The US government is finally funding cannabis research! For decades, federally-funded medical marijuana research has been significantly lacking– to say the least. The fact that medical marijuana is still federally illegal, makes studying it extremely challenging. Up until now, research has primarily been focused on drug addiction studies. Clinical studies are a fundamental stepping stone to getting a substance verified as a pharmaceutical, which is why this news is so encouraging.
In December of 2018, the federal government, specifically the NCCIH (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health) shared it’s intent to study the potential pain relieving effects of “minor cannabinoids” and terpenes.
The NCCIH is one of twenty-seven institutes that make up the NIH (National Institute of Health). This agency utilizes rigorous, in-depth scientific investigation to examine the effects and safety of different health interventions.
What “Minor Cannabinoids” and Terpenes are being Studied?
We’ve all heard (and probably know quite a bit) about the cannabinoids THC and CBD. There are many others, however, that we know close to nothing about. Some of the “minor cannabinoids” of interest are: CBG (cannabigerol,) CBN (cannabinol,) and CBC (cannabichromene.)
There are several terpenes that are going to be studied as well. These include limonene, myrcene, linalool, terpinene, and more.
As you may also know, all of the different cannabinoids work together to provide different pain relieving results.
Why Pain Relief?
Marijuana has proven itself effective in treating a whole slew of ailments, so why is the NCCIH focusing on pain relief? Chronic pain affects approximately one-third of people in the United States. Treating this pain costs Americans well over $600 billion each year. Furthermore, companies suffer an estimated $300 billion dollars annually in lost productivity.
We know that THC and CBD have effective, pain-treating qualities. We also know that other cannabinoids, and even terpenes, synergistically work together to produce healing effects (especially when it comes to pain relief.)
The cost of current pain treatment and the effectiveness that marijuana seems to have, are two driving factors for why the NCCIH wants to study cannabinoids and terpenes more. Research is a necessary stepping stone to certifying marijuana as a viable treatment option.
This research into alternative pain relief could also help reduce the opioid epidemic. Researchers have determined that cannabinoids and terpenes enhance the pain-relieving effects of opioids, which means opioid users can take lower doses.
The federal government has made developing an alternative pain management strategy a priority. The NIH is especially interested in the pain-relieving, non-intoxicating properties of marijuana. Marijuana has been viewed in a negative light for far too long. The fact that the federal government is finally funding cannabis research is extremely encouraging.
Can you overdose on CBD? This is a question that many new medical marijuana users ask, and it’s a great one. Before we answer the question, we’re going to look at what CBD is and how it affects you.
There are over 100 different compounds in the cannabis plant, one of the most popular being Cannabidiol (CBD). The main difference between CBD and the other main compound, THC, is that THC produces the classic “high” that is associated with marijuana. Both of these compounds exhibit many symptom relieving characteristics, however.
CBD and THC produce their effects by interacting with the body’s built-in endocannabinoid receptors. These receptors are found in practically every major organ of the body. CBD can bind to these receptors, but it can’t activate them. THC binds to them and activates them (which is how it produces a high.)
No Lethal Overdose
Studies have shown that daily consumption of high doses (1500 mg) of CBD, have been proven to be well-tolerated by humans. There have been no reports of lethal overdose on this natural, non-toxic substance.
Prescription drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin, and opioids such as heroin, are some of the most abused drugs out there. Prescription drugs can produce side effects that are worse than the symptoms they’re treating. Illegal drugs are abused by people who can’t find relief anywhere else.
CBD (and THC, for that matter) can treat your symptoms without the risk associated with narcotics and opioids.
People suffering from depression can experience suicidal thoughts. Prescription drugs with a lethal limit can become a dangerous temptation for these people. Having access to CBD can not only treat symptoms but also keep these patients from making life-altering decisions.
Those suffering from chronic pain, may find themselves taking more medication than they should. For this reason, overdose and death may occur. CBD is non-addictive and can relieve your chronic pain.
Patients diagnosed with panic disorder or anxiety are usually prescribed a benzodiazepine. These drugs will calm or sedate a person. Sometimes people suffering from severe anxiety disorder will combine benzodiazepines with opioids. As a result, this can produce fatal consequences. CBD will reduce anxious feelings and help you to relax, safely!
