Ihave been a licensed physician since 1976. I served as an anesthesiologist in the United States Navy, my last tour of duty was on the teaching staff at National Naval Medical Center, San Diego. In 2005, I retired from a busy private anesthesia and pain management practice. My traditional medical training and experience did not include alternative treatment modalities such as medical marijuana.
For the last 5 years I have provided medical marijuana evaluations to patients in Pasadena. I have learned that medical marijuana is not only an effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions but also the safest medicine that I have ever recommended. Many of my patients are seniors who have never used marijuana/ Cannabis or not since their youth. Most of my patients have found relief from their symptoms, frequently using smoke-less marijuana.
I am committed to the California Medical Marijuana Program and to the legal protection it provides to qualified individuals. If you are interested in determining if you qualify as a medical marijuana patient under the California Medical Marijuana program please contact our office.
The newest addition to our team is Tosha Brown, MD. Dr. Brown has afternoon appointments available in Altadena, and also offers house calls and pediatric patient appointments. Visit her website at http://www.holistic-evaluation.com or contact her office by telephone at (626) 817-9025 .
Dr. Brown stays up to date with her knowledge and recently finished Pasadena City College ‘s Complementary and Alternative Medicine class.
From Tosha N. Brown, MD:
I received my undergraduate degree at Syracuse University located in Syracuse, NY and went on to complete my medical studies at SUNY Upstate Medical University in upstate, NY. My background is in the field of Pathology Medicine.
During my residency training, two required rotations got me thinking about our society’s health: gross anatomy and forensic pathology. When examining diseased ridden organs, I often wondered about the pain the patient must have gone through. My healthcare training taught me nothing about the wonderful health benefits of medical cannabis, but I was however, taught how to write massive amounts of prescription medications, which in many cases, caused more harm than good for the patient.
While researching cannabis, I learned that it has the ability to relieve pain, ease anxiety, improve sleep, and curb weight loss. Also, cannabis is wonderful for treating nausea and vomiting in patients diagnosed with cancer and/or undergoing chemotherapy.
Unfortunately, marijuana has an unwarranted stigma. As a result, physicians are reluctant to consider its’ use to treat a variety of illnesses and medical conditions. Cannabis has an excellent value when used as a medicine and therefore, I believe in empowering patients with knowledge to use marijuana safely and appropriately.
Education is key and so, during my evaluation with patients, I take the time to educate them about the risks and benefits of using marijuana, the various ingestion methods, and factors to consider when selecting a high quality, medical marijuana strain. For patients seeking an alternative option to prescription drugs, medical cannabis can provide the relief they need that’s safer and much healthier for their overall well-being.
According to Prop 215 (also known as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996), seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use Marijuana aka Cannabis for medical purposes where the medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the person's health would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine, or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief.