Boca Medical Care
Medical Marijuana Doctor at Boca Medical Care
What are the positive side effects of consuming marijuana?
Over the past few years, use of marijuana (or cannabis) for therapeutic and medical reasons has greatly increased, as scientists around the world continue to test and research its many potential benefits for a wide variety of health issues. In fact, more and more countries have pursued some form of legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana, as its therapeutic uses become more apparent through studies and medical research.
One of the main positive side effects and widely reported benefits of consuming marijuana has been pain relief and pain management. Patients with chronic pain that is related to a variety of illnesses and injuries can experience pain relief with regular marijuana use, in some cases as an alternative to traditional pain medicine. Some research has also shown that marijuana may be able to help reduce inflammation in the body, which is why it is sometimes used by patients with conditions like arthritis, a chronic illness linked to higher levels of inflammation. Marijuana has also been used to help ease stress, anxiety, insomnia, and other sleep issues, for its reported relaxing and calming effects.
What are the different ways that you can consume cannabis?
Cannabis can be consumed in a wide variety of ways. It can be smoked or put into a vaporizer, ingested in a pill, oil, or other edible form, or even absorbed through the skin, with creams, bath soaks, or other topical forms. It’s important to understand that your experience with cannabis may be different depending on how it is consumed. For example, it usually takes longer to experience its effects when you consume it via an edible form, compared to when it is smoked. Some ways of consumption, such as smoking, can have other adverse health effects, so it may not be the best or recommended way for you.
Who qualifies for a medical marijuana card?
Patients with a variety of medical conditions are usually able to apply for a medical marijuana card. Some of the most common illnesses included for eligibility are: chronic pain, cancer, anxiety and PTSD, and more. If you’re unsure whether you qualify for a medical marijuana card or would like more information, Dr. Irfan Khan, our board-certified internal medicine physician at Boca Medical, can provide you with a consultation, and the right information for your specific case.
What can cannabis be used for?
Though cannabis has been used recreationally for years, it also has an array of therapeutic benefits. Since it has pain-relieving and calming properties, it is most often used for chronic conditions that can benefit from these effects, including: cancer, insomnia or sleep issues, anxiety and PTSD, arthritis, migraines or headache disorders, multiple sclerosis, and more.
Many patients may try cannabis as a way to minimize or eliminate the use of other pain relieving drugs, as it tends to have fewer side effects and can be simpler to manage in their everyday life. If you are struggling with a health issue and want to know how cannabis may be able to help, our physician, Dr. Irfan Khan, is here to provide you with the best, most up to date information.
Can a doctor prescribe medical marijuana?
Not all doctors may be able to prescribe medical marijuana, but at Boca Medical, our physician on hand, Dr. Irfan Khan, is able to. Dr. Khan has extensive experience working with medical marijuana patients, and can help walk you through the process of applying for and obtaining a medical marijuana card.
How long will it take to obtain a medical cannabis card?
This may depend on a few factors specific to your situation, but usually, after you consult with Dr. Khan and get your application underway, it can be a matter of a few weeks. Applying for a medical cannabis card can be confusing, but at Boca Medical, we make sure to walk through the process with you and ensure everything is done correctly and on time.