Easier to Find a Medical Marijuana Doctor Due to Global Legalization

By: med_admin Published: August 17, 2018

Find a medical marijuana doctorJoining a wave of global legalization encompassing countries such as Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, and 30 states in the US, the United Kingdom Home Office recently announced its legalization of cannabis products for medical purposes. The new ruling signals the UK’s acknowledgement that cannabis has potential medical use and will allow doctors to begin prescribing it to patients in need. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) recently published a report on findings regarding the medical benefits and safety of marijuana, concluding that cannabis is effective in the treatment efforts of a range of medical conditions and is “relatively safe.” With the legalization around the world, it becomes easier for travelers or locals alike to find a medical marijuana doctor in more countries.

The UN drug committee surveyed 953 cannabis patients throughout 31 different countries to gather the information for their report. The committee found that marijuana is a “relatively safe drug,” noting that millions of people are already using it across the globe for various therapeutic purposes. As of now, cannabis is broadly prohibited under international drug treaties dating back to 1961, but the committee’s report could easily change that leading to more of a global legalization. The most common use for cannabis is in the treatment of anxiety, back pain, cancer, depression, sleep disorders, multiple sclerosis, and post-injury pain. The committee cited “a wealth of preclinical literature” that indicates cannabinoids “reduce cancer cell proliferation” and inhibit “cancer cell migration and angiogenesis in numerous cancer cell types.”

The WHO report pointed out that research into the therapeutic potential and safety of cannabis is sadly inadequate, as widespread prohibition of the plant has made it extremely difficult for researchers to conduct clinical trials, noting that “Barriers to research in the USA include the difficulty of navigating through several federal agencies (including the aforementioned DEA, FDA), as well as research ethics boards and local and state oversight concerns. There are also issues related to quality, quantity, and kind of product available from the current single federal source of cannabis for research use and the lack of adequate funding sources.”

In the UK, cannabis was previously listed as a Schedule 1 drug under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001, a category reserved for substances thought to have no therapeutic value. In a press release published July 26, 2018, Home Secretary Sajid Javid said, “Recent cases involving sick children made it clear to me that our position on cannabis-related medicinal products was not satisfactory. Following advice from two sets of independent advisors, I have taken the decision to reschedule cannabis-derived medicinal products – meaning they will be available on prescription.” The country’s National Health Service will cover its cost. “This will help patients with an exceptional clinical need,” Javid stated.

The next step involves the UK’s Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) developing a clear definition for cannabis-derived medicinal products, with those approved products then being rescheduled. Once these definitions are released, the Home Office and DHSC will put forth additional frameworks and guidelines for their dispensation by qualified clinicians, with the expectation that these products will be available to the citizens of the UK deemed to have an exceptional clinical need by the fall of 2018.

If you live in the United States and would like to schedule an appointment or are wondering where to find a medical marijuana doctor, please visit our online portal. If you have any questions about the proper application of medical marijuana for your situation, please contact Medical Alternatives Clinics at (719) 246-0393 or email us your questions at: hello@medicalalternativesclinics.com. We offer convenient same day appointments for current and prospective medical marijuana patients and we can help you get your MMJ Red Card in three days or less!

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Why Is Medical Marijuana Healthy?

By: med_admin Published: July 26, 2018

medical-alternatives-clinics-healthy marijuana factsOnce thought to be a demon drug, marijuana is now almost thought of as a miracle cure for many health issues. Medical marijuana is a plant-based medicine from the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica species with three major active compounds: THC, CBD, and CBN. With groups like the American Legion writing letters to President Trump advocating removing cannabis from the list of Schedule I controlled substances so that scientific medical research can be done that might support the use of marijuana in a medical environment, the tide of thought is turning, and medical marijuana is gaining acceptance in the minds of many people across America.

With 68% of more than 60 peer-reviewed research studies examining the benefits of medical marijuana finding benefits in using medical marijuana to treat pain and illness, there is solid scientific evidence of the health benefits of medical marijuana. Most research has been conducted on the non-psychoactive compound CBD. Many believe there is also enough compelling anecdotal evidence to support the health benefits of medical marijuana in treating adults with medical issues such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI), PTSD, cancer, and chronic pain, anxiety, depression, arthritis, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, eating disorders, nausea, muscle spasms, insomnia, and inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s, to name just a few.

Other health benefits include improved immune function, neuroplasticity, regulating mood and emotion, increased vascular health and improved digestive function. Research is limited, but the most promising areas of research appear to be in the use of CBD for neuroprotection. Because marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I substance by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), quantifiable, scientific research is difficult to conduct.

