Medical Cannabis

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

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

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 […]

Where is My Medical Cannabis ID Card?

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) […]

Utilizing Medical Cannabis: Routes of Administration

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 […]

Medical Cannabis: Then and Now

Although most of the treatments that physicians use have been around only a few decades or less, medical cannabis has been used for millennia. I became even more interested in the early roots of this medicinal herb when our good friend Dr. Barry Gordon of Compassionate Care Clinic of Venice, sent me this photo. It […]

Treating Cancer Diagnoses With Medical Cannabis

Cancer is one of the most common diagnoses associated with medical cannabis. It is well-known that cannabis can offer immediate relief to patients undergoing cancer treatments by reducing nausea and vomiting, as well as increasing appetite. Less well-known are the other potential benefits patients report from using medical cannabis. For example, many patients experience chronic […]

Medical Marijuana for Treating ADD/ADHD

Many people have asked me whether medical cannabis might be able to help someone who has debilitating ADD/ADHD, and if I would be willing to facilitate the treatment. Because one of the known side effects of recreational marijuana is the possibility of reducing attention, memory, and cognitive function (especially in children), one could reasonably ask […]

How I Utilize Medical Cannabis Therapy in Children & Adults

As a physician, who for the past 20 years has been at the forefront of developing wholistic treatment protocols, I have often had to navigate new therapies and figure out best how to see what is best for a particular patient.  Within certain medical conditions (autism is a perfect example), we often find that different […]

Why I Treat Children with Medical Cannabis Therapy

As a wholistic pediatrician, I have used medicinal herbs to treat variety of childhood ailments for more than 20 years. Back in 1997, if you would have suggested I would be ordering medical cannabis for children in 2017, I probably would have smiled and asked, “What have you been smoking?” David Berger, M.D. Dr. David […]

Florida Legislature (Finally!) Passes Medical Marijuana Law

Although 71% of Florida voters approved medical marijuana in the 2016 election, state legislators initially failed to pass regulations implementing Amendment 2. Recently in a special legislative session, the legislature overwhelmingly passed a measure that Governor Scott intends to sign into law. While I disagree with some aspects of the bill, overall I am delighted […]