Dr. Frankel's Journal

Archive for July, 2010

It Can be Legal And Still Be a Great Medicine

July 31, 2010
Allan Frankel, MD

Proposition 19 or “Tax and Regulate”, is not really true legalization of cannabis. To me, “real” legalization means that it is treated the same as alcohol. It would mean that it was readily available. It would mean that as a…

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Great Quick Update on the Endocannabinoid System

July 27, 2010
Allan Frankel, MD
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Chronic Pain and CBD (Cannabidiol)

July 16, 2010
Allan Frankel, MD

I am sure many of you are beginning to hear about CBD (Cannabidiol). It is one of approximately 70 Cannabinoids, the most famous being THC. CBD is an amazing compound and I will have many future blogs about the non-psychoactive…

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Patient Given Option of Meetings or Renewal

July 16, 2010
Allan Frankel, MD

I heard a great story from a patient yesterday. He was pulled over for DWB (driving while black) and had 2 grams in his car. His Recommendation had expired and he was cited. In court, he was given the choice…

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Young Physicians and Cannabis

July 15, 2010
Allan Frankel, MD

Last night I attended a Young Physicians meeting in Santa Monica. By definition, you must be under 40 to join, but they seemed fine with my visiting. In fact, speaking with approximately 15 young docs was invigorating. They totally get…

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Why Do We Worry So Much?

July 14, 2010
Allan Frankel, MD

One problem all of us humans have in common is excessive and irrational worrying. If we just worried about issues we really need to focus on, it would be fine. However, we all worry about issues we have no control…

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Sativa and Sugar Cravings

July 4, 2010
Allan Frankel, MD

As discussed in prior blogs, the strains of cannabis have very different effects. One of the classic Indica effects is to increase appetite. Cannabis physicians use this effect with many very ill patients to increase their caloric intake. However, it…

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