WFLA News Channel 8: Medical Marijuana Treating Both Kids, Adults at Tampa Clinic
September 12, 2016
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — Tampa’s first Family Medical Cannabis Clinic is now open for patients across Tampa Bay, offering a non-euphoric strain of marijuana as a treatment option for children and adults.
“In particular the CBD that’s found in the low THC medical cannabis — that’s now for people with seizures, people with muscle spasms, and people with cancers — is helping people across the county. And now in Florida we have the opportunity to help people out,” said pediatrician Dr. David Berger.
A number of people are turning to medical marijuana because traditional treatments can be harsh on the system and addictive.
“It’s an incredibly safe profile,” Dr. Berger explain and went onto say, “You can’t get high from taking a product that just has the CBD in it – and that’s really an important thing because a lot of the patients that I’ve talked to so far, especially those with chronic muscle spasms who are on pain medications, those people who are really concerned about getting addicted to those types of medications,” said Berger.
Dr. Berger orders tinctures and capsules for his young patients, because it’s easier and safer to control dosages.
He also treats adults at the clinic, and other forms are available to those patients.
In Florida patients cannot smoke marijuana, even for medical purposes.
Original story on News Channel 8:
Dr. David Berger (“Dr. David”), a Board Certified Pediatrician with over 20 years of experience as a clinician, has developed a national reputation in wholistic pediatric primary care. Dr. David is considered Tampa Bay area’s leading authority on medical cannabis for adults and children, and is one of the nation’s most experienced pediatricians using medical cannabis to help facilitate the treatment of children with chronic conditions.
Dr. David graduated from The Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1994 and completed his pediatric residency at the University of South Florida/Tampa General Hospital where he first began utilizing wholistic therapies. Dr. David has been in private practice since 1997 and in 2005 opened Wholistic Pediatrics & Family Care, his medical practice in Tampa, Florida. In 2010, Dr. David was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida College of Nursing. In 2016, he launched Wholistic ReLeaf to help qualified patients become certified to use medical cannabis.