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.”
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. I 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. After 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. Topical 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 symptomsIt 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. If 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
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
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.
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.