Listen to Dr. Jake on The Cannabis Consult podcast

Dr. Jake discusses medical cannabis with Dr. Jamie Corroon, N.D., M.P.H.  of The Cannabis Consult podcast.

Topics included in this podcast at the following times:

04:15  How the FDA’s regulation on botanical drugs differs from single molecule drugs

06:30  Clinical trials of cannabis

07:50  Terpenes

08:09  Why cannabis makes THC/(THCA)

09:09  Flavonoids

12:52  Terpene variability in cannabis strains

13:35  Standardized cannabis products

14:30  The entourage effect and cannabis (cannabis synergy)

15:58  Risk-benefit ratio in prescribing cannabis

17:11  Why the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is the internet of our body and how this necessitates individual dosing in cannabis prescribing

18:33  Dosing with cannabis: the patient centered dosing paridigm

19:11  Cannabis and anxiety:  Dose titration with patients to reduce anxiety

20:54  Why naturopathic doctors are great for cannabis patients

21:40  Dosing with THC

23:35  RSO dosing   (Rick Simpson Oil)

26:00  Risk-benefit ratio and cannabis revisited

27:18  Standardized cannabis products

29:18  Standards for doctors recommending cannabis – AACM American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine

28:40  Naturopathic doctors and cannabis – educating patients

32:10  What cannabis patients are looking for

33:45  Differences between Washington state and California cannabis laws

35:20  Budtender education and medical advice

39:33  Cannabis culture:  Washington state vs. California

41:50  What kind of cannabinoid medicine Dr. Felice wants for his patients

43:00  Topical cannabis products and pain

43:28  Enteurage effect with cannabis

44:38  What Dr. Felice wants in a good topical product

47:12  Why CBD from hemp is better than single-molecule CBD

-Dr. Jake F. Felice ND, LMP



Raw juiced cannabis provides green healing without smoke or sedation

Raw juiced cannabis provides green healing without smoke or sedation

The juice of raw cannabis provides unique healing benefits. Plant chemicals known as cannabinoid acids such as CBD-acids, and THC-acids break down quickly after harvest, so these compounds are not available in traditional preparations such as cooked ‘medibles’, smoking, or vaporizing.

The healing benefits of cannabinoid-acids are only present for a short period of time before the chemicals break down, so juicing needs to be done quickly after harvest. Fan leaves should make up the majority of the juice, and adding a small amount of cannabis flowers can be beneficial. Cannabis roots can also be added to the mixture as cannabis roots contain CBD, even in non-CBD producing plants!

Cannabinoid acids have amazing properties including anti-inflammatory properties, nerve protecting properties, and pain relieving properties. In raw preparations, the THC has not been heat-activated so there is not the intense sedation that is found in conventional edibles such as pot brownies. This allows for patients to take much higher doses of cannabinoids without the overly sedating effects that would otherwise be a concern. Raw cannabis shows promise for patients with neurological diseases such as MS, as well as for chronic pain suffers, cancer patients, and patients with autoimmune disease such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, Lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.

My patients are having fabulous success with raw juiced cannabis. The juice can be frozen to save preparation time. The freezing is typically done in ice cube trays, though it can also be blended with other juices such as apple juice and made into popsicles. Though it’s not yet being done, there is also potential to get the healing benefits of cannabinoid-acids from fresh freeze-dried preparations in capsule form. Topical application of a raw cannabis poultice is also very effective for pain from neuropathy, as well as musculoskeletal pain including arthritis pain.

Plants with high CBD content are best for juicing as they contain more CBD-acids than non-CBD producing strains.

Because of Washington state’s medical cannabis law, patients are allowed to grow up to 15 cannabis plants for their medical use. This means that patients in Seattle and throughout the state can have affordable, safe, and effective medicine for their own personal use without relying on more costly drugs with higher toxicity and side-effect profiles.