Medical Marijuana Specialist

Douglas C. Hall, MD -  - Functional Medicine Specialist

Douglas C. Hall, MD

Functional Medicine Specialist & Regenerative Medicine Physician located in Ocala, FL & The Villages, FL

Medical marijuana is an effective treatment for a number of chronic diseases. At his functional medicine clinic in Ocala, Florida, Douglas C. Hall, MD, qualifies you for therapeutic medical marijuana use. To determine if you are a candidate and learn more about the benefits of medical marijuana, call the office, or use the online scheduling tool.

Medical Marijuana

What is medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana is either the marijuana plant itself or some of its active chemicals and ingredients. Doctors like Dr. Hall use two of the plant’s well-known properties – tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) – to help you manage pain and other debilitating symptoms of chronic medical conditions. For instance, medical marijuana helps with:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Appetite regulation
  • Inflammation

Recent research also credits medical marijuana with slowing or stalling the growth of cancerous tumors. 

What conditions respond well to medical marijuana?

Qualifying Florida residents can use medical marijuana for a host of medical conditions, including:

  • Cancer
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Neuropathy
  • Diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Glaucoma

Talk to Dr. Hall about your health needs to determine if your condition is eligible for treatment with medical marijuana.

How is medical marijuana administered?

Depending on your particular needs, Dr. Hall prescribes medical marijuana, which you can take in one of these ways: 

  • Inhale it
  • Smoke it
  • Rub it in as a gel, cream, or lotion
  • Liquid drops

Many people also eat medical marijuana that’s baked into treats or candies. Dr. Hall helps determine the form of medical marijuana that’s best for you. Some methods, like smoking, produce rapid results while others, like creams and lotions, provide a slow-release effect.

Who is a candidate for medical marijuana?

To become a medical marijuana patient in the state of Florida, Dr. Hall conducts a physical exam to determine if you have one of the qualifying conditions, such as:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Epilepsy
  • Cancer
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Chronic pain
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

Florida allows for many other conditions as well, so talk to Dr. Hall to see if you are eligible.

Is medical marijuana safe?

There are some side effects associated with the use of medical marijuana. Some of the most common ones are:

  • Lethargy
  • Drowsiness
  • Impaired judgment
  • Worry

Dr. Hall customizes your dosage to minimize any negative side effects. He also takes the time to explain how the medicine may affect you so you know exactly what to expect.

To get started with your medical marijuana exam, call the office, or book an appointment online.