What seniors should know about cannabis.

Is it safe, effective, helpful for pain and Alzheimer’s? Is it addictive and what are the options?

Speaker Panel: Jonathan Bechard, MD, Board Certified in Internal Medicine is seeing patients at the Eisenhower Health Center at Rimrock in Palm Springs. Dr. Bechard is proud to serve the LGBTQ community. After receiving his undergraduate degree at Loma Linda University, Dr. Bechard went on to earn is medical degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He then completed a residency program in internal medicine at Michigan State University.

For nearly twenty years, Dr. Bechard has been an internist in Kalispell, Montana at the foothills of Glacier National Park. “I am excited to be returning to warm southern California,” states Dr. Bechard, who was raised in Hemet. “As a primary care physician, I enjoy the longitudinal relationships that develop with patients over time.”

Patient interaction is important to Dr. Bechard. “I enjoy getting to know my patients.

The most important service I can provide would be to listen; allowing my patients to tell their story,” reflects Dr. Bechard. “This affords me the opportunity to provide options for their health care. It is not my job as a physician to tell patients what to do or how to live. My job is to understand my patients’ health as well as personal life goals and then, working together, we develop a health care road map and a treatment plan most suitable for realizing their goals.”

Speaker Panel: Dr. Nick Karras (sexologist) is the creator of the Passionate High, a project that serves to educate people on how to use the unique cognitive and physical effects that cannabis produces to develop stronger relationships and experience greater creativity and passion.