How Does Medical Marijuana Work?

Medical Marijuana Doctor Issuing Recommendations for Patients Near Tampa, St. Petersburg and All of Florida

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Medical marijuana works with natural systems in your body to provide pain relief and many other benefits. Some people have found they can reduce their use of pain medications or avoid pain medications altogether, because of the effectiveness of medical marijuana. Of course, you must consult with your doctor before you stop taking any of your current medications. If you are interested in Cannabis in our state, the next step is to arrange an evaluation with our doctors. You are eligible if you are experiencing qualifying conditions and symptoms, which include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Poor appetite
  • Nausea
  • Nerve pain
  • Seizures
  • and more

There are many medical conditions causing these symptoms, such as cancer, Crohn's, PTSD, epilepsy, etc. Rely on our doctors to help you choose a Cannabis product that works for you.

Marijuana Works With Your Endocannabinoid System

Infographic highlighting the differences between CBD and THCYour body's endocannabinoid system plays an important role in regulating:

  • Mood
  • Memory
  • Sleep
  • Appetite
  • Reproduction
  • Fertility

Your body naturally produces endocannabinoids, which are very similar to cannabinoids, including THC and CBD. Endocannabinoids bind with receptors, signaling what should happen in relation to the functions listed above. Cannabinoids from the Cannabis plant also bind with these receptors, so they can bring about many of the same benefits as endocannabinoids, like improved sleep and stimulated appetite.

THC and CBD both appear to have beneficial effects related to their roles in the endocannabinoid system, although researchers believe they may work slightly differently in terms of how they interact with receptors and endocannabinoids.

How to Choose a Marijuana Product

In Florida, qualifying individuals can choose from a wide variety of marijuana products from a local dispensary, which are called Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTCs) in our state. Here are some of the choices you'll have:

  • The cannabinoids in the product, including THC and CBD
  • Indica, sativa or hybrid strains
  • The type of product (vaporizer, tincture, flower, pre-rolls, etc.)

You'll be able to buy a certain amount every 70 days based on your treatment plan from our doctors. We'll help you consider all of the options available at the MMTC. If you have experience with marijuana, you may already know which strains and cannabinoids are most effective for your specific health condition and symptoms. If you are new to the process, we'll make sure you know what to ask for from the MMTC staff. We'll help you weigh through the various experiences the different products will provide. We also follow up with all of our patients and adjust doses and other recommendations as necessary.

Learn More about Cannabis in the Tampa Area

At Access Marijuana RX, we are personally committed to getting you the reliable information you need in order to make decisions about pain relief options. To arrange a medical evaluation at our comfortable, state-of-the-art practice in St. Petersburg, please call 727-209-5470. The initial in-person visit comes at a cost of $225, which is waived if you do not qualify for a medical marijuana card in our state.