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.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can negatively affect every single aspect of a person’s life. Aside from making it difficult to get out of bed each morning, PTSD can interfere with even the most basic of daily tasks. Common medications prescribed to treat symptoms of PTSD, can produce dozens of negative side effects. These side effects can be even worse than the original symptoms, which is why so many medical marijuana patients are choosing to treat PTSD with cannabis, instead.
What is PTSD?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is an anxiety condition, caused by a traumatic event, such as military combat or assault. There are 3 common symptoms associated with the condition: flashbacks, social isolation, and hyper arousal. These symptoms are caused by a change in brain chemistry (hyper-responsive stress and adrenaline hormones) over time.
More specific symptoms of PTSD may include one or more of the following:
- persistent fear, horror, anger, guilt, and/or shame
- diminished interest or participation in significant activities
- feelings of detachment or estrangement from others
- consistent inability to experience positive emotion
- Irritable and aggressive behavior
- self-destructive behavior
- exaggerated startle response
- trouble concentrating
- difficulty falling and/or staying asleep
Side Effects of Commonly Prescribed Medications
Medication(s) typically prescribed for PTSD greatly depend on the severity and type of symptoms one is experiencing. The most common drugs are anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, and benzodiazepines. These include Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Latuda, Xanax, etc… While these medications can usually treat symptoms of PTSD, they can also intensify symptoms and produce dozens of severe, negative side effects like:
- increased appetite and weight gain
- loss of sexual desire and other sexual problems
- fatigue and drowsiness
- dry mouth
- blurred vision
- constipation or diarrhea
- dizziness, weakness, and/or unsteadiness
- thoughts about suicide or dying
- attempts to commit suicide
- new or worsening depression
- new or worsening anxiety
- feeling very agitated or restless
- new or worsening panic attacks
- new or worsening irritability
- acting aggressively, being angry, or violent
- acting on dangerous impulses
- extreme increase in activity and talking (mania)
- other unusual changes in behavior or mood
Treat PTSD with Cannabis
Since marijuana is still classified as an illegal drug by the DEA, it is nearly impossible to get FDA approval on marijuana-based medications. With that being said, recent studies have found that marijuana has a profound impact on PTSD symptoms, through it’s relationship with our built-in endocannabinoid system.
This system is responsible for maintaining homeostasis or regularity in the body. PTSD symptoms are produced by an imbalance of endocannabinoids, specifically anandamide, within the body. If you suffer from PTSD, chances are your body lacks anandamide. Marijuana works to replace these missing endocannabinoids, therefore restoring the balance and relieving symptoms.
Of course, marijuana can produce mild side effects such as nausea, impaired motor function, memory issues, and drowsiness. Keep in mind that these symptoms are much less severe than the symptoms associated with PTSD. They are also less severe than the side effects produced by commonly prescribed medications.
Intrusive thoughts are a symptom of several different mental health disorders, including but not limited to PTSD, OCD and Anxiety Disorder. Studies have shown that patients may be able to take CBD for the treatment of intrusive thoughts.
What are intrusive thoughts?
Intrusive thoughts are unwanted ideas or obsessions that can make you feel anxious, angry, sad, or uncomfortable. Often times, it is impossible to make them go away or to even cope with them. They can keep you awake at night and cause you to lose focus throughout the day.
If you suffer from these thoughts, you may constantly play a random scenario over and over again in your mind, to the point of obsession. An example of this could be thinking you said something wrong or offensive to someone or believing that you left the oven on or door unlocked. Intrusive thoughts can greatly interfere with everyday life.
How CBD may be able to help…
People who suffer from intrusive thoughts have been found to have specific, overactive parts of the brain. The first overactive area is the Inferior Frontal Gyrus, which is responsible for language processing. The Cingulate Cortex is also overactive, which is in control of emotion, memory, and learning. Lastly, the Hippocampus is often overactive. This part of the brain is responsible for short-term & long-term memory, as well as spatial navigation.
CBD has the ability to disrupt the over activity in the Inferior Frontal Gyrus and Cingulate Cortex, impairing cognitive functions. This may be one of the ways that CBD is able to reduce anxiety, thus decreasing intrusive thoughts.
When it comes to the Hippocampus, CBD interacts with its receptors in such a way that it helps your brain deal with intrusive thoughts instead of letting them run wild in your head.
Contact Marijuana Doctor
There’s no reason to suffer in silence, when you very well may be able to use CBD for the treatment of intrusive thoughts.