To date, medical marijuana is legalized in the United States in 30 states including the following:
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connectiut, Delaware, DC, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusets, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hamshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and West Virgina.
Each of these states accept their own regulations and guidelines apropos use and qualifications.
Here in Florida, the Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, aswell accepted as Alteration 2, anesthetized on November 8, 2016 for able patients beneath the administration of a able and accountant marijuana doctor. Furthermore, this alteration anesthetized with a absolute of 6,518,919 (71.32%) YES votes and 2,621,845 (28.68%) NO votes.
The federal government has classified Marijuana as a Agenda 1 biologic authoritative it actionable for doctors to appoint marijuana to their patients. These marijuana doctors can abandoned accomplish recommendations for medical cannabis in acquiescence with the accompaniment law which can be accurate up to 1 year. Patients cannot go to a pharmacy to ample a decree for medical marijuana.
Under austere regulations, medical marijuana doctors are banned to be affiliated with any medical cannabis distributors or dispensaries.
Only assertive patients with “debilitating ailments” are afforded acknowledged aegis beneath this amendment. Ailments classified beneath its accouterment cover PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Chronic beef spasms, Multiple Sclerosis, Seizures, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Crohn’s Disease, Cancer, HIV/Aids, ALS (Amyotrophic crabbed Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and Parkinson’s Disease.
Although the aloft ailments were adumbrated as “primary debilitating conditions”, beneath this provision, Alteration 2 aswell indicated: “or any added ailment/condition of agnate severity/symptoms, as bent by a physician’s assessment that the medical use of marijuana would outweigh any abeyant bloom risks”.
There are currently about 56 accepted and listed marijuana doctors on Florida.
More advice and specifics apropos this affair can aswell be acquired from the website of the Florida Department of Bloom (http://www.floridahealth.gov) on how to become a medical marijuana accommodating in Florida. Added all-embracing advice about Alteration 2 can aswell be begin here.
A few months ago, I came beyond a video on Facebook about a man with Parkinson’s ache who was accustomed a attack of medical cannabis. The afore and afterwards videos were absolutely impressive. Afore the treatment, you can see this man’s cogent tremors, abashed and aberrant posturing. The afterwards video showed a actual altered person. His accent was apprehensible and audible. He had no stuttering, tremors and he showed actual controlled movements. This man was walking and talking as any accustomed accepting would. He aswell aggregate how it has bigger his superior of life.
As a concrete therapist with acknowledgment to assorted cultural backgrounds, I abandoned accept alloyed animosity about medical cannabis. As a healthcare able however, it is absolutely an epiphany to attestant one of my patient’s cogent change with medical cannabis use.
Mr. J.L. with Parkinson’s Disease
For over 5 years, Mr. J.L. has been advancing to me for concrete analysis analysis off and on for problems brought on by his Parkinson’s disease. Alive the accelerating attributes of the disease, I watched this affable body accord with the furnishings of this debilitating affliction. His primary physician would accredit him for analysis if he starts to advance weakness, rigidity, tremors and a lot of of all, antithesis problems breadth he appear avalanche at home.
We would see him for a aeon of about six to eight weeks anniversary time. We formed on convalescent his coordination, strength, adaptability and antithesis for the primary purpose of befitting him safe and cocky acceptable at home as he lives alone. It is aswell to accumulate from falling which predisposes him to added astringent injuries and complications.
About a few weeks ago, he came to the appointment to agenda for Concrete Analysis as he was referred afresh by his doctor. Accepting formed with this accommodating through the years, I was aggravating to bulk out what afflicted in him. I looked, and empiric attentively as I did my antecedent evaluation. He may accept noticed the concern that was acrimonious me because he gave me a alive smile. No best able to accommodate my curiosity, I asked him: “Mr. J, what accept you been up to?” Mr. J just laughed and asked me why the curiosity!
Well, it assuredly dawned on me that Mr. J. about had no tremors on his adapted duke breadth he acclimated to display the archetypal pin-rolling tremors of this disease. His close was accumbent and was not confused appear the adapted side. Furthermore, his accent was clearer! Addition affair that addled me was that he was walking better. Not great, but he was able to about-face about afterwards accepting to annoyance which I accept apparent him do for years.
He assuredly aggregate with me that he started demography medical cannabis for over a ages as recommended by his neurologist. A acquaintance of his allegedly mentioned to him a video on Facebook about a man with astringent Parkinson’s disease. This man accustomed a attack of medical cannabis and the change was arresting afterwards abandoned a few minutes. This allegedly prompted him to argue with his primary physician and afresh his neurologist.
The change I accept apparent with Mr. J afterwards abandoned over a ages of accepting on medical cannabis is significant. His accent improved. His articulation added and added audible. He had no abashed and he had added ascendancy of his adapted duke from about a non-existent tremor. He is aswell continuing straighter. His antithesis and allocation accept improved, even added so with the avant-garde antithesis retraining he is currently receiving.
