I’ve been practicing medicine for nearly a half century, starting out as a family doctor for the first 15 years. In 1987 after curing my chronic sinusitis using a holistic (body, mind, spirit) approach, I began treating patients holistically suffering with a variety of chronic conditions. I considered myself a “last-resort doctor,” since nearly everyone of my patients had already seen multiple physicians without much success, other than temporary symptom relief. Their improvement had come from pharmaceutical drugs, which also usually caused unpleasant side-effects, surgery, or both. Most were told by their physician, “You’ll have to live with it;” or “There’s nothing more that can be done for you.”
In the 33 years that I’ve been practicing integrative holistic medicine (I call it Fully Alive Medicine) I’ve routinely seen patients cure chronic conditions that they’ve suffered with for years. The majority of these patients have struggled with respiratory ailments, primarily chronic sinusitis and asthma. But since 2011 in my FAM practice in Boulder, most of the nearly 10,000 patients have been using medical marijuana to cope with the challenge of chronic pain, often accompanied by anxiety and insomnia – three of America’s most common chronic conditions.
During this past decade as my knowledge of cannabis medicine and the cannabis industry have evolved, I’ve seen the emergence of CBD (cannabidiol) as the most medicinal of the 100+ cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Studies, together with my clinical experience, have powerfully demonstrated its remarkable healing properties and safety. After working with more than 70,000 patients over a 5-decade medical career, I’ve concluded that CBD may be the most therapeutic medicine I’ve ever recommended to patients, and with no significant adverse side-effects!
There is no other medicinal herb or pharmaceutical drug (including steroids) with the range of CBD’s therapeutic applications. These include:
- Analgesic (pain-relieving)
- Anxiolytic (reduces anxiety and helps relieve PTSD)
- Anti-emetic (reduces nausea and vomiting)
- Muscle relaxant (reduces muscle spasms associated with MS, paralysis, and Cerebral Palsy; and tremors of Parkinson’s)
- Anticonvulsant (decreases both frequency and intensity of seizures in both children and adults)
- Improves blood circulation
- Lowers blood pressure
- Anti-diabetic (lowers blood sugar)
- Helps relieve autoimmune disorders
- Stimulates bone production
- Antioxidant (helps relieve severity of symptoms with neurodegenerative disorders, such as MS and Parkinson’s)
The combination of CBD and THC (the most psychoactive cannabinoid) is possibly the safest and most potent pain-relieving medicine in existence. CBD acts as an ideal complement to THC, creating a synergistic therapeutic effect. THC activates CBD producing a stronger analgesic effect while CBD reduces the psychoactive effect.
CBD’s chief function is maintaining homeostasis, or balance, in the body through the endocannabinoid system. That’s why it’s able to affect so many critical functions. However, all CBD products are not equal. The primary variables are quality and quantity. You need to be sure you’re taking a high-quality CBD and be aware of the dose (in mg.). The following factors will help you determine quality:
- Clean – Third-party testing – Has an independent lab documented that it’s free of pesticides, heavy metals, fillers or additives, and microbials (fungi and bacteria)?
- Full Spectrum – Is it whole-plant CBD containing other cannabinoids and terpenes, in addition to CBD?
- Consistency/Accuracy of label – Does it actually contain the amount (mg. – milligrams) of CBD that appears on the label? (This has become an extremely common problem with CBD. Most products tested do not contain the amount posted on the label.)
For the past several years, the CBD product I’ve been recommending to patients, one that meets all of the above criteria, are the Trill Pills – either capsules or tinctures. They’re available online (www.trillpills.com) in a variety of strengths.
If you’re currently challenged with any of the health problems on the list above, I’d suggest trying CBD. If there’s no change with your symptoms after several days, then increase the dose until you notice some improvement. Remember, as long as it’s a high-quality CBD it’s safe to take on a daily basis.