The Easyway to Stop Smoking
Companies that sell cannabis make amazing claims for the effectiveness of their products for a multitude of medical conditions.
Sadly, and alarmingly, these exaggerated false statements are NOT supported by scientific research.
In fact, recent studies suggest that cannabis has a minimal effect on pain, does not reduce anxiety or depression, has a very unpredictable effect on sleep and does not reduce PTSD or fibromyalgia.
Furthermore, cannabis is addictive, has withdrawal symptoms when stopped suddenly, may precipitate schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and psychosis in vulnerable individuals, does not reduce opioid abuse and contributes to road traffic accidents.
Unless produced in a laboratory, and tested in rigorous trials, cannabis can not be "prescribed" by a physician.
Cannabis companies however do ask physicians to "authorize" its use. It is a very strange state of affairs.
Cannabis products synthesized in laboratories (which CAN be prescribed) include the pharmaceuticals Drabinol, Nabilone, Nabixmols and Epidiolex. Nabilone (also called Cesamet) and Nabixmols (also called Sativex) are available in Canada.
These synthetic cannabis products are approved for: (1) nausea & vomiting due to cancer chemotherapy, (2) muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis, (3) anorexia in wasting disorders such as HIV/Aids, (4) neuropathic pain unresponsive to conventional therapies and (5) two rare forms of childhood epilepsy.
Beyond these 5 conditions there are insufficient studies to warrant a role for physicians in authorizing cannabinoids.
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A Wonderful Book for Patients Suffering with Anxiety Disorders
Dr. Mark Berber
Use these questionnaires to discover if YOU have a Cannabis Addiction or Use Disorder
Anxiety Disorders, the commonest psychiatric disorders of all, are treated with cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques and medications. To understand (and help overcome) these disorders, I highly recommend "The Emotional Brain" by Dr. Joseph LeDoux. Published in 1996, physicians will also benefit by reading this excellent text.
Allen Carr's "Easy Way to Stop Smoking" helps readers stop smoking for good! I highly recommend this book which worked for me and many others. Nicotine patches, gums and sprays are, like cigarettes, nicotine delivery devices and will not bring about the change in attitude required to stop smoking.
The number of people smoking cigarettes has fallen. Sadly, however, more youngsters are starting to "vape", inhaling either nicotine or cannabis products. Tobacco companies, observing profits from cigarette sales drop have invested heavily in vaping devices and products. Recent reports describe serious lung damage associated with vaping and respiratory experts are advising against vaping ANY products until further assessments have been completed.