Cannabis is a promising treatment option for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). Florida's law lists this disease of the central nervous system as one of the qualifying conditions for a medical marijuana card. While there is no clear evidence that cannabis can cure or reverse MS, there is evidence that it relieves a variety of the disease's symptoms.
In Florida, you must be evaluated by a state-certified physician who will determine your eligibility for marijuana. Dr. Lora Brown and Dr. Michael MacMillan perform these evaluations at our state-of-the-art office located in St. Petersburg, Florida. To arrange your appointment, please call Access Marijuana RX at 727-209-5470.
How Cannabis may Benefit People Living with MS
Through anecdotal evidence and some small-scale studies, it appears medical marijuana can relieve many of the symptoms experienced daily by people living with multiple sclerosis:
- Muscle spasms
- Overactive bladder and frequent urination
Additionally, certain side effects and mental/emotional consequences caused by MS, and possibly by the medications you take, may be alleviated with cannabis use:
- Poor appetite
For decades, multiple sclerosis has been treated primarily with immunosuppressant drugs. These medications prevent relapses and may be helping you manage the effects of the disease; however, some people have reported additional improvement when they incorporate a cannabis product into their treatment plan. It's important to discuss your current medications and other treatments with our physicians. They will determine if any interactions could occur between your current medications and marijuana, and they will inform you of any potential side effects you may experience.
We want you to obtain good results. After you have received your ID card and your cannabis product, you'll be able to check back with us about your experience, including what's working and anything that's not working. Cannabis should help you as you meet the challenges of multiple sclerosis, and we will work to find the right combinations and treatment plans that will be best for you.
Best Strains for Multiple Sclerosis
Talk to our physicians about strain recommendations if you are approved for a marijuana card. As a team personally committed to our patients, we want to make sure you are armed with the right information when you go to the dispensary.
There is some indication that CBD products may be especially effective in relieving some of the pain and uncontrollable muscle movements caused by multiple sclerosis. CBD is one of the many cannabinoids in marijuana; THC is another. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds responsible for relieving pain, nausea, poor appetite, depression, etc. They do so by mimicking endocannabinoids in our bodies. Put very simply, the endocannabinoid system helps us regulate homeostasis in our bodies.
After speaking with our doctors, you'll be able to decide whether a full CBD product or a combination of THC and CBD is right for you. Unlike THC, CBD does not create the effect of feeling high, so some people prefer it.
There are a variety of cannabis products in Florida, including oils, pills and vaporized cannabis. You won't smoke the marijuana, which spares your lungs the damage caused by that activity. Our doctors will make sure you are prepared to ask for the right product when you visit the dispensary.
Contact AMRX for an Evaluation in St. Petersburg
To find out if you qualify for medical marijuana for multiple sclerosis in Florida, please arrange an evaluation and consultation at Access Marijuana RX. You can contact our team by calling 727-209-5470. We are located in sunny St. Petersburg and proudly serve all of the surrounding communities, including Tampa and other cities in our region.