Dr. Verbora is no ordinary doctor. He became interested in cannabinoid therapy after he completed his training in family medicine at the University of Toronto. This progressive medico shared his experience of helping patients through cannabinoid treatments with Lift News.
Patients are nervous about cannabis at first
Dr. Verbora treats patients of all ages. The youngest have been babies of only a year old, and his oldest patient is 102. As can be expected, some of the older patients are nervous about being prescribed cannabis at first. They are bewildered because they were told that cannabis was a dangerous drug. Helping these patients to overcome their fears takes a lot of education and explaining.
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Misconceptions about cannabinoid therapy
A lot of people think you have to get “high” from cannabinoid therapy. However, Dr. Verbora explains that this is not true at all. Low dosages of THC won’t have a psychoactive effect, nor will CBD, a cannabinoid that does not cause a high. Dr. Verbora says that CBD is highly effective as a treatment for many conditions.
No need to smoke it
People also hold the belief that one must smoke medical cannabis. This is also not true. The clinic does not recommend smoking as a means of administering cannabinoids. Dr. Verbora says he prefers to use medicinal cannabis oils and sometimes suggests using a vaporizer to fine tune the dosage.
No need to become addicted
The other major misconception is that one will become addicted to marijuana after cannabinoid therapy. There might be a possibility, but compared to other pharmaceuticals for pain, alcohol, or tobacco, cannabis has a much lower addiction or dependency rate.
Dr. Verbora says the fear of addiction is unfortunate as many patients experience the benefit of cannabinoid therapies, but are afraid to use it on a daily basis. As a result, never get the full benefit of the treatment.
Shifting the medical fraternity’s perception of cannabinoid therapies will take a lot of education. Some physicians battle to accept the medicinal value of the cannabis plant because they hold the belief that it is a recreational drug. More and more doctors are becoming open-minded though. Dr. Verbora says that after prescribing cannabinoid therapies, they often become more confident about its benefits.
He stresses the fact that people should educate themselves about cannabis through a reputable source. Family doctors or specialists can refer patients to him, and he hopes he can be of service. People will eventually understand cannabinoid therapy better, and he thinks opiates and benzodiazepines will be more stigmatized than cannabis within the next 5 – 10 years.
Medical cannabis clinics in the future
Dr. Michael Verbora sees a time when a critical mass of information through research and continued education makes cannabinoid benefits undeniable. He is confident that research will provide evidence that supports cannabinoid therapy. Soon, nobody will be able to ignore the real benefits of cannabinoids, and medical cannabis will become a mainstream therapeutic option.
It certainly seems that Dr. Vebora’s predictions will come true. Already, the image of medical cannabis is changing. Respectable people use cannabinoid therapies, and they remain productive members of society. As more doctors and patients open up about how cannabinoid therapy helped them, the hippie image fades into the background to be replaced by the fresh, family-friendly image cannabinoids really deserve.