Last night I found myself in a vigorous conversation on facebook regarding medicinal cannabis (aka marijuana). I realized in the middle of the thread, that many are interested as they have an illness that requires this medicine, or knows someone who does. One only need watch the news a few nights to understand that cannabis is outperforming most if not all Big Pharma drugs in the realm of about 40 or more diseases, including big ones like cancer, AIDS, MS, seizures and more. This blog is not meant for recreational marijuana users. I am not judging them, have done that myself, but there is no useful information here for them.
I don’t know everything, or even close to everything about the plant (or herbs in general), but I know a good deal as I’ve studied herbology for about 31 years. To me, cannabis is another of the many medicinal plants on the planet, but it is unique in that none of the others, to my knowledge, even have close to the healing properties as it does. But others, legal ones, are extremely important to the immune system and can be wonderful addendums to ones diet until the herb cannabis becomes legal in your state.
Cannabidiol (or CBD) is the most healing of the cannabinoids in cannabis. Unfortunately, it does not work optimally unless combined with THC, THC-A and several hundred other cannabidoids plus terpenes, phytochemicals etc.; all a natural part of this full-spectrum herb. A high volume of CBD is found in the (now famous) Charlotte’s Web, a strain of cannabis that is very high in CBD, and very low (under 1% in THC); not enough to get an adult or even a child high. However, neither cannabidiol (CBD) or THC work real well without each other, combined with the plants natural terpenes, terpinoids. etc. In other words when scientists begin to isolate it into a “spice form” such as synthetic thc (Marinol), it loses the majority of its power; and, it does no healing; only a suppression of some symptoms.
This makes the Charlotte’s Web strain ideal for treating children with seizures. The CBD works with the minimal THC to eraticate the seizures rapidly. It also helps get to the root of the cause, not just the symptoms which big pharma medicine does. It is way superior to any drug on the market for treating children with seizures according to most research I’ve read.
Also, we see a lot of “Legal Industrial Hemp CBD oil” for sale on the Internet. It’s quite expensive as it takes about 300 lbs to make one small batch of CBD oil. And it’s a partial-isolate (firms selling it call it a proprietary method). Though it does have the .75 or so THC, it has one or no terpenes to enable the entire plant to work. In other words its somewhat genetically modified but like most natural things, when tampered with by mankind, becomes a bit less than functional, compared to its female counterpart, the female part that bears the buds/flowers. However, industrial hemp still has some very effective analgesic and other healing properties which I’ll discuss later.
The CBD-only law will do a lot to help alleviate symptoms but, cannabis is like any other herb (and I’ve been studying medicinal herbs since 1978); any “herb isolate” whether organic or synthetic is not great medicine. As mentioned earlier, Big Pharma has created “Marinol” and about 9 other drugs that mimic THC. All of them are highly psychoactive (much more so than cannabis (the herb) and are dismal at best in treating chemo patients (at about $400 per mo. bottle).
The CBD-only med for children having seizures actually does contain less than 1% THC, (it has to have some for the CBD to work, and vice versa). But it’s not enough to be psychoactive. That part is a good thing as the ideal healing agent would heal the child without producing a high, and the cannabis oil being prescribed does just that.
Here’s a tip; there’s a lot of psychoactive herbs out there other than cannabis and many of them are very medicinal. It’s best not to smoke them (or cannabis for medicinal purposes (or recreational for that matter); unless you just enjoy throwing money out the window. However, if in intense pain, smoking them occasionally for medicine is okay, as it enters the bloodstream within seconds as opposed to eating it (45 minutes to an hour or more). However most of the medicinal properties are lost in the high heat of smoking medicinal herbs (any of them, not just cannabis).
One gets only about 4-6% of the active ingredients of any herb when smoking it. All those years (in our hippie years we thought we were “being so smart”). We were being true idiots. I’m not sure if we had known different (like using the oils, tinctures, medibles etc we’d have cared, we just sought a buzz. Well those days are long over (for me), but I know that one day (when it becomes legal here which is expected this next election), full-spectrum cannabis (especially in high CBD) reduces the risk of heart attack by 66% (even if someone has already had one) according to U.S. government granted studies and several in Israel.
I’ve had two major heart attacks and believe me I don’t want another. And I can just about assure you, you don’t either. No other medicine offers anything close to that kind of statistic. My wife is a cancer survivor and though she’s been in remission a decade, most cells are “programmed” to turn into cancer cells again (as are most normal cells eventually); that is unless they are up against a preventative like cannabis.
Though it is wonderful that states are now passing the CBD-only laws, within a year we are going to find it is not going to be a huge problem-solver. Only the full-spectrum herb is going to heal most patients, but CBD will help many if the ratio is close (THC to CBD). That is more important than “just high CBD content”. And people worried about THC should relax. CBD disengages the “buzz from THC” yet does not turn off its high-powered healing.
