February is Marijuana Awareness Month! During this month, we’re promoting the facts on marijuana so that patients can make the best decisions for their health.

What is Marijuana?

Marijuana refers to dried flowers from the cannabis plant. It contains a variety of active compounds, namely Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the principal ingredient that causes the “high” associated with marijuana use, while CBD has a relaxing effect on the body and mind without producing psychoactive effects.

The Uses of Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana has several beneficial uses in the world of medicine. Key benefits include:

  • Pain relief
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Anxiety relief
  • Improved sleep
  • Relief from nausea and vomiting

Obtaining Medical Marijuana in Florida

In Florida, patients must apply for and receive a medical marijuana card to legally obtain cannabis. The Office of Medical Marijuana Use, or OMMU, regulates medical marijuana use in Florida, helping to ensure that it’s used safely.

The process of obtaining a medical marijuana card ensures that only patients with a diagnosis for a qualifying condition from a licensed physician can legally obtain cannabis. Florida’s medical marijuana regulations also help to make sure that patients follow their doctors’ instructions for safe marijuana use.

Qualifying conditions for a medical marijuana card in Florida include:

  • Crohn’s disease
  • Chronic muscle spasms
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Seizures
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Any similarly serious medical condition
  • A terminal condition or chronic malignant pain caused by a qualifying condition

Potential side effects of medical marijuana use include:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Disorientation
  • Heightened heart rate
  • Hallucination
  • Disorientation

If you’re struggling with symptoms of a qualifying condition for medical cannabis in Florida, the board-certified medical marijuana doctors at Tetra Holistic Care can help. Contact us today to learn more about the medical cannabis application process and how our team of physicians can help.

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