Dave’s not home
Many of you may remember the old Cheech and Chong Skit, Dave’s not home, from the 1970’s.
Joking aside, despite the bad rap for cannabis, patients are seeking it out as an alternative for a number of health conditions.
Cannabis has been cultivated and consumed virtually since the beginning of recorded history. Cannabis-based textiles dating to 7,000 B.C.E have been recovered in northern China, and the plant’s use as a medicinal and mood altering agent dates back nearly as far.
Scientists have conducted extensive testing on the cannabis found by archaeologists, affirming that ancient cultures cultivated cannabis for pharmaceutical, psychoactive, and religious purposes.
Many of the scientific conclusions from modern research directly conflicts with the federal government’s stance that cannabis is a highly dangerous substance worthy of criminalization.
What does the research say?
Cannabis studies have shown efficacy in the following conditions:
Alzheimer’s Disease: http://www.jneurosci.org/content/25/8/1904.abstract
Chronic Pain: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18403272
Diabetes Mellitus: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/2/1/e000494.full
GI Disorders: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21795981
Hepatitis C: http://journals.lww.com/eurojgh/pages/articleviewer.aspx?year=2006&issue=10000&article=00005&type=abstract
Huntington’s Disease: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1839644
Multiple Sclerosis: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17086912
Rheumatoid Arthritis: http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/content/45/1/50.abstract
Sleep Apnea: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12071539?dopt=Abstract
Tourette’s Syndrome: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11951146
Cannabis has four main routes of administration:
There are a number of chemicals in cannabis that can have a therapeutic effect. One of the most common is CBD, which has been shown to reduce pain and seizures and can be isolated from the plant so as to limit the psychoactive effects.
Most commercially available products typically list the proportion of sativa, which gives you the “high” feeling and Indica, which can reduce pain and increase relaxation.
My intent with this weeks blog is not to present cannabis as a cure all, but to provide a resource for those with chronic conditions who either don’t like the side effects of conventional medications commonly used to treat the above conditions, and/or are searching for alternatives.
Not all of the above conditions are on the approve list of medicinal cannabis use in Washington. Please see: http://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=69.51A.010
Disclaimer: I am not advocating self-medicating. Please consult with a physician if you are interested in medicinal uses for cannabis.