A crucial component of helping my patients is guiding them toward realistic expectations so that we not only avoid disappointment but also prepare for the best possible outcome.
When it comes to the healing potential of cannabis, I have been focused on figuring out what cannabis can do for people suffering from epilepsy rather than what it might be able to do.
As the state of Texas stands on the precipice of its first legal cannabis planting, I’m celebrating an important first of my own: I’d like to say, for the first time publicly, that I believe cannabis is medicine, a conviction I developed gradually based on cumulative anecdotal evidence, but now more firmly rooted in recent research. Like all medicine, cannabis must be subjected to rigorous, double-blind, placebo-controlled, peer-reviewed studies so that we can best ascertain how to integrate cannabis-containing products into our treatment regimens in the most responsible way.
I didn’t always see cannabis this way. When you’re entrenched in the treatment of epilepsy, it’s inevitable that you’ll encounter CBD, also known as cannabidiol, one of the active cannabinoid compounds found in cannabis. But when my patients first came to me years ago with the idea that CBD could be a game-changer, my initial reaction was to tell them, “Don’t believe what you’re seeing on the news.”
I was skeptical, and I didn’t expect much to come of it.
When Compassionate Cultivation — one of only three businesses awarded a license in Texas to grow CBD-rich, low-THC cannabis