According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis affects approximately 52.5 million adults in the United States. The term arthritis refers to a group of autoimmune conditions. While there are several different types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis, scleroderma, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia, each of these conditions impairs joint function, causing tenderness, swelling, and stiffness which can make it painful and difficult to engage in work, hobbies, or simple physical activities.
If you are a diagnosed arthritis patient residing in Florida, and you are dissatisfied with the degree of pain relief your current medication is providing, you should speak with a Florida Certified Cannabis doctor about supplementing your existing treatment regimen with a guided and personalized medical marijuana care plan.
Since 2017, arthritis patients have been eligible for medical marijuana in Florida. At Palm Beach Pain Institute, our mission is to provide arthritis patients with personalized medical guidance to create a Cannabis therapy plan that relieves your pain and helps you feel better.
To speak with a South Florida medical marijuana doctor about whether Cannabis therapy could be appropriate for you, contact Palm Beach Pain Institute at 1-561-499-7020. We can provide you with a confidential consultation to begin the process of assessing your medical needs.
How Marijuana Relieves Pain Caused by Rheumatoid, Psoriatic, Spinal, and Osteoarthritis
Marijuana contains chemical compounds which are known as “cannabinoids.” The most famous cannabinoid is Tetrahydrocannabinol, or, as you probably know it, THC. While THC is the best known and most extensively researched cannabinoid, it is merely one of approximately 85 different cannabinoids that all work in conjunction – a phenomenon known as the “entourage effect” – to produce the effects of Cannabis use.
When you vaporize or ingest marijuana, THC and other cannabinoids soon begin to interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). Most people have never heard of this often overlooked system, yet it plays a vital role in human physiology: helping to maintain “homeostasis,” or internal stability. In short, your endocannabinoid system helps regulate your nervous system, immune system, and functions of various organs.
In medicine, the prefix “endo-” simply means “inside” or “within.” Therefore, the “endocannabinoid” system is a system within your body that is activated by:
- Endocannabinoids, or cannabinoids that your own body makes, such as 2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) and Anandamide (AEA)
- Cannabinoids in marijuana, such as THC and CBD (Cannabidiol)
The endocannabinoid system is comprised of two components: CB1 receptors, which are located primarily in your nervous system, and CB2 receptors, which are located primarily in your immune system. When you use Cannabis, THC and other cannabinoids stimulate your CB1 and CB2 receptors, which safely and temporarily alters the way your endocannabinoid system normally functions. As a result, the functions that are regulated by the endocannabinoid system – for instance, the way you perceive your arthritis pain – are in turn altered.
Medical Marijuana Treatment Plans for Florida Arthritis Patients
After graduating from The University of Miami School of Medicine, Dr. Marcie Merson went on to a medical career as an Interventional Pain Medicine Physician, where she devoted her work to the treatment of patients struggling with acute and chronic debilitating pain conditions. Observing that Cannabis never produced a fatal overdose, Dr. Merson began to study marijuana’s medical applications, ultimately leading to the establishment of the Medical Cannabis program at Palm Beach Pain Institute: a unique Florida medical practice focused on providing patients with personalized Cannabis therapy based on the most cutting-edge research into this exciting and emergent field of medicine.
Dissatisfied with the systemic failure of medical marijuana dispensaries to provide scientifically valid guidance to patients – many of whom have never used Cannabis, and do not know how best to administer their medication or find the appropriate dose – Dr. Merson established the Cannabis Program at Palm Beach Pain Institute to supply effective, monitored Cannabis care that is both scientifically sound and personally tailored to each patient’s fluctuating needs.
Today, Palm Beach Pain Institute stands on the forefront of Cannabis care as one of the state’s only medical practices oriented around medical marijuana for improved health and wellness. Our mission is to help see that patients are educated about their healthcare options, empowering them to make informed decisions.
Schedule a Consultation with a Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Florida Marijuana Doctor for Arthritis Pain Care
Florida legislated the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes in 2014 with the passage of the Compassionate Use Act. On November 8, 2016, voters overwhelmingly passed a ballot initiative to guarantee the right to use cannabis by individuals suffering from debilitating illnesses. Amendment 2 is now law and is found in Section 29, Article X of the Florida state constitution.
Florida Qualifying Conditions
- Positive status for HIV
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- A Terminal Condition
- Chronic Pain*
- Medical conditions of the same kind/class as or comparable to those enumerated
*Chronic pain may only be a qualifying condition if the patient is suffering from another qualifying condition.
Our role at Palm Beach Pain Institute is to evaluate patients’ medical needs and provide ongoing medical supervision. If you are an adult resident of Florida, and we determine that medical marijuana is an appropriate approach to management of your qualifying condition, we can create and oversee a Cannabis therapy plan designed to alleviate your arthritis discomfort.
To discuss medical marijuana for arthritis in a confidential consultation with Dr. Merson, call Palm Beach Pain Institute at 1-561-499-7020. Our offices are conveniently located in Delray Beach adjacent to Delray Medical Center, near Boca Raton and Boynton Beach, Florida.