What is Medical Cannabis?
Cannabis under Florida law is “all parts of any plant of the genus Cannabis, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant or its seeds or resin.”
Medical marijuana/cannabis is used to reduce symptoms, not to treat or cure diseases. Cannabis use does not change the prognosis of a certain disease. It can alleviate certain complaints and make someone feel better, which can improve quality of life.
People receiving cancer treatment and chemotherapy sometimes receive a medical marijuana prescription. It may also help people with medical conditions that cause muscle spasms, such as multiple sclerosis. Because marijuana may increase appetite, it may help people with conditions that cause anorexia, such as AIDS.
Researchers continue to study the benefits of marijuana for medical purposes. Marijuana may be effective in treating:
- Pain: Because of its effect on the central nervous system, cannabis may reduce chronic pain in some people.
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Nausea: Cannabis may reduce nausea and stimulate appetite in some people.
- Muscle spasms: According to the Mayo Clinic, early studies show that cannabis may help reduce muscle spasms associated with certain condition
- Seizure disorders
- Crohn’s disease
- Many other debilitating illnesses find that marijuana provides relief from their symptoms.