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Medical Marijuana Specialist

Family Medical Practice of the Treasure Coast, PA

James A. Roberts, MD

Family Medicine located in Treasure Coast, Fort Pierce, FL

Medical marijuana can offer benefits for patients who suffer from a wide range of acute and chronic disease. Serving the Treasure Coast, James A. Roberts, MD, of Family Medical Practice of the Treasure Coast, PA, located in Fort Pierce, Florida, offers medical marijuana treatment and monitoring for chronic pain, high blood pressure, and other health conditions. For a consultation regarding medical cannabis, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Medical Marijuana Q & A

What is medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana is a derivative of the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant.  It is used to treat medical conditions and is beneficial for:

  • Relieving acute and chronic pain
  • Relieving nausea
  • Relieving anxiety
  • Improving appetite
  • Improving muscle control
  • Reducing inflammation

Medical marijuana may be administered by smoking, applying topically, ingesting, vaping, in patches, as sublingual drops, or taken in a pill form.  It is a safe and effective treatment when used under the direction of qualified health care professionals, such as Dr. Roberts. It is legal in the state of Florida and can treat a variety of health conditions and symptoms.

What conditions can medical marijuana treat?

Medical marijuana has been used for many years to treat the symptoms associated with diseases such as:

  • Cancer
  • Cancer-related pain
  • Chemotherapy-related nausea
  • Glaucoma
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Chronic pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Digestive disorders
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Inflammatory disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Sleep disorders
  • Autism

Dr. Roberts takes into consideration your health history, present symptoms, and potential side effects of taking medical marijuana to determine if it is the best treatment for you and your condition.

Is medical marijuana addicting?

There is an ongoing debate whether or not medical marijuana is addictive, but under the direction of Dr. Roberts, addiction is less of a concern as he helps to regulate your dose and ensure you do not get more than is beneficial for you.

If you are taking medical marijuana and you stop taking it abruptly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as:

  • Increased anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression
  • Restlessness
  • Cravings

Always take medical marijuana as directed by Dr. Roberts, to ensure you take it safely.

What are the side effects of taking medical marijuana?

Typically, in low doses, medical marijuana does not cause significant side effects. Some people may experience dry mouth or fatigue. In higher doses, you may experience dizziness, paranoia, mood changes, or hallucinations.

Dr. Roberts closely monitors how you react to medical marijuana as well as how it impacts your disease symptoms, so always be sure to communicate any concerns or concerning side effects you may have.

If you live in or around  Fort Pierce, Florida, and think that you may benefit from medical marijuana, call or schedule an appointment with Family Medical Practice of the Treasure Coast, PA.