A few years ago, Dr. David Casarett did not take medical marijuana very seriously.
“When I first started this project, I really thought of medical marijuana as a joke, I’ve come to realize there really are medical benefits to medical marijuana. From many of the patients I spoke with, medical marijuana is not a joke. It’s not funny. It’s a treatment that they’ve come to rely on.”
David Casarett changed his mind about cannabis when one of his patients had asked him if she could take CBD oil for her treatments of nausea, vomiting, and pain. David had informed her that he knew little about medical cannabis but knows that it has little to no medicinal properties at all.
She then took out articles relation to medicinal cannabis and the benefits and asked him to read them before he made an opinion. After reading them he admitted that there was evidence that marijuana can produce medicinal benefits.
What David found surprising the most was that a lot of the patients he had talked with who’ve turned to medical marijuana for help,
“A lot of the patients I talked with who’ve turned to medical marijuana for help, weren’t turning to medical marijuana because of its benefits or the balance of risks and benefits, or because they thought it was a wonder drug, but because it gave them control over their illness. It let them manage their health in a way that was productive and efficient and effective and comfortable for them.”
People like Robin, one of David’s patients, turned away from mainstream medicine, turning to medical marijuana dispensaries because those dispensaries are giving them what they need and states that Robin is getting personalized attention, education and service. David explains that dispensaries providing these good services really should be a wake-up call to the healthcare system.