For those suffering from chronic pain, mental health issues and other ailments in Florida, medical marijuana may offer relief. If you’re considering adding medical marijuana to your current treatment plan, here is a step-by-step guide to acquiring a state-issued license and finding the dispensary that’s right for you.
What conditions qualify you for medical marijuana? HIV/AIDS Cancer Glaucoma Cachexia (wasting syndrome) Muscle spasms Seizures Chronic pain Nausea Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
There are other physical and mental conditions that qualify. Ask your doctor for more information.
What does medical marijuana do in the body?
CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are the most common components of the marijuana plant that are concentrated, packaged and sold for medical relief purposes. More than 700 different strains have been produced, each offering a different effect. Some of the most popular are indica (producing a calming effect), sativa (producing a heightened effect) and a hybrid of the two.
The active chemicals in marijuana—cannabinoids—function similarly to endocannabinoids, chemicals the body naturally produces that affect pain, appetite and memory.
How do you get a card?
You must be 18 years or older and a Florida resident to qualify. (If you are under 18, two physicians must sign off