Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana for Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders

Epilepsy, affecting nearly 30 million people worldwide, is a chronic neurological disorder that causes breaks and bursts of central nervous system activity, producing abnormal and uncontrollable body movements and/or behavior.  While the actual cause of epilepsy is currently unknown, studies have shown that head trauma, chemical imbalances, brain infections, brain tumors, and stroke are all common in inducing seizure disorders.

Epilepsy/Seizure Disorder Symptoms Include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Brief interims of confusion
  • Uncontrollable jerking limb movements

Treating Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders with Medical Marijuana

Medical cannabis has been used for over 2000 years to help individuals suffering from epilepsy control their seizures.  Recently, one double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that cannabidiol (CBD) treatment reduced seizures by an average of 54%.  Medical marijuana has the potential to greatly decrease the number and severity of seizures for individuals with epilepsy, promoting greater overall quality of life as well as relieving illness-conceived anxiety.

Medical Marijuana for HIV / AIDS

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a chronic condition of the immune system caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).  The progression of HIV/AIDS occurs over a long period of time–ranging from periods of two to ten years.  While no definitive cure exists for HIV/AIDS, antiretroviral medications can be used to significantly slow the progression of the disease if diagnosed at an early stage.

HIV / AIDS Symptoms Include:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Rashes and bumps across skin
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Lesions or white spots in mouth
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Swollen lymph glands

Treating HIV / AIDS with Medical Marijuana

The treatment of HIV/AIDS usually involves a strict regimen of particularly potent drugs which are aimed at supporting the impaired functions of the immune system and are often accompanied by a number of unpleasant side effects.  Medical marijuana can help to control both symptoms of HIV/AIDS as well as the negative side-effects of HIV/AIDS medications by helping to reduce muscle, joint, and nerve pain, relieve nausea, improve sleep, stimulate appetite to facilitate weight gain, and prevent wasting, decrease anxiety, and alleviate depression.

Medical Marijuana for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS, is an autoimmune disease that leads to the demyelination and eventual deterioration of nerve cells.  While periods of remission are possible for individuals diagnosed with MS, relapses and attacks often result in a number of painful and debilitating symptoms.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Symptoms Include:

  • Numbness or weakness
  • Double vision
  • Pain during eye movement
  • Loss of vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Pain and tingling in various parts of body, “electric shock” sensations
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Bowel and bladder dysfunctions

Treating Multiple Sclerosis (MS) with Medical Marijuana

Medical cannabis has been proven to reduce the severity of MS symptoms by decreasing the inflammation caused by deteriorating myelin, relieving pain stemming from neural degradation and uncontrollable muscle spasms, relaxing muscles and lessening spasms, as well as controlling gastrointestinal problems.

Treating Your Condition With Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, affects approximately 3 million individuals across the United States every year.  PTSD is a mental illness triggered by a distressing or extremely unnerving event, characterized by intense anxiety, nightmares, and disturbing flashbacks of the event.  PTSD frequently stems from incidents of physical and sexual assault, negative combat experiences, early childhood/physical abuse, and life-threatening incidents.

PTSD Symptoms Include:

  • Recurring, disturbing memories of the inducing event
  • Flashbacks of the inducing event
  • Distressing nightmares
  • Extreme emotional distress
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Negative changes in thought patterns
  • Detachment from family and friends
  • Suicidal thoughts and actions

Treating PTSD with Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana’s relaxing, anxiety-relieving, and antidepressant properties have proven successful in multiple research studies at reducing the negative symptoms of PTSD, often without the adverse effects of other medications commonly used to treat this disorder, including anxiety, sweating, fast heartbeat, restlessness, difficulty sleeping, muscle twitching, and visual changes.

Florida Medical Marijuana Eligibility and Qualifying Conditions

Eligibility

To be eligible for a medical marijuana recommendation from a medical marijuana doctor in the state of Florida, the patient must meet the following requirements:

  • Patient must be a Florida resident with a valid Florida I.D., or some other form of proof of residency (i.e. mortgage statement, tax bill, utility bill, etc.).
  • Patients under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian present during consultations and doctor’s appointments.  Additionally, patients under 18 years of age must consult with two physicians, both of whom must determine that a medical marijuana recommendation is the best course of action.
  • Official medical documentation from the primary care provider stating and describing the patient’s diagnosis is required.
  • Diagnosis of a debilitating medical condition.
  • Medical marijuana patients must be registered with the Florida Department of Health Medical Marijuana Program under the Compassionate Care Database. This can be completed by one of our medical marijuana doctors.
    • Florida Department of Health Medical Marijuana Program: Contact Information
      850-245-4444
      www.floridahealth.gov
  • Patient must have undergone other ineffective treatments prior to receiving a medical marijuana recommendation.

Qualifying Conditions

Florida’s medical marijuana law and Amendment 2 specifically allow the use of medical marijuana as a treatment for the following diseases or conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Glaucoma
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Epilepsy/Seizures
  • Terminal Conditions
  • Chronic Nonmalignant Pain (Defined as “a pain that is caused by or that originated from a qualifying medical condition and persists beyond the usual course of the qualifying medical condition”)

Florida Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Central Florida

Knox Medical

1901 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804

Trulieve

103 Boston Road, Edgewater, FL 32141

Trulieve

13940 US-441 #601, Lady Lake, FL 32159

Trulieve (Opening Soon)

4544 North Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32804

Trulieve (Opening Soon)

1814 Commerce Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960

North Florida

Trulieve

6259 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32216

Knox Medical

3400 Southwest 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32608

Trulieve (Under Construction)

