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…
Troubling times, reflected in the tumult we see outside ourselves, and when you feel the same tumult within, you know you are allowing these observations and experiences to touch your heart. And that, my friends, is not a bad thing.
Today I ended up writing about something completely different from what I originally intended. An exploration of trauma bloomed from my head.
Compartmentalizing tragedy and trauma
African Americans experience more stress than their white counterparts. I know this raises hackles, but hear me out. The truth is, it's the same for most subjugated populations that are suppressed by a dominant cultural narrative. Coping while black is a thing. Monica Williams of the University of Louisville refers to this as race-based trauma, or race-based traumatic stress. This phenomenon focuses specifically on the increased stresses that people of color experience due to being unfairly targeted by law enforcement, the constant barrage of violent images associated with bla…