Florida Medical Marijuana Doctors focus on the mission which involves to seek an effective solution using Cannabis and to serve patients with an alternative relief for their ailment.
The United For Care Campaign is run by People United for Medical Marijuana (PUFMM) – an organization formed by Kim Russell, whose grandmother – ill with glaucoma – would not break the law, despite the medical benefits that marijuana could offer her condition.
Today, the organization is chaired by John Morgan, one of the state’s most influential attorneys and activists for the rights of individuals, and managed by Ben Pollara, a veteran in Florida political affairs and advocacy. Green Health supports them and they are doing a great job.
Recent polling shows that over 70% of Floridians support the legalization of Medical Marijuana in our state.
To make a contribution to the campaign, please click here.
For the past two years, there has been a campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Florida. A proposed constitutional amendment that would have legalized it nearly passed in 2014, when 58 percent of voters supported the amendment, just two points shy of the 60 percent threshold.
It was a devastating loss, but it didn’t dissuade United for Care, the group behind the push. Last January, the group submitted a new version of the constitutional amendment and spent the past year gathering more than a million signatures to get the measure on the ballot this November. Nearly a million signatures have now been collected and sent to the Supervisors of Elections for verification.
Yesterday afternoon, Ben Pollara, the group’s campaign manager, announced that 637,326 petition signatures have already been verified. That means only 45,823 petitions are left. Assuming 683,149 can bamedment2-medical-mariuanae verified, the amendment will appear on the ballot. Pollara expects confirmation very soon.
In a mass email to supporters, Pollara wrote, “I am confident we have turned in enough petitions to make the ballot by the deadline next week,” though he still asked for donations so that United for Care could fund an advertising campaign.
“The big news is actually getting on the ballot, which will come any day now,” Pollara says. He thinks that once ballots are printed, the measure will appear as the second item in the section for proposed constitutional amendments — meaning that their message will be the same; they can again implore votersto vote “yes on Amendment 2.” Pollara says the numbering isn’t that important, but “it’s nice that we won’t need to make new graphics.”
In 2014, Pollara says, the opposition to medical marijuana was much stronger. He remembers the language of the amendment was challenged with hundreds of pages of briefs and oral arguments. It still was approved for the ballot, though, in a contentious 4-3 Florida Supreme Court vote.
“This time, I think some opponents realized our language is constitutional. It already passed once,” Pollara says. “And certain things that they had taken issues with, we made small modifications.”
The new language would require doctors to certify that patients are suffering from a debilitating illness before prescribing marijuana. The state would issue ID cards. Patients could not grow marijuana in their homes but would have to frequent treatment centers licensed to grow and sell medical marijuana. This year, the amendment language was approved by the state Supreme Court 7-0.
The deadline to verify the petition signatures was February 1.
While Pollara is optimistic about the amendment becoming law in November, he says the biggest hurdle in passing medical marijuana in Florida has always been the 60 percent threshold. He blames low voter turnout for the loss in 2014 but thinks 2016 will be different.
“It’s an election year, and attitudes on this are changing,” he says. “We had 58 percent last time when we had low voter turnout and a huge opposition campaign. This time, I’m pretty sure we’ll get 60.”
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*To achieve best results take the medication as advised by your medical professional.
If you would like to obtain authorization to use low-THC or medical marijuana in Florida contact Green Health today!
The Department of Florida has approved six dispensing organizations so far to cultivate, process, and dispense low-THC marijuana and medical marijuana. Along with the dispensaries, a patient will need to be a Florida resident (with a valid Florida ID), have a condition that has been diagnosed and/or treated by a Doctor, and have an authorization from a physician that has an active, unrestricted license as a physician under Chapter 458, F.S., or osteopathic physician under Chapter 459, F.S.
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Medical marijuana is new to a lot of people. How to use the products once you have gained your authorization by a Doctor at Green Health. Vape pens are popular with patients because of the portability, and how easy it is to vaporize.[row][col span=”6″ span__sm=”12″][ux_image id=”854″][/col] [col span=”6″ span__sm=”12″]
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You may be new to the Marijuana world and do not know the basics. That’s ok! We are here to take the guesswork out of medical marijuana. Once you are a qualified medical marijuana patient in Florida, you may want to learn what all the different types of marijuana there are, and how they can best benefit you to treat your ailment(s).
Indica vs Sativa
You may be asking yourself, “what is Indica? Why should I know about this?” Indica is a type of marijuana strain. Commonly, patients report feeling calm, and full-body relaxation. These are best used for night time, or when needed to feel calm.
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THE PROCESS MAY SEEM DAUNTING. WE ARE HERE TO EXPLAIN HOW TO BECOME A MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT IN FLORIDA STATE.
The process for medical marijuana currently in Florida is for two variations of medicine:
Low-THC: This is for patients who suffer from conditions such as seizures or spastic related conditions.
Medical Cannabis: This medication is meant for end of life care, patients who are entering or have already entered into hospice care with one year or less to live.
You may be asking yourself, “What do I need to do first?”
- Determine if your diagnosed medical condition(s) meets the state parameters for the Compassionate Care Act of 2014.Click here to determine if you are eligible.
- Schedule an appointment with Green Health. You will need to have a general health appointment, once you meet the requirements, our Doctor will add you to the Patient Registry.Click here to schedule an appointment.
- Once added to the Patient Registry, our Physician can place an order for up to 45-days worth of medication through an approved Florida Dispensary. Click here to see what Dispensaries are approved in Florida.
You may be wondering what a Medical Marijuana Dispensary is, and how to visit one for medication.
Because Florida has a strict law with Medical Marijuana, we have made it easy for you to understand the laws and become a Medical Marijuana patient yourself.
A Dispensary in Florida that can cultivate and distribute medicines that are not limited to THC and/or CBD qualities.
In other states, you can walk into a storefront of a building, have your Identification checked, then purchase products at your leisure. But, with the strict guidelines of the Compassionate Care Act of 2014 there is a dire need for amendment. Vote YES on 2 this upcoming November 8th elections!
Just some of the Dispensaries located in Florida that have been approved by the Dept. of Health are: Trulieve, Surterra, Knox, and Modern Health Concepts. An excerpt from the Daily Mail reads, “The Trulieve store includes a lounge and consultation area that opens into a large area with products displayed in glass cases. Transactions can be done on a cash-only basis (Daily Mail, 2016.)”
This is surprising to most folks in Florida State who haven’t been into a medical Dispensary before. Much controversial talk is associated with the stigma of medical marijuana, but this isn’t anything new to the medical cannabis industry.
Florida State, which had already made it legal for doctors to recommend for a very limited number of conditions along with terminally ill patients, medical cannabis. Then on November 8, 2016 voters overwhelmingly voted to allow patients with a wider array of medical conditions access to medical cannabis.
In November, voters in Florida moved to legalize the use of medical marijuana in the State for a broader group of patients. Until the approval of the constitutional amendment, which was made into law on November 8th, 2016, medical marijuana was only available to the terminally ill and patients with cancer, or a physical medical condition that chronically produces symptoms of seizures or severe and persistent muscle spasms,.
Amendment 2, which had narrowly failed to meet the required 60% majority in 2014, inspired an overwhelming response, with over 70% of the voters favoring it on November 8, 2016.
What Amendment 2 Allows
Under the just-passed amendment 2, certified doctors in Florida will have the authority to decide which patients conditions are eligible for medical marijuana so long as the condition is of the same class, like or kind as the other conditions laid out in the law. The doctor will establish a 90-day relationship with the patient, within which period they will evaluate the patient and determine whether medical marijuana is an appropriate treatment plan.
If the doctor decides that the benefits outweigh the risks patient is a good fit for this form of treatment, they will proceed to place an order for medical marijuana for the patient and submit the patient information so they receive their medical marijuana card. Amendment 2 has placed trust and confidence in today’s doctors and medical providers. Here at Green Health, we connect patients with those doctors so that they can establish this relationship and begin the process of receiving their recommendation at one of our many locations.
“Should any patient establish a relationship with a physician for 90 days, the 90 days is a restriction on the timeline for which a physician can create an order. So a physician can create an order once that 90 days has happened. At that point, or any time in the future, the physician can create an order for cannabis,” Christian Bax, State Director, the Office of Compassionate Use, told reporters.
Jeff Scott, the General Counsel for Florida Medical Association, echoed these sentiments. He said, “The department today basically left it up to physicians to decide how they will incorporate the provisions of Amendment 2 into their practice.”
New Rules To Regulate
State health officials, on Tuesday, Jan 17, released a set of rules to guide the issuance of medical marijuana. Meanwhile, Bax says that the health agency is working as fast as possible to pave the way forward on the regulations.
State Sen. Rob Bradley told reporters that he would support Bax’s stance for now, and so certified doctors in Florida have their green light to issue medical marijuana to deserving patients.
While medical marijuana was previously limited to patients with terminal illnesses and a handful of other conditions it is now available for a variety of ailments and chronic diseases. These include cancer, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, glaucoma, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and patients with PTSD can now get access to a Florida medical marijuana and receive and Florida medical marijuana card, should their doctor recommend the treatment. Patients with other conditions whose symptoms follow the severity of those above can also use medical marijuana, which will be at the discretion of the doctor.
With November’s vote to amend Florida’s constitution, medical marijuana gained legal status as a therapeutic alternative for many medical ailments. Voters approved Amendment 2 and the legalization of medicinal cannabis. Amendment 2 was just the framework, there are many rules and laws still incomplete. How will the rules evolve as the state goes forward?
This week the state’s health officials released a s schedule of meetings and public forums coming up in February to provide the public a place to voice their opinion on this new marijuana industry. Everyone is watching warily to see how these rules might play out.
Which Patients are Qualified?
As it stands, the amendment legalized orders of medical cannabis to treat patients who have multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, post traumatic stress disorder, HIV / AIDS, glaucoma, epilepsy and cancer.
The amendment itself also permitted doctors the discretion to prescribe cannabis for “other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated, and for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.”
In other words, doctors have the individual decision making power on a patient-by-patient basis to determine who would benefit from treatment with medical marijuana.
