Hadassah members were treated to a lesson on the complex question that is cannabis on Feb. 18. Integrative physician Zachary Cohen of Oak Grove Family Medicine gave the blunt facts on medical marijuana, including the risks and benefits being examined.
The event was sponsored by Hadassah Greater Atlanta and was organized by Marsha Hildebrand, a registered nurse, and Ellen Sichel, co-president of Hadassah’s Health Professionals Group.
Cohen explained the new and developing status of medical marijuana in Georgia, thanks to a law that allowed medical uses of CBD oil with less than 5 percent THC (the psychoactive component that causes the high).
While the law only allows for very limited uses, among them treating Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and AIDS, new applications are being studied and developed constantly.
Cohen also described the myriad risks of using even a low-THC oil, such as potential rejection from federal jobs and lack of insurance coverage.
He also described the benefits of CBD-based treatments, such as their tendency not to interact with other prescription medications and topical applications treating neck and back pain.
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