Discover the latest views on medical cannabis from Dr. Jake Felice in this radio interview with Barbara Southworth. Join Dr. Jake and Barbara Southworth as they discuss all things cannabis. Click here to listen. Enjoy
Dr. Jake is happy to announce the opening of his new office in Santa Barbara county, California. The new office is located just north of Santa Barbara in Goleta, CA. Dr. Felice is proud to be sharing his office with David Bearman, M.D., one of the most clinically knowledgeable physicians in the U.S. in the field of medicinal marijuana.
Office address: 7394 Calle Real, Suite C, Goleta, CA 93117
Researchers only recently discovered the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which in many ways resembles the internet of our body. Cells can use it as a kind of email since the ECS allows individual cells to send specific information to other cells in our body. This system helps cells coordinate our immune response for example, and enables the different systems of our body work together.
The endocannabinoid system helps our body organize itself, enabling cells to communicate better, creating and maintaining physiologic balance. It homeostatically regulates all body systems: (nervous, digestive, immune, cardiovascular, endocrine, musculoskeletal, reproductive).
The foundations of the modern endocannabinoid system developed 600 million years ago to help single cell organisms manage the increased demand for information processing required to help single cells evolve into more complex multi-cellular organisms. Cells needed a way to talk to each other to share information and organize themselves into more complex bodies in this early chaotic environment. Multicellular organisms developed the ECS to help manage the flow of information between and within different cells so that individual cells in newly evolving bodies could share resources, protect themselves from harm, and make to prevent damage to their molecular machinery.
The ECS for example became a central mediator for how the earliest complex organisms reduced harm from things such as a lack of oxygen to their biological systems. Also, the ECS developed biological coordination to help individual cells share nutrition and energy with and between other cells in these newly evolving bodies. In complex biological systems such as humans, this ECS coordination of information prevents disease, and maintains the flow of information between cells.
Chronic disease both causes and results from biological dysfunction in the body. Appropriate cannabis use reduces harm caused by stress, by physiologic imbalances in chronic disease, and particularly in conditions and symptoms that increase as we age. The broad therapeutic potential of using cannabis to help the body balance its own ECS is just beginning to be realized, and major universities and pharmaceutical companies around the world are aggressively engaging in cannabinoid research.
The ECS maintains health and balance not only between different cells, but also within each single cell. Inside single cells, the ECS helps control basic metabolic functions such as sugar metabolism. Between individual cells, the ECS also regulates communication between our immune systems and our nervous systems. For example, when an immune cell needs to alert brain or nerve cells, it can send a biochemical email that functions through the endocannabinoid system. However during disease, a breakdown in ECS communication can disrupt this information flow, resulting in disease or death of the organism.
Dr. Jake Felice is an accomplished naturopathic physician with extensive experience with cannabinoid therapeutics and medical cannabis consultations. As a national cannabis brand ambassador he has provided scientific, medical, public relations, product development, and compliance based advice for companies in emerging and existing cannabis markets. He has consulted for major cannabis companies including Willie Nelson’s brand, Cannabis Basics, Medical Marijuana 411, Seattle Central College, and The Academy of Cannabis Science. Additionally, he provides ongoing industry training for cannabis professionals in Washington State which are required by law for professionals to obtain medical marijuana consultant certification through the Washington State Department of Health.
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
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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