Opponents Weigh In on Health Officials New Rules
Opponents to the new proposed rules point out that they could undermine this permissive wording, removing the option of recommending marijuana for disorders that are not specifically listed. The amendment was worded to add doctor discretion in order to ensure that people who can benefit from the treatment can obtain it, even if their disorder or health issue is not specifically among those listed. This gives Florida medical marijuana doctors the authority to make their diagnosis and treatment plant as they see necessary for the patient best interest.
Another issue raised by these new proposed rules is the dispensation of marijuana. The proposed regulations would keep the current cap on the state’s vendors of marijuana– a number that currently stands at only seven organizations licensed to dispense. An estimated half million more people are expected to qualify under the new amendment, which would presumably outweigh the ability of the existing licensees to provide enough access points for the number of patients.
All of these issues are in the air as the state attempts to create regulation around what is essentially a new industry with the passage of Amendment Two. What is clear is that voters support the use of medical marijuana for a wide variety of ailments. The legislature will have to take into account the Medical Board’s recommendations as well as the intentions of the amendment’s authors, and the wishes of the voters who approved the amendment’s passage.
The use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is growing in popularity all around the United States. As we know here at Green Health, our state of Florida is indeed no different.
In recent news, The Florida Department of Health awarded seven local Florida “treatment centers” licensing to offer their products to people who have have been seen by their doctor and the doctor has recommended cannabis as a treatment plan, those conditions include Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, glaucoma, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and patients suffering from PTSD along with many other conditions.
Florida medical marijuana treatment centers (dispensaries) are working tirelessly to normalize the use of medicinal cannabis.
Who needs a medical marijuana doctor and how is it being normalized?
Many patients see their primary doctor and their doctor is not able to recommend cannabis because of where they work. Many physicians refer their patients to Green Health because of the professional and compassionate approach their patients needs and conditions. Medical cannabis comes in many different types of forms and its important the physician you see is trained and educated on what dosing and forms are appropriate. More recently people have been using tinctures and drops, as well as topical medication. Marijuana is recommended to thousands of people to help with various ailments. In other states, it’s commonly used for eating disorders to conditions like nausea and anxiety, as well as HIV and AIDS. It can also be used by those undergoing chemotherapy due to cancer.
Based on the overwhelming amount of votes amendment 2 received on November 8, 2016 the people of Florida state are adamant about normalizing the use of marijuana for medication so that people can not only get the relief they need, but feel safe and comfortable in doing so. They are “normalizing” it by opening high-end state-sanctioned dispensaries offering medication in almost any form one could imagine. Currently, there is seven dispensing organizations which have the ability to open dispensaries across the state, a few have opened and more are on the way. Delivery is currently available statewide.
How can I get certified and where can I find a dispensary close to me?
Getting certified to use medical marijuana in Florida is going to require the certification of your ailment or illness by your doctor. Contact us and we can walk you through the process, we can even order your medical records from your doctor for you during the time of you establishing care.
Here are Green Health, you are able to be seen face to face with a licensed doctors that will begin your treatment process, evaluate your illness and determine if medical marijuana is right for you.
Recently Florida opened their first dispensaries located at 800 Capital Circle SE in Tallahassee and 24761 US Highway 19 North 630 in Clearwater, and there are several more coming to surrounding cities. If you are currently suffering from a qualifying condition, you can schedule an appointment online.
Trulieve and the first Dispensary
In the race to open the first legal dispensary in the state of Florida, there were many licensed producers who wanted to get the bid. Trulieve inevitably was offered the opportunity and are now authorized to sell their products in their Florida’s medical marijuana storefronts.
The Bottom Line
While marijuana has always come with a stigma, it is now being put into a brighter light, proving itself to be medically useful for a variety of conditions. Even if you live a ways from the dispensary in either Clearwater, Tampa or Tallahassee, you can rest assured that thanks to the ‘normalization’ of medical marijuana there will be dispensaries popping up throughout the state in the very near future.Those with qualifying conditions can be seen now at Green Health and begin their process for their Florida medical marijuana card.
Amendment 2 and the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 gives medical doctors and doctors of osteopathic medicine the permission to order medical marijuana for patients under their care in Florida. Who qualifies for this medication?
Following the newly passed amendment in Florida, a wider group of patients will have access to medical marijuana. In 2014, the Florida legislative arm passed an Act, the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, which allowed patients who direly needed relief access to medical marijuana. For terminally ill patients the life expectancy requirement was expected to be not more than one year.This Act set itself apart from most of other States’ by providing a framework on how medical marijuana, hight in CBD low in THC, would be disbursed to patients who needed it. The High CBD (Cannabidiol) Low THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) means that the drug has been stripped of its psychotic effects, which cause users to experience a ‘high.’ It has been used on cancer patients, people suffering from terminal diseases to ease their pain, as well as adults and children with epilepsy.
Who Qualifies for Marijuana Treatment?
With the passing of Amendment 2 along with the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, patients suffering from Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, acute glaucoma, seizures, PTSD, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ,Gehrig’s disease, and cancer can access medical marijuana for pain relief and treatment.
Additionally, the doctor can use their discretion to recommend medical marijuana for the patient as part of a treatment plan, if they see severity of their symptoms meet those of the diseases mentioned above. If the doctor feels that potential health risks associated with medical marijuana outweigh the benefits that the patient will derive from its use, they are at liberty to order it.
Under the amendment, a doctor is expected to spend time, 90 days, establishing a relationship with the patient and determining whether the severity of the patient’s symptoms require the administration of medical marijuana. If traditional treatments have been tried and have failed, then the doctor will place an order for the drug and administer it as per the available guidelines.
Florida Medical Marijuana Card
For you to carry your medical marijuana without fear of being on the wrong side of the law, you will need a medical marijuana card. After being under care of your physician for 90 days and the physician teams medical marijuana an appropriate part of your treatment plan, the physician will then submit the information to the state, then the state will issue the medical marijuana card. You have to be a Florida resident to qualify. The physician also has to verify that you indeed suffer from the said ailment and that you qualify for this treatment.
Symptoms Of Diseases That Qualify For Medical Marijuana
Most of these diseases are characterized by debilitating pain, muscle spasms or seizures. Medical marijuana has been found to relieve pain and suffering in cancer patients, which is why it is being extended to the rest of these diseases. It has also been shown to substantially reduce seizures in adults and children who have epilepsy.
Conditions To Medical Practitioners
As doctors have been given the green light to use medical marijuana on their patients, they are to follow the rules stipulated by the law. The doctor has to be qualified to practice in the State of Florida as per the law and must have passed all continued education courses in order to provide this form of treatment to their patients.
Here are Green Health, you can schedule an appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor and begin the evaluation process for your medicinal cannabis card today. Come visit us in one of our many locations including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa. St Petersgurg, Clearwater, Fort Myers and Gainesville opening soon.
5 REASONS WHY FLORIDA MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS BETTER THAN OPIOIDS
Marijuana is still illegal in Florida, except when it is used for medical reasons. Florida medical marijuana is used as a treatment for several medical conditions. In the last few years, the uses of medical marijuana for treating chronic medical conditions have become more widely recognized.
A recent report released in January 2017 by NASEM (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) stated that chronic pain is the main reason that medical marijuana is used. Does this mean that medical marijuana is more effectively manages pain than opiods?
Is a Florida Medical Marijuana Treatment More Effective Than Opioids?
In Florida, medical marijuana is only used restrictively through the state’s medical marijuana system. While Florida legislative sessions decide how best to regulate the medical marijuana industry, people with medical conditions are finding relief with the use of medical marijuana. Below are 5 reasons why Florida medical marijuana is better than opioids for pain management.
1. REDUCES OPIOID ADDICTION
North America is experiencing what some call an opioid epidemic. In 2014, 28,000 people died from opioid overdose. Opioid is highly addictive and potentially toxic. Because of its addictive properties, many argue that medical marijuana is more useful for pain management. In some states that have made medical marijuana legal for pain management, the rate of opioid addiction and overdose has dropped.
2. REDUCES PAIN AND IMPROVES QUALITY OF LIFE
Chronic pain is a debilitating condition, and for many, it can be so severe that it affects all other parts of their lives. People who live with chronic pain often find that their quality of life is poorer. They sleep less, feel bad, and struggle to overcome chronic aches and pains. Recent studies show that medical marijuana increases the time spent in deep sleep, and reduces the time spent in light sleep. Because sleep is one of the major factors that affects our health, this new sleep pattern induced by the herb can improve your quality of life immensely.
3. HELPS REDUCE THE EFFECTS OF CHRONIC PAIN
There are adverse psychological and cognitive effects associated with chronic pain. These include anxiety, nausea, spasms and much more. Medical marijuana can help reduce and sometimes eliminate these common symptoms associated with painful medical conditions:
Nausea – Cannabis is effective at fighting pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, insomnia, and depression. Patients who are undergoing chemotherapy can use marijuana to relieve the effects of pain and nausea.
Anxiety – In 2010, Harvard Medical School researchers found that the efficacy of medical marijuana could derive its ability to reduced anxiety. This reduced stress leads to an improved mood. The herb also acts as a sedative when taken in low doses.
Contractions & Spasms – People suffering from multiple sclerosis experience pain in their muscles. Medical marijuana can help relieve this pain and the overall symptoms of the condition. In some other medical conditions, it can help control spasms. Studies show that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the active molecule in marijuana, binds to our nerve and muscle receptors to relieve pain.
The days are gone when marijuana was condemned and frowned upon as a drug for ‘pot-heads.’ Compared to opioids, when medical marijuana is taken at its prescribed quantity, it is less dangerous and not as addictive. As emerging studies show the diverse uses of pot, many Americans are choosing marijuana over opioids as the best choice for chronic pain management. Marijuana is receiving positive reviews and testimonials for helping treat several medical conditions like cancer, PTSD, epilepsy, and much more.
Chronic pain management is one of the main factors that the Florida medical marijuana system must take into consideration as they debate the reduction of medical marijuana restrictions. The restrictions have raised the demand as only a few companies are licensed to grow and sell it. But, thankfully, with the recent Amendment 2, thousands of patients are already benefiting from using medical marijuana to relieve their pain.
