Legislators in the Florida House passed a bill recently giving patients access to smokeable forms of medical marijuana. Senate Bill 182 allows medical cannabis patients access to up to 2.5 ounces of flower within a 45-day period, based on a doctor’s recommendation. Patients can possess up to four ounces.
Gov. Ron DeSantis, who had pushed for the bill, imposed a deadline of March 15 on legislators, hoping to resolve an issue that had been festering for far too long in the state.
“The Florida Legislature has taken a significant step this week to uphold the will of the voters and support the patients who will gain relief as a result of this legislation,” DeSantis said in a statement via email which praised politicians in both the House and Senate.
“President Bill Galvano, Speaker Jose Oliva, Senator Jeff Brandes, and Representative Ray Rodrigues have done a tremendous job working hard to ensure the voices of Floridians are heard. I commend them for their diligence on this issue,” he continued.
Gov. DeSantis announces his support for smokeable medical cannabis
The Long and Winding Road To Patient’s Rights
Although Floridians overwhelmingly approved of medical marijuana when it was legalized in 2016, Amendment 2 — the official legislation which brought medical marijuana to the state — only allowed for certain types of delivery methods. Under then-Gov. Rick Scott, residents of the state could only purchase medical marijuana as a pill, oil, edible, or vape product.
Smokeable marijuana products were banned under the new law.
Legal battles commenced almost immediately, with People United for Medical Marijuana and Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan filing a case against the ban, one that they ultimately won. Scott, however, appealed the decision.
DeSantis, who won the election in November, decide not to continue the challenge, ordering legislators to find a solution by the deadline as mentioned above. He now has until Wednesday to sign the bill into law.
“Today’s action to finally allow smokable medical marijuana brings four words to the lips of people across our state: ‘It’s about damn time,’ ” said Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. “I’m thankful for the House and Senate’s work to fix this situation.”
So, What Happens Next?
With the governor expected to sign the bill shortly, smokeable cannabis products could be available in dispensaries around the state within a few weeks to a few months, depending on how fast the particulars are handled. According to most reports, however, experts believe that government officials will expedite the process.
The new bill also establishes a Medical Marijuana Research and Education Board which would oversee a research consortium by the state university system’s Board of Governors. Legislators set aside $1.5 million in total for research purposes in the bill.
As with other forms of medical cannabis, patients seeking smokeable marijuana will need a recommendation from their physician first. At Marijuana Doctor, we’re here to help you navigate the entire process from beginning to end. Our board-certified physicians will evaluate you to determine if you may benefit from medical marijuana.
And after you’ve received your recommendation, we’ll help you with the registration process with the Florida Department of Health as well. Best of all, our process is risk-free with a 100 percent money-back guarantee. If you don’t qualify, you don’t pay.
If you believe that you may qualify for a Florida medical marijuana card, don’t hesitate to ask for help! Call us at (844) 442-0362 or schedule your free consultation online.
Marijuana is commonly associated with weight gain, not weight loss. While it is true that THC can increase appetite and give you the “munchies,” CBD is actually believed to have the opposite effect. If weight loss is a goal of yours, check out these 3 Ways CBD Can Help You Lose Weight!
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most popular cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant. Unlike THC, which is the cannabinoid that will get you “high,” CBD does not produce psychoactive effects. With that being said, it is still capable of a vast array of medicinal benefits. One of these potential benefits is helping you lose some excess weight!
Ways CBD Can Help You Lose Weight
Primary studies have found that CBD may play a role in speeding up your metabolism, thus increasing your rate of weight loss. Your metabolism is the process responsible for converting food to energy. The faster it is, the more calories you burn, and the more weight you can lose.
Improves Focus, Positivity, and Energy
Marijuana is commonly believed to bring you down and chill you out. Most people don’t think of it as an “upper,” but that is usually because they’re thinking of THC, not CBD. THC often makes the user feel relaxed, drowsy, and unfocused. CBD, on the other hand, can increase focus and boost positivity, often times allowing you to make healthier choices throughout the day. This can assist the weight loss process.
Furthermore, one study has determined that CBD may be wake-promoting. Instead of making you feel sleepy, it can actually increase energy levels. This can help you be more active throughout the day.
Reduced Pain and Stress
When you workout out at a moderate or high-intensity, you’re more prone to being tired and sore in the following days. The pain-relieving capabilities of CBD may be able to speed-up recovery and decrease post-workout soreness. This will allow you to get back in the gym sooner, potentially increasing the rate of weight loss even further.
Obesity is a serious health problem that can lead to many other health issues (diabetes, depression, etc…) Speak to your doctor today, about choosing the right healthy-eating and exercise program for you. When combined with these two things, CBD can help you lose weight faster.
There are several different types of OCD that a person can be diagnosed with, making it difficult to treat. Depending on the symptoms, different forms of treatment will be used. One of these potential treatments is medication. Unfortunately, most medications capable of treating symptoms of OCD come along with some pretty nasty side effects. For this reason, it’s no surprise that more and more people are choosing medical marijuana for OCD, instead.
What is OCD?
OCD is an acronym that stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. In the United States, it affects approximately 1% of adults, or 2.2 million people. Typically the disorder presents itself in a person by the time they turn 19.
