Medical Marijuana as Treatment for Addiction*

Medical Marijuana Awareness Post-Webinar Resources


*Please consult your physician before making any major health decisions 

The Webinar

Thank you to everyone who attended the March 31st Medical Marijuana Awareness webinar on Medical Marijuana as a Treatment for Addiction.

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 Shari Kaplan, LCSW, Founder & Creator of The Can’t Tell Foundation and Integrative Mental Health and Well-being Programs

Ongoing Education

We’ve partnered with medical marijuana education experts to provide you further resources on how medical marijuana can be a treatment for addiction.

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Overview: Medical Marijuana as Treatment for Addiction

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

  • Medical Marijuana as Treatment for Addiction
  • Basics of Medical Marijuana in Florida

Meet the Speakers

Marc Matoza

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.

Marc Matoza

Shari Kaplan, LCSW

Founder & Creator of The Can’t Tell Foundation 
and Integrative Mental Health and Well-being Programs

Since 1991, Kaplan has been working with children, adolescents, individuals, couples and families. Her career began in Manhattan with children and families who have HIV/AIDS, as well as children, adolescents, and individuals with cancer, neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, schizophrenia and neurodegenerative disorders (Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, etc). Issues of death and dying, physical and sexual abuse, daily life skills, support groups and substance abuse were among the areas treated. Kaplan has created and conducted trainings for clinicians on the Strengths/Perspective, Resiliency Enhancement model. She is published on this modality of treatment in both books and journals. As the co-founder of Corporate Wellness Consultants: she developed and presented trainings for corporations and organizations in the areas of team building, conflict resolution, stress management and gender issues in the workplace. Additionally, Kaplan organized and developed an early intervention program for Incarnation Children’s Center, a group residence in NYC, for children who have HIV/AIDS. As the founder of Cannectd WellnessTM , Kaplan successfully treats people using the ‘Whole Life Plan (WLP),’ her signature integrative approach to well-being. Cannabis oils have proven to be the perfect complementary medicine that supports individuals in their journey of optimal health.

In 2011, Kaplan was honored to be recognized by Congressman Alcee L. Hastings for her extraordinary efforts in abuse treatment for adults and children. ‘She has worked tirelessly through her ‘Can’t Tell Foundation,’ to give hope to victims of domestic and sexual abuse and children who are plagued by bullying.’

Medical Marijuana as Treatment for Addiction

Overview by The Cannigma

While it’s clear that the endocannabinoid system is highly involved in the underlying processes behind addiction, that by itself doesn’t tell us whether cannabis can help those suffering from addiction. There is, however, a fair amount of research looking at exactly that question.

One way that cannabis may help is as a substitute for other addictive substances that have a worse safety profile than cannabis. Researchers have observed that when patients use cannabis and opiates together, they tend to decrease their opioid use by 40-60% — and report fewer negative side effects, better cognitive function, better quality of life, and a preference for cannabis over opioids. Other studies have shown that cannabis can reduce the amount of opioids needed to achieve a desirable level of pain relief. One theory believe this is true due to a synergistic effect between cannabis and opiates, which results in more pain relief together than either offers individually.

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.

The Exit Drug Documentary

The Exit Drug | Weedmaps, Mar. 2018

“The Exit Drug documentary, created by Weedmaps, investigates how cannabis could play a major role in ending the opioid crisis, a public health emergency that kills an average of 115 U.S. citizens a day. According to neuroscientist Dr. Adie Wilson-Poe, cannabis has the potential to significantly improve public health by diminishing our reliance on opioids. The Exit Drug explores the course of opioid addiction, from initial usage (typically after an injury) to drug relapse, and how cannabis could be the solution to reduce harm and promote help..”

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

Medical Marijuana as a Treatment for Addiction

Cannabinol Regulation of Emotion and Emotional Memory Processing: Relevance for Treating Anxiety-Related and
Substance Abuse Disorders.

J.L.C. Lee, L.J. Bertoglio, F.S. Guimaraes, and C.W. Stevenson (2017) British Journal of Pharmacology, doi:10.1111/bph.13724

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

Bidirectional switch of the valence associated with hippocampal
contextual memory engram.

Redondo, Roger L., Josuha Kim, Autumn L. Arons, Steve Ramirez, Xu Liu, and Susumu
Tonegawa. (2014).  Nature 513(7518):426-30. Doi:10.1038/nature13725.

Basics of Medical Marijuana in Florida

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 and Mental Health: A Guided Systematic Review.

Zach Walsh, et al.Clinical Psychology Review 51(2017): 15-29

Endogenous Cannabinoid Signaling is Essential for Stress Adaptation

Matthew N. Hill, R.J. McLaughlin, B. Bingham, L. Shrestha, T.T. Lee, J.M. Gray, C.J. Hillard, B.B Gorzalka, V. Viau, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107, no. 20 (2010):9406-11.

New Uses for the Old Hemp Plant

Ernest L Abel.Marijuana (1980), 105-21; and CristobalAcosta, Tratado de las drogas y medicinas de las Indias Orientales… (Editorial MAXTOR,

Cannabis Pharmacology

Ethan B. Russo, et al., Advances in Pharmacology (2017 in press)

Chronic PTSD in Vietnam
Combat Veterans: Course Illness and Substance Abuse

J. Douglas Bremner, S.M. Southwick, A. Darnell, and D.S. Charney, American Journal of Psychiatry 153,
no. 3 (1996): 369-75

Get Your Life Back with Medical Marijuana

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