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More research is being done that proves medical marijuana to be an effective treatment for conditions that cause chronic pain, nausea, anxiety, and a host of other adverse symptoms.

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Scheduling your 7 month appointment

Just Got Easier!

As you know, the state law requires all patients have a physical encounter every 210 days or 7 months with their certifying physician. At My Florida Green, we’ve built a streamlined approach for our patients to make scheduling these appointments as easy as possible. We use The Doc App as our patient management platform which is a custom built software designed and coded in-house.

Messages are sent via The Doc App

You will receive a 7 month schedule reminder 30 days prior to your expiration date. This message will be sent to your email and a text message will be sent to your cell phone. Be sure to check The Doc App in your email search if you feel you’ve missed this. To schedule your appointment, just click the link, and choose your date and time.

You can log into your patient profile on a desk top or on the app. Go to TheDocApp website and log into your profile using your email address as the user name. If you don’t know your password, you can use forgot password to reset.

If you don’t have the app, you are certainly missing out. We built this easy to use application so you can stay in control of your profile and document your progress. The dispensary locator will be appreciated as our staff updates the new locations  daily.
Did you know, there are over 210 dispensaries open in the state of Florida?

 
  • Stay in control of your profile
  • Always know when your 7 month expires-Look at the red button in the upper right.
  • Monitor and document your progress
  • Schedule your own appointment-Use the red PLUS button
  • Locate dispensaries closest to your location in the app
  • Use your patient diary and log what products work for you
  • Rate the dispensaries 
  • And so much more to come...

Please participate with the questionnaires. They are sent via email, text, and through the notifications through the app. Our software will build a success story around your profile. It is our ultimate goal to build enough data around your success to re-certify our patients through the app but this is not legal yet. The more data we can collect, the better documentation we can build around your profile. We are so incredibly proud of everyone who has participated in the Medical Marijuana program. The progress is incredible!

 

DON'T FORGET to RENEW your CARD with the Office of Medical Marijuana Use. You can learn more about this with the following link. RENEW MY CARD WITH THE STATE

 

Medical Marijuana Made easy is our credo. Unlimited support with 5 star customer service is what we do. Happy Healing!

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Major League Baseball (MLB) and the MLB Players Union have recently agreed to remove marijuana from the banned substances list, with a heavy focus being put on a treatment-focused model to combat any drug misuse throughout the leagues.

 

Marijuana And The MLB

 

In an effort to stay in step with current legislation, marijuana-related conduct will be regulated and monitored the same as alcohol-related conduct. Players are subject to face discipline for violations related to misconduct while under the influence of marijuana, rather than simply testing positive for THC. In the past, MLB would have mandated a treatment program plus a fine up to $35,000 for a player who tested positive for THC.

 

Marijuana is retiring from the list of banned substances, but some other rookies were just called up to the roster. MLB Is adding several substances to its list of drugs that will be tested:

  • Synthetic Cannabinoids
  • Cocaine
  • Opioids (including Fentayl)

 

During the season players will also be required to participate in educational sessions where they are taught the dangers of opioid pain medications as well as learning about the positive benefits of marijuana and how to mindfully incorporate its use if so desired.

 

Marijuana and Baseball

 

Much of this shift in the league’s drug policy was prompted by the death of 27yr old Tyler Skaggs (Anaheim Angels) from an opioid overdose. As the opioid crisis continues to run rampant in our country, conversations have grown to focus their efforts on treatment-based approaches to get athletes and citizens alike effective care.

 

By educating the public on marijuana’s benefits as well as raising awareness on the dangers and risks of opioid medications we are contributing to a positive change. The MLB’s choice to prioritize treatment over punishment supports that.

 

MLB has been progressive in its drug policy decisions, while the PGA has chosen not to allow their golfers to use CBD despite the legalization of hemp. The NFL has not made any significant change to its cannabis regulations since reducing its marijuana penalty back in 2014.

 

These changes go into effect at the start of (February) Spring Training 2020.

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What is medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana uses the marijuana plant or chemicals in it to treat diseases or other conditions. It's basically the same product as recreational marijuana, but it's taken for medical purposes.

 

The marijuana plant contains more than 100 different chemicals called cannabinoids. Each one has a different effect on the body. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the main chemicals used in medicine. THC also produces the "high" people feel when they smoke marijuana or eat foods containing it.

 

Medical Marijuana 101

 

What is medical marijuana used for?

Medical marijuana is used to treat a number of different conditions, including:

 

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Appetite loss
  • Cancer
  • Crohn's disease
  • Eating disorders such as anorexia
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Mental health conditions like schizophrenia and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscle spasms
  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Wasting syndrome (cachexia)

 

How does it help?