During his analysis sessions, Mr. J could animation a brawl on the attic faster with bigger accuracy. We saw him bandy and bolt a brawl in continuing afterwards anyone captivation on to him. We acclimated to accept somebody angle abaft and authority him as he had apathetic reactions and automatic responses. His walking aswell improved. Just months ago, he would annoyance his adapted bottom and absolved with actual abbreviate ambiguity steps. He would lose his antithesis with the aboriginal attack to about-face about or lift his leg college to angle on one leg.
These acutely attenuate changes in him for just about over a ages of application medical cannabis has fabricated a aberration in his life. He aggregate that he feels added airy and is beneath afraid about falling. He can do simple abode affairs with added aplomb and he is able to abide added avant-garde ameliorative contest during his concrete analysis sessions. He does not feel as annoyed and is able to do added tasks throughout the day.
Mr. J is still on this adventure and capital to allotment this acquaintance and for me to acquaint his story. Alive him and his background, he is not the blazon of accepting who would yield marijuana indiscriminately for simple amusement and cocky indulgence.
About Mr. J.L.
Mr. J is originally from Central New York and has confused to Florida. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Ache about seven (7) years ago. He acclimated to be a artist for a actual celebrated Syracuse China architect whose barter cover the White House, 5 brilliant hotels and celebrated restaurants. He aswell was a affiliate of a Barber Shop Quartet as a tenor for the SPEBSQSA (Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America) and has been on several abecedarian Broadway shows in New York. He was an art abecedary to average academy acceptance teaching drawing.
His activity afflicted if he was alleged to admiral ancient in 1986. He became complex with a healing admiral which he appear was mostly with humans who had tumors. He has catholic away to aggrandize his healing ministry. This has garnered so abundant absorption that even the media noticed and did several advantage on his ministry. He is now retired and lives in Palm Bay Florida.
It is a advantage to apperceive this adapted accepting who has done so abundant during his adolescent days. He has committed so abundant time and charge to allowance others. I acutely acknowledge the altruistic account Mr. J has rendered and how his admiral has afflicted so abounding lives. I accede him addition unsung hero of his time.
His alertness to accept me allotment a atom of his adventure is a privilege. Moreover, to be able to plan with him to added his advance and see his action and assurance through the years is a actual alarming experience.
Mr. J.L.’s claimed action with Parkinson’s Disease.
Mr. J as he shared, was clearly diagnosed with Parkinson’s Ache some seven years ago. He has been beneath the affliction of a doctor of Internal Anesthetic practicing in Palm Bay, Florida.
About Parkinson’s Disease
As declared by the Mayo Clinic staff: “Parkinson’s Ache is a Accelerating ache of the afraid arrangement that affects movement. It develops gradually, sometimes with a about apparent agitation in just one hand. But while agitation may be the acclaimed assurance of Parkinson’s disease, the ataxia aswell frequently causes acerbity or slowing of movement.”
Subsequent furnishings of the ache cover the following: dead face aswell accepted as masked facies or hypomimia and abatement in accent superior that can be slurred, soft, even stuttering. These are actual accepted in patients I accept formed with. A patient’s walking adeptness is aswell affected. There is accident of arm beat from block rigidity, acerbity and ambiguity accomplish from consistent incoordination.
Unfortunately, this ache is accelerating and accepted medications are aimed to advance the affection but not necessarily a cure.
There are currently abounding advancing researches for cure including anaplasty to adapt assertive regions of the academician and electrostimulation.
Still, there is no accepted analysis for cure at this time, as per the National Parkinson Foundation.
Additionally, medication, affairs modification, exercise and blow are recommended.
Current medications assigned cover the following: Carbidopa-Levodopa, Carbidopa-Levodopa infusion, Dopamine Agonists, MAO-B inhibitors, Catechol-O-Methyltransferase (COMT Inhibitors), Anticholinergics and Amantadine. -Source: The Mayo Clinic Organization
Parkinsons and Surgery
Deep Academician Stimulation (DBS) ia action breadth electrodes are built-in in specific areas of the academician with a architect built-in in the chest breadth abreast the collarbone which sends out impulses to the academician aimed at abbreviation the symptoms. It is not a cure about and there are abounding risks and ancillary furnishings involved. Both the medication and DBS will not arrest the progression of the disease.
Parkinson’s and Concrete Therapy
Physical Therapists get to plan with these blazon of patients during the altered stages of the disease. This is primarily because of the anatomic abatement consistent from incoordination, dyskinesias (involuntary movements) and acerbity which makes bent and ad-lib movements actual tedious.
These problems can accomplish even the a lot of basal functions as feeding, admonishment and toileting actual difficult. Walking becomes actual unsteady. Ambiguity amble is actual accepted breadth it is difficult for them to accomplish the aboriginal footfall (because of bradykinesia – actual apathetic movement) but already they go, it is aswell actual difficult to stop. Abounding of these patients are at a top accident for falling and a ample bulk during the avant-garde stages become absolutely abased for care.
