Myths and Facts About Medical Marijuana

Myths and Facts About Medical Marijuana

The hemp plant, also known as cannabis or marijuana, contains multiple beneficial chemical compounds that have gained approval by the United States FDA for medical uses. And, medical marijuana is now legal in the state of Florida with an applicable diagnosis and a medical marijuana card.

Medical marijuana treatment can help with problems including depression, anxiety, nausea, and overeating or undereating. At Morris Medical Center of Fort Myers and LaBelle, Florida, Dr. Dareld Morris prescribes medical marijuana for a variety of conditions.

Do you know the facts and myths about medical marijuana, and how this treatment method could support your health and wellness?

Myth: Marijuana plants are an approved medication

Fact: FDA approval for medical marijuana doesn’t include the use of the marijuana plant as medicine. However, the cannabinoid chemicals present in marijuana plants are used in multiple FDA-approved medications, provided in the form of pills and liquid medicine.

Myth: Anyone can get a medical marijuana card

Fact: The US considers marijuana as a controlled substance. To receive a medical marijuana card, the state of Florida requires you to have a relevant diagnosis from a qualified physician like Dr. Morris.

Dr. Morris conducts a thorough review of your symptoms, as well as a physical exam and a review of your medical history, before authorizing you for a medical marijuana card, issued to you by the Office of Compassionate Use.

Myth: All medical marijuana is the same

Fact: Marijuana plants contain five major different cannabinoids, all of which can provide medical benefits in different ways. Some of these chemicals work well paired together, giving you the benefit of synergy.

Depending on your treatment needs, you might benefit most from THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD (cannabidiol), CBN (cannabinol), CBC (cannabichromene), or CBG (cannabigerol). Dr. Morris works with you to identify the combination of cannabinoids with the maximum potential to relieve your symptoms.

Myth: Medical marijuana only helps with pain

Fact: Medical marijuana can help with a range of physical and mental issues. CBD helps many patients relieve symptoms of chronic physical pain.

Dr. Morris may also recommend medical marijuana for dietary complaints. Some cannabinoids relieve nausea and vomiting, allowing people going through chemotherapy to keep eating, keep food down, and stay well-nourished during treatment. Others help with overeating, and may be useful if you need to lose weight.

When Dr. Morris reviews your symptoms and medical history, he can suggest the right course of medical marijuana treatment for your unique needs.

To learn more about how medical marijuana could benefit you, and get the myths separated from the facts, get in touch with Dr. Morris at Morris Medical Center today. Schedule your appointment online, or call 239-360-2709 now.

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