Every year hurricane season begins on June 1st and lasts 5 months, with storms typically peaking in August and September. An average storm season has 12 named storms, including six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. [1]
This year, experts have predicted that Floridians will be experiencing a very active hurricane season. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center said it expects to see 13 to 19 named storms in 2020, including six to 10 that could become hurricanes. Three to six of those storms could develop into a major hurricane which means Category 3 strength or higher. [1]

How to Prepare For A Hurricane

As with every hurricane season regardless of forecast, knowing the essentials of how to prepare could truly be a life saver. A hurricane can cause widespread damage during and after it happens. Planning and preparing can make a big difference in safety and resiliency in the wake of a hurricane. The ability to quickly recover following a hurricane requires a focus on preparedness, advance planning, and knowing what to do in the event of a hurricane.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) the best way to prepare for a hurricane is to: [2]

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings.
  • Monitor local news and weather reports.
  • Prepare to evacuate by testing your emergency communication plan(s), learning evacuation routes, having a place to stay, and packing a “go bag.”
  • Stock emergency supplies.
  • Protect your property by installing sewer backflow valves, anchoring fuel tanks, reviewing insurance policies, and cataloging belongings.
  • Collect and safeguard critical financial, medical, educational, and legal documents and records.

 

Hurricanes & Health

Hurricanes not only have an impact on the environment, they can also affect a person’s health for various reasons.

One way a person might be physically affected by a hurricane is in their joints. Patients who suffer from conditions such as chronic pain and arthritis can seriously suffer during changes in weather. Right before a storm comes in, the barometric pressure (pressure in the atmosphere) drops. This allows tissues to expand, which then places pressure on your joints causing pain flare ups.

Incoming hurricanes can also cause a person a lot of stress and anxiety. When preparing for the worst it can be difficult to keep a level head and certain essential items can easily be forgotten. If you are a Florida Medical Marijuana Patient, it is important for you to keep an emergency supply of your normal medicating regimen to be ready for any type of post-hurricane situation.

Choosing the Right Medication

Figuring out which strains and ratios work best for you can be a bit challenging. One easy way to have an educated guess when choosing a new product is by analyzing the terpene profiles. The main benefits of terpenes in cannabis is their bioactivity, or their ability to have effects on and in the body. Terpenes are found naturally in many different components in nature, but in cannabis they combine with the other chemical compounds in the plant and work together to produce the “entourage effect.”

The entourage effect will vary depending on which strain you consume, how you consume it, and other factors related to what you ate or your body’s natural imbalances. However, you can get a general idea of the feeling a certain strain might offer based on the overall terpene profile.

The Terpenes You Need to Stay Calm and Ready During a Hurricane

  • Myrcene is a major terpene in modern day medical cannabis. You can also find it in mangos, hops, and lemongrass. This terpene brings on a more relaxed feeling and enhances the effects of other terpenes and cannabinoids. It’s a major player in the entourage effect.
  • Linalool is another terpene that you see present in indica strains. It is more commonly found in jasmine, lavender, rosewood, and pine. It offers feelings of relaxation, aids sleep, and is a known stress reducer. Linalool is also great for warding off mosquitos,
    which might be swarming after a hurricane.
  • Pinene is the most common terpene in the natural world and is found in pine needles, rosemary, basil, and cannabis. This one is helpful because it elevates your mood and counteracts the memory-loss effects of THC.
  • Limonene is a common, citrus-smelling terpene. You can find it in lemon rinds, orange rinds, and juniper. It is known as a mood-elevator that brings on feelings of euphoria and can help reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Caryophyllene is another special terpene because it also acts as a cannabinoid, meaning it attaches to your receptors in your endocannabinoid system the way CBD and THC do. This helps to reduce anxiety and inflammation. It can also be found in black pepper, cloves, and cinnamon.

Best Strains in Florida for a Hurricane

ACDC (Columbia Care & MUV): If you’re looking for an anti-anxiety strain with virtually no intoxicating effects, check out AC/DC. AC/DC is a branch of the Cannatonic family, and it’s a strain that’s extremely popular among medical cannabis patients for its ability to treat everything from pain to epilepsy and anxiety. A powerful inflammation reducer, ACDC can help soothe anxiety’s symptoms while its terpenes and oils combine synergistically to calm mental agitation. [3]
Cathy’s Choice (OnePlant): A relaxing Indica with strong notes of sweet fuel, candy, sandalwood and hash. Effects are mild and include a relaxing euphoria, increased appetite and mild sleepiness. [4]
Strawberry Cough (VidaCann, Liberty Health Sciences, MUV, Curaleaf): This strain brings on feelings of euphoria and is an excellent stress reducer.It contains high amounts of myrcene and pinene terpenes making it a great option for hurricane prepping.
Jack Herer (Trulieve, MUV, Curaleaf, Fluent) Taking notes from its parent strain Northern Lights, Jack Herer offers a euphoric, uplifting high that helps you release stress without feeling overwhelmed or too cerebral.
Blue Dream (Curaleaf, Fluent, Liberty Health Sciences, Fluent, MedMen, RiSE, Trulieve) One of most popular strains on Leafly, this sativa-dominant hybrid could have been designed with stress-relief in mind. The happy, relaxing high has been lauded for its ability to relieve stress without leaving you sedated.

Aside from specific strains, it is important to have a stock of products that you use on your day-to-day regimen, Hurricane can cause structural damage that can result in your local dispensaries being unable to operate. Having relief options that offer long-lasting effects, like oral capsules and RSO, can be great to have on hand as well!

If you think that medical marijuana can help you manage your symptoms and want to have it on hand for a hurricane, contact Florida DocMJ Doctors Marijuana to set up your risk-free Medical Marijuana Evaluation!

[1[ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6920849/
[2]https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1494007144395-b0e215ae1ba6ac1b556f084e190e5862/FEMA_2017_Hurricane_HTP_FINAL.pdf
[3] https://weedmaps.com/news/2019/12/the-best-weed-strains-for-anxiety/
[4]https://oneplant.us/strain/cathys-choice/#:~:text=Chosen%20by%20Florida%20cannabis%20activist,increased%20appetite%20and%20mild%20sleepiness.
[5] https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes
[6] https://www.stateofflorida.com/articles/hurricane-preparedness-guide/
[7] https://fldispensaries.app/
[8] https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/thunderstorms-and-your-health
[9]https://www.nycpainspecialists.com/blog/2019/7/9/the-effects-of-barometric-pressure-on-joints