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Marijuana is a psychoactive drug from the cannabis plant. Marijuana can be consumed by smoking, vaping, eating, capsule, nasal spray, and topical cream. The effects include euphoria, elevated mood, and an increased appetite.

People use marijuana for a number of different reasons, including recreation, religious, and medicinal. The earliest recorded use dates back to the 3rd millennium BC. In the U.S., Marijuana is currently legal – in some form – in 30 states. While eight of those states have no restrictions, the others have legalized it only for medical purposes.

Smoking and vaping are the quickest way to feel the effects of marijuana, as it takes just a few minutes. However, when consumed in a capsule, food, or beverage, taking at least 30-60 minutes to take effect.

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How to Get Your Medical Marijuana Card

If you feel like medical marijuana can improve your health, there are steps that need to be taken before getting your medical card.

The first step is to fill out our prescreen questionnaire, followed by a short video and quiz. If you have qualifying conditions that make you eligible for medical marijuana, the next step is scheduling an appointment with one of our doctors.

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this shows the steps of how to get a medical marijuana license in florida, offered by vitality healthWe provide all the documents you need for the state of Florida Medical Marijuana Registry. You simply fill those out and submit them by post or online, along with a $75 state application fee. In order to obtain a medical marijuana card, you need to be a Florida resident.

Once your medical marijuana card application has been approved, you will then be able to contact one of the licensed medical marijuana treatment centers and make a purchase. It’s that easy!

What is Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana is simply the act of using cannabis as medicine, whether to treat specific diseases, or to ease the effects of symptoms related to certain conditions.

Marijuana has been taken medicinally to reduce nausea, making it an ideal complement for chemotherapy treatment. It increases appetite, which makes it a good option for AIDS patients and to treat some eating disorders. But the most common reason marijuana is prescribed is for pain relief.

For years, scientific study has been limited due to federal restrictions. However, as more and more studies are conducted, it’s becoming clearer than ever that using marijuana as medicine is an option worth considering.

In January of 2017, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published a report on the health effects of marijuana and products derived from it. The report found numerous therapeutic effects associated with marijuana, and recommended that more research be done to develop a comprehensive understanding of the health effects of marijuana.[1]

The two active ingredients in marijuana with medicinal properties are THC and CBD. THC – also known as Tetrahydrocannabinol –  is one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in cannabis and the principal psychoactive component. In other words, THC is why people smoke marijuana recreationally. However, it also contains some special medical benefits.

THC Health Benefits

  • Pain relief
  • Eases nausea
  • Protects brain cells
  • Improves sleep
  • Effective treatment for PTSD
  • Increases appetite
  • Enhances senses

CBD – also known as Cannabidiol – is another cannabinoid in marijuana. It’s also the main nonpsychoactive component, which means it doesn’t produce any of the psychoactive effects of THC.

CBD studies are showing that it has the potential to treat numerous diseases. Researchers believe that the low toxicity and benign side effects of CBD, along with its beneficial impact on health, should make it a viable alternative treatment for numerous conditions moving forward.

CBD Health Benefits

  • Relieves pain and inflammation
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Fights cancer
  • Relieves nausea
  • Lowers risk of diabetes
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Treatment for neurological disorders

 

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ProCon.org took a look at 60 peer reviewed studies on medical marijuana to treat 16 conditions ranging from ALS to Tourette’s Syndrome. They found that 68.3% of those studies resulted in a clear benefit, 8.3% resulted in no benefit, and 23.3% involved results that were too mixed to be conclusive.[2]

How Does Medical Marijuana Benefit Health

Modern research suggests that cannabis is valuable in the treatment of a wide range of clinical conditions. These include pain relief, nausea, muscle spasticity, glaucoma, and movement disorders. Marijuana is also a powerful appetite stimulant, specifically important for patients suffering from AIDS and HIV. Emerging research also suggests that cannabinoids and terpenes found in cannabis work synergistically to protect the body against some types of malignant tumors.

Currently, more than 60 U.S. and international health organizations — including the American Public Health Association, Health Canada, and the Federation of American Scientists — support medicinal marijuana under a doctor’s supervision. Several others, including the American Cancer Society and the American Medical Association, support the facilitation of wide-scale, clinical research trials so that physicians can better assess the potential uses for medical marijuana.

A 1991 Harvard study found that 44 percent of oncologists had previously advised marijuana therapy to their patients. Fifty percent responded they would do so if marijuana was legal.[3]

A more recent national survey performed by researchers at Providence Rhode Island Hospital found that nearly half of physicians with opinions supported legalizing medical marijuana. And as more states begin to legalize marijuana, and as more studies are conducted, the trend of using cannabis as medicine should continue to grow.

Digestive Health

Getting the munchies after using marijuana has become a bit of a cliche. However, it’s precisely this effect that has made cannabis such a potent weapon for treating eating disorders like anorexia. Marijuana use has also been shown to reduce feelings of nausea. And it’s even being used to treat diabetes, obesity, and Crohn’s disease.

