Dr. Nina Robb learned about the effects of alcohol intoxication when she was in medical school. She also learned about alcohol-induced liver disease. She learned about heroin overdose and how methamphetamine affects the human body.
When it came to marijuana, she never heard one word good or bad about the plant at medical school. I’m guessing now that the reason is there was nothing bad to say about marijuana and body toxicity.
“On the other hand, they didn’t teach us about nutrition either,” Robb says, pointing out that there may have been other gaps in medical education.
Robb, who recently opened the Integrity Medicine in Southfield, has been filling in the gaps in the years since she was in medical school. And she knows a lot more about medical marijuana. The IMG is a medical marijuana certification clinic, but Robb brings a lot more to the table than simply certifying that patients can get marijuana.
“I’ve always had an interest in herbal medicine as an adjunct to treatment in a variety of medical ailments,” Robb says. “I’ve been interested in that all my life. I’ve read a number of books on herbal medicines and cannabis is in those books.”
She’s also taken the course New York doctors are required to take if they are going to recommend marijuana to their patients. It’s only a four-hour class, but it’s more than Michigan doctors are required to take. The IMG Facebook page provides links to articles about medical marijuana. The sources are as varied as a Rolling Stone piece on Whoopi Goldberg-branded cannabis products for menstrual cramps, a study on PubMed (a website for medical literature) showing a positive relationship between cannabis use and surviving a traumatic brain injury, and a 158-page document from Health Canada on the use of cannabis and