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Chronic Conditions & Medical Marijuana

If you or one of your family members is living with a chronic illness, and your current plan of care isn’t providing the relief you had hoped for, it may be time to consider incorporating medical marijuana (Cannabis) into your existing treatment plan. 

Medical marijuana is legal for Florida residents and who have been diagnosed with certain health conditions.  To talk about treating your chronic health condition with medical Cannabis in Florida, contact Palm Beach Pain Institute at 1-561-499-7020 for a confidential consultation.

What is a Chronic Disease?

Chronic illness is extremely prevalent in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “As of 2012, about half of all adults — 117 million people — had one or more chronic health conditions. One of four adults had two or more chronic health conditions.”

In short, a chronic condition is a persistent, recurring, long-term health condition, typically defined as a condition lasting at least three months. This stands in contrast to acute conditions, which are temporary and occur suddenly (such as a heart attack or bone fracture).

Chronic Conditions that Qualify for Medical Marijuana in Florida

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

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Positive status for HIV
  • AIDS
  • 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 chronic pain.

To discuss medical marijuana for chronic pain 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.

How Patients with Chronic Illnesses Can Benefit from Medical Marijuana

Marijuana contains chemical compounds called “cannabinoids.” Researchers have discovered roughly 85 cannabinoids so far, one of which you probably know by name already: THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).

THC and other cannabinoids interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors in your brain tissue and, to a lesser extent, tissue throughout other areas of the body. These interactions quickly produce temporary alterations to your appetite, your mood, your perception of physical pain, and other sensations and functions.

Many people are shocked to learn that their very own bodies already produce endocannabinoids, such as Anandamide (AEA), which are chemically similar to THC and other cannabinoids found in marijuana.

The interactions between the cannabinoids in marijuana and the receptors in your nervous system and other parts of your body are responsible for marijuana’s “psychoactive” (mood-altering) effects, as well as its medical benefits.

While every patient will have a slightly unique experience, patients with chronic illnesses generally report positive effects while using Cannabis, including:

  • Reduced physical pain and nausea.
  • Decreased stress and tension, and increased relaxation and tranquility.
  • Improved mood, which some people have even described as “euphoria.”
  • Increased appetite, which can help people who have lost excessive weight regain body mass and achieve a better intake of nutrients.
  • Increased ability to fall and stay asleep, which is tremendously beneficial for people who are chronically fatigued due to insomnia or sleeplessness caused by pain or nausea.

Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach Florida Medical Marijuana Doctor Treating Patients in Florida

The Cannabis Program at Palm Beach Pain Institute was established by Dr. Marcie Merson, a Board Certified, Fellowship Trained Pain Management Physician, in order to ensure that more patients would receive reliable medical guidance for the effective and, most importantly, safe use of medical Cannabis.

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with cancer, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, HIV, or any other debilitating chronic condition, medical marijuana may be a suitable supplemental therapy to add to your current plan of care.

To learn more in a private consultation with Dr. Marcie Merson, please call Palm Beach Pain Institute at 1-561-499-7020 today.