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CBD for Neuropathy (Nerve Pain)

Does CBD Help Neuropathy (Nerve Pain)? Samantha of Los Angeles, CA is experiencing horrid neuropathic (nerve) pain. After a lot of trial and error, she’s landed on a prescription drug that helps for the most part, but she’s in search of greater pain relief. And, wants...

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HOW TO TAKE CBD OIL

CBD Oil comes in a wide variety of delivery methods. The most common of which include inhaling it, ingesting it, placing drops under the tongue, and applying it as a topical. And, given the myriad of ways to take CBD Oil, I’m sure it can get pretty confusing figuring...

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What is CBD Isolate?

CBD Oil is made using an extraction process. And, this extraction process can extract CBD plus the other cannabinoids creating a Full-Spectrum CBD oil or it can extract just CBD. And the CBD Isolate looks like a fine, white, crystalline powder, which is then used to...

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How to Find the Best CBD Oil: STEP 5

Today, I’m going to walk you through the most important step to find the best CBD oil.   You need to know the exact amounts of cannabinoids that are in your CBD oil. Cannabinoids are the chemicals made the Cannabis family of plants - Hemp & Marijuana. And, they...

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How to Find the Best CBD Oil: STEP 4

Today, I’m walking you through STEP 4 of How to Find the Best CBD Oil.  So, yet another important factor to take into consideration is testing for residual solvents.   Now, to get a better understanding of what I’m talking about, I’ll walk you through some background...

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How to Find the Best CBD Oil: STEP 3

Today, I’m walking you through STEP 3 of How to Find the Best CBD Oil.  So, yet another important factor to take into consideration is testing for heavy metals. Let’s talk this one out.   First off, what the heck are heavy metals? Just like it says they’re metals that...

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Does CBD Help Migraines & Headaches?

Kate has been suffering through Migraine Headaches for the past 20 some-odd years. She’s tried everything from conventional to off-the-wall treatment. Nothing’s worked. She’s writing in to find out if CBD Oil would be a good option.   Dr. Patel, I need more info on...

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How to Find the Best CBD Oil: STEP 2

  I’m back to give you even more info on how to find the best CBD Oil. Another important factor to take into consideration is testing for fungus & bacteria. You want to make sure that the CBD Oil has been tested for both - fungus & bacteria. So, first of all,...

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What are the Effects of Pesticides used on Cannabis?

Both Medical Marijuana & CBD Oil are being touted as a natural alternative to conventional medications. But, are it really natural?  It’s no secret that there are both Marijuana & Hemp growers out there who use Pesticides.  So, whether you’re using Medical...

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Does CBD Oil Help Anxiety?

Katie of South Potomac, DE is an overwhelmed mom of 3 who’s finding that her Anxiety is preventing her from being the mom she wants to be.  She’s exercises and meditates, but sometimes that just doesn’t cut it to relieve her Anxiety.  So she’s wondering if CBD Oil...

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How to Find the Best CBD Oil:  STEP 1

I’ve been getting tons & tons of questions about how to find the best CBD Oil.  And, there are several different factors you have to take into consideration. So today we’re going to talk about one of those factors - pesticides.   I want to start by giving you...

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CBD Oil Benefits

What are the benefits of CBD Oil made from Hemp? You’ve probably heard of a buzzword on the interwebs spreading like wildfire - CBD Oil. So today, I’m going to answer the question, What are the benefits of CBD Oil? The CBD in CBD Oil most usually comes from hemp -...

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Should you use CBD Oil or medical marijuana?

  The other day someone asked me a very simple question. Should I use CBD Oil or should I use Medical Marijuana [otherwise known as Cannabis]? So, today, I’ll walk you through the cases in which you’re better off using CBD Oil and the scenarios in which you’re better...

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Do You Need a Card to Get CBD Oil?

  Now, the need for a card or certification to get CBD Oil in a nutshell comes down to the legal status of CBD where you live and also what the source of CBD is. Remember that CBD can come from 2 sources.  It can come from marijuana.  And, it can come from hemp....

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Does CBD Get You High?

