I am hoping this blog serves to educate the world.
I want those in the autoimmune community to know there may be other options out there, and people with experiences need to be inspired to share them without stigma . Clearly, it isn’t for everyone, but so many of us are looking for alternatives to the slew of toxic medications used to treat these illnesses.
The world needs to acknowledge that there are medical applications for cannabis. We are not all just trying to get high, and that suggestion is incredibly offensive. To think that the implications are any less with FDA approved medications is to ignore science and logic. Why are there limited scientific studies? Because the laws are such that those studies are prohibited. This needs to change, and the evidence for this is overwhelming.
Cannabis has over 80 documented cannabinoids that interact with the human endocannabinoid system. Draconian laws have limited the amount of information available regarding these receptors. Your endocannabinoid system has 2 known types of receptors, CB1 and CB2. It is largely thought that the CB1 receptors in the brain interact with THC for pain management. The CB2 receptors are not in the central nervous system (think anything covered in bone like brain and spine), and are located throughout the body. CB2 receptors are thought to interact with the immune system. Through this mechanism, cannabis can be used to interact with many biological processes, including inflammation and nerve pain.
This experiment has gone on for over a month already, so I will be trying to catch up and organize everything here.