown to present motor neuron damage triggered by the immune system’s cells (microglia and macrophages) that express increased levels of CB2 cannabinoid receptor. “So all these data show editing CB2-mediated processes could change ALS progression and how much the endocannabinoid system is potentially involved in reducing neuroinflammation, excitotoxicity, and oxidate cell damage,” researchers wrote. Previous studies have shown that cannabinoids have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective actions in animal models of ALS. Indeed, cannabinoids can delay disease progression and prolong survival in these animals. However, only a few studies have investigated the effect of cannabinoids in human patients, which makes it difficult to interpret the results. “According to a single observational study of patients with ALS, only the 10% who admitted consuming cannabis revealed moderate relief of several symptoms, including appetite loss, depression, pain, and drooling,” researchers wrote. “In addition, spasticity is also a major problem for ALS patients, which reported that cannabis can subjectively improve spasticity.” The researchers added: “there is a valid rationale to propose the use of cannabinoid compounds in the pharmacological management of ALS patients. Cannabinoids indeed are able to delay ALS progression and prolong survival. However, most of the studies that investigated the neuroprotective potential of these compounds of ALS were performed in animal models, whereas the few clinical trials that investigated cannabinoid-based medicines were focused only on the alleviation of ALS-related symptoms, not the control of the disease progression.”
Who Qualifies for Medical Marijuana?
In order for you to be a candidate for a medical marijuana card in the state of Florida, you must be diagnosed with one of the following conditions and have medical history from a prior physician showing the diagnosis:
- Positive Status for Human Immune Deficiency (HIV)
- Acquired Immun Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Can Diagnose in Office)
- Anxiety (Can Diagnose in Office)
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease
- Crohn’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Chronic Nonmalignant Pain
- Medical conditions of the same kind or class
- A terminal condition diagnosed by a physician
How Does it Work?
Once you have met with our cannabis-certified physician and have become a proven candidate, we will handle all of the necessary paperwork on our end to get you entered into the state’s Compassionate Care Registry so you can start receiving your medication.
Within 24 hrs of your appointment, you will receive an email from the state. A fee of $75 is paid to the State. You should get your letter of confirmation in about 5-10 days via email which you can take to any dispensary. The card should arrive within the following two weeks.
Our medical marijuana program’s initial certification program is $175 and you will be required to visit the office for a follow-up every 6 months thereafter to consult with your cannabis-certified physician. Renewals are $150.
Are You a Good Candidate for Medical Marijuana?
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