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Medical Marijuana is Proving to be a Leading Treatment Alternative

By MAXhealth Oaks

Medical Marijuana is Proving to be a Leading Treatment Alternative Over 4000 years ago, Asian Emperors used cannabis for its healing properties, noting exceptional improvements in edema (fluid build-up) and also as an anesthetic. In ancient Greece, cannabis was reported in many manuscripts, describing its use for medical conditions such as eye diseases and joint inflammation. Over 300 years ago, in one of Oxfords medical professional journals, it was touted as a means to reduce depression. In the early 1900’s, the United States began growing cannabis for pharmaceutical companies to formulate into medications.

The laws and regulations on Cannabis are continually updated, as federal regulatory officials better understand the advantages of medical marijuana. It is used legally in many states, including Florida.

There are two different forms of medical treatment through cannabis. The first is the natural marijuana plant that contains both CBD and THC, and the second is the altered version of the plant that has been through a hybrid process to lighten the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) level. CBD or cannabinoids can treat many different forms of diseases and disorders with no THC. THC is the mind-altering, euphoric component of marijuana that gives the “high” feeling. With CBD plants, the THC levels have been extracted through a vigorous process, leaving zero to little THC levels. CBD is a great alternative for patients that would benefit from cannabinoids alone, while other more complex medical cases require the additional advantages of THC to be included in the leaves of the marijuana.

Our brain and nerve cells have cannabinoid receptors, so our bodies naturally react to CBD oil (cannabinoids) and THC through merging directly with our cells. Our natural endocannabinoid system works synergistically with CBD and THC, creating a multitude of beneficial reactions in the body.

Medical marijuana and cannabis oil can be used to treat and alleviate symptoms of the following medical conditions:
• Cancer
• Seizures
• Anxiety
• Epilepsy
• Glaucoma
• Reduces beta-amyloid plaque
• Reduces cognitive impairment
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Crohn’s Disease
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Positive HIV/ AIDS
• Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
• Other Debilitating Medical Conditions of the same kind of class or comparable, as determined by the Florida Board of Medicine

Because this is strictly for medical use, there are multiple regulations and protocols that physicians must adhere to when prescribing medical marijuana. Dr. Nicholas Angelastro of MAXhealth has a great deal of experience in diagnosing and deciphering the need for THC and CBD in his practice, and their staff is able to help you navigate the registration protocol to get you approved for a medical marijuana card both ethically and promptly.

Dr. Angelastro explains, “There is a great deal of uncertainty surrounding not only the legality of medicinal cannabis in Florida but also how it may be used safely within a well-supervised routine of medical care. We hope to begin the process of demystifying medicinal cannabis.”

To find out more, and to schedule your appointment, please call (941) 966-4949, or visit their website at


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