Anecdotes ARE valuable

Cannabis is medically significant. It has helped and is continuing to help huge numbers of people deal with chronic pain, combat epileptic fits, fight cancer, and more. But still people are hesitant.

Ever heard the phrase “the plural of anecdote is not data”? It’s a very interesting little saying that first appeared in 1982, and its point is good: just because people say something doesn’t mean it’s true. But did you know that the original phrase is literally the opposite of that? In 1969 Raymond Wolfinger said “the plural of anecdote is data,” in a response to a graduate student at Stanford. In a sense BOTH sayings are true, but if we consider data to be the precursor to rather than the same as information and knowledge, Wolfinger’s statement wins. While it’s important to establish full understanding through formal testing and research, anecdotes can be very valuable…

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Navel administration

Yes, navel. Which is a bit novel.

In the medical marijuana world, where people are taking oil for treatments of various kinds, the ‘belly button’ method of administering doses comes up fairly regularly. This involves putting a dose worth of FECO (full extract cannabis oil), neat or diluted with a carrier oil, into the navel and leaving it there to be absorbed. The idea is that the oil is absorbed quickly and completely, and it goes directly into the blood stream rather than having to pass through the intestine and liver first. Hmm.

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Midwest Cannabis Education Conference – videos

I sometimes hear medical experts say that there’s little or no clinical research going on into the use of cannabis and cancer treatment. It’s true that there needs to be more, but there are some excellent, evidence-driven[*] research programs being conducted and the findings show often astounding and exciting results. Here is an example of that.

“Dr. Cristina Sanchez outlines the pathology and molecular mechanics of cancer and how cannabinoids not only mitigate symptoms and side-effects, but also hinder and prevent the generation and progression of various types of cancerous cells and tumors, documented in clinical studies.”

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Research reading list

The medical use of cannabis, both as whole-plant extracts and isolates, is a fascinating area of study, but its legal status has meant that finding well-conducted research isn’t easy. Web forums are full of enthusiastic and well-meaning claims, but many of these are based on nothing more concrete than rumors, guesses and wishes. There are, however, excellent places to go for serious investigative data, analyses and answers, whether you’re interested in the history of cannabis prohibition (a depressing tale of racism and greed), its potential for medical uses, the science behind its effects in the human body, methods of growing, or practically anything else to do with this plant.

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