Cannabis Whole Plant Medicine ~ Dennis Hill

20140315-201018.jpgWhich is better for healing, whole plant medicine or a single element pharmaceutical? Why is it that patients given the choice prefer the whole plant? There are many reasons for this, but they generally boil down to one thing, all the various cannabinoids, enzymes, terpenes, phenols, flavonoids, vitamins, and other elements in cannabis work together synergistically to provide a robust healing effect. One researcher calls this the Entourage Effect. Here, entourage refers to the aggregate of all the synergistic elements in the cannabis plant. Below is a chart showing six different cannabinoids and their effects on the human body. So we see how many different benefits arise from this entourage of cannabinoids. The variety of cannabis terpenes, flavonoids, and enzymes are also beneficial.
There is no doubt that pharmaceutical houses will want in on the cannabis bonanza. If they follow their tradition we will see single element drugs giving us synthetic THC or CBD, but my hope is they will see the wisdom in whole plant medicine. ~Dennis Hill

2 thoughts on “Cannabis Whole Plant Medicine ~ Dennis Hill

  1. Greetings! I am a RN who recently started a holistic/herbal business. I have many healing and pain relieving salves that I currently make for my customers. I was wondering if there are any contraindications in using marijuana in my folks who are on modern(chemical) medicines now. Is MJ safe to use for people with kidney disease, blood thinners? Please advise. Thank you for the information you have provided.

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  2. Hi Dawn – When you consider that the cannabis phytocannabinoids THC and CBD are biomimetic with two naturally occurring endocannabinoids: anandamide and 2AG, we see that all the medicines we take do what they do without interfering with the body’s own endocannabinoids, or vice versa. So far this is also true of phytocannabinoids that are mimetic to our endocannabinoids. I’ve seen no literature that suggests otherwise. I think it is quite safe to combine herbals and medications with cannabis medicine. Hope this is a useful perspective. ~Dennis

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