Medical cannabis

Topical cannabis: low-toxic pain relief without a head-high

Topical cannabis: low-toxic pain relief without a head-high

One of the great benefits of topical cannabis is that patients benefit from low-toxic pain relief without a head high.  Cannabis is without question the least toxic of all pain medications.

“I feel a physical benefit without any mental side-effects.  I don’t feel drugged or impaired in any way, only very happy to have an annoying debilitating symptom disappear!”  -Topical cannabis patient

I first learned about the benefits of topical cannabis from several of my patients who are ultimate fighters.  They reported reduced recovery time from training and sparring sessions, as well as dramatically faster healing from their epic battles in the ring.  I followed up these reports with my own use of topicals to treat my moderate to severe chronic pain that I suffer from due to a devastating LisFranc injury to my foot.  I was amazed when after about 20 minutes, there was significant pain relief.  If you’re an adult in Washington state over the age of 21 you can now legally try it and see for yourself, again without the head high. Sore MuscleI then began experimenting with my own personal use of topicals for a long bout I had with kidney stones.  Using topical cannabis on dermatomes I was able to manage extremely severe pain both before and after surgery without the use of any opiate medications and without any sedation.  Cannabis has been shown to enhance the effectiveness of opiate pain medication; it also reduces the use of opiates by patients for pain, and even reduces opiate withdrawal symptoms.  Opiates kill thousands of Americans every year and drug overdose death rates have more than tripled in the U.S. since 1990. This makes cannabis a wonderful, low-toxic option for patients whose pain is not fully controlled by opiates.  It is also a wonderful option for patients wishing to reduce or discontinue long-term use of opiate medication for pain. Jake w Hatch surf photoAfter success with my own severe pain condition, I began using topical cannabis to treat minor pain for my sore muscles from surfing.  I am an aging athlete and the topical cannabis helps me recover from strenuous activity even better than when I was ten years younger.  I am convinced that my surfing is much better today because of the use of topical cannabis.  In Seattle, many surfers and weekend warriors that I know legally use topical cannabis for their sore muscles.  I personally use topical cannabis for all types of pain from mild to moderate, to severe.  I appreciate that there is no head high or sedation and that I am not damaging my stomach, liver or kidneys with over the counter drugs such as ibuprofen or Tylenol. Pain reliefTopical cannabis enhances circulation and provides patients with wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and anti-spasmodic benefits.  It is also an excellent adjunct to help patients recovering from painful surgery.  My patients use topical cannabis to help treat the conditions listed below.   If you are interested in general information about how cannabis can be used to treat any of these conditions, reply in the comment section.  I can’t give specific medical advice, though will be happy to provide general information. Neck pain Migraine headache Psoriasis Shingles pain Herpes lesions Neuralgias Neuropathies including diabetic neuropathy Arthritis Skin allergies and diseases of the skin Hives Menstrual cramps Intestinal cramps Hemorrhoids Insect bites and stings Poison oak and poison ivy Crohn’s disease associated cramping Multiple sclerosis cramps Wound healing Tension headache Back pain Knee pain Foot pain Hand pain Elbow pain Opiate withdrawal symptoms It is always best to get advice from a doctor who is knowledgeable in the area of cannabis therapeutics, as the specifics of how to treat each of these conditions can vary for each individual patient. IMG_5290-1If you are interested in general information about how cannabis can be used to treat any of these conditions above, reply in the comment section.  Again, I cannot give specific medical advice though will be happy to provide general information. In health, -Dr. Jake Felice, Naturopathic Physician Sign up for more CannabisMatrix posts below





 

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How medical cannabis affects the brain and all vital organs

How medical cannabis affects the brain and all vital organs

Scientific research and real facts about the healing benefits of medical cannabis and cannabinoids including CBD.  –Dr. Jake Felice

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New medical cannabis laws associated with reduced alcohol use and decreased traffic fatalities

New medical cannabis laws associated with reduced alcohol use and decreased traffic fatalities

Why is it that when states adopt medical cannabis laws, alcohol consumption goes down and there are fewer traffic fatalities?  This study from the Journal of Law and Economics examines the relationship between the legalization of medical marijuana and traffic fatalities, which is the leading cause of death for Americans aged 5-34.

Scientists noted that the first full year after coming into effect, legalization of medical cannabis “was associated with an 8–11 percent decrease in traffic fatalities.”

Authors write that “legalization is also associated with sharp decreases in the price of marijuana and alcohol consumption, which suggests that marijuana and alcohol are substitutes.” They conclude “alcohol is the likely mechanism through which the legalization of medical marijuana reduces traffic fatalities.

Imagine that….  -Dr. Jake Felice

Anderson DM, Hansen B, Rees DI. Medical marijuana laws, traffic fatalities, and alcohol consumpion. J Law Econom 2013;56(2):333-69.

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How and why cannabis could cure cancer

How and why cannabis could cure cancer


There’s a wealth of laboratory evidence that compounds in cannabis kill cancer cells in a variety of ways.  Even very low concentrations of cannabinoids have anti-cancer effects, and all cannabinoids have extremely low toxicity.  The doctors in this video discuss how it is whole plant cannabis and not pharmaceutical drugs based on the plant’s chemistry that will seize the day and out perform the patented products of pharmaceutical corporations.  Right now, federal laws and regulations prevent the study of cannabis in humans in the United States.  Let’s do what needs to be done and study this plant in humans – the lives of our loved ones are too short to have politics and religion interfering with our god given right to use this plant to help ourselves and those we love.  Here is some information from the National Cancer Institute that you might find interesting on the use of cannabis for helping cancer patients: http://goo.gl/XXsUf

A proper cannabis recommendation requires more than just a few minutes of a doctor’s time, and includes information on cannabinoid content, strain selection, and delivery methods. If you’re not getting this information from your doctor, you’re not getting a real cannabis consultation and are missing information on the full value and healing potential of the plant.

-Dr. Jake Felice

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Dr. Jake Felice speaking on the medical panel at Seattle Hempfest

Dr. Jake Felice speaking on the medical panel at Seattle Hempfest

Join me at the largest free speech event on the planet, Seattle Hempfest 2013.  Because of it’s low toxicity and broad effectiveness, cannabis has a huge role to play in 21st century medicine.  I am excited to announce that I will be speaking on the medical panel for the third time about the benefits of topical, raw and low-psychoactive applications of cannabis for chronic pain.  Come to Hempfest and educate yourself about the myriad of benefits offered by the Cannabis plant including medicinal, scientific, industrial, agricultural, economic, environmental, and other benefits and applications.  There will be lot’s of live music and other festivities too.  It’s fun and it’s FREE!

Seattle Hempfest crowdI’ll be speaking at the Peter McWilliams stage on Friday, August 16 at 5:40 PM; on the Medical Panel on Saturday, August 17th at the Hemposium stage at 11:50 AM; and on Sunday, August 18th at the Seeley stage at 12:50 PM.  Here is a list of the full speaker schedule and Hempfest map.

Topical cannabis reduces pain in just 20 minutes after application, broadens range of motion, and does not give patients a head high.   Additionally, cannabis helps patients use less harmful medications such as opiates, and in terms of toxicity, it is by far the safest of all the pain medications.

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Know your medicine – cannabinoid profiles in medical cannabis

Know your medicine – cannabinoid profiles in medical cannabis

Do you know your medicine?  Learn about the science of safe and clean cannabis including CBD and other cannabinoids.  Enjoy, -Dr. Jake Felice

 

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