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Cancer And PTSD Are Added as Qualifications for Medical Marijuana in Texas. Will Abbott Sign the Bi Jul 2nd, 2021

Cancer And PTSD Are Added as Qualifications for Medical Marijuana in Texas.  Will Abbott Sign the Bill?   HB 1535 was passed by the Texas legislature.  This bill adds cancer, PTSD, and increases the THC cap to 1% for the medical cannabis program in Texas, known as T.CUP.   In...

Can Medical Marijuana Cure Cancer Jun 15th, 2021

Studies Show Medical Cannabis May Stop Cancer Cell Growth   Given that 39.6% of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, cancers affects nearly everyone. Chances are, someone close to you has battled cancer.   Oncologists, more than doctors in any other discipline within medicine, support the...

Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Texas Jun 14th, 2021

How Do You get a Medical Marijuana Card in Texas?     The answer is:  you don’t.  In Texas, we do not have medical marijuana cards.  Instead, patients are enrolled in the Compassionate Use Program - a low dose THC program that legally qualifies patients with specific medical conditions to...

PTSD and Medical Marijuana Jun 13th, 2021

When a traumatic event occurs, it’s not always a simple thing to move past the experience. Those with a psychological condition called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), experience anxiety or even flashbacks due to the shock of the experience. Although a combination of therapy and certain medications offer some sufferers relief, many...

PTSD, Cancer, and Chronic Pain Added as Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in Texas? Jun 12th, 2021

PTSD, Cancer, and Chronic Pain Added as Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in Texas?   PTSD is one of several conditions proposed to be added for legal treatment in the medical cannabis program in Texas under House Bill 1535. The Compassionate Use Program in Texas might soon be seeing a...

PTSD and Cancer Get Closer to Being Approved for Treatment with Medical Cannabis in Texas Jun 12th, 2021

PTSD and Cancer Get Closer to Being Approved for Treatment with Medical Cannabis in Texas   Representative Stephanie Klick’s HB 1535, which would expand the medical marijuana program in Texas to include a much larger group of patients known to benefit from cannabis treatment, is slowly making its way through...

Why Won't Dan Patrick Help Expand the Use of Medical Cannabis? May 25th, 2021

Will Texas Ever Expand Its Medical Cannabis Program?   The Compassionate Use Act for use of medical cannabis in our state was first passed in 2015.  This act allowed low dose THC medical marijuana to be used as holistic treatment for only one condition - intractable epilepsy. In 2019, the...

Medical Marijuana Can Help Dementia Patients in Assisted Care Facilities May 15th, 2021

Medical Cannabis For Elderly Patients in Assisted Care Facilities   In Texas, the Compassionate Care Act has legalized medical marijuana for patients who suffer from dementia - including vascular dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s dementia, Pick’s disease, and Lewy body dementia.  This opens up an improved way of treating patients in...

Medical Marijuana Can Treat Chronic Pain and Reduce Opiate Use May 14th, 2021

Medical Marijuana Can Treat Chronic Pain and Reduce Opiate Dependence   Many studies have been published recently showing a relationship between the legalization use of medical marijuana and a drop in opioid use and addiction.   In addiction treatment, the substitution of one drug for another is called harm reduction. ...

Can Marijuana Treat Migraines? May 11th, 2021

Can Medical Marijuana Treat Migraines?   Approximately one in seven people throughout the world suffer from migraines.  This neurological disease presents as a massive headache that attacks intermittently, causing immense stress for the people who suffer with them.  They can be incapacitating, causing people to miss work or have difficulty...

Can Medical Marijuana Treat MS? May 11th, 2021

  How Can Medical Marijuana Alleviate the Symptoms of MS?   Multiple Sclerosis:  What Is It? Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system.  It has an unpredictable nature - some patients suffer from distinct episodes of disease, followed by periods of good health.  Other...

How to Find Medical Marijuana Doctors In Austin Texas May 7th, 2021

How to Find Medical Marijuana Doctors In Austin Texas   How Do You Find The Best Medical Marijuana Doctors in Texas? Look no further than Compassionate Telemedicine - a cannabis specialist company, with board- certified doctors who have been trained and work in the state of Texas.  Our physicians are...

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Prescription in Texas May 6th, 2021

How To Get Medical Marijuana Card in Texas     There IS no medical marijuana card in Texas.  This is a term used incorrectly throughout the internet.  Instead, medical cannabis is obtained by prescription in Texas.    Under the Compassionate Use Act, patients with qualifying conditions are allowed to use...

How Can Medical Marijuana and CBD Improve Your Health May 5th, 2021

   How Can Medical Marijuana and CBD Improve Your Health:  The Nitty-Gritty Details of Endocannabinoids and Their Receptors   The two identified cannabinoid receptors are the CB-1 receptor and the CB-2 receptor.  A third receptor the GPR-55 receptor is suspected of being the CB-3 receptor, but there is much confusion...

What Is The Endocannabinoid System? May 3rd, 2021

Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System *** update 05/04/21 at bottom As you read this review of the scientific literature regarding the therapeutic effects of cannabis and cannabinoids, one thing will become quickly evident: cannabis has a profound influence on the human body. This one herb and its variety of therapeutic...

