by Kent-Kristjan Paas
Cannabis as medicine
One thing continues in sorting out the emerging science of cannabis and cannabinoids: a functional cannabinoid system is essential for health. From embryonic implantation to our mother’s uterine wall, nursing and growth, to responding to injury, endocannabinoids help us survive in a rapidly changing and increasingly hostile environment. Realizing this, I began to wonder: can an individual supplement their cannabinoid system by taking additional cannabis? In addition to treating symptoms, even treating disease, does cannabis help us prevent disease and promote health by stimulating an ancient system that is tightly connected for all of us?
I now believe that the answer is yes. Studies have shown that low doses of cannabinoids from cannabis can signal the body to produce more endocannabinoids and create more cannabinoid receptors. As a result, many first-time cannabis users do not feel the effects, but for the second or third time using herbs, they have built more cannabinoid receptors and are ready to respond. More receptors increase a person’s sensitivity to cannabinoids; lower doses have a greater effect and the individual has an increased baseline endocannabinoid activity. I believe that small, regular doses of cannabis can be a tonic for our central physiological healing system.
Synthetic or natural cannabis?
Unlike synthetic derivatives, herbal cannabis can contain over a hundred different cannabinoids, including THC, all of which work synergistically to produce the best medical effects and fewer side effects than THC alone. Although cannabis is safe and works well for smoking, many patients prefer to avoid respiratory irritation and use a vaporizer, cannabis tincture, or topical ointment instead. Both scientific studies and patient profiles show that herbal cannabis has better medical properties than synthetic cannabinoids.
In 1902, Thomas Edison said, “There have never been as many capable and active thoughts at work on the problems of disease as there are now, and all their discoveries tend toward a simple truth that cannot be corrected in nature.” Cannabinoid studies have shown that this claim is still valid.
So, is it possible that medical cannabis could be the most useful drug for treating a variety of human diseases and conditions, a component of preventive health care, and an adaptability in our increasingly toxic carcinogenic environment? Yes. The indigenous medical systems of ancient India, China, and Tibet knew this well, and as you can see from this report, Western science is increasingly recognizing it. Of course, we need more human-based research to study the effectiveness of cannabis, but the evidence base is already large and growing, despite the DEA’s best efforts to prevent cannabis-related research.
Awareness of doctors
Does your doctor understand the benefits of medical cannabis? Can he advise you on the correct indications, dosages and route of administration? Probably not. Despite the two largest U.S. medical associations (the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians) calling for further research, the U.S. Congress banned federal intervention in state medical cannabis programs, 5,000 years of safe therapeutic use, and a vast amount of published research. nothing.
This is changing in part because the public demands it. People want safe, natural and inexpensive treatments that stimulate our body’s ability to heal and help our population improve their quality of life. Cannabis is one such solution. This summary is an excellent tool for disseminating knowledge and educating patients and healthcare providers about the scientific evidence for the medical use of cannabis and cannabinoids.
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