“For years, we've been lied to in believing that cannabis is a gateway drug when in reality it has proven to be an ‘exit drug,’ getting you away from all of these medications that cause greater harm than good,” says Dr. Rosado. “Cannabis is not addictive. There is no proof that it shows that it is physiologically addictive. It is psychologically addictive, meaning the person believes that they need it and because they believed they needed it, they ended up using it. Contrary to heroin, alcohol, cocaine, amphetamines, that every time you use them you need a higher dose to get the same effect; it doesn't work that way with cannabis.”
Dr. Rosado’s experiences with his patients can attest to his insistence that cannabis is an “exit drug.”
One of Dr. Rosado’s patients suffered from several afflictions, including fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), migraine headaches and seizures. To get through a day the patient took a buffet of prescription medications, 42 to 58 pills, including addictive painkillers.
After the patient obtained a medical marijuana card from the state, Dr. Rosado “recommended” she begin following a cannabis-based regimen. Over months time her physical and mental health improved as she used fewer and fewer medications, and was down to three pills a day.
Dr. Rosado says he’s seen similar results in hundreds of his medical marijuana patients, young and old from the 7-year-old with epilepsy to the 104-year-old with Parkinson’s. But such successes would be unlikely for anyone trying to self-medicate with street-level marijuana, he warns.
“They should find one of the 2,300 physicians in the state of Florida who are certified to recommend medical cannabis, make an appointment with them and have a sit down face-to-face conversation, per state law. If their health situation qualifies, the physician will put them in the state medical marijuana registry and get them on the road to health.”
Click here to watch MMERI’s Conversations on Cannabis Virtual Forum featuring Dr. Joseph Rosado on YouTube.Visit MMERI’s website at http://mmeri.famu.edu.
For more information on qualifying conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana under Florida law, visit https://knowthefactsmmj.com.