Medical marijuana patients in Florida have more reason to celebrate this spring, as the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services has finally finished putting together its list of rules for growers to obtain a license to sell edible products. The news comes on the heels of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ announcement earlier this year that smokeable cannabis would now be accessible to medical marijuana patients as well.
Progress has been swift and steady for people seeking medical cannabis treatments in the Sunshine State this year as legislators continue to open up more and more options for patients (and for new patients looking to learn more, the consultation process at Marijuana Doctor has never been easier).
According to reports from various news outlets in the state, the edibles regulations would have come sooner, but officials still had concerns over food poisoning and allergen contagion.
“That’s our concern because a lot of times the people taking the medical marijuana have compromised immune systems, so we want to especially be diligent and make sure they’re safe,” said Holly Bell, director of the cannabis program for the agriculture department.
Florida’s progress on the medical marijuana front has been beneficial for patients across the board. Moreover, it has, for the most part, put state legislators in line with voters who overwhelmingly support the use of medical cannabis in the state. Still, as some have argued, elected officials have a long way to go when it comes to making medical marijuana accessible to everyone in Florida.
A Slow-and-Steady Approach to Medical Marijuana
Unlike smokeable forms of medical marijuana, which were illegal under Florida’s law when it was first passed, cannabis edibles have always been legal. Still, the medical cannabis establishment was unable to make or sell such products until lawmakers finalized the rules, which they finally did recently.
It’s a slow-and-steady approach to cannabis reform, but one that can’t come fast enough. According to a few news outlets, the new rules set up by officials in Florida require that medical marijuana edibles follow a strict set of guidelines. Medical cannabis edibles:
- Must be made from marijuana oil
- Must come from a center that has a permit to operate as a food establishment
- Must be guided by the Health Department, who will set the rules for acceptable types of edibles, along with acceptable ingredients, product color, shape, and packaging.
Once these rules are put into effect, treatment centers will be able to dispense edibles as a valid form of treatment to medical marijuana patients.
The Benefits of Medical Marijuana Edibles
Cannabis edibles offer patients a whole host of benefits as compared to other forms of the compound that may be smoked or vaped. First and foremost, it gives patients an easier path to ingestion, especially for anyone not comfortable with inhaling smoke or vape liquid. Cannabis edibles can come in a variety of foods to give users a pleasant tasting treat that helps to “wash the medicine down.”
More importantly, edible products may last longer in one’s system than other forms of cannabis. Although they may take a bit longer to take effect because they need to pass through the liver, cannabis edibles can give users a more sustained form of dosing, one that stays in the body’s system much longer.
No matter what type of medical cannabis product you may prefer, 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.
If you’ve been a medical marijuana patient for a while, you may have noticed that it doesn’t affect you like it once did. Perhaps it’s beginning to interfere with other aspects of your life. Remember medical marijuana is supposed to help you, not hurt you. It may be time to take a marijuana tolerance break if any of the following signs apply to you.
1. You’re spending too much money.
Buying a little cannabis every now and then isn’t going to break the bank (especially if you are on one of Marijuana Doctor’s affordable plans). It can become a problem, however, if you start requiring more and more to feel the effects. Heading to the dispensary multiple times per week can start to wreak havoc on your bank account. If you’re having money troubles, it may be time to take some time off (or at the very least) back it down a bit.
2. It’s getting in the way of your responsibilities.
This may be the most common reason that people decide to take a marijuana tolerance break. If you have chores to do, or projects to complete, but you always end up putting them off to smoke or use marijuana instead, it’s probably time to step away for a while. The last thing you want is for your medical treatment to get in the way of your professional and personal responsibilities.
3. It’s interfering with your social life and relationships.
Speaking of personal responsibilities… Increased marijuana use can also interfere with your social life and personal relationships (friends, spouse, children, etc…) Relationships require effort from both sides and if you’re too busy getting high, these relationships can begin to suffer. If you’re noticing your friends and family aren’t coming around as much, it may be a good indicator that you should take some time off. Consider trying a CBD strain for a while so you can still reap the medical benefits of marijuana, minus the high.
