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Medical Cannabis Specialist

The Wellness Institute -  - Internist

The Wellness Institute

Internist & Medical Cannabis Specialist located in Fort Myers, FL

More than 136,000 Floridians use medical cannabis, and that number continues to grow. If you’re tired of experiencing the uncomfortable side effects of prescription medications, medical cannabis is worth considering. At The Wellness Institute of Fort Myers in Fort Myers, Florida, expert internist Jean-Jacque Vel, DO, and the team regularly prescribe medical cannabis to men and women. To request your consultation today, call the office or use the online scheduling tool.

Medical Cannabis Q&A

What is medical cannabis?

Medical cannabis, or medical marijuana, is cannabis prescribed by a medical doctor to treat uncomfortable symptoms such as nausea, chronic pain, or a loss of appetite. 

Many people view cannabis as a recreational drug, but it’s actually been used in medicine for thousands of years. The marijuana plant contains about 480 cannabinoids or chemicals unique to the plant. Doctors use two of these cannabinoids, THC and CBD, to treat a variety of health problems. 

THC causes intoxicating effects, while CBD does not. Depending on your health history and goals for treatment, you might benefit from treatment with one or both. 

What conditions can benefit from medical cannabis?

The team at The Wellness Institute of Fort Myers regularly prescribes medical cannabis to address a wide range of conditions, including: 

  • Chronic pain
  • Nausea
  • Muscle spasms
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Migraine
  • Seizures

Medical cannabis isn’t an official treatment technique or cure. Instead, it works to relieve uncomfortable symptoms and improve your overall quality of life. 

Is using medical cannabis safe?

Medical cannabis is safe and well-tolerated, but addiction is possible. Current research suggests about 30% of regular cannabis users run the risk of becoming dependent. This is particularly true of individuals who start using before the age of 18.

The withdrawal symptoms associated with cannabis aren’t as serious as those associated with alcohol or heroin, but they can still be quite uncomfortable. If you have a family history of addiction, or you’ve struggled with addiction in the past, make sure to let the team at The Wellness Institute of Fort Myers know.

How do I consume medical cannabis?

There are several ways to consume medical cannabis. You can:

  • Smoke it
  • Eat it in edibles
  • Take it orally
  • Use synthetic forms

Following an exam and review of your medical history, your doctor can determine the specific dosage and frequency you’ll most benefit from. 

Am I a candidate for medical cannabis?

To determine if you’re a candidate for medical cannabis, make an appointment with the team at The Wellness Institute of Fort Myers. Following a physical exam and a discussion of your goals for treatment, your provider can make treatment recommendations that align with your individual needs. If you’re unhappy with your current medications and want a more natural option, you’re probably a good candidate.

To request your medical cannabis appointment at The Wellness Institute of Fort Myers today, call the office or use the online scheduling tool.