Trade-In Your Ibuprofen for Cannabis

March 21, 2017

Pain from inflammation can and will likely affect all adults at some point in their lives, and for some, become chronic conditions that interfere with a normal quality of life. Over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription anti-inflammatory medications are easily available, readily prescribed, and very commonly used. The most common anti-inflammatory medications are called NSAIDs: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Based on consumer survey responses, more than 17 million Americans take NSAIDs on a daily basis, with more than 70 million prescriptions and more…

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PART IV: Cannabis for Pediatric Cancer

March 18, 2017

I am often asked to see children who are suffering with advanced cancers. Parents seek cannabis medicine to help their children with relief of symptoms from the adverse side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. In some cases, having been told the cancer treatment is not working, parents are desperate to find a cure. I teach parents what we know and what we don’t know about cannabis use for cancer, knowing that they must have the data to make an informed…

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PART III: Cannabis for Pediatric Autism

March 18, 2017

Many parents come to my office seeking help for their children suffering with autism. The three main symptoms that are challenging for these families are communication difficulties, repetitive behaviors, and social challenges, including tantrums and self-injurious behavior. Although the FDA has approved two medications, both antipsychotics, for treating the irritability associated with autism, they have very significant side effects, may not be effective and thus leave these families without a solution. Preliminary evidence links genetic mutations with autism and a…

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PART II: Cannabis for Pediatric Epilepsy

March 18, 2017

I have found excellent results using CBD-rich medicine for children who have intractable epilepsy. Most of these patients have tried numerous antiepileptic medications without success and have the devastating consequences of ongoing seizures. The burden of this difficult disorder and subsequent negative impact on quality of life has triggered a parent-led movement advocating use of CBD-rich cannabis. Scientists have responded with a focus on research into how the endocannabinoid system may be a target of treatment for these patients. There…

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PART I: Cannabis Treatment for the Pediatric Patient

March 18, 2017

I have been a pediatrician for 25 years and a medical cannabis specialist for the last nine years, assisting thousands of adults and children with serious medical conditions in using cannabis treatment. I have evaluated hundreds of children with severe epilepsy, autism, and cancer and have seen many obtain an incredible improvement in their quality of life with cannabis medicine. In medical school, I was taught that cannabis was a drug of abuse. I never thought of it as medicine…

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