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.

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.

It’s been almost two years since Florida passed Constitutional Amendment 2, allowing patients with certain debilitating diseases and other ailments the right to seek treatment with medical cannabis (with a physician’s recommendation, of course). And in that time, hundreds of thousands of people have found relief under the law — 136,000 new patients signed up to receive treatment with medical cannabis in the first nine months of 2018 alone.

When first enacted, however, the law, while giving a somewhat strict definition of which conditions qualified a patient to receive medical cannabis treatment, did leave some leeway for doctors to make their own decisions, based on a defined set of criteria.

Well, here at Marijuana Doctor, patients are our top priority. We’re always looking for new and better ways to offer treatment to as many people as possible, based on the scientific method and top patient outcomes.

With that in mind, we’re pleased to announce that after a rigorous review of the research, Marijuana Doctor physicians are now recommending several new conditions to our list of qualifying conditions for smoking and all other forms of medical cannabis use.

A Brief Review of the Law

In January 2017, when state legislators passed Amendment 2, they included a specific list of qualifying conditions which would be eligible for medical cannabis treatment. Those conditions were:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS / Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Seizures
  • Chronic muscle spasms
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

However, legislators did show some forward-thinking when they passed the final version of the law as well, adding in one final caveat to the list of qualifying conditions that gave doctors and physicians the leeway to do what they do best — treat patients.

The final qualifying condition was listed as any ailment/condition “of the same severity/symptoms.” In other words, the law states that any medical condition in which medical cannabis is deemed useful for the patient, and in which the benefits outweigh any side effects will be considered a qualifying condition.

A New List of Qualifying Conditions

After a rigorous review of the research available, the physicians at Marijuana Doctor have added a number of qualifying conditions to the list of treatable ailments for which medical cannabis will be recommended. Thos conditions now include:

  • ALS
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Cancer
  • Chemotherapy side effects
  • Chronic pain
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Migraines
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Nausea
  • Neuropathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • PTSD
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Spasticity
  • Tourette’s

And as always, if you’re condition isn’t on the list, 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.

Marijuana Doctor hit the streets of Miami this weekend to help celebrate and be a part of the Miami Pride Fest. The week-long event brings together groups of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and their friends, supporters, and allies in a unique gathering that highlights the spirit and culture of the community. It all culminates in the annual Pride Parade and Festival, the ultimate opportunity for South Florida LGBTQ families to stand tall in front of the city — and the world — at one of the hottest parties Miami has ever seen.

Growing from 40,000 attendees in 2011 to more than 145,000 in 2018, Pride has become a major draw for revelers from all walks of life and across the globe.

This year the team at Marijuana Doctor took to the festival to not only join in the fun but to spread the word about Florida’s leading medical marijuana evaluation clinic. After all, Miami Pride fest is not only one of South Florida’s biggest parties of the year, but also an educational and cultural experience for all who attend. It’s the perfect venue to share and exchange ideas and to talk about medical cannabis with the public.

Of course, the event itself was amazing. There were two stages set up with DJs and entertainers, hundreds of vendor booths, and thousands of people gathered to have fun and share in the experience. Our team roamed the festival streets handing out special gifts to everyone there — $10 off their medical marijuana evaluation.

And when it came to the booths, we saw a number of our preferred partners, dispensaries like Trulieve. We had a wonderful time catching up with them and helping to further the conversation about medical marijuana in South Florida.

Accessing Medical Marijuana in South Florida

Now that medical cannabis is legal in Florida, patients who qualify can come to Marijuana Doctor for an evaluation — our physicians make the process not only simple but comfortable for you as a patient as well. In fact, under Florida law, physicians can recommend medical cannabis in a variety of forms, including edible, oil, spray, or tinctures. Recently, the state legislature even passed a law allowing for smokeable forms of medical cannabis.

The best part is that patients can access three 70-day supplies of their medical cannabis with a single prescription. That means no running back and forth to obtain new prescriptions every month.

Some of the qualifying conditions include Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Arthritis, Chronic pain, Crohn’s disease, and Depression and anxiety. But it’s important to speak with someone at Marijuana Doctor to see if medical cannabis is right for you.

Showing Our Pride

We had a blast at this year’s Pride Fest in Miami. And Marijuana Doctor is proud to support the LGBTQ community and their friends and allies.

We’re also proud to support the medical marijuana community in Florida as well. We know that 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.