Why Medical Marijuana?
Why Medical Marijuana?
Cannabis Sativa, also know as cannabis, has been valued for 5,000 years as one of the most therapeutic herbs on the planet. Seventy years of cannabis prohibition have generated a plethora of biased opinions, misinformation, and unscientific public policy. Luckily, medical cannabis is making a return to the front lines of medicine, where its versatility, safety, and efficacy stand out amongst the alternatives.
Medical cannabis interacts with a person’s endocannabinoid system, a physiologic system within all people which functions to promote balance and healing at a cellular level. The endocannabinoid system is already hard at work helping you recover from injuries, coordinate your immune system, balance the brain and nervous system, and much more. Using cannabis appropriately can enhance these healing properties.
As an integrative physician, I always chose treatments that are safe, natural, and minimally invasive whenever possible. I primarily rely on herbs, supplements, and non-drug treatments like manipulation and mind-body medicine. Cannabis is a natural choice because of its impressive safety profile:
- Side effects are mild and easily corrected by adjusting dosage, strain, and delivery system.
- There are no lasting negative cognitive effects, even with long-term use.
- Marijuana does not cause cancer, and in many situations can prevent and help kill cancers.
- There is no fatal overdose. Withdrawal effects are mild.
- It lessens people’s reliance on more harmful substances, including prescription pharmaceuticals.
I have been impressed by cannabis’ efficacy in my patients. I routinely hear that this medicine not only improves their symptoms, but helps globally to improve quality of life by improving mood, enhancing sleep, decreasing stress, and helping people feel connected to something greater than themselves. Patients routinely tell me this herb has helped them reclaim their lives from suffering and illness, while reducing their need for other medications.
Cannabis can be delivered via smoking, vaporizing, liquid tinctures, edible foods, topical salves, and more. High quality, organic medical cannabis is readily available through legal sources, including dispensaries and caregivers. Dedicated growers and breeders have discovered strains of cannabis that can fit an individual’s needs. Non-psychoactive forms of medical cannabis are also available.
We specialize in medical marijuana consultations. Maximizing the benefits and minimizing the harm of medical cannabis requires an individualized approach with education on dosage, strain, delivery systems, and the more subtle aspects of one’s relationship with this medicine plant. We warmly invite you to explore a medical cannabis consultation as part of a holistic approach to health.
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