Treating Marijuana Syndromes with Traditional Chinese Medicine
Marijuana is a Very Important Issue for Acupuncturists.
Marijuana is a very important issue for acupuncturists. There are several reasons why:
1) Your clinical practice. Whether you know it or not, you’re probably treating people who use marijuana. Nearly 11% of the population of the United States uses marijuana on a regular basis. That’s 35 million people. This number is growing every day. It will continue to grow regardless and perhaps in spite of marijuana’s legal status.
The clinical challenge this presents you with is twofold:
First, there’s a strong chance that your patients won’t tell you they use marijuana even if they do. If you don’t know how to spot the effects of marijuana in your work, you’ll be missing some very critical factors in your diagnosis. You’ll also seriously impede your patients’ healing process. This can erode your confidence and effectiveness as a clinician as you wonder what’s going on when your treatments aren’t working.
The second clinical issue is that marijuana is a very dynamic herb with powerful synergisms and antagonisms. The presence of marijuana in your patient will radically alter the effects of both the herbal medicine and acupuncture you use.
You Have More Power Than You May Realize
As an acupuncturist and herbalist, you have a unique potential to treat the side effects of marijuana. With a little training, you’ll soon be able to spot marijuana syndromes in your clinical practice. You’ll have a whole new set of easy-to-use tools in your diagnostics. You’ll radically improve your patients’ healing and boost your confidence, effectiveness and reputation as a practitioner.
Many People Don’t Know That Marijuana Has Side Effects
In general, people don’t know that marijuana has side effects. This is incredible, given what a powerful drug it is. That’s why I believe it’s very important to educate people about the effects of marijuana and how they can balance and optimize them using Traditional Chinese Medicine. This is a very rewarding and unusual kind of public outreach. If you get involved, it can help you to contact and help many people that you never would otherwise.
As Acupuncturists and herbalists, we have the ability to directly observe and understand the effects of marijuana in our clinical practice. Marijuana is an herb. It has qualities just like any other herb does. Discerning and describing the effects of marijuana falls entirely within the scope of what we already do.
In essence, our professional language and orientation allow us to understand the effects of marijuana and treat them effectively with very little specialized training.
Acupuncture and the Politics of Marijuana
Major media venues are very hot on the subject of the effects, economics and politics of marijuana. There are a number of key people in the entertainment industry who are also beginning to campaign on this important issue in ways that might surprise you.
For example, Kymani Marley, a Reggae/Hip Hop superstar, began speaking out about balancing marijuana using Chinese herbs by promoting an OTC medication that I developed for this purpose called Balance the Herb.
. This is only the beginning of a very ambitious campaign that he and a number of others have embarked on to turn this population toward greater balance.
Because of all the media coverage around marijuana these days, it’s only a matter of time before your patients will start asking you questions about the effects of marijuana on their health. I guarantee those questions are going to shake you to your core if you don’t know what’s coming. These people really want to know, and they want you to answer them with depth and sincerity. Be prepared.
On a political level, I believe the issue of marijuana is very important for acupuncturists to be familiar with. This is because both sides of the so-called medical marijuana debate have serious holes in them that we have the ability to solve. We can stand as a voice of measure and reason on the sidelines of this debate. We can come forth shining on the middle path and help to guide the public in a positive direction.
In addition to all of this, learning the material in
will connect you with a very alive and thriving cannabis culture. This group is in genuine need of acupuncture and herbal specialists who deeply understand and are able to work with its unique and dynamic challenges, character and characters. This is your opportunity to begin to develop skills that will serve you, your community and your practice for a lifetime.
A Special Note for Balance Practitioners
For extensive details on how to balance and optimize the effects of cannabis using Traditional Chinese Medicine, please refer to
How to Balance and Optimize
the Effects of Cannabis
With Traditional Chinese Medicine
Balancing Marijuana Index