A new law which is scheduled to pass soon will allow our veterans with PTSD to receive cannabis for treatment is a wonderful humane law. We are losing 23 per day to suicide. That number is expected to drop dramatically as soon as this program begins (almost immediately). They are all getting the full spectrum herb, no matter what state in which they live. There will be a lot of healing happening, and the suffering they’ve gone through post war is considered by mental health professionals every bit as treacherous as during war. They will have the advantage of CBD, THC all the terpenes and terpinoids; the whole plant.
Cancer cells don’t stand a chance against it. It does not harm good cells. In the medical industry they call it “making the cancer cells commit suicide” which is what full-spectrum cannabis does. Ms was one of the first states to decriminalize cannabis, so I imagine it will be one of the early ones to make certain its citizens get the medicine they need. I’m 59, and a lot of my friends here are past 50. Studies show that even leukemia cells don’t stand a chance against cannabis (leukemia in most cases is eliminated within 30 days). However, the longer the patient has had traditional chemo etc., the less chance of cannabis working to its fullest extent.
I don’t think there is one of us in my age group who hasn’t seen a close loved one suffer needlessly because cannabis was not available. I take a large bevy of full-spectrum herbs in tincture form (all legal). Some have extremely strong medicinal preventative properties such as TOA-Free cats claw (or Samento) from Peru. Studies show it is a cancer preventative (even MD Anderson in Houston has studied it and gave it a thumbs up in one study), and in many prominent European hospitals it is used as a primary treatment. A synopsis of that study is on the web. However, before taking a “bevy of herbs” or any mix of medicinal herbs please contact an established naturopathic MD. Also, there’s also plenty of studies on the net. I like to search Google Scholarly articles. Samento is legal in all 50 states and considered safe.
The majority of herbs will not kill you, but the wrong combination can cause nasty discomfort. Another tip, take organic herbs when possible. Organic toa-free cat’s claw (samento) in organic form is difficult to find. But that’s okay. It is a vine that grows up trees in the rainforest and is not sprayed. Do not order regular cat’s claw. It is useless. And the cat’s claw grown in the sw USA is poisonous, and (hopefully) not sold on the web. Don’t take it. I buy my Samento tincture from a manufacturer called Nutrimedix (I think is the name). It is legal everywhere and does a lot of the same things cannabis does. In Austria for instance, it is often the primary treatment for cancer and AIDS. A doctor there named Klaus Keplinger discovered its healing properties and got it into the better hospitals there.
A lot of herbs come from around the world and Lord knows what they are sprayed with but some are not very clean (unless certified organic). Take cayenne tincture with every other herb you take at the same time. It is the “taxi herb” and actually “knows” where the sick organs or part of the immune system is and actually leads the other herbs to the sick spot. It, too is an excellent anti-inflammatory among other goodies it offers. The hotter the better. Cayenne is measured in Scoville Heat Units.
Never take the cayenne capsules they can hurt the stomach badly and offer very little in the way of healing. I take 200,000 Scoville HU cayenne tincture per day, therefore wasting very little in the way of losing other herbs.
The type cayenne tincture one finds in health food stores is neither organic nor has over 30,000 Scoville heat units; in other words, it’s pretty much a waste of money. But if one google’s “Cayenne 200,000” they will find several vendors who sell it). However it is difficult to find organic cayenne in that high a heat category. I’ve opted to buy it instead of the less-hot useless tincture that often is organic simply because I know the hot cayenne works, the other doesn’t.
May I suggest to try to get into the habit of calling marijuana “cannabis” rather than “marijuana”. The reason is marijuana was one of the early words the media and government used to demonize cannabis. It was commonly called cannabis at the time and was prescribed by every pharmacy in the U.S. for a variety of ailments and was considered extremely safe and effective. The ban was not due to science, but due to America’s first drugs czar, Harry Anslinger.
He started calling it marijuana, locoweed etc and told stories of Mexican men crossing the border and kidnapping American women, getting them addicted, and never to be seen again. Of course all his stories turned out to be lies. On top of that, he supplied Joe McCarthy all of his opium while he was demonizing cannabis, from which McCarthy eventually went insane and died. So street names are fine (for street users and dealers) but it is now extremely serious medicine (always was) and deserves to be called what it is “cannabis”.
I’ll go into the body’s endocannabinoid system but most find it as confusing as I do. But science now knows all humans are born with one; and the only thing that feeds it is cannabis. Without it, it rushes the cells into a situation of becoming cancerous faster.
When we are breast-feeding as babies, the endocannabinoid system is satisfied. But when that process stops, the cells begin their “reprogramming” to eventually turn cancerous (yes we all have pre-cancer) and the only plant or substance on the planet, of which we are aware, is cannabis. It almost immediately reprograms our cells to become healthy; and even kills cancer cells while leaving the healthy ones alone in the process. In addition, it serves to make the healthy ones even healthier.
