Leading provider of medical marijuana recommendations in Florida.

Medical marijuana has been a life-saving treatment for hundreds-of-thousands of residents all across Florida and millions of people all across the United States. And with 1.5 million veterans in the state, Florida’s Department of Veteran Affairs has a track record of meeting, and even exceeding the needs of some of its worthiest citizens. This has been especially true in cutting Florida’s levels of veteran homeless by nearly 50 percent in just the past ten years.

Unfortunately, because so many veterans suffer from significant physical and mental conditions associated with PTSD, there’s still a long way to go toward making sure that all veterans receive the care and treatment to which they’re entitled — especially with medical marijuana.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is the result of any number of traumatic events that can occur during a normal tour with a branch of the military. Combat, life-threatening experiences and accidents all take their tolls on veterans’ mental health and wellbeing. Veterans report lingering memories, severe difficulty sleeping, and functional problems that make it difficult to function at work or school. And people living with PTSD can have perceptual or emotional swings that make normal life difficult and stressful, causing crippling and even life-threatening substance use disorders.

Medical Marijuana Results for PTSD Treatment

Fortunately, medical marijuana treatments have shown outstanding results for veterans and others recovering from PTSD. Medical marijuana has been shown to improve patients’ ability to mediate essential functions like memory consolidation and retrieval, in addition to lowering stress and patient-reported anxiety. Cannabinoids can prompt people to produce more of the neurotransmitters that encourage pleasure, happiness, and better memory retrieval. And the same cannabinoids play some role in preventing further recurrences of underlying trauma, in a sense, avoiding traumatic memories, while maintaining emotional wellbeing.

Some studies have shown, more specifically, that a neurotransmitter called anandamide can appear at lower levels among those using medical marijuana treatments. One of the body’s primary endocannabinoids, those that are produced naturally by the body, anandamide stimulates the endocannabinoid system which can affect mood, happiness, fear, and anxiety as a natural antidepressant.

One big part of PTSD is, essentially a lack of endocannabinoids, and that lack will induce symptoms of anxiety and fear, leaving veterans to cope with those symptoms anyway that they can, often through alcohol or similar substances. Many clinicians believe that pharmaceutical treatments like chemical antidepressant won’t work nearly as well for addressing the actual PTSD conditions. Medical marijuana has been shown to provide more and better relief.

The VA and Medical Marijuana

Unfortunately, the Veteran’s Administration still takes marijuana prohibition seriously. Though it’s been shown to be one of the most effective treatments for PTSD, medical marijuana may not be prescribed or recommended by any doctor treating veterans within the VA system.

The VA won’t deny benefits because of marijuana use, but discussions with doctors are confined primarily to discussions of substance abuse, rather than to discussions of the therapeutic or treatment-value of medical marijuana. While medical records are confidential and protected under patient privacy and confidentiality laws, treatments for PTSD avoid mention of the positive benefits of medical marijuana treatments and use. Most PTSD treatments coming directly from the VA involve chemical antidepressants and psychotherapy.

Veterans currently seeking medical marijuana need a recommendation from their physician. Marijuana Doctor is here to help you navigate the process from beginning to end and supports all of our veterans who have served in the armed forces. We have board-certified physicians to evaluate your case and determine if you could benefit from medical marijuana.

After you’ve received a recommendation, we’ll help you with the registration process with the Florida Department of Health as well. Best of all, the process is risk-free with a 100 percent money-back guarantee. If you don’t qualify, you don’t pay.

You can check to see if you’re eligible for a medical marijuana card in Florida, or you can schedule an appointment online with us now.

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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.

A new study out suggests that Baby Boomers use of medical cannabis has steadily grown over the past few years, although patients do report having trouble accessing treatment. According to a recent article in MarketWatch, the Boomer generation, perhaps more than most want more education when it comes to medical marijuana, and they also hope to see a little more openness from their doctors about the topic.

The qualitative study which researched older adults in Colorado found that even though the Baby Boomers were more open to using medical marijuana to treat a whole host of conditions, the group had considerable trouble finding doctors who were open to using the drug as a part of their treatment regimen.

