LET'S TALK PLANT MEDICINE: Cannabis, Psychedelics & Pharmaceutics with Dr. O

LET'S TALK PLANT MEDICINE: Cannabis, Psychedelics & Pharmaceutics with Dr. O

This show is for educational purposes and should not be taken as medical advice, Dr. O is a clinical pharmacist certified in medical cannabis. In this podcast, you will learn about alternative ways to improve your health and well-being using the healing power of medicinal herbs such as cannabinoids, psychedelics, and conventional therapy.... Show More

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November 6, 2020 33 min

The old descriptions of “sugar diabetes” and “juvenile diabetes” don’t accurately describe these two diseases, and today I’m going to describe the causes, symptoms, and co-morbidities between these often confused diseases. I’ll also address the treatments for diabetes, and what we currently understand about the effect of cannabinoids on a patient with diabetes.

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If you’ve always connected the phrase “get the munchies” with marijuana, then you might be curious about how medical cannabis can help with the treatment of obesity. I am going to talk about some of the current treatments for obesity, some of their benefits and side effects, and then cover what we currently know and understand about medical cannabis and obesity.

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August 19, 2020 29 min

When people say that cannabis has a distinctive smell, what are they talking about? Terpenes are more than just the aromatics in cannabis; they are found in every single botanical. Today I’m going to teach you what terpenes are and why you should pay special attention to the particular terpenes found in products.

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In this episode, I talk about the signs, symptoms, and current treatment plans for Rheumatoid Arthritis, an autoimmune disease. Because there is no cure for it, many of the treatments currently revolve around managing and reducing pain, and I’ll share common drugs and their side effects. I’ll also share some promising studies about cannabinoids’ potential role in the management of this disease.

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Chronic pain can affect so much more than just a person’s body. Unmanaged chronic conditions like osteoarthritis can spiral into sleep problems, depression, or added weight gain. You can see why many people want help managing the pain they experience in their joints before it begins to affect other parts of their lives.

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Building a strong support system around a patient with Parkinson’s disease is a very important part of their treatment. Family, caregivers, and patients alike have to work together to find a regimen that will help them live comfortably with the disease. Exercise and diet play a strong part in its management, but so does pharmacological means. And when these options aren’t working as well as you hoped, there is some potential help w...

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People who suffer from chronic headaches want relief now, but a headache and a migraine should be treated differently. Because it’s important to recognize the difference between the two, I talk about the difference between them, some common pharmacological and non-pharmacological ways to treat them, some common side effects of the pharmacological treatments, and the potential benefits of cannabis in the treatment of migraines.

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In the second of this two-part series, I specifically address the unique challenges of females with epilepsy and seizure disorder. I talk about the different side effects of the currently prescribed drugs, and some of the special considerations that pregnant women must take. Seizure disorders are one of the few diseases that have been approved to be treated with cannabis-based products, and I share what we know about that as a mana...

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In this two part series, I talk about seizures and cannabinoids in the management of seizures. In this episode, I describe the different kinds of seizures, and how it differs from epilepsy. I share some of my personal experiences with seizures. And I discuss the current pharmacological and non-pharmacological ways of managing the disorders.

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Everyone wants to have a great sex life, but for many reasons, that may not happen. In this episode, I discuss the many reasons for sexual dysfunction, and I talk about some natural and pharmacological ways to help patients resolve this concern. There are many promising early results for how cannabis can help this condition, and I review some of those results too.

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Sleep disorders come in many different forms, like narcolepsy, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, and many more. The reasons for sleep disorders are also varied, ranging from physical causes to mental stresses on the brain. I explore a variety of treatment options for sleep problems, including simple lifestyle changes to pharmacological treatments, and I also address whether cannabis could be an effective part of the sol...

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January 29, 2020 27 min

In this two-part podcast episode, I talk about mental health and then the potential role of cannabis in mental health. In part one I discussed the different classifications of mental health disorders and their symptoms. In part two, I talk about the possibility of using cannabis to supplement the endocannabinoid system, the clinical studies behind medical cannabis, and the side effects of medical cannabis. As always, this informati...

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January 22, 2020 31 min

In this two-part podcast episode, I talk about mental health and then the role of cannabis in mental health. In part one, I discuss the different classifications of mental health disorders and their symptoms. It is important to understand the many different ways that mental health can impact us at different stages in our life because our health is vital. In part two I will talk about if and when cannabis can be used to treat mental...

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The routes of administration of cannabinoid products can have a big impact on their effectiveness. Whether you choose a lingual, oro-mucosal, topical, smoked, vaped, or other types of product, it is important to consider the patient’s health condition before prescribing the cannabis application they should use. I discuss the different drawbacks and benefits of each of these routes of administrations today.

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Using my chemistry background, I discuss the endocannabinoid system inside every human being and the benefits of CBD supplements for it. Current FDA warnings remind us that scientific data can and should be researched to prove or disprove cannabis health claims because as with any medicine, there are benefits and side effects to be considered.

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Each individual cannabinoid compound has a specific property and smell, which I describe in great detail. Using medical studies, I also discuss the known properties of terpenes and how they affect the human body. While it is common to separate out the cannabinoid compounds for pharmaceutical use, I believe that when they are used in their entirety they modify the negative effects of THC.

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December 25, 2019 23 min

By covering the history of cannabis in the pharmacopeia, I hope that you will begin to understand how it came to be regulated by the government today. In addition to regulation, how it is being prescribed has also changed by moving from a botanical plant to now isolating out chemicals for their specific benefits. I discuss the drawbacks of ignoring cannabis’ use as a botanical plant in the context of my pharmaceutical background.

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