4. You’re getting too high…
It might be time for a tolerance break if you feel like you’re high all of the time. As stated above, this can begin to interfere with other parts of your life. It’s possible that you’re using a strain that is too potent. Consider taking some time off and then trying out a strain that’s a little less intense. You want to find one that treats your symptoms but still allows you to be a functioning adult.
5. …Or not high enough.
Medical marijuana is an incredibly effective drug for a wide range of symptoms. With that being said, you can still become reliant on it. Many people using medical marijuana depend on it as a sleep aid or anxiety reliever. Often times, if you’re becoming too dependent on it, the benefits will begin to fade. This is not only bad for your health, but also your wallet as you’ll require more and more. Taking a little time off for it to clear out of your system can make the effects that much greater when you start using again.
It may be time to take a marijuana tolerance break if any of these signs sound familiar to you. While it can seem difficult to separate yourself from such an effective medicine, in the long run it will be worth it. When you go back to using, you’ll feel the effects and reap the benefits that much more!
Before we can go over the main benefits of CBD oil, we must first understand what it is in the first place. There are more than 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD stands for Cannabidiol, which is one of the most well-known cannabinoids, the most popular being Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, for short.
THC is known for offering many health benefits, especially it’s euphoric properties (the classic high-feeling). CBD offers many of the same benefits, without the psychoactive effects. This makes it safe and effective for people that require relief, but are not looking to experience a high.
Benefits of CBD Oil
This is by far, one of the most popular effects of CBD oil. It has been shown to interact with the pain receptors in the brain to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. An even greater benefit of CBD oil is that it doesn’t produce any of the nasty side effects that sometimes come along with opioids. People with all different illnesses experience relief with CBD oil. It’s often prescribed for people suffering from cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, gastrointestinal issues and many other diseases with painful symptoms.
Many studies have shown that CBD oil doesn’t just treat physical symptoms, but also mental health conditions. CBD has the ability to decrease stress and anxiety which is extremely beneficial to those who are suffering from PTSD, panic disorder, depression and even just general anxiety. Due to the sedating properties of CBD oil, it can also be used as an effective natural sleep aid.
Initial research indicates that CBD oil may have the ability to slow or even stop tumor growth in colon cancer and even leukemia. It may also be able to slow the spread of cervical cancer. It’s important to note that no human trials have yet been conducted so we cannot say for sure that CBD oil cures cancer. It is extremely promising, however!
Contains Anti-Seizure Properties
CBD oil can be quite helpful to patients that suffer from seizures as a result of epilepsy. One study conducted showed a 40% decrease in the number of seizures a patient experienced. There has also been some evidence to show that CBD oil can treat tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease.
Reduce the Risk of Diabetes
A study was conducted on mice where one group was given CBD oil while the other group was not. 100% of the mice in the group that did not receive CBD oil tested positive for Diabetes while only 32% tested positive in the other group.
This list is far from exhaustive. There are many more benefits of CBD oil than just these five alone. We’re not saying it’s magic, we’re just saying it’s pretty darn close! If you suffer from any of the illnesses or symptoms mentioned above, you should consider CBD oil for yourself.
In this article, we’re going to compare and contrast, Alcohol Vs. Cannabis, to discover their similarities and differences. Alcohol and cannabis share the ability to alter a person’s mood and state of mind. Both of these things are also capable of affecting us physically, albeit in different ways.
While alcohol has been linked to approximately 88,000 deaths per year, it has been federally legal for quite some time. Most supporters of the legalization of medical marijuana would agree that cannabis is far less risky than alcohol, which begs the question… Why is cannabis still federally illegal, while alcohol is not?
There are many different types of alcohol (beer, wine, vodka, etc), however, they are all essentially made from sugar and yeast through a process called fermentation. More than 52% of Americans aged 12 or older consider themselves current alcohol users. 1 in 10 Americans aged 12 or older, have admitted to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.
Mental and Physical Effects
If you’re a healthy adult, having a drink every now and then is not going to hurt you. A glass of wine or a beer, can help you relax and even provide a boost in mood. With that being said, it doesn’t take much for those positive effects to turn negative.
