[vc_row top_margin=”none” el_position=”first”] [vc_column top_margin=”none” width=”1/2″] [box_header title=”Medical Cannabis at the Medical Center Cologne” type=”h3″ bottom_border=”1″ top_margin=”page_margin_top” el_position=”first”] [sentence title=”Medical cannabis (or medical marijuana) refers to the use of cannabis and its constituent cannabinoids, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), as medical therapy to treat disease or alleviate symptoms. As a practicing physician for over 40 years, Robert Gorter has clinical experience with medical cannabis (Cannabis sativa and products made from cannabis, like THC or Dronabinol).”] [sentence title=”Medical cannabis has several potential beneficial effects. Cannabinoids can serve as appetite stimulants, antiemetics, antispasmodics, and have some analgesic effects, may be helpful treating chronic non-cancerous pain, or vomiting and nausea caused by chemotherapy. Medical cannabis may also aid in treating symptoms of AIDS patients.” el_position=”last”] [/vc_column] [vc_column top_margin=”page_margin_top_section” width=”1/2″] [vc_separator el_position=”first”] [vc_single_image image=”2242″ img_size=”large” img_link_target=”_self” el_position=”last”] [/vc_column] [/vc_row] [vc_row top_margin=”none” el_position=”last”] [vc_column top_margin=”page_margin_top”] [box_header title=”Why do we prescribe cannabis for medical purposes?” type=”h3″ bottom_border=”1″ top_margin=”page_margin_top” el_position=”first”] [vc_column_text el_position=”last”]

Already as a young Family Practitioner in Amsterdam, Robert Gorter, Md, PhD noticed the pain killing effects of medical cannabis where traditional pain killers like morphine would fail, the appetite stimulating effects in cancer patients and people with chronic disease, like rheumatoid arthritis, and anti-spastic activities in patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson. In the USA, Robert Gorter was able to conduct studies with Marinol® (synthesized Dronabinol) in HIV/AIDS patients with severe anorexia and cachexia.

In Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, and the UK, several companies manufacture high quality medications made from Cannabis that are not synthesized as pharmaceuticals like Marinol® in the USA. Therefore, Dronabinol made from Cannabis itself costs one-third of the prize of that of  Marinol ®.

Over the last 25 years or so, good clinical studies have been conducted and published in peer-reviewed journals which all show significant benefits of the use of medical cannabis for patients with cancer, chronic pain, migraine, chronic inflammation, certain forms of epilepsy, anorexia and cachexia; just to mention a few.

There is no lethal dose known of Cannabis. Cannabis and its derivates are extremely safe and easy to manufacture. Clinical data are so convincing that Cannabis and its derivates improve significantly  survival rate  and quality of life in practically all cancer patients that at MCC all cancer patients are now being offered Cannabis, or its derivates: THC + CBD.

Our house pharmacy has the license to prepare and deliver on prescription to MCC patients Dronabinol (THC) in combination with Cannabidiol (CBD) dissolved in some glycerin. The drops are taken orally once or twice a day.

No toxicities have ever been reported by patients or observed by our medical staff.

Robert Gorter studied the medicinal use of Cannabis in the Netherlands. That he found licensed medical doctors (family practitioners, internists, oncologists and surgeons alike, in private practice as well both in general hospitals and university medical centers) would prescribe cannabis bone healing for inhalation (smoking) and as oral application.  A large majority (64%) or all patients reported a good or excellent impact on their symptoms. Thesis or patient, approximately 44% for 5 months and overused cannabis longer. Indications were neuro-logic disorders, spinal cord injuries like MS and, pains, musculoskeletal disorders, and cancer-related anorexia & cachexia.  Inhaled cannabis was preceived as more effective than oral administration. Repported side effects were generally very mild).

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