Friday, June 10, 2011

DrFrank: Sat. June 11 Berkeley & Santa Rosa, Ca: Michigan June 24-July3

DrFrank: Sat. June 11 Berkeley & Santa Rosa, Ca: Michigan June 24-July3

In this issue:
1. Upcoming events
2. New Primary Care Patient Special as of March 2011 (in effect through August, 2011)
http://drfranklucido.blogspot.com/2011/03/new-primary-care-patient-special-as-of.html
3. CBD (Cannabidiol) a developing story (below)


Saturday June 11, 3-4:30pm
Chronic pain seminar
DrFrank will share this presentation with his long-time colleague Maria Mangini PhD)
Berkeley Public Library Meeting Room
2090 Kittredge St.. Berkeley, Ca
(enter on Kittredge St, then take elevator to Meeting Room)
RSVP to info@DrLucido.com
No admission charge


Saturday June 11, 5pm-6pm panel at
Harmony Festival (Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California)
5:00pm Medical Cannabis: the Big Picture
Craig Litwin, former mayor of Sebastipol, medical cannabis advocate
Sarah Shrader, Americans for Safe Access
Frank Lucido, M.D., medical cannabis expert witness
http://www.harmonyfestival.com/directions.html
http://www.harmonyfestival.com/deep-green-pavilion.html


June 24-July 3
DrFrank in Michigan for cannabis consultations.
Call office to schedule: 510-848-0958 during my California office hours. Otherwise call my 24-hour message line:
877-787-6900 and leave message on the voice mail, with a number at which I or my office can reach you.
Thanks!

DrFrank's Michigan "policy In progress" for Michigan cannabis consultations:
I plan to be in Michigan part of every May and November, for medical cannabis evaluations, and physician/patient seminars.
-Since many of you/your friends may not be due for renewal when I am in Michigan, I'd be happy to do short interviews and hands on exams at no preliminary charge, but then would have done the requisite in person exam.
-Only if and when you decide you want a recommendation from Dr. Frank sometime within the year, would you be scheduled for the equally important and more time-consuming history-taking via phone interview and outside records review, and only then would the fee apply. (Remember: I require that you are having your serious illness followed by your own Michigan physician at least yearly, and that you obtain current records of this for me.)

DrFrank will also meet with any physicians who would like to be part of AIMLegal.org and take my certification training.
http://aimlegal.blogspot.com/
http://aimlegal.org/
http://www.drfranklucido.com/pages/aimlegal.org-expert-witness-locator.php



CBD info: O'Shaughnessy's article review by FL; Russo article: A Tale of Two Cannabinoids
CBD (Cannabidiol) a developing story:
Both the 2009 and 2010 issues of O’Shaughnessy’s, the Journal of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians:
have page 1 articles about CBD (Cannabidiol) one of the over 70 cannabinoids found in cannabis
more info at:
Project CBD
http://projectcbd.org/

Below is the url for the by Ethan Russo MD, and Geoffrey Guy MD (GW Pharmaceuticals) article:
A Tale of Two Cannabinoids
The therapeutic rationale for combining tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol
also available online at:
http://mcforadhd.free.fr/Russo_Tale_of_Two_Cannabinoids_Med_Hypoth_2006.pdf

Frank Lucido's review of Page 1 article about CBD strains in the 2009 issue of O’Shaughnessy’s, the Journal of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians:
.
Lab Begins Testing For Mold, Potency; High-CBD Strain Will be Available

This is the big story, and deserves first page. For the first time in history, patients can try strains with varying amounts of THC and CBD, and decide for themselves whether they want higher or lower levels of these two cannabinoids.

Up til now, we have had what I call a combination of "folk wisdom" (which can be most important if you know which folk are collating their observations) and marketing (Train Wreck? I hate the name. It doesn't sound very medicinal).
Bottom line is that we may now have more information by next year, as to whether high CBD strains might be better for some symptoms.
Salient sentence from the article is "CBD: It's not for stoners".
(CBD is Cannabidiol, one of over 70 different cannabinoids present in Cannabis plants)

"CBD: It's not for stoners".
or as GW Pharmaceuticals says:
"CBD is demonstrated to antagonise some undesirable effects of THC including intoxication, sedation and tachycardia, while
contributing analgesic, anti-emetic, and anti-carcinogenic properties in its own right."

That salient sentence is from the abstract of a paper by Ethan Russo MD, and Geoffrey Guy MD of GW Pharmaceuticals, which markets Sativex (only legal in Canada) which is a 50:50 sublingual spray of natural THC:CBD, extracted from the whole plant.


Frank H. Lucido MD
Family Practice since 1979
Medical Cannabis Consultation
Expert Witness
2300 Durant Avenue
Berkeley Ca 94704
510.848.0958 (by appointment only)
www.DrFrankLucido.com
(formerly MedicalBoardWatch.com)
www.AIMLegal.org
www.DrFrankLucido.blogspot.com
Michigan office: 877-787-6900
(24 hr message line)

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Medical Cannabis has been legal under state law in California since passage of the California Compassionate Use Act of 1996 ("Prop 215" or California Health & Safety Code 11362.5) under a certain conditions.
Unfortunately, it is still illegal even for legitimate patients, under Federal law (Gonzales v Raich Supreme Court case).

Physicians making appropriate recommendations, are also protected under State law, when acting appropriately.
Furthermore, physicians are also protected Federally by Conant v McCaffrey (Federal District Court) and Conant v Walters (Federal Appellate Court) as long as they do not aid and abet a patient in breaking Federal Law. On further appeal by the Federal government, the Supreme Court declined to take the case. Therefore, physicians are the ONLY ones protected all the way to the Supreme Court, as long as they do not "aid and abet" a patient in breaking Federal law.

The purpose of this blog is to discuss for patients, physicians, caregivers and other patients advocates, who, in my experience, is most protected, and under what circumstances, and to discuss to what extent the inability of the State of California to regulate cannabis (due to Federal threats and interference) has led to the "wild west" atmosphere that the newspapers love to write about (you know: "Man bites dog" will always sell more papers than "Dog bites man".)

This is my effort to "clean up Dodge". I know I am not alone in this. There are good physicians, good caregivers, and lots of sick patients. I aim to let people know how to spot the good, and avoid the others.