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Ask Dr. David: Can You Treat Anxiety with Medical Cannabis?

February 22, 2018

Did you know almost 20% (40 million people) of the adult population in the United States suffer from anxiety each year? Even though the medical profession considers this is a very treatable disease, only about one-third of affected people seek treatment. (https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics#) Anxiety as a potentially qualifying diagnosis Many people suffer from debilitating anxiety to […]

Ask Dr. David: Alternative Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment for Seizures

February 8, 2018

What are some factors you consider when using medical cannabis to treat seizures? Seizures are one of the most frequent medical conditions for which I have certified patients to be treated with medical cannabis. I now have many documented cases of such patients who are experiencing fewer seizures, less intense and shorter seizures or have […]

Ask Dr. David: What is Cannabis Microdosing?

January 26, 2018

As my knowledge grows about the incredible ways medical cannabis can be used, I have discovered that for some patients, less is more. Depending on the unique needs of my patients, I prescribe “microdosing” to some of them. This refers to taking very small doses, more frequently throughout the day, to bring about the desired […]

Medical Cannabis Physicians in Florida: No Knowledge or Experience Required?

January 4, 2018

I just finished the renewal certification course that Florida physicians are required to complete to be “qualified” to certify patients to use medical cannabis. The course and examination now cover only two (2) hours of material, reduced from the eight (8) hour course I was required to take last year before the new laws under […]

Ask Dr. David: Controlling the Psychoactive Effects of THC with CBD

December 13, 2017

One of the most fascinating things I have observed since becoming certified in Florida as a cannabis physician is the relationship between cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). While they are both cannabinoids (the chemical category that provides most of the therapeutic effects of cannabis) that have amazing therapeutic benefits, the psychoactive effects of THC can […]

Ask Dr. David: Addiction – Medical Cannabis Compared to Opioids

December 1, 2017

One of the great tragedies of our time is the explosive opioid epidemic that continues to rage across America. Opioids are relatively inexpensive, widely available, and have a tremendous potential for getting a person “hooked.” This is especially the case when taken in high dosages or for a prolonged period. While opioids are fantastic at […]

Ask Dr. David: CBD Quality Variances in Florida and How it Can Impact You

November 10, 2017

What are some differences between doses of CBD from medical marijuana compared to the CBD found in hemp products, which can be purchased without being certified by a doctor? To understand the difference between CBD used in medical marijuana compared to that which can be purchased in stores and through the internet, it is essential […]

Ask Dr. David: Determining “Same Kind or Class” Conditions for Medical Cannabis in Florida

October 24, 2017

Q: How do you determine whether a patient’s medical condition is of the “same kind or class” as the conditions that qualify for medical cannabis in Florida? The State of Florida has provided very little guidance on how the State’s new medical cannabis laws are to be interpreted or enforced. As a result, doctors (and […]

Seizure Free with CBD

October 9, 2017

Every week I am amazed by the remarkable improvements many of my patients have been making with the use of various medical cannabis products. I will share stories from time to time because I know many of you love hearing success stories. A couple of weeks ago I saw an 80-year-old man for a follow-up […]

Ketones – What’s the big deal?

September 28, 2017

Many of you may have heard about, or know of people using, a ketogenic diet or taking a bioavailable or another type of ketone supplements and wonder, “What’s the big deal?” While most diets restrict calories, the ketogenic diet works mainly by changing the way energy is utilized in the body from a glycolytic state […]

Hurricane Preparedness Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

September 8, 2017

Here is a list of things to do and think about to help you successfully weather Irma.  Please stay safe and take the necessary precautions now to keep your family safe. Try to get LED flashlights and lanterns.  They last much longer. Have at least one flashlight for every person in your family, and ideally […]

Where is My Medical Cannabis ID Card?

August 30, 2017

To say a few patients have asked us “Where is My Medical Cannabis ID Card?” over the past few weeks, would be a gross understatement. We have dozens of patients who are fully qualified to start medical cannabis treatment and have completed the application process but are still waiting for the Department of Health (DOH) […]

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