Diving Deep Into An Understanding Of Medical Cannabis with Bonni Goldstein, M.D.

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Throughout history Cannabis (also known as marijuana) has been used across the planet as medicine to cure many specific ailments, to treat everything from anxiety to epilepsy. It has been rediscovered by modern medicine after decades of being demonized in the “War On Drugs.” At this time (summer 2020), 11 US states have legalized recreational cannabis for adult use and 33 states have legalized medical cannabis. More than four million people in the United States are healing illnesses with cannabis. Nonetheless, many physicians remain reluctant to discuss cannabis medicine. Through cannabis medicine, Bonni Goldstein, M.D. has helped thousands of suffering patients find relief from chronic, difficult-to-treat conditions. Here she explains the current state of scientific research and offers actionable advice in using various forms of medical cannabis. She includes information about the combination of TCB and CBD compounds and their effects. She points out, when talking about the medical benefits of two of the compounds in cannabis, THC and CBD, “Everybody has a unique response to these compounds. We all know there are some people who love THC -- They think it's the best thing ever. And, then other people say, ‘Oh no, I can't take that. It makes me feel weird.’ And then those in the middle. We have to remember that humans respond individually to things that we take into our body, even food… It’s the same thing with these cannabinoids. But it's important to realize with regards to cannabinoids, THC and CBD, there isn't a good cannabinoid and a bad cannabinoid, they're both good cannabinoids when used properly for medicinal purposes[T]hey may use different mechanisms in the brain and body but they can have very similar outcomes, decrease in nausea, decreased pain, relaxation, better sleep, all kinds of medicinal properties. But you have to remember they act differently. One of the most important things I tell people is it's your personal preference. You have to try it. You have to see how you feel on it. Then you can create your personalized or customized cannabis regimen.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms) 

Bio 

Bonni Goldstein is a physician, pediatric ER doctor, and cannabis specialist. She is the medical director of Canna–Centers Wellness & Education, a Los Angeles-based medical practice that helps patients use cannabis for serious and chronic illnesses. She has successfully treated thousands of adult and pediatric patients with cannabis medicine. She is a board member of the International Association for Cannabis as Medicine and is medical advisor to Weedmaps.com. Dr. Goldstein was awarded the 2017 Medical Professional of the Year by Americans for Safe Access. 

Bonni Goldstein is the author of: 

  • Cannabis is Medicine: How Medical Cannabis and CBD are Healing Everything from Anxiety to Chronic Pain (Little Brown Spark, 2020)

 To learn more about the work of Bonni Goldstein go to www.bonnigoldsteinmd.com.

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • How there is now pharmaceutical grade CBD for certain severe epilepsies
  • What was being taught in med school when Dr. Goldstein was doing her residency
  • Why cannabis research is hampered by the fact that is remains a schedule I drug and scientific research on humans is prohibited
  • What are two significant compounds in cannabis, THC and CBD, and what are their effects on human physiology
  • How can we find a cannabis specialist doctor in our area
  • Why it is important to know that a particular cannabis plant is grown under the exact (or close to) same conditions to be assured you are receiving as close as possible the same formula that works for you
  • How ingesting cannabis does not necessarily have to include getting intoxicated or “high” from it
  • What are the medical risks of cannabis use
  • What about any testing of cannabis use and the development of the brain in teenagers
  • Can someone overdose on cannabis
  • What is Goldstein’s advice regarding mixing cannabis with prescription medications
  • What is known about the neuroprotective effects of cannabis
  • What is a Certificate of Analysis (COA), its importance, and how can one obtain one
  • What are some ways, besides smoking, one can ingest cannabis
  • What is the difference between hemp and medical cannabis

 Host: Justine Willis Toms   Interview Date: 9/4/2020   Program Number: 3713

Music Playlist

From Album: Roots - The Solo Piano Album
Artist: Laurie Z.
1997 Zebra Productions #ZP-0103

Opening Essay: Track 01 Stranger in a Familiar Land
Music Break 1: Track 02 Michael's Song
Music Break 2: Track 05 The Mysterious Painter
Music Break 3: Track 06 From the Ashes