Honestly, this is a topic I thought I would never give attention to. Even though in the past I have tried cannabis oil for sublingual (under the tongue) use. I even tried to grow a plant in my own home so that I could make my own oil, but alas that didn’t pan out either.
So, What’s the Big Deal About Cannabis for Cancer Care?
If you ask most people, they have an opinion. They either love it or hate it. There’s no in-between. What you’ll probably also find is they have had a bad experience with it.
When done well, cannabis can have multiple beneficial effects like pain control, an appetite stimulant, it can help with sleep, and some of that euphoria as well. But what’s wrong with that? Three-quarters of the US population is on some kind of antidepressant with more harmful side effects than cannabis.
The important thing to know here is that working with a professional who knows the product is of the utmost importance.
Working With a Professional
Cannabis nurses are trained in the science of cannabis. They’re not your local budtender that is going to recommend whatever the dispensary is trying to get out of inventory that month.
And the scientific evidence is mounting in terms of what cannabis for cancer care can and cannot do. It can do some of the things mentioned above. It cannot cure cancer.
A cannabis nurse can help you not only find the product that is best for your goals and needs, but also help you determine a dose that is therapeutic but won’t bowl you over. I found this conversation fascinating just for the part on different administration routes and attributes of the product.
If you’re not into it, that’s okay. If you’re curious, go with someone who knows what they’re doing. Don’t just walk into a dispensary and ask for the strain on sale that week.
In this first episode of two parts, we explore:
- How to find a knowledgeable and reputable person to consult if you are interested in trying it. Hint: the budtender is not that person.
- The different administration routes of cannabis. No, it’s not just for getting high.
- The difference between evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence.
- How cannabis interacts with the human endocannabinoid system.
- What a cannabis care plan is.
Here are some of my favorite moments from this episode:
- 2:06 Who are Ally Schott and Rebecca Abraham?
- 2:12 Eir, the Goddess of Healing
- 7:39 How Eir is different from other cannabis dispensaries.
- 11:23 Types of cannabis products and safety in use for cancer patients.
- 17:00 Evidence-based practice vs Practice-based evidence.
- 19:50 How cannabis interacts with the human cannabinoid system.
- 28:23 Why the use of medicinal cannabis is still a new thing with old stigma.
- 45:12 What is a cannabis care plan?
- 55:28 It’s okay to use plants and conventional medicine.
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If you’re stressed about what to eat check out episode 34 with Cathy Leman, RD, or episode 35 where I talk about food rules vs. food values. Episode 19 and episode 30 were about balancing components of an anti-cancer lifestyle. Episodes 25, 31, and 32 were about helping you find ways to heal your soul through Reiki and healing touch, writing, and art therapy. Funny episode 16 with Dr. Shari Fox.