As a board-certified internist and Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, Dr. Damon Raskin has been doing what he loves – practicing primary care – since 1996. Treating patients in his private practice in Pacific Palisades, CA, he has earned a reputation for exceptional patient care and effective individualized treatment.
A practitioner of “Slow Medicine” before the term was ever mentioned, it is his belief that the best healthcare comes from attentive, caring and committed physicians who take the time to get to know their patients as more than just an illness, but as people with individual needs and healthcare goals.
Addiction medicine is a significant part of his practice. Dr. Raskin is the medical detox specialist at Cliffside Malibu and Promises addiction treatment centers, famous for their luxe facilities and celebrity clientele. He derives great satisfaction from seeing his patients make it through the hard times and transition into sobriety.
Marijuana plants contain dozens of cannabinoids, or active chemical compounds, but only one of them, trahydrocannabinol (THC), gets you high. "As more research is conducted involving cannabis and its ability to be used as bona fide medicine, we are learning more about the major pain-relieving compound cannabidiol (CBD) in marijuana that will not get you stoned," explains Dr. Raskin.
This is good news for the many people that have avoided medical cannabis simply because they didn’t want to be stoned all the time. Once people understand that CBD is strictly a pain-relieving compound, they are much more open to the idea of trying medical cannabis.
"By providing doctors a safer approach to treating pain, the legalization of medical marijuana will actually save lives,” Dr. Raskin notes. In states where medical marijuana is legal, opioid overdose rates have decreased by 25%.
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