Cannabis and Endocannabinoid System
Doctor Weiss is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years of experience in the field of psychology. In addition to the traditional modalities of treatment that he was taught in school, he has acquired a great deal of knowledge and skills in a wide variety of areas ranging from scientific to spiritual. Throughout his career he has worked in many different treatment settings (inpatient, outpatient, forensic inpatient, drug treatment centers, community mental health, etc) that have given him a strong foundation in his practice. His approach to treating patients is holistic in nature. He works with the mind, body, and spirit. He touches on many areas of a person's life instilling insight and promoting growth. The doctor learns about the person, identifies their needs, and then he begins to teach. First comes the foundation of psychology to deal with the immediate complaints. Building insight and teaching coping strategies. Next comes self care, both physical and spiritual. Then they explore diet, activity, relaxation and stress management, etc. Clinicians traditionally have only had the realm of psychiatric medication management to use as a medicinal treatment approach for psychological complaints. For several years now the state of Florida has allowed patients to access medical marijuana (MM). In addition, Floridians have seen the influx of cannabidiol (CBD) products during this period of time as well. Residents of this state now have the choice to use CBD and MM, but most do not know how to make it work for their problems. Patients complain that many recommending physicians solely give the access to the MM card, but either do not want to manage MM cases or do not possess the knowledge of how to effectively use these substances. Rather, those clinicians tend to rely on the staff at the dispensaries to educate the patients and answer questions about how to use the products for therapeutic effects, and the quality of dispensary staff training varies greatly. To help his patients effectively use the products that they already had in their possession, Dr. Lonny began to do his own research into MM and cannabinoids and take courses leading to a certification in Integrative Medicine. During this time he has accrued hundreds of patients that he consults with and advises how to use their CBD and MM products. With his scientific background and training in cannabinoid medicine, the Doctor has been able to help his patients establish protocols for dosing and schedules, and identify delivery methods needed to achieve the maximum benefit from CBD and MM. In this way Dr. Lonny has approximated the pharmaceutical approach of long acting and short acting medications. Dr. Lonny is familiar with the use of Entheogenic Plants and Fungi as an adjunctive treatment for a variety of patient complaints as well. With more complicated cases the doctor explores plant based medicine in general, including the entourage effect and the importance of a terpene rich diet, and physical activities that enhance our endocannabinoid system. Dr. Lonny’s emphasis when using MM is to begin with microdoses and gradually taper up to the point of therapeutic effectiveness in an effort to minimize any psychoactive effects, or use ratio strategies of CBD:THC to accomplish the same. Treatment strategies are customized for each of his patients, and there are shared treatment goals of education for all of his patients.
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