Medical Cannabis by Michael H. Moskowitz, MD

Chapter 1: Introduction 

    Dr. Moskowitz is very firm on his stance of medical cannabis being an exceptional medication for numerous conditions right from the very start. While there is clear scientific evidence that medical marijuana can be beneficial in treating serious conditions such as Alzheimer’s and cancer, our own government still has cannabis listed as a Schedule I substance.

    Cannabis has been medically used dating back to before 1000 BC. Now with over 24 states having legalized the medicinal use of marijuana, it’s popularity is larger than its even been. Under the right supervision of a physician and with the right information, a patient can successfully treat symptoms and conditions using cannabis as an alternative to other medications such as opioids. 

    Dr. Moskowitz made the Medical Cannabis book available not only for patients, but also for caregivers, physicians, and more to better understand the current state of cannabis studies and the science behind this magical plant. 

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  • Chapter 2: Endocannabinoids

        Chapter 2 discusses the endocannabinoid system that is in every human body and how cannabis effects it. The ECS is made up of receptors and enzymes in different variations that help it keep our physical bodies in balance. Dr. Moskowitz goes into great depth explaining how cannabis positively actives the CB-1 and CB-2 receptors to reduce symptoms such as inflammation, pain relief, and can strengthen the immune system. When the human body falls ill it is our ECS that is responsible for balancing itself back out and to maintain itself when things are normal. 

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  • Chapter one

    This is a great introduction to this wonderful book. Dr. Moskowitz makes some great points and gives a foundation for the message of this book. He brings up many issues that have plagued the cannabis industry for quite some time. Issues like medicine cost, state & federal laws, incarceration, and racial inequality. The issues are progressing in the right direction, but there is still a long road ahead of us all.    

    Some think it's just a matter of legalizing the plant, it's not that easy. It's embedded in our society as health and illness and civil disobedience. Even though cannabis has been used for at least the last five millennia, We have much to learn about the medicinal properties that this plant holds and as that information comes available I feel it will change some of the other issues organically.    

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  • Chapter 2: Endocannabinoids 

    The endocannabinoid system is a system built inside all of us. The major components of the ECS include receptors, stimulators of those receptors, and enzymes. In the ECS there are two cannabinoid receptors (CB-1 & CB-2), two endocannabinoid (eCB) neurotransmitters and signaling agents( anandamide or AEA and 2-AG), and five enzymes. The system helps the body's buildup and breakdown functions, helping balance them. The discovery of this system is new and the research is still evolving and we are learning more every day.

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  • Chapter 3: Phytocannabinoids 

    Phytocannabinoids also as known as plant-based cannabinoids are substances found in the cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, and hybrids of the two. The names of those cannabinoids are Delta-9 THC, CBD, Delta-9 THCV, CBG, CBC, CBDA, Delta-9 THCA, CBDV, & CBN. Each one has its own pharmacological effect and has shown great efficacy to those ailments. Some benefits include anti-cancer properties, bone stimulant, transforms white fat into brown fat, appetite suppression, anti-microbial, and analgesic. More benefits are still being discovered as findings show these phytocannabinoids all interact differently when terpenoids and phenols are combined with them. Luckily for us, legitimate research and the science of how these plant-based products work is generating rapidly despite the government's highly restrictive barriers.    

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  •     Chapter 3: Phytocannabinoids


     Phytocannabinoids are substances in indica and sativa cannabis plants that activate different parts of the human bodies endocannabinoid system. The different types are THC, CBD, THCV, CBG, CBC, CBDA, THCA, CBDV, AND CBN. Each play a pivotal role in their own way to treat many symptoms associated with diseases ranging from cancer to schizophrenia. While cannabis that is high in THC content tends to be more popular in recreational marijuana use, it is not always the case in treatment with medical cannabis. For example, high CBD/low THC plants may be better suited for individuals who do not want to be too impaired by the effects of THC but still need relief from physical symptoms. Every patient is unique and the proper dosage, timing, and administration of medicine differs based on the individuals preference. 

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