What’s your apply doing to take away disgrace and stigma about THC and CBD?


“A new and deadly threat lurks behind closed doors. Marijuana, the burning weed with its roots in Hell … “This is the first trailer of the extremely alarming black and white film Reefer Madness from 1936. In the old Hollywood trailer, the narrator elevates the marijuana melodrama to the danger level of an instant alien -Invasion.

We like to think that we have become enlightened for the eight or more decades since then. But the issue of marijuana is still a matter of extreme concern in the medical community. And because of the legacy of that history, there are still many pockets of resistance in the legal, medical, and user communities to the prescription of marijuana.

Even though two of its key components, CBD and THC, are studied and researched, the ingredient that creates the marijuana-related high and the side effects of that high is still debated, debated, and researched today.

For many people suffering from chronic pain and other physical ailments, marijuana could be used quite successfully. Also with diseases like fibromyalgia, endometriosis – both of which share chronic pain – THC can relieve some symptoms.

In recent years, hospitals and health professionals have met to develop guidelines that establish a consistent pattern for the use of marijuana products to treat specific patients. In 2015, the Minnesota Hospital Association made policy decisions regarding marijuana and making it legal for some medical conditions. There was broad consensus among health professionals that products could benefit patients, especially those with chronic pain conditions, said Dr. Rahul Koranne, MD, MBA, FACA who is the association's chief medical officer.

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Dr. Koranne It was also strongly recommended that nurses, pharmacists, representatives of drug associations (including professional associations), as well as drug advisory councils and legal advisers, be involved in the political meetings.

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A case from 2014 that ended up being Dr. Sanjay Gupta, making a convincing and national news break, is still relevant, highlighting the use of CBD and THC in treating patients. An incredibly young patient, Charlotte Figi, had daily epileptic seizures due to a rare form of epilepsy. With doctors and initially Charlotte's patents, both against the use of medical marijuana on such a young patient, they all came together. The family met with two doctors, Margaret Gedley and Alan Shackelford, who were counseling medical marijuana.

To ensure their much-needed supplies, the Figi family met with a married couple from Colorado, the Stanleys, who had a modified strain that was high in CBD and comparatively low in THC. Ideal for a young child, the variety became known as Charlotte & # 39; s Web and is now widely available.

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The visibility of the later Dr. Gupta-Segments with Charlotte removed some of the medical marijuana scars and led more states to pass rules on the safe use of marijuana. But we haven't got that far since 2015. As a doctor, are you informed about marijuana and the risks and opportunities?


Beth Edmonds