What is the Endocannabinoid System - an update May 3rd, 2021

What is the Endocannabinoid System?  An Update ** updated from blog post. 9/28/2020     The endocannabinoid system is built into our bodies and, although newly discovered, has been pursued scientifically for many years. It has been far more supported in research than cannabis plants themselves, but even this system...

Medical Marijuana Treats PTSD Symptoms May 3rd, 2021

Can Medical Cannabis Help Post-Traumatic Stress?   Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric health response to a traumatic event. Symptoms of post-traumatic stress may include flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. These symptoms may persist long after the triggering event and may...

Cannabis With High CBD Content Shown to Reduce Alcohol Intake Apr 30th, 2021

CBD-Dominant Cannabis Is Associated with Reduced Alcohol Intake   The consumption of CBD-dominant cannabis is associated with reductions in subjects’ intake of alcohol, according to data published in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Investigators affiliated with the University of Colorado at Boulder assessed the relationship between marijuana consumption and alcohol intake...

Can CBD Improve Athletic Performace Apr 28th, 2021

Does CBD Improve Athletic Performance?     For high-level athletes, and those of us who strive to reach such heights, the search for performance-enhancing substances is eternal and challenging. Supplements have to conform to anti-doping laws, be safe, and preferably natural.  Enter CBD, or cannabidiol. CBD is currently creating ripples among...

Cannabis and Multiple Sclerosis: Help Spasticity Jan 22nd, 2021

Cannabis and Multiple Sclerosis: Help Spasticity! One of the strongest arguments for the use of medical cannabis in the treatment of any disease is that cannabinoids have been shown to be remarkably safe with little potential for overdose.  The chemicals extracted from the marijuana plant work to modulate how the neurons...

Medical Cannabis Can Be Substituted for Pharmaceutical Drugs Jan 14th, 2021

How Can Medical Cannabis Be Used As Substitution for Pharmaceutical Drugs? Prescription drugs must be extensively studied through a series of clinical trials before they can reach the market.  These studies first involve animal and then human studies.  Efficacy and safety are weighed against the risks and costs of treatment...

CBD-THC Oral Spray Helps Manage Spasticity Symptoms Jan 8th, 2021

    CBD-THC Oral Spray Helps Manage Spasticity Symptoms:      Abstract Spasticity, one of the main symptoms of multiple sclerosis, can affect more than 80% of MS patients during the course of their disease and is often not treated adequately.   THC-CBD oromucosal spray is a plant-derived, cannabis-based oral...

What is full spectrum CBD: cannabinoid explained Dec 29th, 2020

What Does Full Spectrum CBD (Cannabinoid) Really Mean?     Full-spectrum cannabis extracts, often called whole plant extracts, maintain the full chemical profile of the cannabis plant. They contain a variety of cannabinoids, including THC,  THCa, CBD,  CBDa, CBG, and CBN - in addition to compounds known as  terpenes and...

Cannabis Can Help Muscle Spasm Dec 28th, 2020

What is Spasticity and How Can Cannabis Help?   Spasticity is a clinical condition in which muscles contract and tighten, which can lead to hyper-reflexia (fast and strong reflexes tested during a physical exam), pain, discomfort, reduced quality of life, and even paralysis in some cases. Most all cases of spasticity...

Medical Marijuana for Parkinson's Treatment Dec 12th, 2020

Cannabis Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease   Since the discovery of the endocannabinoid receptor system, research has focused on what effects are influenced by this abundant receptor system. Regulation of motor control is due, in part, to the participation of CB1-related mechanisms in the brain, thus opening the door for cannabinoid...

Parkinson's Disease and Treatment Dec 10th, 2020

Parkinson’s Disease Part 1:  What is it and How is it Treated with Pharmaceuticals?   Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder following Alzheimer’s disease, although not everyone with Parkinson’s disease-like symptoms will receive a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.   Essential tremor, a mild tremor originating in the...

CBD Fights Inflammation Nov 5th, 2020

CBD Is a Potent Anti-inflammatory   Acute inflammation occurs when the immune system sends chemical messengers called cytokines, fluids, and white blood cells to an injured site in the body to heal it.  Unfortunately, the inflammatory reaction is usually somewhat over the top, meaning that the inflammatory response that brings...

Marijuana and Neuropathic Pain Nov 5th, 2020

Medical Cannabis and Neuropathic Pain   Neuropathic pain is the result of damage to the nerve fibers in the brain and spinal column..  Three common conditions associated with acute and chronic neuropathic pain are: diabetic neuropathy found in the hands and feet, post-herpetic neuralgia (shingles), and cancer..  Sciatic nerve pain...

Vaping Medical Marijuana? Nov 5th, 2020

Vape Vs Smoke Part 1   In Texas, smoking marijuana is illegal.  Still people wonder what the difference is between vaping and smoking cannabis.  In the next few blog entries, I will discuss how cannabis is produced for smoking and what the differences in preparation and delivery mean for the...

smoking pot Nov 5th, 2020

Smoking vs Vaping Part II   Dispensaries sell dried flower ready to smoke using multiple devices, which are also available for purchase at most dispensaries.  It is sold by the gram, quarter, or full ounce..  Most dispensaries have a cap on the amount of cannabis that may be purchased at...

