Governor Rick Scott has signed the medical marijuana regulation legislation into law and there is no longer a 90 day waiting period to receive a medical marijuana recommendation in Florida.
Medical marijuana is an alternative medicine used to treat a number of conditions that are not responding well to traditional medications, such as chronic pain associated with cancer, seizures, and muscle spasms.
At Green Relief, we strive to give patients and their families an improved quality of life and a greater sense of well-being. We address each individual’s condition, and work with their current physicians to offer alternatives with less deleterious side effects.
Although scientific testing has not been done on the same scale as the testing of FDA-approved pharmaceuticals, numerous smaller studies have found that medical marijuana has an effect on cognition, memory, motor movements, and pain perception.
Cancer – Medical marijuana promotes appetite and reduces nausea and muscle spasms in patients undergoing treatment for cancer, and there is evidence that it directly kills malignant cells, stimulates the body to recycle damaged cells, and slows the growth of blood vessels that supply tumors. Cancer patients also report an improvement in their mood and mental attitude that makes it easier to manage pain and cope with discomfort.
Chronic pain – Cannabinoids interact with the body in a different way from opioids, making medical cannabis a good alternative when traditional pain medications fail to relieve chronic pain.
Read more about how Medical Marijuana can help cancer patients.
Multiple Sclerosis – Medical marijuana helps to alleviate muscle spasms associated with MS, improve the performance of daily activities, and enhance the quality of life for MS patients. Medical cannabis is a safe option for MS patients with moderate to severe spasticity that is not responding to common anti-spastic drugs. The effectiveness of current oral antispasticity medications is often limited at tolerable doses, and many patients do not have sufficient access to physiotherapy, THC-CBD spray is generally well tolerated and safe for MS patients to use.
Seizures & Epilepsy – Studies suggest that CBD and THC stabilize neurotransmitters, the chemicals that send signals across brain cells. In many patients, medical marijuana has reduced the frequency and intensity of seizures.
Arthritis – CBD has been shown to have a beneficial effect on arthritis and reduce inflammation caused by autoimmune diseases.
Growers and producers of medical marijuana products maintain high standards of quality, testing each batch for potency and purity.
The low toxicity and relatively benign side effects of medical cannabis make it generally safe. Cannabis affects areas of the brain that do not control involuntary reflexes such as breathing and heartbeat, so there is no risk of accidental overdose.
Medical marijuana helps manage cancer pain and the debilitating side effects of chemotherapy. There is also scientific evidence that it kills some types of cancer cells.
Low-THC marijuana affects the neural pathways in the brain and reduces inflammation. Many patients have reported a reduction in seizures and other benefits.
Medical marijuana helps HIV and AIDS patients manage some of their most devastating symptoms, including anorexia.
Medical marijuana helps manage many symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), and might help to inhibit the autoimmune response that causes the disease.
There is evidence that medical marijuana alleviates symptoms in treatment-resistant sufferers of PTSD, and might play an active role in eliminating unpleasant memories.
Medical marijuana has a positive effect on the debilitating symptoms of ALS, and might help to slow the progress of the disease.
Medical marijuana helps to alleviate distressing symptoms and reduce inflammation in the intestinal tract.
People with PD report that medical marijuana reduces their tremors and motor symptoms.
Medical marijuana has a positive effect on glaucoma, the effect of cannabis remains constant over most prescribed medications.