Medical Cannabis Specialist

Wellness Institute Of Downtown

Wellness Center located in Fort Myers, FL

If you suffer from chronic pain that prohibits you from enjoying your daily activities, medical cannabis may be an ideal solution. The board-certified team of doctors at Wellness Institute Downtown supervises the therapeutic use of medical cannabis for men and women in Fort Myers, Florida. Call the office to learn more about how cannabis can help relieve your pain or use the easy online scheduling tool.

Medical Cannabis

Wellness Institute Of Downtown

What is medical cannabis?

Many people who suffer from debilitating pain turn to habit-forming narcotic medications to find relief. Opiates and analgesics have serious side effects that are detrimental to longtime users.

Medical cannabis is growing in popularity as an effective alternative to addictive medication because it relieves pain with only minor side effects. Cannabis is made from the dried flowers and buds of the Cannabis Sativa or Cannabis Indica species of plants.

If you qualify, Wellness Institute of Downtown provides two types of therapeutic cannabis:

  • Low-THC cannabis: low doses of the psychoactive component of marijuana responsible for the “stoned” feeling
  • Medical cannabis: includes all the medicinal benefits of cannabis without reducing the THC

A 2016 study revealed that medical cannabis lowers dependency on opiates, enhances quality of life, and reduces negative side effects of other medications.

Is medical cannabis legal?

Laws regulating the use of cannabis vary by state. Florida laws allow the use of medical marijuana for people who qualify.

The skilled doctors at Wellness Institute of Downtown assess your needs to determine your eligibility. If your condition merits it, you’ll receive a prescription for medical cannabis.

What conditions are treated with medical cannabis?

Research and user experience shows that medical cannabis offers relief for numerous conditions, such as:

  • Cancer
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Chronic pain
  • Neck and back pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Autism
  • Seizure disorder
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Crohn's disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Migraines
  • Glaucoma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

What are the side effects of medical cannabis use?

Medical cannabis is generally tolerated well, and patients report few unpleasant side-effects. When side effects do occur, they tend to include dry mouth, eye redness, dizziness, and impaired mental acuity.

The side effects you experience are related to the amount of THC you take. High doses of THC can cause nausea, hallucinations, and feelings of panic. That's why it’s important to work with your provider at Wellness Institute of Downtown to determine the right dose for you.

It’s important never to use cannabis or THC products if you're pregnant or trying to conceive. You should also talk with your provider if you have a preexisting condition like heart disease or high blood pressure.

How you choose to take cannabis can have implications on the side effects you experience. The Wellness Institute of Downtown recommends oral administration or vaporizing. Smoking or using an administration method that causes the cannabis to combust can cause lung irritation and lead to lung disease.

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