Advances In Therapeutic Uses Of Medical Marijuana

There is a lot of noise around medicinal marijuana; so much so that just the thought of trying it might be overwhelming. There are actually many proven benefits when it’s used the right way, some of which I’ve even experienced myself. When I was recovering from mold toxicity combined with C. diff and a slew of other factors that ruined my gut, I was so nauseous that I couldn't eat and was rapidly losing weight. None of the anti-nausea medications I tried were working, but marijuana did. Now, there are a lot of nuances to its use and much more research to be done. To understand what the data currently shows us on medicinal cannabis and where someone might start if they’re curious, I’m excited to sit down with an expert on the topic, Dr. Misha Kogan. Dr. Kogan has extensive experience researching and using medical marijuana with his patients. We dive into an explanation of the body’s endocannabinoid system and how marijuana interacts with it. Dr. Kogan explains the differences between activating our CB1 receptors (neurological effects, pain, anxiety) versus CB2 (immune upregulation, metabolic support). Dr. Kogan’s motto is “start low, go slow, and deliver it where it needs to go,” which he elaborates on throughout this episode with examples from his own practice. Pain, nausea, and spasticity issues like multiple sclerosis are the top three symptoms medicinal cannabis has been proven to help. Dr. Kogan and I talk about some of the interesting research in these areas, including that the National Academy of Science rates marijuana higher for pain relief than opioids. We also get into the topic of cancer which Dr. Kogan doesn’t use marijuana to treat directly, but instead uses it to treat the side effects of cancer treatments. Cannabis may be one of the oldest documented herbal medicines on earth. I was interested to learn more about the modern data we have on it and I think you will be, too. This episode is brought to you by Even, BiOptimizers, and Athletic Greens. Even provides personalized nutrition for medication users and right now, you can schedule a complimentary consult with an Even expert to figure out the right nutrient companion for you. Plus, you can get 20% off your first order. Just go to and use the code DRMARK20. You can try BiOptimizers Magnesium Breakthrough for 10% off by going to and using the code HYMAN10. For a limited time, BiOptimizers is also giving away free bottles of their bestselling products P3OM and Masszymes with select purchases. Athletic Greens is offering Doctor’s Farmacy listeners a full year supply of their Vitamin D3/K2 Liquid Formula free with your first purchase, plus 5 free travel packs. Just go to to take advantage of this great offer.
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