Cannabis Education (6)

Over 100 phytocannabinoids have been identified in the cannabis plant, many of which have documented medicinal value. Most are closely related or differ by only a single chemical part. The most talked-about and researched cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for its psychoactive properties (“high feeling”) and cannabidiol (CBD) for its healing properties.

Cannabinoids can be administered by smoking, vaporizing, oral ingestion, transdermal patch, intravenous injection, sublingual absorption or rectal suppository.

Cannabinoids are a diverse set of chemical compounds that bind to special receptors in the human body that make up what is known as The Endocannabinoid System. The “key and lock” metaphor is often used to describe this process. The human body possesses specific binding sites (“locks”) on the surface of many cell types, and our body produces several endocannabinoids (“keys”) that bind to these cannabinoid receptors (CB) to activate or “unlock” them.

In 1992, researchers detected an endogenous substance that binds to cannabinoid receptors for the first time. This substance, known as anandamide, comes from the Sanskrit word “Ananda” for bliss and “amide” due to its chemical structure. A second endocannabinoid was discovered in 1995, 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG). These two endocannabinoids are the best studied so far.

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    Cannabinoids (e.g., THC and CBD) are the chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers that provide relief to an array of symptoms including pain, nausea, anxiety, and inflammation. These work their medicinal magic by imitating compounds our bodies naturally produce, called endocannabinoids, which act to maintain internal stability and health. To put a complex system simply, they mediate communication between cells, and when there is a deficiency or problem with our endocannabinoid system, unpleasant symptoms and physical complications occur.

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    Have you ever wondered why cannabis has a such a distinct smell? Well, blame it on the Terpenes. Terpenes provide each plant with a distinctive scent or essence. Like roses or spices, different strains of Cannabis have unique odors ranging from sweet to acrid and skunky to floral.

    The words terpene and terpenoid are increasingly used interchangeably, although these terms do have different meanings. The main difference between terpenes and terpenoids is that terpenes are hydrocarbons (meaning the only elements present are carbon and hydrogen); whereas, terpenoids have been denatured by oxidation (drying and curing the flowers) or chemically modified.

    Terpenes are synthesized in cannabis in secretory cells inside glandular trichomes, and production is increased with light exposure. These terpenes are mostly found in high concentrations in unfertilized female cannabis flowers prior to senescence (the condition or process of deterioration with age). The essential oil is extracted from the plant material by steam distillation or vaporization. Many terpenes vaporize around the same temperature as THC (which boils at about 157°C), but some terpenes are more volatile than others. Terpenes also play an incredibly important role by providing the plant with natural protection from bacteria and fungus, insects, and other environmental stresses.

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    Though marijuana has been used as a medicine in various cultures around the world, it is only in the last 3 decades that researchers have begun compiling clinical evidence of the incredible medical benefits of the 113 known chemical structures known as cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant and have been isolated for further studies.

    The term medical marijuana refers to using the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat symptoms of illness and other conditions. Among the extracts that have shown to be the most effective in treating a wide array of symptoms include:

    Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): this is the principal cannabinoid in cannabis and the one directly responsible for the elevated or “high” effect associated with cannabis use.

    Cannabidiol (CBD): this is the principal non-psychoactive cannabinoid. Results from dozens of clinical studies have suggested CBD has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-nauseant, anti-emetic, anti-psychotic, anti-ischemic, anxiolytic and anti-epileptiform effects.

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    Recent reports indicate over 100,000 people have already registered for Florida’s medical marijuana program. According to the Florida Department of Health’s website, those patients now have access to 34 dispensaries dotted across the state. Those dispensaries are all operated by 13 permit holders.

    The current list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Florida includes cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, PTSD, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis, with room left for similar conditions and terminal patients to get access as needed.

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    There are three classes of the flowering Cannabis plant. Today we will discuss Cannabis Sativa vs. Cannabis Indica. Sativa tends to be rich in THC while Indica tends to be abundant in other cannabinoids.  Indica strains generally provide a sense of deep body relaxation. Sativa strains tend to provide a more energizing experience. If you want a combination of the two in a variety of ways the strain is called a hybrid.

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    Dosage (1)

    Once you have your medical marijuana and know how you’re going to consume it, you should prepare for your first dose. Choose a time when you don’t have any personal or professional responsibilities, and make sure you’re in a comfortable environment. Your physician or cannabis clinic counselor should have recommended a very small dose for your first time, and it’s critical that you adhere to their instructions.

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    Patient Information (12)

    Doctors must follow-up and re-evaluate patients in person every 30 weeks. Compassionate use ID cards must be renewed yearly.

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    Within Florida

    You may travel within Florida with your medical marijuana products, but you must have your medical marijuana card with you at all times. Air travel may be more difficult at certain airports and airlines do not permit traveling with medical marijuana products.

    Out of State Travel

    Depending on where you travel within the USA, you may not be able to take your medical marijuana product(s).  Always check the state regulations and if traveling by air, call ahead to see the airline and airport policy on traveling with medical marijuana.

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    No. Physicians may only order low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis for patients diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions approved in your state.

