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Dr. Sanford L. Severin

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Legalized Marijuana, What's The Real Story?

February 16, 2019

California recently legalized the sale of recreational marijuana. Is it good or bad to have legal recreational marijuana. Well this is a political topic and a hot potato so I am not going to touch it. However, medical marijuana has been available legally for some time. What is real story. What is the truth? Let’s look into it.


Have you ever wondered what it is about pot that makes you trip out? Well wonder no more. The answer is delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol. It is important to know this because researchers are actively working to isolate the components of marijuana that can be used to treat medical problems without making the user high Obviously it will not include delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol.


Another compound derived from marijuana, cannabidinol has been used to treat epilepsy with a good deal of success. A number of drug companies are currently working to develop other compounds that can be used clinically without causing cognitive problems. One of them, Epidiolex, is currently being tested at the University of California, San Francisco, Epilepsy Center as part of an international clinical trial to evaluate its efficacy in treating epilepsy.


There are also strong suggestions that cannabinoids might be helpful in treating breast cancer, autoimmune diseases and Alzheimers disease. Marijuana is also helpful in treating chronic pain and reducing the nausea induced by chemotherapy. Ongoing research may be years away before definite conclusions can be reached on some of the other possible uses but the preliminary results are encouraging.


All of this is good news, but in the meantime remember there is no definite proof of the value of marijuana in treating many of these diseases and we need to be mindful that some of the reported favorable results might represent a placebo effect.


A very valuable and inexpensive way to reduce pain is meditation. You can learn how to meditate in our book "Live Longer, Live Healthier."


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