With so many new scientific discoveries published for the world to see many patients are now gaining a better understanding of how cannabis actually helps them. Millions of patients have found relief in cannabis for a wide range of afflictions with millions more that have found relaxation. Cannabis has been used for medicinal, religious and recreation purposes for thousands of years. But it wasn’t until the 60s when the endocannabinoid system was discovered that we really began to understand the effects. In 2011 the genetics of the cannabis plant was mapped with that we found that it was not just a plant but a complex world filled with compounds that have many applications.
Patients now have the option of learning what compounds exist in the cannabis plant and how that can help them personally. Currently there are companies one in particular, GW Pharmaceuticals, that is seeking FDA approval of a new drug that contains actual cannabinoids, not synthetic, which is currently approved and on the market. Their mouth spray contains a blend of cannabinoids that they have found to commonly bring relief.
The problem is now that patients are armed with more in-dept information of not only their illness but of cannabis and its compounds they are no longer happy with a “one size fits all” treatment. Why and how cannabis interacts with our system is becoming more widely known. With this comes the knowledge that when using cannabis the key to its success is using the right mix of compounds. Many studies point to the fact that you can not just isolate THC or just CBD but that its the correct balance of multiple compounds that achieves the desired effect. This is important to keep in mind when researching your ailment. Looking for strains that match up with your needs can be very tricky so it is recommended that you seek help when undertaking this.
This is just one more reason why legalization is important. In states that have legalized medical use of cannabis, dispensaries have flourished. This allows first-time patients to be guided through the process with experienced patients and experts. This also allows for supervision of a professional doctor instead of just yourself. Dispensaries offer a wide array of strain choices within sativa, indica and hybrid varieties. Professionals also help with choosing the right delivery method for you.
Cannabis use has come a long way since the casual days of the 60s. Today patients are faced with many choices from natural buds,concentrates, tinctures, edibles and more. In the states that have passed medical use laws patients standards have been raised. Gone are the days when people were satisfied with whatever the guy on the corner had that day, no questions asked. Today patients can inquire about anything from if a bud is organic to what the percentage of THC, CBD or CBN a product contains.
Many dispensaries are now testing their products to not only raise industry standards but to educate patients and promote their best buds. In today’s market we see dispensaries competing for business giving patients the best selection. Patients are becoming more educated on the differences between not only the strains but the major compound contents. With the database of knowledge on individual strains and their compounds becoming not only ever increasing but more accessible it is only a matter of time before we have a better grasp to really start helping patients.
One of the largest shortfalls of today’s medical community is individualized care. Many times patients are quickly shuffled through their appointment with their doctor trying out different therapies that have worked for other patients. We do not have the availability of affordable technology to scan or sequence every patients illness or cancer. Someday we will have wide-spread use of technology that allows doctors to give patients exactly what their bodies need. Gone will be the days when doctors guess if a medication will work or kill you. We know today that the technology exists to DNA sequence a cancerous tumor. We already know that if we have the right combination of cannabis compounds it can shrink a tumor. Think of all the loved ones that we could save with the right individualized care.
Today’s medications can cause many side effects including respiratory failure, liver damage and even death. Many times patients are left with the option of doctors guessing which medication will be most helpful with the least damage and many times are prescribed more medication later on to combat damaged caused by previous treatments. Cannabis has been praised for its forgiving window for patients in regards to damage from side effects. Common knowledge of no reported overdoses or deaths from cannabis is another appealing factor. Many have discovered that the benefits of cannabis outweigh the non-lethal side effects and have stopped taking all other medications.
With patients today educated on not only their illness but the available treatment options it is no wonder that they no longer want to accept only what the industry is willing to provide. Many have taken their health into their own hands. We have discovered how vital individualized care is when dealing with cannabis and hopefully have sparked interest into other avenues where this can be applied. It is no longer in the best interest of the nation to rely so heavily on the current industries but instead look for not only natural options but ones that will not do harm. We can look to the future for the technologies that can one day save us but for today we need to keep our option of being able to choose our own strain combination for ourselves until we all can have individualized care. To do this we must continue in our fight for legalization.