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COPD Not A Major Side Effect Of Marijuana Use

Staff CMM - Friday, August 03, 2012
Conclusions drawn from a nearly 20 year study conducted by government-funded scientists has shown that smoking marijuana – whether for medical use or recreation – does not appear to affect lung function. The new research is said to be one of the largest studies to date on the effects of cannabis and whether long-term use causes pulmonary damage, specifically whether it is as harmful as smoking cigarettes. Researchers worked with over 5,000 people in three cities for a period of 20 years and were able to find that smoking regularly – the equivalent of up to a join per day over seven years – did not impair lung function. However, after a period of ten years, researchers did begin to see a decline in lung function, particularly among those who smoked more than one joint or equivalent per day as well as with those who also smoked cigarettes. Researchers believe that because THC has anti-inflammatory properties, the decrease in lung function among those smoking marijuana may have been staved off to a certain degree.

Debat Continues Over Medical Marijuana Recommendations by Doctors

Todd Davis - Friday, May 13, 2011

 

 

 

Tougher rules and restrictions regarding Colorado medical marijuana patients have now become directed at doctors in Colorado and which in particular, which doctors should be allowed to recommend medical marijuana to patients. The Colorado Board of Health is aiming to make it clearer on how well doctors know their patients before recommending marijuana treatment and also question whether doctors with conditions on their licenses such as a surgeon being banned from surgery due to the development of arthritis should be allowed to recommend marijuana to their patients. These regulations are aimed at discouraging marijuana mills in which doctors recommend marijuana to new patients after only a brief visit. Approximately 1,300 people who applied for medical marijuana cards this last year were denied by the state due to their recommendations coming from doctors with license conditions.

Acquiring a Medicinal Marijuana Card

Todd Davis - Monday, March 08, 2010

Many potential patients may neglect Colorado medical marijuana because they are either afraid or ignorant to the process. Acquiring a Colorado medical marijuana card is simple if done correctly. One major pitfall the patient needs to avoid is illegitimate businesses and physicians. There are a plethora of doctors and offices to choose from, but a large percentage of offices are running without proper licensing and certification. This website, in contrast, is an excellent resource for patients looking for direction. One would be well advised to use the contact information provided on this very website; all physicians are qualified and certified. In addition, the office is centrally located and in compliance to all current law and code. Nothing is more frustrating to a patient than going through the trouble of acquiring a Colorado medical marijuana card only to find out they unknowingly received it illegally. Beware of cheap and flighty offices. Using this website and the physicians herein employed will guarantee a smooth transaction and experience as well as a completely legal Colorado medical marijuana card.

A Patient’s Perspective

Todd Davis - Sunday, January 17, 2010

As the controversy rages on about the legitimacy of Colorado medicinal marijuana, there is a significant demographic supporting the product; the patient. Opponents to Denver medical marijuana and Colorado marijuana dispensaries claim that the medical benefits are a sham used as a smoke screen to simply legalize a narcotic. A true patient would disagree. In an interview with a serious patient, some genuine medical benefits were unveiled. This patient, a male in his mid 40’s, was involved in a traffic accident; both his legs were mangled in the wreck. To him, Denver medical marijuana has provided him with an alternate pain killer. He also explained that the euphoric properties help with bouts of depression revolving around the pain and make his life experience more enjoyable in general. He complained that other prescribed pain killers were more addictive, less effective, and more expensive. To him, and thousands of similar patients, Colorado medicinal marijuana doctors have helped them find a new avenue for pain relief never before available. After listening to his story, one cannot help but realize the potential legitimacy of medicinal marijuana in Colorado.    

Mr Suthers, Fire Your Researchers; They are Harming your Reputation

Todd Davis - Thursday, January 14, 2010

After reading Mr Suthers Huffington blog post, it is our opinion that Mr Suthers has been greatly misinformed as to the state of the medical marijuana community in Colorado. Mr Suthers please, put patients before politics, and certainly put patients before paranoia.

