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Does CBD convert to THC in the stomach? And what does this mean for the world of cannabis?

Does CBD convert to THC in the stomach?  And what does this mean for the world of cannabis?

It appears that stomach acid can convert CBD to THC at low levels according to a study in the journal Forensic Toxicology. This has implications for patients and marijuana consumers who consume CBD edibles and must take drug tests for work. It also poses potential problems for DUI’s for folks using “CBD only” edibles.

I have previously told my patients that it was OK to take CBD products orally and that these would not cause a positive on a urinalysis. This can no longer be assumed. This data could have big repercussions for product development for CBD products in the marijuana industry. One of the biggest areas I see would be in the development of CBD transdermal patches as this method of delivery should not convert the CBD to THC.

Here is the link to the original article in the Journal of Toxicology.

Yours in health,

-Dr. Jake Felice, CannabisMatrix.com

Addendum:  This conversion has been reproduced from another study from the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research:  “Gastric fluid without enzymes converts CBD into the psychoactive components D9-THC and D8-THC, which suggests that the oral route of administration may in-crease the potential for psychomimetic adverse effects from CBD.”  Clearly more research is needed to see if this may be clinically significant.

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Dr. Jake speaks at the Hemp and Health Expo in Pasco, WA

Dr. Jake speaks at the Hemp and Health Expo in Pasco, WA

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PDF Cannabis talk at the Hemp and Health Expo in Pasco WA – pdf

Click the link above to access PDF slides pertaining to my cannabis talk for the Hemp and Health Expo at the Trac Center in Pasco, WA. on Saturday, November 14th. Topics discussed include how the toxicity of conventional pain drugs compares with cannabis, the endocannabinoid system, how to use synergy in plant medicine to maximize the use of medical cannabis, as well as sections on cannabis and pain and neurological disorders. A YouTube video will be recorded and posted later as well.

Thank you sincerely! -Dr. Jake Felice

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Thank you Seattle Dystonia Support Group and Evergreen Hospital

PDF of Cannabis talk to the Seattle Dystonia Patient Support Group – pdf

12189099_449166698607152_5675788250185867202_nClick the link above to access PDF slides pertaining to my cannabis talk for the Seattle Dystonia Support Group at Evergreen Hospital. Topics discussed include how the toxicity of conventional pain drugs compares with cannabis, the endocannabinoid system, how to use synergy in plant medicine to maximize the use of medical cannabis, as well as sections on cannabis and pain and neurological disorders. A YouTube video will be recorded and posted later as well.

Thank you sincerely! -Dr. Jake Felice

 

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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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Cannabis modulates the immune system and is NOT an immune suppressant

Cannabis modulates the immune system and is NOT an immune suppressant

Many media outlets bash cannabis as lowering our immune system.  The use of these words misleads patients and is a sophisticated form of reefer madness.

immunesysThe word “immune suppression” scares patients and its use is a form of anti-cannabis propaganda.  The key thing to understand about cannabis is that it is an immune modulator, and NOT an immune suppressant.  Most cannabis shifts the immune system surveillance away from fighting bacteria, while at the same time stimulating the body’s ability to fight cancer, viruses, and auto-immune disease.  The latter are much more important in the case of chronic disease from which most patients suffer.

Cannabis certainly may not be beneficial in acute infection, or in immune compromised or in those patients taking immune suppressing medication such as prednisone.  Of great note, is that certain strains of cannabis possess antibacterial properties.  Thank goodness!

-Dr. Jake Felice

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Patients say ‘yes’ to cannabis for MS

Patients say ‘yes’ to cannabis for MS

The science supporting the use of cannabis for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is absolutely compelling.  Click here for a list of peer reviewed scientific references.

Patients everywhere should have the right to access the best medicine for their illness.  As of now, 20 states now have medical cannabis laws for patients who need safe non-toxic cannabis for their health conditions.

This video highlights the inspirational story of Gary Cooper, an MS patient.  His story, more than all of the scientific evidence referenced above makes a compelling case for the use of low-toxic medical cannabis.

Gary states about cannabis:  “It takes away my discomfort, it enhances my very being.”

Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks the central nervous system causing inflammation, muscle spasm and loss of motor coordination, as well as muscle weakness.  Over years, the disease progresses, and MS patients can become permanently disabled.  Multiple sclerosis is typically a progressive disease and it can be fatal.  Medical cannabis can be very helpful for MS.  According to the US National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 200 people are diagnosed every week with MS in the United States, and it most frequently targets those 20 to 40 years of age.  Multiple Sclerosis is particularly prevalent in the Pacific Northwest.

My patients with MS find remarkable benefits from it’s low toxic properties.  I hope that you enjoyed this post, please feel free to comment as I’d love to hear from you.  In health,  -Dr. Jake Felice

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