Cannabinoids -- the active chemicals in medical marijuana -- are similar to chemicals the body makes that are involved in appetite, memory, movement, and pain.

 

Research suggests cannabinoids might:

 

  • Reduce anxiety
  • Reduce inflammation and relieve pain
  • Control nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy
  • Kill cancer cells and slow tumor growth
  • Relax tight muscles in people with MS
  • Stimulate appetite and improve weight gain in people with cancer and AIDS

 

Can medical marijuana help with seizure disorders?

Medical marijuana received a lot of attention a few years ago when parents said that a special form of the drug helped control seizures in their children. The FDA recently approved CBD, as a therapy for people with very severe or hard-to-treat seizures. In studies, some people had a dramatic drop in seizures after taking this drug.

 

Which states allow medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana is legal in 33 states and the District of Columbia:

 

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

 

States that allow restricted use only include: Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

 

Learn About Medical Marijuana

 

How do you get medical marijuana?

My Florida Green helps qualified patients easily obtain their Medical Marijuana Cards in Florida. We serve patients with a state-wide network of licensed Florida Medical Marijuana Doctors and empower patients to manage your profile and progress with custom built technology and an APP built for IOS and Google Play.

 

The first step is to register online with the My Florida Green doctor nearest you. My Florida Green's Medical Marijuana Doctors are certifying patients for their Medical Marijuana Cards in Naples, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Sunrise and Melbourne, Florida.

My Florida Green is here to help you! Contact us today!

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When medical cannabis laws made their debut in the latter half of the 90s, they were intended to protect cancer patients from prosecution. These patients found a medication that combatted the harsh side effects of chemotherapy.

 

Medical Marijuana And IBS

 

What is CINV And How Is It Treated?

Debilitating and overpowering, that’s how cancer patients describe the onslaught that occurs within the first 24 hours after starting chemotherapy sessions. Certainly, patients fear the loss of hair, but the most dreaded side effect is the extreme bouts of nausea and vomiting. Make no misstate as this isn’t just regular nausea – Chemotherapy Induced Nausea & Vomiting (CINV) is severe and usually occurs right away, with a peak window of 6-24+ hours after treatment.

 

Traditional pharmaceuticals are used as anti-nausea therapies to prevent or minimize CINV. Dexamthasone, a corticosteroid, is most commonly prescribed and is very effective in treating CINV. Serotonin receptors agonists called 5-HT3 have been effective when used with dexamethasone. Even antihistamines, antidepressants and anticonvulsants have been tried.

 

But what happens if these drugs don’t alleviate symptoms? Many chemo patients don’t respond to traditional drugs and report that they can leave them feeling more drugged, delusional and lethargic. Cannabinoids have shown great success in treating the symptoms of CINV. Two medicines, nabilone and dronabinol, are orally-administered synthetic cannabinoids.

 

How Do Cannabinoids Work To Prevent Nausea?

Naboline and dronabinol work by blocking the binding of serotonin and dopamine, both of which are associated with CINV, at receptor sites. Some of the body’s endocannabinoid receptors exist within emetic reflex pathways, making them a promising target for managing CINV. The dorsal vagal complex (DVC) in the brainstem is the overall regulator of emesis (nausea/vomiting), and it is responsible for communication between signals in the blood (like chemotherapy) and the nerve cells that initiate emesis. The DVC and gastrointestinal tract have endocannabinoid receptors, and all have shown to exhibit anti-emetic responses when the receptors are activated by Δ9-THC.

 

Medical Marijuana And IBS

 

Natural Cannabis & Nausea Treatment

Natural cannabis can also be used for all types of nausea, not just CINV. Most evidence has come from strains containing some degree of THC. The therapeutic outcomes, of course, depend on the THC concentration. Other formulations involve THC and cannabidiol (CBD) in different ratios. Cannabis strains are specifically grown to have different ratios/concentrations to achieve a particular pharmacologic effect.

 

Many people have started using CBD to treat nausea and vomiting, based on preliminary results showing that CBD activates a neurotransmitter that decreases the sensation of nausea. More research—to identify appropriate combinations, dosages, and drug interactions—is needed for both natural and synthetic cannabinoids used for CINV as well as other types of nausea.

Medical Marijuana And IBS

 

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Medical Marijuana and IBS Relief

 

With more and more states passing new laws that legalize the use for marijuana for medical purposes, the list of medical benefits also grows. You may be wondering if medical marijuana would be an effective treatment option for your IBS. In this blog, you will learn about the potential benefits of medical marijuana and what is known about its usefulness in addressing IBS symptoms.

 

What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a fairly common disorder. It primarily affects your large intestine. As a result, it leads to a wide range of symptoms, most of which are related to your digestive system.