 

Our company (CMM) Colorado Medical Marijuana LLC (not a dispensary) has assisted thousands of patients with the application and registration process for the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry. Has anyone asked a company like ours what the patients needs are and what the majority of Colorado’s medical marijuana patients seek in new legislation. Senator Romer understands the importance of sifting through myth and finding some truth. His suggestion to get the patients to participate in the medical marijuana debate is crucial.

 

When the founders of (CMM) were interested in becoming medical marijuana patients they had to call over 50 doctors in Colorado before they could find one doctor that was wiling to recommend marijuana as medicine. This is the reason (CMM) was created. This is also the reason that only 5 doctors are responsible for 80% of the medical marijuana recommendation s in the state. There are thousands of patients in Colorado seeking relief and finding the same dead ends.

 

Fortunately there are good doctors (checking and reviewing records) that understand the need to incorporate a variety of weapons into the pain management arsenal. Our partner doctors will not recommend marijuana to patients that do not have a qualifying condition but they rarely have to deny a patient. The reason is fairly simple; we prescreen clients and request records. This simple procedure is all that is needed to safeguard good patient’s rights to use medical marijuana. Mr Suthers, please contact us and let us show you the evidence that good doctors and ethical business owners exist within the emerging medical marijuana community.

 

Some politicians have suggested that they redefine the doctor patient relationship and what constitutes a bonafide relationship. They have suggested that patients should be wheeled down or limp into the nearest doctor’s office multiple times to receive a card. This is very painful and costly for most qualified patients. Qualified patients have turned to medical marijuana as a last resort in treating their debilitating and chronic medical conditions in hopes of living a normal life. No, the answer is not to require these poor and debilitated patients to spend extra days and money they do not have, in and out of the doctor’s office.

 

Qualified patients have enough problems in life and the process to get a medical marijuana recommendation and card is already difficult and expensive. On Monday our office received a call from recent cancer widow. She told us that her husband applied for a card, paid to get a physicians recommendation to use medical marijuana, had his application notarized and paid a fee of $90 to Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry (CDPHE).  He died before his ID card came and he never even knew that the doctor’s signature was all that was needed to use marijuana legally. He was trying to be a good and law abiding citizen waiting for his medical marijuana card to come in the mail (Currently delayed 14 to 16 weeks).

 

Mr Suthers, doctors do not prescribe medical marijuana, a drug that is safer than cough syrup. Doctors may only recommend marijuana. Mr. Suthers consider your quote “Can you imagine any other drug or treatment where a doctor is directly incentivized to prescribe a specific treatment method? The public would be outraged if a drug company were effectively paying a doctor in cash to prescribe their product”. No Mr Suthers, we do not have to imaging because we see it every day with the nation’s pharmaceutical companies and our states practicing physicians. They might not exchange cash directly but exchanges are being made.. Patients are sick and tired of the Reefer Madness and tired and sick from the deadly synthetic chemicals they are prescribed with out any fanfare or responsibility. Mr Suthers, please call us and get some of the facts that you will need in these upcoming weeks. Multiple doctor visits with needless poking and prodding is not the answer, good records straight from one MD or DO to another MD or DO are the answer.

 

 

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Using Medical Marijuana, Colorado Patients May Find Nausea Relief

Todd Davis - Tuesday, December 08, 2009

 

For many patients in Coloradomedical marijuana use can be the most effective treatment for nausea available. Medical marijuana can help reduce nausea and actually stimulate the appetite, reducing the risk of weight loss in patients with such diseases as AIDS and cancer. In a study in 2007 where scientists surveyed HIV-positive marijuana smokers, the drug was shown to actually increase caloric intake and assist with weight gain. For those patients who do not respond to traditional forms of nausea medication, the use of medical marijuana has been shown to be not only a cost effective alternative, but symptoms actually improved to a greater degree as opposed to the use of clinical medicals. In a study by the New York State Journal of Medicine, 56 patients who did not respond to traditional medicine showed improvement when the use of medical marijuana was introduced.


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