According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), opioids killed more than 42,000 people in 2016 alone. The opioid epidemic was recently declared a public health emergency in the United States, and agencies at every level of government, are spending large sums of money to combat the problem. Medical marijuana may offer an effective alternative treatment option for patients struggling with addiction.
Opioids and Chronic Pain
While illegal drugs, like heroin, still account for a significant portion of the opioid problem in America, many people begin their addiction through lawfully prescribed drugs, like Vicodin and Oxycontin. These drugs are frequently used to treat chronic pain. Over time, individuals develop high levels of dependency on these drugs, not only to stave off the pain but also to avoid the painful side effects of withdrawal. Medical marijuana may offer an alternative for those suffering from chronic pain. A study published in the Journal of Pain in 2016 showed a significant reduction in opioid use when people used cannabis. Another study from the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that medical marijuana could be effective in treating patients with chronic pain. In Florida, chronic pain is one of the recognized qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use.
Cannabis and Opioid Withdrawal
Medical marijuana has been shown to be, not only helpful in treating chronic pain, but also effective in helping patients cope with the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Individuals attempting to wean themselves off opioids often experience extreme nausea, bone pain and other aches, and severe cravings. Medical marijuana alleviates some of these symptoms, increasing an individual’s ability to reduce their dependence, and eventually cease their opioid intake altogether.
If you, or a loved one, struggle with an opioid addiction, due to chronic pain, and would like to learn more about medical marijuana in Florida, schedule an appointment or call the Marijuana Doctor at (786) 224-4005 today. With compassionate, highly experienced doctors and locations throughout the state, we strive to make the whole experience comfortable and convenient.
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological problems in humans, worldwide. In the United States, about one percent of all people will experience an epileptic seizure, and one out of every 26 diagnosed with epilepsy, will suffer from repeated seizures. While children and senior citizens are most at risk from this condition, it can begin at any age. Recent medical studies have indicated that medical marijuana may be effective at helping reduce the frequency of seizures.
What Have Studies Shown About the Effects of Marijuana on Epilepsy?
While research has been limited, due to restrictive federal drug laws, recent studies have shown that cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound found in medical marijuana, can indeed help prevent seizures. In a study conducted by researchers from the Ohio State University, Individuals with LGS, a particularly severe form of epilepsy, were given CBD every day for 14 weeks. The frequency of epileptic seizures in study patients dropped by more than 50%. The Epilepsy Foundation, a non-profit that advocates for epilepsy treatment and research, supports access to medical marijuana and continued research of its benefits for people with epilepsy.
Are Other Treatments for Epilepsy Available?
Conventional anti-seizure medications are available, and in many cases, are successful at reducing the frequency and severity of seizures. The side effects of these drugs typically include: drowsiness, nausea, headaches, vomiting, and vertigo. Furthermore, in roughly 30% of people with epilepsy, treatment with anti-seizure medications is ineffective.
Can Epilepsy Legally Be Treated with Medical Marijuana?
In Florida, epilepsy is one of many qualifying conditions for medical marijuana. Patients struggling with epilepsy, can schedule an appointment for a visit with a licensed medical professional, who will assess their condition, and medical records, before issuing a prescription for medical marijuana. Once approval is given by a licensed physician, patients have access to a wide range of medical marijuana-based products, to help treat their epilepsy.
People suffering from epileptic seizures that are not treatable with drugs, or those who are struggling with the side effects of conventional anti-seizure pharmaceuticals, should consider using medical marijuana. The professional medical doctors, and staff at Marijuana Doctor, have helped patients get a handle on the effects of epilepsy, through the use of medical marijuana. With convenient locations throughout the state of Florida, and pricing plans designed to fit any budget, Marijuana Doctor makes it easy for patients to treat their epilepsy with medical marijuana. Call today at (786) 224-4005.
In 2016, voters in Florida approved “Amendment 2” with 71.3 percent of voters in favor of legalizing medical marijuana. The amendment opened the door for people in Florida afflicted with a wide variety of qualifying conditions, from chronic pain to epilepsy, to receive treatment with medical marijuana and other cannabis-derived medication.
