Doctors Advocating for Cannabis Treatment

Doctors Advocating for Cannabis Treatment

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Doctors are helping end the war on medical cannabis, and advocating for it's use and scientific research. Dr. David Bearman, Dr. Robert Melamede, Dr. Donald Abrams, Dr. Michelle Sexton, and Dr. John Hicks give us essential insight on the health benefits of cannabis.

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Doctor David Bearman M.D.

Dr. Bearman has worked at all levels of government, including being a Medical Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, Director of Health Services at San Diego State University and Director and Medical Officer of the Sutter County Health Department.

In 2001 after retiring as Deputy Director of the Santa Barbara Regional Health Authority (the oldest Medicaid-managed care plan in the country), Dr. Bearman began his private practice of pain management. He has also given expert-witness testimonies in over 350 court cases.

Dr. Bearman has authored numerous articles and the book Demons, Discrimination and Dollars: A Brief History of American Drug Policy. He wrote the medicinal cannabis section in ABC-CLIOs online publication, Emerging Issues in the 21st Century World-System.

He has been published in the Harvard Business Review and the Journal of Social Issues. The Journal of Medical Economics selected him as one of their "Handpicked Panel of 110 Top Medical Thinkers," and The Wall Street Journal named him Doctor of the Day in 2007.

Doctor Robert Melamede PhD

Doctor Melamede has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the City University of New York. Dr. Melamede retired as Chairman of the Biology Department at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 2005, where he continues to teach and research cannabinoids, cancer, and DNA repair. Dr. Melamede is recognized as a leading authority on the therapeutic uses of cannabis, and has authored or co-authored dozens of papers on a wide variety of scientific subjects.

Dr. Melamede also serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of the International Association for Cannabis as Medicine, the Scientific Advisory Board of Americans for Safe Access, Sensible Colorado, Scientific Advisor for Cannabis Therapeutics as well as a variety other of state dispensaries and marijuana patient advocacy groups.

Doctor Donald I. Abrams

Dr. Abrams is a cancer and integrative medicine specialist at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Mount Zion. Abrams provides integrative medicine consultations for cancer patients and has completed research in complementary and alternative therapies including mind-body treatments, botanical therapies, medical use of marijuana and traditional Chinese medicine herbal therapies.

In addition to his role at the Osher center, he is chief of Hematology and Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital. Abrams, who has been in the forefront of HIV/AIDS research and treatment, stepped down from the HIV Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital in August 2006 to devote more time to integrative medicine and oncology. He is an executive committee member of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and is co-chair of of the center's program in Symptom Management, Palliative Care and Survivorship. In 2004, he completed an associate fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona.

Doctor Michelle Sexton, ND

Dr. Sexton has been studying plant medicine for over thirty years, and has recently opened a laboratory in Seattle, called Phytalytics. Medical Marijuana 411 recently caught up to the Naturopathic Doctor and she shared with us many of the benefits plant medicine has and much that can be achieved through a plant-based regimen. Doctor John Hicks Dr. John Hicks has practiced integrated holistic medicine for over 35 years. With an innovative approach to chronic disease, Dr. Hicks uses objective laboratory analysis to individualize medical and nutritional support, applying progressive and proven treatments to the wellbeing of each patient.

A researcher and clinician, Dr. Hicks’s recent focus has centered on the human endocannabinoid system and how cannabidiol – better known as CBD – is related. Dr. Hicks talks with Teri about what CBD is; what the endocannabinoid system is; how CBD relates to the endocannabinoid system; how CBD is different from THC; hemp and CBD; and how CBD is non-psychoactive.

Dr. Hicks suffered an unexpected heart attack and passed away on April 29th, 2016