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Medical Marijuana - St. Cloud, FL

A Natural Solution For Pain & Anxiety

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Over the past few years, medical marijuana has become much more prominent and less stigmatized. Studies have shown that it’s able to help those dealing with chronic pain, anxiety, and appetite issues without the harmful side effects caused by more traditional medications. Dr. Murphy has used marijuana to successfully treat over 2,000 patients, and he’s so effective that other physicians often refer people to him specifically for this type of care. If you’re looking for a more natural way to feel better and enjoy relief, contact Dr. Murphy today to schedule a consultation to discuss treatment with medical marijuana in St. Cloud, FL.

Why Choose Holistic Medicine Wellness Center for Medical Marijuana?

  • 2,000+ Medical Marijuana Patients
  • Doctor Directed Treatment
  • Holistic Approach That Considers Mental & Physical Health

What Does Medical Marijuana Do?

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Medical marijuana is not simply a doctor telling you it’s alright to get high all the time. Rather, it is used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan to help patients dealing with chronic pain, injury, and systemic conditions that have no cure at this time. It can help address both physical and mental symptoms to drastically improve someone’s comfort and quality of life. And because marijuana products are derived from plants, they don’t cause the complications often associated with other medications, allowing people to get the treatment they need without disrupting their life.

Conditions Medical Marijuana Treats

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The active chemicals in medical marijuana are called cannabinoids. These are very similar to the chemicals your own body creates that influence memory, movement, pain reduction, and appetite. When applied by a physician like Dr. Murphy, medical marijuana has the potential to help those dealing with a wide array of mental and physical conditions so a patient experiences better function and less day-to-day pain and anxiety.

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Patients with AIDS/HIV typically have to take a lot of medication to manage their condition, which can cause a wide array of side effects, including nausea, a suppressed appetite, and chronic pain, and this is on top of the ailment itself. Marijuana can be used to stimulate someone’s appetite, help them cope with daily stress, and reduce the generalized pain or “total body ache.”

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a degenerative nerve condition that currently has no cure. Medical marijuana has been shown to slow its progression, however, allowing a patient to maintain their physical function longer. It can also reduce the muscle spasms associated with ALS.

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Medical marijuana has been shown to slow tumor growth for various types of cancer, and it can also help patients dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy and other medication, such as stimulating appetite and relieving chronic pain.

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Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is primarily an inflammatory disorder, and medical marijuana can be used to reduce the inflammation in the bowel and lessen symptoms like pain, diarrhea, and fatigue. Right now, Crohn’s disease has no cure, but medical marijuana can help someone with it have a more normal life.

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Chronic Pain

Long-term pain, whether it’s due to an acute condition such as an injury or a systemic illness, can be reliably managed and reduced with medical marijuana. Dr. Murphy has recommended it for patients dealing with head, neck, back, shoulder, and various other types of pain in lieu of using traditional medication that might have undesirable side effects and pose the risk of addiction.

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Marijuana-derived products have been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of those who suffer from chronic seizures. In fact, the FDA recently approved a CBD-based (a type of cannabinoid) oral medication to treat those with chronic epilepsy syndromes-- Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome

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Glaucoma can result in total blindness and often stems from inflammation around the optic nerve that gradually damages it. Using medical marijuana has been shown to reduce this inflammation and can even help those who have not responded to more traditional treatments.

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

For patients dealing with pain and stiffness associated with MS, medical marijuana can help address both of these problems at once. It can reduce longstanding pain as well as allow a patient to be more mobile, all without causing the side effects common with other medications.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The calming effects of marijuana can greatly help people diagnosed with PTSD, lowering anxiety so someone can constructively process their trauma. Consistent use has been shown to reduce the occurrence of “episodes” where a patient experiences acute fear related to their traumatic event.

Why Having an Experienced Physician Matters

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Because medical marijuana has become more popular and easier to find thanks to legalization, there has been a bit of a “green rush” recently, with thousands of marijuana products flooding the market. As the most well-known and trusted marijuana doctor in the area who has helped over 2,000 patients, Dr. Murphy has the practical knowledge people need and is able to guide them through this unfamiliar landscape. He can help a patient discover which products work best for them and show someone how to use them in the most effective way. With him, medical marijuana can be just one aspect of a comprehensive treatment plan that enhances someone’s mental health and physical wellness.

Obtaining Your Medical Marijuana Card

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Florida state law allows for individuals with a range of medical conditions to use marijuana. In order to take advantage of it, however, you must go through a certification process. Dr. Murphy will evaluate your candidacy for its use, after which you can submit your application to the state. Then, you will be able to use your card to purchase marijuana from official dispensaries. To make sure your card remains valid, you will have to visit Dr. Murphy at least once every 210 days.

