It’s everywhere. Conversations are popping up, it’s in the news, you’re reading about it online, in the paper and your friends seem to have drawn their own conclusions about medical marijuana (MM), but what is the truth? How does it work? Is it just a fad? What do you really NEED to know?
The truth is, marijuana began as a standard medicinal treatment. It dates back thousands of years to the Egyptians, Greeks, and the Chinese empire Surprising to many, even just as recent the 1930’s, the U.S. was adding it to specific pharmaceuticals to treat and cure disease. So why is it just now making a comeback?
There are theories that the Federal government shut down the regulated herbal medicine for monetary reasons, but despite what you hear or chose to believe, the truth is medical marijuana is on the rise, and that’s because of the valid health outcomes that patients themselves are seeing first hand.
Patients with seizures, cancer, chronic pain, and anxiety, just to name a few, are reporting incredible healing through MM. When they’ve finally had enough of western medicine, and it’s ability to ONLY treat their “symptoms” and not their disorder, that’s when patients are grasping onto alternative treatment options. For those that have found help through MM, their words are unequivocal—IT 100% WORKS!
With the ever-changing regulations, laws, and curious citizens, there are fundamental informative rules of purchasing and consuming medical marijuana that all Florida residents should know. But first, the definition of what “medical marijuana” actually is will be helpful information to differentiate street drugs from those that are deemed for medicinal purposes.
There are different species and hybrids of the marijuana plant. With strict guidelines, the State of Florida highly regulates how their crops are grown for medical treatment. For instance, some of the plants have much less THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in them than others. THC is the mind-altering, euphoric component of marijuana that gives the “high” feeling, typically associated with marijuana. However, new laws were put in place that allows recommendations of elevated levels of THC for certain patients with aggressive disorders.
The natural marijuana plant contains both CBD and THC. CBD or cannabinoids can treat many different forms of diseases and disorders with low THC. Our brain and nerve cells have cannabinoid receptors, so our bodies naturally react to CBD (cannabinoids) and TCH (tetrahydrocannabinol) through merging directly with our cells. Our natural endocannabinoid system works synergistically with CBD and TCH, creating a multitude of beneficial reactions in the body.
At Florida Medical Marijuana Health Center, they make the process as easy for you as possible. With a highly-experienced physician on staff, they walk you through the protocols to make sure you are receiving the best care and attention.
Florida Medical Marijuana Health Center
• 10-15 minute examination by a doctor
• If you have a qualifying condition, you will be entered into the state system and given a patient number
• They will supply you with all state required forms and instruct you on the application process
• Once the application is submitted to the state, you will receive an email in about 3 to 4 weeks with your card number.
• Once your card number is obtained, you can purchase, possess, and use the medical marijuana according to your prescription.
• Your actual card will be received about a week later in the mail.
Qualifying Medical Conditions
Currently, there are 12 medical conditions explicitly defined in the Florida medical marijuana initiative. However, the Florida marijuana law also states that any medical condition in which the medical marijuana doctor believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient may be used as criteria when certifying a patient for the Florida medical marijuana program. The medical conditions specifically defined in Florida’s medical marijuana law are:
• Crohn’s disease
• Chronic muscle spasms
• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
• Parkinson’s disease
• Multiple sclerosis
• Any other medical condition that the doctor approves
How MM is Regulated and Dispensed
There are highly-regulated medical marijuana dispensaries, which are the only place you can purchase
marijuana legally. Marijuana is still listed as a Schedule I narcotic by the US federal government and therefore cannot be sold in pharmacies since pharmacies are regulated by the federal government’s DEA. Before a patient can legally purchase medical marijuana in Florida, the specialized marijuana physician will enter a recommended dosage amount into the registry.
To get help today, please call (561) 223-0743 to schedule your consultation and experience the healing effects of medical marijuana.