Treating Gastrointestinal Disorders with Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana Awareness Post-Webinar Resources

The Webinar

Thank you to everyone who attended the March 24th Medical Marijuana Awareness webinar on Gastrointestinal Disorders and Medical Marijuana!

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

Speakers featured in this webinar were host Marc Matoza and Zach Franckhauser, Community Educator for Trulieve.

Ongoing Education

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

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Meet the Speakers

Overview: What are Gastrointestinal Disorders?

  • Medical Marijuana 101 Patient Education Packet
  • MMTCFL Chronic Conditions Resources
  • How Cannabis Works on the Human Body with Cannigma

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

  • Gastrointestinal Disorders & Medical Marijuana
  • Basics of Medical Marijuana in Florida

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.

Zachary Franckhauser

Guest Speaker on Gastrointstinal Disorders
Community Educator, Trulieve

My name is Zachary (Zach) Franckhauser, I’ve been with Trulieve since 2016 at our very first dispensary in Tallahassee, FL; where I was born and raised. My role at Trulieve, is a Physician and Community Educator, I provide in-depth information about Trulieve products, the benefits of medical marijuana, and ways to obtain your medical marijuana card.
Cannabis is something I use daily as it helps me focus, manage my stress better, and even allows me a quicker recovery time when it comes to working out. It is my goal to work with major hospitals, clinics, and organizations to destigmatize cannabis to the point where it is used as a primary treatment option. In my role I’ve onboarded over 150+ physicians, which has helped around 15k+ patients in the North Florida region obtain their medical marijuana card and part ways with harmful OTC medications.
When I have spare time, I enjoy playing golf, being surrounded by friends and family, and long play dates on the beach with my dachshund, Jackson.

What are Gastrointestinal Disorders?

Gastrointestinal Disorders can be defined as chronic digestive disorders, including (but not limited to) Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) like Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease.

See Also:

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.

Today, we know that endocannabinoid receptors are involved in regulating two of the major types of pain, and how our bodies perceive them: nociceptive pain (caused by actual harm to the body, such as a burn) and neuropathic pain (caused by damage to nerves that relay pain signals). 

Endocannabinoid receptors have been discovered in various parts of the peripheral and central nervous system, and in almost every aspect of the pain pathway. Other endocannabinoid receptors have been found to play a role in reducing and regulating inflammatory pain.”

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

Gastrointestinal Disorders & Medical Marijuana

The enteric nervous system and gastrointestinal innervation:
integrated local and central control. Furness JB, Callaghan BP, Rivera LR, & Cho HJ. (2014).Advanced in Experiemental Medicine and Biology, 39-71.

Cannabis Pharmacy: The practical guide to medical marijuana (2017)
Backes, M. Weil, A. McCue, J.D.

Gastrointestinal Disorders.(2016) Retrieved from My Cleveland Clinic

Basics of Medical Marijuana in Florida


Medical Marijuana Patient Education Packet
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

CBD: A Patients Guide to Medical Cannabis: Healing without the High. Pg. 103-105. Leinow, L. &. (2017).

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

Medical Cannabis for Pain Control. Eisenberg, E. (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology). 

Role of the Cannabinoid System in Pain Control and Therapeutic Implications for the Management of Acute and Chronic Pain. J. Manzanares, M. D. Julian, & A. Carrascosa. (2006).  Current Neuropharmacology, 239-257.

What Is Myrcene and What Does This Cannabis Terpene Do?Josh Kaplan & Nick Jikomas. (2019, May 2). Retrieved from Leafly

15 Terpenes in Cannabis ExplainedMiles, H. (2018). Retrieved from CannaCon

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