Medical Cannabis with CBD Oil

Though it's only been a few years since legalization began in the US, marijuana and CBD oil healing is far from a recent trend.

The Chinese Emperor Shen Nung prescribed tea brewed from the cannabis sativa plant 3,000 years ago. Today, oil, tincture, and edible marijuana is legal in Florida for treating 12 conditions (as well as conditions comparable to those 12). CBD for pain is the most common. And yes, qualifying patients also have the right to smoke it in private places, thanks to a Circuit Court ruling in May of 2018.

Cannabis research is growing almost as fast as its popularity, so treating these legally sanctioned conditions while avoiding the substantial side effects of traditional pharmaceuticals takes a lot of dedication. Providers must keep up with the latest laws, data, and delivery methods - which are developing with head-spinning speed.

Not too fast for Erin. She's been studying medical marijuana for years.

That's because her holistic team here at Evolution targets the root cause of what ails you, then crafts a custom, non-invasive treatment plan. We take the time to listen and thoroughly test you to understand your body as a whole - not just the sum of its symptoms. Then, we patiently and precisely show you how to use CBD oil or CBD cream legally and effectively for your unique condition. Finally, we prescribe your CBD dosage for pain from one of our trusted professional CBD dispensaries.

Medical hemp oil, cannabis, and other legal herbal treatments are just a phone call or click away. To schedule a discreet, compassionate consultation in our comfortable Evolution suite, call us today at (813) 333-5593 or contact us here.

How CBD oil works

Medical Marijuana

Your body naturally produces chemical compounds called endocannabinoids. In fact, your brain has special receptors - tiny proteins - that bind to those chemicals like a key fitting into a lock. That's so they can signal the release of crucial neurotransmitters that secure your body's healthy balance (homeostasis).

What if you don't have enough endocannabinoids? Researchers have found that a deficiency can cause many health problems like migraines, IBS, and fibromyalgia. Sometimes that calls for a little cannabinoid boost.

Cannabis contains CBD, one of 113 phytocannabinoids - twins of endocannabinoids - that can also bind to these receptors and restore your homeostasis.

CBD doesn't give you a "high", but it does play a role in alleviating:

  • inflammation
  • anxiety, depression, and psychosis
  • epileptic seizures
  • pain
  • slow cancer tumor growth
  • diabetes

How medical cannabis THC works

One crucial joy-generating neurotransmitter released by our cannabinoids is "the bliss molecule" anandamide. It helps regulate memory, motivation, movement, pain, appetite, fertility, and even new nerve cell formation - that's why it has such strong anti-anxiety and antidepressant powers. Unfortunately, anandamide quickly breaks down in the body, and some people don't produce enough to begin with.

The phytocannabinoid THC found in cannabis is very similar to anandamide. It can also bind to our receptors, where it produces even longer-lasting euphoria.

Because everybody's brain chemistry is different, effects of THC are unique to each person - some feel high levels of euphoria, while others suffer high levels of anxiety.

Regardless of emotional response, decades of research demonstrates that THC can alleviate:

  • pain
  • nausea and vomiting
  • appetite loss
  • asthma
  • insomnia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Dangers of self-medicating

With the near universal availability and enticing marketing of cannabis everywhere you turn, many people think they can easily obtain and self-medicate with it.

They're making a big mistake.

In Florida, it's illegal to possess any amount of cannabis - a Schedule I controlled substance - without a prescription. It is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one (1) year in jail, one (1) year of probation, and a $1,000 fine to possess less than 20 grams of cannabis. It is a felony punishable by up to five (5) years in prison, five (5) years of probation, and a $5,000 fine to possess more than 20 grams of cannabis.

Trying to guess how much beneficial cannabinoid content you're actually consuming and how much you need for your particular ailment is not easy, and it often backfires. That's why you should consult with a highly-trained, experienced practitioner like Erin and her team of discreet, compassionate medical cannabis specialists.

Am I a candidate for medical marijuana in Florida?

CBD oil and medical marijuana are only legal in Florida for these qualifying conditions:

  • chronic pain: a 2017 review of multiple studies concluded that adults treated with cannabis experience a significant reduction in chronic pain symptoms; 90% of patients in most medical marijuana states cite chronic pain as the primary purpose for their use
  • Crohn's disease: CBD is associated with reduced convulsions, nausea, and inflammation; it also lessens negative symptoms of THC in some people
  • epilepsy & chronic seizures: the FDA has approved an oral CBD solution called Epidiolex for the treatment of two rare forms of epilepsy - Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome - in patients aged 2 and older
  • ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease: studies show cannabinoids can delay motor impairment and prolong survival; as an anti-inflammatory, THC can also provide neuroprotection for ALS patients
  • glaucoma: marijuana lowers eye pressure; may also act on certain receptors to provide a type of neuro-protection against damage to the optic nerve
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): CBD and THC are known to affect the nervous system and help PTSD patients alleviate fear, anxiety and insomnia
  • cancer: the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute recognize CBD oil's potential to slow the spread of cancer cells; research shows it can inhibit progression of breast, lung, prostate and colon cancer, while alleviating the pain, nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy
  • HIV/AIDS: nearly one in three HIV/AIDS patients turn to cannabis to ward off pain, nausea, appetite loss, cachexia, and emotional decline that result from high active anti-retroviral therapy
  • Parkinson's disease: research has focused on CBD's antipsychotic properties and its role in patients with schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease
  • multiple sclerosis (MS): trials of Sativex, a medicine that contains both CBD and THC showed a notable reduction in pain and muscle spasms in a small group of people with MS
  • medical conditions comparable to those listed above: research indicates that CBD oil treats anxiety and depression by activating the brain receptors for serotonin, the neurotransmitter that regulates mood, appetite and sleep
  • a terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the certification: from cancer, to AIDS, to kidney disease, medical cannabis has become a common end-of-life therapy

CBD anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to lower the incidence of diabetes in mice, and scientists are researching the possibility that it could treat type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in humans as well. You can keep up with the latest developments on the Florida Department of Health's website.

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Why suffer from pain, stiffness, anxiety, depression, or the side effects of pharmaceuticals? If you'd like to treat the root causes of your imbalances with natural, legal CBD hemp oil provided by one of our professional, licensed CBD dispensaries, connect with a provider who's passionate and knowledgeable about the ins and outs of medical cannabis. Call Erin and her Evolution team today at (813) 333-5593, or contact us here.