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Dr. Jake speaks about CBD, terpenes, cannabis and plant synergy at the 2015 Washington Cannabis Summit

Dr. Jake Felice discusses THC, CBD and plant synergy and how to combine delivery modalities and plant strains to maximize benefit for medical marijuana patients.

Dr. Jake’s comments start at about 25 minutes and 30 seconds into the video.

 

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Why medical cannabis makes sense

Why medical cannabis makes sense

Today is a fascinating time with the emergence of new science in the field of medical cannabis.  Two of the plant’s most exciting features are its extreme low toxicity, as well as its broad effectiveness for many different types of medical conditions.  How is it that cannabis can help such a wide range of symptoms and health issues ranging from PTSD to cancer and arthritis, MS to Crohn’s disease and epilepsy, as well as insomnia, pain and muscle spasm?  The answer lies in our body’s endocannabinoid system, which acts like the internet of our body to help cells coordinate our immune response.   The endocannabinoid system helps our body organize itself by helping cells communicate better to create physiologic balance.acc-feature-cancer-patient

Unlike conventional drugs which can have very serious toxicity issues for patients, cannabis possesses very low toxicity.  Cannabis is far less toxic than aspirin or Tylenol for example.  No patient or recreational user has ever died from an overdose of cannabis.  In fact, cannabis is the least toxic of any pain reliever, which makes it an excellent option for folks who have chronic pain and are on long-term medications such as opiates.  Emerging science shows that folks using medical cannabis for their chronic conditions actually are able to reduce the amount of their more toxic medications.

Medical cannabis patients in chronic pain can use cannabis together along with their opiate based painkillers, and cannabis has the special ability to help pain medications work more effectively without adding toxic risk.  This translates to fewer accidental deaths from prescription medications.  In fact, states with legal medical cannabis show a 25% reduction in accidental opiate prescription deaths.  The low toxicity of cannabis can save lives by reducing patient dependence on more toxic medications.  This is an intelligent approach to medicine and allows patients to safely control their pain and reduce their risk of toxicity to the liver, stomach, and kidneys.

medmarijuanaNot all cannabis is the same, in fact there are more different types of cannabis than there are types of dogs.  The reduced psychoactivity of CBD-rich cannabis strains for example, makes these strains a terrific treatment option for patients seeking pain relief, anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety and anti-spasm effects of cannabis without the sedation or head-high of other types.

Medical cannabis patients do not have to get high to experience pain relief, nor do they have to smoke cannabis to use it as medicine.  Delivery methods besides smoking include topical creams, edibles, raw juiced cannabis, and vaporization.  These methods provide patients a variety of options to tailor cannabis to their own special situations.

The healing power of cannabis gives patients a low-toxic alternative for many of their chronic medical conditions.  Because of its complexity, a proper medical 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.

70-DrJake-Office20110408-2197Yours in health – Dr. Jake Felice, ND, LMP

Seattle and Woodinville, WA

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How much does your doctor know about cancer and cannabis?

How much does your doctor know about cancer and cannabis?

The post below comes from Dr. Jake’s blog at DrJakeFelice.com

How much does your doctor know about cannabis? Physicians who are cannabis experts get better results for their patients. You won’t get quality information about how best to use cannabis as an adjunct to help cancer treatment from a 5-minute robo-signing cannabis doctor. This report shows that dosage and delivery methods matter when treating certain types of cancers. Not all cannabis products are equally safe or effective, so patients need specific help in what types of products to look for and how to use them. Check out this excerpt from the article.356446

“Cannabinoid resin extract is used as an effective treatment for ALL with a positive Philadelphia chromosome mutation and indications of dose-dependent disease control. The clinical observation in this study revealed a rapid dose-dependent correlation.”

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 know someone who is not getting this information from their doctor, they’re not getting a true cannabis consultation and are missing information on the full value and healing potential of the plant.

In health, -Dr. Jake Felice

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Topical cannabis is effective for skin conditions

Topical cannabis is effective for skin conditions

I can say that I have personally seen amazing results with patients using topical cannabis for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, sunburn and poison ivy rashes and more.  Here is some new scientific data supporting what we already see is true clinically, namely that cannabis topicals can provide low toxic relief to patients with both chronic and acute skin conditions.  -Dr. Jake Felice

From TheJointBlog

A new study, recently published online in the British Journal of Pharmacology, details how cannabinoids can play a role in the treatment of skin diseases.

Researchers looked at the impact of phytocannabinoids (plant-derived cannabinoids, rather than synthetic counterparts) on epigenetic regulation of skin differentiation genes.

The study found that both cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabigerol (CBG), “significantly reduced the expression of all genes tested via increased DNA methylation for keratin 10 gene”.

The CBD was found to reduce keratin 10 mRNA through stimulating type-1 cannabinoid (CB1) receptors, while the CBG was found to act through a secondary method that did not engage the CB1 or CB2 receptors of keratinocytes (HaCaT cells). It was also revealed that cannabidiol increased global DNA methylation levels.

The study concludes that cannabis could act as a primary treatment for epidermal ailments:

“These findings identify the phytocannabinoids cannabidiol and cannabigerol as transcriptional repressors that can control cell proliferation and differentiation, suggesting (especially for cannabidiol) a possible exploitation as lead compounds to be used in the development of novel therapeutics for skin diseases.”

This report was conducted by researchers at the University of Teramo, the Campus Bio-Medico University and the Santa Lucia Foundation, all located in Italy.

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Cannabis and CBD provide low toxic protection from seizures

Cannabis and CBD provide low toxic protection from seizures

Does cannabis help patients with seizures?  You bet it does!  And it frequently helps at concentrations that are so low that the cannabis that doesn’t give patients a head high.  Here is a 40-year list of peer reviewed scientific articles from 2013 back to 1973 showing the protective benefits of low toxic cannabis and CBD.

Cannabis is by far the least toxic medicine available and has the best side-effect profile of all medicines that benefit seizures.

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