America’s medical system is amazing! Many of you may disagree. Yet, I challenge those naysayer’s to consider the opinion of a medical researcher with 20 years in Integrative Medicine.
Modern Allopathic (pharmaceutical) medicine has been around for less than 400 years. Prior to that man relied primarily on herbal medicines. Today, in the U. S. of A we can proudly claim full access and licensure to M.D. (medical doctor), N.D. (naturopathic doctor), D.O.M. (doctor of Oriental Medicine/ acupuncturist), D.C. (chiropractic doctor), D.O. (Osteopathic doctor) as primary care.
To buy your medicine, you may choose a traditional pharmacy, an integrative pharmacy, or your local natural foods market for “food as medicine” vitamins and herbs. It is your freedom and right as a citizen of America to choose your belief system and form of medicine. This is extraordinary. Integrative Medicine has been born. It is the beautiful synergy of ancient systems of healing and modern scientific proof of how it all works in the human physiology.
As a researcher involved in genetics, immunology, and severe curiosity and skepticism in all regards to that which is unknown; it is a HUGE privilege to be alive and still involved at the cutting edge of medical science in the 21st century. Never before have we seen quantum physics, botany, neuroscience, and shamanism under the lens of science to discover the benefits and drawbacks on the human body. Never before have we seen medical marijuana in the headlines for “Jimmy Carters brain cancer”, and “NFL pain relief “. I’m sorry folks, but this moment in time is absolutely 100% radical for medical research.
When we have both left-wing and right-wing citizens of America picking up their daily paper to witness an ex-president and professional sports players dispelling the myth that marijuana may is evil, it is time to put on our thinking hats. Having done peer reviewed research at a traditional state university on the BRCA gene for breast cancer, and the other side of the spectrum at a naturopathic university studying the effects of herbs on the immune system; I can honestly come from either angle on this medical marijuana topic. I was approached a dozen times to do research and development in this industry in Colorado. I said no every time due to my “moral values”…….until now.
Now let’s look at evidence, mostly out of Israel , where it has been legal to research clinically for some time. What these researchers have found is that chemicals called cannabinoids isolated out of various species of cannabis have a dramatic effect on the central nervous system and brain. They have identified specific receptors in the human body that cannabinoids bind to which are beneficial to pain relief and immunomodulation.
Are you ready for radical science? Here we go. Put on your seatbelt, because this is where it gets dangerous folks. There is A LOT of terminology I could literally be thrown in jail for saying here. So let me start by saying, I am not a doctor, I am a researcher. With all due respect to the AMA, CDC, and FDA, it is imperative that we roar freedom of speech here on this topic. As a well-intentioned woman, and voice of reason, it is wonderful that cultivation of Hemp is legal in 28 states for commercial, research, and pilot programs. It is wonderful for our economy and our medicine.
It is a fact that anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, and neurodegeneration are at an all-time high. If you are even the least bit curious and want to know more about how these non-hallucinogenic compounds in hemp help………..I suggest you try it yourself. We are thrilled to offer hemp extract legally in Colorado. As a skeptic myself, it was impressive how calm and focused it made my day when I tried it.