  The long and short of it is that CBD does not get you high.  There’s been no known high linked to CBD. On the other hand, it’s a very well-established fact that it’s the THC in marijuana that gets you high, not the CBD.  Of course, it’s important to know that the...

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Is Marijuana (Cannabis) Stronger than It Used to Be?

    The long and short of it is that marijuana is in fact stronger than it use to be.  And, there’s actually data to back statement up.   Is Marijuana (Cannabis) Stronger than it Used to be IN THE UNITED STATES? During the 1960s and 1970s, an average joint contained...

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Medical Marijuana for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Sierra of New York, NY wrote in recently.  Looks like she’s had Multiple Sclerosis for several years now and is asking about the effect medical marijuana would have on her Multiple Sclerosis.  Here’s what she writes... Dr. Patel, On my 45th birthday, I found out that...

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Marijuana and Breastfeeding

To answer this question, I’m going to break down what the research says about cannabis use while breastfeeding while ultimately answering the all important question,  Is it okay to use medical marijuana while breastfeeding?   So, let’s start with the question,   Does...

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How Your Runner’s High is Related to Marijuana

  I’m not gonna lie. I’m not the athletic type. In fact, way back when I was about 40 pounds heavier, exercise wiped me out. I remember being awe of my college friends who had tons and tons of energy after they worked out. In the meanwhile, I laid there like a zombie...

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How to Get Medical Marijuana in Maryland

Today’s question comes in from Devin.  And, he writes… Who is eligible to register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC)? Any Maryland resident whose provider approves medical cannabis as a treatment option for a qualifying medical condition is eligible...

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How to Get Medical Cannabis in New Jersey (UPDATES)

So as soon as I published info on HOW TO GET MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN NEW JERSEY, the New Jersey Dept. of Health made some changes to the Medical Marijuana Program in New Jersey. So, I’m going to update you on these changes that went into effect March 27, 2018.   #1  They...

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How to Get Medical Marijuana in New Jersey

  Alright, I’m incredibly excited about today’s topic.  It’s cause I’m still continuing with the theme of walking you through how to get medical marijuana in various states across America.  And, today, I’m talking about a very special state.  It’s New Jersey.  Now, of...

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How to Get Medical Marijuana in New York

    Alright so continuing with theme of walking you through how to get medical marijuana in various states, today I’m going to go through how to get medical marijuana in New York. And, in fact, I was looking through the comments on my YouTube videos, and one of my...

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How to Get Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania

  Today, I’m going to focus on how to get medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. There’re a couple steps to get medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. Now, before I start, it’s important to know that you must be a resident of Pennsylvania to be a patient under the...

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How to Get Medical Marijuana in Hawaii

    Today, I’m going to walk you through the process of how to get medical marijuana in Hawaii. There’re a couple requirements to get medical marijuana in Hawaii. The 1st requirement is that you have to have a qualifying debilitating medical condition, which includes,...

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How to Get Medical Marijuana in Florida

    I’m sticking to this theme of walking you through how to get medical marijuana in the various states.  I’ve been getting word back that it’s information that many folks have found incredibly useful.  So, I’m going to just keep going with it and cover as many...

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Effects of Smoking Marijuana on the Lungs

  So, a couple of times, I’ve mentioned that I generally advise my patients to not smoke marijuana.  Today, I’m going dive into the reasons why. So, let’s start with the overall effects of smoking marijuana on the lungs. Smoking marijuana on a regular basis damages...

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Effect of Marijuana on Memory

Back in high school there was a group of kids in my AP Physics class who would smoke weed before every test.  And, they’d ace the tests every single time!  They would just knock it out of the park.  I had no trouble acing my math and science classes in high school...

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Does Medical Marijuana Cause Weight Loss?

A couple days ago, Sujeevan asked me if marijuana helps to lose weight. And, he’s actually not the only one to ask me this question.  It’s a question I get asked a lot. So, let’s dive into the answer.     Research has shown that turning marijuana receptors on causes...

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Does Medical Marijuana cause Weight Gain?

I’m sure you’re familiar with marijuana causing snacking behavior.  It’s more commonly known as getting the munchies.  Based on what the research says and what I’ve seen clinically, certain types of marijuana without a doubt stimulate appetite.  In other words, it...