Finally, I suggest to check the laws in your state. Make certain it is legal to use cannabis as most states have not legalized it yet, though most are expected to soon. There’s just too much evidence that it is much more of a healer than we originally thought, and we (most of us) have bought into some information over the years that is very misleading.
If it is not legal, I might suggest second best. Hemp oil is from industrial hemp claims to be legal in all 50 states and can be ordered on the net. Though as aforementioned, it is not in the same league as cannabis from female flowers, it does contain very high CBD (and minimal THC – less than 1% for the synergy to make it work), it is a good safe legal substitute until cannabis is legalized in your state. Let me add there is no proof (or really enough studies) to show that industrial hemp can kill cancer cells, but it can’t hurt, and it is an amazing analgesic (for pain). Simply google “hemp cbd oil” and make certain it is a site where the oil is from industrial hemp (not hempseed oil) but hemp stalks and stems. Hempseed oil has no medicinal properties (of which is known).
If, unfortunately, you already have cancer or heart disease, please don’t be dismayed. There is much you can do to slow down the process. Everyone handles it differently. My wife and I have decided to go vegan and (mostly raw) diet. You will most likely feel much better within 30-60 days. After that period, I went from homebound to mountain hiking 3 days a week. In fact, I’m going to finish this blog now as Lee asked if I wanted to go hiking….and I do. Thanks for reading my blog. There are a lot of other healthy legal “tricks” you can use to satiate your endocannabinoid system if cannabis is not legal in your state. Numerous herbs (such as samento, cayenne and others) boost the immune system. Samento (though very much more potent than all the different types of ginseng, is also an adaptagen, that is, it not only boosts the immune system to fight cancer cells and free radicals to a great degree, but helps the immune system to adopt to what is thrown at it. That does not mean it will counteract the negative effects of smoking, drinking, drug-taking, lack of exercise, or any other negative lifestyle behavior. But if one decides to start living a healthier lifestyle, it will help along the way.
Along with cayenne tincture, both are extremely strong analgesics and anti-inflammatories. Studies have shown that samento is about 6 times more potent a pain reliever than pure morphine, yet there is not addictive, nor is it psychoactive (there is no high). When mixed with cayenne, it creates an extremely powerful healing and prophylactic agent that will help prevent a great many diseases, and even help reverse others. But patience is also a key. One must truly be committed to a healthy lifestyle. If they don’t want to go vegan, they might consider eating mostly fresh fruits and vegetables (and organic if available). If not, from small farms (who tend to spray less).
If a person wants to continue to eat meat, he/she should strongly consider only buying grass fed, hormone and antibiotic-free meat. Omit farmed fish, even salmon (especially salmon). Stay away from GMO raised foods. Just making some of these minor changes takes about 20-30 more minutes in the grocery, and the bill may be $5-$15 higher, but well worth it. After awhile, one knows which foods are healthy or not, and reading labels is not necessary. One can tell by the particular labels if they are organic or human/manipulated. All this is important even if one is in a state where cannabis is easily available and legal. Cannabis alone will doesn’t have a chance to do a lot of healing if one is constantly throwing toxins in their system.
This blog is not meant to be used for medical advice or an alternative to seeing your doctor. If you are not feeling good, see your doctor. If you are prescribed drugs, there is no law that says you have to take them. If they are giving you bad side effects, let him/her know. If he says “too bad, you’ve not taken them long enough”, perhaps another doctor will help and if you need medication will find one for you that is not so bothersome.
There are prescription drugs that will help you. I suggest to read studies (find on google scholarly paper search) and don’t be afraid to print it out and show any studies to your doctor. Participate in your own recovery if you are ill. A doctor is a human being, like the rest of us, flawed, and just as likely to make errors. Help your doctor help you. The more information he/she has from you about your symptoms and what you’ve discovered in studies already done (of which he/she may not be aware), the more likely you will recover faster. But don’t “play doctor”. Many doctors really do know what they are doing.
I strongly suggest not to use synthetic marijuana or any of the other man-made chemicals found in headshops, gas stations etc. These products can be extremely dangerous and have no healing powers. Until cannabis is legalized in your state, my recommendation is to utilize the traditional medical system; with an addendum of legal organic herbal tinctures (nothing synthetic or illegal). It appears it will be legalized soon, at least medically, in all 50 states. We are actually a humane nation, and not to do so would be cruel and unusual.
Rick London is a writer, designer, songwriter and nature/animal buff. He is best known for his Google #1 ranked offbeat cartoons Londons Times Cartoons (LTCartoons.com) and #1 cartoon funny gifts (Rick London Gifts). He is married to Lee Hiller-London (Lee Hiller) who owns the popular nature blog HikeOurPlanet.com.