To apply for a Florida medical marijuana, you’ll need to meet certain criteria. You must receive a certification from a licensed physician, you must submit proof of Florida residency, and, most importantly, you must have a qualifying condition.
Like all states where medical cannabis is legal, Florida has a pre-approved list of medical conditions that marijuana can treat. The state selected these conditions based on the scientific evidence that shows how medical cannabis can alleviate symptoms and possibly improve patient outcomes. Some of the most common conditions include Parkinson’s disease, HIV/AIDS, and multiple sclerosis.
Parkinson’s disease is a central nervous system disorder that affects movement, leading to uncontrollable tremors and difficulty with walking and coordination. Medical marijuana may alleviate certain symptoms of Parkinson’s and possibly improve dyskinesia, a side effect of a common Parkinson’s medication.
Research shows that medical marijuana may improve tics in Parkinson’s patients, although further research is necessary. In addition, Parkinson’s patients may develop dyskinesia, or uncontrollable muscle movement, after taking the dopamine replacement levodopa for a long period of time. Studies show that medical cannabis may reduce levodopa-induced dyskinesia.
For HIV/AIDS patients, medical cannabis can provide significant relief. HIV is a virus that leads to the development of AIDS, an immunodeficiency disease that affects the body’s ability to fight infections. AIDS symptoms may include rapid weight loss, fatigue, diarrhea, pain, and loss of appetite.
In 2005, more than 60% of HIV/AIDS patients requested medical cannabis to treat their condition. This is because cannabis can relieve a great number of HIV/AIDS symptoms; data from Columbia University found that patients who used cannabis had substantial increases in appetite, allowing them to avoid rapid and unhealthy weight loss. Another study found that cannabis reduced pain in HIV patients, who also reported an improved quality of life.
Multiple sclerosis is a disease that erodes the protective covering surrounding the nerves, impacting the brain and spinal cord. This neurological condition causes severe pain, tremors, muscle cramps, and a host of other unpleasant symptoms that impact multiple aspects of a patient’s health and life. For years, doctors have prescribed medical cannabis to treat multiple sclerosis symptoms.
One of the major symptoms of multiple sclerosis is muscle tightness, also known as spasticity. People with multiple sclerosis have very stiff, aching muscles that lead to severe pain, and studies show that medical marijuana may improve spasticity and decrease spasms.
Medical marijuana’s pain-relieving effects may also reduce the neuropathic pain these patients experience -- 77% of patients in a University of Rochester study reported that cannabis relieved their symptoms, including chronic pain. While further research is needed, these results are promising.
Do you have a qualifying condition on Florida’s pre-approved list, or do you believe your condition can benefit from medical cannabis treatment? You need to visit a certified Florida marijuana doctor who can evaluate your illness and recommend a cannabis prescription. The staff members at Sanctuary Wellness Institute can help you find a qualified professional.
We advocate for the rights of medical marijuana patients in multiple states, including Florida. Our medical professionals have the training, credentials, and standing necessary to certify your condition.
If you need a Florida cannabis doctor, contact the Sanctuary today. Our friendly staff will help you schedule your physician evaluation and answer your questions about the process!