Is Medical Cannabis A Holistic Health Solution?

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  • Episode Name: “Is Medical Cannabis A Holistic Health Solution?”
  • Live Broadcast: April 24th, 2018 at 12:00 pm Pacific Time

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Discover the latest science behind medical cannabis and its use

Episode Summary Re-cap

Discover the latest science behind medical cannabis and its use in cancer, autoimmune conditions, Lyme disease, chronic anxiety, and more. Find out the crucial difference between hemp CBD oil and cannabis CBD oil. Joining Heather is Dr. Judy Mikovits, an expert in the fields of immunology, biochemistry and virology from the National Cancer Institute. Judy began her early career in natural plant medicine and after spending decades in mainstream science, turned her attention back to natural healing remedies for immune health. She will share the latest research on the healing benefits of this sacred plant!

Judy MikovitsSpecial Guest: Judy Mikovits, PhD

Judy A. Mikovits, PhD has focused her life as a research scientist on curing cancer to honor her grandfather who died of cancer when she was a teenager. Dr. Mikovits earned her BA from University of Virginia and PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from George Washington University. In her 35-year quest to understand and treat chronic diseases, she has studied immunology, natural products chemistry, epigenetics, virology and drug development.

In just over twenty years she rose from an entry-level lab technician to become director of the lab of Antiviral Drug Mechanisms at the National Cancer Institute before leaving to direct the Cancer Biology program at EpiGenX Pharmaceuticals in Santa Barbara, California where she had met and married David Nolde in 2000.

There in 2006, she became attracted to the plight of patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Autism. In only five years she developed the first neuroimmune institute from a concept to a reality and is primarily responsible for demonstrating the relationship between immune based inflammation and these diseases. She has published over 50 scientific papers and the book, Plague.

Dr. Judy A. Mikovits founded MARC, Inc. with her collaborator Dr. Frank Ruscetti.

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Dr. Judy’s Book: Plague: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases

Medical Cannabis Science

Over decades, there has been a great debate about the pros and cons of cannabis for health. Controversies over the psychotropic effects (the high from cannabis) and its classification as a mind-altering drug, along with studies showing harmful effects have contributed to the confusion about how to use this sacred plant. However, for or hundreds of years, cannabis has been used by our ancestors for a variety of health reasons and there’s good reason why. Let’s examine the science.

Dr. Judy Mikovits shared that the studies showing harmful effects of cannabis used non-organic, conventional cannabis that had been sprayed with toxic herbicides (like the possible carcinogen, glyphosate), pesticides, and have been contaminated with heavy metals. In this case, you get a garbage in/garbage out study. Contaminated cannabis is not at all recommended for healing and is largely behind the harmful effects found in studies.

To date, Judy tells us that there are thousands of scientific studies on the beneficial effects of cannabis, including cancer, digestive issues, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, pain relief, and more. She recommends using organic or wildcrafted, non-GMO cannabis or hemp (choose depending on your health condition) and CO2 extraction (no alcohol used in the extraction), so that you can get the best benefits. Also, make sure that the hemp or cannabis is dried naturally and that a “drying agent” like glyphosate is not used.

The Endocannabinoid System in Your Body that Cannabis Supports

In 1994, Dr. Vincenzo Di Marzo co-authored a textbook with studies on the endocannabinoid system in the human body. The research showed that endocannabioids are found in all mammals and regulate a wide variety of biological functions. Dr. Judy explained that every level of DNA has a signaling capacity to respond to cannabinoids, from blood to the brain, to stem cells.

Respect the Plant: Choosing the Right Type and Amount

Studies show that too much cannabis can trigger a stress response in the body and work against you. This is why there’s a valid concern with overuse of cannabis and further, why it’s important to use cannabis with respect. Because using cannabis for healing is still very new and not well understood by the majority of practitioners, it’s important to work with a practitioner who has expertise with helping you choose the type and proper dosage of medical cannabis.

Additionally, whether to use hemp CBD (which is legal in all 50 states of the United States) or medical cannabis (legal in only some states and may be legal in other states based on a medical diagnosis that is considered a legal reason to use medical cannabis) depends on your health condition. For example, skin cancer and arthritis may respond best to a higher THC concentration (and topical application mixed with a high-quality oil, like organic extra virgin coconut oil) and headaches may respond better to a sublingual application of hemp CBD oil. This can get a bit more complicated because the strain of medical cannabis, along with the best terpenes (see below), matter too.

Some people do better with indica strains, and others, sativa strains. Still others may benefit most from a hybrid. Concentrations of CBD to THC may need to change based on your specific health issues (e.g., we had a caller who was doing well with 20:1 CBD to THC, while someone else might do better with a 1:1 concentration).

Here is a picture of the benefits of different types of cannabinoids

Dr. Judy Mikovits joins Heather Dane to discuss the latest science behind medical cannabis and its use in cancer, autoimmune conditions, Lyme disease, chronic anxiety, and more.

Terpenes: Anti-Inflammatory & Immune Modulators

Terpenes are compounds found in hemp and cannabis that have health benefits ranging from cancer preventative to anti-inflammatory, immune-supporting, antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial and anti-parasitic activities.

Here are some examples of terpenes and how they can support your health:

  • Myrcene – with musky, earthy aroma, helps induce sleep and relaxation
  • Limonene – citrus aroma, helps elevate mood and relieve stress
  • Alpha-pinene, Beta-pinene – has a pine scent and helps with alertness, asthma, and memory
  • Beta-caryophyllene – peppery, spicy aroma and helps with gastrointestinal issues and arthritis
  • Linalool – has a floral, candy, or citrus scent and helps relieve depression, anxiety and sedation

Migraines: A Case Study

We had a caller who asked about migraines. After listening to her health history, Dr. Judy recommended that she consider looking into CBD oil suppositories from hemp. In terms of terpenes, limonene and linalool may be good options.

Another consideration for migraines that begin around age 40 or during perimenopause or menopause is to add 1 teaspoon 40,000 Volts liquid minerals and 5-10 drops Ionic Zinc to 16 ounces of water and sip that all day. If this feels good and you need more energy around 3:00 pm, make another of the same drink and sip that for the rest of the day.

Learn more about how to use medical cannabis and other immune-healing plants in the replay video of our online class!
In Immune-Healing Foods, Supplements & Remedies Part 1, you will learn:
  • The Benefits of Baicalin – Baicalin is an extract of Blue Skullcap, a plant remedy with many healing benefits. Find out why baicalin supports immune system health, sleep, and more. Learn how and when to take it, and discover where to source it.
  • Medical Cannabis and CBD Oil – Medical cannabis and CBD oil have been studied for benfits for your immune system, digestive system, nervous system; and how it can support sleep, moods, memory, connective tissue, pain relive, and more. Learn the types, strains, and terpenes that help with different health conditions.
  • Dosing – Discuss what clinical results and research is showing about dosing. How much of each to take and how to listen to your body to identify what is working for you. How to know when to make adjustments.
  • Q&A – Dr. Judy Mikovits answers questions about how to put these healing plants to use in a variety of health situations.
  • Video Recording – This is a video recording of a class in our non-profit program, The Wellness Project by Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.
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