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Medical Marijuana for Pets

On today’s episode, I brought on a veterinarian.  Now you may be wondering, as a doctor that treats humans, why I’ve brought a veterinarian onto the show.  It’s because my human patients are constantly asking me questions about using medical marijuana for their pets....

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Who shouldn’t use medical marijuana?

If you’ve watched previous episodes of Ask Dr. Patel, then you’ve heard me go on and on about patients that could benefit from the use of medical marijuana, but today, I want to talk about who shouldn’t use medical marijuana.  Really, these are people that should...

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How to Use Medical Marijuana Without Smoking It

Are there ways to use medical marijuana without smoking it? The simple answer is that there are in fact other ways to use medical marijuana other than smoking it. Before I dive into the other ways to use medical marijuana, I want to briefly go over why you don’t want...

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Marijuana and Interactions with Other Medications

For those considering using medical marijuana that are already on other prescriptions medications, this is a huge concern. So, I’m going to do a deep-dive into this topic with you - by starting with the basics.   What is Cytochrome (CYP) P450? When we’re talking about...

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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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Medial Marijuana in Australia

The questions have been pouring in from the Aussies about medical marijuana.  And, I’m happy to say I finally have answers for you! Watch the video to learn about the latest developments surrounding medical marijuana in Australia.   I invited Erin Nulty of Joplin...

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CBD OIL

Thinking about buying some CBD Oil.  Watch this video to make sure that you’re making a well-informed decision. CBD OIL. Everyone is talking about it.  It seems to be all the rage.  And, you’re trying to figure out what the heck CBD Oil even is.  And, you’re wondering...

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Difference between Medical and Recreational Marijuana

  From a medical standpoint, it just comes down to how you choose to use it. Some people are looking to get high off of marijuana. Then, there are others that don’t want to get high off of marijuana and are simply looking to get a medical benefit from it. Every...

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Marijuana for Pain: How Does Marijuana Relieve Pain?

Marijuana for Pain How Does Marijuana Relieve Pain?   Modulation Along the Pain Pathways Today, I’ve decided to answer a question that I feel like my patients should be asking me, but don’t.  And, it may be because it’s just not something that’s at the top of a...

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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...

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Marijuana in the Workplace with Attorney Mitzi Vaughn

About a decade ago, the policies on marijuana in the workplace were pretty clear cut, evidence of marijuana use was grounds for termination. Boy, have times changed. With more and more states legalizing marijuana for medical and even recreational use, it’s not as...

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Could Medical Marijuana Replace Your Prescription Drugs?

Could Medical Marijuana Replace Your Prescription Drugs? This question comes up a lot during my consultations. I have patients coming in telling me that the prescription drugs that they’re taking aren’t working. They’re getting side effects from the prescription...

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Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug?

I get this questions a lot especially from parents concerned about their teenage kids.  They’re worried that once their son or daughter starts using marijuana, even if it’s for medical reasons, he or she will go on to using other drugs, like cocaine, heroin, or meth....

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Medical Marijuana for Neuropathy (Nerve Pain)

“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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Long Term Effects of Marijuana Use

What are the long-term effects of marijuana use? This is a really reasonable to ask.  When you’re using any medication, whether it’s marijuana or even prescription or over-the-counter meds, on a regular basis, it’s important to know the effect it’ll have on your body...

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Marijuana’s Effects on the Brain

I get a lot of questions that have to do with marijuana’s effects on the brain.  So, patients will ask me questions like, Does marijuana cause abnormalities in the brain? Does marijuana cause brain damage? Does marijuana kill brain cells? Really, I’m going to let the...

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Can You Overdose on Marijuana?

Can you die from an overdose on marijuana, even medical marijuana? It’s very highly unlikely to die from an overdose on medical marijuana for a couple reasons... 1. It has to do with the basic biology of the human body.  There are hardly any receptors for marijuana in...

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Is Marijuana Addictive?

Let’s talk about that big ‘ol scary concern that comes to mind when you think about marijuana...addiction. First question that probably comes to your mind is...is marijuana addictive? Is Marijuana Addictive? How addictive is marijuana? How addictive is marijuana...

