Video presented by Catherine M. Zito on medical marijuana and CBD hemp benefits.
Medical marijuana is legal in 30 states, recreation cannabis in nine while CBD hemp oil is legal in all 50 states. These statistics are not good for big pharmaceutical companies, but life-altering for many seeking a natural alternative to health and pain management.“The medical benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) are near miraculous,” said Catherine Zito, CEO of American Wellness, Inc. and USDA organic CBD distributor. I take CBD (Cannabis sativa) everyday and so does my active 88 year-old mother. We both suffer from arthritis and take it as a nutritional supplement so we can enjoy a pain-free life. A 2017 review of over 10,000 recent studies by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine concluded that “conclusive or substantial evidence” exists in support of the clinical use of cannabis for the treatment of chronic pain and other conditions.
CBD is a compound found in the stalk and leaves of the hemp plant and works as a natural anti-inflammatory with no psycho-activity. In other words, you can’t get high or stoned from taking it. CBD is safe for all ages and can be purchased in nutrition stores or online in capsules, oil and topicals. Scientific and clinical studies show CBD eases symptoms of a wide range of conditions such as stress, chronic pain, autism, seizures, stoke, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS, joint pain, arthritis, osteoporosis, fatigue and high blood pressure.
Zito says you can find over one million CBD hemp oil products on the market today with costs starting at about $80 per month. She and suggests doing your research before you buy and pay close attention to labeling and origin of where the hemp is grown. Toxic soil and harmful pesticides can be easily hidden in imported products, but with the U.S. farm bill passing in 2014 hemp is back and this is a big plus for our farmers and patients.
In 2016 Amendment 2 passed with a popular vote of 71% to establish a medical marijuana program in Florida. The first dispensary of low-THC cannabis opened in Tallahassee on July 26, 2016. Medical marijuana is generally processed with a combination of CBD and THC which is derived from the buds and flowers of a female cannabis plant. Although you can get high from THC, one of our 2,000 qualified ordering Florida physicians can adjust the dosing to neutralize the euphoric effects. Statistics show medical cannabis can help with 20+ medical conditions including pain management, sleep disorders, anxiety, Crohn’s disease, IBS, kidney disease, liver disease and post cancer treatment for nausea. Most surprising, recent studies show medical cannabis can help treat alcoholism and opioid addiction too.
Clinical trials are underway to evaluate the safety and efficacy of using medical marijuana to manage symptoms of PTSD in U.S. army veterans, the effectiveness of transdermal patches, pre and post cancer treatments, suppositories for fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy and other nerve pain disorders.
“First time medical marijuana patients can expect to pay anywhere from $100-$200 for an office visit plus medications and regular doctor visits,” said Zito. Insurance does not pay for medical cannabis and patients who can’t afford high out of pocket expenses are out of luck. With a doctor’s referral in hand, a patient can make application through the Florida’s Compassionate Use Registry for an ID card. Approved forms include oils, topicals, dried flower, oral sprays, vaporizers, vape pens cartridges and edibles from one of Florida’s 10 designated dispensaries and treatment centers.
There are over 26,000 published studies and reviews in the U.S. Library of Medicine and scientific literature referencing the cannabis plant and its cannabinoids. Testimonials from medical cannabis patients and their physicians are the main driving force for over 1,000 new studies published annually.
This is only the beginning as nutrition savvy consumers are finding powerful results when combining cannabis with popular herbs to make tinctures, teas and therapeutic edibles. Some studies have shown that when Ashwagandha and cannabis are combined they work well as an anti-anxiety and antidepressant. Rosemary, black pepper and cannabis help regulate immune function and inflammation. Lavender and cannabis are a powerful pair with their abundance of terpene linallol often used as a muscle relaxant, anti-inflammatory and anti-convulsant.
Have more questions about medical cannabis? Contact Catherine M. Zito at CatherineZito@AWBassociation.org.