“Medicinal cannabis is a great alternative medication for patients of all ages because cannabis is non-addicting and has little or no side effects,” said Blake. It can also be used to help wean patients off opioids.
Medical cannabis can help with numerous medical conditions — all covered by the Florida medicinal use card. The conditions include anxiety, depression, sleep apnea, diabetes, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, restless leg syndrome, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. And, said Dr. Mitchell, strong research supports its use for major conditions like cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and glaucoma, AIDS and HIV and post-traumatic stress disorder, especially in veterans. If you want to add medical marijuana to your routine, you will be required to have a medical marijuana card- this card will allow you to buy medical marijuana from the authorized dispensaries.
7 Conditions That Can Be Treated By Medicinal Cannabis
Alzheimer’s disease: This degenerative condition is believed to be caused by the build-up of harmful plaques in the brain. New research found the THC in cannabis can help remove them, and other studies show it eases accompanying anxiety and depression while improving memory.
Cancer: Cannabis is well-known for easing chemotherapy-induced nausea and loss of appetite. Additional research shows promise in relieving other chemo side effects. What’s more, said Dr. Mitchell, “THC is known to kill cancer cells — while CBD can inhibit cancer cell growth.” The research is new but encouraging.
Chronic pain: In studies, patients living with chronic pain reported they slept better and could manage pain better when taking medical cannabis. “It is safer, healthier and has less side effects than opioids,” explained Dr. Adriene Miller from the Lake Worth Liberate office of Palm Beach. “A patient will have the ease of knowing that they won’t become addicted or have a fatal overdose from cannabis.”
Crohn’s disease: While the research is still nascent, cannabis has been found to improve this inflammatory bowel disease’s symptoms. “Cannabis helps patients with digestive issues and helps patients to digest food and alleviate nausea and vomiting,” added Dr. Miller.
Epilepsy: Cannabis has been shown to reduce the frequency and intensity of seizures in certain drug-resistant types of epilepsy. Medical Cannabis is also now available in edible form for those not wanting to smoke to gain the benefits too.
Glaucoma: A leading cause of blindness in people 60 and older, glaucoma increases pressure in the eye, which irreversibly harms the optic nerve. However, cannabis can lower that pressure, to ease or prevent the condition.
Parkinson’s disease: This incurable condition causes tremors and issues with balance and speaking. Cannabis has known muscle-relaxing effects, which can reduce the pain and intensity of the condition’s involuntary movements.