Cancer Specialist

Florida Compassionate Care Centers

Internal Medicine & Medical Marijuana Specialists located in Volusia County, Ormond Beach, FL

Every year, millions of Americans are diagnosed with cancer. With advances in cancer screening tools and treatments, deaths from cancer are decreasing. However, cancer and its treatment can affect your physical and emotional health. At Florida Compassionate Care Centers, Gail van Diepen, DO, and the team specialize in medical marijuana care for a wide spectrum of conditions, including cancer. To learn more about the use of medical marijuana for cancer, contact the office in Ormond Beach, Florida, by phone or online today.

Cancer Q & A

What is medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana, also known as medical cannabis, refers to the use of the Cannabis sativa plant to provide relief from symptoms caused by various health conditions. Medical marijuana contains chemical compounds called cannabinoids, including delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). 

Your body also produces cannabinoids, which are used by your endocannabinoid system (ECS). Though researchers are still investigating the various functions of your ECS, it’s theorized that it may play a role in regulating:

  • Mood
  • Pain
  • Sleep
  • Appetite
  • Memory
  • Reproduction

The therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids in medical marijuana are due to how they interact with your ECS. For example, THC binds with your ECS receptors to produce various effects, such as relief from pain and improvement in mood.

Less is known about how CBD affects your ECS, but it’s theorized that it may prevent the breakdown of your body’s own endocannabinoids. 

How does medical marijuana help against cancer?

Medical marijuana is often recommended to relieve symptoms caused by cancer or your cancer treatment. Some of the benefits of medical marijuana for cancer include:

  • Reducing pain
  • Alleviating nausea and vomiting
  • Improving appetite
  • Lifting mood
  • Relieving anxiety

Medical marijuana may also benefit terminal cancer patients by improving their overall quality of life. 

In the state of Florida, all types of cancer qualify for the Medical Marijuana Use Registry. 

What happens during a cancer consultation?

The experienced team at Florida Compassionate Care Centers conducts comprehensive evaluations during a cancer consultation. The team reviews your symptoms, current treatments and medications, and medical history. They also perform a physical exam.

After your consultation and evaluation, the team enters your name into the marijuana registry, which includes recommendations that are used by the medical marijuana dispensaries for product selection and purchase.

The team also offers guidance on selecting medical marijuana formulations and delivery routes. The team suggests you try one formulation and delivery system at a time until you find the method that works best at relieving your symptoms.

Unlike other medical marijuana providers, the team at Florida Compassionate Care Centers offers more than just certification for your card. They provide medical marijuana care and schedule regular follow-ups to monitor you and your symptoms. 

To learn more about the use of medical marijuana for cancer, call Florida Compassionate Care Centers or click the online booking button today.