Treating Fibromyalgia with Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana Awareness Post-Webinar Resources

The Webinar

Thank you to everyone who attended the March 3rd Medical Marijuana Awareness webinar on Fibromyalgia and Medical Marijuana!

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 Dr. Michelle Weiner, Integrative Pain Management Physician.

Ongoing Education

We’ve partnered with medical marijuana education experts to provide you further resources on the topic of Fibromyalgia and Medical Marijuana.

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  • Marc Matoza, Marijuana Med Today
  • Dr. Michelle Weiner, Integrative Pain Management

Overview: What is Fibromyalgia?

Materials from the Webinar

  • View the slides from the live presentation
  • How CBD Oil Affects Chronic Pain and Inflammation with Thomas DeLauer
  • Weed (Parts 1-4) with Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Cannachats Recommended Reading

  • Fibromyalgia & Medical Marijuana
  • 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.

Dr. Michelle Weiner

Guest Speaker on Fibromyalgia
Integrative Pain Management Physician

Dr. Michelle Weiner is a unique player in the wellness industry, taking an innovative approach to providing health and wellness services.

She is known as South Florida’s Medical Cannabis and CBD expert and educator.

Dr. Weiner is double board certified in Interventional Pain Management and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Spine and Wellness Centers of America. She completed her residency and fellowship training at the University of Miami. She practices personalized medicine focusing on the root cause and offering individualized holistic treatment options.

Dr. Weiner empowers her patients to heal all aspects of their lives through activation of the Mind, Body, and Spirit. Her philosophy is to promote lifestyle changes through nutrition, movement, natural supplementation such as botanicals like CBD and Cannabis. Dr. Weiner uses a goal oriented approach to optimize well-being. She is the Chair on the Florida’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee.

This unique approach of personalized medicine improves quality of life and decreases pharmaceuticals while treating conditions such as pain, inflammation, anxiety, insomnia and other neurodegenerative diseases.

She is faculty at Florida International University (FIU) where she conducts her research on using Cannabis as a substitute for opioids in chronic pain patients. She is also faculty and a Preceptor at Nova Southeastern University college of medicine in which she educates the medical students through shadowing opportunities in her office. Dr. Weiner is faculty at Florida Gulf Coast University.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Overview by Medical Marijuana Treatment Clinics of Florida

The disorder of Fibromyalgia is most often known for the excruciating pain it causes, along with issues surrounding sleep, memory, and even fatigue. The primary symptom of Fibromyalgia is debilitating pain.

See Also from MMTCFL:

The Florida Atlantic University College of Nursing is conducting a study to better understand the health impact of medical marijuana in older adults. If you are 60 or older, please consider taking this survey and assisting in their research! Click here to take the survey.

Current research evidence highlights that influencing the endocannabinoid system is a promising way to treat glaucoma. Studies show that we can use this system to not only reduce eye pressure but also provide neuroprotection. 

This latter finding is especially significant because some people with glaucoma continue to experience vision loss even after their eye pressure is reduced. As such, there’s a need for glaucoma medicines that address both eye pressure and neuronal damage.

Continued Education and Awareness Resources

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

Fibromyalgia & Medical Marijuana

Origins of Agriculture

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

The History of Herodotus

Herodotus. 440 B.C.E. Web.

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

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.

Medical Cannabis for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia

Habib G, Artul S. Medical Cannabis for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia. J Clin Rheumatol. 2018 Aug;24(5):255-258. doi: 10.1097/RHU.0000000000000702. PMID: 29461346.

Cannabinoids for fibromyalgia pain: a critical review of recent studies (2015–2019)

Cameron, E.C., Hemingway, S.L. Cannabinoids for fibromyalgia pain: a critical review of recent studies (2015–2019). J Cannabis Res 2, 19 (2020).

Basics of Medical Marijuana in Florida

Medical Marijuana 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

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.

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