When referred to Concrete Therapy, accommodating apprenticeship apropos adapted exercises, movement strategies, assignment modification, amble training and abatement blockage strategies are a allotment of the all-embracing plan of affliction and anatomic intervention. They are aswell generally referred to Accent Analysis for accent and agriculture problems, and to Occupational Analysis for basal cocky affliction and duke or top acme functions.
Mr. J’s Battle
I aboriginal formed with Mr. J about 5 years ago. Although he was not on the avant-garde stages of the ache at that time, he already embodied the primary arresting affection of the disease: Duke and close tremors, masked facies, acerbity and cogent incoordination. He absolved actual slow, was ambiguity and took a continued time walking even from allowance to allowance as he was clumsy to accomplish quick turns. If he does turn, he tends to lose his antithesis and fall. His reflexes were actual slow. He could hardly bolt a brawl or animation it. His accent was slurred, about aural and he had a stutter. He had adversity accepting up and down simple curbs and stairs. He had collapsed a few times from antithesis issues.
Mr. J persevered with the concrete analysis affairs and was consistently actual motivated. For anniversary of the episodes that he was referred to us through the years, he consistently showed advance and consistently followed through with the specific exercise affairs we prescribed. Due to the accelerating attributes of the ache however, he would accept a concrete abatement and we had to plan with him again.
He aggregate the adventure of how he aboriginal noticed the change in him from Parkinson’s. Foremost he mentioned was if he was teaching cartoon to average academy acceptance in his art chic in New York. He said that he was progressively accepting adversity cartoon and application his adapted duke as he had developed tremors. The blow followed including a change in his facial expression, acerbity and activity annealed all the time.This became progressively worse through the years until his move to Florida.
Once beneath the affliction of an internist, he was assigned Sinemet and added medications which he had taken through the years.
The endure time I saw him for analysis was in aboriginal 2016 breadth he had cogent tremors on his adapted duke and an automatic twitching in his neck. His masked facies had progressed, his face about bent and he was walking with so abundant ambiguity and difficulty. He was about able to move one bottom in foreground of the other. He aswell appear of avalanche because of deepening antithesis problems.
This was why if I saw him in March of this year, I saw the cogent change in him which he attributed to medical cannabis.
Medical Cannabis: Capsules and Gummies
He added aggregate his story. Upon audition about the abeyant allowances of medical cannabis for Parkinson’s disease, he consulted with his primary physician who directed him for added argue with his neurologist. His neurologist recommended aggravating medical cannabis due to the advancing attributes of his Parkinson’s disease.
Mr. J afresh got started on medical cannabis capsules breadth he said it absolute about 30 pieces of 25 mg capsules. This costed him about $80 or so including shipping. With his addition came a sample backpack of the gummies adaptation of about 5 gummies in a pack. The capsules were bitter, according to him and he took 1 abridged daily.
He added that afterwards demography the aboriginal abridged ever, he acquainted so airy and calm. He could move around, get in and out of bed easier, get in and out of his armchair better. He aswell noticed that his tremors were abundant bottom that aboriginal time.
Mr. J declared that he admired the cannabis gummies bigger as it tasted abundant like bonbon and was tastier than the capsules. Even added so, the aftereffect of the gummies seemed abundant faster than that of the capsules and was abundant cheaper. The capsules per section costed about $3 anniversary and the gummies would bulk to about $1 a section he added.
So as to actor the aftereffect of the gummies, Mr. J said he approved melting the abridged beneath his argot to yield off the bend of its bitterness. He aswell chewed approved adhering buck candy. This formed for him.
To date, Mr. J continues with concrete analysis breadth we see him bigger able to abide and assassinate top akin antithesis training tasks that he was clumsy to do so before. He has actual little to no agitation on his adapted hand, he no best exhibits the twitching on his neck, and his reflexes improved. I see this by his adeptness to accomplish a about-face and not lose his balance. We do not accept to authority him while he catches, throws or bounces a brawl to advance his careful alteration reflexes all-important for him not to fall. he can lift his anxiety college if walking and his ambiguity is so abundant lesser.
Still acquainted of the accelerating attributes of this disease, it is just alarming to see this actual soft-spoken, kind-hearted, able and accomplished alone affected simple circadian anatomic obstacles brought about by this debilitating and irreversible disease.
For the citizenry afflicted with debilitating diseases, a day to day achievement of accepting able to move about and accomplish tasks that assume so atomic to a lot of of us, is a blessing.
Legalizing medical marijuana currently is, and will be an advancing action in congress. We all accept capricious stands and able opinions about this issue. Researches are advancing about its pros and cons. I apprehend added acquaintance of its actuality as an another analysis to assorted diseases who do not acknowledge to accepted anesthetic and treatment.
As a medical able however, it is just accomplishing to be able to attestant the anatomic changes in Mr. J., how he is able to break absolute and cocky acceptable admitting his impairment.
I am currently alive on award an alone who can allotment with me the abrogating furnishings of medical marijuana as well. I would like to apprehend from you and be able to allotment your adventure and acquaintance as well, anonymously, of course.
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Lovena Suson, P.T.
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