Can Medical Marijuana Help You?

Medical Marijuana Awareness Post-Webinar Resources

The Webinar

Thank you to everyone who attended the August 13th Medical Marijuana Awareness webinar “Can Medical Marijuana Help You?”

Watch the video on our YouTube channel! Your questions and comments during the live Q&A helped to make a great source of information for the next person seeking treatment.

Speakers featured in this webinar were host Marc Matoza and guest speaker Arnetra Shettleworth,Vice President of Operations in the Southern Region for Columbia Care.

Ongoing Education

We’ve partnered with medical marijuana education experts to provide you further resources on the topic of Medical Marijuana and what it can do to help with your chronic condition.

Click an item from the index below to skip to that section.


  • Marc Matoza, Marijuana Med Today
  • Arnetra Shettleworth, Columbia Care

Overview: Can Medical Marijuana Help You?

  • Patient Information Brochure
  • MMTCFL Chronic Conditions Resources
  • How Cannabis Works on the Human Body: The Endocannabinoid System with Cannigma

Materials from the Webinar

Cannachats Recommended Reading

  • Medical Marijuana Help
  • Basics of Medical Marijuana in Florida

Meet the Speakers

Marc Matoza

President, Marijuana Med Today

Marc is a technology and business development manager with expertise in technology, database, cybersecurity, and online/web/mobile computing. As an inventor, computer scientist, and entrepreneur, he has developed innovative tech products including a leading relational database, multiple digital multilingual dictionaries, a digital bilingual reference/grammar-checking word processing add-on, golf [sports] swing video capture & analysis solutions, and certified safe anti-microbial environments.

Marc’s multinational background includes technology and corporate management experience with Hewlett Packard, Netscape Communications, Ashton-Tate, AlphaGraphics SA, MarcTech SA/LLC, and Swing Solutions. This includes managing operations in Europe, Latin America, Canada, and the USA. He has a Computer Science Degree from California Polytechnic State University.

Arnetra Shettleworth

Guest Speaker 
Vice President of Operations, Southern Region, Columbia Care

Born and raised in Miami, FL. A graduate of the University of Florida with an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. I’ve had an extensive career in highly competitive, service-intensive environments where success greatly depends on inspiring and engaging highly diverse teams. I’ve developed an innate ability to attract high performing individuals that will completely fulfill and exceed expectations.

Can Medical Marijuana Help You?

Overview by Medical Marijuana Treatment Clinics of Florida

Medical Marijuana is used to treat a variety of lifestyle conditions. In Florida, the Office of Medical Marijuana Use outlines the rules and regulations for the State Medical Marijuana program.

See Also from MMTCFL:

More About CBD:

  • Neither CBN or CBG produce an intoxicating high on its own, though they both affect the high when combined with THC (source: Weedmaps)
  • CBN is a byproduct of THC which is produced by environmental factors experienced during the growth and storage of a plant containing THC (source: Industrial Hemp Farms)
  • CBG is in both cannabis and hemp, but patients should research the individual CBD product if not purchased from a licensed dispensary because some extraction processes may greatly reduce the amount of CBG in the product (source: Cresco Labs)

What does the endocannabinoid system have to do with cannabis? It has everything to do with the order in which scientists discovered the different molecules. 

Cannabinoid receptors, the locks attached to cells in our bodies, were only discovered because researchers were trying to understand how plant-based cannabinoids (phyto-cannabinoids) like THC interact with the body. So they were named cannabinoid receptors, after the main chemicals that activates them.

Materials from the Webinar

“Cytokines are signaling proteins that ultimately recruit inflammation to happen. Cytokines will trigger specific immune cells to release inflammation or actually even reduce inflammation, given the right circumstances. […] CBD actually modulates the cytokine production.”

Weed (Parts 1-3)

CNN Documentary | Dr. Sanjay Gupta, 2013-2015

Weed (Part 4)

CNN Documentary | Dr. Sanjay Gupta, 2016

Dr. Sanjay Gupta‘s enterprise reporting on medical marijuana has led to five documentary films, “Weed,” which were awarded the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

Cannachats Recommended Reading

Medical Marijuana Help

Center for Medical Cannabis Research University of California, San Diego

Cannabis Pharmacy: The practical guide to medical marijuana. Pgs 185-187. Backes, M. W. (2017). 

Basics of Medical Marijuana in Florida


Patient Information Brochure
Medical Marijuana Awareness Webinars, in partnership with MMTCFL

Office of Medical Marijuana Use
Florida Department of Health |


Florida Medical Marijuana Patient Application
Click to Download from the Office of Medical Marijuana Use

Medical Marijuana Patient Webinars

Cannabis 101 with Leafly | Cannabis 101


Suncoast NORML

Supplemental Research

Origins of Agriculture.Gray, Alic William et al.  Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 29 Sep. 2015. Web.

The Cannabis Health Index, pgs. 259-264. Uwe Blesching, P. (2015).

The History of Herodotus.Herodotus.  440 B.C.E. Web.

Assessing the Effects of School-Based Drug Education: A Six-Year Multilevel Analysis of Project D.A.R.E. Rosenbaum, Dennis P. and Gordon S. Hanson. Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency 35.4 (1998): 381-412. Web.

The Economic Costs of D.A.R.E.Shepard, Edward M. Institute of Industrial Relations, Nov. 2001. Web.

Mortality Data. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Division of Vital Statistics. Atlanta, 2014. Web.

The Economic Burden of Prescription Opioid Overdose, Abuse, and Dependence in the United States. Florence CS, Zhou C, Luo F, Xu L. 2013. Med Care. 2016;54(10):901-906. doi:10.1097/MLR.0000000000000625.

 10 Surprising facts about the history of pot. Blakinger, Keri (9, Oct 2014).

The History of Prescription Drugs (n.d.) Good Medicine, Bad Behavior: Drug Diversion in America.

 Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding.National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse. 1973. Web.

Legalize It All Baum, Dan. Harper’s Magazine. Harper’s Magazine Foundation, Apr. 2016. Web.

Get Your Life Back with Medical Marijuana

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