Medical Marijuana 101
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.
What is medical marijuana used for?
Medical marijuana is used to treat a number of different conditions, including:
- Alzheimer's disease
- Appetite loss
- Crohn's disease
- Eating disorders such as anorexia
- Mental health conditions like schizophrenia and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscle spasms
- 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:
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
States that allow restricted use only include: Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
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.
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