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.

For a free consultation, please call HealthyGreenMD.com at 321-270-1100.

Thank you,

David Steranko

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11 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Cheryl October 5, 2017

    It’s wonderful! I hated taking opiods for my arthritis pain. Plus, they didn’t really work. I can finally be pain free thanks to this initiative. Thank you Cocoa Beach!

  2. Ann October 5, 2017

    Awesome. It is about time with so many with conditions that this will help, especially little children.

  3. Cc rider October 5, 2017

    Very interesting. But different

  4. Cc rider October 5, 2017

    Interesting but different

  5. Brian Costleigh October 5, 2017

    As a cancer physician, and although i am staunchly against recreational usage, marajuana for medical use in general works really well. The biggest problem is when patients with the approved diagnoses who really don’t need it, request it. There is rarely a time when an early stage breast cancer patient or early stage prostate cancer patient really needs medical marajuana. But yes, sometimes it is still requested and I will gladly say no.

    • Ryan Wilson October 6, 2017

      Thank goodness you’re able to judge people’s morality. Staunchly.

    • Johnson October 6, 2017

      Yeah, the medical community has done a wonderful job policing opioid use.

  6. Dawn October 5, 2017

    THANK YOU http://healthygreenmd.com. My migraines are diminished, without taking horrible pain pills!!

  7. Edward Boston October 7, 2017

    I cannot abide the demonization of a plant that occurs naturally by an immortal government and society. Instead of processing a natural plant in uses spanning from textiles, fuels and medicine, we criminalize it in favor of big pharma and petroleum and chemical companies. We, as a country criminalize hemp and marijuana yet freely allow weaponry capable of recent massacres. I am staunchly against your archaic and ignorant judgement which unfortunately is pervasive among the medical community. Keep your head in the sand and keep writing those prescriptions for pills the companies push on you! The movement is on and enlightenment and development will happen.

  8. Brian Costleigh October 7, 2017

    Wow. As a medical professional, I praise the use of medical marajuana. But add a statement that it basically needs to be limited to those who need it and I get negative comments. This is one reason why our society has so many problems. Regarding Ryan’s comment, I am not sure when medical judgement and following the prescribing guidelines (ie. The law) turned into moral judgement. Regarding Johnson’s comment. Yes, I will be the first to say the medical community in the past has done a pitiful job policing opioid usage and there is an opioid use epidemic partially because of it. But you cannot blame just the medical community on the epidemic. A big part of the blame needs to be placed on the small percent of people who abused opioids. The laxed prior laws just made it easier for the “small percent” to take advantage of the situation. Unfortunately as with most bad things in society, the minority who abuse the system makes it difficult for the majority. This applies to the opioid epidemic as well. Opioids when used appropriately have improved the lives of many people. I can say as fact that every state medical board in the United States have come down very strongly in the past 2 years to clean up the system and every physician is now mandated to take Continuing medical education on pain control and narcotic usage. A very good start. The new laws in opioid prescribing are very strict. There is very strict expectations of documentation and follow up of patients which if you don’t follow, you can loose your license. The “pill mills” of the past are all being shut down one at a time. Many physicians will no longer be involved in pain management due to the required paperwork, strict follow up guidelines and subsequent risks. So yes, in the past, there was terrible policing by the medical community of opioid usage. However, it is changing and changing rapidly. But please, do not blame the medical community as the sole entity being responsible. There are many patients who derive great benefit from opioid usage and this is why we prescribe it. There is no personal or moral judgement here. As physicians, we make medical decisions and recommendations based on medical issues. If a patient does not like the recommendation, it cannot be expected that the physician will change his recommendation and go against standard of care just to appease a patient. Sometimes, you just cannot alleviate all the patients pain without adverse consequences. In this scenario. A patient may be unhappy and may not care about guidelines and he law. They just want their pain gone. The same process applies to medical marajuana usage. Again this is medical judgement, not moral judgement. In addition, there is nothing I or anyone else can do if an individual cannot differentiate between good and appropriate medical decision making and moral judgement. Unfortunately, there is also a small percent of patients who obviously have drug seeking behavior. Yes, as medical professionals, we are training to identify these people. Again, not giving moral judgement but by using your many years of training and experience to offer what will give the highest probability of the best outcome. My comment about limiting medical marajuana use to those who need it basically is a re-iteration of the law and was basically a comment so we as medical professionals are vigilent to be sure medical marajuana use doesn’t get abused and so it doesn’t follow the same path that opioid usage went in the past. I apologize if I offended anyone with my previous comment. Again, I praise the use of medical marajuana when appropriate and i have no problem saying that I voted for it.

  9. Brian Costleigh October 7, 2017

    One last thing, thank you HealthyGreenMD for serving those in need.

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