What Are the Requirements for a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida?
Florida law imposes a number of minimum requirements for individuals seeking a medical marijuana card. First, an individual must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the State of Florida. Individuals can prove residency with a Florida driver’s license/ID card, or an out-of-state ID, with a recent utility bill or bank statement showing a Florida address. Patients must have medical records evidencing a diagnosis from a licensed physician of a qualifying medical condition. A patient must bring these required documents to their medical evaluation. At the evaluation, a doctor will weigh the risks and benefits to the patient and determine if medical marijuana is right for their condition.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida?
If a patient brings all the required paperwork documenting their qualifying condition, then Marijuana Doctor can give a recommendation the same day. Doctor-approval is only part of the process, however. After the doctor gives the recommendation, he or she will issue a certificate to the Florida Department of Health. These are processed in the order received, but most applications are processed on the same day they are received. With all paperwork in order, a patient can have a Florida medical marijuana card in 24 hours.
How Much Does It Cost to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida?
The process in Florida involves more paperwork and processing fees than the process in other states, where the medical marijuana infrastructure is more developed. In addition, Florida requires recommendations to be renewed every 30 weeks (about seven months). Marijuana Doctor offers different pricing plans designed to fit the patients’ budget. Furthermore, our 100 percent money-back guarantee, means patients don’t pay if they don’t qualify.
Marijuana Doctor is Florida’s leading supplier of medical marijuana recommendations. With convenient locations across the state, extensive industry knowledge, and compassionate doctors and staff, we can help you receive the treatment and care you need. Schedule an appointment online or call us today at (786) 224-4005.
Although marijuana is listed as an illegal Schedule I drug under federal law, it has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy for a host of conditions. In fact, cannabis was a component of many medications and tinctures up until the 1930s, when individual states banned it and, eventually, so did the federal government. But many states have again begun to recognize the medicinal value of marijuana for cancer, epilepsy, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, and many other qualifying conditions, by legalizing it entirely or offering medical marijuana programs to help patients find relief.
Understanding Medical Marijuana’s Components
Because marijuana is still illegal under federal law, there are limited recent studies to show its effectiveness as a medical treatment. However, many patients have experienced great success using medical marijuana for cancer treatment and relief of uncomfortable symptoms. Marijuana contains possibly more than a hundred different cannabinoids, which are the chemical components that make up the cannabis plant. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most famous, and it is what gives marijuana its psychoactive, or “high,” component. Another major one is cannabidiol, or CBD, which is a non-psychoactive component of marijuana that also offers healing properties.
Both these components benefit patients suffering from cancer and other ailments. THC helps relieve pain, nausea, inflammation, and other symptoms, while CBD helps reduce anxiety, depression, paranoia, and more. It is also frequently used for its anti-seizure and anticonvulsant properties. For instance, a paper published by the British Epilepsy Association in 2012, “strongly supports CBD as a therapeutic candidate for a diverse range of human epilepsies.”
How It Helps Cancer Patients
Medical marijuana has provided relief for many cancer patients. While there have been limited studies to determine its true effectiveness, scientists have reported that THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids have slowed growth and reduced the spread of some types of cancer cells in lab dishes and animal studies, according to the American Cancer Society. Patients have reported relief from the following symptoms when using marijuana for cancer treatment.
- Reduced nausea and vomiting as side-effects from chemotherapy
- Reduced cancer-related pain and reduced inflammation that’s sometimes the root of this pain
- Relief from neuropathic pain stemming from nerve damage obtained during chemotherapy and other treatments, as well as help with nerve-related weakness, numbness, and tingling or burning sensations in the hands and feet
- Improved appetite, which prevents the unintentional loss of lean muscle and fat often caused by loss of appetite stemming from chemotherapy
To find out if medical marijuana may be an effective treatment for your cancer diagnosis or other conditions, call (786) 224-4005 to schedule a consultation appointment with Marijuana Doctor today. Our state-certified physicians can evaluate you to determine if you qualify for medical marijuana in the state of Florida.