There are over 80 compounds in marijuana, with two of them receiving the most attention; THC and CBD. CBD is highly sought after for its pain relieving properties and has been studied for its ability to relieve symptoms of epilepsy in children and adults. Seniors enjoy relief from chronic arthritis pain with topical application of lotions and creams containing CBD. Many veterans report relief of their physical and emotional issues including depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts with continued use of medical marijuana. Parents of children who suffer from autism have found relief through the use of medical marijuana, and cancer patients categorically state that medical marijuana offers relief from the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Pet owners have also turned to cannabis products to provide healthy, effective pain relief for their family pets and help their bodies perform at the optimum level possible.

Gottlieb emphasized that this is only the first cannabinoid approved by the FDA. He hopes this is the first of many advances for treatments like CBD providing medical marijuana product developers cooperate with government drug development programs, stating further:

For recommendations on which medical marijuana products may be best for your situation, contact Medical Alternatives Clinic today at (719) 246-0393 in Colorado Springs, or email us at hello@medicalalternativesclinics.com with your questions, or to request an appointment. We are here to assist you in any way we can and will provide you with a copy of any paperwork necessary for your records.

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Epidiolex, The First Approved Cannabinoid Based Medicine by the FDA

By: med_admin Published: July 18, 2018

FDA Approved Cannabinoid DrugOn June 25, 2018, the FDA made history by approving Epidiolex, a cannabinoid-based drug, for the treatment of epilepsy in children. As reported by Prevention Magazine, on their website, the FDA approved drug uses a purified form of cannabidiol (CBD) oil to treat two rare and severe forms of epilepsy occurring in pediatric patients ages two and older. In clinical trials, Epidiolex, the first cannabinoid approved by the FDA, was found to reduce seizures in patients with Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and did not result in the harsh side effects of typical epilepsy drugs, which can include blurred vision, nausea, and liver problems. CBD is a derivative of cannabis that does not have psychoactive properties, and therefore does not result in a “high.” The cannabinoid drug Epidiolex is being produced by GW Pharmaceuticals.

Prior to the FDA approval of this cannabinoid-based medicine, an amendment to SB17-017 was passed last year, which allows minors to receive medical marijuana, stipulated that two physicians, one of whom must be a board-certified pediatrician, a board-certified family physician, or a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist who is part of the family’s medical care team, must prescribe medical marijuana for any person under the age of 18, and each of the patient’s parents residing in Colorado must consent to this treatment in writing to the state health department, with one parent consenting in writing to serve as the patient’s primary caregiver.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, made clear in a press conference on the importance of conducting proper research to prove safe and effective medical uses for the active chemicals in marijuana and its components that the FDA approval of the cannabinoid-based medicine Epidiolex does not signal a sweeping legalization of marijuana in general, stating:

“This product approval demonstrates that advancing sound scientific research to investigate ingredients derived from marijuana can lead to important therapies. This new treatment provides new options for patients. This is an important medical advance. But it’s also important to note that this is not an approval of marijuana or all of its components. This is the approval of one specific CBD medication for a specific use. And it was based on well-controlled clinical trials evaluating the use of this compound in the treatment of a specific condition. Moreover, this cannabinoid drug is a purified form of CBD. It’s being delivered to patients in a reliable dosage form and through a reproducible route of delivery to ensure that patients derive the anticipated benefits. This is how sound medical science is advanced.”

Gottlieb emphasized that this is only the first cannabinoid-based medicine approved by the FDA. He hopes this is the first of many advances for treatments like CBD providing medical marijuana product developers cooperate with government drug development programs, stating further:

“Drugs derived from marijuana also are eligible for several programs that are intended to facilitate and expedite development and review of new drugs that address unmet medical needs in the treatment of serious or life-threatening conditions. The FDA will continue to support rigorous scientific research on potential medical treatments using marijuana and its components that seek to be developed through the appropriate scientific channels.”

Although CBD is legal in a majority of the country’s individual states, CBD oil is currently still classified as a Schedule I drug with no medicinal value by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). This means that before the drug’s manufacturer can market it to the public, the DEA will need to change its classification for FDA approved drugs.

FDA approval of cannabinoid-based medicine Epidiolex is welcome news to parents of children across the nation who currently suffer from the debilitating effects of epilepsy and is seen as an indication of good things to come for the future of other marijuana-derived medications becoming available for a variety of illnesses and chronic conditions, including other seizure disorders, chronic pain, and cancer. It is not clear whether insurance companies will step up and cover the cost of this cannabinoid drug or future cannabinoid-derived medications that receive FDA approval. Currently, CBD tinctures can be costly, and parents of children with epilepsy are forced to pay out of pocket to fill their legal prescriptions.