CONDITIONS THAT QUALIFY FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN FLORIDA
In Florida, qualified patients that have been diagnosed with debilitating medical conditions can legally access medical marijuana. This is according to the provisions in Amendment 2 of the Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative passed in 2016. Below is the list of medical conditions that medical marijuana can be used to treat in Florida. However, patients with conditions that are not listed in the provisions can still obtain medical marijuana at their doctor’s discretion. This is possible if your physician determines that medical use will outweigh any potential health risks.
1. ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
In 2006, California’s Scripps Research Institute discovered that THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, is instrumental in preventing the enzyme acetylcholinesterase from speeding up the formation of Alzheimer’ s plaques in the brain. Alzheimer’s plaques are characterized by the death of brain cells. THC can also inhibit the primary markers of protein clumps, which impacts cognition and memory. As such, medical marijuana can be prescribed to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s in high-risk individuals. It can also relieve some of the symptoms associated with this degenerative disease.
2. PARKINSON’S DISEASE
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic degenerative disease that affects the motor system of the central nervous system. It is the second most common neurological disorder in the US. This condition leads to movement difficulty, tremors, behavioral impairments, dementia, depression, and anxiety.
Several clinical cannabinoid report that cannabis has a positive effect on the motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. These include chronic pain, depression, sleep dysfunction, and anxiety. Additionally, the neuroprotective properties of marijuana show promise in slowing down the progression of the disease. Although the exact mechanism is unknown, one study suggested that THC reduces the levels of a protein considered a hallmark of the disease.
The bulk of the studies related to the health benefits of marijuana and its derivatives have focused on cancer. The available evidence strongly suggests that medical marijuana is effective in the treatment of numerous cancers. Certain bioactive components of marijuana bind to brain cell receptors that control nausea and vomiting, which are the most common side-effects of cancer chemotherapy.
Studies indicate that cannabinoids can kill the cancer cells of a number of lymphoblastic malignancies. These include leukemia, breast cancer, prostate cancer, glioma, skin cancer, thyroid cancer, and colorectal cancer. Researchers are hopeful that further studies can shed more light on the anti-tumor effects of marijuana.
4. AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS (ALS)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition that results in the death of neurons that control voluntary muscles. The renowned Stephen Hawkings its most famous sufferer. It is characterized by muscle stiffening, muscle twitching, and muscle degeneration which results in difficulty moving, speaking, swallowing, and even breathing.
ALS is among the top ailments that qualify for a medical marijuana prescription in Florida. Research and patient testimonials reveal that marijuana can alleviate the severe symptoms of this disease. Clinical data also suggests that the neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis may help slow down the progression of ALS.
Arthritis is a blanket term used to describe numerous rheumatic diseases, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and gout. These diseases affect the joints and the tissue around them. Therefore, patients with arthritis can use marijuana to manage their pain.
A large percentage of arthritic patients report reduced pain, reduced inflammation, and improved sleeping patterns. Medical marijuana complemented with conventional treatment improves the overall well-being of individuals with this chronic condition. However, marijuana is not a replacement for the traditional arthritic treatments prescribed by physicians.
A study conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University researchers indicates that natural marijuana can help control spontaneous seizures in partially epileptic individuals. Additionally, clinical experience, patient testimonials, and animal studies suggest that marijuana is effective as a treatment option for some people with this debilitating condition. There are also many patient testimonials of the uses of marijuana in treating epilepsy.
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. Fortunately, numerous studies have been conducted on the benefits of medical marijuana for treating glaucoma, going all the way back to the 1970s. Intraocular pressure is a leading cause of optic nerve damage, which leads to glaucoma.
Short-term studies suggest that medical marijuana can lower intraocular pressure by as much as 25 %. Due to this, marijuana has proven useful in the treatment of glaucoma. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), certain derivatives of cannabis lower intraocular pressure when taken orally or intravenously. A few studies also suggest that it may reverse deterioration due to glaucoma.
8. MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable neurodegenerative autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system (CNS). This leads to the disruption of information flow within the brain and from the brain to the body. Unfortunately, the cause of this often disabling condition is still unknown. Cannabis has been very effective in alleviating the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
Inflammation in the brain is a major cause of neuron destruction. Due to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of cannabinoids, MS can be treated with marijuana. This can help ease some of the symptoms of MS including blurred vision, chronic pain, affected sleep, gastrointestinal problems, and muscle stiffness/spasms.
9. CROHN’S DISEASE
Crohn’s disease is a type of debilitating inflammatory bowel disease that affects parts of the gastrointestinal tract. Individuals with this disease have an increased risk of bowel cancer and several other conditions that manifest outside of the gastrointestinal tract. Although research on the effects of marijuana on the disease is limited, the available data indicates that it treat the symptoms, which are often severe in nature. A 2013 study published in the Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology journal revealed that THC helped improve the symptoms of the subjects.
FLORIDA’S FIRST MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY
With the passing of Amendment 2, medical marijuana is now legal in Florida under state law. The newly passed legislation also expanded the list of medical conditions that qualify for marijuana treatment. Patients who have medical marijuana cards can now get their medication from state-approved dispensaries like Trulieve.
Also called dispensing organizations, marijuana dispensaries are licensed to cultivate, manufacture, and distribute cannabis medications. It is currently illegal to grow your own cannabis in Florida even if you are a qualified patient. Licensed dispensing organizations have therefore become the only way for Florida residents to legally access medical marijuana. There are only seven licensed Florida marijuana growers, although this number is expected to rise.
Trulieve became the first fully approved Florida marijuana dispensing organization in 2016, 2 years after the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act was passed into law. Getting a medical marijuana dispensary license is difficult due to the strict provisions in Florida. The company had to complete a 2000-page application that took several years to compile. They provided details on their operation procedures, quality control standards, cultivation methodology, and measures put in place to deliver safe, consumer grade cannabis to Florida patients. The Department of Health also inspected their facility before giving the green light for the first dispensary to be setup.
In the summer of 2016, they opened the first marijuana dispensary in Tallahassee, Florida. Several other cannabis shops have been launched in Clearwater, Tampa, Pensacola, Miami, and Edgewater. Dispensaries are also being built in Jacksonville, Gainesville, and Fort Myers as of this writing. The company plans to broaden their marijuana treatment centers, with locations planned statewide in Florida cities and counties like St. Petersburg, Orlando, Bradenton, Port St. Lucie, and Vero Beach.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA GROWING STANDARDS
Trulieve supplies consumption ready medical marijuana products at their dispensaries. However, the process of creating these medications begins at their growth facility in Quincy. They do not use pesticides in the indoor nursery. They also test the finished products for heavy metals and other toxins as well, which ensures that patients receive chemical free cannabis medication. Test results can even be accessed from the company’s website. The controlled growth environment employs cannabis lamps to provide plants with light that promotes high yields and potent buds. Currently, medical marijuana medications from this brand are derived from Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid cannabis strains.
In compliance with Florida legal statutes, the plants grown at the Quincy facility are high-CBD and low-THC. High CBD-content increases the main active ingredients that gives cannabis its medicinal value. On the other hand, low-THC means that the marijuana product has very few psychoactive ingredients and hence will not induce a ‘high’ feeling. This type of non-euphoric treatment is commonly recommended to patients diagnosed with cancer or other chronic conditions that cause convulsions or muscle spasms.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA PRODUCTS
Once fully mature, the cannabis plants are harvested for processing. Cannabis flowers are dried and medicinal parts are removed for processing in a laboratory, which is part of the indoor growth house in Quincy. Trulieve then manufactures finished products, packages them, applies labels, and delivers them to their medical marijuana dispensaries in Florida. The company offers a range of medical marijuana products in the form of capsules, oil extracts placed under the tongue, and topical creams. Their vaporizing accessories provide Florida patients with inhalable, smokeless medical marijuana. This mode of administration is the next best thing to smoking marijuana, which is currently not allowed in Florida.
ORDER MEDICAL MARIJUANA ONLINE
To find a marijuana store near you, visit the company’s website to check store locations that are currently in operation. In addition to business operating hours and store addresses, Trulieve publishes links to Google Maps that provide directions to some of their dispensaries. Additionally, their website allows interested buyers to call or email a specific Florida marijuana dispensary. Qualified Florida patients can use the online ordering system as well to have medical marijuana orders delivered to their doorstep. Alternatively, patients may choose to order medication online and opt for in-store pickup to avoid incurring shipping fees.
When buying cannabis from Florida’s first marijuana dispensing organization, remember to have the required patient approval documentation with you to avoid being denied your medications. As with most marijuana dispensaries, you should be prepared to provide your medical marijuana card and order form filled by your qualified treating physician when ordering from any of their statewide dispensaries.
SURTERRA THERAPEUTICS – MEDICAL MARIJUANA FROM AN AUTHORIZED DISPENSARY
Just two years ago, Florida’s laws had little room for medical marijuana and only a few health conditions qualified to receive treatment for medical marijuana. However Amendment 2 passed on Nov 8, 2016. For the first time in Florida, the votes favored the use of medical marijuana as a treatment option for patients with debilitating health conditions.
Before Amendment 2 was passed, medical marijuana could only be administered to patients as capsules. However, the new law now allows dispensaries to also sell marijuana that can be smoked. This new law has ensured the conception of several medical marijuana dispensaries, such as Surterra Therapeutics.
Surterra Therapeutics was one of the first fully licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Florida after the passing of Amendment 2. The company is licensed to cultivate, process, and dispense cannabis to qualified patients according to the new law. Medical marijuana patients will need a reliable and reputable dispensary to satisfy their needs. So the question is, does Surthera Therapeutics fit with this selection of dispensaries? The answer is yes. Even before Florida officially passed their new medical marijuana laws, Surterra Therapeutics had started building a standard facility to promote professional marketing and production of cannabis. Let’s take a look at what they have to offer.
ABOUT SURTERRA THERAPEUTICS
According to Jake Bergman, CEO at Surterra, the concept behind the dispensary was inspired by the research he (Jake) and his co-founders performed on the cannabis industry. They realized that the industry was lacking professionalism and was completely disorganized. Once they realized that the medical marijuana market was moving in to Florida, they raised a seed funding of $800k and kicked off their first facility. Their licensing approval was quick and easy, since they has already made professional plans. After many months, the dispensary is now fully functional and already providing medical cannabis to qualified patients.
