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The New Michigan Medical Marijuana Application

By |January 13th, 2015|

The new Michigan Medical Marijuana Applications
They are new Michigan Medical Marijuana Applications are not that much different than the ones from 2014.

A key difference is that the confusing caregiver change form has been broken down into to separate forms, for for a patient to change their name, address or […]

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The Challenges of the MMMA

By |December 28th, 2014|

The Challenges of the MMMA
In 2008 Michigan voters overwhelmingly passed the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act to allow those suffering serious illnesses access to medical marijuana.  Of the 63% that voted for the Act, many if not most did not suffer from serious medical conditions, nor did they use cannabis […]

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Response to an Editorial about the Dangers of Decriminalization

By |March 1st, 2014|

A Physician’s Response to the Dangers of Decriminalizing Marijuana
I am Dr. Robert Townsend, President of Denali Healthcare, a Mt. Pleasant Pain Management office.  I read with some interest the ‘Guest Voice’ Article on the ‘Dangers of decriminalization’ by Michael Covarrubias.  Despite my concern about retribution I felt the need […]

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Michigan Medical Marijuana Card for Seizures

By |January 20th, 2014|

There are some major benefits to using medical marijuana for the treatment of Epilepsy. Here are the top five reasons why medical marijuana and epilepsy should be considered in the same sentence, and the science of how it applies to this difficult condition.

Epilepsy- Seizures are very much like a […]

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Michigan Medical Marijuana Card for Glaucoma

By |January 20th, 2014|

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States and despite a variety of medications available to treat the condition, some patients do not respond to conventional pharmacotherapy.
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Michigan Medical Marijuana Card for Nausea

By |January 20th, 2014|

Nausea is both a symptom and a side effect- It results from the stimulation of specific receptors, 5-HT3 for acute (sudden) emesis and the NK1 receptor for delayed emesis as is found in chemotherapy. Both receptors have been selectively blocked with anti-emetic drugs demonstrating their role in nausea and […]

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Michigan Medical Marijuana Card for Muscle Spasms

By |January 17th, 2014|

Medical Marijuana and Muscle Spasms
If you have ever experienced the excruciating pain of a “charley horse” in your calf, you know that a muscle spasm can come on quick and last from a few seconds to a few hours. A muscle spasm is an involuntary contraction of a muscle […]

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Michigan Medical Marijuana Card for Chronic Pain

By |January 12th, 2014|

Pain and Inflammation: Pain, MS/Spasm, HIV, 

The treatment of pain is one of the oldest uses of cannabis.  In controlled studies with acute pain, cannabinoids have been found useful against both chemical and thermal pain.  It has also been studied in chronic pain of both neuropathic and inflammatory origin and […]

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Michigan Medical Marijuana Card for Wasting Syndrome

By |January 12th, 2014|

Wasting Syndrome/Cachexia:  HIV, Cancer, Crohn’s, Parkinson’s, Nausea

The appetite stimulant effects of cannabis were reported in the literature as early as 1845.  THC (CB1 Agonist) stimulates appetite when present in low levels.  High levels interfere with the mechanical aspects of feeding due to the psychotropic and sedative effects of THC.  CB1 […]

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