You probably already know the basics about marijuana: It’s a green, brown, or gray mix of dried leaves, flowers, seeds, and stems from the hemp plant, also known as Cannabis stavis. It’s typically rolled up and smoked like a cigarette, but it can also be put in a pipe. People may also consume it in food, inhale it through a vaporizer, or spray it under the tongue. Although doctors believe that cannabinoids, the active ingredients in medical marijuana, are responsible for its benefits, researchers still don’t know exactly how medical marijuana works. There’s no question that it does work, however, for the patients who rely on it. Medical marijuana is commonly used for:
Researchers have found that there are 5 major cannabinoids that help medical marijuana patients find symptom relief. Each has different effects, and those effects help reinforce the effects of the others. The 5 most important cannabinoids are:
Knowing the effects of each can help you understand which medical marijuana strains are best for treating your symptoms. If you’re most interested in physical pain relief, for example, you may be best off using medical marijuana that’s high in CBD and low in THC, because CBD reduces the psychological effects of THC. Dr. Morris and his team can help you discover exactly what’s right for you.
While the FDA has not approved the marijuana plant as a medicine, it has approved 3 medications that contain cannabinoid chemicals in pill or liquid form. As scientists continue to study ways that patients can safely use THC and other marijuana ingredients as medicine, it’s likely that more medicines will be approved for use.
In the United States, cannabis is considered a controlled substance that requires special licensing for use. In Florida, medical cannabis licensing is issued through the Office of Compassionate Use following diagnosis by a qualified physician. After an initial consultation, physical exam, and full patient history, Dr. Morris can diagnose qualified patients and prescribe medical marijuana if he believes it’s an appropriate treatment. Without a proper diagnosis, it isn’t possible to secure a medical marijuana card in the state of Florida.