Recreational Marijuana is unregulated, and the ratios of THC, CBD and terpenes is also not standardized or stable. Recreational marijuana is typically used to evoke a mood-altering “high” and not necessarily used for medical ailments or treatment. In the state of Florida, recreational marijuana use is illegal.
Medical Marijuana is highly regulated by the government. It is under great scrutiny to deliver and prove it’s levels of THC, CBD and terpenes. These ratios in medical marijuana can be adjusted specifically by a certified and licensed medical marijuana physician’s dosage and ratio request, as some formulations are better suited for specific disease states, symptoms and conditions.
The state of Florida allows medical marijuana to be dispensed and used in these forms:
Governor Desantis signed a bill recently allowing the ban on smokable marijuana to finally be lifted in the state of Florida. Certain dispensaries in the area are now legally able to give patients the green leafy flower that so many individuals have been waiting for.
What are the Benefits of Smokable Marijuana?
Both cannabis oil and smokable marijuana offer health benefits, and in many cases, they both treat or alleviate symptoms of the same disorder. But what about smokable marijuana specifically? What are the perks, and who do they help the most?
Having the full entourage effect of the whole plant-based form of medical marijuana is ideal for many patients with terminal illnesses like cancer, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, PTSD, and chronic infections. The entourage effect is the plant’s natural combination of CBD, THC and Terpenes.
Both using cannabis oil and smoking marijuana yield different medical benefits. Smoking cannabis has been useful in treating diseases like glaucoma and nausea. It can be used to alleviate chronic pain and may even help reduce the size or stop the growth of cancer, as well as stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Cannabis oil is also used to treat cancer and nausea, but it can also improve sleep, protect the skin, combat stress and anxiety and promote heart health. Both may be used to treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), headaches and migraines. They may also be used to combat the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and premenstrual syndrome. Typically, the oil contains concentrated cannabinoid profiles for more potency, but many primarily include cannabidiol (CBD), which does not get people high. For this reason, some states allow children to take advantage of CBD oils for certain illnesses and conditions.
Florida Marijuana Law’s Qualifying Conditions Include
Currently, there are 12 medical conditions explicitly defined in the Florida medical marijuana initiative. However, the Florida marijuana law also states that any medical condition in which the medical marijuana doctor believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient may be used as criteria when certifying a patient for the Florida MM program.
• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
• Crohn’s disease
• Parkinson’s disease
• Multiple sclerosis (MS)
• Chronic nonmalignant pain caused by a qualifying medical condition or that originates from a qualifying medical condition and persists beyond the usual course of that qualifying medical condition
• Patients can be considered for alternative disorders
In addition, Amendment 2 allows physicians the authorization to recommend the Florida Medical Marijuana Card to patients who have been diagnosed with “a similar or other debilitating medical condition.”
Getting Medical Marijuana
You must visit a Physician that is licensed to recommend medical marijuana. To legally purchase and consume medical marijuana in Florida, a patient must have one of the specific qualifying medical conditions regulated by the government or have a medical condition that is deemed as appropriate.
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