PANAMA CITY — Bay County’s first medical marijuana dispensary has arrived in Panama City.
Surterra Wellness opened its doors this week at 411 East 23rd Street, located in the same complex as Verizon Wireless, and is already a popular spot among medical marijuana patients by providing multiple options for cannabis treatment including lotions, capsules, patches, oils and vape pens.
In Florida, you must have a qualifying condition to become registered as a medical marijuana patient. Additional qualifying conditions include PTSD, glaucoma, epilepsy or one of many other terminal or other chronic pain diseases can qualify toward treatment. A full list can be found listed on the Surterra Wellness website.
Dr. George Barrio, neurology and pain management physician at the Neuromedical Institute and Cannadocs, believes medical marijuana can be a great alternative for patients with chronic pain.
“The medical benefits of marijuana are varied and it depends on the condition that we’re treating,” he said. “It can be anything from cancer related pain, anorexia, nausea, to managing pain with other debilitating conditions such as ALS, Parkinson’s, obviously certain forms of chronic pain from nonmalignant sources.”
It varies on the person, however. Every person is different and that’s where we come in as far as assessing if medical cannabis is a true option for them,” Barrio continued. In review of the data that’s out there, the state has felt like this is a reasonable option for people and especially in conditions that don’t have a lot of other possible treatment options.”
Qualifying patients must then find a physician certified to prescribe medical marijuana. Once the physician registers the qualifying patient information into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry (MMUR), patients can apply online or by mail for a Medical Marijuana ID card. Caregivers are also often added to the system.
Barrio said the