Today we want to introduce you to Dr. Danial Schecter. Canadian doctor who has specialized in the therapeutic cannabis field. He was a resident at Mt Sinai Hospital through the University of Toronto as well as a Hospital Medicine grantee at Toronto Western Hospital through the same university. He completed a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in art history at McGill University in Montreal, where he was also a professor of the same subject for a time before diving directly into medicine field.
Schecter's interest in cannabis arises at the University of Montreal. Schecter was interested in Integrative Medicine, a field of medicine that seeks to treat the disease from the root and not simply its symptoms. Perhaps you have heard of an osteopath who practices this type of medicine since it is the field where it is most practiced, in fact there is the International Federation of Osteopathy and Integrative Medicine.
Returning to the topic at hand, Danial Schecter was crossed in his path by Dr. Mark Ware of the University of Montreal, who offered to complete a study jointly on Integrative Medicine. After the collaboration, Ware offered him to research together cannabis becoming one of the first collaborators of the Canadian Consortium for Research of Cannabinoids’ research or CCIC. It was after this experience that Dr. Danial Schecter saw the possibilities and medical applications of cannabis and its components in their different formats and states as a valid clinical application thanks to the endocannabinoid system.
Currently Danial Schecter carries out his activity as a doctor specialized in therapies with cannabinoids in Canada. So let me tell you a little about how the legal issue is in this country. The network of companies and medical institutions that currently exist in Canada and their legitimate and legal offer of medical cannabis is based on a judicial ruling in favor of marijuana. Thus, the Canadian government lost a trial against patients who demanded minimal, reasonable access and with certain guarantees for the use of medical cannabis.
Marijuana’s legalization for therapeutic purposes in 2014 has led Canada to the following system for obtaining cannabis for patients: First of all, the fact that you are treated with cannabis in Canada is compulsorily filtered by a doctor, any doctor can prescribe it, but everyone has a minimum of training in this respect due to seminars and conferences. With this recipe you do not go to a pharmacy, but you will have to go to one of the companies authorized, regulated and certified by the Health Ministry of Canada "Health Canada" to sell and distribute cannabis to patients who have a legal prescription so you can buy your medicine. The product that has been prescribed to you will be safe since these companies are heavily regulated and each batch of medication passes quality checks to detect contaminants such as bacteria, pesticides, mold or heavy metals. In this way they guarantee compliance with certain safety standards for the patient's peace of mind.
A year earlier to the medicinal cannabis legalization, Dr. Schecter founded Canabo Medical Clinic or CMC. So far, it is his most ambitious project related to cannabis, where he currently attends, personally or by telephone appointment, an average of 18 patients and receives an average of 5 new patients every day. He treats with medical cannabis to patients with an age range of between 2 to 92 years and the symptoms for which they come to the clinic are equally heterogeneous. Patients with ailments such as seizures that do not subside with any treatment, chronic pain, gastrointestinal disorders, psychiatric disorders and a long etc. The number of patients who come to his clinic emphasizes and certifies the need to spread the surprising results that medical marijuana has on certain health problems that other medicines are not able to treat even having been designed to be used in very specific cases. Since the creation of this institution, more than 30,000 patients have gone through the CMC to be treated. In this way, Dr. Schecter becomes one of the world’s largest medicinal cannabis prescribers.
Managing this institution, Danial has become an authority in the world of medicinal cannabis. Conferences, advises and takes an active part of everything that has to do with other institutions under development to reach this end: to give people a quality medication that is under stigmas and prejudices hard to erase. Thus, Dr. Schecter has recently embarked on the AUSCANN, an entity based in Australia that seeks to offer patients this type of medicine after this country’s medical cannabis legalization at 2016 edge, with guarantees and similar processes to those currently offered in Canada. Likewise, our protagonist, is also taking part as an advisor of entities and companies setting up process aimed at offering medical cannabis in Colombia after the recent legalization for medicinal consumption in this country.
Danial points out that recreational cannabis is similar to medicinal cannabis in relation to its chemical composition, but they are different in the way they are used and the way they are prepared. Schecter stands out that, in Canada, the differences between medicinal and recreational cannabis are not only legal or normative, smoking is bad and based on that premise we already find the main difference. Also the reason or purpose for which they are used are different as well as the context and the dose format, since for recreational use it is usually smoked while the medicinal one recommends the ingestion of oils extracted from the plant or the vaporization of the bud, innocuous ways to take cannabis. In addition, as we discussed before, medical cannabis passes a series of controls that recreational do not require.
Dr. Danial Schecter reminds all doctors who are in countries with recent regulation regarding the legalization of medical marijuana, that they should not be afraid to prescribe cannabis because it may affect their reputation. Some of Danial's classmates told him that getting into the medical cannabis field was a professional suicide, now many of them work for him.