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Ask Nurse Patsy – How Do I Transition My Child’s Sleep Schedule from Summer to School?

August 8, 2018

As summer break winds down, parents of school-age kids are beginning to prepare for the upcoming school year. Back to school preparations include more than just school supply shopping and getting a sports physical. Without a good night of restful sleep, a student may not succeed to their best potential in the classroom or during […]

How the Endocannabinoid System is Like Bowling

July 23, 2018

I have recently been delving more deeply into the cellular function of our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). Named after the plant that led to its discovery (cannabis), the ECS is an essential physiological system for establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are abundant throughout the body; they are found in the brain, […]

Has Florida Gone “Up In Smoke?”

June 26, 2018

I have written medical cannabis blogs for more than a year without referencing Cheech and Chong, the stereotypical pot smokers from the late 70’s and early 80’s movies. Now that the courts have ruled it unconstitutional for the State of Florida to prohibit qualified patients from ingesting medical cannabis by smoking it, I figured I […]

Hello From Medical Cannabis-Friendly Israel!

May 17, 2018

AS YOU MAY KNOW, for many years Israel has been at the very cutting edge of research using cannabis. Since I am finishing a 16-day trip to Israel escorting my son’s 8th-grade class, I figured it would be nice to write about some of the exciting things they are doing here with medical cannabis. Cannabis […]

Can Medical Cannabis Be Effective at Treating Pain?

April 20, 2018

by David Merger, M.D. Medical cannabis has been effectively used for pain relief for thousands of years. Today, one of the most common reasons people seek out medical cannabis is to relieve various pain syndromes. The active ingredients in medical cannabis (i.e., cannabinoids) relieve pain in many ways. In the short-term, cannabinoids can directly reduce […]

Medical Marijuana for Autism-related Anxiety Disorders

April 12, 2018

Aired: April 12, 2018 Bay News 9 in Tampa reports on how an autistic boy in St. Petersburg had his life changed for the better with medical marijuana, and specifically THC.

New Service: Whole Child Coaching Collaboration for Autistic Families

April 6, 2018

Written By: Roni Enten Vissoker, M.Sc., C.N.S., L.D.N. Spring is here! Always my favorite time of year to help families recharge their health and vitality and to recharge my own, as well. It’s also a perfect season for rebirth and new beginnings. This year, I am especially excited to be writing my very first blog […]

Can Autism be Treated with Medical Cannabis?

April 2, 2018

Published April 2, 2018 The cannabis digest for discerning women, Van der Pop, dives into the topic of treating autism with medical cannabis. The article features Dr. David Berger. Read the article by clicking here:  Van der Pop_Budding Prospect_4.2.18

Water Safety Tips for the Entire Family

March 22, 2018

The warmer weather of spring and summer is quickly approaching. Families will soon flock to beaches, pools, and lakes in search of a reprieve from the heat by swimming, boating, and other water activities. Seventy percent of planet Earth is water, so safety precautions for children and adults should be the utmost priority, especially in […]

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 […]

Medical Cannabis: 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 […]

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 […]