Medical marijuana is a controversial subject on any given day. We have learned there are two schools of thought on it. There are the people that believe medical marijuana is an excuse to just smoke pot and then there are those that believe there are health benefits to medical marijuana. What’s important to note, is that there is a difference between marijuana and medical marijuana, as well as those that dispense marijuana and medical marijuana. It is also important to understand those differences and make sure that if you are using medical marijuana, that you are using it the right way for the right reasons and that the person who is guiding you is an expert in their field.
Christine Walls is an expert in the field of medical marijuana. She didn’t start out that way. She started out as a pastry chef and ran bakeries, but 13 years ago , she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia at the age of 26. For those of you who don’t know, fibromyalgia causes you to ache all over. You may have symptoms of crippling fatigue, specific tender points on the body and sleep disturbances. You can also experience abdominal pain, chronic headaches, hypersensitivity to heat and cold, incontinence, IBS, numbness or tingling in your extremities and stiffness. It’s not a fun disease. And, for Christine Walls, who is allergic to all narcotics, it was really miserable, because she was living in constant pain from the disease and side affects from the drugs.
In her early 30’s she turned to marijuana to manage the pain, and it was the only thing that seemed to help her with no side affects at all. She realized there must be something to this, and she started to research it. She then met someone who was looking for a chef who could make some edibles, so she decided to give it a go, and she came up with an edible line that was adult oriented. She became more of an expert as she delved deeper into the edibles, wanting to understand the hows and whys medical marijuana worked and what made it different from recreational marijuana.
Christine has worked with the Medical Medicinal Enforcement Agency of Colorado and has helped to create different systems for what and how people can find different doses for products and that would work for recreational marijuana in baked products when marijuana was legalized in Colorado. She has helped set the laws as to what the legal limits are in the state of Colorado, and feels that as the country has been pushed towards the recreations side of marijuana, we have missed site of what the medicinal side can do.
Medicinal marijuana is not like recreational marijuana. First, medicinal marijuana has been pressed and processed into its purest form of oil, just like essential oils, so it has very few chemicals and it is very clean. This means that the THC, which is the psychoactive agent that is found in recreational marijuana, is at a very low level in medicinal marijuana. The THC is what gives people who smoke recreational marijuana that euphoria because it increases the vascular flow and causes a jump in the heart rate. Medicinal marijuana takes most of the THC out and leaves the CBD in, which is cannabidiol, and this has no psychoactive affects at all on the mind.
Now, there are two strains of plants that are associated with THC. Indika and Setiva. These are very different plants, and they both can be used medically, even though they contain THC, the amount that is in the plant is so low, that it is still unlike recreational marijuana, as the CBD levels are higher.
- Indica – This is the plant that produces more of a relaxed state and helps with sleep, digestion, anxiety and PTSD.
- Sativa – This plant promotes energy, helps with pain management and helps with focus.
- Hybrids – A mix of the two depending on what you are needing.
CBD has been found to be neuroprotective and neurogenic. This means that it can be reconstructive in many points in the brains and has regenerative possibilities, and this is why it has helped with patients with epilepsy, because it is showing it can heal areas of the brain, as well as help many types of cancers. CBD without THC is an impossibility, even though is only .03%, even in hemp. But, CBD has also been known to counteract the negative affects of THC. So if something is really high in CBD it is really low in THC and if it is really high in THC is is low in CBD.
For instance, in Charlotte’s Web has 6% THC level, but doesn’t produce any psychoactive effects.
As far as giving medical marijuana to your kids….DON’T because their receptors in their brains are not fully developed in their brains. There hasn’t been enough research done on this yet.
Speaking of research, there is research that is constantly being done, but what we do know for a fact, is that the truly only negative side affects that have been found with any marijuana is when the drug has been tampered with or it is a synthetic and not when it is pure.
Where is Medical Marijuana Going?
There is definitely more of a trend towards the health side and it is all about being informed and being educated. More and more research is being done regarding medical marijuana and it comes in many forms. It can be a cream, a spray, drops, a pen, edibles and oils and yes, it can help with many ailments that you have. A license sell medicinal marijuana can cost upwards of $40,000 and in order to get the medicinal marijuana, you still need some kind doctor to give you the green light, so it isn’t easy to obtain, even in Colorado.
The thing to remember that CBD can help with many health conditions. It is the next big thing on the medical horizon? Who knows, but when we asked Dr. Jazaeri, he said that anything was possible and that cannabis oil is not crazy and that one day we might see it in scientific journals and hear about it.