Occasional and moderate drinkers can experience symptoms such as memory impairment or blacking out. This can cause he/she to engage in reckless activities, such as unprotected sex or driving under the influence. Moderate drinking can also increase the risk of certain types of cancer, violent confrontations, falls, drownings and car accidents.
Heavy drinkers are even more likely to experience the previously mentioned symptoms. They are also prone to brain damage, permanent memory loss, increased depression, anxiety & thoughts of suicide, difficulty sleeping, paranoia, panic attacks, high blood pressure, and gastrointestinal disorders.
It’s important to note that alcohol is much more likely to negatively interact with other medications. Alcohol has the ability to kill you if you drink too much, too fast. It can shut down your brain and other essential organs.
Cannabis comes in several different forms as well, all of which are made from the natural cannabis flower. Nearly 22% of American adults ( 55 million people) over the age of 18, claim that they currently use marijuana at least 1-2 times per year. 70% of Americans agree that cannabis is less risky than alcohol.
Mental and Physical Effects
The effects experienced after marijuana use, depend largely on the specific strain used. There are many reasons why marijuana is becoming more and more popular in the medical world. The benefits of this plant, far outweigh the risks. As you will see, the possible negative effects of marijuana are much less severe than the negative effects of alcohol.
Different Strains, Different Effects
There are two primary categories of cannabis: Sativa and Indica. Sativa typically contains higher concentrations of THC. THC is the component of marijuana that provides the ‘high’. Sativa is known for its effect on the mind. These strains promote increased energy, making them a great option for those partaking in physical activities. Sativa also promotes creativity and productivity.
Indica is commonly higher in CBD and lower in THC. This means they can provide benefits to people who are not looking to get high. These strains have more effect on the physical body by acting as a natural sleep aid due to their relaxing and sedating properties.
Compared to Alcohol
People that suffer from a variety of diseases, choose to use medical marijuana for a number of reasons. Cancer patients choose to use cannabis to increase their appetites, reduce their pain, and provide them with energy. People suffering from mood disorders and PTSD also use marijuana for pain relief and it’s mood boosting properties. Those suffering from gastrointestinal disorders experience relief through the use of medical marijuana. Have you noticed a pattern here? While Alcohol creates a lot of these same symptoms, cannabis is working to treat them.
While they are less severe, cannabis does come along with a few negative effects. These include short term memory loss, a decrease in attention span and focus, a slowed reaction time and lack of coordination. Driving while under the influence of marijuana is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. It’s important to note that people that are predisposed to high anxiety may experience paranoia or heightened anxiety, although this is quite rare. You may also develop dry mouth and red eyes, as well.
Answering the Question…
Why is cannabis still federally illegal, while alcohol is not? There are many different theories as to why this is the case.
Some people say that it’s just a matter of timing. They claim that if alcohol wasn’t currently legal under federal law, it would probably be just as hard to legalize it in this day and age. People were just more open to things like alcohol and tobacco back then.
Another theory is that the fed is ‘in bed’ with the big pharmaceutical companies. These companies would stand to lose billions of dollars if marijuana was to become federally legal.
The simplest explanation, and probably the most common is the ongoing belief that marijuana is a gateway drug. Most opponents of the legalization of marijuana will claim this to be true, although there are no scientific studies that prove this.
To be fair, there have been many more studies on the effects of alcohol than their have been for marijuana. Alcohol is much more accessible, to a wider range of people. This could explain, at least partially, why there are so many more alcohol related deaths in this country. This doesn’t change the fact, however, that marijuana has the ability to promote many more positive effects when compared to alcohol.
Whether or not cannabis will ever be legalized federally is still up in the air. Fortunately, all that truly matters is the fact that many states are legalizing medical marijuana. When it comes down to it, any American in need of relief should have the right to access marijuana as a viable medical treatment.
If you’re a Florida resident suffering from any of the illnesses or symptoms above, schedule your free consultation with one of our medical professionals, today! You can call us at (786) 224-4005, schedule online, or visit one of our 12 Florida locations.