How to Start Using CBD | Dr. Josh Axe

Don’t bother with Wikipedia for information about CBD. Here is what they have removed from the “encyclopedia”:

“A 2018 meta-analysis compared the potential therapeutic properties of “purified CBD” with full-plant, CBD-rich cannabis extracts for treating refractory (treatment-resistant) epilepsy, noting several differences.[95] The daily average dose for people using full-plant extracts was more than four times lower than for those using purified CBD, indicating a possible synergistic effect (or “entourage effect“) between CBD and other plant compounds. For epileptics, CBD-rich extracts were found to have a “better therapeutic potential” and had fewer adverse effects than purified CBD.[95]

Also be sure to check out Project CBD’s guide to dosing with CBD and THC

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1899 Merck Manual lists Cannabis Indica as Medicine 62 Times

Merck’s 1899 Manual of the Materia Medica by Merck & Co.

The following is an excerpt from GreenMedInfo

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Materia Medica is a Latin term for the extant body of collected knowledge about the therapeutic properties of any substance used for healing (i.e., medicines).

Perhaps what is the most striking thing about the first 1899 edition of the Merck Manual is that many of the remedies listed are entirely natural. It would not be until 1906 that Congress, with the strong support of President Theodore Roosevelt, would pass the Pure Food and Drug Act, which would usher in the era of pharmaceutical medicine, largely consisting of patented, synthetically produced medications. In 1899, the standard of care included toxic compounds like arsenic and mercury, as well as completely natural ones derived from common plants and foods, but few if any patented drugs.

The Pharmaceutical Industry Has Always Depended on Natural Medicine

While this may be counintertuivive about the origins of what has become, arguably, the world’s most powerful international pharmaceutical company, namely: natural medicine is still the basis for the vast majority of today’s blockbuster pharmaceutical products. In fact, 63% (537 of 847 small molecule-based pharmaceuticals) of all drugs introduced since 1981 were derived from natural products or had a natural product-inspired design. And perhaps even more noteworthy, of the 155 anti-cancer drugs developed since the 1940’s, only one would be considered de novo chemical (with absolutely no relationship to inspiration from a natural chemical compound!)1

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Kicking the opioid habit using Cannabis

From the comments on our post, Marijuana treats addiction:

Justin from Jersey

I want to give thanks to all doctors and researchers who have taken the time to investigate medical properties of marijuana.I first want to say I consider my self a street researcher of marijuana with no formal training or education of the matter.from the moment I took my first puff of marijuana the creative juices started to flow on how we could cure the world of alot of problems with this medicine.but drug dependence was first that came to mind.as I’ve been addicted to opiates and other drugs myself.I started with my own trial by fire by growing dozens of different strains over the years and finding there positive an negative properties.I started an alternative group for dependency not aa not Na but a group I called Green clean.which was a group that met every other day in the woods behind my house and smoked communally, and spoke of our problems of addiction.marijuana not only causes one to open up about things a bit easier but take in information a bit differently. I grew everything that was smoked donations wer excepted but absolutely expected cause that’s not what it was about.unfortunately I couldn’t keep up with amounts needed to get by and a couple creep cops breaking up a positive thing ruined it.but guess what a group of five then ten then twenty all the way upto fifty ppl at times managed to get off hard drugs together.success rate of 80% after all said and done.before this I entered a drug treatment facility and the counselor told me 2 out of the 30 ppl in the room would stay clean.I wasn’t impressed or empowered by this.I felt doomed.so those who say traditional treatment works if u work it b.s..I dream of having the resources and the education to start a solid program and facility. I feel we would hugely benefit from this as a society. Numbers dont lie.But what the hell do i know I’m just a 30 yr old burnout from Jersey.thanks for reading if you read help this mission.peace love and happiness. ONE LOVE!!!