If you have questions about the proper application of medical marijuana for your situation, please contact Medical Alternatives Clinics at (719) 246-0393 or email us your questions at: hello@medicalalternativesclinics.com. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please visit our online portal. We offer convenient same day appointments for current and prospective medical marijuana patients, and we can help you get your MMJ Red Card in three days or less!

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Links to articles and information on CBD

By: Admin Published: July 2, 2018

Flour hemp in spoon with oil and bag on boardBelow are several links to articles and information found online to provide more guidance in the use of cannabis.

1. What Type of Cannabis Therapy Is Best for You?

2. Cannabis Dosing Guide

3. Beginner’s Guide to CBD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cannabis – Epilepsy Research Study

By: Admin Published: June 26, 2018

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HAVE YOU OR A LOVED ONE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH DRUG-RESISTANT EPILEPSY?

ARE YOU CONSIDERING USING MEDICAL MARIJUANA AS A SECONDARY TREATMENT?

If so, you may be eligible to participate in a research study examining the effects of medical marijuana on seizures.

 

 

 

 

Eligible to participate:

  • Colorado resident
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Diagnosis of drug-resistant epilepsy

Not eligible at this time:

  • Federal employees
  • Cannabis use in last 30 days

*NOTE: NO MEDICAL MARIJUANA WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE RESEARCHERS TO THE PARTICIPANTS OF THIS STUDY*

You WILL be compensated for your participation

For more information, please email: hello@medicalalternativesclinics.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Medical Marijuana Use Increasing in Patients Aged 50+

By: med_admin Published: May 30, 2018

medical-alternatives-clinics-mmj-womanResearch shows that Americans 50 years old and older today are 20 times more likely to use marijuana than people in that age bracket were three decades ago. The use rate of younger generations remained about the same across those thirty years. Researchers found people born prior to World War II very rarely used marijuana at any point, but among subsequent generations usage was significant, especially among Baby Boomers born from the late 1940’s through the early 1960’s. This is the generation who grew up using marijuana in their teen years, and as with many youthful habits, this habit dies hard.

Today, as the Baby Boomers advance into their 50s, 60s, and beyond, many return to the substance that was popular but illegal in their youth, but is now legally available in over half the states in the country. According to the National Council for Aging Care, a study in 2013 revealed that four out of five doctors approve of medical marijuana and more than 90 percent of medical marijuana patients say that medical marijuana has helped treat their conditions. Seniors were the largest age group in the study with more than 2,300 respondents.

Part of the reason medical marijuana is gaining such popularity among the silver-haired set is its effectiveness in relieving pain without psychoactive side effects or the need to ingest the plant to achieve relief. Arthritis, joint pain, back pain, nerve damage, headaches, and muscular tension can all be alleviated through the use of topical forms of medical marijuana such as lotions, rubs, and creams. Symptoms of depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s Disease, and degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease and multiple sclerosis respond well to treatment using marijuana. The nausea and vomiting that often accompany cancer treatment such as chemotherapy and radiation can also be lessened with the help of medical marijuana.

Medical marijuana is also effective at treating eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia, which are common among seniors. Many lose the desire to eat as they age, whether due to poor body image or other psychological reasons, with nearly 80 percent of deaths among the elderly being due to anorexia. These disorders are often treated with antipsychotics and antidepressants, which have been reported to actually worsen symptoms rather than relieve them. Many doctors are beginning to view medical marijuana as a safer alternative to prescription drugs, which carry with them risky side effects.

In addition to pain relief, medical marijuana may offer benefits for the senior brain. Studies done in Germany showed a group of older mice performed better than younger mice in cognitive tests after THC was introduced, suggesting medical marijuana may help increase cognition in the elderly.

Among the Baby Boomer generation, the objections to using some form of medical marijuana to ease pain, lift depression, and quell anxiety are considerably less than with the generation that went before them. After all, many Boomers used marijuana at some point in their youth, and usage no longer carries the stigma of being socially unacceptable.

For the over 50 crowd, medical marijuana offers many attractive benefits over prescription drugs. Cannabis is safer and more cost efficient than many prescription drugs, with far fewer negative side effects, it offers significant pain relief, and helps many seniors who struggle with insomnia to achieve a good night’s sleep without using sleeping pills.

If you have questions about how medical marijuana may help relieve your chronic pain, contact Medical Alternatives Clinic today at (719) 246-0393 to speak with an MMJ Doctor in Colorado Springs, or email us at hello@medicalalternativesclinics.com with your questions, or to set up an appointment. We are your first choice for MMJ/Medical Marijuana Doctors Colorado Springs, here to assist you in any way we can. We are happy to provide you with copies of any paperwork necessary for your records.

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Medical Marijuana Could Help Fight Opioid Issues in America

By: med_admin Published: May 23, 2018

PharmaThere is no denying America is currently struggling with an opioid epidemic which has been described as “the worst self-inflicted epidemic in the history of our country,” but research shows there is hope in the midst of the problem, and it comes from medical marijuana. Studies published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine suggest that legalizing marijuana could help turn the tide of the world’s worst opioid epidemic, as medical marijuana can be used to treat many health issues currently treated with opioids without the negative side effects of chronic opioid usage.

University of Georgia Professor David Bradford, a lead author of one recent study showing that states with laws allowing medical marijuana have seen significant drops in prescription opioids, stated ‘cannabis clearly has medical applications’ and that there’s good reason to be hopeful that cannabis might be one tool out of many we could use to address the opioid epidemic.’

Melissa Moore, New York deputy state director for the Drug Policy Alliance, noted a growing body of scientific literature suggests access to legal medical marijuana can result in the use of opioids in general, and a drop in opioid related overdose deaths. CNN recently reported opioid overdose has been implicated in over 500,000 deaths since 2000, with more than 42,000 Americans dying per year from opioid overdose according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Clearly, we are a country in crisis.

In a May 2018 publication Marijuana as Medicine, The National Institute on Drug Abuse stated that although the FDA has not yet approved marijuana as medicine, scientific study of cannabinoids, the chemicals in marijuana, has led to two FDA-approved medications containing cannabinoid chemicals in pill form. The publication went on to state that recent animal studies have shown marijuana extracts may help kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others.

Conditions for which opioids are typically prescribed include chronic pain, something marijuana has been proven to alleviate, both in studies and via anecdotal evidence. Further clinical studies need to be conducted to determine the viability of using marijuana as medicine, but the tide of public opinion appears to be turning.

If you have questions about how medical marijuana may help you conquer opioid issues, contact Medical Alternatives Clinic today at (719) 246-0393 in Colorado Springs, or email us at hello@medicalalternativesclinics.com with your questions, or to set up an appointment. We are your first choice for MMJ/Medical Marijuana Doctors in Colorado Springs, here to assist you in any way we can. We are happy to provide you with copies of any paperwork necessary for your records.

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How to request access to your patient registration in the Medical Marijuana Registry

By: Admin Published: May 14, 2018

request-access-to-patient-registrationPatients that received their medical marijuana card (red card) in the past through the mail-in process will likely have their information already stored in the registry system.

This means that when they now try to submit an application online at https://medicalmarijuana.colorado.gov they may receive a red error message saying social security number is already in use or similar.

To correct this and get access to your account, please follow the steps outlined in this document: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ifCzBYIihn1NJ-ElrJ0Z80aZ0FI1Znw5/view

 

 

 

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Awaiting Physician Certification – how to attach the Physician Certification to your MMJ application?

By: Admin Published: May 14, 2018

First step is to go to the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry login page and to log into your account: https://medicalmarijuana.colorado.gov

1. Click on “Awaiting Physician Certification”

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2. Click on the “Physician Certification” tab

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3. Click on the “+New” button

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4. Click on the dropdown

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5. Select the value from the dropdown

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6. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and hit the “Save” button

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How to set cultivation information on your medical marijuana card?

By: Admin Published: May 4, 2018

Cultivation information helps the state determine how a patient will be obtaining their medicine. In most cases, patients will be purchasing from a dispensary, in which case the first option (“Center”) is selected on the form. Other options include growing your own medicine or through a caregiver. Patients with extended plant counts that grow their own medicine should consider “assigning” a portion of their plants to a dispensary (on the form, this is the “Self and Center” option) – what this does is ensure they have access to medicine in case their own grow does not produce enough.

Below are the steps to set Cultivation Information on your medical marijuana application:

First step is to go to the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry login page and to log into your account: https://medicalmarijuana.colorado.gov

1. Click on “Cultivation Information”

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2. Click on the “Cultivation Information” tab

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3. Click on the “+New” button

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4. Set the appropriate cultivation information and hit “Save” at the end

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