“We identified 16 codes from which five main themes emerged,” read the results of the study titled “Qualitative Analysis of Cannabis Use Among Older Adults in Colorado,” which was published in the journal Drugs and Aging. “These themes included: a lack of education and research about cannabis, a lack of provider communication, access to medical cannabis, the outcomes of cannabis use, and a reluctance to discuss cannabis use.”

According to the study, many older adults approached their primary care physicians about trying medical cannabis only to be turned away. At that point, most patients decided to seek out another doctor.

A Stigma Still Attached to Medical Cannabis

Unfortunately, researchers found that for older adults, there was still a stigma attached to using medical cannabis. They found this to be true even in Colorado, a state that has had medical cannabis available since the turn of the century as well as being the first state to legalize recreational cannabis.

As the article in MarketWatch noted, medical cannabis patients from at least nine of the 17 focus groups in the study were apprehensive about disclosing their use publicly.

“A key part of this conversation reflected lifelong views of cannabis as being harmful or deviant,” the study’s authors were quoted as saying. In fact, according to MarketWatch, the study made several references to such anti-cannabis propaganda as “Reefer Madness” or President Richard Nixon’s “War on Drugs.”

Still, despite the apprehension, Baby Boomers’ use of medical cannabis is on the rise. One study showed that 9% of people from the ages of 50 to 64 reported cannabis use over the past year, which is double the number from 10 years prior.

Why Baby Boomers Are Using Medical Cannabis

Like most other patients who seek treatment, Baby Boomers use medical cannabis for a number of reasons, with most saying they use it to treat chronic pain.

“From a physician’s standpoint, this study shows the need to talk to patients in a non-judgmental way about cannabis,” Hillary Lum, one of the study’s co-author’s and an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, said in a statement. “Doctors should also educate themselves about the risks and benefits of cannabis and be able to communicate that effectively to patients.”

In Florida, Boomers have the option of seeking out medical cannabis for a whole host of ailments, the list of which can be found here. And obtaining a medical cannabis card through Marijuana Doctor is a simple process, with no stigma attached. Just make an appointment with us. If you don’t qualify, you don’t pay!

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.

You can check to see if you’re eligible for a medical marijuana card in Florida, or you can schedule an appointment online with us now.

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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.

Medical cannabis patients in Florida have been a party to several exciting changes in state law recently, as the current climate grows increasingly more accepting of this revolutionary form of treatment. From new legislation to allow for smokeable medical marijuana to recent talk of the possibility of health insurance for patients, it’s been a whirlwind couple of months for cannabis patients in the Sunshine State.

And, of course, Marijuana Doctor has been at the forefront of many of these exciting changes. Most notably, we recently expanded our list of qualifying conditions, as our cadre of top doctors

Dr. Jenny Wilkins

and physicians did a thorough review of the research available, finding that medical cannabis may be useful for a whole slew of ailments based on recent studies.

Well, we’re happy to announce that excitement is still ongoing here in Florida, as Marijuana Doctor will soon be expanding our offices, as we’ve recently begun a joint venture with two of the more well-known names in health and wellness in Florida.

That’s right, Marijuana Doctor offices will soon take up residence with Dr. G Weight Loss and Wellness, and Dr. Jenny Wilkins who was recently selected as Top Naturopathic Doctor of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals. Your health and wellness options just became a whole lot brighter!

Some Well-Known Names in the Industry

Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness is known as the premier weight loss center, a place for people looking to shed a few extra pounds under the care of medically trained professionals. Run by Dr. Charles Goldsmith, or Dr. G as he is known to his patients, a board-certified doctor who graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia (go Cherry and White!) Dr. G’s has helped 70,000 customers lose a total of more than 1,000,000 pounds.

And now, he’s partnering with Marijuana Doctor — and we’re excited to have him on the team.

Dr. G

Then there’s the award-winning Dr. Jenny Wilkins, a naturopathic doctor, clinical research associate, and the founder and CEO of AgeVital Pharmacy in Sarasota, FL. Also board-certified, Wilkins earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine & Biomedical Sciences from Trinity School of Natural Health. She’s spent over two decades as a practitioner and educator, having made numerous appearances on television to discuss the latest in health and wellness.

