If you live with chronic pain, suffer from a terminal diagnosis, or have extreme anxiety, you may benefit from medical marijuana. At Largo Clinic, Dr. George Kamajian, DO’s other practice in Largo, Florida, he uses medical marijuana to help men and women ease the pain caused by any of a range of conditions. If you live in the Tampa Bay area, learn how medical marijuana may help improve your quality of life. Call to determine your eligibility or book a consultation online today.
What is medical marijuana?
Medical marijuana, also called medical cannabis, is a plant-based medicine that Dr. Kamajian prescribes to relieve symptoms caused by any of a variety of debilitating conditions. Florida has legalized medical marijuana use for chronic conditions because two key components of the plant have medicinal benefits:
- Cannabidiol (CBD): a chemical in the cannabis plant that is not psychoactive and has a wide range of medicinal effects
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): the chemical compound in marijuana responsible for the euphoric high feeling
Medical marijuana is formulated with higher concentrations of CBD, so the high caused by THC is minimized.
What conditions qualify for medical marijuana?
The state of Florida allows the use of medical marijuana for the following conditions:
- Back pain
- Crohn’s disease
- Hepatitis C
- Lyme disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Severe nausea
However, this is not a complete list. According to Florida’s Amendment 2, a wide range of conditions are eligible for treatment with medical marijuana. Dr. Kamajian and his team at the Largo Clinic help determine if medical marijuana is right for you.
How does medical marijuana help?
There’s a host of research that shows medical marijuana helps to relieve certain symptoms when other pharmaceuticals do not. For instance, people with chronic pain find relief with medical marijuana that they don’t get with traditional painkillers. Cancer patients say that medical marijuana eases nausea when anti-nausea medications don’t work.
The cannabinoids in marijuana mimic your body’s natural biological immune responses and bind to your own receptor sites to tone down pain and nausea.
How is medical marijuana different from recreational marijuana?
There are a number of notable difference between medical and recreational marijuana, including:
- You need a prescription for medical marijuana
- Recreational marijuana is illegal in many states
- Recreational marijuana is typically grown with less care than medical marijuana
- Medical marijuana has a higher CBD content, while recreational marijuana has a higher THC content
In most states, including Florida, you need a medical cannabis identification card that shows you’re approved to use the drug.
To help determine your candidacy for medical marijuana and put an end to your pain and suffering, visit largoclinic.com and then call or use online booking to schedule a consultation.