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
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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Click on the player below to play the show! This radio show is a great learning opportunity for those interested in more detail regarding medical cannabis. Check out Dr. Jake Felice discussing cannabis during the evening commute on NPR 90.7 FM KSER. Topics include cannabis for PTSD, the use of topical cannabis, cannabis edibles, cannabis for arthritis, MS, Parkinson’s disease, as well as an in depth discussion of terpenes, CBD, cannabis delivery methods, and how to find pure, properly labeled cannabis. Thanks to the shows host, Dr. Rebecca Dirks, as well as to Dr. Kasra Pournadaeli and KSER 90.7 FM Marysville.
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 symptoms It 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