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If You Have One of These Conditions, You May Be Eligible for Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana continues to help improve a variety of symptoms and chronic health conditions. However, you can only get medical marijuana if you have a qualifying chronic condition.

In the state of Florida, physicians must obtain a qualification to be able to give medical marijuana card exams, and Dr. Brandon Fletcher of Nostalgia Family Medicine is one of them. 

Dr. Fletcher can perform a thorough evaluation of your health and symptoms to determine if you’re a candidate for medical marijuana. Let’s examine some of the conditions that can make you eligible for medical marijuana.

Health benefits of medical marijuana

Medical marijuana contains a variety of chemicals similar to those our bodies make. These chemicals, including cannabinoids and cannabidiol (CBD), provide numerous benefits for certain symptoms and illnesses. Studies indicate that medical marijuana can:

Cannabinoids and CBD can also help improve memory, movement, and pain. 

Candidates for medical marijuana

Certain medical conditions can make you a candidate for medical marijuana. Patients who have a prior condition or have recently been diagnosed with one are eligible for medical marijuana. These conditions include:

Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that breaks down myelin, a protective barrier around neurons, and causes muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain.

Research shows that CBD in medical marijuana can help MS patients experience fewer muscle spasms and less pain. CBD also helps reduce inflammation in neurons, which slows the breakdown of myelin.

Epilepsy

Medical marijuana can effectively help control seizures caused by epilepsy.  One study, which consisted of 16 patients with epilepsy, tested how effective marijuana chemicals are for reducing seizures.

One group took a placebo, and only one of eight patients had fewer seizures. Meanwhile, seven of eight patients who used medical marijuana had fewer seizures. 

Another study found that 12 weeks of medical marijuana use reduced seizure occurrences by 54%. This is the result of the chemical CBD, which helps reduce hyperactivity in neurons, making seizures less likely to occur.

Cancer

Medical marijuana helps cancer patients in many ways. Some cannabinoids in marijuana can help fight cancer cells and stop them from spreading to other areas of the body.

Chemotherapy often causes frequent bouts of nausea and vomiting in cancer patients. Naturally, these symptoms decrease appetite and lead to weight loss. Medical marijuana can help relieve nausea and vomiting, while stimulating appetite, according to the American Cancer Society.

Chronic pain

Over 20% of Americans experience chronic pain, or pain that lasts for at least six months. Chronic pain, whether it’s from a current diagnosis or a condition from which you’ve recovered, may make you a candidate for a medical marijuana card.

Medical marijuana can help with different forms of chronic pain, like from a past injury or back pain. And using marijuana for pain can reduce the need to take opioids, which have a high risk of addiction and unpleasant side effects.

Medical marijuana card exam

To be able to get medical marijuana, you must first go through a medical marijuana card examination. During your exam, Dr. Fletcher performs a detailed health evaluation and looks at the severity of your symptoms. He may also perform some tests, like a blood test.

After your exam, Dr. Fletcher helps you complete the required paperwork and submits it to the state of Florida’s registry system.

The list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana use continues to grow. To find out if your condition makes you eligible for medical marijuana, schedule your appointment at Nostalgia Family Medicine with our online booking tool, or give our office a call.

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