Is Medical Marijuana Safe?

black bag with cannabis print and prescription for medical marijuana Medical marijuana has been a controversial topic for decades. Some people believe it is safe and effective for treating various medical conditions, while others believe it is unsuitable. With so much conflicting information, it can be challenging to determine whether medical marijuana is safe. This blog post discusses the safety of medical marijuana and the regulations surrounding its use in Florida.

Florida Regulations for Medical Marijuana

Florida has strict rules to ensure that medical marijuana grows responsibly and safely. Before being licensed to grow, process, and dispense medical marijuana, Florida dispensaries must show that they have been a plant nursery for at least 30 years and have grown at least 400,000 plants. This ensures that medical marijuana is grown by professionals.

Medical Marijuana vs. Conventional Treatments

When cultivated in state-approved spaces by professionals and explicitly prescribed by a doctor, medical cannabis is pure, controlled, and very safe, especially compared to most conventional treatments, like opioids, which can lead to fatal overdoses. 

Pharmaceutical drugs can cause permanent medical problems and side effects such as blindness and organ failure, unlike medical marijuana. The side effects of medical marijuana, however, are relatively low.

Who Should Not Use Medical Marijuana?

Marijuana is still a drug and shouldn’t be used by everyone. People who are pregnant or suffer from heart problems, or have certain mental issues should not take marijuana as a medical treatment. It is essential to discuss your medical history with your doctor before using medical marijuana.

Minor Side Effects of Medical Marijuana

Users may experience minor side effects, including drowsiness, dizziness, short-term memory loss, and feelings of euphoria or anxiety. If any of these symptoms occur, consult with your healthcare team. These side effects are most likely related to too high a dose. Simply reducing your dose or lengthening the interval between doses will often alleviate these side effects.

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Dr. Lora Brown provides medical marijuana to patients in St. Petersburg and surrounding areas. Let us help you learn more about how medical marijuana can help you by calling 727-209-5470! Thanks for your interest in our services, and we look forward to hearing from you.

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