Monday 18 July 2016
Cannabinology: A New Medical Specialty?
There's some bitterness towards the white coats of late,
I have felt it, written about it, let it burn in my gut.
But these days I've been assessing things a bit more. I've been
looking at things through their eyes, and I've been lucky
enough to meet a few docs who are as thirsty for knowledge
as I am.
For instance, my prescribing doctor asked me how to turn buds into oil.
He asked me the entire process of decarboxylating the THC, the temps,
the times, the oils I use .... this all happened AFTER he legalized me for
one full year at 3 grams a day.
He then asked about ABV cannabis (abv=already been vaped).
He said he had just been at a conference where they were
discussing it. So there I went on a shpeal about using every
bit that you can, in tree-hugging waste-not-want-not fashion.
That one doctor, and my own GP who said "he thinks he'll learn a
lot from me", have instilled hope in me that healers do still exist.
I have three healers now. One is green and two are not. But
that doesn't make them any less awesomely shamanic to me.
And I now completely understand why my young general practitioner
"wasn't comfortable recommending medical marijuana to me at this time".
He knows NOTHING about cannabis other than what yours truly has printed
out and given to him to read.
Him signing for me would have been like the plumber signing my electrical
ticket on my word alone.
Most white-coats work a lot of hours. They got a lotta bills.
That white coat wasn't cheap.
So when are they supposed to learn about cannabinoid medicine?
Maybe they don't need to after all.
Maybe we just need specialists and to give an overall knowledge course
on the endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid medicine in med school.
Not every doc knows how to treat cancer, there are oncologists.
Not every doc knows how to treat the digestive system, there are gastroenterologists.
Not every doc knows how (or should even try) to treat mental illness, there is psychiatry
See what I mean?
Do we want to muddie the knowledge?
I think Cannabinoid Therapy deserves its own specialty.