No, I probably won’t prescribe you Cannabis (even if it was legal)

With all the hype around Cannabis at the moment, I often get asked if I can get it for my patients (often in the hopes that I will then become the asker’s new ‘dealer’).

But the truth is, even if I could get you cannabis, I probably won’t. While it really is a fantastic plant with incredible healing properties, it isn’t the be-all and end-all of healing botanicals. And it most definitely will not be right for every individual who walks through my practice doors.

You see, the main thing about Cannabis is that it contains phytochemicals called cannabinoids which activate the endocannabinoid system (very fancy words for plant chemicals which ‘turn on’ the signals for certain functions in your body to happen, like sleeping, immune function and digestion).

Cannabis is NOT the only herb that activates this system and many patient’s don’t need this system to be looked into or treated.

Before treating with ANY herb, diet and lifestyle will be looked at and adjusted which might regulate the system in and of itself without the need for herbal interventions. And even if you get to the point of needing herbal intervention, there are many herbs which can influence the endocannabinoid system including Rosemary, Helichrysum (Imphempho), Maca and Echinacea – all which are widely available to practitioners and all very effective in their own ways.

So at the end of the day, even if I could get you cannabis, I probably won’t. I might get you cannabis if you need it, if you require a herbal intervention that has the exact effects of cannabis. But will I recommend it for everyone? No.

The basis of Phytotherapy is patient-centred, individual therapy. Each patient is different and will be treated differently. Rosemary might work for one patient but not for another even if they have the same health problems. In the same way, cannabis could work for some but not others.

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DISCLAIMER: HERBS ARE NOT ALWAYS SAFE TO BE TAKEN WITHOUT THE SUPERVISION AND GUIDANCE FROM A QUALIFIED (AND REGISTERED) HERBAL PRACTITIONER. IF YOU’D LIKE TO ENJOY A HOLISTIC, PATIENT-CENTRED APPROACH TO YOUR HEALTH NEEDS, DON’T HESITATE TO CONTACT ME TO BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT.