Frequently Asked Questions
Become A Patient
Ready to become a medical marijuana patient in Florida, but don't know where to begin?
Don't worry, it's easy! Just follow the three simple steps outlined below.
Find A Physician
The first step in acquiring your license is to get a doctor's approval for medical marijuana treatment. Use our map below to find a physician closest to you.
Find A Doctor
Apply For A Card
Once you have a physician's approval, the next step is to apply for a medical marijuana card through the State of Florida. Click the button below to start the process.
How does it all work?
Cannabis is one of the most unique medicines in the world. Unlike others, the chemicals within cannabis perfectly imitate those already in your body. In fact, we have an entire system within us devoted to cannabis-like chemicals. Because of this, cannabis is truly a holistic medicine that can be used to treat a mind-boggling number of illnesses. But how does it actually work?
Tetrahydracannabinol (THC) is the most famous and arguably important chemical within cannabis. This chemical binds to receptors within the brain that deal with emotions, appetite, pain, and so much more! This chemical is what causes the “high” of cannabis. It is non-toxic and non-addicting, so you can’t overdose.
CBD has recently been touted to be a “magic medicine” with seemingly endless possibilities. This chemical doesn’t bind directly to receptors, but instead regulates the interaction between the other marijuana chemicals and our receptors. This means that CBD is more effective when combined with other cannabinoids, including THC, as the CBD will have the other chemicals to regulate.
CannabinoidsThis is surely a word that is heard a lot when discussing cannabis, but what does it actually mean? A cannabinoid is any chemical that interacts with your endocannabinoid system, a collection of receptors that act as “locks” which are activated by specific “keys.” This system deals with inflammation, pain, appetite, mood, and so much more. Cannabinoids are the specific “keys” to this system, and they interact with 2 different types of receptors in your endocannabinoid system, CB1 receptors found in the brain, and CB2 receptors in the body.
Your body creates cannabinoids all the time that activate these receptors. These are called endocannabinoids.
Cannabis produces chemicals called phytocannabinoids. These cannabinoids mimic the shape of endocannabinoids, and are able to fit into the “lock” or receptor of the endocannabinoid system, and activate it. It is thought that a lot of diseases may be caused by an imbalance in these endocannabinoids, and so extra cannabinoids in the form of phytocannabinoids can be used to restore the endocannabinoid system to full health.
TerpenesThese chemicals are shared amongst plants and give them their fragrance and taste. These are the chemicals that make cannabis strains have their specific taste. For example, strains high in limonene taste like citrus, whilst strains high in terpinolene taste like sweet petroleum-you have to taste it to believe it! More than just making our strains taste amazing, terpenes also give strains their specific effect. Strains high in limonene and terpinolene are noted to be more “uplifting” and mentally-stimulating, whilst strains high in myrcene and caryophyllene result in complete muscle-relaxation, and even increase the amount of THC in the bloodstream. This is why at The Flowery we strive to produce the tastiest, most fragrant flowers, because we know that this will not only result in the optimum smoking experience, but also have the maximum medical effects and benefits.
For your reference, a list of common terpenes and their flavors/effects are listed below.
Flavors: Pine, rosemary
Effects: Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, aids memory, aids breathing
Flavors: Citrus, oily, spicy
Effects: Anti-inflammatory, cell-protectant
Flavors: Clove, peppery, spicy, woody
Flavors: Citrus, juniper, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, tangerine
Effects: Immune stimulant, antidepressant, anti-anxiety
Flavors: Candy, spice, floral, herbal
Effects: Anti-anxiety, anticonvulsant, sedative
Flavors: Berry, floral, sweet, woody
Effects: Sedative, anti-fungal, skin protectant
Flavors: Creamy, earthy, floral, vanilla