The Beneficial Uses of Medical Marijuana: A Comprehensive Review

Some might wonder why we have chosen to promote the use of Medical Marijuana for Age Reversal and Health Optimization. The answer is simple, it is safe and effective for a wide range of ailments. In fact, it is perhaps the safest of all ‘medications,’ although it really isn’t a medication at all, it is an herb. An herb that has been demonized by the powers that be, i.e., Big Pharma. They worked to suppress it for decades, however, a persistent contingent of scientists and other interested parties continued to press for its acceptance and use.

In spite of all the studies and documentation to support its clinical uses, benefits, and safety, it is still restricted Federally and given a Schedule I classification. For anyone that believes that the government is there to help us, this serves as a shining example of how economic forces continue to control public policies.

Our MMJ program is simple, it is designed to support those with a qualified condition to gain legal access to this medicinal substance. The program is very simple and straightforward.

1. Schedule your initial consultation and fill out the applicable medical forms.

2. Meet with Dr. Hodge for an examination and to discuss your qualifying condition.

3. We qualify you and place you on the state site. Once this goes through, you can go into any licensed MMJ apothecary, consult with them on various strains and delivery systems, and purchase medical marijuana legally.

4. Costs:

  • The initial consultation and examination are $169. You will also pay a registration fee directly to the State of Florida.
  • Follow-up visits with us to recertify you are $99 every 7 months.
  • There is also an annual fee paid directly to the State of Florida to maintain your certification. 
  • All of these are subject to change although we will lock in the cost of our pricing from whenever you start with us.

Medical marijuana, also known as medical cannabis, has gained increasing attention for its potential therapeutic benefits in various medical conditions. As more research is conducted, the therapeutic potential of medical marijuana is being explored in the treatment of numerous health conditions, including chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, cancer-related symptoms, and mental health disorders. This article aims to provide a comprehensive review of the beneficial uses of medical marijuana, supported by relevant scientific literature.


1. Chronic Pain Management: Chronic pain is a prevalent and challenging condition that can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life. Medical marijuana has shown promise in alleviating chronic pain, particularly neuropathic pain, and pain associated with conditions such as fibromyalgia. A meta-analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2015 demonstrated a significant reduction in pain intensity with medical marijuana use.

2. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Symptom Management: Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation and damage to the central nervous system. Studies have shown that medical marijuana may help manage symptoms associated with MS, such as spasticity, muscle stiffness, and pain. A systematic review published in the Journal of Neurology in 2014 found evidence supporting the use of medical marijuana in reducing spasticity and improving mobility in individuals with MS.

3. Epilepsy Treatment: Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by recurring seizures. Medical marijuana, specifically a compound called cannabidiol (CBD), has shown promise in reducing the frequency and severity of seizures, particularly in forms of epilepsy that are resistant to traditional treatments. In 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Epidiolex, a CBD-based medication, for the treatment of specific types of epilepsy.

4. Cancer-Related Symptoms: Medical marijuana has been utilized to alleviate various symptoms associated with cancer and its treatments. It may help reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, stimulate appetite in cancer patients experiencing weight loss, and provide pain relief. A systematic review published in JAMA Oncology in 2018 found substantial evidence supporting the use of medical marijuana in managing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.

5. Mental Health Disorders: Emerging research suggests that medical marijuana may have potential benefits for certain mental health disorders, such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and sleep disorders. However, further research is needed to establish its efficacy and safety in these conditions.

Conclusion: The therapeutic potential of medical marijuana is a subject of ongoing scientific research, and its use is becoming increasingly accepted in many regions worldwide. The evidence supports its efficacy in various medical conditions, including chronic pain, multiple sclerosis symptoms, epilepsy, cancer-related symptoms, and certain mental health disorders. However, it is crucial to consult with healthcare professionals and adhere to legal regulations when considering medical marijuana as a treatment option.

At ARTC, we believe in empowering our patients to learn about and utilize the best tools possible to support them in overcoming their health challenges and achieving their health goals. Dr. Hodge, assisted by Sasha, do a wonderful job of administering our Medical Marijuana certification program.


1. Whiting PF, et al. Cannabinoids for medical use: A systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA. 2015;313(24):2456-2473.

2. Koppel BS, et al. Systematic review: Efficacy and safety of medical marijuana in selected neurologic disorders. Report of the Guideline Development Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology. 2014;82(17):1556-1563.

3. Devinsky O, et al. Cannabidiol in patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy: An open-label interventional trial. Lancet Neurol. 2016;15(3):270-278.

4. Tramèr MR, et al. Cannabinoids for control of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting: Quantitative systematic review. BMJ. 2001;323(7303):16

We are now pleased to offer Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry Services!


Medical Marijuana has a longstanding history of use for many different medical conditions. Currently, there are over 23 different medical conditions which may qualify you to receive this safe and effective alternative to harmful medications.

FOR A LIMITED TIME take advantage of our INTRODUCTORY SPECIAL PRICE of $169 (regularly $199!) and let us help you determine if you can benefit from this time tested therapy!


“Marijuana helps much more with my neuropathy and chronic pain than the multiple prescription drugs I’ve been given for the past 7 years and don’t have all the side effects the drugs come with.” – Chasity, 34

Get Your Medical Marijuana Card – MMJ

Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry Services

Get Certified in 3 steps:

1. Fill out the Required Paperwork.

2. Meet with Dr. Hodge for an exam and to review paperwork to confirm that you qualify.

3. Receive Your Card (qualified applicants).

How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Cost?

ARTC Medical Marijuana Card Pricing is as follows:

Initial Visit: Normally $199


Re-Certification: $99

How Do I Get Started?

You can either contact our office at (941) 806-5511 or book your appointment for this Wednesday using our online booking form by CLICKING HERE

Where Can I Download The MMJ Paperwork?

Click this button to download the paperwork you will need (either in PDF or DOCX format). Be sure to read and complete everything prior to your appointment.


 We look forward to helping you get relief soon!

What Conditions Qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card?

Anxiety, Chronic pain, PTSD, Headaches, chronic muscle spasms, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic nausea, cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Anorexia, Arthritis, Cachexia, cyclical vomiting syndrome, diabetes, hepatitis C, Lyme’s disease, muscle spasms, muscular dystrophy, severe chronic pain, sickle cell anemia, spasticity, any terminal condition, other conditions of similar kind or class.

Do I Have to Smoke Medical Marijuana?

Medical Marijuana is actually available in many different forms, making it easy for you to choose the one form that works best for you.

Some of the available forms:

1. Pill

2. Liquid

3. Chewable

4. Oil

5. Powder

6. Dried leaves

Still, Have Questions About Medical Marijuana?

We’re happy to help you determine if this is a good option for you. Please fill out the form below and we’ll contact you or call us at (941) 806-5511.

Call the office today or use the online booking feature.