I recently attended an informational event put on by Tower Cancer Research Foundation (www.towercancer.org) in Beverly Hills, CA. Here are my “take aways.”
Cannabis is made up of 200 chemicals, two of which are CBD and THC.
this is one of the many reasons why cannabis is hard to study: there are soo many chemicals interacting with all of our unique genetics! (as compared to say, Aspirin, which is just one chemical interacting with all of our many varied genetics)
another reason why research is lacking is b/c well, it's illegal in this country so no way the Federal gov't will give a grant to study it. Most of the research that exists is from Canada and Israel, and much more is needed.
The lack of research and the fact it's still illegal in most states helps explain why majority of medical doctors don't know much about it. Something that came up again and again is no one has established "dosing" for cannabis. Best advice is to "go slow and stay low" (meaning low dose, you don't have to actually get on the floor ).
which brings me to the next item...in California, if the label of your cannabis product says "certified by such and such lab.." it basically means nothing. There currently isn't any regulation in California, and as a result the reliability of the labels on the bottles is basically non-existent. You absolutely cannot be sure that the ratio of CBD to THC or anything else on label is accurate. Also, there is no such thing as "Certified Organic," I didn't quite catch why that is, but if you see it don't trust it.
in 2018, recreational or, as one very offended person noted, "adult" use of cannabis will be legal in CA. At that time, it is expected the price for recreational will be a lot higher than for medical, and it will also be more difficult to qualify for a medical marijuana card. I use the word "expected" b/c final rules and regulations will not be released until beginning of Dec.
Also re: regulations, there will be a 6 month grace period after rec us goes into effect, and then all dispensaries will have to have a certified lab test their product. This has already happened in Colorado and apparently their product is much better b/c of it.
The person at the dispensary is called the "bud tender," and this person could vary in knowledge from stoned teenager to very educated and informed adult. Buyer beware!
although the medical community and cannabis community didn’t agree on everything, one thing they both agreed on is that Cannabis is very helpful for treating the SYMPTOMS of cancer, but not the cancer itself.
As I learn more about this important topic, I will be sure to let you know!