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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.

Nowhere in the United States is medical cannabis more accessible than right here in Florida, according to several recent reports from major outlets from across the country. The Miami New Times writes that even though the state legislature has done everything in its power to push back on the program, Florida’s medical cannabis market is the fastest-growing in the country.

By the numbers, there are already more than 200,000 people enrolled in the program, with an estimated 10,000 new patients signing up every month. That’s a lot of people finding relief from medical cannabis!

According to the Miami New Times, however, the story isn’t the same everywhere. In other states with a medical cannabis program, places like New York and Arizona, the numbers are not quite as high, even though, at least in New York, they have just as many doctors who will recommend the treatment.

David Kotler, a South Florida attorney who founded the Medical Marijuana Business Lawyers, LLC told the Miami New Times that Floridians have been lucky because of doctors in the who have been more willing to treat with medical cannabis than their counterparts across the country.

“Physicians in Florida were willing to see patients for eligible conditions,” he said in an interview. “In other states, it was slower to roll out.”

Moreover, Florida has a higher population of senior citizens, many of whom are “revolting” against Big Pharma.

“So many seniors have been able to use cannabis to get off opiates. The doctors in this state were handing [opiates] out like candy for so many years,” Robert Platshorn, age 76, told the Times.

A Growing Market Means New Products

According to a recent report in Marijuana Business Daily, more and more dispensaries have been opening across the state as well in recent months, with many more expected to open as the year goes on. And with the ban on smokeables lifted and the new rules on edibles in places, patients can expect a slew of new products to hit the market shortly.

All of this adds up to Florida being one of the, if not the largest, and most diverse medical cannabis market in the country.

Already Flordia’s medical cannabis program employs a whopping 10,000 people, and according to the Miami New Times, that number is expected to grow by at least 50 percent. That’s because of experts who are predicting that more than $1 billion worth of cannabis will be sold in the state.

Those numbers are growing so fast partly because of seniors, again who are switching from opiates to cannabis.

“Since the new opioids laws were passed in July, a lot of these patients who have been on opioids for a long time are now restricted [from] getting them,” said Dr. Derek Murphy, in an interview with the Miami New Times. “Primary care doctors are now afraid to write them prescriptions.”

Cannabis Falls from the Sky

All in all, Florida’s medical cannabis is growing and helping people at an incredible rate. And as the Times noted, it’s the perfect place for medical cannabis as the state has a long history with the plant. In the 1970s, bales of marijuana used to fall from the sky.

These days, some lucky people can even find them wash up on the shore, writes the Times.

“This was ground zero; this is where the marijuana industry came in,” said Ken Behr to the Times. “We’re a sophisticated market, so you have a customer who is educated to the product.”

Of course, you don’t need to wait for it to fall from the sky. Just make an appointment with us. 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.

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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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.

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.