QUESTION

Does CBD Oil help Diabetic Gastroparesis?

ANSWER

I have treated a handful of patients of with Diabetic Gastroparesis. And, Medical Cannabis – either Medical Marijuana or CBD Oil – has, in afct, been effective for them.

 

QUESTION

Does Medical Cannabis help Fibromyalgia? Does Medical Cannabis help Rheumatoid Arthritis?

ANSWER

Medical Cannabis is effective for both Fibromyalgia & Rheumatoid Arthritis. Typical results when patients have a 7 to 9 out 10 level of pain, the pain tends to drop down to a 1 to 3 out 10 level of pain. So, it goes from unbearable pain to more manageable pain.

Both Fibromyalgia & Rheumatoid Arthritis are accompanied by inflammation. So, in addition to CBD, you also need some amount of THC to effectively help the inflammation, and thereby reduce pain. Either high levels of just CBD or high levels of just THC has not been effective for my patients with Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

 

QUESTION 

Why do you suggest CBD only for Migraines. Please offer specific reasons with references as to why this is your recommendation?

ANSWER

There are 2 schools of thought as to why CBD helps to relieve Migraine Headaches. 

  1. Migraine Headaches may be due to low serotonin levels. Research shows that Cannabinoids, specifically CBD, prevents serotonin levels from dropping really low and ultimately preventing Migraine Headaches.  What’s interesting is that a class of medications – known as Triptans – commonly prescribed for Migraine Headaches also affect the serotonin pathway. Triptains stimulate the serotonin receptors, causing the same effect as the body’s own serotonin.
  2. Cannabinoids have been shown to have an affect on the Periaqueductal Gray (PAG) matter – an area of the brainstem suspected to play a key role in causing Migraine Headaches.

 

QUESTION

Would CBD Oil help stay away from statins?

ANSWER

Statins are a class of medications that are used to manage high cholesterol levels. Clinically, my patients with a history high cholesterol who have been on Medical Cannabis – either Medical Marijuana or CBD Oil – on a long-term basis have had to continue to take their prescription medications, like statins, to manage their high cholesterol. The Medical Cannabis – either Medical Marijuana or CBD Oil – has not significantly impacted their cholesterol levels. 

 

QUESTION

How do you go about getting a medical marijuana card in the United States?

ANSWER

Getting a medical marijuana card depends on the rules and regulations of the state in which you reside. 

You have states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. And, generally, as long as you’re over the age of 21, you can walk into a medical marijuana dispensary and purchase marijuana products.

In states that have legalized marijuana for just medical use, it is required that you be evaluated by a physician to obtain a medical marijuana card. The physician has to deem medical marijuana beneficial for your specific medical condition. 

And, then there are states in which marijuana isn’t legalized, but CBD Oil is. In some of these states, you do need to be evaluated by a physician to access, consume & possess CBD Oil products. There are states in which you don’t need to be evaluated by a physician to access, consume & possess CBD Oil products. 

Finally, there are states in which neither Marijuana nor CBD Oil are deemed legal.