Medicinal Cannabis

cannabis-leafDr. Hart’s interest in medicinal cannabis began when he saw patients in his clinical practice who could not get adequate relief from many traditional medications for common medical conditions.

In April 2014, Dr. Hart became the first physician in London, Ontario to open a “cannabis clinic”. Building on the success of his own clinic, Dr. Hart began working with Greenleaf Medical clinic and Marijuana for Trauma.

Greenleaf Medical clinic is a telemedicine clinic based out of Abbotsford, BC. Greenleaf Medical clinic allows Dr. Hart to see patients via telemedicine who could not book an appointment with a cannabis physician.

In 2015, Dr. Hart began working with Marijuana for Trauma, an organization dedicated to helping veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. During Dr. Hart’s tenure at Marijuana for Trauma, he treated over a thousand veterans who suffered from PTSD and other chronic ailments.

Currently, Dr. Hart continues to treat patients locally in London, Ontario and via telemedicine with Greenleaf Medical clinic.

While Dr. Hart continues to treat patients, his primary focus has shifted to correcting the medical cannabis educational gap which exists in the medical community. Dr. Hart has been the keynote speaker for several (CME) Continuing Medical Education events throughout Ontario.

His outspoken stance on medicinal marijuana has landed him on a variety of media outlets. He has discussed the uses of medicinal marijuana on CTV news, Rogers TV, CBC national radio and the Toronto Star.

Dr. Hart is also a member of PMC (Practitioners for Medicinal Marijuana). Their mission statement is as follows: “PMC is a network of affiliated specialists and general practitioners committed to best possible patient care, including the informed use of cannabis and cannabis-derived medicines.

There is a growing body of scientific evidence regarding the medicinal use of cannabis that describes the biochemistry and physiology of cannabinoid interactions, attests to the clinical benefits of cannabis in a variety of medical conditions, and indicates a wide safety profile. The collective clinical experience of the participants of PMC provides further compelling empirical evidence of the positive impact of cannabis on the quality of life of many patients whose severe or disabling symptoms are not sufficiently helped by more conventional treatments.

watch-video2-300x228PMC fosters professional awareness of all aspects of cannabis in patient care.

Dr. Hart attended the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids held in Toronto (2014, 2015, 2016), an annual seminar on cannabis recognized by the University of Toronto for continuing education medical credits.
While Dr. Hart does not believe that medical marijuana is a “cure for all”, he does believe given its excellent safety profile (compared to many other medications) and demonstrated efficacy, it can be an invaluable alternative to many commonly prescribed drugs.