Medical Marijuana Specialist

Celebrity Medical Center

Eldar Baigabatov, MD

Functional Medicine Specialist & Internist located in Winter Garden, FL

There’s increasing interest and awareness of the potential benefits of medical marijuana, but if you want to try it, it’s essential to use an approved physician and go through the proper process. Eldar Baigabatov, MD, of Celebrity Medical Center in Winter Garden, Florida, is a highly qualified physician and expert in the use of medical cannabis, who is licensed by the state of Florida to provide medical marijuana to residents who meet the qualifying criteria. Call Celebrity Medical Center today to find out more about the legitimate use of medical marijuana, or book an appointment online.

Medical Marijuana

What is medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana is a medication derived from the cannabis plant that comes as a pill or oil, which may be smoked, inhaled, or eaten.

Medical marijuana is used to treat a number of symptoms and diseases, including chronic pain conditions and side effects from other medications.

Is medical marijuana legal in the United States?

Marijuana is a Schedule I drug under federal law, which means it’s illegal; however, two drugs derived from synthetic components of marijuana have FDA approval: dronabinol (Marinol, Syndros) and nabilone (Cesamet). These drugs are legal for treating nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy if other treatments aren’t effective. Dronabinol is also legal for treating anorexia in people who have AIDS.

Many US states have their own regulations for permitting the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Florida has a permitted-use scheme whereby licensed physicians like Dr. Eldar can prescribe medical cannabis for patients who are Florida residents and have specific medical conditions.

These conditions include:

  • PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Chronic nonmalignant pain
  • Anxiety
  • Cancer
  • Crohn's disease
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Epilepsy or seizures
  • Glaucoma
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Severe muscle spasms
  • Side effects of cancer treatment
  • Terminal illnesses
  • Tourette syndrome

If you’ve heard that medical marijuana may be beneficial for your health problem, you can discuss this with Dr. Eldar, and he can advise you on whether treatment is likely to help and whether you’re eligible.

Is medical marijuana safe?

Although there is research into the effects of medical marijuana, there isn’t enough evidence to be sure about its safety. Potential risks of using medical marijuana include:

  • Addiction (affects about 10% of users who smoke regularly before age 25)
  • Breathing problems caused by smoking marijuana
  • Dizziness
  • Impaired concentration and memory
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased risk of heart attack or stroke
  • Emotional problems and mental illness (especially in those with a previous history)
  • Negative drug interactions
  • Slower reaction times
  • Withdrawal symptoms

At Celebrity Medical Center, patients must have a diagnosis from Dr. Eldar for a qualifying condition and sign a written consent form. Dr. Eldar then enters the order into the Florida State Medical Marijuana Use Registry, and the patient applies for a Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification Card. Once you have a card, you can use it to fill the order at a state-approved medical marijuana dispensary.

To discuss the option of using medical marijuana, call Celebrity Medical Center today, or book an appointment online.