By Vanessa Orr
One of the most important aspects of medical care is having a trusted doctor who understands your condition before providing recommendations. This is also true in the case of certification and recertification of medical marijuana.
“What sets me and my practice apart is that I am available, approachable, and believe in educating people to enable them to make better choices,” said Daphnee Moise-Johnson. , MD, Alive Medical Group. “Medical marijuana is medicine, and it should be treated as such.”
Dr. Moise-Johnson has been an emergency physician for 20 years and opened Vivant Medical Marijuana in Tampa six months ago to provide more preventative care to patients.
“I wanted to get into more functional and integrative medicine to better help people find answers to their health issues before they end up in the emergency room in the middle of the night,” she said.
While Dr. Moise-Johnson is a firm believer in the benefits of medical marijuana, she wants to make sure the drug is used the right way.
“I’ve seen a lot of improvements in patients’ health; many are no longer taking any type of antidepressants or benzodiazepines or drinking alcohol, and are sleeping better and returning to work,” she said. “But it’s important that they understand how the drug works and find the right balance to make it a positive experience.”
When patients call, Dr. Moise-Johnson spends at least 45 minutes educating them on the benefits of medical marijuana; the different illnesses it treats and why; the endocannabinoid system and the importance of terpenes.
“By understanding the different terpenes, you can find something more suited to your needs,” she says. “It’s also important to understand how these products work and how to take them so that patients don’t come to the clinic blindly.
“At Vivant, they will always have that exclusive doctor-patient relationship.”
To learn more, visit Alive on www.vivantmedicalmarijuana.com or call (800) 574-9491.