Growing Cannabis Use by Patients Needs to Be Matched by Counseling and Awareness of Risks, Report Says

Growing Cannabis Use by Patients Needs to Be Matched by Counseling and Awareness of Risks, Report Says
As medicinal use of cannabis becomes increasingly accepted among certain patient groups, including people with fibromyalgia, physicians will be progressively pressed to understand its use, effects, limitation and risks to properly inform and guide patients. The main pharmacologically active chemicals in cannabis are the cannabinoids Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC works by binding to and activating the CB1 and CB2 receptors, and is the ingredient responsible for the “high” people experience with the herb. According to a special report, “Contemporary Routes of Cannabis Consumption: A Primer for Clinicians,” published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, researchers are particularly concerned about mental health among medicinal cannabis users, as THC has been shown to induce transient symptoms of psychosis among healthy volunteers and is thought to be a risk factor in developing psychosis. "We have a special concern for young people in their late teens and early twenties, whose brains are still developing," Jeramy Peters, lead study author, said in a press release. Peters and co-author Joseph Chien, both MDs, are with the department of psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. Conversely, CBD is thought to have antipsychotic and anxiolytic properties. Regarding their medical utility, moderate-quality evidence suggests that THC may help chronic neuropathic or cancer pain, and that THC and CBD may benefit patients who have spasticity due
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  1. Craig says:

    This is absolutely true. Use without knowledge is foolish, and that knowledge has been suppressed, ignored and replaced with falsehood and distortion. “Just say no” needs to become “Just say know.”

    Cannabis, a beautiful flower and human companion for millennia with an incredibly diverse number of uses, has been vilified in the service of economic, cultural and racial suppression.

    Researchers and the medical community have been complicit in this willful ignorance – failing to *honestly* study and understand tools for over 40 years that can give great insight into how mind, brain and consciousness work, and instead developing a system that amounts to extortion by producing pharmacological modalities that are absurdly and prohibitively expensive.

    The effort to properly understand and use Cannabis for well-being and the good of humanity is a welcome and laudable development. Your efforts to understand and communicate are appreciated to say the least.

  2. I’m a PhD Neuroscientist with Fibromyalgia. I not only use cannabis and am off all my prescription drugs for fibro, but I run a 501c3 nonprofit institute for research and education on cannabis for women’s health. To promote this piece of outdated propoganda that cannabis is unsafe & causes mental issues does not help your readers, who deserve awareness of cannabis a safe, effective, and non-addictive treatment for fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is in fact rooted in endocannabinoid deficiency and treatment with cannabis is evidence-based. To learn more, please read my latest book on endocannabinoid deficiency called Vitamin Weed.

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