Have you considered trying cannabis for pain or other medical issues but you’re not sure how to talk to your doctor about medical marijuana treatment? We understand that speaking to your doctor about medical cannabis treatment might feel awkward or uncomfortable. But Restore Health Urgent Care is here to help!

How to talk to your doctor about medical marijuana treatment

Today, we’re going to provide you with some key points to cover when you talk to your doctor about medical marijuana to help find the right treatment option for you. We hope that by keeping you informed about your options and other considerations, you’ll feel empowered to have important conversations about your health.

Creating a dialogue with your primary care physician about any and all medical issues is incredibly important. During any conversation with your doctor, your honesty and openness is crucial in getting effective treatment and testing.

Before we get to some of the key talking points to bring up with your medical professional, let’s discuss some of the laws regarding medical cannabis.

Medical Marijuana Laws

Across the country, medical marijuana laws vary state-by-state. In this blog, we focus on Florida marijuana laws.

In 2016, 71% of voters approved The Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative. Months later, Senate Bill 8A was passed to outline rules for the administration and use of medical marijuana in Florida. Next, the Florida Department of Health created the Office of Medical Marijuana Use. The former Compassionate Use Registry was also renamed the Medical Marijuana Use Registry.

SB8A outlines who qualifies for medical marijuana in Florida:

A resident of this state [Florida] who has been added to the medical marijuana use registry by a qualified physician to receive marijuana or a marijuana delivery device for a medical use and who has a qualified patient identification card.

Now, as to what deems a patient qualified or not, a person must be a permanent or temporary resident of Florida. And they must be diagnosed by a certified physician with qualifying conditions.

Amendment 2 of The Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative lists nine specific medical conditions that qualify for medical marijuana treatment:

  • ALS
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • PTSD

Additional Qualifying Conditions

In addition to these nine, Senate Bill 8A also allows for treatment of other “diagnosable, debilitating conditions of like, kind, or class,” terminal conditions, and chronic nonmalignant pain. This means there are a variety of conditions not written into Florida’s Amendment 2 that could deem a Florida resident eligible for medical marijuana treatment.

Here are just some that can fall under this category:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • TMJ
  • Lyme disease
  • Neuropathy

Contact your physician to learn more about qualifying medical conditions and whether you would be eligible to receive a medical marijuana card.

There are several things to keep in mind when you have this conversation. When you’re approaching your doctor to discuss your medical marijuana treatment options, you’ll want to discuss your options, as well as the benefits and risks of using cannabis to treat a medical condition.

Options 

Not all medical cannabis is the same.

Speak to your doctor about the different options for dosage, form, strain, and more to find what’s best for you. For example, different strains are better for pain relief, while others work best for nausea.

The more informed you are about your options, the more likely you are to receive effective treatment.

Benefits

Marijuana is often touted for its ability to alleviate pain. But many patients find they experience a variety of other benefits from the use of medical marijuana. In addition to pain relief, many report better mood, improved sleep, and increased appetite.

Marijuana has two components that are studied the most in relation to pain management: cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

There are cannabinoid receptors in the body that THC resembles. When people THC is ingested, it can stimulate the brain’s cannabinoid receptors. This activates the brain’s reward system and minimizes pain levels. THC is also associated with causing a “high.”

On the other hand, CBD does not cause a high. But it can also help reduce pain by interacting with pain receptors in the brain.

Another benefit of medical marijuana treatment is it tends to have far fewer and less severe side effects than other treatment options, including prescription drugs. This is largely why it’s become a popular alternative to opioids and other pain medication.

Risks

When medical marijuana treatment is issued with the help of a licensed medical professional, risks are minimal. But certain side effects can occur. They tend to be mild and can include paranoia and panic attacks. We have found when patients are more informed about what to expect with medical marijuana treatment (especially novice users) they’re more likely to have a positive experience.

Medical Marijuana Treatment in Palm Bay

We’re here to help you find relief and manage symptoms with medical marijuana.

Restore Health partners with Dr. Paul Gambino to help eligible patients receive medical marijuana treatment in Palm Bay, Florida. Dr. Gambino is a licensed physician who is state-certified to prescribe medicinal marijuana to eligible patients.

Though he was originally skeptical on the medical benefits of cannabis himself,  Dr. Gambino became convinced of its ability to improve health and alleviate symptoms while researching treatments and working with his patients.

Are you interested in cannabis-related treatment? Or do you have questions about qualifying? Then call or visit Restore Health Urgent Care today. Dr. Gambino evaluates your case and determines if you are eligible for medical marijuana in Florida.

Please bring a state-issued photo ID and medical records regarding your condition and past treatments. Dr. Gambino is certified to enter qualified patients into the state’s Medical Marijuana Use Registry. He also offers guidance on completing your Identification Card application.

We are here to help Restore your Health! Contact us today or check in online.