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Is Medical Marijuana Right For You?

Marijuana and Depression

  So, as you can imagine, I have patients coming to me with a lot of worries about using marijuana medically. Just the other day, a family member of a patient asked me, Does marijuana use increase the risk of Depression? Another version of this question is, Does...

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Medical Marijuana for Parkinson’s Disease

Michael of Healdsburg, CA has Parkinson’s Disease.  He’s gone the route of regular exercise, physical therapy, and prescription medications.  But, over time their benefits lessened and became less and less reliable.  So, now he’s wondering if medical marijuana could...

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Medical Marijuana for Menstrual Cramps from Endometriosis

Rachel of Los Angeles, CA is coping with some pretty horrific pain from her Endometriosis. She’s hit some roadblocks with mainstream medicine. So, she’s trying to figure out if medical marijuana is a good option to help manage her pain. Here’s what she writes... Hi,...

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Medical Marijuana for Psoriasis

Jenny of Palo Alto, CA has Psoriasis.  And, over the course of her life it’s taken her on an emotional roller coaster ride - from embarrassment to frustration to a loss of hope.  She’s turned to me seeking more information on using medical marijuana for her Psoriasis....

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Medical Marijuana for Cancer Pain

Causes of Cancer Pain The main causes of cancer-related pain are the cancer itself, the cancer treatment or a complication of the cancer. Pain, in general, is either ACUTE or CHRONIC.  In the simplest of terms, ACUTE pain lasts for only a short-time.  It goes away....

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Medical Marijuana for Neuropathy

“The National Institute of Health (NIH) has concluded that neuropathic pain is a condition in which currently available pain medications are at best marginally effective.” Neuropathy, a condition caused by nerve damage, can cause patients excruciating amounts of pain....

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Medical Marijuana Cures Cancer??? with Dr. Donald Abrams

I’ve been getting all sorts of questions about medical cannabis and cancer that ultimately boiled down to Does Cannabis Cure Cancer? So, I decided that not only did I want to give you my point of view, but I also wanted to bring in the perspective of a world renowned...

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Medical Marijuana and Thyroid Hormone Levels

Does medical marijuana affect thyroid hormone levels? In a study done in Germany published in 2012, researchers measured both thyroid hormone levels (TSH, total T3, and free T4) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) levels in 39 patients that had been using about 2.5 grams...

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Medical Marijuana (Cannabis) During Pregnancy

Rebecca of San Francisco, CA has a question that has probably crossed the minds of many expectant moms waging an all out war against that dreaded morning sickness. Here’s what Rebecca writes...   Dr. Patel, I’m 7 weeks into my pregnancy and worn out from the...

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Medical Marijuana for High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Robert of Mill Valley, CA is looking for alternatives to his prescription medications for high blood pressure. He’s considering using medical marijuana, but wants more information before he pursues this option. Here’s what he writes...   Dr. Patel, I’ve had high...

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Medical Marijuana for Migraines and Headaches

Hannah of Atherton, CA, like many of my patients, has been battling migraine headaches as a teenager. She’s spun her wheels with over-the-counter and prescription medications and now has decided to try medical marijuana as a last resort.  Here’s what Hannah...

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Medical Marijuana for Sleep

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, insufficient sleep is a public health concern. Can I get an amen? Sleep is precious and going without it for days, months, even years at a time is harmful to not just your physical well-being, but also your...

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Medical Marijuana for Fibromyalgia

Julie is in her 50’s from Palo Alto, CA waging war against Fibromyalgia. She’s come across medical marijuana and is wondering if it’s something she should add to her arsenal of medicines. Here’s her story.     Dear Dr. Patel, I was diagnosed with...

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Medical Marijuana for Back Pain

Paul from Pleasanton, CA, asks  today about using medical marijuana for back pain from degenerative disc disease. He's a real trooper who's suffered from his pain for years. It varies from dull nagging to sharp stabbing, and has tried everything the doctors have...

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Medical Marijuana for Crohn’s Disease

Today’s question comes from Vanessa of Alamo, CA, who suffers from an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) known as Crohn’s Disease.  She’s spun her wheels with conventional pharmaceutical drugs.  Now, at her wits end, she wants to give medical marijuana a try as a...

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Medical Marijuana For Anxiety

So you may have experimented with marijuana back in college and remember feeling surprisingly relaxed. Now, much later in life, the stresses of life are starting to give you anxiety and you’re tinkering with the idea of using marijuana again. Joe of Danville, CA is in...

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Medical Marijuana for Arthritis Pain

You’ve tried everything under the sun to help with your arthritis pain, but nothing seems to help. You’ve heard some folks swear by marijuana to help with their arthritis pain, which has left you wondering if it’s something you should consider using as well. That’s...

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