“She is brilliant at what she does and contributed so much of her wisdom and passion to the Holistic and Natural Medicine industry,” said The President of IAOTP, Stephanie Cirami about Dr. Wilkins. “She is humble, gracious, an inspiration to professionals all over the globe and we felt she would make an amazing asset to our organization.”

New Offices Opening Soon Near You

Our joint venture with these two amazing physicians will help Marijuana Doctor bring ailing patients more opportunities to receive recommendations for medical cannabis treatment all across Florida.

You’ll be able to now find Marijuana Doctor in Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness offices in the following four locations:

  1. 77 S Federal Hwy., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
  2. 455 SW 78th Ave., Plantation FL 33324
  3. 1757 SW 3rd Ave., Miami, FL 33129
  4. 11402 NW 41st St. #111, Doral, FL 33178

And for our offices with Dr. Wilkins, we’ll be located at 1618 Main St., Sarasota, Florida 34236.

So, wherever you are in Florida, stop by and find out how medical cannabis may help to change your life. If you don’t qualify, you don’t pay! 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.

You can check to see if you’re eligible for a medical marijuana card in Florida, or you can schedule an appointment online with us now.

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Contact Us

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.

According to a survey by the Washington Post, as reported by the D.C.-based National Council for Aging Care, when asked about the benefits of medical cannabis, 90 percent of respondents reported positive results, with more than 2,300 of those being senior citizens. With a total of 7500 people questioned, seniors made up the largest group in the study by far.

Moreover, as the Council for Aging Care reported, senior cannabis use rose by 250 percent between 2006 to 2013. Those numbers are, quite frankly, astounding.

In fact, poll after poll supports the data that more and more senior citizens are exploring their options when it comes to medical cannabis. For example, over the past 15 years, older Americans approval ratings of the plant have jumped over 15 points, from 29 percent in 2005 to 45 percent today.

Anecdotally, seniors who use medical cannabis are found to be less apprehensive over the treatment, once they begin to realize all of its actual benefits.

As noted in our FAQ section, seniors seek out medical cannabis for a variety of reasons, from pain and discomfort to more common ailments related to aging such as rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. As research shows, cannabis is a natural anti-inflammatory which may provide older patients with a way to avoid having to take so many prescription drugs.

A Possible Alternative to Harmful, Expensive Prescription Medication

For many seniors, cannabis is more cost effective and safer than prescription drugs, especially for anyone who uses pain medication. And seniors know better than anyone, as they take more than 33 percent of all prescription medications on the market today.

At $3,000 per year, medical marijuana is quickly becoming the go-to alternative.

The numbers back this data up as well, as one study recently revealed that states with medical cannabis programs had a drop in the cost of prescriptions for Medicare patients.

And with numbers like that, older patients are turning to medical cannabis in droves.

“People in their 80s and 90s, even retired Air Force colonels, are finding such relief” with cannabis, one older woman told the New York Times. “Almost everybody I know is using it in one form or another, she continued.” According to the Times, that even included her husband.

The woman herself, a 66-year-old retiree smokes a little cannabis every night to help relax as well as to help with a few other issues. “I think relaxing is healthy for you.”

How Medical Cannabis Can Help Senior Citizens

A growing body of research shows that medical cannabis can help senior citizens with a variety of ailments. From nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patients to general pain to joint pain and nerve damage, seniors across the country are finding relief in a myriad of ways.

Of course, at Marijuana Doctor, the expert team of physicians has just completed a rigorous review of the available research, resulting in an expanded list of qualifying conditions for people of all ages. The list now includes such ailments as ALS, anorexia, anxiety, cancer, chemotherapy side effects, chronic pain, Crohn’s disease, and depression just to name a few.

For a full list go here.

No matter what your age come by and talk to us anyway. If you don’t qualify, you don’t pay! 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.

You can check to see if you’re eligible for a medical marijuana card in Florida, or you can schedule an appointment online with us now.

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Contact Us

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.