The doctors at Trinity ReLeaf, a medical marijuana office, are quickly approaching 1000 patients certified for the use of medical marijuana. Both physicians, Dr. Robert Ferreira, and Dr. Leo Vieira are board-certified in Family Medicine with a combined experience of over 40 years in the field.
In early 2018, they decided to start investigating medical marijuana as an alternative form of treatment for their patients. After the two doctors trained at several national-level seminars, performed dozens of hours of continuing medical education and on-line courses, they were convinced – medical marijuana has decades of sound, scientific data, and a proven track record.
Not surprisingly, as early as the 1800s its use started showing up in medical journals. In 1889, an article by Dr. E. A. Birch in The Lancet, one of the world’s leading medical journals, outlined the application of cannabis for the treatment of opium withdrawal symptoms. It reported that the mixture reduced the opium cravings and acted as an effective anti-nausea medication. As early as 2700 B.C., Emperor, and Chinese physician Shen Nong was recorded as officially prescribing marijuana tea to treat various illnesses such as gout, rheumatism, malaria, and poor memory.
Through their education and training, the doctors have learned how medical marijuana works in the human body – through the endocannabinoid system. Just like we have a gastrointestinal system and a nervous system, we have the endocannabinoid system. This system is unique in that it regulates the balance of all the other systems in the body – from electrical activity in the brain to intestinal function. In fact, the cannabinoids (CBD and THC) are vital in creating life. These receptors have been found on the inside lining of the uterus and on the placenta implying their role in embryo implantation. The endocannabinoid system is present in every mammal on the planet. It is a vital part of us and is 100% natural.
Its use in the medical field is becoming more and more common. People who pursue medical marijuana have legitimate medical concerns. They suffer conditions that negatively impact the quality of their lives. These patients do not want to get “high”, they just want relief from their symptoms. In fact, the doctors at Trinity ReLeaf say that is their patients’ main concern – they don’t want to feel high. Unfortunately, much misinformation still exists about medical marijuana. Medical marijuana is not “smoking pot”. To the advantage of the consumer, medical marijuana in the state of Florida is highly regulated. It is a “vertical” process. The “grows” or crops of marijuana are planted and harvested in Florida, the active compounds are extracted here and the dispensaries are here. Furthermore, dispensaries are required by law to have lab testing performed on their products for purity and the absence of harmful chemicals like insecticides and heavy metals. Recreational marijuana offers no such assurances. Moreover, there are over 200 hybrids of the marijuana plant and some strains can make some medical conditions worse. This is why the guidance of a physician approved by the state to make medical marijuana recommendations is important.
Another benefit is its safety. No one in the history of humankind has ever died from an overdose of marijuana alone. Approximately 130 people die every day in America from an opioid overdose (oxycodone, Vicodin, fentanyl, etc.). Medical marijuana is safe and, even if large doses are ingested, no long-lasting detrimental effects are seen.
Dr. Vieira recalls a patient, Dave B., who came to him taking the maximum dose of Percocet six times a day for back pain for the past fifteen years. With CBD alone, he was able to decrease to four a day and, with adding medical marijuana, he was off his pain medicine completely within a month. Dave B. told Dr. Vieira that he felt like he had been in a fog for 15 years and now had his life back. “This is extremely rewarding medicine to practice,” Dr. Vieira reports.
Dr. Ferreira tells the story of an older gentleman who suffered from terrible tremors. “He had gotten to the point that he could not sign his name or write; feeding himself became frustrating and embarrassing. He never went out to eat anymore. The medicine his doctor gave him, primidone just wasn’t working. By his first follow-up visit, he was off of his medicine and signed his name for me – several times; he was very excited. It sounds simple, but this was a life-changing treatment for him”.
What can qualify someone for medical marijuana? There is a long list: anxiety, depression, chronic pain of any type, cancer of any type, insomnia, Crohn’s disease, tremors, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Parkinson’s disease, neuropathy, and the list goes on and on.
Unfortunately, trying to wade through the state bureaucratic morass associated with getting a medical marijuana registry card can be daunting. This is where Trinity ReLeaf excels. They are committed to excellent patient service. They walk their patients through the legal system, provide education regarding medical marijuana and even see their patients in their first follow-up visit at no charge. They want to ensure patients are getting the outcomes they desire and will provide more guidance, if necessary. In short, they truly care about their patients. They have several educators on-site who will spend the time the patient needs to become comfortable managing their medical condition. How does one get started? Simply go to www.trinityreleaf.com and fill out a brief form and you will be contacted within one business day. Alternatively, you can call directly (727-645-6900) during normal business hours (8 AM to 5 PM) and many times can be seen within the week if not the same day.
Dr. Ferreira and Dr. Vieira and their caring, professional staff are here to serve you and are conveniently located at 2044 Trinity Oaks Boulevard, Suite 220, Trinity, Florida. Don’t suffer needlessly when help is as close as a phone call away. CallTrinity ReLeaf, your home for relief through medical marijuana.