So, can you overdose on CBD? No! Unlike most prescription drugs, you cannot overdose on this natural substance. This means that you can get the relief you need, without worrying about any gnarly side effects.
Are you currently taking one or more prescription drugs? Did you know that CBD may be able to treat your symptoms? We’re sharing the top 5 reasons to switch to CBD instead. It should go without saying, but just in case… you should always speak with a doctor before changing your medication. Our licensed, certified physicians are always here to help you!
1. Fewer Pills
The amount of symptoms and illnesses that CBD can relieve seems to grow as each day passes. This wide variety may very well provide the opportunity for you to replace many of the pills you currently take.
2. Decreased Risk of Nasty Side Effects
Most prescription drugs come with mild side effects but some can produce pretty severe side effects, including but not limited to allergic reaction, suicidal thoughts & tendencies, internal bleeding, blood clots, cardiac arrest, and even death. Eliminating some of these prescription drugs and replacing your therapy with CBD can save you from some, if not all of these awful side effects. It’s important to note that CBD has no known side effects, itself.
Prescription drugs are some of the most addictive substances out there, all too often leading to overdose and death. CBD has the unique ability to treat the same symptoms (sometimes even more effectively) without risking potential addiction.
There is no lethal dose of CBD. This means that it’s impossible for you to overdose, thus making it safe for people of all ages (children, adults, seniors) and even pets!
5. Highly Effective
Even though medical marijuana is considered to be an “alternative medicine”, it interacts with the body systems (endocrine and nervous) that are responsible for maintaining homeostasis. This gives it the ability to offer relief to both body and mind, just as prescription drugs can. Studies on the effectiveness and success of CBD are ongoing, but current research and patient testimony proves that it is a truly viable option.
If you are currently taking prescription drugs, and are curious as to whether or not your illness can be treated with CBD, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free consultation online with one of our certified physicians.
The stigma surrounding cannabis is fading, but many people are still under the impression that it’s for younger people. On the contrary, medical marijuana has proven itself useful for all ages, especially older adults. When it comes to medical marijuana for elderly patients, there are several reasons that it’s even more beneficial!
Safer than Prescription Medications
First and foremost, studies have shown that medical marijuana is safer than most prescription drugs. The majority of prescribed drugs these days can produce a number of negative side effects. Aside from dry mouth, marijuana is practically side effect free!
Can Reduce or Replace Prescription Medications
So we know that medical marijuana is safer for elderly patients, but research has shown that it can also reduce or even replace prescription medications. Opioids like Vicodin and Oxycontin, manage pain from a vast array of illnesses that cause bone, joint, and/or nerve pain in older adults. While they (usually) effectively treat pain, opioids commonly produce side effects like nausea, vomiting, constipation, etc…
Cannabis, on the other hand, can treat pain symptoms without any of these side effects, thus reducing the need for opioids.
Can Increase Appetite
Many elderly people struggle with maintaining their appetite. Marijuana increases appetite, helping the patient to avoid malnutrition. In turn, this will also help to prevent related injury by keeping the joints, muscles and bones strong.
You Don’t have to Get High
Many older patients are searching for relief, but disregard marijuana because they are not interested in “getting high”. Luckily, there are hundreds of different strains to choose from, all of which are capable of treating the same illnesses. Out of these strains, there are low THC, high CBD options that can treat your symptoms without the psychoactive effects!
You Don’t have to Smoke
You don’t have to get high and you also don’t have to smoke in order to reap cannabis’ benefits. There are many different methods of use including but not limited to: edibles, liquid concentrates, and topicals. You can simply eat an edible, drop a little liquid concentrate into your morning coffee or tea and even apply the medicine directly to your skin! Our point is, you have many different options when it comes to experiencing this incredible medicine.
One of the best things about cannabis is that it is non-addictive. While it is possible to build up a tolerance, you will never go through withdrawals if you choose to stop using it. Opioids and other prescription medications can cause you to build a tolerance and in extreme cases, become addicted. If you become addicted to opioids, you will experience withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop.
When it comes to medical marijuana for elderly patients, it can’t hurt to ask! See if your illness can be treated with medical marijuana by calling Marijuana Doctor at (786) 224-4005 or schedule a free consultation online.