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What are the Best Benefits of Medical Marijuana?

Medical Marijuana is certainly a hot topic of controversy in the U.S. However, as an increasing number of states in the U.S. legalize marijuana for medicinal use, the benefits of medical marijuana for treating illness, pain, and other conditions are becoming more apparent. The medical marijuana physicians at East Hill Medical Group in Pensacola, FL can help you understand more about whether a Florida medical marijuana card would be beneficial for you.

Medical marijuana refers to the use of the whole plant or its essential extracts. The chemicals in the marijuana plant are cannabinoids, derived from the term cannabis, the name of the plant commonly referred to as marijuana.

Let’s go over some of the best benefits of medical marijuana and see if this alternative treatment is an option for you:

  • Cannabinoids that naturally occur in the human body are very similar to THC and CBD, the primary active cannabinoid chemicals in marijuana.
  • Medical cannabis is most commonly used to reduce chronic pain, especially in patients who suffer from multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and other types of nerve pain. This is fantastic because marijuana is far safer than opiates as it is impossible to overdose on and is not physically addictive.
  • While opiates leave people feeling groggy and disoriented, marijuana allows patients to resume normal activities with minimal difficulty following a prescribed dose. Patients can even control minor aches and pains with medical marijuana in lieu of ibuprofen or acetaminophen if they cannot take those due to other health problems.
  • Cannabis is known to aid in pain reduction for those who suffer from fibromyalgia, endometriosis, and in managing nausea and weight fluctuation. HIV, Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome present an extensive list of symptoms that the use of medical marijuana relieves. Take a look at the entire list of qualifying conditions.
  • Cannabis works well as a muscle relaxant. When the appropriate amount is ingested properly, it is helpful in preventing tremors and reducing epileptic seizure episodes.
  • The progression of blindness caused by glaucoma is slowed down and even prevented through the use of medical marijuana. The active chemicals in cannabis cause the pressure in the eyeball to decrease, alleviating the stress to the optic nerve that eventually leads to blindness.
  • As it turns out, medical marijuana is not only great for treating physical symptoms, it also aids in alleviating mental and emotional distress. Anxiety disorders including panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and PTSD may be controlled through the use of prescription marijuana.
  • Many current studies are looking at the effects of medical cannabis on veterans returning from combat as Cannabinoids help manage the areas in the brain and body that produce and contain fear and anxiety.
  • THC can dramatically slow down Alzheimer’s Disease’s progression. As cannabinoids destroy the plaques that kill brain cells and the disease’s progression comes to a halt. These plaques are destroyed by THC blocking the enzymes in the brain that produces them.
  • Medical marijuana also can treat various types of cancer. It is known to slow the growth of tumors in the brain, breasts, and lungs. Cancer patients may wish to proceed with a treatment that does not involve harsh chemicals, and cannabis is an option for eligible patients.
  • For patients undergoing chemo treatment, cannabis can help reduce pain and nausea and promote appetite. Marijuana can reverse carcinogenic effects of tobacco and improve overall lung health and function, thus helping prevent the development and progression of lung cancer.

More studies are conducted each day and the benefits of medical marijuana are still unfolding. The benefits certainly outweigh the risks, as the risks are minuscule in comparison to other drug prescriptions. As with any symptom or treatment, claims of success are contingent upon individual needs, conditions, and experiences.

A consultation with a medical marijuana doctor at East Hill Medical Group is necessary to determine the correct treatment for your condition. To schedule an appointment for medical marijuana in Pensacola, FL or to apply for your Florida medical marijuana card, call today or contact us.

If your diagnosed condition is not listed below, you can always check with one of our staff members for verification and recommendation, as certain ailments may be approved on a case-by-case basis. Medical records are required for confirming diagnosis.

  • Alzheimer’s (Early Onset)
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Any Terminal Condition
  • Arthritis
  • Arthrodesis
  • Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita
  • Atopic Dermatitis (Chronic)
  • Autistic Disorder
  • Bilateral Facet Arthrosis
  • Back Pain
  • Bipolar-1 Disorder
  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Cachexia (wasting away)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cervicalgia (chronic)
  • Cervicalgia Radiculopathy (chronic)
  • Charcôt’s Foot
  • Chronic Headache
  • Chronic Pain with proper diagnosis
  • Chronic Renal Disease
  • Cirrhosis of the Liver
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Depression
  • Diverticulitis
  • Dorsalgia
  • Dupuytren’s Contracture
  • Endometriosis
  • Femoroacetabular (Hip) Impingement Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia-Myopathic Encephalopathy
  • Epilepsy
  • Gastroparesis
  • Glaucoma
  • Hashimoto’s (Thyroiditis) Disease
  • Hepatitis-B Chronic Liver Disease
  • Hepatitis-C Chronic Liver Disease
  • Idiopathic Gout
  • Insomnia
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lyme Disease
  • Meralgia Paresthetica
  • Migraine (chronic)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscle Spasms (Chronic)
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Nausea (Chronic)
  • Neoplasm tumor (benign and premalignant)
  • Neuropathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pancreatitis (Chronic)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Polyarthropathy
  • Popliteal (Bakers) Cysts
  • Postherpetic Polyneuropathy
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri
  • Psoriasis (chronic)
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • PTSD
  • Pyoderma Gangrenosum
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sacroiliac Joint Disease
  • Sciatic Radiculopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Segmental and Somatic Dysfunction
  • Severe and Chronic Pain (proper diagnosis required)
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Spasticity
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis (Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar)
  • Synovitis
  • Syringomyelia
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Tarsal Coalition
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Ulcerative Proctitis

To qualify for medical marijuana in Florida, you must have a qualifying medical condition diagnosed by a qualified physician.

Medical records with a qualifying condition (2 visits are required)
Be a Florida Resident with a current Florida Driver’s License or Florida ID
Call our medical marijuana department at East Hill Medical Group to begin the qualification process.

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