 

In particular, some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Stomach or abdominal cramping
  • Bloating
  • Excess gas that can cause pain or discomfort
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Mucus in the stool
  • Sudden and intense need to have a bowel movement
  • Weight loss
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Vomiting

 

According to The Mayo Clinic, “the precise cause of IBS isn’t known.” So far, researchers have identified a number of possible causes for the disorder. Fortunately, many of them may be positively influenced by medical cannabis.

 

Medical Marijuana And IBS

 

The Connection For IBS Relief

We have natural cannabinoid chemicals within our own bodies as part of our endocannabinoid system. The system is not entirely and perfectly understood, but we know that it consists of cannabinoid receptors and endocannabinoid chemicals. These receptors are located all throughout the central and peripheral nervous system with a large number amount located within the digestive system. This has led scientists to investigate ways to use them to help fight conditions and symptoms such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and other conditions.

 

The first researcher to make a connection between marijuana and IBS was Ethan Russo in 2003. He theorized that IBS and other health conditions were the result of the body having a cannabinoid chemical deficiency. As further support, he pointed out that IBS is commonly seen alongside fibromyalgia and migraines; both are health conditions that are theorized to involve the endocannabinoid system.

 

Ongoing research lent support to this idea. It was found endocannabinoids affect gut motility and visceral hypersensitivity, these are factors that have been long attributed to the pain, bloating, feeling of dullness and bathroom problems associated with IBS. They also protect the digestive system from inflammation and stomach acids.

 

Medical Marijuana & IBS Symptoms

 

The Benefits Of Medical Marijuana

As far as research has found, medical marijuana does not flat-out cure IBS. It does however help to alleviate some of the most common causes. Medical cannabis may even help to improve a patient’s overall sense of well-being.

 

Medical marijuana has shown promise in treating and alleviating a number of these underlying issues. In particular, research has shown that marijuana helps decrease inflammation. Similarly, it can help regulate a number of bodily systems and functions. But medical marijuana can do even more for IBS patients. In particular, medical cannabis can help patients cope with a number of secondary problems that arise from living with IBS.

 

This includes things like pain, depression, anxiety, and a general sense of decreased well-being. In fact, this is precisely what a 2015 survey found. The survey asked 2,495 medical marijuana patients about a range of health conditions, including IBS.

 

After taking CBD-rich cannabis for at least 30 days, 100% of patients with headaches, migraines, fibromyalgia, IBS, and spinal cord injury “reported a decrease in pain or discomfort.” This led to a significantly improved quality of life for people dealing with IBS.

 

Medical Cannabis And IBS

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Medical Marijuana and Arthritis

 

According to the CDC (Center For Disease Control), 23% of all adults suffer from arthritis, this is roughly 54 million people. Of those, 24 million adults are limited in their daily activities and more than 1 in 4 adults report severe joint pain. The most common solution to relieve the pain is the use of prescription drugs.

 

With the rampant use and abuse of opioids, more and more attention has gone into medical marijuana research as a safe alternative. It has been shown that medical marijuana can relieve long-term pain. This is a major symptom of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

 

Benefits for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Medical marijuana has more than 100 chemicals that can affect both your body and mind. Two of these chemicals that scientist know the most about through endless research are THC and CBD.

 

THC is the chemical that makes you feel “high” and euphoric when smoked, vaped, or eaten. The other chemical, CBD, doesn’t affect your brain in this way. For this reason, countless patients prefer the oil form of CBD for medical uses.

 

Marijuana Legalization

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that can make your joints stiff, tender and very painful. This is very common in effecting your hands and feet. However, it can also affect many non-joint structures including

  • Skin
  • Eyes
  • Lungs
  • Heart
  • Kidneys
  • Salivary Glands
  • Nerve Tissue
  • Bone Marrow
  • Blood Vessels

 

While the long-time federal ban on marijuana means studies on humans have been few up until recently. However, the results of recent studies suggest that people with rheumatic diseases such as arthritis suggests that medical marijuana can help with:

  • Curb Morning Pain
  • Improve Sleep
  • Lower Inflammation In Joints
  • Increased Mood
  • Curb Nausea

 

Is Cannabis Right for You?

The best way to answer this is to speak with your local Medical Marijuana Doctor. They can help guide you through possible side effects, legal considerations for you state, and which form and at what dosage will help you the most. 

 

Marijuana Legalization

 

More than half of the states in the U.S. have legalized marijuana and marijuana-based products. My Florida Green sets the gold standard in care, compassion, and compliance for Florida Medical Marijuana Certifications. Excellent patient experiences, improved health, and education are at the heart of our mission.

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