Medical Cannabis Specialist

Gedde Whole Health LLC

Margaret Gedde, MD, PhD

Alternative Medicine Physician & Medical Cannabis Physician located in Buena Vista, CO

For nearly 3,000 years, marijuana has been used for medicinal purposes. Currently, some of the components found in marijuana, called cannabinoids, have been shown to help manage many medical conditions. Margaret Gedde, MD, PhD, at Gedde Whole Health LLC in Buena Vista and Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a medical cannabis physician and provides consultations on the application of cannabinoids for medical problems. To schedule your consultation, call or use the online booking button.

Medical Cannabis Q & A

What is medical cannabis?

Medical cannabis refers to the use of the cannabis plant, which includes marijuana and hemp, for medicinal purposes. These plants contain chemical compounds called cannabinoids, which include cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Dr. Gedde is a medical cannabis physician and focuses on the application of these cannabinoids to your medical problems, which includes the use of both high THC strains (marijuana) and high CBD strains (hemp) and the other cannabinoids found in these plants. 

How does medical cannabis work?

Cannabinoids act in the human body through your endocannabinoid system (ECS), a key body system that has the role of balancing other body systems and supports the regulation of sleep, mood, appetite, pain, and immune health. The effects of the plant-derived cannabinoids, those from cannabis, mirror actions of your natural endocannabinoids. Anandamide is the human cannabinoid that could be called your natural THC. 

Through your ECS, the cannabinoids in medical cannabis can help restore balance to other body systems such as the nervous, immune, and gastrointestinal systems. Because the ECS acts to balance both psychological and physiological states, cannabinoids can act as medicines for psychological as well as physical ailments. 

At Gedde Whole Health LLC, Dr. Gedde provides care for many medical issues that benefit from the use of medical cannabis, including:

  • Chronic pain
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Gastrointestinal dysfunction
  • Seizures
  • Cancer

With the application of cannabinoids, the effect on your ECS can lead to significant improvement in your medical condition and reduction in other therapies that may be dangerous or have significant side effects.

How does a medical cannabis consultation work?

Dr. Gedde is a cannabis physician and evaluates your medical issues and goals, and recommends methods of using cannabis that have the potential to relieve your symptoms and help resolve the underlying condition. Because of federal laws, Dr. Gedde cannot literally prescribe cannabis or cannabinoids, even in Colorado, where medical cannabis and medical marijuana are legal. 

You must obtain your cannabis products from a licensed medical marijuana center, often called a dispensary. Through follow-up consultations, Dr. Gedde guides you in the use of products available to help you get relief from your medical issue.

To schedule a medical cannabis consultation, call Gedde Whole Health LLC or request an appointment online today.