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    First, you want to find a state-licensed #FloridaMedicalMarijuanaDoctor with the proper credentials for your medical condition. We can assist you in scheduling an appointment for a patient evaluation. Then, the doctor will give you a recommendation for medical cannabis.

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    In order to get your Medical Marijuana Card and be able to purchase medical marijuana products from a licensed Florida dispensary, you will need to complete the following the steps:


    Screening Evaluation

    Complete a Screening Evaluation to see if you qualify for Medical Marijuana in the state of Florida.

    • First, educate yourself! Then, Book an Appointment with a Licensed Physician
    • Most of our affiliated physicians offer a minimum 10% special discount on the initial visit for Veterans of the Armed Forces. If you are a Veteran, make sure to attend one of CannXperience Tour monthly events for more information and a Free Evaluation Appointment
    • Show up for your physician appointment at least 20 minutes before schedule to fill out any required paperwork

    Face-to-Face Evaluation (each CannXperience Tour event features local physicians who can evaluate you on the spot! Call or email for more details)

    Complete a Medical Records Release Form and once reviewed, a representative will contact you to schedule your face-to-face or onsite clinical evaluation.

    Register and Pickup Your Florida Medical Marijuaja (MMJ) Card

    Register with the Florida DOH, get your card and contact a nearby dispensary to get your medication.

    • Once the Office of Medical Marijuana use processes your payment and application, you will receive an email with your temporary ID card number immediately via email, that you can use while you wait for your permanent ID in the mail (you may also use your verified email with the temporary ID number to purchase Medical Marijuana).
    • Once you have seen your physician for the first time to receive your Medical Marijuana Card, a follow-up RENEWAL visit will be required.

     

     

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    Signing up for the registry is the first step patients need to complete in order to get a prescription for medical marijuana, which was legalized in Florida in November 2016. Designated caregivers can also sign up for the registry for patients who need assistance.  The Medical Marijuana Use Registry is a secure, electronic, and online database for the registration of ordering physicians and qualified patients. It is accessible to ordering physicians, law enforcement, dispensing organization staff, and Office of Medical Marijuana Use staff.

    Log into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry.

    Registry User Guide for Patients and Caregivers

    Registry User Guide for Ordering Physicians

    Registry User Guide for Law Enforcement

    According to Florida’s Amendment 2, a wide range of diagnosed conditions may be eligible for a medical marijuana recommendation including:

    Cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Crohn’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a terminal condition diagnosed by another physician, or a chronic non-malignant pain caused by a qualifying medical condition. Other states have similar lists of allowable conditions, with some overlap with the conditions in Florida’s medical marijuana law.

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    Inhalation – Effects are quick within 1-2 minutes and last several hours. Currently, in the state of Florida smoking is not legal, but vaporizing medical cannabis is legal. Vaporizers heat cannabis to temperatures to release cannabinoids without the toxins from combustion.

    Edibles – Effects occur in approximately 90 minutes, and last longer, approximately 6-8 hours. Monitoring dosage is important since the effects may take longer to realize.

    Sublingual Tinctures – Effects occur in 5-15 minutes and last 3-4 hours.

    Topical – Rarely psychoactive, but very high doses may result in psychoactive effects. Provides anti-inflammatory benefits.

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    Though marijuana has been used as a medicine in various cultures around the world, it is only in the last 3 decades that researchers have begun compiling clinical evidence of the incredible medical benefits of the 113 known chemical structures known as cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant and have been isolated for further studies.

    The term medical marijuana refers to using the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat symptoms of illness and other conditions. Among the extracts that have shown to be the most effective in treating a wide array of symptoms include:

    Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): this is the principal cannabinoid in cannabis and the one directly responsible for the elevated or “high” effect associated with cannabis use.

    Cannabidiol (CBD): this is the principal non-psychoactive cannabinoid. Results from dozens of clinical studies have suggested CBD has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-nauseant, anti-emetic, anti-psychotic, anti-ischemic, anxiolytic and anti-epileptiform effects.

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    If a patient is younger than 18 years old, a second physician may concur and qualify a patient, as long as the patient meets the criteria for an appropriate medical condition.

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    The passing of Medical Marijuana bills allow patients to obtain a medical marijuana card if they have a qualifying medical condition and a licensed physician believes they are likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the use of medical marijuana.

    Many conditions may qualify one as a cannabis patient, here are some to consider.
    Cancer
    Glaucoma
    HIV/AIDS
    Sickle Cell Anemia
    Hepatitis C
    MLS
    Crohn’s disease
    Alzheimer’s disease
    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    The treatment of these conditions; or a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures (including but not limited to those characteristic of epilepsy), or severe and persistent muscle spasms (including but not limited to those characteristic of multiple sclerosis).

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    You will need to bring a valid Florida state ID card or driver’s license. Otherwise, a valid passport or out-of-state photo-ID card and receipt from a Florida DMV for a Florida ID card or driver’s license application.

    New patients must bring or fax/scan ahead of time medical documentation showing that you have been diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition. Medical documentation can be in the form of medical records, physician letters, or reports.

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