Medical Marijuana and Pain 1 Nov 4th, 2020

Pain Due to Injury, Neuropathic Pain, and Inflammation   Cannabis is known to work very well for patients with muscle spasms, chronic pain, nausea/anorexia, and other painful symptoms.  Often it works better than more traditional (and harmful) medications like opiates for pain relief.   At Compassionate Telemedicine, our goal is...

Does a Texas Marijuana Card Work in Oklahoma? Oct 24th, 2020

Does my Texas Medical Marijuana Prescription Work in Oklahoma?   At Compassionate Telemedicine, our Board-Certified doctors consult with patients to determine if they qualify for low dose THC medication in the state of Texas.   These prescriptions are not actually medical marijuana cards, and therefore cannot be used in any...

Marijuana Cancer Pain Oct 23rd, 2020

At Compassionate Telemedicine, we are here to help cancer patients stop suffering.  Many kinds of pain that come with cancer and the treatments used to stop it respond well to cannabis.  Cannabinoids and opiates can work on different physiological systems in the body to attack the source of the pain...

Legal Pot for Cancer Pain Oct 22nd, 2020

Medical Marijuana and Chronic Pain: a Review of Basic Science and Clinical Evidence Bjorn Jensen1 & Jeffrey Chen1 & Tim Furnish1 & Mark Wallace1 Published online: 1 September 2015 # Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015 Abstract Cannabinoid compounds include phytocannabinoids, endocannabinoids, and synthetics. The two primary phytocannabinoids are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol...

Cannabis Can Help MS Oct 14th, 2020

Recent findings from a National MS Society study estimate nearly 1 million people in the United States are living with MS. This is more than double the last reported number, and the first national research on MS prevalence since 1975. The society also estimates that 2.3 million people live with MS globally. As a...

Research Article: Medical Cannabis and Multiple Sclerosis Oct 8th, 2020

Cannabis and Multiple Sclerosis:  The Way Forward   The cannabis plant contains up to 110 cannabinoids, though Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) have been the primary focus of medical investigation. THC has psychoactive effects, such as cognitive impairments, psychosis, dysphoria, and anxiety, whereas CBD is non-intoxicating and has anti-inflammatory, analgesic,...

What Is a High Quality Over The Counter CBD Product? Sep 28th, 2020

Recommended Over The Counter CBD Product At Compassionate Telemedicine, not all patients qualify for low dose THC prescriptions in Texas.  For those patients, we recommend this company for over the counter CBD products.   High-quality CBD deserves a high-quality capsule, which is why we’re excited to announce the latest addition to...

Does Cannabis Provide Neuroprotection Against Epilepsy Sep 28th, 2020

Do Cannabinoids Confer Neuroprotection Against Epilepsy?   In Texas, Epilepsy is a qualifying condition for treatment with low dose THC under the Compassionate Use Act.  It is estimated that standard medications fail to reduce seizure intensity or frequency in as many as thirty percent of patients. At Compassionate Telemedicine in...

Treatment for MS Sep 24th, 2020

Can Medical Marijuana Help Your MS?   In Texas, multiple sclerosis is a qualifying condition for treatment with low dose THC.  At Compassionate Telemedicine, our doctors are available for consultation to see if cannabis is an option to improve your quality of life by alleviating muscle spasticity and pain. If...

Medical Marijuana for Autism: Latest Evidence Sep 23rd, 2020

Medical Marijuana for Autism: The Latest Evidence One in 40 US children has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the latest research shows—up from the Center for Disease Control’s estimate of one in 59 published just a few months ago. There’s mounting evidence that medical cannabis could be helpful to ASD patients and their families....

Spasticity Qualifies for Medical Marijuana Treatment in Texas Sep 23rd, 2020

  Spasticity is a qualifying condition for medical marijuana treatment in Texas, which leads to the question   What exactly IS spasticity?   Spasticity itself is not a unique medical diagnosis in the way that hypertension or diabetes are considered medical diagnoses.  It is more accurate to view spasticity as...

Is Medical Marijuana Legal in Texas? Sep 22nd, 2020

What Is Medical Marijuana in Texas?   Medical marijuana IS legal in the state of Texas.  Medical cannabis was first legalized by the Texas legislature in 2015, under the Compassionate Use Act, which allowed for the prescription of low dose THC to treat “intractable epilepsy”. This law expanded over the...

Does Medical Marijuana Help Seizures? Sep 18th, 2020

Does Medical Marijuana Help Seizures?   In the state of Texas, medical marijuana was first approved for the treatment of epilepsy in 2015.  Since that time, the use of legal medical cannabis has expanded to treat all forms of seizure disorder - not only “intractable epilepsy.” At Compassionate Telemedicine, we...

How Do I Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Texas? Aug 25th, 2020

How do I get a medical marijuana card in Texas?   Updated:  10/10/2020 The answer is that the is no medical marijuana card in Texas.  Many other states regulate medical marijuana through the use of an identification card issued by the state after a visit with an authorized physician.  Depending...