There are several different types of the disorder, however the 4 most common are:
- Intrusive Thoughts
General symptoms of the disorder may include:
- Unwanted recurring thoughts or sensations
- Uncontrollable obsession with something (for more than one hour per day)
- Continuously struggling with ideas that force you to do something compulsively or repetitively. This may include obsessively checking things, cleaning things, or repeatedly getting the urge to wash your hands.
These symptoms usually will interfere with social interactions, work, school, everyday tasks, and other important functions.
When the patient can’t give in to, or fights against the compulsions or obsessions, distress, anxiety, depression, or tension can result. For some people, the obsessions and compulsions are so severe and uncontrollable that they are unable to pay attention or focus on anything else.
Obsessions may include:
- Needing things to be a certain, specific way
- Extreme aversion to dirt and contamination
- Suicidal thoughts and tendencies
- Unwanted, uncontrollable thoughts (religious, sexual, etc…)
Some examples of compulsions are:
- Maintaining a specified routine
- Cleaning / Organization
- Requiring constant reassurance
With that being said, a patient won’t necessarily be both obsessive and compulsive, although that is often the case.
How is it typically treated?
Common treatments for the symptoms of OCD include cognitive behavioral therapy (cognitive therapy & exposure/response prevention,) anti-anxiety medication, antidepressants, or a combination of all these things.
Medications can manage depression and anxiety long enough to give therapy a chance to work. While this is usually relatively effective, there is some bad news. That is, negative side effects from these medications can be moderate to severe, sometimes making the situation worse.
Potential side effects from anti-anxiety medication and antidepressants might include:
- Blurred vision
- Impaired thinking
- Memory loss
- Weight gain
Medical Marijuana for OCD
Marijuana has been utilized as a pain & anxiety-reliever for hundreds of years. Although the effectiveness of marijuana varies from person to person, one recent study concluded that a large majority of participants experienced relief from anxiety with medical marijuana. The other participants reported increased anxiety, which is due to the unique body chemistry of every individual.
Traditional therapy (medications) boost serotonin, which is your body’s “feel good” chemical. Marijuana does not produce serotonin, but it does stimulate the release of another hormone called anandamide. Anandamide interacts with THC, causing a soothing effect, thus relieving anxiety just as effectively. Reducing anxiety helps the obsessions and compulsions dissipate.
On a side note, if a patient must continue to take anti-anxiety medications or antidepressants, CBD may be able to help alleviate some of the negative side effects.
Medical marijuana can help treat these side effects of treatment/symptoms of OCD, as well:
- Abdominal cramps
- Impulsive behavior
- Repeated behavior and thoughts
- Social anxiety
- Weight loss
If you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, you may want to consider medical marijuana for OCD. It is safer than traditional medication, and possibly more effective. It is always advised to speak to a licensed physician before switching treatments.
On its own, CBD may quite possibly be one of the most beneficial substances out there. It’s no surprise that the ever-growing marijuana industry has began to capitalize on CBD. It’s important for you to understand, however, that not all CBD products are created equal.
These days, you can find “CBD” products in gas stations, drug stores, bars, and several other random locations. The problem is that most of these products are not 100% natural, and can contain dangerous chemicals that are potentially harmful to your health.
Not All CBD Products Are Created Equal
Even if a product claims to be 100% natural, studies and tests have found other added ingredients. Some of these come in shockingly large concentrations. For this reason, we want to make sure you understand what you could be getting if you buy “CBD” products from these unlicensed places.
This substance is a cough suppressant, that can be found in most over the counter cough medicines. Although it is an effective cough suppressant in the correct doses, it can be extremely dangerous if used in high quantities and/or for a prolonged period of time.
DXM has a long history of recreational abuse, as it can produce psychoactive effects, like euphoria, if taken in large doses or combined with other ingredients. DXM is responsible for approximately 6000 emergency room visits annually.
Long term use or overdose can cause decreased respiratory function, elevated heart rate & blood pressure, psychosis, seizures, insomnia, dysphoria, coma, and even death.
This would be a grouping of synthetic cannabinoids, better known as K2 or Spice. Synthetic cannabinoids stimulate the body’s endocannabinoid system. These substances are illegal in most places.
5F-ADB typically makes the user feel drowsy and disoriented. Over time, these synthetic cannabinoids can cause nausea, fear, loss of bodily control, and problems breathing. 5F-ADB has been linked to dozens of overdoses and deaths.
While melatonin is a naturally-produced chemical in the body, many consumers do not expect to find it in their “100% CBD” products. Melatonin is the hormone that tells your body to go to sleep. It’s dangerous to take a melatonin supplement without knowledge, because it can not only make you drowsier than normal, but also raise blood sugar and blood pressure in some people.
Companies decided to add it into the products after claiming that consumers requested it. One test determined that the concentration of melatonin in hundreds of products was much greater than the concentration of CBD.
You may be asking yourself, how do they get away with it? Well, the truth is, the CBD market is pretty much unregulated. In order to avoid these dangerous substances, don’t get your CBD products from gas stations, drug stores, etc.
These products are clearly very dangerous and have no pharmacological data to prove them to be neither effective nor safe.
If you are searching for relief, CBD may be able to help. Going through the appropriate channels will allow you to get all-natural products from trusted manufacturer’s.
If you’re interested in becoming a medical marijuana card holder, call us at (844) 442-0362 or schedule your free consultation online, today. We can connect you with trustworthy, quality CBD products.