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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.

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.

Currently, health insurance plans in Florida do not cover any kind of medical marijuana treatments whatsoever (although here at Marijuana Doctor we do offer a payment plan to assist our patients with the consultation fees). There is a possibility that things may soon be changing for some residents here in the Sunshine State.

According to a report in the Tallahassee Democrat, lawmakers in Florida are moving forward with efforts to allow for the coverage of medical marijuana treatments by health insurance companies.

“Our constitution recognizes that marijuana is medicine, and if it is in our constitution then companies that provide health insurance to Florida patients should be covering it,” Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried told the Democrat in a recent interview.

Right now about 212,000 people are on the state’s medical marijuana registry, which is enough to populate a small city. However, because of federal regulations — including rules and laws put forth by the IRS and the FDA — private carriers refuse to provide coverage.

As the Tallahassee Democrat put it, while the state of Florida may recognize cannabis as a medicine, in their role as an employer they do not.

Medical Marijuana Coverage Spreads Across the Globe

According to the Democrat, Sun Life Financial of Canada offers medical cannabis coverage to nearly 20 percent of Candian patients. Germany, too, covers patients to the tune of nearly $83 million per year. And in New York, the law was just clarified to allow for medical cannabis coverage for doctor’s visits, though not for purchasing the medicine itself.

Other companies are making waves in the market as well. Last year, Novus Acquisition and Development, Corp., through its wholly-owned subsidiary WCIG Insurance Services, Inc, rolled-out the Novus Cannabis MedPlan for patients in the Canadian marketplace. It’s an individual-based coverage plan that gives medical marijuana users control.

“Over the past three years, we found out that two entities control the marketplace, cultivators on the supply side, and consumers on the demand side,” Novus CEO Frank Labrozzi told PotNetwork News in an interview last year. “The consumer is highly underestimated in this equation. So, what we have done is given consumers freedom from restrictions while not burdening the employers with additional expenses.”

Forming a Working Group in Florida

A few lawmakers in Florida have been pushing for medical cannabis reforms since the law went into effect. According to the Democrat, State Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg agrees with Nikki Fried on the need for health coverage.

“The state should allow it to be covered by insurance,” Brandes told the Democrat.

In fact, some argue that the first company to do so would benefit greatly from a flood of new clients. As Ron Watson, a lobbyist and President of Watson Strategies told the Democrat, “The amount of money the companies would save on pharma (prescription drugs) would far outstrip whatever they spend on providing medical cannabis.”

For now, the best thing patients can do is call and write to their legislators.

In the meantime, patients seeking medical marijuana need a recommendation from their physician. 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.

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

Increases Metabolism

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.

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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.

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Call us at (844) 442-0362 or schedule your free consultation online, if you’re interested in becoming a Florida medical marijuana card holder.

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:

  • Checking
  • Hoarding
  • Contamination
  • 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:

  • Counting
  • Checking
  • Maintaining a specified routine
  • Washing
  • 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:

  • Agitation
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Impaired thinking
  • Insomnia
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea
  • 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:

  • Agitation
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Depression
  • Headache
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Repeated behavior and thoughts
  • Restlessness
  • Seizures
  • Social anxiety
  • Stress
  • Tension
  • Urges
  • 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.

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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.