HOW TO RECEIVE MEDICAL MARIJUANA FROM SURTERRA THERAPEUTICS
To get a medical marijuana card, you have to fulfill these requirements:
Once you fulfill these conditions, you can visit your doctor and ask for a prescription. Your doctor is supposed to confirm that you are actually qualified to receive medical marijuana according to the law. First he/she will perform a medical history diagnosis to see if other traditional treatment methods are really not helping. After three months, if other options are failing to deliver, then your physician can write you a prescription and submit your registration for a Medical Marijuana Card.
To get a medical marijuana card, you have to fulfill these requirements:
All you need to do now is fill your prescription at an appropriate Medical Marijuana Treatment Center. These people in turn will validate your registration and mail your card as soon as possible.
After you’ve gotten your card, you can visit any authorized dispensary like Surterra Therapeutics and buy medical marijuana.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA HELPS FLORIDA’S SUFFERING PATIENTS
WHAT ARE SEVERE MUSCLE SPASMS?
Muscle spasms can occur in muscle groups throughout the whole body. Some can be more painful than others, and they can occur because of a variety of reasons. The less acute ones are often caused by muscle fatigue, dehydration, or lack of electrolytes. Severe muscle spasms are an involuntary act of contraction. Normally, a muscle relaxes and contacts due to nerve signals sent by the brain. When a spasm occurs, this routine is interrupted. In some people, spasms occur because of different impairments, such as cerebral palsy, spinal injuries, asthma, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. They can last for a few seconds up to a few hours. For less severe spasms, heat therapy, consuming electrolytes, and using muscle relaxants are options of relief. For those who experience severe muscle spasms and have not found adequate relief, there is an another option: medical marijuana.
HOW CAN MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROVIDE RELIEF?
Marijuana has been providing sufferers with relief for decades. It is rumored that, in the 19th Century, Queen Victoria was even supplied cannabis to relieve her menstrual cramps! Medical marijuana relaxes the muscles and offers pain relief. Inflammation in the body is reduced by the THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol), which act as neuroprotective antioxidants. The high CBD and low THC ensures that the psychotic effects of normal cannabis are reduced.
WHAT ELSE CAN MEDICAL CANNABIS HELP WITH?
Medical marijuana can treat more than just muscle spasms. In fact, it can be beneficial for a range of conditions. It is safe and non-evasive, which means there are a variety of people who’s lives could be greatly improved because of it. The Florida medical marijuana clinic Green Health specializes in helping the following conditions.
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Hepatitis C
- Multiple Sclerosis Muscular Dystrophy
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD)
- All Terminal Conditions
- Other debilitating condition of like kind, or class as approved by your Green Health physician.
HOW CAN IT BE PURCHASED?
If you are looking to purchase medical marijuana, you will need a medical marijuana card first. To obtain this, you will need to go to a health center, such as Green Health, that has qualified doctors who can assess your symptoms. You must be a resident of Florida, and have medical proof of attempting other medicinal forms or relief. The doctor will review your case over a period of time and, if proven necessary, they will submit your registration for a medical marijuana card. Once you have this card, you will be able to fill your prescription for medical marijuana from any of the dispensaries in Florida. Clinics such as Green Health are even open 24/7.
WHERE CAN MEDICAL MARIJUANA BE BOUGHT FROM IN FLORIDA?
As of the 12th of July, 2016, Florida medical marijuana dispensaries approved by Florida legislation were legally allowed to produce medical marijuana products. Qualifying patients have been allowed to buy medical marijuana products since the 22nd of July last year. These are the six dispensing operations that have been licensed and approved:
- CHT Medical in Tallahassee
- Knox Medical Winter Garden in Miami
- Modern Health concepts in Miami
- Trulieve in Tampa
- Trulieve in Pensacola
- Trulieve in Tallahassee
- Truelieve in Clearwater
BOOKING YOUR APPOINTMENT
If you have severe back spasms, or any other debilitating illness, book an appointment with Green Health today. Their physicians will not only provide assistance in purchasing a medical marijuana card, but they will also look at underlying issues to determine why the spasms are occurring. If you have any questions, Green Health has a 24/7 live chat on their website, and is happy to help at any time of the day or night. Head to https://www.temp.greenhealth.org or call 1-888-895-0187 to book an appointment. Get the relief you deserve today!
THIS GUIDE EXPLAINS HOW HIV/AIDS PATIENTS CAN OBTAIN A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD.
If you’ve been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS and other treatment options aren’t working, you should consider medical marijuana (MMJ). Although regular medications are popular treatment options, they often have many side effects. Some of these side effects might include vomiting, insomnia, nausea, and anxiety. Many patients have found relief from these symptoms while on MMJ.
According to WHO (World Health Organization), over a million Americans are living with HIV or AIDS. The disease causes severe symptoms. For this reason, states that legalize medical marijuana include HIV/AIDS in their qualifying debilitating health conditions.
Additionally, marijuana counteracts the side effects of most antiretroviral therapies, which are used to fight HIV and AIDS. It simultaneously acts as an analgesic (pain reliever) and anti-emetic (stops vomiting), making the medication process more bearable.
BECOMING A MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT IN FLORIDA
Since Amendment 2 was passed on Nov 8, 2016, the list of health conditions qualifying for Florida medical cannabis prescriptions has grown. Also, patients now have access to more diverse strains with higher THC levels. Patients who suffer from Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, PTSD, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and ALS are now authorized to receive medical marijuana prescriptions. To receive Florida medical marijuana treatment, you will need a licensed Florida medical marijuana card.
Fortunately, the process for receiving the card is now very easy for qualified patients. Authorized medical marijuana clinics like Greenhealth will streamline your access to medical marijuana. If a patient fulfills the requirements, they can obtain a prescription for medical marijuana.
Please note that only residents of Florida (who can provide proof of their residency) can receive this prescription. Other states will have a different process or requirements to obtain medical cannabis.
CONDITIONS FOR BECOMING A QUALIFIED MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT IN FLORIDA
- To obtain a medical marijuana card in Florida, you have to fulfill the requirements below:
- Have the right documentation or I.D. to prove that you are a legal resident of Florida.
- Be at least 18 years of age – Although there are still provisions for younger patients.
- Present proof that you’ve tried traditional treatment methods, which have failed.
- Have a prescription from an authorized doctor affirming your health state qualifies for medical marijuana and that other treatment options have been inadequate. Finally, if you meet these conditions, then you can receive a Medical Marijuana Card. Finally, your doctor must submit your registration paperwork for your MMJ card.
FLORIDA MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD APPLICATION PROCESS
When patients with debilitating medical conditions like HIV/AIDS are applying for a Florida Medical Marijuana Card, they can refer to the following steps accordingly:
See a Doctor?
To treat yourself with medical marijuana, you must first find a qualified doctor. The doctor will then conduct a medical history diagnosis to see if traditional methods are really failing to cure the aliment. You must see this doctor for at least 3 months to confirm this. After this, the doctor can write you a prescription for medical cannabis and submit your details for a card.
Receive your Florida Medical Marijuana Card
After your doctor has completed the registration, you will receive a new Florida medical marijuana card in the mail.
Filling your Prescription
You’ll be prescribed medical marijuana by your doctor and receive your medical marijuana card. After this, you can fill your prescription at an authorized dispensing organization. Keep in mind that Florida prohibits reciprocity for medical marijuana.
MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND OTHER QUALIFICATIONS FOR A MARIJUANA CARD
Florida has very liberal views on marijuana use. Close to 60% of the citizens of Florida support the recreational use of marijuana. So it’s no surprise that almost 75% of the populace supported medical marijuana (MMJ) use in the 2014 vote.
Marijuana based treatments are now available Florida. Before accessing the treatment, however, you will need a Medical Marijuana Card (MMC). Below is a comprehensive outline of how you can get a MMC in the state.
******* QUALIFYING CONDITIONS *******
You will have to satisfy two main types of requirements before you can legally use medical marijuana in Florida.
- Medical Requirements: Select medical conditions that merit marijuana related treatment under Florida law.
- Legal Requirements: The law has a lot to say about the medical use of marijuana in Florida.
******* MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS *******
Initially, only epileptic seizures qualified for medical Marijuana. However, amendments have expanded the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014. These 10 conditions qualify for a marijuana based treatment approach.
- AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS (ALS)
ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a condition that results in the death of motor neurons. The muscles that relied upon the neurons then waste away and die. Marijuana helps to slow down the progression of the disease and cushions its severity.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a component of marijuana. It shows a lot of promise as an option for the treatment of cancer symptoms. Some research even suggests that CBD can reduce the size of tumors. Marijuana also reduces the symptoms of the disease and of chemotherapy.
- CROHN’S DISEASE
Crohn’s disease is characterized by an inflammation of the bowels. The raw inflammation can become big enough to cause a blockage. MMJ’s anti-inflammatory potency is well-documented. Across the centuries, different cultures have used marijuana to treat inflammation.
- EPILEPSY AND SEIZURES
Epilepsy is, arguably, the condition that popularized Marijuana as a treatment option. Cannabinoids (chemicals in marijuana) lower the frequency of seizures. Medical marijuana has also been shown to reduce the severity of the seizures.
Glaucoma is characterized by fluid buildup within the eyeballs. This buildup results in harmful pressure, which can damage the optic nerve, leading to blindness. Cannabinoids relieves the pain and pressure associated with Glaucoma.
- HIV/ AIDS.
One-third of the people with AIDS experience adverse side effects after taking ARVs (antiretrovirals). Medical marijuana is an effective remedy for most of the side effects associated with ARV use. Additionally, patients often regain their appetite when on MMJ.
- MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a painful degenerative condition. The immune system targets neurons as it would harmful invaders. As a result, the person suffers a slow and painful loss of motor control. Marijuana helps reduce the pain, beat the blues, and bring sleep to MS patients. It also reduces the severity of muscle spasms associated with MS.
- PARKINSON’S DISEASE.
Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative condition. It affects the motor and co-coordinative capabilities of the body. Medical Marijuana helps control the muscle spasms associated with Parkinson’s disease. It has also been shown to ease the side effects of medication.
- POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD).
PTSD is common in people who have survived traumatic events. This is especially relevant for soldiers, who are particularly susceptible. The condition is characterized by anxiety attacks, irritability, and irrational fear. Medical Marijuana is effective in the treatment of PTSD, even for treatment-resistant cases.
- PHYSICIAN’S DISCRETION
Finally, physicians still reserve the right to recommend any condition not mentioned above for consideration. A qualifying medical condition is, however, only the first step. While you may suffer a qualifying condition, there are several more steps to obtain a prescription for MMJ. Another set of criteria needs to be met before you can get a Florida Marijuana Card.
Below are other legalities to be satisfied.
******* LEGAL REQUIREMENTS *******
- PATIENT MUST HAVE A MINIMUM AGE OF 18 YEARS:
Under-aged patients will have a hard time accessing marijuana related treatment. They must receive recommendations from 2 MMJ qualified doctors.
- PATIENT MUST BE A RESIDENT OF FLORIDA WITH EVIDENCE OF RESIDENCY (DRIVING LICENSE, ID CARD, AND THE LIKE):
Take your proof of residency to your marijuana evaluation. Lack of proof results in automatic rejection of your case.
- DOCUMENTATION FROM YOUR PHYSICIAN INDICATING THE SEVERITY OF YOUR CONDITION AND THE REASON FOR THE DIAGNOSIS:
The Marijuana Evaluation Board will use this documentation to determine the merits of your case.
- YOU MUST HAVE BEEN UNDER THE CARE OF THE PHYSICIAN FOR OVER 3 MONTHS PRIOR TO THE RECOMMENDATION:
Avoid diagnosis from a new doctor. It raises red flags. The physician must have treated you long enough to have tried and failed at other approaches.
- PATIENT MUST BE REGISTERED WITH THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (DOH):
The DOH is responsible for implementing the Florida Medical Marijuana Program. Implementations of Medical Marijuana amendments have yet to revolutionize it. Do not expect too much but after a few decades, who knows?
- PATIENT MUST NOT BE TRYING OUT MARIJUANA AS A FIRST TREATMENT:
You must have tried other traditional treatments. DOH only allows MMJ as a last resort. Therefore, your physician’s documentation must clearly illustrate the approaches you have tried and their degrees of success.
After walking through the above maze of requirements, you are ready for an MMC. Here at Green Health, our team of experts will go through your case, advise you, and help you process your MMC.
Always remember that sharing your medical marijuana is illegal. Visit us for more advice on how to handle your medication, more legalities, and your available options in the wide field of medical Marijuana.
THE MHC MODERN CANNABIS NURSERY?
Governor Rick Schott signed the Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 into law in the state of Florida. This allows licensed dispensing organizations to cultivate, process, and sell medical marijuana to qualified patients. Since then, many establishments have applied for authorization to process and dispense medical cannabis. However, only a handful of companies have passed the rigorous state qualification process. Modern Health Concepts (MHC) was among the first establishments to get approval from the Department of Health back in 2016. The South Florida-based organization now runs a fully-fledged medical marijuana facility with a nursery, processing lab, and dispensing center.
WHAT TAKES PLACE AT THE MHC MODERN CANNABIS NURSERY?
The process of producing marijuana medication starts at the MHC cannabis growth house in rural Miami-Dade County, in southwest Miami. It is also known as Costa Farm. Cultivation begins with seeds that germinate into ‘mother plants’. These carefully chosen cannabis strains are then used to grow thousands of clones taken as snip cuttings.
At the nursery, cannabis plants grow indoors in a controlled environment. To provide optimal conditions for blooming, workers expose the maturing plants to regular periods of light and darkness. This takes place in flowering rooms with low humidity and steady temperatures. When the plant reaches maturity, the flowers and other useful parts are harvested. This process can take several months.
The harvested product is first dried and then packed in vacuum-sealed plastic bags after curing. In this state, the dried cannabis may be rolled up and smoked. However, Florida marijuana laws prohibit this mode of usage, even for medical purposes. To provide patients with medical grade cannabis products, Medical Health Concepts processes the dried buds further into other forms. Before processing, dried cannabis is ground and stored in freezers.
MAKING THE TRANSITION FROM PLANTS TO MEDICINE
The final conversion of raw cannabis into medication is done at the MHC lab, which is run by a team of chemists. The raw material goes through several stages before being processed into marijuana capsules and oral oil tinctures. Patients can take these final products as medication.
Initially, a C02 reactor churns the ground cannabis into a paste. The paste is then diluted with 200-prof ethanol and refrigerated to remove unwanted waxes, non-digestible lipids, and other impurities. The mixture is distilled to evaporate added ethanol. Then the remaining product is baked to activate THC and CBD, the main ingredients that give marijuana its therapeutic effects. The high oven temperatures remove unwanted acids as well, leaving behind an oil extract used to formulate various marijuana medications. MHC staff mix the final liquid with safflower oil until the desired consistency and potency is reached.
MHC QUALITY CONTROL MEASURES
The products that Medical Health Concepts manufactures must meet standards set by the Florida Department of Health. The company employs several quality control practices to make sure that patients receive safe marijuana treatment drugs. To begin, their cannabis cultivation method makes use of bar code tracking. If there is a problem with a particular product, bar codes link every capsule bottle or oil vial back to the individual plant. Second, lab technicians test the products at various stages for potency and contaminants. Third, they hand-grow their cannabis plants in an environment that reduces exposure to chemicals and pests. Even trained workers at the nursery wear scrubs, gloves, and hairnets during the growth and processing phase.
MHC MARIJUANA STRAIN & FINISHED PRODUCTS
Modern Health Concepts offers both low-THC and full-strength medical cannabis products. Their non-euphoric products are known as Haleigh’s Hope, a cannabis oil extract containing less than 0.8% THC. Derived from the Cannabis Sativa L strain, this low-THC medication provides relief for cancer symptoms, muscle spasms, and seizures. It is available in capsule form as well and can be taken in vaporizer pens that MHC provides.
On the other hand, MHC full-strength cannabis medications come in the same forms described above, but they contain a CBD-THC ratio of 1:10. This type of medical cannabis causes a ‘high’ because of its high concentration of the psychoactive ingredient THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). It provides relief to patients suffering from debilitating conditions that benefit from the higher doses of THC. However, MHC only sells high-THC cannabis medication to patients who need hospice care, which is required under Florida marijuana laws. In addition, end-of-life patients only qualify for high-THC medical marijuana if diagnosed as being terminally ill by two qualified physicians.
HOW TO ORDER MHC MEDICAL CANNABIS PRODUCTS
Medical Health Concepts makes their products accessible to patients via a mobile delivery program. The company ships medications to patients on the Compassionate Use Registry who reside in South Florida. Alternatively, qualified patients can schedule appointments online at MHC’s website to make in-store pickups. Currently, the company operates one Florida medical marijuana dispensary in Miami-Dade County.
THE LEGAL PROCESS OF APPLYING FOR A FLORIDA MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD
Florida is one of several states that have legalized the medicinal use of cannabis. However, patients must obtain a medical marijuana (MMJ) card in Florida to qualify for treatment. Acquiring a medical marijuana card allows patients who suffer a variety of debilitating symptoms to receive relief.
Anyone who wants to apply for a medical marijuana card should take the time to research the procedures that are involved. As per state law in Florida, patients must meet several requirements to be eligible. Many people don’t know how to get a medical marijuana card. This leads to making mistakes that only prolong the process to receive much needed medical treatment. To avoid that situation, this post provides a breakdown of the legal steps involved in obtaining a medical marijuana card in Florida.
STEP #1: DETERMINE IF YOU HAVE A QUALIFYING MEDICAL CONDITION
To get approval for marijuana treatment, patients first have to establish whether they have a qualifying condition. When the Compassionate Medical Act of 2014 came into law, people considered for the cannabis treatment program had to be diagnosed with cancer or other medical conditions associated with symptoms of severe muscle spasms and/or seizures.
After the November 8 ballot in 2016, the Florida Medical Marijuana Legislation Initiative, also known as Amendment 2, was put into law after passing the supermajority vote threshold of 60%. This constitutional amendment has added to the list of debilitating medical conditions that qualify for treatment with medical marijuana. Florida residents diagnosed with one of the following medical conditions can now seek access to medical marijuana.
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Seizures and chronic muscle spasms
State law also gives qualified ordering physicians the ability to prescribe medical marijuana to patients who have been diagnosed with other debilitating medical conditions that share similar symptoms as those enumerated in Amendment 2.
STEP #2: GATHER REQUIRED PAPERWORK
After establishing that your medical condition qualifies for marijuana treatment, the next step is to gather the required paperwork to file the application. To qualify for an MMJ card, the applicant has to reside in Florida. You may submit a state issued Florida I.D or driver’s license as proof of residency. If you only have a passport or other government issued ID, you can use utility bills, bank statements, or home ownership documents as supplementary proof of residency.
Under Florida law, you must be at least 18 years or older to qualify for medical marijuana treatment. Minors can also apply for medical cannabis cards, but written consent from a parent or guardian is required. Additionally, at least two physicians must provide consent for treatment to qualifying patients who are below the age of 18 years.
During evaluations, anyone seeking access to medical marijuana will need to have their medical records ready. Without verifiable medical records, your doctor will not be able to proceed. This documentation is required to certify your condition under Florida medical statutes.
A marijuana doctor can request medical records on your behalf during the evaluation appointment. However, you can save time by obtaining that paperwork beforehand. Simply contact your primary physician to request copies of diagnosis and treatment records. Make sure that the obtained records are current. Medical marijuana certification clinics will request records that document your qualifying condition within the last year of treatment.
STEP #3: START SEEING A CERTIFIED MEDICAL MARIJUANA DOCTOR
Before submitting an application for a medical marijuana card in Florida, state law requires the patient to have been under the care of a qualifying physician for a period of at least 3 months. During this period, the certified marijuana doctor evaluates the patient’s condition. The physician must determine that the benefits of administering low-THC cannabis as a treatment option outweigh the potential risks that a patient may experience. Additionally, legislation requires certified doctors to prescribe cannabis treatment only after conventional treatments have failed to treat a patient’s symptoms.
