AUSTIN — It’s not easy to find a spa without a doctor’s prescription.
And that’s especially true in the South, where the medical marijuana industry has been booming.
“If I had to tell people I couldn’t use the products without it, I would say, ‘I don’t know, but I don’t want to,'” said Ashley Jones, who owns the spa Evian Beauty in Dallas.
Evian Beauty is the first spa in the state of Texas to offer medical marijuana treatments, with more than 100 of its rooms open to the public.
It’s also one of the few in the country that can legally sell marijuana for personal use.
Since the drug’s decriminalization, the business has exploded in popularity.
Its patients are coming from all over the country, and its owners are expanding its operations, opening a second spa in Houston and adding a third in Florida.
But when it comes to the use of the drug for personal health, it’s hard to find anyone who’s averse.
Even if a patient wants to use marijuana for medical purposes, it can be difficult to find the right medical practitioner to prescribe it.
Many of the providers have strict anti-marijuana policies, and the people who are able to access marijuana tend to be patients with chronic illnesses, said Dr. Richard T. Stansbury, a professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and a leading medical marijuana expert.
“There are some physicians who are willing to prescribe the drug, but the vast majority of physicians don’t,” Stansberry said.
In other states, there are plenty of options for people who want to get high and have a good time, said Kimberly Williams, a physician and owner of the Dallas-based Wellness Clinic, which specializes in marijuana use for adults.
That’s why it’s so important to educate people about the benefits and risks of using medical marijuana, Williams said.
“I think it’s important for patients to know that they can get high,” Williams said, adding that patients should not be pressured to get a prescription from a doctor.
Marijuana is still illegal under federal law, and in Texas, that includes medical marijuana.
But Stansbrown said he thinks medical marijuana will become more popular over time.
If the federal government decides to lift the prohibition, he said, “I would hope that the medical community would be prepared to adapt to that change and adjust to the new reality.”
The medical marijuana movement has gained attention in recent years as states across the country have passed laws legalizing medical marijuana for the treatment of certain conditions, including chronic pain, seizures, and cancer.
The Colorado and Washington state medical marijuana laws have become more complicated to navigate because the state is home to more than 1 million people who qualify for marijuana’s medical benefits, including people with severe epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS, AIDS, PTSD and multiple sclerosis.
In Florida, the medical cannabis program is only a few hundred beds short of capacity, so residents and visitors can only access the dispensaries and medical facilities.
That has led to a lot of confusion, said Barbara Koehn, a public health nurse and an instructor at the University of Central Florida Health Science Center.
It’s really hard to understand the medical literature and what’s going on, Koehm said.
“When you go into a clinic, they have a list of the things that they need and what they don’t need.
There’s no clear communication.”
The medical community has been quick to embrace medical marijuana as a way to treat chronic pain and other conditions.
A 2015 study by the University at Buffalo found that about half of patients using marijuana in its approved form reported improved quality of life.
Yet even that small sample size can be misleading, because there are not enough studies of patients to draw definitive conclusions about the efficacy of medical marijuana in the treatment for certain conditions.
Dr. Michael S. Schafer, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for the Study of Pain at the university, has studied a handful of marijuana-based treatments.
He said his study, which compared marijuana to placebo, found that the benefits of marijuana appeared to outweigh the risks, though he noted that his sample was small.
The Johns Hopkins study was conducted with participants from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and focused on patients with cancer.
While marijuana was not mentioned in the study, the authors noted that it was “a safe alternative to opioids and could be used in conjunction with other treatment options.”
Schafer said his studies have been unable to identify any significant benefits from using medical cannabis, and that marijuana was also associated with increased rates of anxiety, depression and other health issues.
He noted that marijuana can be addictive and that it’s often taken with other medications, which can increase the risk of serious side effects.
For patients, medical marijuana offers relief from the daily pain