Pain Management

Pain relief is easily the most common reason that medical marijuana is prescribed. According to The Spine Journal, one out of every five people using medical marijuana are doing so for pain relief. At one Colorado spine center, 90% of patients have reported that cannabis helps to relieve their pain. And now science has begun to backup these claims, as studies are showing positive effects on chronic pain and even neuropathic pain.

A 2016 study published in the medical journal Health Affairs found that the use of prescription drugs is significantly lower in states where medical marijuana has been legalized. The reduction in prescription medication use was especially pronounced for patients with chronic pain, a condition often treated with opioids.[4]

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths in 2016 involved prescription opioids. And according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human services, in 2016, 11.5 million people abused opiods, and 116 people died every day from opiod overdose.

To call the opiod crisis an epidemic seems absolutely appropriate. The misuse of opioids – including prescription pain relievers – is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.

Using medical marijuana to manage pain, at the very least, is addition by subtraction.

Mental Health

High doses of THC have been known to occasionally cause anxiety. Otherwise, the effects of medical marijuana on cognitive health is proving beneficial. Depression, phobias, schizophrenia, alcoholism, and opiate addiction and withdrawal are all being treated with cannabis.

In fact, marijuana has been linked to the creation of new neurons in the brain. And it’s even showing promise as having neuroprotective properties, which would make cannabis a potential treatment for neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Marijuana’s impact on people suffering from PTSD is promising. A recent study published in Molecular Psychiatry showed that the CBD found in marijuana may benefit those with PTSD by helping relieve haunting nightmares and other symptoms of PTSD.

A treatment facility in Edmonton, Canada is currently treating PTSD in military veterans using CBD. Owner Fabian Henry, who uses marijuana to treat combat-related PTSD resulting from his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, claims that conventional medicine does not allow people struggling with PTSD to process their trauma, while marijuana does.

Cancer

One of the more intriguing applications of medical marijuana has been in the area of cancer treatment. Patients have long been using cannabis to combat the nasty side effects of chemotherapy. But now oncologists are looking at using medical marijuana to actually combat the disease, rather than just the side effects.

The list of conditions that is currently being treated with medical marijuana is long, and includes glaucoma, epileptic seizures, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, PTSD and sleep disorders. And according to one study, cannabis can even keep you skinny.

According to a study published in the American Journal of Medicine, people who smoked marijuana had healthier metabolisms and better weight management than non-smokers. Even the smoker’s blood sugar levels were healthier.[5]

Is Medical Marijuana Safe?

There are a variety of physical and psychological effects from smoking or ingesting marijuana. Common side effects include dizziness, tiredness, dry mouth, paranoia, altered senses, slowed reaction times, and short-term memory loss. Long-term effects are unknown, however the risk of addiction is a concern.

Marijuana has serious interactions with at least 21 different drugs. And it has moderate interactions with at least 286 different drugs. So be sure to tell your doctor about all the medications you’re taking.

The dosage will be determined by your condition and individual needs, and your doctor will work with you to set that dosage. Your body will eventually become more tolerant to the drug, which may require higher doses down the road.

As far as prescription drugs go, medical marijuana is extremely safe. Even Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, has changed his stance on the issue.

After diving into the research for a new documentary: WEED: A Dr. Sanjay Gupta Special, Gupta says “we have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years.” Gupta gives nine wonderful reasons for changing his stance, and expresses regret that he didn’t come to this conclusion sooner.[6]

How Vitality Health Can Help You

If you think medical marijuana may be right for you, the first step is filling out the prescreen questionnaire, which you can find here:

You have a unique body with unique needs. Which is why we’ll do our best to provide you with the best course of action that’s right for you.

After filling out the prescreen questionnaire, if you’re still interested in medical marijuana, call us at 407-851-2790. If after talking with a doctor, we feel like you’d be a good candidate for medical marijuana treatment, we’ll schedule an appointment. You won’t be charged until the arrival of your appointment.

 

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Reference Links

The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids – The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research (2017), 486 pages | 6 x 9 ISBNs: Paperback: 978-0-309-45304-2 Ebook: 978-0-309-45307-3

60 Peer-Reviewed Studies on Medical Marijuana – Medical Studies Involving Cannabis and Cannabis Extracts (1990 – 2014), Last updated on: 2/10/2016 12:59:05 PM PST

Marijuana as Antiemetic Medicine: A Survey of Oncologists’ Experiences and Attitudes – Journal of Clinical Oncology, July 1, 1991, Volume 9, No. 7, pp. 1314-1319

Medical Marijuana Laws Reduce Prescription Medication Use In Medicare Part D – https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2015.1661

The Impact of Marijuana Use on Glucose, Insulin, and Insulin Resistance among US Adults – https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjmed.2013.03.002

These Are The 9 Reasons That Sanjay Gupta Changed His Mind About Marijuana – Business Insider, Robert Ferris Aug. 12, 2013, 4:01 PM

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