What is Medical Marijuana?

Medical marijuana uses the marijuana plant or chemicals in it to treat diseases or conditions. It's basically the same product as recreational marijuana, but it's taken for medical purposes.

The marijuana plant contains more than 100 different chemicals called cannabinoids. Each one has a different effect on the body. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the main chemicals used in medicine. THC also produces the "high" people feel when they smoke marijuana or eat foods containing it.

What is Medical Marijuana used for?

Medical marijuana is used to treat a number of different conditions. Check out the list of conditions on our Eligibility page and if you are wondering about a condition not listed, just contact us and let us put our expertise to work for you in finding the best answer based upon current studies.

The greatest amount of evidence for the therapeutic effects of cannabis relate to its ability to reduce chronic pain, nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, and spasticity [tight or stiff muscles] from MS, but there is a growing amount of research in other areas that may be applicable.

How does it help?

Cannabinoids -- the active chemicals in medical marijuana -- are similar to chemicals the body makes that are involved in appetite, memory, movement, and pain.

Research suggests cannabinoids might:

  • Reduce anxiety
  • Reduce inflammation and relieve pain
  • Control nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy
  • Kill cancer cells and slow tumor growth
  • Relax tight muscles in people with MS
  • Stimulate appetite and improve weight gain in people with cancer and AIDS

How do you get Medical Marijuana?

To get medical marijuana in Florida, you need a written recommendation from a licensed doctor in this state. Lemon Bay Cannabis is fully licensed to examine and determine your suitability and to provide the recommendation required. You must have a condition that qualifies for medical marijuana use. Check our eligibility page for qualifying conditions. Florida also requirse you to get a medical marijuana ID card. Once you have that card, you can buy medical marijuana at a store called a dispensary.

How does the state of FL regulate it?

Florida Department of Health established the Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) and a system of Registray Identification Cards to manage the recommendation, dispensation, and use of Medical Marijuana. Read here for more details.