The history of medical marijuana
Medical marijuana was prescribed by doctors until 1942. That’s when it was taken off the U.S. pharmacopoeia, the list of commonly available drugs.
“Marijuana has been a medicine for 5,000 years,” says Donald I. Abrams, MD. “That’s a lot longer than it hasn’t been a medicine.” Abrams, who is an oncologist and director of clinical research programs at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the UCSF School of Medicine in San Francisco, is one of a handful of top-flight doctors in the country researching medical marijuana. “The war on drugs is really a war on patients,” he says.
Marijuana the plant’s Latin name is cannabis — has a host of components called cannabinoids. These components may have medicinal properties.
“There are 60 or 70 different cannabinoids in marijuana,” says Abrams. Marinol contains only one cannabinoid — delta-9 THC. When THC is isolated from the plant, other ingredients are lost, including those that might be buffering any adverse effects of taking “straight” THC. “In Chinese medicine,” Abrams says, “they prescribe whole herbs and usually combinations of herbs.”
As per the legislation of Florida’s Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Amendment 2, passed November 08, 2016, qualified patients diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition may lawfully obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes, where the patient has been certified by a licensed Florida marijuana doctor.
Chronic Pain is a complex pain disorder that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain, sleep problems, and emotional and mental distress. According to the National Chronic Pain Association, the condition affects of the world’s population. Various treatment options exist; however, there is currently no known cure. According to a 2017 nationally representative survey, American adults take an average of four prescription drugs a day. (A 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that participants had taken over five prescription drugs in the past 30 days.) While the U.S. population has only increased 20% over the last two decades says some Marijuana Doctors in Sarasota, the total number of prescriptions filled by adults and children has skyrocketed.
Qualifying Medical Conditions for Marijuana in Florida:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- Back Pain
- Chronic Pain/Severe Pain
- Crohn’s disease
- Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome
- Hepatitis C
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Lyme Disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Muscle Spasms/Chronic Muscle Spasms
- Parkinson’s disease
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Severe Nausea
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- or any other ailment/condition of the same severity/symptoms, when determined by a physician’s opinion that the medical use of marijuana would surpass any potential health risks
- a terminal condition/terminal illness
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