Letter to the Editor, Medical Marijuana
Florida’s Amendment 2, the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative was passed on November 18, 2016, and went into effect on January 3, 2017.
Under this amendment, medical marijuana may be given to a patient if the physician believes that the benefit would outweigh the potential health risk. The only caveat is that medical marijuana cannot be smoked. The product can be consumed as edibles or by using vaping, oils, sprays or pills.
This is a watershed event for people of all ages suffering from various ailments and conditions in Florida. Previously, only patients who were terminally ill with less than a year to live were legally able to use medical marijuana. Thanks to Amendment 2, those with a rather lengthy list of diseases and conditions may also be able to enjoy the benefits of medical marijuana.
Those benefits have been well-documented. The compounds found in the marijuana plant, cannabis, are referred to as cannabinoids. While there have been over 100 cannabinoids discovered and named, the most common two are Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD is not psychoactive, while THC is responsible for the “high” derived from smoking marijuana. Medical marijuana is derived from these two cannabinoids.
The ingestion of these two cannabinoids has been shown to reduce or eliminate negative symptoms and side effects in a number of diseases and conditions. HealthyGreenMD.com is dedicated to answering all your questions about medical marijuana, explaining the benefits as they pertain to specific conditions, keeping you up-to-date on the latest legislation and guiding you in the right direction to find the health-care provider right for your particular situation.
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