Stanleemouse

I’ve been using cannabis to curve my appetite for Opiates. I was an IV opiate user for 18years. After many treatments (inpatient varying from 1 to 6months), methadone, 12 step follow through attempts. My M. O. was kick feel better put pieces of life back together than as soon as I felt better I would lose it all again. This sounds overdramatic because it was, I became unbelievably discouraged with life. I have always loved marijuana but I was always told all or nothing. I would find smoking took away my cravings? The problem guilt for lying to those around me in recovery who would have not have been OK with me using more then asprin. Finally I excepted I was going to die with a needle in my arm or I’m going to get stoned when I want and fuck dishonesty and guilt! I’m OK with needing something, I was rapidly running out of time trying to adapt to spiritual principles that people have recovered with successfully. I haven’t had a spike in my vain or any opiod use for 4 years now. After spending 20 going back and forth from clean to using with never more then a total of 118 days consecutively without relapse. It was my ego not wanting to admit I couldn’t do what others could on there spiritual journey of recovery. Once I stop caring what you thought and respected my choice I was free. . Now it’s amazing to have so many folks with similar pasts experiencing the same results. Fellowship is important and as more people realize the lesser of two evils is OK the larger it gets!

CBG: The Cannabinoid with Massive Medical Possibilities

CBG is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid that may well be the next cannabinoid to become the focus of medical cannabis research.

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The cannabis herb contains more than 113 special medicinal molecules called cannabinoids. These chemicals are categorized as phytocannabinoids because they are derived from a plant. The human body produces similar molecules called endocannabinoids that interact with a specialized system of receptors found in the brain, central nervous system, and immune system that compose the endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Like most cannabinoids other than tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabigerol (CBG) is non-psychoactive and has been found to act on very specific physiological systems. Through research studies and anecdotal evidence, this cannabinoid has demonstrated significant health and lifestyle benefits, especially in diseases involving inflammation and neurological damage.

The Details on CBG

The acidic precursor to CBG, CBGA, is considered to be the mother of all cannabinoids due to the fact that the plant transforms this special molecule into all other cannabinoids.

A 2015 study entitled “Neuroprotective Properties of Cannabigerol in Huntington’s Disease” published in the journal Neurotherapeutics demonstrated CBG’s neuroprotective powers based on its ability to protect neurons in mice with Huntington’s disease. This special chemical may also help fight cancer and has been shown to act as an antibacterial agent. CBG may inhibit muscle contractions and serve as a therapy to prevent bladder dysfunction disorders. This cannabinoid has also been shown to help treat depression.

Scientists have learned some tricks for obtaining more potent levels of CBG from cannabis plants during cultivation and harvest. In particular strains, an optimum extraction period of about six weeks into an eight-week flowering cycle has been identified. Some examples of the strain Bediol are purported to be rich in CBG.

The Research

CBG has been found to be a valuable and effective treatment for glaucoma due to the fact that it reduces intraocular pressure in the eye. This cannabinoid also demonstrates neuroprotective properties and, in experiments involving mice, was found to be effective in decreasing the systemic inflammation that characterizes inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and related conditions.

Research studies have been conducted into the efficacy of CBG for IBD — an umbrella category that includes Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and other gastrointestinal diseases involving inflammation within the intestines. IBD afflicts more than three million people in the United States alone.

One such study published in 2013 and entitled “Beneficial Effect of the Non-psychotropic Plant Cannabinoid Cannabigerol on Experimental Inflammatory Bowel Disease” published in the journal Biochemical Pharmacology found CBG to be helpful for IBD patients. The study’s researchers concluded and the promise of this special cannabinoid as a future therapy “could be considered for clinical experimentation in IBD patients.”

A 2008 study entitled “Possibilities of Applying Cannabinoids in the Treatment of Glaucoma” that was published in the Polish journal Klinika Oczna concluded that cannabinoids like CBG “are able to decrease intraocular pressure. What is more, these compounds are characterized by neuroprotection and vasodilatation properties that additionally substantiate its therapeutic utility in conservative treatment of glaucoma.”

Cannabis Aficionado

‘It’s Been Around Forever.’ Ancient Marijuana Discovery Has Pot Company Chiefs High on Momentum

”’…the momentum behind cannabis now is rooted in normality. Despite the stigma attached to it for three generations, it’s been around forever.”

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Bill Alpert

Photograph by Esteban Lopez

When scientists reported their discovery of 2,500-year old marijuana accessories in a Chinese burial ground, it got me thinking about pot stocks as long-term bets. People have smoked this stuff for far longer than the decades that governments have banned it. The ancient residues found in China’s East Pamir mountains made me more sure that legalization will spread.
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