Medical Marijuana Methodology
Updated: Apr 27, 2020
Something old has become something new. Botanical medicine is on the rise again with people using health and dietary supplements and nature provides an amazing medicine cabinet for us. Medical cannabis is not a new form of treatment, rather it goes back in the history of mankind for thousands of years.
The use of cannabis to heal is an ancient knowledge, and we’ve all forgotten it. We have become reliant on the healthcare industry to provide medicine for us. Every culture on the planet has stories about the medicinal uses of cannabis. Whether used in shamanic rituals to commune with the Gods, or used to directly treat illnesses, cannabis use has been documented for thousands of years. Archaeologists in Egypt uncovered a 3,000 year old medical tome, the Ebers Papyrus, which contained prescriptions for a variety of medicinal cannabis preparations.
We fear what we do not understand. For over eighty years now we have endured cannabis prohibition. Looking back in recent history we find the use of medicinal cannabis tinctures as recently as the 1920s and 1930s. These products were manufactured by large pharmaceutical companies that are still in existence today. Generations of medical professionals and scientists have viewed cannabis as a drug of abuse with no medicinal value, however, current research shows that we are now beginning to comprehend the positive qualities of this plant. Unfortunately, until recently, government research grants have been primarily focused on the negative effects of cannabis, not on any positive effects, due to the schedule 1 status of the plant.
Once cannabis is reclassified we can unleash the floodgates of research across the planet and further understand how to make this plant work effectively. Most of our focus has been on THC and CBD. As the famous researcher, Dr. Ethan Russo points out in his article “Taming THC,” there are so many more compounds in this plant worthy of study for their medicinal properties, for example CBN, CBG, and THCV. Then, there are the terpenoid compounds which have their own properties and can enhance the medicinal effects of the aforementioned cannabinoids. It is only through research that we can further understand the entourage effect and how to magnify this principle to better fight illnesses and disorders.
GW Pharmaceuticals in England has already created cannabis based medications for seizures (Sativex, Epidiolex, Nabiximols). Implications from research show promise in many areas of treatment ranging from cancer, autism, autoimmune diseases, brain trauma and more. I can envision a day where we will identify the presence of an imbalance in our endocannabinoid system as it relates to illnesses and disorders, and treat that directly (Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency or CED).
The future of Integrative Medicine is exciting as well. In my practice I have integrated the use of medical cannabis into my treatment of disorders like anxiety, depression, autism, chronic pain, and more. I have created strategies for both adults and children using CBD alone, and when needed adding THC for specific purposes. I find that the neuroplastic properties of cannabis lends itself to psychotherapy. In the not too distant future I can see where people will choose CBD for its anti-inflammatory properties over NSAID medications. It will be refreshing to see other disciplines embrace medical cannabis too.
We're in the middle of a paradigm shift, which is just a fancy way of saying things are changing. As the title states, there must be a revolution of a new methodology in the use of medical cannabis. Research and science must take seriously the medicinal properties of this plant, and fully explore how to activate its potential to heal and cure the disorders of mankind. We must do our part to educate those who do not understand so that they will not fear this plant. Through education and advocacy we can achieve great change.
The biggest obstacle to the changes revolves around financial concerns. If we treat cannabis like alcohol, and taxed it fairly, great things could happen in our society. The coffers of our nation would be filled with the revenues from legal sales. As people fight the tide of legalization with regulations and taxes, this only serves to increase the revenues of the black market, as well as perpetuate the dangers to consumers.
People will get their medicine one way or another. The question is whether or not our government will benefit from this process, or pass the money to the black market. If everyone is given a chance to participate in these emerging markets, not just allowing vertically integrated corporations to benefit, we can generate an unbelievable economy in each state that comes onboard with medical and recreational use cannabis. Imagine what this looks like once the country has fully legalized cannabis. Everyone benefits in this model.
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