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Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana

What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana? Today I'm going to answer another question I get asked a lot which is...What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?   To answer this question I'm going to give you a tiny history lesson. Back in 1971 a Canadian...

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Right Strain of Medical Marijuana

What’s the right strain of medical marijuana for my medical condition? A lot of times I get asked the question, Hey Dr. Patel, what’s the right strain of medical marijuana for my medical condition?  And you know what it's a difficult question for me to answer.  The...

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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 nausea...

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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 blood...

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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 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 writes......

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Minors

Does Dr. Patel see patients under the age of 18? She does, but minors need to be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian.

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Growing Marijuana

How much medical marijuana can I grow and possess? Under Prop. 215, patients are entitled to whatever amount of marijuana is necessary for their personal medical use. However, patients are likely to be arrested if they exceed the SB 420 guidelines. SB420 sets a...

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Caregiver

What if I’m so sick that I can’t pick up my own medical marijuana? You can designate a caregiver to assist you.   What is a caregiver? A “primary caregiver” is a person who consistently assumes the responsibility for the housing, health or safety of the patient....

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Traveling with Marijuana

Can I fly with medical marijuana? I’m going to hand this one over to the TSA. Here’s what they say on their website. “TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other drugs. In the event a substance that appears to be marijuana is observed during security...

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Can I purchase marijuana medications from you? By law, I am not permitted to dispense marijuana medications. Can you recommend a dispensary that sells marijuana medications? By law, I cannot suggest a medical marijuana dispensary. What documents do I need to purchase...

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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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Understand a Medical Marijuana License

What's the difference between a medical cannabis (marijuana) card and a medical cannabis (marijuana) license? A medical marijuana card is an easy to carry representation of the document given to you by the doctor if you are approved for the use of medical marijuana....

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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 will help to relieve her Fibromyalgia pain. Watch the video to find out if medical marijuana does in fact relieve Fibromyalgia pain.  ...

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Marijuana (Cannabis) Prescription

What's the difference between a medical marijuana (cannabis) prescription and a medical marijuana (cannabis) recommendation? It's important to understand that what I issue are medical marijuana (cannabis) recommendations, not medical marijuana (cannabis)...

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Marijuana for Back Pain

Paul from Pleasanton, CA, asks about using medical marijuana for his back pain caused by degenerative disc disease. He's a real trooper who's suffered through back pain for years.  We're talking decades.  It varies from dull nagging to sharp stabbing.  And, he's tried...

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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 (Cannabis) Recommendation

What's a medical marijuana (cannabis) recommendation? A medical marijuana recommendation is a document that indicates that based on a physician's evaluation, he/she thinks that your medical condition may benefit from the use of medical marijuana. What's the difference...

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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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Confidentiality & Security

Does the fact that I have a medical marijuana card stay confidential? Much like any other patient-physician relationship, the relationship between a patient and a physician specializing in Medical Marijuana is bound by the same standards of confidentiality established...

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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 for their arthritis pain, which has left you wondering if it’s something you should consider using for your arthritis pain....

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What The Heck Are Cannabinoids?

Understand the basics about Medical Marijuana. Today, I'm delving into the topic of Cannabinoids. With the ever growing popularity of Medical Marijuana in the media, I'm sure it's a word you've heard in passing and wondered...What the heck are Cannabinoids? Well,...

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There Are Prescription Formulations Of Marijuana?

Yep. There are a handful of prescription formulations that contain imitations of the chemicals found in the marijuana plant that are available at any local pharmacy with a prescription from a physician. These are: Dranabinol (Marinol), Nabilone (Cesamet), Sativex...

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Our bodies make the same marijuana plant chemicals.

Understand the basics about Medical Marijuana Plant. You’re in for a surprise with the facts presented in this video. For one, you probably consumed cannabinoids as soon as you came out of the womb and even now, you’re probably consuming cannabinoids without even...

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Medical Marijuana (Cannabis) Evaluation

How do I get an evaluation for a medical marijuana (cannabis) card? Any doctor licensed to practice in California could evaluate a patient and issue a medical marijuana (cannabis) card. So, you could potentially ask your own doctor to evaluate you.  However, not all...

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