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)
- Crohn’s disease
- HIV / AIDS
- 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:
- Chemotherapy side effects
- Chronic pain
- Crohn’s disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
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.
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.
As you may know, marijuana has the ability to treat a plethora of different symptoms and diseases. Symptoms like depression and chronic pain, are two of the most common causes of suicide. In this article, we’ll be discussing the effect of medical marijuana on suicide rates.
Common Causes of Suicide
Suicide is one of those things that is difficult for many people to understand. It’s hard to put yourself in the shoes of someone that has once contemplated it. Many explanations have been given, but 2 stick out as the most prominent.
Depression is the leading cause of suicide. Often times, the person who is suffering has tried many different outlets, to no avail. In their mind, suicide is the last option for relief. One of the most important things that you must understand, no matter how difficult life may be, is that there is ALWAYS another way. Marijuana relieves depression, by boosting mood and positivity. It is most definitely worth a try, if you are experiencing these feelings.
Chronic pain has also led to many suicides. Much like depression, people experiencing chronic pain see no other way out. Marijuana has the ability to relieve this pain as well, by interacting with the receptors in the brain. Opioids are often prescribed to treat chronic pain even though they produce a slew of negative side effects. Medical marijuana on the other hand, relieves pain but does not produce the same negative side effects.
In an attempt to understand the effect of medical marijuana on suicide rates, several studies have been conducted.
One study administered 3 years after medical marijuana laws were passed concluded that the suicide rate for men in their 20’s and 30’s decreased by 10%.
States with access to medical marijuana have also seen a 25% drop in opiate overdose deaths as well as alcohol related deaths.
While these numbers may seem small, they are actually quite significant. If marijuana can save just one life, wouldn’t that be worth it?
Access to Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana has proven itself to be a viable treatment option for these symptoms, and many others at that. This miracle drug has saved lives, and will continue to save more in the future as medical marijuana becomes more accessible
If You Need Help…
Call the Suicide National Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
“Suicide is never the answer, but medical marijuana may be.”
If you’re a Florida resident suffering from depression, chronic pain or any other symptoms for that matter, schedule your free consultation, today!
Any female will tell you that menstrual cramps are no fun, whatsoever. Some women get them a lot worse than others, pushing them to seek relief. As medical marijuana has become less taboo, more and more people are finding it helpful for treating a vast number of symptoms. While it has not yet been proven, there’s no reason to not consider relieving menstrual cramps with medical marijuana.
What are Menstrual Cramps?
Menstrual cramps can occur right before and during a woman’s menstrual cycle, each month. These cramps can vary from mild to severe. Some lucky women rarely ever experience these painful cramps, while others suffer for days.
Menstrual cramps occur as the Uterus contracts to shed its lining. The majority of the pain that is felt is a result of the Uterus contracting too strongly, which causes it to cut off blood supply to the Uterine Muscles. Severe pain and cramps often cause a woman to experience secondary symptoms such as nausea, lethargy, and irritability.
How can Cannabis Help Relieve these Symptoms?
If you’re familiar with the effects of cannabis, you may already understand why medical marijuana could very possibly, be a viable treatment option. Cannabis reduces inflammation and alleviates pain through its direct interaction with the receptors in the brain. Some studies suggest that a combination of THC and CBD have the greatest effect on pain relief. You may consider using a Sativa & Indica Hybrid.
We also know that cannabis has been an effective treatment for nausea, especially cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation. It accomplishes this through its high concentration of antiemetic properties. Sativa (higher in THC) strains of marijuana can combat lethargy, by boosting one’s energy level. These strains also improve your mood, thus treating irritability.
Trial Forms of Treatment
The FDA, has yet to approve any of the forms of treatment for Menstrual Cramps. This is not to say that they aren’t effective, however. There are a number of cannabis infused products on the market that are meant to treat period pain, including: drinks, balms, bath soaks and tinctures.
Another new product on the market is a tampon-like vaginal suppository that is infused with cannabis. This product has received quite a bit of good feedback, even though it has not been approved by the FDA.
It’s important to note that smoking marijuana and consuming edibles (like the drinks mentioned above) can also be an effective way to treat period symptoms.
Let Marijuana Doctor Help!
If you have questions, we’ve got answers! Are you suffering from any of these period symptoms? On your next period, try relieving menstrual cramps with medical marijuana. You may very well find the relief you’ve been looking for!
Wouldn’t it be great if we had access to a medication that could treat a multitude of symptoms without any major negative side effects? Oh wait… we do! More and more Americans are finally gaining access to at least some form of medical marijuana. Truly understanding the major health benefits of medical marijuana can help even more people gain access to this wonder drug.
Often times, diseases and illnesses produce extremely painful symptoms. Cannabis has proven to be an effective treatment for people suffering from migraines, arthritis, sclerosis, PMS, injury, etc… Cannabis also has the ability to prevent and/or decrease opiate addiction. This is due to the fact that cannabis and opiates share many of the same benefits. It’s important to note, that when compared to opiates, cannabis carries a significantly lower risk.
Studies have shown that cannabis has the unique ability to slow the progression of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Cancer. Cannabidiol slows the spread of cancer cells by turning off specific genes that are involved in tumor growth. Cannabis is commonly used to stimulate the appetite of chemotherapy patients, as well. Cannabinoids have also been shown to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by helping to remove excess plaque from the brain.
Cannabis significantly combats the symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, etc. It is a natural relaxant that can ease the symptoms of these disorders. As a result, smoking cannabis will boost mood, improve sleep and lessen the number of episodes that one may experience.
Marijuana treats symptoms of many different diseases. Cannabis can decrease pressure in the eye, hence relieving the symptoms of glaucoma. Medical marijuana has antispasmodic properties, which decrease symptoms of epilepsy, seizures and Parkinson’s diseases. As far as inflammatory bowel diseases go, cannabis can effectively treat several of the related symptoms like nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Medical marijuana can also treat asthma by improving pulmonary function, over time.
Lastly, cannabis has the ability to calm a patient. Medical marijuana can effectively calm the symptoms of Tourette’s by slowing down the tics associated with the disease. It can also treat OCD by decreasing the obsessive neurological compulsions.
It is evident that marijuana is nothing short of a miracle drug. The major health benefits of medical marijuana are numerous. No medication to date has treated symptoms of such a vast array of diseases. Anyone who is suffering from any of the above illnesses should have access to medicinal marijuana.
If you’re a Florida resident in need of relief, schedule your evaluation today! You can call us at (786) 224-4005, schedule online or visit one of our 12 Florida locations. We look forward to speaking with you.