Medical marijuana is an effective treatment for chronic pain management. Patients with cancer, PTSD, AIDs, Crohn’s Disease, and other, long-term conditions like glaucoma or nerve pain are often primary candidates for medical marijuana for pain management.
As a registered physician capable of recommending medical marijuana for our patients in the Stuart, FL and Jupiter, FL areas, we are able to help you manage your pain in ways that impact your overall quality of life.
Patients diagnosed with cancer or a physical medical condition that chronically produces symptoms of seizures or severe and persistent muscle spasms are eligible to receive an order for medical marijuana.
Scientific research has shown that medical marijuana may be beneficial for many conditions.
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Is Medical Marijuana a Legal Treatment for Me?
On June 23, 2017, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed new medical cannabis legislation into law. The new legislation updates previous, temporary processes and regulations with more-permanent, patient-friendly solutions.
Here are some of the highlights of the new legislative changes:
- 90-day waiting period removed
- Seasonal residents also now eligible to receive an order of medical marijuana
- No more sales tax on medical marijuana, related medical cannabis devices or products, or low-THC products
- Physician orders have increased to up to 210 day supply (consisting of 3, 70-day orders)
- Additional qualifying conditions have been added, including AIDs, chronic nonmalignant pain, any terminal illness, and any condition similar in nature to the other qualifying conditions.
- New routes of administration, including edibles and a flower-like product for vaping use
- Restriction of locations medical cannabis may be used. For a full list, click here.
- Telemedicine visits no longer permitted
- Pregnant women may only receive low-THC CBD
- Qualifying physicians must submit a written, informed patient consent form each time a recommendation is made for the corresponding patient
How Does Medical Marijuana Work?
Your body already makes marijuana-like chemicals that affect pain, inflammation, and many other processes. Marijuana can sometimes help those natural chemicals work better, says Laura Borgelt, PharmD, of the University of Colorado.
Marijuana has been used as a botanical medicine since (at least) the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, marijuana’s claim as a potential panacea is backed up by countless studies crediting its healing potential to its cannabidiol content.
Cannabinoids interact with your body by way of naturally-occurring cannabinoid receptors embedded in cell membranes throughout your body. As humans, we naturally have cannabinoid receptors in our brain, liver, immune system, lungs, and kidneys.
The therapeutic effects of marijuana occur when a cannabinoid activates a cannabinoid receptor.
There’s still ongoing research as to how far it impacts your health, but to date, research has shown that cannabinoid receptors play an important role in many body processes, including metabolic regulation, cravings, pain, anxiety, bone growth, and immune function. Medical use of marijuana has even been shown in some instances to reduce the size of tumors in some cancer patients.
How Do I Receive a Prescription for Medical Marijuana in Florida?
The first step to getting medical cannabis in Stuart, FL or Jupiter, FL is to schedule an appointment with us if you have a qualifying condition or think you might be eligible.
With new legislation in Florida, many previous restrictions and regulations have been lessened, which is great news to millions of patients across the state! The 90 day waiting period has been removed, among many other changes beneficial to patients. For a full list of legal changes, click here.
Side Effects of Medical Marijuana to Consider
Side effects of marijuana that usually don’t last long can include:
- Short-term memory loss
- Euphoria (note that euphoria is not a typical side effect of low-THC dosages)
- More serious side effects include severe anxiety and psychosis. (note that anxiety and/or psychosis is not typical of low-THC dosages)
Important Information About Medical Marijuana in Florida
Please note that the use of medical marijuana in Stuart, Florida or Jupiter, Florida (and the entire state) does NOT include the following:
- The possession, use or administration of medical cannabis by smoking.
- The transfer of medical cannabis to a person other than the qualified patient for whom it was ordered.