Treating Fibromyalgia with Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana Awareness Post-Webinar Resources

The Webinar

Thank you to everyone who attended the June 2nd 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, Claucous Alfaro, Community Educator for Trulieve 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
  • Claucous Alfaro, Trulieve
  • 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

Read more about Dr. Michelle Weiner

Dr. Michelle 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 wellbeing. She is 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.

Webinars Featuring Dr. Michelle Weiner
Joshua Littrell, Founder and Managing Director of the Veterans for Cannabis Foundation

Claucous Alfaro

Community Educator, Trulieve

Read more about Claucous Alfaro

Claucous (Claus) Alfaro is a dedicated Community Educator and Activist, and his passion for helping others shines through in everything he does.

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Colombia, Claus always knew he wanted to help people live healthier, longer lives. With more than a decade of experience in the alternative medicine industry, along with his work in the Florida Medical Marijuana industry, he has done exactly that. Now he’s set his sights on helping increase the current cannabis patient population in Florida to more than one million patients through his work with Trulieve.

In his free time, Claus enjoys spending time with friends and family, training CrossFit, traveling, and listening to music. He’s always looking for ways to learn and grow, and he hopes to inspire more people to invest in their health.

Webinars Featuring Claucous Alfaro
Joshua Littrell, Founder and Managing Director of the Veterans for Cannabis Foundation

Marc Matoza, Series Host

President and Founder, Marijuana Med Today

Read more about Marc Matoza

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.

Read about Medical Marijuana Awareness Webinars

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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