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No matter how trendy cannabis might be today, there are still plenty of misconceptions. That’s reflected in the fact that according to a Quinnipiac poll released last March, most Gen Z’s, Millenials and Gen X’s are in favor of legalized cannabis, while baby boomers are divided and adults over 65 years old mostly said, “No, thank you.”

What’s interesting, though, is nearly all the poll’s participants said they would support the legal use of medical cannabis as a treatment option if their doctor prescribes it. And indeed, a 2016 report by the International Center for Science in Drug Policy found that a lifetime use of cannabis carries a low risk of dependence, affecting only 9% of people surveyed. Other data suggests that cannabis can contribute to a low risk of developing lethal damage to the heart, declines in IQ or schizophrenia, and some studies have noted cannabis’ benefits toward mitigating chronic pain, motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis and even some types of cancer.

Still, mention cannabis to the average grandmother and she’ll probably sport a worried expression as she pictures stereotypical stoners and drug addicts. Admittedly, further scientific research is necessary to understand its potential medical applications, but in the meantime, scientists continue to develop cannabis-based treatments backed by legitimate medical research.

OWC Pharmaceutical Corp. Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Oron Yacoby Zeevi boasts more than 20 years of extensive experience in the biopharmaceutical industry and is fascinated with the healing power of cannabis, particularly its potential to treat complex multifactorial diseases. However, she believes that there are too many companies trying to transform the world of cannabis, and that the only way the scientific community will make any significant difference in patients’ lives is by working together and sharing results.

One obstacle is that not everyone is willing to smoke cannabis, even if it’s solely for medical purposes. Smoking solutions are often stigmatized and, along with the fear of getting high, may be the reason so many people choose to stay away. But there are a few alternatives out there. Vaporizing provides a smoke-free cannabis experience produced by heating the plant up to a temperature at which the active ingredients are released as a less harsh and less odorous vapor. Vaporizing can also dramatically reduce the harms associated with inhaling toxins in cannabis smoke. Edibles are another way to avoid smoking, but this method requires a lot more patience because of the digestive processes involved and can have intense psychoactive effects. And then there’s CBD, a key ingredient of cannabis that was successfully isolated by Dr. Rafael Mechoulam back in the ‘60s. It doesn’t get you high and has no hallucinogenic effects, and is increasingly cited as a source of pain and anxiety relief. CBD comes in several forms including pills, oils, balms, vaping devices and edibles.

An additional alternative was recently developed by Dr. Oron Zeevi’s team at OWC, which created a sublingual cannabis-based tablet that is currently being tested in a clinical trial by Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center Fund. The tablet is designed to be absorbed under the tongue, enabling cannabinoids to enter the blood system more rapidly at specific doses and providing quick pain relief, essentially acting as an all-natural Advil.

While cannabis sativa is one of the world’s longest cultivated plants, its medical use remains controversial. For this reason, it’s important to understand the progress that is being made by the scientific community, because what used to be taboo in the past is suddenly in high demand, possibly even by grandma.

Source: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/334374

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