Parkinson's disease is one of the qualifying conditions listed in Florida's medical marijuana law. You must be certified by a physician before you can purchase marijuana products in our state. At Access Marijuana RX, our experienced doctors can determine your candidacy and discuss all aspects of using cannabis. To learn more, please call us in St. Petersburg at 727-209-5470. If for some reason you do not qualify under the state's law, the cost of your evaluation with us is waived.
What is Parkinson's and How Might Cannabis Help?
In Parkinson's disease, nerve cell damage leads to reduction of the chemical called dopamine. The result is altered brain activity, causing Parkinson's symptoms. Although the disease itself is not considered fatal (however, an accident caused by symptoms could be fatal), it deeply affects a person's life. The disease often manifests as:
- Tremors and shaking, which often begins with the hands, limbs and fingers
- Muscle rigidity
- Slowed physical movement
- Changes in how you speak
- Changes in how you write
- Poor posture
- Loss of certain movements and expressions that used to be automatic, such as blinking or swinging your arms as you walk
Research is limited, but cannabis can help a person live more compatibly with the effects of Parkinson's. While there is not currently evidence showing that marijuana can be an effective treatment for the disease, there is promising research and a wealth of anecdotal evidence that it can ease the symptoms of Parkinson's, such as:
- Poor appetite
- Weight loss
Research is ongoing. Some scientists have published findings showing that marijuana has a neuro-protective effect, protecting some nerve cells from dying. Mixed findings have indicated that marijuana may reduce tremors and shaking for some people, some of the time. Discuss with our experienced physicians whether marijuana will work for you. We help you weigh the benefits against the possible side effects.
Cannabis for Parkinson's
If you are approved to purchase cannabis in our state, there are several methods of taking the medication that are legal:
These products and others are sold at dispensaries across Florida. Products can be chosen to contain THC, which is the component in marijuana that causes a euphoric high, or CBD, which is not associated with a high. All of the products will have similar benefits for sleeplessness, anxiety, nausea and other symptoms, but our doctors can make recommendations based on the exact symptoms you are experiencing and what you want to feel like.
Eligibility for Marijuana in Florida
The experienced, caring physicians at Access Marijuana RX can determine your eligibility. During a visit to our St. Petersburg practice, you can discuss your diagnosis and your goals with the physician. If they determine you are qualified to purchase Florida medical cannabis, they will discuss with you all of the potential benefits, potential side effects, methods of use and other issues. To arrange your appointment, please call us at 727-209-5470.