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Curious about CBD? A day does not go by without someone asking me about CBD. It’s a super hot topic and given the potential benefits folks are reaching for it where ever they can find it. This brings us to the CBD industry which has grown into a multi-million, (and projected to be a multi-billion) dollar industry, just like the billion dollar supplement industry. And frankly the answers to [...]

Remember the Golden Rule…

Remember the Golden Rule...   The Florida Department of Health will be meeting to address the rules on dosing of medical cannabis. As directed by the Florida law, they must address daily dose amounts and equivalent dose amounts for each allowable form of cannabis dispensed by a medical marijuana treatment center.   As you contemplate this rule let me say this...remember the golden know how it goes...   It [...]

If only you could see what I see…

If only you could see what I see... As I walk into the exam room to see my patient who has literally had to drag herself into my office for years due to chronic pain, I can see a gleam of light in her eyes and a smile on her face like I’ve never seen before. She practically leaps up from her chair and steps towards me and can’t [...]

Florida’s Medical Cannabis System: The Climb towards progress

  "Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb." Winston S. Churchill As physicians, there is no one more vested in patient safety as we are [...]

Who will keep our Medical Cannabis patients safe in Florida?

I think everyone can agree that there is a need for developing and implementing robust public quality standards for the sake of patient protection. Determining who the best entity is to carry out this charge is left to be seen here is Florida.  Regulatory standards are most definitely needed. However, if this means waiting on the FDA and DEA to have input when cannabis is still a scheduled 1 [...]

So you’re a certified ordering physician in FL, now what?

So in FL, with the new laws being passed regarding medical cannabis, the training for a physician goes from an 8 hr training to a 2 hr training. If it's the same course, you get less credit for your time and it leaves you equally unprepared for actually knowing how to use medical cannabis to help your patients. Some physicians say that recommending medical cannabis is like dosing St. [...]

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