Beginning January 3, 2017, we will be able to recommend medical marijuana to patients with the additional conditions approved via Amendment 2. The new conditions that are considered eligible are:
Medical Marijuana continues to gain legal momentum across the United States as a viable – and effective – pain management treatment and a quantifiable alternative to opioids.
In Florida, SB 1030 was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott allowing for medical cannabis to be prescribed, known as the “Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014”.
The Office of Compassionate Use states the following:
Florida law permits qualified physicians to order low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis for patients diagnosed with certain conditions. There are two types of cannabis products that may be ordered by qualified physicians:
1. Low-THC Cannabis: Patients with cancer or a condition that causes chronic seizures or muscle spasms may qualify to receive low-THC cannabis. Low-THC cannabis has very low amounts of the psychoactive ingredient THC and does not usually produce the “high” commonly associated with cannabis.
2. Medical Cannabis: If a patient is suffering from a condition determined to be terminal by two physicians, he or she may qualify for medical cannabis. This product can contain significant levels of the psychoactive ingredient THC and may produce the “high” commonly associated with cannabis.
The department recommends speaking to your health care professional to determine if low-THC or medical cannabis products are right for you or your loved one.
Patients diagnosed with cancer or a physical medical condition that chronically produces symptoms of seizures or severe and persistent muscle spasms are eligible to receive a prescription for medical marijuana (though there are varying types of prescriptions, based on the specific condition of the patient).
Scientific research has shown that medical marijuana may be therapeutic for many conditions.
Your body already makes marijuana-like chemicals that affect pain, inflammation, and many other processes. Marijuana can sometimes help those natural chemicals work better, says Laura Borgelt, PharmD, of the University of Colorado.
Marijuana has been used as a botanical medicine since (at least) the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, marijuana’s claim as a potential panacea is backed up by countless studies crediting its healing potential to its cannabidiol content.
Cannabinoids interact with your body by way of naturally-occurring cannabinoid receptors embedded in cell membranes throughout your body. As humans, we naturally have cannabinoid receptors in our brain, liver, immune system, lungs, and kidneys.
The therapeutic effects of marijuana occur when a cannabinoid activates a cannabinoid receptor.
There’s still ongoing research as to how far it impacts your health, but to date, research has shown that cannabinoid receptors play an important role in many body processes, including metabolic regulation, cravings, pain, anxiety, bone growth, and immune function. Medical use of marijuana has even been shown in some instances to reduce the size of tumors in some cancer patients.
Other common ailments being treated with medical marijuana in various states include*:
Please note that currently, patients may only qualify for medical marijuana for:
In order to receive an order for low-THC medical marijuana, the following criteria must be met:
In Florida, medical marijuana may be:
Please note that the availability of the above applications vary between dispensaries.
Side effects of marijuana that usually don’t last long can include:
Please note that the use of medical marijuana in Doral, Florida (and the entire state) does NOT include the following:
Please note that we are only legally able to provide low-THC medical marijuana for patients diagnosed with cancer or a physical medical condition that chronically produces symptoms of seizures or severe and persistent muscle spasms.