Dr. Gwen Wurm is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric training at Montefiore/Albert Einstein medical center in New York City. Dr. Wurm is board certified in both General Pediatrics and Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics. She received her Masters in Public Health from Harvard University.
Dr. Wurm cares for children with complex medical problems, is medical director of Jackson Health System Medical Foster Care program and is a board member of Our Kids Inc., which oversees the provision of foster care services in Miami Dade County. She was the founding medical director of the Linda Ray Infant Center for drug exposed children. Dr. Wurm’s focus is on ensuring that children in state custody receive not only the medical care they need, but the developmental support necessary to reach their full potential. She has served as a national expert on the developmental harms of shackling juveniles for the National Juvenile Defender Center. As a member of the faculty of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Wurm teaches medical students and residents with a focus on the non-pharmacologic treatment of children with ADHD, autism and behavior problems through a combination of dietary changes, mind/body exercises, nutritional supplements and botanicals. Dr. Wurm is on the advisory council of the University of Miami Osher Program in Integrative Medicine.
Research will be presented on a survey of 1000 unique adult- use customers from a dispensary organization in Colorado. None of these customers had medical cards. Most (90%) were under the age of 50, with 42% women and 66% reporting white, non-Hispanic race/ethnicity. Of all respondents, 65% reported taking cannabis to relieve pain and 74% reported taking cannabis to promote sleep. Among respondents taking cannabis for pain, 80% reported that it was very or extremely helpful, and most of those taking over-the-counter pain medications (82%) or opioid analgesics (88%) reported reducing or stopping use of those medications. Among respondents taking cannabis for sleep, 84% found it very or extremely helpful, and most of those taking over-the-counter (87%) or prescription sleep aids (83%) reported reducing or stopping use of those medications. This study provides insight into the use of cannabis for symptom relief in the adult use population.