1527 Northwest 6th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601

Panhandle

Trulieve

3119 North Davis Highway, Pensacola, FL 32503

Trulieve

800 Capital Circle SE, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Surterra Wellness

1639 Village Square Blvd, Tallahassee, FL 32309

Gulf Coast

Trulieve

24761 US Highway 19, Clearwater, FL 33763

Trulieve

8701 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33614

Trulieve

8435 4th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33702

Surterra Wellness

2558 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612

Trulieve (Opening Soon)

1103 14th Street West, Bradenton, FL 32405

Trulieve (Opening Soon)

1730 Calumet Street, Clearwater, FL 33765

Trulieve (Opening Soon)

13971 North Cleveland Avenue, North Fort Myers, FL 33903

South Florida

Trulieve

4020 Northwest 26th Street, Miami, FL 33142

Modern Health Concepts

19000 SW 192nd St, Miami, FL 33187

Trulieve (Opening Soon)

8613 South US Highway 1, Port. St. Lucie, FL 34952-3329

Trulieve (Under Construction)

14540 South Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL 33912

Trulieve

Trulieve is a medical cannabis dispensary with more than 10 locations across the state of Florida.  Trulieve is focused on providing natural relief to patients, always testing products for pesticides, potency, and mycotoxins.  Additionally, Trulieve has the convenience of accepting CanPay.

Products offered by Trulieve include:

  • Capsules
  • Vaporizer pens
  • Vaporizer cups
  • Vaporizer cartridges
  • Oil Tinctures
  • Oral syringes
  • Nasal Spray
  • Creams

Visit Trulieve’s website at https://trulieve.com/

Knox Medical

Knox Medical is dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality service, care, and medical cannabis.  There are currently two Knox Medical marijuana dispensaries open in the state of Florida, with locations in Orlando and Gainesville.

Products offered by Knox Medical include:

  • Droppers
  • Vaporizer cartridges

Visit Knox Medical’s website at http://www.knoxmedical.com/

Surterra Wellness

Surterra Wellness currently has two dispensaries open in Florida, located in Tallahassee and Tampa.  Surterra is focused on empowering the health of individuals and making a real difference in the lives of medical marijuana patients.

Products offered by Surterra Wellness include:

  • Sprays
  • Tincture Oils
  • Lotions
  • Vaporizer cartridges

Visit Surterra’s website at https://www.surterra.com/

Modern Health Concepts

Modern Health Concepts is committed to providing the safest and highest quality medical cannabis in the state of Florida.  Additionally, Modern Health Concepts makes a daily effort to help educate the community about the many benefits of medical marijuana’s healing properties, as well as advocate for those who need it most.  Modern Health Concepts is located in Miami.

Products offered by Modern Health Concepts include:

  • Oils
  • Capsules
  • Vaporizer oil

Medical Marijuana for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease)

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a motor neuron disease that leads to the progressive degradation of nerve cells in the body.

ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease Symptoms Include:

  • Difficulty performing everyday motor activities
  • Tripping, stumbling, and/or falling
  • Weakness in the legs or feet
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble maintaining straight posture or holding head upright
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Twitching and cramps in the limbs

Treating ALS with Medical Marijuana

The effects of nerve cell destruction can be devastating, frequently leading to limb paralysis and eventually respiratory failure.  Fortunately, the medicinal properties of marijuana have been shown to significantly ease many of the negative symptoms of ALS.  Medical marijuana is a muscle relaxant, serving to calm the muscle spasms that often accompany ALS, as well as a neuroprotectant and appetite stimulant, promoting healthy eating habits and treating wasting.  Additionally, medical marijuana aids the expansion of bronchial airways to alleviate breathing difficulties treats dysautonomia by dilating blood vessels and often helps to lessen drooling by inducing dry mouth.

Medical Marijuana for Cancer

Approximately two out of every five Americans will be diagnosed with some form of cancer throughout their lifetimes.  Cancer is characterized by the uncontrollable multiplication of abnormal cells, which often intrude on the functions of vital body organs.  The most common treatments for cancer, including radiation and chemotherapy, often have unpleasant side effects, such as nausea and vomiting, which can be greatly diminished with the help of medical marijuana.

Cancer Symptoms Include:

  • Swelling
  • Lumps
  • Unintended weight loss or gain
  • Exhaustion/Fatigue
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Persistent cough (lasting more than a month)
  • Coughing up blood
  • Trouble breathing
  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising
  • Skin changes
    • Yellowing skin
    • Darkening skin
    • Sores that won’t heal

Treating Cancer with Medical Marijuana

Medical cannabis can aid in decreasing inflammation, alleviating muscle and joint pain, stimulating lost appetite, elevating depressive moods, supporting healthy sleep cycles, and reducing nausea induced by chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Medical Marijuana for Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes the painful inflammation of the digestive tract lining.  About 700,000 people are affected by Crohn’s disease in the United States, with a small proportion of individuals facing life-threatening complications.  Because there is currently no cure for Crohn’s disease, treatment options aim to alleviate symptoms and produce long-term remission.  Chemotherapy is occasionally used to treat severe cases of Crohn’s disease with the goal of bringing about a remission period.

Crohn’s Disease Symptoms Include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Low energy and fatigue
  • Bloody stool
  • Ulcers/Mouth sores
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Joint, skin, and eye inflammation

Treating Crohn’s Disease with Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana has the potential to relieve a number of negative symptoms of Crohn’s disease, as well as control the negative side effects of chemotherapy treatments.  THC and CBD, the main active ingredients found in marijuana, can help to decrease inflammation, reduce abdominal pain, stimulate appetite, and control feelings of nausea/vomiting.