Dr. Thomas Cook is a board-certified psychiatrist.
He went to medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago. He runs a full time private practice in Honolulu.
You may visit his general website at www.drcook.org.
He is very familiar with how cannabis interacts with psychiatric medication, and other medications.
He has spent many years helping patients transition off of their sleeping pills and sedative medication with the aid of cannabis. He can guide a patient into the world of medical cannabis, providing them with advice on how to stop relying on sleeping pills, which types of cannabis are best for PTSD and chronic pain, and much more.
How is our medical cannabis (marijuana) clinic different than others?
Dr. Cook started out certifying only his own existing patients, many of them combat veterans. Our clinic is not a cannabis card clinic. It is a genuine private practice. Medical cannabis is only a small portion of what we do. Therefore, your visit is discreet, and you can receive follow up care. You will be seen in the same clinic where Dr. Cook sees any other patient.
To find out if you would be eligible for a card, visit this page.
Dr. Cook will provide the latest information on cannabis, from sources like O’Shaughnessy’s, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, Dr. Ethan Russo, Dr. Bonni Goldstein, and other medical experts on cannabis.
For example, it is known you have a natural cannabinoid that looks like THC, in your body already! It was discovered in 1992 in a lab in Israel. It is called anandamide. This amazing endo-cannabinoid is present in high amounts in breast milk, and is spiked by certain foods, such as chocolate, nutmeg, and saffron. It is often deficient (low) in mothers with colicky or fussy babies.
Another interesting piece of information: THC, the marijuana compound that causes a “high”, also reduces the “set point” for your body’s thermostat, in the hypothalamus. This will actually lower your body temperature. This is why some people who feel hot all the time, and have a lot of inflammation in their body, usually find that taking cannabis greatly improves their quality of life and their metabolism. For example, patients with multiple sclerosis benefit a lot from cannabis’s ability to lower their body temperature. THC is a potent anti-inflammatory: it literally cools the body.
Dr. Cook has a lot of cutting-edge knowledge about cannabis and depression, anxiety, insomnia, and more. Some of this is directly from Dr. Cook’s experience and cannot be found in the literature. For instance, some patients with panic disorder do very well on cannabidiol (CBD) oil, which has anti-panic properties.
There are a lot of types of medical cannabis that will be sold at dispensaries. Dr. Cook does not recommend going in and trying them blindly. To get a good result, we recommend you educate yourself, on cannabis research and your condition, along with an ongoing discussion with Dr. Cook, who stays informed on research happening right now around the world.