Alternative Medicine Associates Florida
AMA was formed in 2014 as a healthcare venture comprised of over 30 physicians and health care professionals encompassing a desire to cultivate, manufacture, and distribute pharmaceutical grade cannabis nationally.
As clinicians and health care administrators, we seek to explore all appropriate conventions of the cannabis plant as a medicine. Our central focus is to identify and perfect the most clinically effective means of integrating cannabis-based medicine into comprehensive treatment plans for patients with serious illnesses
AMA’s revolutionary approach to quality patient care, safe and effective treatment options, community preservation, and corporate integrity distinguishes us within the highly scrutinized medical cannabis marketplace.
Our organization adheres to four guiding principles that shape the culture of our enterprise:
Our vision is to become the leading model of excellence for the provision of cannabis.
AMA is comprised of a diversified mix of entrepreneurs who represent minority, veteran and women-owned businesses.
AMA utilizes its CSR program to promote a broad range of social and environmental advantages to the community.
As a physician-led organization, AMA understands the importance of evidence-based practices to protect patient safety and physician liability.
The Makeup of Cannabis Medicine
The combination of cannabinoids and terpenes that makeup a particular cannabis strain are critical to that strains healing properties for specific disease processes. AMAF will produce custom strains to compliment the healing properties necessary to treat the eligible disease processes in the State.
What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that cannabis flowers produce and secrete during pollination. Cannabis plants produce 85 types of cannabinoids, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). These cannabinoids can imitate compounds that our bodies produce naturally called endocannabinoids. These endocannabinoid compounds are essential for internal stability and overall wellness. Cannabinoids work by binding to receptor sites in the brain (known as CB-1) and in the body (known as CB-2). THC tends to bind to CB-1 receptors in the brain while CBD will generally bind to CB-2 receptors in the body.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes come from the same glands that produce cannabinoids, but they account more for the marijuana strain’s aromatic qualities. There are 100 different types of terpenes emitting the essence of citrus, mint, berry, pine and floral scents in various strains. Like cannabinoids, terpenes bind to receptor sites in the brain and body and can modify the amount of THC that passes through the blood-brain barrier as well as alter the production/destruction and movement of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin.