Category: Second Column

The Medicinal Cannabis Treatment Agreement, Commented on

The Medicinal Cannabis Treatment Agreement slated for distribution by the Medical Board of California. Interspersed comments are from members of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians. (I don’t know why WordPress won’t italicize them. —FG) Date: ___________________________ I understand that _______________________(clinician name) is helping me with the treatment of my chronic pain. In considering the possibility of using medicinal cannabis, it is important to recognize that the risks of medicinal cannabis may be impacted by specific medical conditions and patterns of use. I understand what has been explained to me and agree to the following conditions of treatment: 1. I...

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Cannabis as an Alternative to Opiates —a bibliography

By Dale Gieringer In a comprehensive review of scientific research, the National Academy of Sciences has found “conclusive or substantial evidence” that medical cannabis is effective for the treatment of chronic pain (as well as nausea from chemotherapy and spasticity from multiple sclerosis). These findings were borne out by the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at UC San Diego, which found cannabis to be effective in reducing pain in six out of six human studies. Cannabis was especially effective in the treatment of chronic neuropathic pain due to damaged nerves, a type of pain for which opioids are often...

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As the California Harvest Comes In…

Nancy Sajben, MD, forwards Thomas Fuller’s Sept. 10 New York Times piece on cannabis cultivation in California. Supply and demand within the state are out of whack, and most growers have chosen not to get permits. Fuller cites Hezekiah Allen of the California Growers Association, who “estimates that about 11 percent of growers — about 3,500 of 32,000 farmers in the Emerald Triangle, which covers Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties — have applied for permits. Most have been deterred by the voluminous paperwork to obtain a permit, the fees and the taxes, he said.” Mendocino County Sheriff Thomas D....

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CMCR wants cannabis clinicians to present patients with “Agreement”

Continuing our report on the August 30 MBC Marijuana Task Force meeting …  A handout distributed at  the Aug. 30 meeting in Sacramento of the Medical Board of California’s Marijuana Cannabis Task Force was a slightly revised version of a “Medical Cannabis Agreement” written by Brad Wilsey, MD, and colleagues from the Center for Medical Cannabis Research at UC San Diego. Originally  published in the Clinical Journal of Pain 2015; 31 (12), it could have been entitled “Medical Cannabis is not Quite as Dangerous as Plutonium.” Perry Solomon, MD, questioned whether the “Agreement” was reality-based and MBC Executive Director Kimberly Kirchmayer quickly...

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Marshall Klaus, MD —Respect the Doula!

Another amazing person has left us. As recounted by Sam Roberts in the NY Times: Dr. Marshall H. Klaus, whose research in the early 1970s into emotional bonding between parents and their newborns prompted improvements in how hospital maternity wards care for mothers and their infants, died on Aug. 15 in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 90. Dr. Klaus, a neonatologist, and his colleague at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Dr. John H. Kennell, a pediatrician, concluded in their book “Maternal-Infant Bonding” (1976) that contact between a mother and child in the first hours or even days of...

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