Medical Cannabis for Chronic Pain Relief: American Veterans for Cannabis Therapy

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Many Veterans cope with chronic pain every day. Veterans have been saying for years that cannabis has helped them with their post war pain, emotional and psychological stress. In many cases, Veterans are given opioid pain killers for chronic pain, which in the long run will only increase their opioid tolerance, work less effectively over time and may actually increase pain by being less effective with long term use. Opioid tolerance and a lack of pain killing effect have resulted in Veterans overdosing on pain killers at twice the rate as the general public.

Prior to the outlawing of cannabis in 1937, major pharmaceutical companies produced a wide variety of cannabis-based medicines, but cannabis has actually been used as a medicine for thousands of years. Although it has a long history, the recent discovery (1992) of the body’s widespread endocannabinoid system (ECS) has thrust cannabis back into the limelight again as a viable medicine.

It was discovered that the Hemp Family of plants (cannabis, marijuana) is loaded with cannabinoids that stimulate our ECS receptor sites. These sites are found in the brain, organs, glands, connective tissue and immune cells and plays regulatory roles in many physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood and memory. The primary purpose of this system revolves around protection and maintaining balance in the body.

Cannabinoids found in all varieties of cannabis work in harmony with the cannabinoids we naturally produce when our system is functioning properly. It is now coming to light that we may very well be “Endocannabinoid Deficient” and supplementing with Cannabidiol, known as CBD, may provide just what we’re missing to restore optimum health.

The health benefit of cannabidiol (CBD) from natural hemp oil is this book’s primary focus. It explores the similarities, differences, uses and benefits of hemp, cannabis and medical marijuana along with the interplay of THC and CBD. Their 500 other components are also discussed, such as terpenoids, flavonoids, enzymes, vitamins, etc.

Make no mistake about it, the endocannabinoid system, although newly discovered, is just as important as any other bodily system, like the muscular, cardiac, circulatory or digestive system. The ECS requires its own specialized medicine as found in the Hemp Family of plants, which is also known as cannabis, and which includes all strains of marijuana.

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