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own doctor or therapist. It is for general guidance only.
The Medical Use of Cannabis
A Wonderful Book for Patients Suffering with Anxiety Disorders
Use these questionnaires to discover if YOU have a Cannabis Addiction or Use Disorder
Soon, you or your younger patients will return to or start higher education at College or University. Click the green button below to review some tips to make this journey less stressful and more enjoyable.
Anxiety Disorders, the commonest psychiatric disorders of all, are treated with cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques and medications. To understand (and help overcome) these disorders, I highly recommend "The Emotional Brain" by Dr. Joseph LeDoux. Published in 1996, physicians will also benefit by reading this excellent text.
Dr. Mark Berber
Back to School Stress
Allen Carr's "Easy Way to Stop Smoking" helps readers stop smoking for good! I highly recommend this book which worked for me and many others. Nicotine patches, gums and sprays are, like cigarettes, nicotine delivery devices and will not bring about the change in attitude required to stop smoking.
The Easyway to Stop Smoking
The FALSE claims regarding the efficacy of cannabis for so many conditions are NOT supported by scientific research.
In fact, recent studies suggest that cannabis has a minimal effect on pain, does not reduce anxiety or depression, has a very unpredictable effect on sleep and does not reduce PTSD or fibromyalgia.
Furthermore, cannabis is addictive, has withdrawal symptoms when stopped suddenly, may precipitate schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and psychosis in vulnerable individuals, does not reduce opioid abuse and contributes to road traffic accidents
Cannabis can not be prescribed by ANY physician in Canada. Interestingly however, physicians are asked to "authorize" or condone its use!
Cannabis produced in laboratories CAN be prescribed and these include the pharmaceuticals Drabinol, Nabilone, Nabixmols and Epidiolex. Nabilone (also called Cesamet) and Nabixmols (also called Sativex) are available in Canada.
These synthetic cannabis products are approved for: (1) nausea & vomiting due to cancer chemotherapy, (2) muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis, (3) anorexia in wasting disorders such as HIV/Aids, (4) neuropathic pain unresponsive to conventional therapies and (5) two rare forms of childhood epilepsy.
Beyond these 5 conditions there are insufficient studies to warrant a role for physicians in authorizing cannabinoids.