cannabinoids and thyroid autoimmunity

Boulder's own Joseph Cohen DO did an excellent talk on leaky gut/autoimmunity which will be available until 1159pm MDT tomorrow, Apr 7.  Yes, he covers thyroid autoimmunity, among others.  How cannabinoids help heal the gut is the focus, and he discusses the neuroprotective effects of cannabis.

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  • Hi - sorry to be a killjoy as I am sure that cannabinoids can be medicinal in some cases - BUT my sister has been addicted to cannabis since she was 13 years old (54 now) and for the last ten years she has been on anti-psychotic drugs as she became schizophrenic. NIGHTMARE!!! So please don't advocate cannabis!!!! If there are medicinal qualities amongst all the bad stuff then they should be extracted by pharmacists and sold as pills - anyone who advocates smoking marijuana is doing the world a disservice and contributing to the misery of individuals. I DO get that in some cases it might be beneficial if you are in severe pain and have a fatal medical condition but all this advocation of the medicinal benefits sends the message that it is O.K. when it's NOT. Just admit that you like getting stoned or are addicted - don't try and justify!!!

  • I would conclude two things: (1) your sister likely has an addictive personality, and (2) she has probably been overdosing on cannabis for a very long time - which will cause mental health issues.  The effective use of cannabis for medical problems requires a low dose.

  • Yes you're right - I just worry that people will use the efficacy argument as an excuse to overindulge!

  • Cannabinoids are like many other medicines/herbs/whatever: the effectiveness vs. dose is a bell curve, and the undesirable side-effects rise rapidly once the patient goes over the dose corresponding to the top of the bell curve.  And for medical conditions, blends of cannabinoids (not just all THC) are what is effective for conditions like cancer and IBS.  Unfortunately, there are lots of people (mostly young people) who think that more is always better.   Those people don't care about treating CECD (Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency); they just over-saturate their receptors and pay the price of overdose.  Which, as in the case of your sister, can be disastrous.

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