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Medical Marijuana for Glaucoma

Glaucoma Treatment in Florida

 

Glaucoma is a group of related diseases that cause incurable blindness in patients. It is known that in open-angle glaucoma the fluid in the anterior chamber passes through too slowly leading to increased intraocular pressure or IOP. This build-up of pressure damages the optic nerve causing blindness. The optic nerve is the pathway for information from the eye to the brain. It is believed that having high blood pressure can be a contributing factor in the cause of IOP. It is estimated that 60.6 million people are affected by glaucoma worldwide and 2.7 of those people live in the United States. It is believed to be the second leading cause of blindness in people over 40.

For many patients who can't tolerate traditional forms of medication because of the side effects, medical marijuana can be a viable substitute. Because medical marijuana can lower blood pressure it also reduces the supply of blood to the optic nerve decreasing intraocular pressure. This reduction in pressure helps protect the patient from having optic nerve damage. This is because marijuana works with the cannabinoid receptors in the eye to decrease the fluid production that is so damaging to the optic nerve.

Medical marijuana is not different from the marijuana that has long been considered a gateway drug. We now understand it better since there are many reputable studies in the medical community. One such study performed by J. Michael Bostwick, MD, a psychiatrist at the Mayo Clinic concluded that "Cannabinoids may be useful medicine for certain indications."

Scientist discovered 20 years ago that a system found in the brain called the endocannabinoid system responds to 60 chemicals in marijuana. Since this system plays an important role in many bodily functions among them heart, immune, nervous, digestive, endocrine, and reproductive systems. Scientist became interested in finding these chemical and targeting marijuana into solutions for certain conditions.

Medical Marijuana is a plant in the cannabis family. Like hemp, it contains important chemicals known as cannabinoids, or CBD, that have certain effects on the body. Unlike hemp, medical marijuana contains THC, the chemical that produces the high many people smoke it for. It is believed that CBD is the element that truly creates the medicinal benefits.

So why use medical marijuana if you get the positive benefits from CBD which is found in hemp? It is thought that the same chemical properties that help give the feeling of being high, THC, are also the ones that increase appetite. Having a case of the munchies can be vital for patients of cancer, or HIV/AIDS, who are known to have problems keeping on weight.

There are some side effects to medical marijuana they include;

  • Depression

  • Dizziness

  • Increased heart rate

  • Hallucinations

  • Low blood pressure

  • Chronic cough or Bronchitis

  • Breathing problems
     

It is still believed that women who are pregnant or nursing should not use marijuana because of the possible effects on the baby's health.

There is also concern about using medical marijuana for glaucoma since the pressure- lowering effect only last for 3 to 4 hours. Doctors are concerned about the frequency that will be required to have effective relief in a 24-hour period. There isn't any data on the effects of using marijuana that often in one 24-hour period. Using an alternative method like a capsule or liquid, instead of smoking, might resolve the issue if doses could be standardized. There are many ways to get the benefits of medical marijuana. You can, of course smoke it, use a vaporizer to inhale it, eat it in baked goods, like brownies, or in a capsule. You can purchase it in a liquid that you put under your tongue a few drops at a time.

There have been four cannabinoid medications approved by the FDA. They are dronabinol, known by the brand names Marinol and Syndros, nabilone also known by the brand name Cesamet. These are used primarily by patients taking chemotherapy to relieve nausea and vomiting plus stimulate the appetite and counter extreme weight loss. Epidiolex is a drug for the treatment of children's epilepsy was approved in 2013. A new drug Sativex is currently in clinical trials. If approved, it would be used for pain by breast cancer patients. There are more than 20 countries worldwide that have approved it for the treatment of muscle spasm and cancer.

Medical Marijuana for Glaucoma Process

Before you go out to make a purchase there are some legal requirements to contend with. Under federal law, marijuana is still an illegal controlled substance. Going old school and growing your own will get you arrested. However, since California first passed legislation legalizing marijuana for medical use in 1996, there have been 33 more states plus the District of Columbia to follow. Florida passed the medical marijuana law in 2017 making it possible for people with certain conditions to receive a prescription for marijuana. Before you can go to a dispensary you need to have a medical marijuana ID card, or certification, issued by a physician. To receive certification from a physician you must have been receiving care for one of the approved conditions. In the state of Florida, you can receive certification from a physician if you are in treatment for glaucoma, cancer, chronic nonmalignant pain, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, Crohn's Disease. Parkinson's Disease, and PTSD. Once it has been determined that marijuana should be part of the treatment for the patient’s condition an ID card will be issued. Your doctor will likely determine which kinds of cannabis products are the most effective course for your condition and write you a prescription.

 

To schedule your Cannabimed medical marijuana certification appointment at your home or location of your choice, contact us today!

Marijuana is only one of the plants in the cannabis family. For years people thought they were all the same now we know they are not. Each has its own healing properties. Marijuana has shown great promise in many recent studies. According to WebMD, there are about 100 studies worldwide to find uses for marijuana. Studies for chronic pain, schizophrenia, autism, cancer, epilepsy, digestive disorders, MS, and Alzheimer's Disease. We are starting to understand that it has a place in the medical community for the treatment of glaucoma as well as other conditions.

About Cannabimed

 

Cannabimed is a physician-owned and -managed cannabis certification service located in South Florida. We are a mobile service that brings treatment to you. A physician at Cannabimed provides a full, personalized MMJ evaluation, including a review of medical records, to identify if you have a qualifying condition and are eligible for treatment. The doctor does not only conduct an evaluation, but also provides MMJ certification and helps you apply for your ID card. The services provided at Cannabimed are affordable and our staff holds anonymity in the highest regard.

 

Cannabimed’s certification and ID card process is simple, convenient and easy. Contact Cannabimed to setup an appointment for a doctor evaluation at your home or place of preference today. If qualified, a physician will enter you into the registry and assign you a patient ID number. This number is required to submit an application for the ID card. You will have to apply for the card with the Department of Health. Cannabimed can aid this process for a small fee. Once approved, you will receive a temporary ID card via email, and a permanent one via mail in a few days. Now you are ready to contact your favorite South Florida dispensary to get your medical marijuana.