You must ensure that your primary physician has medical marijuana certification. Florida law on medical marijuana stipulates that qualifying physicians must have an active, unrestricted license as per Chapters 458 F.S. and 459 F.S. For physicians to meet this requirement, they must be vetted by the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association or Florida Medical Association. The evaluation process includes an 8-hour course and examination. Upon successful completion, the certified physicians gain access to the Compassionate Use Registry, where a patient’s name must be entered to receive an MMJ card.
The Compassionate Use Office website maintains a list of physicians authorized to order medical cannabis for approved patients. You can also obtain physician information online with a license number from the Department of Health Quality Assurance Search Service.
STEP #4: BOOK MMJ CARD CERTIFICATION APPOINTMENT
Finally, you must book an appointment with a qualified ordering physician. A certified medical marijuana doctor will review your medical records and other paperwork to determine if you qualify for medical marijuana treatment. Patients will only receive approval if they have:
- Proven Florida residency
- Been diagnosed with a qualifying condition
- Tried traditional treatment methods without success
- Is at least 18 years of age or has produced parental consent along with approval from a second doctor in the case of minors
- Received treatment from the ordering physician during the immediate 90-days prior to applying for a medical marijuana card
Once you have met these criteria, your ordering physician will issue a signed certification form, allowing you to apply to the state for a medical marijuana ID card. Qualified ordering physicians will submit the application by mail or electronically to the Office of Compassionate Use on behalf of patients. It can take up to 21 days to register a patient in the Compassionate Use Registry. Once approved, you will receive your medical marijuana card in the mail. This will allow your physician to fill prescription orders for low-THC cannabis.
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THE EFFECT OF CANNABIS ON GLAUCOMA
WHAT IS GLAUCOMA?
Glaucoma is a condition that results due to a number of distinct eye diseases that lead to increased pressure within the eye. This group of ocular diseases are associated with progressive optic degeneration, which leads to the loss of visual function.
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of bilateral blindness in the world, after cataracts. This condition affects more than 60 million people worldwide and around 2 million people in the United States. The most common forms of this disease include:
- Primary open-angle glaucoma
- Angle-closure glaucoma
- Acute glaucoma
- Normal tension glaucoma
- Pigmentary glaucoma
- Trauma-related glaucoma
CAUSES AND RISK FACTORS OF GLAUCOMA
Research regarding the trigger of glaucoma is not conclusive. However, scientists have identified key factors that identify people who are at risk of developing glaucoma: increased intraocular pressure, age, family history, ethnicity, obesity and general high blood pressure.
Glaucoma is more prevalent among older individuals. Studies indicate that 1 % of people above the age of 60 have a common form of glaucoma. More than 9 % of individuals over the age of 80 develop the condition.
People of East Asian descent have an increased risk of developing angle closure glaucoma as a result of a shallower anterior chamber in the eye. A large percentage of glaucoma cases in this population exhibit forms of angle closure. Caribbean people of African origin and African Americans are significantly more prone to developing glaucoma as compared to other ethnic groups.
HOW FLORIDA MEDICAL MARIJUANA CAN RELIEVE EYE PRESSURE
Increased intraocular pressure (IOP) is the result of the blockage in the flow of aqueous humor (fluid that helps keep the rigid shape of the eye). Normally, this fluid circulates between the back of the cornea and the front of the lens. In individuals with elevated IOP, the flow of aqueous humor from the eye’s anterior chamber is restricted, causing a buildup of pressure. Researchers suspect that this decreases the flow of nutrients to the optic nerve. IOP is the main risk factor for glaucoma and the therapeutic effects of Florida medical marijuana is related to the reduction of IOP.
Research on the effects of marijuana on glaucoma date back to the 1970s. In 1971, a study by Hepler and Frank indicated that marijuana reduced IOP in the subjects by 25 to 30% when administered systemically for 3-4 hours. Since then, several studies have suggested the same effects for different cannabinoids such as cannabidiol, cannabigerol, and even synthetic cannabinoids.
The exact mechanism of these cannabinoids in the eye is not fully understood due to limited research. However, available evidence points to action outside the central nervous system (CNS). Topical application of cannabis has also been shown to be beneficial. A 1981 study revealed that THC infused light mineral oil that was administered topically resulted in a significant reduction in IOP in human participants.
There is also evidence that a synthetic, non-psychoactive cannabinoid compound called HU-211 may reduce IOP with effects lasting for more than 6 hours. These were the results of a 2000 study published in Graefe’s Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. This compound does not stimulate cannabinoid receptors but inhibits NMDA receptors to reduce IOP. The study showed that synthetic cannabis may be useful in treating glaucoma while averting the inconvenient psychoactive side effects.
Florida medicinal cannabis can be effective in treating the symptoms associated with glaucoma including chronic pain, vomiting, nausea, and appetite. It is important to note that, although patients can relieve eye pressure with cannabis, it is not a cure for glaucoma since it does not address the underlying causes. As such, usage should be a compliment to the prescribed clinical treatment options recommended by physicians.
FLORIDA MOVES FORWARD WITH MEDICAL MARIJUANA
In November 2016, Florida’s Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative (Amendment 2) was approved by 71% of Florida voters. The legislation has allowed many patients who have been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition to legally buy and use marijuana, strictly for medical reasons. Florida Medical Marijuana is only allowed when a patient has a prescription from a certified Florida doctor.
Florida lawmakers announced on the 7th of June, 2017 that they had struck a deal that allowed the use of medical marijuana throughout the state. The new legislation will place a temporary cap on dispensaries and add newly licensed growers to the list of authorized Florida Medical Marijuana growers. Let’s take a look at what else we can expect from the new rules.
Florida Medical Marijuana Rules & Regulations Moving Forward
Even though medical marijuana has been legalized in 29 states, the Drug Enforcement Administration still classifies it as a Schedule 1 drug. Heroin, LSD, and ecstasy are also Schedule 1 drugs and have a high potential for abuse. Medical marijuana is used to manage many medical symptoms, like pain, nausea, anxiety, and much more. As time passes, many are hopeful that it will be reclassified and removed from the Schedule 1 list.
The good news is that Florida’s lawmakers have reached an agreement to make medical marijuana available in the state, putting an end to the deadlock that had hindered its regulation. This proposed new bill will cover marijuana growers and dispensaries, a smoking ban, proximity to schools (at least 500 feet away from any public or private school), and much more.
The new medical marijuana rules and regulations will add ten new licensed growers to cultivate low-THC marijuana. Cultivating marijuana is legal for licensed growers in several states in the US. In the state of Florida, several conditions have to be met before a license is issued. The bill also requires four more licenses for every 100,000 people who are placed on the state’s medical marijuana registry. Additionally, there will be a cap on the number of dispensaries and this cap will expire in 2020 unless further action is taken.
The prospective bill is still being fine-tuned but will require physicians to receive specialized training before they can approve patients to use medical marijuana. Users must also qualify for certification and get a medical marijuana card. To qualify, patients must have a “debilitating medical condition,” and doctors must show “reasonable belief” when issuing out the certification. Although possession and cultivation regulations have yet to be determined, it is expected that all pending issues will be addressed before implementation.
How to Get a Florida Medical Marijuana Card
Using marijuana for medical reasons is a contentious topic in the United States. While many organizations continue to criminalize medical marijuana, states like Florida have made it legal as a treatment for several medical conditions. In the Florida Medical Marijuana debates, the intricacies of the law and how to make the herb more accessible are the main topic of discussion. Public opinion plays a major role in these new policies and as business opportunities arise, the use and dispense of medical marijuana are the key issues.
Some marijuana users may claim to have a prescription for medical marijuana, but these prescriptions are illegal. As a Schedule I drug, there is a restriction on medical marijuana and doctors cannot prescribe it to their patients. Medical marijuana cannot be filled at a pharmacy. Instead, doctors must provide their patients with a recommendation or certificate in compliance with state laws.
Before applying for a medical marijuana certificate, you will need to provide extensive documentation that is proof of your medical condition. If you have no current and verifiable medical records, certification might not be possible. However, there are some situations that will enable you to receive qualification without full documentation. The FLMMCC (Florida Medical Marijuana Certification Clinics) requests documentation that is within the last 12 months. Below are 3 steps to qualifying:
Step 1 – Qualification
You must have a debilitating medical condition to be considered for a Florida Marijuana Card. To qualify, patients must have tried traditional treatments with supporting documentation and must be a resident of the state of Florida:
- Crohn’s Disease
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
Step 2 – Physician
The second step is to find a certified physician. When you find one, you must first send your medical records for a full review. Then you will have to see the doctor for at least three months before they can consider you for the Florida Medical Marijuana Program. The physician must confirm that traditional treatments are not working. If additional documentation is needed, you will be contacted and asked to submit the required documents to help complete the approval process. At your certification appointment, the physician will ask you questions about your condition and if all is satisfactory, you will will receive a signed Physician Certification form, which you can use for the medical marijuana card application.
Step 3 – Fill Prescription
The approval means that you will be registered with the Compassionate Use Registry, which will issue you a medical marijuana card. Once your card arrives, you can get your medical marijuana prescription filled by a dispensary.
THE LEGALIZATION OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND ITS IMPLICATIONS
Marijuana or cannabis has been used for centuries to treat different ailments, but unfortunately, it has gained a bad reputation as a drug that people get high off of. Although there is scientific evidence for the efficacy of marijuana as a treatment for certain neurological conditions, the legal issues surrounding access has hampered research and study into its applications. In particular, its uses in treating seizures and epilepsy have been advocated for by the Florida Medical Marijuana advocates.
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a neurological condition in which certain brain cells become abnormally excitable. This causes the person to have convulsions and sometimes lose consciousness. Epilepsy is not a temporary condition. Studies have shown that more than three million Americans suffer from epilepsy and that these numbers are growing every year. There are treatments and medications that are prescribed for epilepsy, but some people do not respond well to normal pharmacological treatments.
