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Why You Need to Talk to Your Doctor About Medical Marijuana Use

  • August 10, 2020

Your doctor might not be certified to approve your medical marijuana application, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need to know about your cannabis use. Coming to us for your evaluation and cannabis certification is great, but you still need to be honest with your primary healthcare provider. 

Why is it important to talk to your doctor about cannabis?

Cannabis is very safe, and by itself hasn’t been shown to have health defects for healthy individuals. But that doesn’t mean it is safe for everyone. There are three areas in which cannabis use can be problematic.

MMJ Card: Avoiding Scammers When Getting New Medical Marijuana Certification

  • July 30, 2020

Since Florida voted to allow medical marijuana in 2016, many scams have surfaced as unscrupulous characters have tried to take advantage of unknowledgeable patients. Unfortunately, the rules and requirements for getting a medical marijuana card in Florida is such a complex, confusing, arbitrary process that many people have difficulty getting certification, even if they qualify.

This creates a breeding ground for scammers who take advantage of the frustration of patients by promising faster certification and immediate mmj cards. Unfortunately, the requirements are very strict, and only certain doctors can issue medical marijuana certifications. And only one Florida entity is permitted to actually process applications and issue identification cards.

The Dangers of Hepatitis A and Available Treatments

  • July 10, 2020

Hepatitis A is one of the lesser known hepatitis viruses, but it is actually quite common. Often, patients with Hepatitis A are completely unaware that they have been infected. Symptoms may be mild and may show up slowly over time. Some patients experience no real symptoms at all until there are complications from the disease.

And, really, that’s where the danger of Hepatitis A lies. In some cases, Hepatitis A can cause complications that can be life threatening or fatal. These complications often seem to come out of the blue because the symptoms are flu-like and the patient likely doesn’t know they are infected with the virus. Those complications without knowledge is what makes the virus so dangerous.

The Most Common Benefits of Medical Marijuana

  • June 20, 2020

In order to get a medical marijuana card in Florida, you must have a qualifying medical condition, but the benefits of medical cannabis go far beyond just its positive effects on your health condition. Here are some of the other benefits you will enjoy from medical cannabis.

Improve Sleep Hygiene

How often you sleep, how long you sleep, and how deeply you sleep can all be improved with regular use of medical cannabis. A good sativa strain will help you relax at bedtime, so you can go to sleep quickly and stay that way. A high-energy Indica strain will keep you alert and active during the day so that you aren’t tempted to nap. If you struggle with insomnia, you’ll find some relief with medical cannabis.

How to Talk to Your Doctor About Medical Cannabis

  • June 10, 2020

Marijuana users have been widely persecuted in this country, particularly since the 60s and 70s. Even though it is now legal for medical use in most states, many people still look down on those that use marijuana. This stigma against cannabis users tends to make some people shy about talking to their doctor about this amazing plant.

You shouldn’t let your fear of what your doctor will think of you prevent you from talking to them about a medicine you want to try. If you saw a commercial for a medication you thought might help you, you would think nothing of going to your doctor and discussing it with them. So, too, you should be unashamed of talking to your doctor about medical cannabis. Here are some tips to help you with the conversation.

What You Need to Know About Using Your MMJ Card

  • May 20, 2020

If you are new to the state of Florida or if you are just trying medical marijuana for the first time, you may have questions about how to use your MMJ card once you receive it. Using your card is actually very easy, and you don’t even need the physical card to visit a dispensary. Here’s what you need to know to use your medical marijuana card effectively.

You Don’t Have to Wait

It takes up to two to four weeks for the state of Florida to process your application for a medical card after you have your MMJ evaluation. It can take many more weeks or even months before you get your physical card. Luckily, you don’t have to wait. 

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Florida

  • May 10, 2020

Although medical marijuana laws were passed in Florida back in 2016, there are still a lot of Florida residents who are not informed about the medical marijuana laws, how to get a card, or how that card can be used. Here is a step-by-step guide to assist you.

Step One: Obtain your medical records.

If your primary care physician is not a registered cannabis doctor, you will need to obtain your medical records to take with you when you have your appointment. Your medical records should be complete and clearly show your diagnosis and previous and current treatment plans. You must have a diagnosis from a board certified doctor to get your medical card.

What You Should Know About Medical Marijuana and Your Heart

  • April 20, 2020

If you have a heart condition, your doctor has likely warned you about the use of cannabis. While most health professionals are telling heart patients to avoid medical marijuana, it may have some health benefits. With something as serious as your heart, it is important to talk to your doctor about your use of medical cannabis and the potential risks. Here’s what you need to know.

Heart Patients Shouldn’t Smoke

Although research is ongoing, studies are suggesting that heart patients should avoid medical marijuana. This is because cannabis has a definite effect on the heart. It can raise your heart rate and blood pressure. This can be a big risk for patients who are already experiencing heart problems or heart disease. 

How Medical Marijuana Treats Rheumatoid Disorders

  • April 10, 2020

Rheumatoid disorders are much more common than you might think. In fact, about 1.3 million Americans have a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. There are numerous treatments available to treat the disease, including medications designed to suppress the body’s immune response. To best understand how medical marijuana can treat rheumatoid disorders, it is first important to understand what they are.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints of the body, causing bone and cartilage loss, chronic pain, and limited range of motion. The deterioration of the joint is steady and can lead to debilitating pain and stiffness. People with rheumatoid arthritis can also develop additional health problems in the lungs or other body parts.

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