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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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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.

Although patients can now smoke medical cannabis in Florida, they shouldn’t expect the floodgates to open with vast amounts of potent products, at least if some Republicans in the state legislature have their say. According to a recent report in the Orlando Sentinal, representatives are looking to monitor just how high patients can go, with proposals to limit THC levels being bandied about the halls of the State Capital.

In an interview with The News Service of Florida, Rep. Ray Rodrigues (R-Estero) told reporters that he would like to see THC levels cap out at 10 percent. Although no official bill has been put to paper as of yet, it’s something Republicans in the State House are keeping top-of-mind.

“But it’s something we still think is important,” Rodrigues said, according to the Orlando Sentinal. “We think there should be caps on THC.”

The Benefits of THC

These days, more and more states are beginning to recognize the benefits of THC, along with its non-psychoactive cousin, CBD. It’s the reason why Florida overwhelmingly decided to approve a medical cannabis statute in 2014.

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol as it is known, has helped people with a number of medical ailments, including everything from glaucoma to anxiety. It’s known to help insomnia, nausea, low appetite, pain, and muscle spasticity as well, and that’s just to name a few things.

On the other hand, THC is also the compound in cannabis responsible for the psychoactive high, or the pleasant feeling associated with marijuana. And it’s the reason that cannabis was deemed illegal for so many decades, as politicians and other well-meaning but uninformed people mistook the drug for something dangerous.

As Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) told the Orlando Sentinal, the Senate supports caps on THC levels, but “would have to understand more before making a determination.” IT’s a sign that some of the fear of cannabis is still there, but at least politicians are willing to learn.

What Others Are Saying

Those who stand in opposition to the idea call it another ploy by the Republican-dominated Legislature to stomp out the will of the people, according to the Orlando Sentinal. Patient advocates are still battle weary after the fight over smokeable cannabis — which ended just recently when Gov. Ron DeSantis forced legislators to change the law — though they are ready to continue to stand up for what they believe is right.

“It’s absolutely insane that after finally relenting on their jihad against sick people smoking marijuana that the House would deem it appropriate to wage another unconstitutional war against the will of the 71 percent of Floridians who approved medical marijuana. These proposed caps are arbitrary, unnecessary and will hurt Florida patients if enacted,” Ben Pollara, the campaign manager of the political committee behind the amendment, told the Orlando Sentinal.

Whatever happens, patients seeking medical marijuana still 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.

Do you have trouble falling and/or staying asleep at night? According to the United States Institute of Health, nearly 70 million Americans suffer from different sleep disorders. A large portion of these people treat their conditions with prescription medication, but these drugs can create more problems than solutions. For this reason, we’ve made a list of the most common sleep disorders that you can treat with medical marijuana.

Sleep Disorders that You Can Treat with Medical Marijuana

1. Sleep Apnea

This is a quite common condition that causes the person to stop breathing for up to 30 seconds at a time. Sleep Apnea interrupts the body’s oxygen flow, causing you to feel groggy and unfocused the following day. Medical Marijuana can actually reduce sleep apnea in the short-term. Furthermore, there are no negative side effects associated with the treatment.

2. Insomnia

Some of the most common symptoms of Insomnia include: difficulty falling and/or staying asleep, drowsiness, irritability, anxiety, depression, forgetfulness, trouble focusing, and increased accidents/errors. CBD can treat Insomnia and it’s symptoms. Studies looking into THC as treatment for Insomnia are ongoing, however, researchers believe it may have negative effects on sleep if used long term.

3. REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

This rare condition can cause you to act out your dreams while you sleep. People that suffer from this disorder  will move, walk, or even have a conversation while they’re sleeping. According to researchers at the University of Sao Paulo, CBD has proven itself to be quite an effective method for treating the symptoms associated with this disorder.

4. Hypersomnolence

This condition will cause the sufferer to feel extremely sleepy during the day, even after a nap or a full night’s sleep. Patients diagnosed with this disorder can possibly find relief with medical cannabis, as certain strains of the plant will boost alertness, stimulate the mind, and regulate the sleep-wake cycle.

5. Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

This condition causes you to experience irresistible urges to move your legs. These urges usually occur when in the sitting or lying position, which is why it manifests itself at night time. It’s no surprise that this condition can greatly reduce the quality of your sleep. Studies on cannabis treating RLS are still on going, however current results are quite promising. An investigation that was published in Sleep Medicine, found that medical marijuana effectively treated RLS symptoms in 6 patients.


If you suffer from any of the conditions mentioned above, or believe that you may suffer from any other illness that medical marijuana may be able to treat, call us at (844) 442-0362 or schedule a free consultation online, today.