I’m proud and excited to announce that I have just signed with Seattle Central Community College and The Academy of Cannabis Science. We will be teaching and developing curricula that offer professionals the opportunity to advance their careers in the marijuana industry while helping companies comply with state law. This is a very exciting and interesting time for cannabis in Washington state.
Dr. Jake Felice
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
Click 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
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.
I recently received this question via email and thought I would post my reply here. I wish that I had more time to devote to this and to the quality of my answer, but thought that a quick post might helpful to some of the readers of this blog.
I have a quick question for you regarding CBDs and the adrenals. As a novice to this MMJ world, are we robbing Peter to pay Paul with giving people more energy with CBDs, but not fixing the underlying issues? I just think of coffee bringing people up, but really draining them in the long haul. Thoughts?
This is a good question. I think there may be some concern with THC strains but not CBD. The endocannabiniod system is a harm reduction system in our bodies, and it’s activation leads to protection across multiple body systems. In general, CBD enhances the body’s innate protective response via the endocannabinoid system (eCB). I therefore think of CBD as adaptogenic in the best sense of the word. I do not see it causing “depletion”. In fact, there is a current hypothesis in vogue describing cannabinoid acids including CBD acids as “dietary essentials”, especially during times of stress. A part of the way CBD works biochemically is similar to how omega-3’s protect – via PPAR signalling, similar to DHA and EPA.
CBD has no known adverse effects and it has been studied very extensively. It does have a biphasic effect with an optimal dose below and above which it is not as effective. This effect deals with efficacy though, and not potential harm.
Running, biking and hiking increase our bodies own eCB molecules, which are now largely believed to be responsible for runner’s high to a much larger degree than endorphins. Wheel running in mice increases cannabinoid receptors as well as sensitivity to cannabinoids. A part of the way CBD works biochemically is similar to how omega-3’s protect – via PPAR signalling similar to DHA and EPA.
Ethan Russo has proposed that fibromyalgia, migraine, and IBS could represent a clinnical endocannabinoid deficiency syndrome. Ester Fride has speculated that infant “failure to thrive” syndrome in newborns may be due to eCB insufficiency. Paolo Sarchielli has described eCB system failure as a basis of chronic migraine. Mathew Hill posits that deficient eCB signalling contributes to depressive illnesses. Enhancing eCB with medical cannabis may help with these conditions, as well as the reason cannabis has been found to be effective for those with MS, epilepsy, and chronic pain.
Thank you for your question. Best, –Jake Felice, ND, LMP
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.
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.
Not 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.
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