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Medical Cannabis

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, […]

Has Florida Gone “Up In Smoke?”

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 […]

Florida Medical Marijuana – The Stigma of Legalization

Produced by USF’s Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communication, learn how the legalization of medical cannabis in Florida is helping heal those with chronic conditions while simultaneously challenged by the stigma of decades past. David Berger, M.D. Dr. David Berger (“Dr. David”), a Board Certified Pediatrician with over 20 years of experience as a […]

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 […]

Medical Marijuana for Autism-Related Anxiety Disorders

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. Melanie Herron

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 […]

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

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 […]

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