Pain from inflammation can and will likely affect all adults at some point in their lives, and for some, become chronic conditions that interfere with a normal quality of life.
I was born with a rare, degenerative hereditary motor and sensor neuropathy called Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT), a disorder of the peripheral nervous system characterized by a progressive loss of muscle tissue and touch sensation across various parts of the body. It wasn’t until I was 12 years old that I was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth and for the following 22 years I have faced enormous challenges because of Charcot-Marie-Tooth and cannabis prohibition.
It has long been known that resinous cannabis flower tops are well endowed with medicinal components. But that’s not the only part of the plant that has been used for therapeutic purposes. Cannabis roots have also provided relief for various ailments in traditional cultures.
Our video series Cannabis Conversations interviews Dr. Ethan Russo on clinical endocannabinoid deficiency and ways to target the endocannabinoid system for therapeutic benefit.
Greg Gerdeman, former assistant professor of Biology at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, spoke at the Annual Meeting of the Congress of Clinical Rheumatology. His remarks on cannabinoid treatment for rheumatic diseases can be heard here.