Using cannabis to manage medical symptoms is not a new science; our ancestors took it for centuries. Historians and scientists theorize that marijuana was used thousands of years B.C. for rheumatic pain, constipation, female reproductive tract disorders, and malaria. When combined with wine, cannabis was even utilized during surgical procedures to help anesthetize patients.
The mechanism that leads to this effect involves the activation of cannabinoid receptors found in the central nervous system, which showed an analgesic effect in a 2018 study.
Since the passage of Amendment 2, medical cannabis has been much more accessible to patients in Florida. SB 182 signed into law in March 2019 allows physicians to recommend smoking as a route of administration, greatly expanding the flexibility of medical marijuana usage. At Compassionate Healthcare of Florida, our board-certified physicians believe in taking advantage of the benefits medical cannabis can offer patients.
Medical marijuana is a fantastic treatment for multiple chronic conditions that cannot always be treated with conventional pharmacological drugs. With the expansion of Florida’s medical marijuana program and the increased access to a variety of high-quality cannabis compounds, patients have the option to try treatments that were not always made available to them prior.