How Cannabis Heals: The 2016 Medical Cannabis Conference

Did you know that a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis (CBD) is a powerful neuroprotectant? Meaning that if taken in regular, small doses (like a supplement), it may help our bodies restore neurobiological health and potentially prevent neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis.

We recently had the privilege to attend this year’s Annual Medical Cannabis Conference, which takes place in Arcata, California (a beautiful coastal town nestled in the redwoods of Humboldt County). Founded by well-respected herbalist Jane Bothwell (Director of Dandelion Herbal Center)

While attending, we were able to learn about the health benefits of cannabis from some of the world’s learning experts in the field of medical marijuana.

These world class physicians and scientists shared with us a growing number of studies demonstrating this plant’s powerful medical and health potential, and yet the federal government is responsible for restricting cannabis research by labeling it as a “Schedule 1 Drug.” This implies that there is “no accepted medical use,” causing blacklisting of funding for scientific research.

This is extremely unsettling because the scientific research that has been done on cannabis points to the exact opposite. In fact, the U.S Government even owns a PATENT on CBD as a compound to restore and protect the nervous system and body against degenerative disease.

The Federal Government is contradicting itself in this most obvious way. Claiming Marijuana has “no medical benefit” and restricting research- while at the same time federally patenting Cannabis compounds as medically beneficial. We find this a a bit disturbing to say the least.

Yet, no matter how much patenting is done on isolating compounds and turning them into synthetic drugs, research shows: cannabis happens to be way more effective in the form of “whole plant medicine”, which herbalists have known for millennia. This is called the “entourage effect” as the multiple compounds in cannabis create a powerful interactive/synergistic effect.

The truth is that modern medical science is pointing to a very interesting discovery– Cannabis may be one of the most “healing” plants in the world, and no, not because it “gets you high.”

Though medical marijuana has been a longstanding controversial topic- it has become increasingly accepted that cannabis has extraordinary healing properties if consumed properly. Discoveries on therapeutic CBD use have been groundbreaking in treating seizure disorders, stroke, PTSD, anxiety, depression and other medical conditions.

One fascinating thing we learned at the conference is that cannabis research has lead to a deeper understanding of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in our bodies. The ECS is a critical physiological network which is essential to acquiring and sustaining biological and neurobiological health and homeostasis. Impressively, this system is beneficially impacted by the compounds found in cannabis.

Powerful healing compounds such as: CBD, CBN, and CBG are highly concentrated in certain strains of cannabis- and in stark contrast to THC, these compounds do not get you high, in fact- they help you get healthy.

World leading experts in medical cannabis such as Dr. Donald Abrams, Kevin Spelman Ph.D, Ethan Russo MD, Martin Lee and Dustin Sulak DO, all attended the conference as keynote speakers, to promote the science of medical cannabis.

We joined physicians and patients alike and had an extraordinary time at time learning about the very real benefits of medical cannabis at the conference.

You can purchase the lectures here.

The Medical Cannabis Conference is an annual event. We hope you join us next year in Arcata, California.


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