Mary Clifton, M.D. is a board-certified, licensed, internal medicine doctor practicing in Manhattan. She is a recognized expert in CBD and Cannabis and the founder of CBDandCannabisInfo.com and the highly respected professional certification course, “The Cannabinoid Protocol”. She provides specialized consultation on patient and provider education, telemedicine and cannabinoids, and has worked with several pharmaceuticals, CBD, and cannabis corporations on areas of product development, speaker bureau, spokesperson, telemedicine, medical and scientific directorship.
Dr. Clifton is the bestselling author of “The Grass Is Greener: Medical Marijuana, THC & CBD OIL: Reversing Chronic Pain, Inflammation and Disease” and “Get Waisted”, as well as five companion cookbooks. She speaks at major cannabinoid events around the world, including Africa, Europe, and Asia.
Dr. Clifton is passionate about innovation and patient empowerment. Her complimentary video library is available at no cost to help patients use cannabinoids safely and effectively for medical and recreational purposes. Her training tools teach healthcare providers and experts on how to provide guidance and recommendations for their patients and clients.
Dr. Clifton is also a leading voice in telemedicine for bridging the gap in healthcare availability and affordability for acute care, long-term wellness, and disability. She works in telemedical cannabinoid consultation and helps companies find telemedical solutions for their platforms and regularly sees patients from around the world on telemedicine platforms.
Dr. Clifton graduated magna cum laude from Michigan State University and attended medical school among the top primary care physicians at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine with high honor designations in internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, and obstetrics/gynecology. She was elected to join the phi beta kappa honor society. She completed her internship and residency at MSU affiliated Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and served on the medical school’s alumni board for 8 years. She has received research grants from BCBS of Michigan and is published in healthy lifestyle and diet.
Outside of the office, she lives with her dog Squeaker in Manhattan and enjoys frequent travel, flavorful food, and rigorous yoga. She visits her two daughters frequently at their homes in Tennessee and Michigan.
CannaSafe teamed up with Dr. Clifton to discuss cannabis as medicine, cannabis research, changes needed in the cannabis space, and recommendations for first-time users. Here’s what she had to say:
Personal Motivation to Research Cannabis
After 20 years of practice, I was particularly touched by the death of my brother, followed just a few short months later by the death of one of my girlfriends. Both to cancer, both complicated and both way too soon in life. It was truly amazing to me the difference that Cannabis made in alleviating symptoms at the end of life. I started to research because all we ever hear about doctors is that there’s not enough research to come to any definitive conclusions. I started researching five years ago and, well, I haven’t stopped.
My mission is to bring research on the effects of cannabis to the people who need it, to change their lives, and to change policy. In particular, medical professionals and providers need to know how to use these therapies in a clinical setting. The detailed biochemistry and growing education are often excessive in the tools designed for these communities, and they don’t add a lot of value for many.
The Future of Cannabis Research and Medical Cannabis
Women’s health, cancer, metabolic disorders all need additional good research studies. We also need data on the safety of different cannabinoid formulations and the effects of inhaling other phytochemicals in the plant, such as terpenes.
In the next five years, I see medicinal cannabis sitting in everybody’s medicine cabinet, in front of pain medications, sleep therapies, and treatments for anxiety. It’ll be the “go-to “medicine that people will reach for in multiple common chronic diseases and for the alleviation of symptoms in less common disorders.
Recommendations for First Time Users
Please use inhalation or tincture therapy. Edibles such as gummy bears and soft gels seem more innocuous at first, but it’s very difficult to control the dosing and unfortunately, many people experience negative reactions because of the onset of the response to the medication is unreliable, and sometimes too much medicine is taken inadvertently. Using a tool that allows you to control your dose it’s almost certainly going to lead to a better experience.
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