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.
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.
When it comes to obtaining a medical marijuana card, each state has different rules. There are specific steps that must be taken in order to be granted a medical marijuana card in the state of Florida. You must be at least 18 years old, be able to prove that you are a Florida resident, and be found to suffer from one or more qualifying conditions, by a licensed physician.
After you’ve been diagnosed by your primary care physician, you must request your medical records describing your qualifying diagnosis. Once you’ve obtained these records, you will bring them to your medical marijuana evaluation appointment. The licensed physician from this appointment will determine whether or not you are a valid candidate. Qualifying patients must then register with the Department of Health, and submit all required paperwork to the Board of Medicine, as instructed.
Since you’re here reading this, chances are you’re curious about whether you or a loved one will qualify for medical marijuana in the state of Florida. The following list of qualifying conditions is in-depth, but not comprehensive. In essence, it is up to the qualifying physician to determine whether or not your symptoms can be treated with medical marijuana.
Qualifying Conditions for a Florida Medical Marijuana Card
- Crohn’s Disease
- Chronic Seizures
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease
- Chronic Pain & Inflammation
- Frequent Nausea/Vomiting
- Hepatitis C
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Lyme Disease
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Chronic Muscle Spasms/Spasticity
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Terminal Conditions (diagnosed by at least 2 licensed physicians)
- Any Other Medical Conditions Comparative to Those Listed Above (determined by licensed physician)
Lastly, it’s important for you to understand that doctors, by law, cannot directly prescribe medical marijuana. In fact, marijuana prescriptions are illegal. For this reason, medical marijuana physicians simply supply patients with recommendations, in compliance with state law.
All things considered, if you believe that you or a loved one would be a good candidate for medical marijuana, call us at (844) 442-0362 or schedule your free medical marijuana evaluation online, today.
Are you currently taking one or more prescription drugs? Did you know that CBD may be able to treat your symptoms? We’re sharing the top 5 reasons to switch to CBD instead. It should go without saying, but just in case… you should always speak with a doctor before changing your medication. Our licensed, certified physicians are always here to help you!
1. Fewer Pills
The amount of symptoms and illnesses that CBD can relieve seems to grow as each day passes. This wide variety may very well provide the opportunity for you to replace many of the pills you currently take.
2. Decreased Risk of Nasty Side Effects
Most prescription drugs come with mild side effects but some can produce pretty severe side effects, including but not limited to allergic reaction, suicidal thoughts & tendencies, internal bleeding, blood clots, cardiac arrest, and even death. Eliminating some of these prescription drugs and replacing your therapy with CBD can save you from some, if not all of these awful side effects. It’s important to note that CBD has no known side effects, itself.
Prescription drugs are some of the most addictive substances out there, all too often leading to overdose and death. CBD has the unique ability to treat the same symptoms (sometimes even more effectively) without risking potential addiction.
There is no lethal dose of CBD. This means that it’s impossible for you to overdose, thus making it safe for people of all ages (children, adults, seniors) and even pets!
5. Highly Effective
Even though medical marijuana is considered to be an “alternative medicine”, it interacts with the body systems (endocrine and nervous) that are responsible for maintaining homeostasis. This gives it the ability to offer relief to both body and mind, just as prescription drugs can. Studies on the effectiveness and success of CBD are ongoing, but current research and patient testimony proves that it is a truly viable option.
If you are currently taking prescription drugs, and are curious as to whether or not your illness can be treated with CBD, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free consultation online with one of our certified physicians.
Anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental conditions in today’s society, especially among young adults. The National Alliance on Mental Illness has found that 1 in 4 people between the ages of 18 and 24 suffer from anxiety, depression, or both. More college students than ever before are weaning themselves off prescription medications and transitioning to calming anxiety with medical marijuana, instead.
Stigma Getting in the Way
A large majority of doctors are still against using cannabis to treat their patients illnesses. Many of these doctors claim that medical marijuana will add to the problem, even though there have been numerous success stories. Although Medical Marijuana is now legal in more than half of the US states, there is still a stigma attached to it that may be inhibiting access to effective treatment.
College students that have spoken about their illness have claimed that they were embarrassed about being on antidepressant and antianxiety medications. Many of them admitted that they would try to hide this fact from their peers, friends and even their families, causing themselves to become quite isolated.
Negative Side Effects of Prescription Medications
It’s important to note that prescription medications can produce a wide range of negative side effects, including but not limited to:
- Risk of suicidal thoughts
- Mood swings
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
- Increase or decrease in blood pressure
- Heart palpitations and other irregular cardiac symptoms
- Negatively impact lung conditions
- Muscular rigidity and problems with motor skills
- Sexual dysfunction
- Withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, confusion, increased anxiety and agitation
- Life threatening allergic reactions
- Death (by overdose)
Effective and Safe Alternative
Obviously, these are some pretty severe side effects for medications that are supposed to simply improve your mood. Medical marijuana, on the other hand, has proven itself to be an effective treatment for anxiety and depression, without most of these side effects. Common side effects of marijuana use is dry mouth, dizziness, decreased motor skills, drowsiness, and increased appetite. It is true that in a small number of patients, marijuana (specifically THC) can cause paranoia and hallucinations, leading to increased anxiety. This problem can be solved simply by adjusting the strain used to a higher CBD, lower THC concentration.
Patients that reside in legal states have seen more success simply because they have the ability to choose their strain. Knowing what works for you and what doesn’t is a large part of the effectiveness of this medicine. It’s imperative that patients treat marijuana as a medication. Use it when you need it. Becoming a burnout will not help your situation.
Removing the Stigma
Many young patients agree that not only is marijuana more effective than their former prescription medications, but it is also much less embarrassing. Removing the stigma of marijuana opens the door for connection and provides a sense of community. Marijuana can help patients suffering from anxiety and depression to become more sociable when they normally would have isolated themselves. This, of course, is a huge factor in decreasing the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Having friends that you can talk to can literally save your life.
More college students are effectively calming anxiety with medical marijuana. Removing the stigma associated with this drug will open the door for even more people to find relief.
If you feel like you would be a good candidate for medical marijuana, and you reside in the state of Florida, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free consultation ONLINE. It’s time to put your health first!