Current treatment of seizures and epilepsy
Epilepsy cannot be cured, but the symptoms can be controlled. Most patients who are diagnosed with epilepsy are given treatment to control seizures. Treatment is important, even if the seizures aren’t severe, because seizures can occur at any point. Medications like Clobazam (Onfil), carbamazepine, phenytoin, valproic acid, phenobarbital, and primidone are often prescribed to control seizures. However most medications are formulated specifically to control standard epilepsy, even though there are different types of epilepsy. These medications don’t always work and they have unpleasant side effects like sedation, slurred speech, double speech, irritability, dizziness, and hyperactivity in children. This means that patients and their families not only have to deal with the condition, but also with unpleasant side effects.
For years, scientists have been trying to find alternative treatments for epilepsy. One treatment that has shown great promise has been treatment with marijuana. Marijuana has been purported to have positive effects on a number of health conditions and epilepsy has emerged as a condition that can be treated successfully with marijuana. There are many patients who cannot tolerate traditional anti-seizure medications but have found marijuana to be helpful.
Marijuana epilepsy treatment
What makes Marijuana an effective alternative treatment? When we mention marijuana, we are talking about the entire plant, from the leaves to the female flowers. Marijuana contains two major ingredients, Tetrahydrocannabinol also known as THC and Cannabidiol known as CBD. THC is the ingredient that produces the “high” that cannabis users feel, while cannabidiol has no psychoactive effects but has been found to have positive effects on certain body systems. It is CBD that has been found to be effective in treating epileptic seizures.
The use of Florida medical marijuana has been a controversial subject for a while. Although a number of states have legalized the use of medical marijuana, state laws aren’t the same as federal laws which still regards the use of marijuana, even if it’s classified as medicinal and prescribed by a doctor, as illegal.
Studies on the effects of medical marijuana
Recently, medical marijuana has been in the news as the effects of cannabis in treating epilepsy in children have come under the spotlight. There have been many stories of medical marijuana has helping children with the more aggressive types of epilepsy like Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gasaut syndrome. The University of Colorado has conducted studies to determine genetic predisposition to certain strains of marijuana. Both the Indica and Sativa strains of marijuana have proven useful medically. The Indica strain contains more CBD than THC, but it does have a sedative effect, making it useful in treating other medical symptoms like sleep disorders, pain, anxiety, and muscle spasms.
The Sativa strain does not contain as much CBD as Indica and it has an uplifting or energizing effect. Some users have found relief from muscle spasms and it has also been found to alleviate nausea and stimulate appetite. Medical marijuana strains with higher concentrations of CBD, rather than THC, have been found to be more effective for the treatment of seizures and epilepsy. With the changing laws and the legalization in Florida of medical marijuana, more doctors are prescribing it, especially for children with more severe forms of epilepsy. The changes in state laws like Florida’s laws on the use of medical marijuana will help a lot of people receive the treatment they need and improve their quality of life.
WHAT QUALIFIES A PHYSICIAN TO RECOMMEND MEDICAL MARIJUANA?
The state of Florida is one of the many U.S states that have come to appreciate and legalized the medicinal use of Marijuana. State-run agencies like the Florida Department of Heath (DOH) have been charged with regulating Medical Marijuana (MMJ).
The Florida DOH educates and certifies Doctors to prescribe MMJ. It also monitors the conduct of MMJ doctors and patient progress. Once certified, doctors then reserve the rights to grant Florida Medical Marijuana Cards to patients who qualify for MMJ treatment.
There are very precise laws that regulate MMJ doctors in Florida. Below we take a look at a few and what they mean to both patients and physicians.Legal Requirements for MMJ Ordering Physicians in Florida
1. Valid Medical License.
The physician’s license must be active and unrestricted as defined by Florida law. Physicians who are no longer in active practice are not allowed to order MMJ treatments for patients.
Make sure your physician has an active license.
2. Registration with the Florida Compassionate Use Registry.
The recommending physician must be registered with the Florida Compassionate Use Registry. The names on the registry can be located on the Office Of Compassionate Use website.
To qualify for the registry, a practicing physician must enroll in an MMJ course offered by the Florida Medical Association (FMA) and Florida Osteopathic Medical Association FOMA). The MMJ course is an 8-hour long discourse on developments in the Medical Marijuana debate.
Physicians taking the course are exposed to new litigation and treatment options available. Due to the dynamic nature of the course, physicians have to enroll every time they renew their licenses.
Make sure that your recommending physician is listed on the registry.
3. Long-Term Doctor-Patient Interaction.
For a physician to legally recommend you for a Florida Medical Marijuana Card, you must have been their patient for over three months. This time frame allows the physician to make accurate diagnoses.
During the three months, the doctor needs to document the patient’s progress. Various treatments will be considered and their successes or failures must be documented. The Compassionate Use Act in Florida is only applicable in cases where conventional approaches have previously failed.
A recommending physician must have tried every treatment option within reason. Rushed recommendations are always rejected in the Medical Marijuana Evaluation.
It, therefore, helps if your physician is both professional and well versed in the details of a proper recommendation.
Professionalism comes in handy when patient records are required for the Medical Marijuana evaluation. Any sign of unprofessionalism will be regarded as the most likely cause of treatment failure. Such a verdict will likely to nullify the doctor’s recommendation.
4. Must Adhere to Florida MMJ Statutes.
Even if your physician meets all professional and legal criteria, their recommendation is not yet in the clear. The recommendation itself must be in compliance with the Florida Medical Marijuana Statutes.
Here are compliances to look for if the recommendation is to successfully translate to a Medical Marijuana (MMJ) Card.
i. Risk-Benefit Balance.
The recommendation must outline whether the benefits of MMJ to a patient outweigh its risks. Different MMJ treatment options offer varying degrees of side effects. Cannabidiol (CBD) is among the most potent and patient friendly Medical Marijuana options.
The recommendation should involve a treatment option that the MMJ evaluation will approve of. It is, therefore, crucial to see a doctor that is well-versed in all forms of MMJ treatment options and what they mean for different conditions.
ii. Moderation In Recommendation.
A recommending physician can only recommend a 45-day supply of MMJ. Innocent mistakes with supply recommendations are responsible for most rejections by the Florida Medical Marijuana Evaluation.
The recommending physician must, therefore, balance out the needs of the patient with the law. This is why it is highly advisable to get recommendations from doctors who have worked extensively with MMJ. They are more likely to know minute details about prescriptions. They are also most likely to know when MMJ regulation laws change or are amended.
Our physicians’ vast knowledge on Medical Marijuana is what has popularized green health among patients seeking a Florida MMJ Card.
iii. Compassionate Use Patient Registry.
After an MMJ recommendation, the recommending physician must register the patient on the Compassionate Use Patient Registry. The recommended treatment and MMJ dosage must also be included in the registry.
Once treatment is terminated, the physician is responsible for removing the patient from the record. If a recommending physician has a bad track record on the Patient Registry, his/ her recommendations are likely to be rejected.
iv. Treatment Plan.
A recommending physician must maintain a detailed treatment plan for all patients. The plan will highlight the recommended treatment, the mode of MMJ administration, and the planned duration of the treatment.
The treatment plan also tracks the patient’s progress, signs of tolerance, and any other form of reaction to MMJ. Physicians must submit individual treatment plans to the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, quarterly.
However, immediate submission must be made every time there is a change in the treatment plan.
v. Under-Age Recommendation.
Sometimes a medical case with enough merit to necessitate MMJ may involve a minor. For an MMJ recommendation for a minor goes through, a second opinion is needed. Both physicians must be in agreement with the case’s merits. The two also have to satisfy Florida’s legal requirements for MMJ recommending physicians. When the recommendation is for an under-age patient, it must be made with extra caution. Cases involving minors undergo more rigorous evaluation. It helps to solicit the aid of professional Medical Marijuana doctors.
1. Here at going green, we pride ourselves on physicians who have in-depth of knowledge on MMJ. We are well versed with the most recent developments in the field and provide invaluable assistance to patients seeking a Florida Medical Marijuana Card. We also provide consultation services on MMJ treatments.
The Medical Marijuana phenomenon is relatively new. It helps to work with someone who understands the ropes.
AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND THE TREATMENT OF CANCERINTRODUCTION
In light of recent Florida medical marijuana laws, interest in this alternative form of treatment has spiked. Many people are now curious about using medical marijuana for the treatment of illnesses, cancer being one of the most prominent.
Marijuana has been a substance of interest for humans since we first began to engage in agriculture. The versatile Cannabis Sativa plant is capable of growing in many different regions of the world so long as the prevailing climate is warm. As a result, it tends to thrive in tropical climates.
Marijuana is the name given to the leaves of the cannabis plant when they have been dried. It has a large variety of names, including weed, pot, cannabis, ganja, and bhang among others.
This ubiquitous plant has been a chief component in many herbal remedies for eons. However, since the dawn of the 20th century, it has been the subject of heated debate in the legal and medical communities and is one of the most strictly controlled substances in the United States.
THE CHEMISTRY OF MARIJUANA
Marijuana is most popularly used as a recreational drug. It contains a collection of chemical agents, only a few of which cause the ‘high’ reported by recreational users. The most prominent of these chemical agents is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC. THC is the agent responsible for the popular ‘high’ people experience with marijuana.
Most strains of cannabis also contain Cannabidiol or CBD. while CBD does not have the intoxicating effects of THC, evidence suggest that it may have anti-anxiety effects.
THC and CBD are the primary chemicals found in the substance. However, there are many other compounds present that exist in varying amounts, depending on the strain.
Marijuana also has varying effects on the body, depending on the mode of intake. The effects mostly depend on how well THC is absorbed into the body. For example, when ingested, such as in baked products, its effects might not appear for several hours. It also has additional side effects on mood due to chemicals produced when it is broken down by the liver.
Marijuana can also be absorbed through inhalation in vaporized form. When taken this way, THC is absorbed into the bloodstream faster and the effects are almost immediate. However, the effects of inhalation do not last as long compared to ingestion. Mood affecting chemicals are produced in smaller amounts with this mode of intake.
