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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) […]

ABC’s to a Successful School Year

August 22, 2017

With the new school year now upon us, it’s time to officially say goodbye to summer and hello to your new family routine. Here are some essential tips to starting off the new school year on the right foot. Address any ongoing or new concerns regarding your child(ren) as early in the school year as […]

Utilizing Medical Cannabis: Routes of Administration

August 8, 2017

I consistently get valuable feedback from my medical cannabis patients. This feedback allows us to develop more effective treatment plans for patients with varying conditions. In this blog post I discuss the various ways cannabis can be taken and how the effects may differ depending on the route of administration. Most people are familiar with […]