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  • Liang Chen
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    Hi All, I just want to ask if anyone ever tried using medical cannabis as an alternative meds? I have read many articles about medical marijuana and how it can help you in terms of chronic pain, glaucoma, eating disorder/anorexia, anxiety disorders and panic attacks, inflammation, even cancer and a lot more. Like this article about a marijuana strain deadhead OG. Cbd and thc are also new to me and I don’t even smoke. If this is true I cant find any solid conclusive evidence that speaks to its efficacy. Any personal experience or testimonial would be highly appreciated. Thanks

    Karl Douglass
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    I am getting several invitations per week to participate in CBD clinical trials.

    While I agree they need clinical trials, the point is there are no substantial clinical trials I know of presently.

    So questions like: Is this a systemic or topical application? How much can be taken systemically and for what ailments? What concentration can be safely taken and how often? What side effects can be expected? etc. etc.

    I personally spoke to a Dr. who got violently ill taking CBD.

    I know of no testing for topical application. Further, when there are wonderful topical pain relievers using essential oils with no side effects, clinical trials and years of proven effectiveness … why the gush over CBD?

    So you really want your patients to be Guinea pigs?

    Darwin Deen
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    I attended the Colorado Integrative Medicine conference in 2016 and heard presentations on the use of CBD oil and medical marijuana. The research is still in its infancy but there are many current trials underway. As you say, the research that has been done to date is interesting and attractive but far from concrete. The best studies come from Israel where the receptor was discovered as we have had issues with getting cannabis to do research with in the US. Many patients are voting with their feet and using marijuana to help with chronic pain, anxiety, etc. The research on glaucoma is particularly weak. The delivery system is important, and the distinction between high THC and high CBD strains need to be worked out. Latest article I saw (from Israel) showed a particular compound in the THC family to be most effective for pain while most research is pointing toward CBD compounds for those who wish to avoid the neurological impacts (feeling “high”). In my home states of NJ, NY, & PA the laws for medical marijuana are on the books, NY has dispensaries, PA does not yet. NJ specifically excludes smokable products. As for alternative medicine uses, since my states all have a limited list of about 17 conditions for which cannabis products may be prescribed, it will be difficult to use as an alternative.

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