Medical Marijuana

If you suffer from a chronic pain condition and have not found adequate relief using traditional medicines or techniques, you may be considering medical marijuana (cannabis) as part of your treatment strategy.

Although the use of cannabis as medicine has not been rigorously tested due to legal restrictions, preliminary evidence suggests that cannabis can reduce chronic pain and inflammation, as well as related conditions such as nausea, loss of appetite and muscle spasms.

Medical cannabis can be administered through methods that include capsules, lozenges, tinctures, dermal patches, oral or dermal sprays, edibles, and vaporizing or smoking dried buds.

The law

The Florida Medical Marijuana Law states that “patients who possess a physician’s recommendation may legally obtain medical cannabis provided by state licensed dispensaries.” A 2017 law that prohibited the inhalation of herbal forms of medical marijuana was amended in 2018. The measure allows qualified patients to possess up to four ounces of herbal cannabis if a recommending physician saying, “that the benefits of smoking marijuana for medical use outweigh the risks for the qualified patient.”

The potential benefits

The potential benefits of medical marijuana include:

  • pain relief
  • reduction of inflammation
  • lessening nausea and improving appetite
  • control of epileptic seizures

Your options

Talk with your physician at Jax Spine & Pain Centers, or request an appointment. by telephone or the link on this website. You will be able to have a one-on-one discussion about options, benefits and risks of your specific situation.