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The Future of Cannabis Use in Sports
In the world of sports, it’s not uncommon to see news reports about athletes facing consequences for using marijuana. As medical cannabis becomes mainstream, there are more conversations in the sports industry about easing restrictions and penalties on the athletes who use it. 

A panel, including nationally recognized athletic trainer and cannabis consultant, Dr. Jeff Konin, former NFL player and cannabis advocate Eugene Monroe and cannabis chef Joline Rivera, will talk about the future of medical marijuana and sports during the next Conversations on Cannabis virtual forum on Thursday, September 23 at noon.

If you’re an athlete or sports fan, this is a forum you don’t want to miss. Register to join the conversation.
CBD a Promising Treatment Option for Children with Serious Ailments
The passage of the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 in Florida was inspired by a young epileptic girl whose seizures decreased in frequency and severity after being treated in Colorado with cannabidiol (CBD) oil which became known as the “Charlotte’s Web law’.

Qualified medical marijuana physician, Dr. David Berger, says Charlotte’s Web law helped parents of children with certain debilitating medical conditions, particularly epilepsy, discover cannabinoids as an effective alternative to pharmaceutical drugs. Dr. Berger is one of the first board-certified pediatricians in Florida to specialize in pediatric cannabis therapy, and has treated thousands of children with qualifying conditions. 
“Parents are looking for less medication and success,” says Dr. Berger, who treats children and adults at his Wholistic Pediatrics & Family Care practice in Tampa. “I often hear about a patient who’s no longer having seizures, or their seizures come less frequently and with less intensity” after going on a recommended low-or-no THC cannabis treatment regimen.  

CBD products have come a long way since Florida enacted Charlotte’s Web law. In addition to the usual oral oil applications, cannabinoids can be administered through chewable gummies, nasal spray, vape inhaler, timed-release skin patch, as well as by other methods. 
Andrea Anderson became familiar with CBD treatments a few years after her young son was diagnosed with a severe form of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). “He was put on pharmaceuticals in kindergarten,” she says. “I really didn't want to go that route, but he was really struggling in school.”

The side effects of the drugs were so troubling that Anderson began looking into using cannabis as a medical treatment for him. She can point to her son’s progress as a medical marijuana patient success story. Now 11, he has been pharma free for three years, relying instead on a combination of CDB and cannabigerol (CBG) treatments to help suppress the effects of ADHD. 

“It's been a total game-changer,” Anderson says of the impact the non-THC CBD-CBG treatments have had on her son’s health. “We don't have the rage and the headaches and all the side effects anymore.”
Dr. Berger, who does not treat Anderson’s son, says that ADHD is treatable with medical cannabis in Florida even though it’s not expressly listed as a qualifying condition. It is considered a chronic debilitating ailment similar to one or more of the other conditions on the list. 
As a word of caution, Anderson recommends that parents, who may be interested in CBD-style treatments for their children, get them certified for a Florida medical marijuana card, even though many products can be purchased without it. 
Click here to watch MMERI’s Conversations on Cannabis Virtual Forum featuring Dr. David Berger and cannabis mom Andrea Anderson on YouTube. Visit MMERI’s website at
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Only a qualified physician can recommend medical marijuana in Florida. However, a patient still must get a Medical Marijuana Use Registry Card to obtain the drug from an approved treatment center.
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During each Conversations on Cannabis virtual forum, we ask audience members to share their views or experiences.

“I’m a parent of a medically fragile toddler and we started using cannabis at 3 months old for him. I began lobbying for safe access to the plant and providing cannabis education to those who were interested through my nonprofit organization.” - J.R., Atlanta, GA

“My sister was diagnosed with autism and epilepsy. She hates taking medicine but the use of marijuana in the form of edibles has helped her.” - D.G., United States

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