Over the past several years, cannabis has been rapidly gaining popularity as a treatment for many different medical concerns. Now, in Florida, medical marijuana use is legal for patients with qualifying conditions who receive a medical marijuana card. 

Some of the most common conditions that are treated with cannabis today include:

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Many patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, benefit greatly from cannabis treatment. PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by a traumatic event, such as violence, a serious injury, or war. 

The symptoms of PTSD can be placed into one of four categories:

  • Intrusion, such as intrusive thoughts and flashbacks of the traumatic experience
  • Avoidance, which involves avoiding reminders of the traumatic experience
  • Negative changes in thinking and mood
  • Changes in arousal and reactivity (physical and emotional reactions)

Cannabis has been shown to reduce PTSD symptoms, and may even help patients recover from the condition. 

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a disease involving the central nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord. The symptoms of this condition can vary significantly from patient to patient, but may include: 

  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the limbs
  • Pain 
  • Tremor
  • Vision loss, double vision, and blurry vision
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Bowel and bladder function issues

Cannabis can help patients with multiple sclerosis by easing nausea, improving muscle control, reducing pain, and helping with bladder problems. 

Cancer

Cannabis has proven to be a viable solution for pain from cancer, as well as other side effects from cancer treatment including vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite. While cannabis doesn’t treat cancer itself, it can help patients endure the effects of chemotherapy and radiation. 

More Conditions That Can Be Treated With Cannabis

PTSD, multiple sclerosis, and pain from cancer are just a few of the many conditions that are commonly treated with medical marijuana. Others include:

  • Seizures
  • Epilepsy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Chronic muscle spasms
  • HIV/AIDS
  • ALS

To start the process of obtaining cannabis in Florida for a qualifying medical condition, schedule an appointment to speak with Dr. John McTaggart at Tetra Holistic Care today!

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