THE LEGAL STATUS OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN FLORIDA
Marijuana is categorized as a Schedule I drug by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. This means that it is illegal on a federal level to deal in it or to possess it. However, the use of marijuana in the treatment of certain ailments is legal through various state laws. As at the time of this post was written, 28 states had amended their laws to make medical marijuana legal under certain circumstances. Florida medical marijuana laws are among these permissive laws.
In order to gain access to Florida medical marijuana under state laws, it must be prescribed by a qualified doctor. The receiver must have been a patient of the doctor for a period of at least 3 months prior to the prescription. The prescription is then passed in the form of a Florida medical marijuana card that can then be presented at dispensaries. Qualified doctors can be found at greenhealth.org, among other reputable clinics.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND CANCER
Studies have shown that medical marijuana is helpful in the treatment of the following cancer-related conditions:
- Pain Management Marijuana is a powerful painkiller. Studies have shown that it has the ability to reduce pain in cancer patients and is as effective as opioids. It is usually used in conjunction with other pain relieving drugs.
- Management of Nausea Nausea and frequent vomiting are well known side effects of chemotherapy and cause many cancer patients great discomfort. One of the many treatments approved to treat this side effect is a synthetic form of THC known as Dronabinol. Medical marijuana is also sometimes used as a form of treatment.
- Neuropathy Neuropathy, also known as nerve damage, is a common side effect of chemotherapy and can cause immense pain for cancer patients. Cancer patients suffering from neuropathy report feeling weak and numb, as well as experiencing a burning sensation in their hands and feet. Medical marijuana can provide pain relief in such circumstances.
Synthetic Forms of Medical Marijuana
Apart from the naturally occurring cannabis, there are several synthetic drugs containing the active agent THC that are commonly used to treat cancer patients. These include dronabinol and nabilone, which are approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. They are also commonly used to treat the painful side effects of cancer therapy.
“KNOX DISPENSARIES” – DELIVERING MEDICAL CANNABIS WITH THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF CARE
The KNOX cannabis nursery is a second-generation, family-owned business and is committed to providing the highest quality services and care. The State of Florida has given license to only 6 dispensing organizations for growing, refining, processing, dispensing, and transporting medical cannabis. Medical cannabis is given only to registered patients or personal caregivers and the State of Florida strictly prohibits the growth of medical marijuana for personal purpose. KNOX received approval in 2016 and is now fulfilling orders from qualified patients and their physicians.
The company carries a range of low THC/high-CBD medical cannabis products in order to meet the unique requirements of individual patients. It also dispenses oil drops (tinctures), as well as vape cartridges. The company has been awarded 5 licenses in Florida for the production of medical cannabis. Since then, the KNOX team of engineers, growers, experts, and researchers have started producing industry leading KNOX CANNABIS medications for patients. All these products undergo rigorous purity standards using state-of-the-art technology for testing and inspecting medical cannabis. Most of the advanced analytical testing techniques are used in the areas of pesticides, potency, heavy metals, residual solvents, Ochratoxins, Aflatoxins, terpenes, and microbiologic contaminants. Thus, Knox Cannabis is safe for human consumption and completely free of toxic substances and contaminants. Producing superior quality medical cannabis is the main objective of the company.
“KNOX Alcor CBD” and “Baldor Hybrid” – For Treating Chronic Conditions
The KNOX Alcor CBD and Baldor Hybrid are specifically formulated for treating various chronic conditions, such as clinical depression, muscle spasms, stress, pain, as well as general and specific inflammation. Alcor is the premier, non-euphoria-inducing, low-THC cannabis of KNOX Medical. Patients will feel energetic and uplifted as stress, nerve tremors, and anxiety melt away. It is also beneficial for treating epilepsy and other disorders. The Baldor Hybrid is used for pain relief throughout the day, helps patients feel energized without causing lethargy or drowsiness, and is compatible with other products as well. This medicine is mainly used for relief from stress, depression, and fatigue without heavy sedation.
“KNOX Gemma Hybrid” and “Kastor Indica” – Offers Relief from Worst Cancer Side Effects
The KNOX Gemma Hybrid, considered the most powerful KNOX cannabis, is highly effective for treating the worst side effects of cancer. It combats symptoms of appetite loss and nausea in those who are undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. Gemma contains high doses of THC and is specifically designed for those who need strong and immediate doses of THC. Kastor Indica is the other powerful medicine, used for prolonged relaxation and sleep. It delivers the highest concentrations of THC for providing maximum pain relief. Derived from an Indica-dominant strain, it can induce sleep in patients who suffer from the severe side effects of conventional cancer therapies and insomnia.
“Odra Hybrid” and “Polaris Indica” – For Energy and Muscle Tremors
Odra Hybrid is very popular for relief from intense symptoms and it gives a relaxed sense of euphoria. Odra contains a hybrid blend, providing the best energizing effects to the cancer patients. Polaris Indica is also prescribed for patients who suffer from the initial side effects of chemotherapy and is beneficial for reducing nerve pain and muscle tremors. Generally, the Polaris medicine is prescribed to the patients who are starting a medical cannabis regimen.
“Regor CBD” – For Treating Insomnia
Regor is helpful in treating various serious health problems, such as chronic pain, lack of appetite anxiety, and stress. It also offers a mild state of relaxation with few to no psychoactive effects.. The low THC content and high CBD concentration are perfect for those who desire the medicinal value of cannabis without the psychoactive effects.
“Subra Sativa” – Offers Long Lasting and Energizing Effects
Subra Sativa is prescribed for those who need energizing and long lasting effects. Thus, it provides immediate and prolonged relief from severe pain, stress, and depression. This fast acting product is made of pure Sativa plants that are specifically bred for lower CBD/higher THC concentrations.
CHT MEDICAL – MARIJUANA FROM AN AUTHORIZED DISPENSARY
Since the passing of Amendment 2 on Nov 8 of last year in Florida, the medical cannabis industry has steadily flourished. This is good news not only for the cannabis industry, but also for patients who use marijuana as a treatment option. Apart from the fact that they can receive marijuana in its prime form (instead of as capsules), they will also have access to better strains with higher THC contents.
Florida’s new laws also give way to the establishment of different dispensaries all around the state. Right now, there are just five authorized dispensaries in the whole of Florida and only these dispensaries are allowed to legally cultivate, process, and distribute marijuana. Let us take a quick look at one of the most popular dispensary around, CHT Medical.
ABOUT CHT MEDICAL
CHT Medical a subsidiary of Chestnut Hill Tree Farm- a farm that has been established since 1981. CHT Medical is among the few reputable medical marijuana dispensaries in Florida that are allowed to provide medical marijuana to patients with the right prescriptions.
According to the CEO at CHT Medical, Robert Wallace, the company expects to release several new revolutionary products, research, and science related to the cannabis industry in Florida. CHT Medical also plans to readily provide good and healthy strains of marijuana to patients with debilitating health conditions.
Chestnut Hill Tree Farm is responsible for cultivating over 400,000 plants in Florida’s north-east region. Patients can receive medical marijuana if they are qualified and have a licensed medical marijuana card. So how do you obtain a medical marijuana card so that you can start administering your medical marijuana treatment?
HOW TO RECEIVE MEDICAL MARIJUANA FROM CHT MEDICAL
Are you suffering from one of the qualifying debilitating health conditions (HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, ALS, glaucoma and Crohn’s disease)? Have you received a medical prescription from an authorized physician? Do you have a legal medical marijuana card? These are the questions you need to answer before you can receive any products from CHT Medical. A medical marijuana card authorizes you for medical marijuana prescriptions from qualified doctors.
REQUIREMENTS FOR OBTAINING A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD:
- You must be dealing with one of these aliments: HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, ALS, glaucoma and Crohn’s disease.
- You must have the right I.D. and papers to prove you are a legal resident of Florida.
- Be at least 18 years of age. Younger patients require recommendations from three licensed doctors.
- You must try other traditional treatment options first. If these are inadequate and you have documented proof to support your claim, you are qualified for marijuana prescriptions.
- Additionally, your physician has to reaffirm from your medical history that traditional methods have been ineffective.
HOW TO OBTAIN YOUR MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD
Once you fulfill these conditions, next you should see your doctor and ask for a prescription. Your doctor will confirm that you are actually qualified to receive medical marijuana according to the law. First he/she will perform a medical history diagnosis to determine if traditional treatments will help you. If other treatment options are not working, then your physician should submit your registration for a Medical Marijuana Card. If you have any questions or confusion about this process, be sure to talk to your doctor.
All you need to do now is fill your prescription at an appropriate Medical Marijuana Treatment Center. These people will validate your registration and mail your card over as soon as possible.
After you’ve gotten your card, you can head over to CHT Medical (or any other approved dispensary). This is where you can buy some medical marijuana to administer treatment according to your prescriptions.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEGreen Health Opens Medical Marijuana Offices Across Florida
On June 9, 2017 during a special session, the Florida Legislature passed SB 8A and SB 6A, implementing Article X, section 29 of the Florida Constitution. On Friday, June 23rd, Governor Rick Scott signed these medical marijuana usage bills into law. Green Health is thrilled to announce the Grand Opening of eight medical marijuana offices across Florida.
Patients, with a qualifying medical condition, no longer need to wait the original 90 days to establish care with a physician. Now patients can be registered with the Office of Compassionate Use for a Medical Marijuana ID Card and receive an order for Medical Marijuana right away at all eight Green Health offices.
Green Health’s Medical Marijuana offices are located throughout the state, with locations in; Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Palm City, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlandoand Jacksonville.For information about scheduling an appointment and how to receive a Medical Marijuana Card contact a Green Health representative at (888) 895-0187 or visit www.GreenHealth.org.
Green Health’s mission is to provide patients with compassionate care offices. Green Health physicians* are focused on developing personalized treatment plans and ongoing education for those interested in marijuana as alternative treatment.
*All Green Health physicians are registered with the Florida Compassionate Use Registry and are qualified to order THC and/or CBD Medical Cannabis for qualifying patients. In the appointment a Green Health physician will examine a patient with qualifying medical condition(s) to determine if the patient’s benefits outweigh the risks using Medical Marijuana. All approved patients will be assisted with registering for a Medical Marijuana ID Card through the Department of Health in Florida, a state requirement to purchase the recommendation ordered by a Green Health physicianGreen Health is available by phone:
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