As of 2017, Florida
legalized the use of medical marijuana via registration with the
compassionate care registry. Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) products
are available by prescription to patients meeting the diagnostic requirements
for illness and disorders that have clinically demonstrated alleviation of
symptoms under treatment protocols that include medical marijuana. A wide range
of conditions may benefit from medical marijuana treatment (FMD.green) because the symptoms of these
diseases share commonalities – muscle tension/spasms, anxiety, neuropathic and
migraine pain, nausea, appetite suppression, and agitation.
Medical CBD resulted in a significant improvement in my
quality of life. In previous blog posts starting in October of last year I
disclosed a severe decompensation into PTSD symptoms related to my experience
both during the election cycle and a lack of support from my home department at
the University of Florida. I worked diligently using the traditi…
In 2002 Maurice Elphick of Queen Mary University in London presented his research at the annual meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology. Elphick had previously demonstrated that the cannabinoid system in mammals "is a fundamental signalling system in the central nervous system of vertebrates, where it plays a role in movement, pain, and learning and memory.” The 2002 presentation built on his previous work. He had discovered cannabinoid receptors outside of the nervous system among invertebrates, specifically sea squirts. This means that the receptor for cannabinoids existed much earlier in the evolutionary line than previously estimated. Cannabinoids have served a biological function in animals since invertebrates evolved (Genomeweb, 2002).
The Endocannabinoid System
The endocannabinoid system is the largest neurotransmitter system in the brain. This system can be affected either by cannabinoids from outside of the body (exogenous), or those…
I'm working on a long and involved post about Westworld, PTSD, suffering, and insight/awaking. In the meantime I found this little tidbit in a journal and thought I would share because it really reflects where I am right now.
I'm still incapacitated with PTSD reactivation. Unfortunately, as we do, the social support begins to wane over time (Ptucha, p. 6-8). It's emotionally exhausting to support someone in crisis, and I've met my quota for the year. This is how brilliant people lose their career, I suppose. Social support is often cited, I've been in many a classroom where this was listed by graduate or doctoral student as a protective buffer for many a chronic disease and social ill. The conceptualization of social support as a static rather than dynamic element of the individual experience is problematic.
If social support is static, then we can move forward after checking a yes/no box without consideration for the future condition of this element. Social suppor…