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No other pain relieving medication is less toxic than cannabis, even aspirin or Tylenol. This is why cannabis as medicine can be an excellent choice for pain. A proper cannabis recommendation requires more than just a few minutes of a doctor’s time, and includes information on cannabinoid content, strain selection, and delivery methods. If you’re not getting this information from your doctor, you’re not getting a real cannabis consultation and are missing information on the full value and healing potential of the plant.
Even though the cheaper clinics are ‘competitors’, my recommendation services are very different. This is because cannabis has so many applications depending on selection of strain, the type of formulation, and the different ways that it interacts with each persons unique physiology. Many doctors are not aware of the depths that cannabis can be used clinically as study of the endocannabinoid system is not standard training in any medical curriculum. What makes my services different is that I take the time to do necessary patient education. There are now hundreds of ways to use cannabis besides smoking. Cannabis and cannabinoid medicine are therefore largely about patient education which requires considerable time to help the patient with the best and most up to date recommendations for their conditions. I simply don’t believe that the speed which most cannabis clinics operate, that the physicians are practicing good medicine. I’d be surprised one-on-one time with the doctor in most of these clinics is more than 15 minutes.
Additionally, many of these cheaper clinics have doctors that come and go. There is very little continuity from year to year with so many cannabis clinics. This can be a huge problem if you need to mount a defense in court and your doctor refuses to testify, or the doctor simply can’t be found. It is a little known fact that doctors are not required by law to testify for their patients.
Below is an excerpt from a patient with Stage IV metastatic bone cancer. I specialize in treating very complex cases like his. To do this properly requires a considerable amount of time as well as patient education. My expertise, and the time and care that I take, enable my patients to get the best possible results. Due to the complexity of the following patient’s situation, I took considerable time educating him and his wife and created a very specific and tailored protocol for him to use in conjunction with his chemotherapy. This included specifics of cannabinoid content, strain selection, delivery modality, and timing of dosages. I truly and honestly believe that if he and his wife would have gone to a different clinic, he would not have gotten the time and specificity of recommendation to help in his dramatic turn around. Here’s his story:
“Hi Dr. Felice,
To refresh your memory, I became a patient of yours almost a year ago. After our appointment and acquisition of my card, I went to the ____ Collective and obtained Simpson oil. I followed your instructions and did a four month protocol.
The results-restoration of appetite, diminished bone pain and cessation of vomiting- are all incredible. I believe the oil effected a complete turn around in my response to my metastatic prostate cancer to my bones. My quality of life is excellent Dr. Felice and my wife Toni and I thank you beyond words.
I cannot draw a direct line between the oil and my health, yet I believe in my heart this was the factor. I completed the four months on March 9th…. I have been on a chemo regimen for almost a year as well and I will discontinue chemo forever after my final treatment this coming week.
I will now pursue another long round of Simson oil.”
- Intractable pain
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Migraine headache
- Spasticity disorders
- Cramping muscles & muscle spasms
- Glaucoma, either acute or chronic, meaning increased intraocular pressure unrelieved by standard treatments and medications
- Crohn’s disease with debilitating symptoms unrelieved by standard treatments or medications
- Hepatitis C with debilitating nausea or intractable pain unrelieved by standard treatments or medications
If you are interested in more information, here is a good primer on why cannabis can be so fabulous for chronic pain: http://www.safeaccessnow.org/chronic_pain_booklet