Ask the Doctors about Marijuana

The Drug Policy Alliance's marijuana experts, Malik Burnett, M.D., and Amanda Reiman, PhD., answer your questions about marijuana.

Dr. Malik Burnett is a former surgeon and physician advocate. He also served as executive director of a medical marijuana nonprofit organization. Amanda Reiman, PhD, holds a doctorate in Social Welfare and teaches classes on drug policy at the University of California-Berkeley. Ask a question now.


12/04/14
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW
Dear Doctors, Please settle a bet. While watching football with my dad over Thanksgiving, the topic of concussions came up. I said that if players had access to marijuana then they would not have so many problems with head... Read More

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11/20/14
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW
Dear Doctors, I keep hearing about how marijuana is a good treatment for all kinds of things. What conditions do we have actual research about when it comes to marijuana as a medicine? MMJ Curious   Dear Curious,... Read More

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11/06/14
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW
Dear Doctors, I am a veteran who has recently returned from Iraq. A guy in my support group was talking about how he uses marijuana to help with his PTSD (depression in particular). Does that really help? Can I get in... Read More

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10/23/14
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW
Dear Doctors, “My next-door neighbor has the cutest child I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, the child has been battling severe epilepsy from a young age. We have a very tight community here, and I want to help the... Read More

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10/09/14
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW
Dear Doctors, “With so much information coming out about the medical value of marijuana, and that marijuana is not as dangerous as alcohol, why was it made illegal in the first place?” Sincerely, Looking for a... Read More

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09/24/14
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD MSW
Dear Doctors, “Medical marijuana laws are popping up all over the country, however some of them only allow for strains high in CBD, for kids with seizures. I always thought of THC and marijuana. What’s all this... Read More

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09/10/14
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD MSW
Dear Doctors, I am 18 years old and about to start my freshman year of college. Honestly, I feel very unprepared by the drug education classes I had in high school. I have never tried marijuana and I do not know if I want... Read More

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08/28/14
By Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, PhD MSW
Dear Doctors, I have heard that cannabis use can cause certain people to develop mental disorders like psychosis especially if started at an early age, is this true? Sincerely, Concerned Mother   Dear Concerned,... Read More

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08/14/14
By Amanda Reiman, PhD MSW
Amanda Reiman, PhD, policy manager in California, holds a doctorate in Social Welfare and teaches classes on drug policy at the University of California-Berkeley.   Dear Doctors, I have not smoked, vaporized or eaten... Read More

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07/31/14
By Malik Burnett, MD
Dr. Malik Burnett, policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance in Washington, D.C., is a former surgeon and physician advocate. He also served as executive director of a medical marijuana nonprofit organization.  ... Read More

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