What Is Medical Marijuana?
Medical marijuana refers to the use of certain ingredients from the marijuana plant used to treat illnesses or diseases. The marijuana plant itself contains more than a hundred chemicals, but only two main compounds are typically used for medicinal marijuana: delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Some types of medical marijuana also contain minor naturally occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant called cannabinoids. One of the more common ones is CBN (cannabinol).
Find out if you qualify for Medicinal Marijuana by scheduling an appointment with one of our physicians.
Contact us to learn more about the benefits of medicinal marijuana.
Why is Medical Marijuana Important
It’s important to understand that most people considering marijuana for medicinal purposes have tried numerous other treatments. Plus, there is research suggesting patients have seen striking results when using medicinal marijuana to manage their symptoms. Several studies have also confirmed the therapeutic value of marijuana for certain ailments or illnesses. It’s also important because this type of treatment could contribute to:
- Meaningful symptom relief
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Improved quality of life
Benefits of Medicinal Marijuana
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), marijuana has been used for medicinal or therapeutic purposes for several thousand years. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine looked at more than 10,000 studies involving medicinal marijuana. They determined this treatment may offer the following benefits:
Better management of chronic pain
Improvements with results seen with addiction treatment for opioids or alcohol
Better management of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychological conditions
Relief from the more disruptive symptoms, like nausea and vomiting, associated with chemotherapy treatment for cancer
Less reliance on medications that have potentially serious side effects associated with long-term use
Medical Marijuana Qualifications
In order to qualify for medicinal marijuana in Florida, you’ll need to have one or more of the debilitating medical conditions specifically covered under the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative. In addition to multiple sclerosis (MS), issues with chemo or radiation therapy side effects, migraines, fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions, and PTSD and other anxiety disorders, qualifying conditions include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those listed
- Terminal illness
- Chronic nonmalignant pain
To receive a medical marijuana card in Florida you must also be at least 18 years of age and be a year-long or seasonal resident in the state. Additional requirements include:
- Having legitimate medical records or documentation
- Being diagnosed by a physician in person
- Being entered into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry
- Applying for the card that’s needed to receive medicinal marijuana so you can receive a temporary ID card
Please note we do not dispense medicinal marijuana. We determine if patients qualify for a medical marijuana card, which can be used at a designated dispensary. If you would like to determine your medical marijuana qualifications and whether it’s an appropriate option for your situation, visit one of our two clinics. We have locations in Lake Mary, FL, and Deltona, FL.
Dr. Abdul Quyyum Ahmed
Dr. Abdul Quyyum Ahmed is a graduate of Ambedkar Medical College followed by a residency in general surgery with core rotations in plastic surgery at Apollo Hospital in India as part of his Membership of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in Edinburgh U.K.
In 2009 he started his Family Medicine Residency at Trover Health Systems AKA Baptist Health in Madisonville Kentucky in affiliation with University of Louisville and is board certified.
Board Certified: ABFM, ECFMG, M.B.B.S, M.D., ACLS, BLS, PALS, ATLS
Dr. Ahmed is no stranger to taking care of patients in a family practice setting – managing patients with chronic medical conditions, providing weight loss management services and certifying patients for Medical Marijuana Eligibility. Dr. Ahmed also provides Direct Primary Care services, IV infusion therapy and aesthetic services like Micro-Needling with Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP) for Facial Rejuvenation. Dr. Ahmed specializes in Integrative and Functional Medicine.
Dr. Ahmed attained his Board Certification as an Obesity Medicine physician serving Volusia and Seminole county. He also attained his license as an Authorized Prescriber of Medical and Low-THC Cannabis. He has 15 years experience practicing medicine and works with various hospitals in Kentucky, Nebraska and Central Florida as a Hospitalist providing care to patients in a hospital setting.
“Each day I wake up with a renewed commitment to excellence. It’s important to me that I take time to know my patients. Understanding who they are as a person makes me a better physician.” – Dr. Abdul Quyyum Ahmed
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