Article by Dr. Frank, Cannabis Culture
I often tell people that “medical marijuana is not a panacea – it won’t necessarily help or cure everything.” However, I take a look at all the conditions that cannabis could be helpful for, and I start thinking, “maybe cannabis isn’t a cure-all, but it does seem to look that way!”
And there’s a good reason for why it looks this way: the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is sort of like the human body’s “supercomputer” or “mainframe” that helps keeps everything in equilibrium (homeostasis). Modulating one part of it can affect another part of the nervous system. Should the ECS go “out-of-sync”, bad things start to happen, and it seems as if there are many conditions where the ECS is affected.
What does this mean for the future? Well, as it is only theoretically rather than practically possible to overdose on cannabinoid-terpenoid-based medications alone, then I am hoping for a day when many of the most dangerous and addictive substances available at the pharmacists are gone, or at the very least used sparingly. However, this day is only possible if doctors and scientists are allowed to research cannabis and its constituents properly and without the possibility of a federal prison sentence hanging over their heads. Should cannabis be rescheduled to a lower class of substance, or preferably taken off the list entirely, then finding out about this amazing plant’s abilities and how it interacts with humans will be made many times easier.
We are starting to see the medical side of cannabis appear now. Smoking and vaporizing is becoming replaced by tinctures, tablets, salves and suppositories, at least to some extent. We are also moving away from the “folk medicine” of strain names, and starting to look at cannabinoid and terpenoid profiles. The question of “indica or sativa?” has started to become meaningless as we begin to understand more about the chemical makeup of cannabis. Many of those who are using cannabis for medical purposes aren’t even necessarily using it to get “high” or “stoned”, and may even take types and doses of cannabis that have little or no psychoactive effect. Many people have taken prescription medication, found that sometimes they were just as bad if not worse than what they’re using such medications to treat, and simply just want a “way out” of their pain without becoming “zombified” and unable to function properly.