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Medical Marijuana – To Legalize or Not to Legalize

May 13, 2016 by Dr. Rachel Knox, MD

Medical marijuana, or as we should call it, medical cannabis, is the subject of hot debate these days, as it should be.

There is, quite frankly, overwhelming evidence for the medicinal use of cannabis for a myriad of maladies that plague the human condition.

This includes the treatment of pain in degenerative diseases such as osteo, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune conditions, as well as neurodegenerative diseases like Multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia, and even cancer.

In fact, cannabis is proving to be comparable if not even better than conventional therapies.

People are starting to recognize these facts. With pressure (and the prospect of taxable revenue), states are slowly but surely legalizing the medicinal use of cannabis.

Other states remain half-in, half-out, choosing to legalize the cannabinoid CBD, or cannabidiol, for specific uses, such as intractable seizures in children (seizures that are resistant to all available pharmaceutical medications).

Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD is one of the many non-psychoactive cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. It has been shown to reduce inflammation, treat pain, fight anxiety, improve mood, and treat depression.

In response to this, many manufacturers of cannabis products have begun creating CBD-rich or CBD-dominant products.

The term “CBD-rich” refers to cannabis strains that contain relatively large amounts of CBD, with a similar ratio of THC. “CBD-dominant” products have high amounts of CBD and usually very low amounts of THC.

The strains used to treat epilepsy are very high CBD-to-THC ratio extracts, ranging from twenty-three to one or even twenty-five to one.

The Benefits

By using high-CBD concentrates like CBD oil, epileptic patients (children and adults alike) are finding significant relief, reversal of symptoms, and sometimes remission altogether.

CBD oil can be used in several different ways.

Some people use a mouth spray or a dropper to apply it directly under the tongue, where it can be absorbed by the mucous membrane. Other people prefer to ingest it in capsule form, like conventional oral medicines. Other people take it as a suppository, and for musculoskeletal conditions, some people may use the oil topically.

Depending on where one lives, obtaining CBD oil may be difficult.

In states where the medicinal use of whole-planet cannabis is legal, any local dispensary should have CBD oil. In states where the use of CBD has been approved for specific purposes, some tight regulations remain.

It may require first obtaining a medical recommendation from a physician specialist and then legally obtaining therapeutic-grade CBD oil.

The Final Word on CBD Oil

It is important to note that, contrary to popular belief, not all CBD oil is alike.

CBD oils extracted from whole-plant cannabis are far superior to industrial hemp. Organic, whole-plant cannabis offers a better safety profile and has superior medical benefits.

That being said, the use of whole-plant cannabis in general, and the use of CBD oil specifically, is considered wholly safe and therapeutically beneficial when taken responsibly.

For more information on CBD oil dosing, it is recommended that patients consult cannabis specialists. These specialists are experienced in overseeing patients in the proper medicinal use of cannabis therapeutics and CBD oil.

Talk to a cannabis specialist today for more information.