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Medical Marijuana FAQs

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If you are new to the realm of medical marijuana, it is both expected and commendable if you have questions. After all, there is a lot of misinformation out there about this treatment. To help clear things up, we have provided the following brief list of FAQs, along with their answers. If you don’t see the specific information you were looking for, contact us directly. Our friendly team will be pleased to chat with you and personally address your concerns.

Is It Possible to Become Addicted to Marijuana?

Marijuana is much less addictive than many other substances, such as tobacco and illegal drugs. However, there is still a possibility for addiction. That is why it is so important to comply with Dr. Murphy’s directions for using your medical marijuana. Sticking to the recommended dosage and viewing it as a medication, rather than a means to have a good time, can minimize your risk of becoming addicted.

What Side Effects Might I Experience?

The side effects you experience will depend largely on the THC concentration of the medical marijuana that you use. It is possible that you will become drowsy, become dizzy, or experience an altered mood. Your blood pressure may also change. If you have any severe side effects, call Dr. Murphy (or call 911, depending on exactly what you are experiencing) right away. In general, though, medical marijuana is relatively safe. It is unlikely you will get a prescription for it if you have any serious risk factors that could make it unwise for you to use it.

How Should I Use Medical Marijuana?

There are various ways to use medical marijuana. Many people choose to smoke it, but keep in mind that secondhand marijuana smoke might affect those around you. Edibles (such as brownies or other sweets with marijuana in them) take longer to produce an effect, but they have the advantage of being smokeless. There are pros and cons to each method of usage. Our team might recommend a particular one that would be best for you.

Can I Use My Florida Medical Marijuana Card in a Different State?

No. Medical marijuana cards are exclusive to the state in which they were issued. In the states where recreational marijuana use is legal, you may be able to purchase some on your own — just be mindful of your dosage and usage recommendations.

Does Medical Marijuana Interact with Other Medications?

Yes, it is possible. The two most active compounds in medical marijuana, THC and CBD, may increase or decrease blood levels of other medications. This is why it is important that Dr. Murphy stays up to date with all medications you are using, including both prescription and non-prescription ones. If you plan to have surgery, your surgical team must know that you use medical marijuana so they can adjust your anesthesia dose accordingly.

Is It Possible to Overdose on Marijuana?

It is important that you follow all dosing instructions provided by Dr. Murphy. Overuse of marijuana is unlikely to be fatal or cause serious complications in itself. However, it can lead to severe symptoms, such as confusion, nausea, hallucinations, and more. It could also impair judgement and lead you to engage in unsafe activities, such as driving while under the influence, that could cause serious injury or death.

What Determines How My Body Will React to Medical Marijuana?

Exactly how you react to medical marijuana will depend on a number of factors, including your sex, your previous experiences with marijuana and other substances, the method you use to take the marijuana, and what other substances you are using in combination with it. During your medical marijuana consultation, Dr. Murphy will learn about your medical history, answer your questions about using marijuana, and provide you with safe usage guidelines.

How Harmful Are Synthetic Cannabinoids?

Synthetic cannabinoids, also called K2 or Spice, are chemical substances designed to mimic the effects of marijuana and other drugs. However, they are NOT safe for medical use. Their chemical content is unpredictable, and they can affect the brain much more powerfully than marijuana. If you are interested in using non-synthetic cannabinoids to relieve symptoms of illness, you should speak to a qualified physician, such as Dr. Murphy, who can provide you with reliable advice as you start utilizing them for medical purposes.

I’m Breastfeeding My Child. Can I Use Medical Marijuana?

The use of medical marijuana is not recommended for breastfeeding or pregnant mothers. There is little data to indicate how a mother’s use of marijuana may affect a nursing child. Also, keep in mind that THC, one of the active compounds in marijuana, is stored in the body’s fat and released slowly over time. It may be passed onto a nursing baby even after the mother stops using marijuana.

How Long Can I Use Medical Marijuana?

A medical marijuana card is valid in Florida for 210 days. It must be re-certified every 70 days. These regulations are in place to protect patients from overusing medical marijuana or becoming too dependent on it. If you have a severe, chronic illness that causes you to need marijuana for more than 210 days, Dr. Murphy may help you through the process of renewing your card. He and our team take our responsibility to help patients use marijuana correctly very seriously, so you can expect us to be both compassionate and thorough when we evaluate patients as potential candidates for this strictly controlled medication.

How Common Is Medical Marijuana?

According to the Office of Medical Marijuana, there are more than half a million qualified medical marijuana patients in Florida. There are well over 300 dispensaries in our state. Millions of people throughout the U.S. use this substance as a way to cope with chronic pain and other serious medical symptoms. If you choose to use it, you can rest assured that you are very far from being alone.