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Medical Cannabis, Autism, and the Transformation of Medicine

In 1987, during my freshman year at Lehigh University, our first English assignment was to write a letter to an elected official advocating for a controversial issue of our choosing. I decided to write my United States Congressman to express why I believed marijuana should be legalized.  What was supposed to be a 3-4 page […]

Smokable Cannabis Availability in Florida and How it Impacts You

This past week, both the Florida Senate and House passed a new medical cannabis statute (SB 182: Medical Use of Marijuana). The full bill can be read here. The primary goal for this bill is to allow for flowers/buds sold by state authorized dispensaries, that patients can smoke; however, this also means cannabis should be […]

Cannabis Curing Cancer? Here’s What We Know

It is widely known that people who undergo traditional cancer therapies such as radiation and chemotherapy, can benefit from medical cannabis. Not only does cannabis reduce the side effects of these powerful treatments, but it can also address the anxiety and depression that often accompanies a life-threatening diagnosis. Additionally, nausea can be reduced, allowing patients […]

Using Medical Cannabis to Treat Multiple Sclerosis, Autoimmune Disease, and Similar Conditions

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the medical conditions listed explicitly in Florida’s medical cannabis statute. It is an autoimmune disease that produces symptoms including muscle, joint, and nerve pain; fatigue; muscle spasms and twitches; bladder, bowel, and sexual problems; and, cognitive and emotional changes. Florida patients may qualify for medical cannabis if they are […]

Ask Dr. David: Where Are The Gummies and Other Edibles?

One of the most frequent questions we hear in my clinic these days is when will qualified Floridians be able to get gummies and other edibles? As many of you know, oral ingestion of CBD and THC is one of the most common ways to administer medical cannabis. Florida laws were never intended to limit […]

Ask Dr. David: What Are Some of the Known Side Effects of Cannabis?

In recent years I have been fortunate to work with a wide range of patients who have benefited greatly from medical cannabis. One of the primary purposes of this blog series is to educate our community, so I decided to use this post to address some of the concerns associated with cannabis use so people […]

How the Endocannabinoid System is Like Bowling

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, […]

Hello From Medical Cannabis-Friendly Israel!

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 […]

Ask Dr. David: Can Medical Cannabis Be Effective at Treating Pain?

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 pain through stimulation of […]

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

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 […]