Medical marijuana is cannabis prescribed by a physician for the treatment of a certain disease, condition, or symptom. Without a prescription for medical marijuana, the use of this drug would be illegal under Florida law.
The state of Florida allows patients with specific debilitating conditions access to medical marijuana. These conditions include:
Patients can also obtain a medical marijuana card if they have any other illness or condition with a similar severity and a doctor determines that the benefits of medical marijuana would outweigh any potential health risks.
Patients may be able to obtain medical marijuana if they’re at least 18 years old and a resident of the state of Florida. Patients must also have a diagnosis of a debilitating medical condition that qualifies them for medical marijuana. The doctor who diagnoses this condition and orders medical marijuana must treat the patient for at least 3 months before making the diagnosis. The patient must have tried other treatments without success before the doctor orders medical marijuana.
Patients interested in obtaining medical marijuana must also register with the Florida Department of Health.
Medical marijuana presents many of the same risks as marijuana in general, including temporary hallucinations, temporary paranoia, and an increased heart rate. If patients smoke medical marijuana, lung irritation may also occur. Patients who are concerned about side effects should consult the team at Gemini OBGYN to determine which form and dosage is most appropriate.
The active ingredient in medical marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. This chemical is found in high concentrations in the typical cannabis plant, which is used to produce medical marijuana. Cannabidiol, or CBD, and hemp products are made from plants that have only trace concentrations of THC. Because these products contain little or no THC, they aren’t psychoactive. However, research indicates that they may still be effective in the treatment of certain conditions or symptoms.
If you’re interested in learning more about the potential benefits of medical marijuana or how you may qualify to receive these products, call the office today or book your appointment online.