The use of medical marijuana was legalized in Florida in 2016. At that time, it was limited and did not allow for patients to smoke cannabis. However, this too was legalized in 2018, with specific limitations. Because it was so recently legalized, we realize that many of you still have questions about medical marijuana. We would like to answer some of those questions for you.
Is Medical Marijuana Different From Street Marijuana?
Recreational use of marijuana is still illegal in Florida. Because of this, simply buying cannabis from Joe down the street is not legal. Medical marijuana IS different from recreational marijuana that you can buy (illegally) from a local buddy.
The main difference between the two types of marijuana is the level of THC. This is the part of marijuana that has a psychoactive effect. That is not the main purpose of medical marijuana. The main purpose is to treat a medical condition, not to “get high.” CBD is another main component of marijuana. It does not produce psychoactive effects and has been shown to be very effective in treating such medical conditions as chronic pain. CBD can even be used for children and pets.
Can Anyone Get Medical Marijuana?
You might be wondering if anyone and everyone can obtain medical marijuana. And, if so, is it really that different from legalizing recreational marijuana? Medical marijuana is not available for anyone and everyone.
In order to obtain medical marijuana, you must first visit a doctor who can recommend you for a medical marijuana card. If the doctor determines that you have a medical condition that can be helped with the use of medical marijuana, you then apply to the state of Florida for your medical marijuana card and pay $75.
Some of the medical conditions that may qualify for medical marijuana are:
- Chronic pain (lasting longer than a year)
- HIV or AIDS
There are other qualifying conditions, so if you think medical marijuana would benefit you, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with a doctor who is qualified to give medical marijuana recommendations.
I Was Always Told That Marijuana Is Bad for You
Anything, done in excess, can be bad for you. Marijuana with an excessive amount of THC can be bad for you. But, medical marijuana has certain requirements. First, medical marijuana must be obtained from a legal medical marijuana dispensary. The amount you can buy is regulated. This ensures that people are not buying large quantities with the intent to illegally distribute marijuana. Additionally, it ensures that individuals do not have an excessive amount available to them at any one time. Also, the level of THC in medical marijuana is less than that of recreational marijuana.
Additionally, medical marijuana does not have the addictive properties of opioids which are often used as painkillers. For those who need long-term pain management, medical marijuana can be a safer, non-addictive option rather than addictive, prescription pain medications.
Will I Be Supporting Bad People if I Buy Medical Marijuana?
No! Medical marijuana is provided by legal dispensaries who obtain their products from a few commercial growers approved by the state of Florida. If you are purchasing your medical marijuana from a legal dispensary, per the law, then you are not supporting “bad people.”
Recreational marijuana, on the other hand, can come from a variety of sources. If you are concerned about supporting drug dealers or cartels, this is more likely if you are illegally purchasing your marijuana. If you are buying it from your buddy up the street who has a couple of plants in the backyard, you again, are not supporting “bad people.” You are, however, both breaking the law!
Where Can I Go to Get a Doctor’s Recommendation?
If you are suffering from a chronic or terminal medical condition and are at the end of your rope trying to find relief from the pain – Fountain of You medical spa can help.
Dr. Kim Zipper provides patient recommendations for those with qualifying medical conditions. Medical marijuana is not intended for those simply seeking a “high.” It is not intended for those without medical conditions. It has been legalized in Florida because our politicians understood that specific strains of marijuana can help those with chronic medical conditions who suffer on a daily basis. Dr. Zipper is here to help you as you take the first step to find relief from your pain. With compassion and professionalism, she will walk you through the necessary steps.