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Medical Cannabis: Clearing the Smoke

Jun 03, 2015 04:44PM ● By Reynna Lynn

When we think about Cannabis users, the typical stereotype comes to mind: Cheech and Chong, Beevis and Butthead, the cast from That ‘70s Show. But the reality is that most users of cannabis do not fit this stereotype. Because of the stigma and federal classification as a Schedule I drug, most people who use it won’t admit they do.

The truth is that prior to 1937, Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica were among the most prescribed remedies for hundreds of ailments. Cannabis was first included in the U.S. Pharmacopeia in 1851, where it remained until the 12th edition in 1942. Two well-known pharmaceutical manufacturers of the day, Parke-Davis and Eli Lily, developed and marketed standardized extracts of cannabis for use as an analgesic, an antispasmodic and sedative. In addition, Grimault & Company marketed cannabis cigarettes as a remedy for asthma.

Fast forward to 2015 and we are seeing more and more people using cannabis in ways it has been used for thousands of years. Contrary to popular belief, smoking the herb, or flower as it is now commonly called, is not the only option. For the past two years, the medical marijuana industry has seen a plethora of products based on the extract of this healing plant. These include tinctures, topicals, capsules/sublinguals, oils for vaping, full plant oil for ingesting, and literally hundreds of edibles products. Each of these delivery methods brings their own unique benefits and ultimate results. The nice thing about all the options is that there is something for everyone.

Medical cannabis isn’t an option for every person, but it is effective for many. The beauty of cannabis is that it is a 100 percent natural remedy that can be extremely effective on its own or as an augmentation to traditional medicine. It does take some experimentation to learn what is exactly right, and in what doses, for one’s body.

Those who choose to explore medical cannabis should be sure to know what they are getting and where it is coming from. All relationships with a dispensary should be personal and transparent. It is essential to know exactly what is in each product including cannabinoid percentages/ratios, ingredients, nutritional information and to receive clear dosing instructions.

Reynna Lynn and her husband are owners of RX-C: Beyond Delivery, an MMJ delivery and consulting service specializing in patients new to medical cannabis use. They provide high quality, organic, medical cannabis and deliver education on the science behind cannabis to promote a healthy, chemical-free lifestyle. For more information, call 760-849-8250, email [email protected] or visit