Cannabis Spotlight – Lorraine Ryan, MD – Atlantic Coast Cannabis MD
What benefits do you see for patients across Florida in this space?
The history of medicine is littered with anecdotes detailing the usefulness of medical cannabis for the treatment of patients. It was a common medicine prescribed by doctors for a wide range of ailments. In the early 1900s, cannabis was finally banned in the United States. In the late 1900s, the endocannabinoid system was discovered and interest in medical cannabis resurfaced. Unfortunately, people still associate a stigma when talking about cannabis. We are seeing more and more studies that prove the effectiveness of medical cannabis as a treatment alternative to opioids and anxiolytics. These opioids and anxiolytics can often lead to addiction, overdose, and death. The horrors of the national opioid epidemic continue to ravage the lives of patients and their loved ones across the country. Fortunately, recent medical and scientific advances in cannabis and the endocannabinoid system have propelled medical marijuana to the forefront of homeopathic treatment. Medical cannabis offers a safe and all-natural treatment option.
What motivates you to be part of the cannabis industry?
Despite those who still cling to the antiquated ‘reef madness’ ideology, my practice, Atlantic Coast Cannabis, MD., is grounded in the latest medical and scientific evidence, as well as patient testimonials. first-hand, which clearly demonstrate the effectiveness of medical cannabis. for a wide range of diseases. I believe that medical cannabis is a natural and holistic medicine for the treatment of many health conditions. I believe it is a better alternative to the “pills” that the pharmaceutical companies are promoting. We know that as patients learn more about medical marijuana, they will appreciate its medical value.
Where are you in the cannabis space?
I am a medical cannabis physician and owner of Atlantic Coast Cannabis MD in Edgewater. I became certified to qualify patients for their medical cannabis cards in 2018. I am a certified anesthetist and have therefore been using “chemical” means to treat pain in a controlled environment for over 30 years. But I always knew there was something more for me to do as a doctor.
How can Florida residents benefit from the company you represent?
I believe my 30 plus years in anesthesiology gives me an edge in making recommendations to medical cannabis patients. Anesthesiologists use the titration method of drug administration in their routine approach to treating patients. Titration is the process of determining the dose of medication that minimizes symptoms while avoiding as many side effects as possible. With medical cannabis, patients can dose their own medications and they will continue to do so throughout their treatment. Patient-controlled drug administration is not new to anesthesiologists. For this reason, I feel qualified to attend, treat and qualify patients for medical cannabis in the State of Florida. I do this through extensive education of my patients and ongoing support and education after they qualify for their card.
How did you get started in the cannabis industry?
In the late 1980s, I entered the field of anesthesiology because of a strong desire to help patients with all types of pain. After many years as a successful anaesthetist, I knew there was more I could do to help relieve patients’ pain and suffering. When Florida legalized medical cannabis for a wide range of ailments in 2016, I was intrigued and wanted to be part of this holistic treatment. I felt it was a natural transition for me to pursue my desire to help patients who suffer from various illnesses. My own mother suffered from chronic pain and I knew I had to be part of the solution. This desire inspired me to start researching medical cannabis and become a qualified supplier of medical cannabis. In 2018 I obtained certification to qualify patients and in 2019 I opened my practice. I started part-time for 2 years and from July 2021 I was able to move into a full-time job. I feel really blessed to be able to work on my passion.
Do you see Florida moving forward with marijuana/recreational cannabis and how will it affect your business?
I believe that at some point this wonderful plant will be made available to everyone on a legal basis. For some people, that will be all they need. For the vast majority of patients, I believe they will want to continue to be in medical programs because of the education they receive from doctors and the access to discounts and support we are able to provide. . Our assessments are comprehensive and include education on the different types of herbal medications, different routes of administration, their benefits, dispensary instructions, and state of Florida requirements for having a medical card. We are also a participating member of an online peer-to-peer portal for healthcare professionals to share HIPAA-protected information to improve the future of medical marijuana treatments. Through this portal, we are able to assess current patient treatments and effectiveness and use this information to better treat our patients.