Summer 2014 Newsletter

Greetings,

We’ve been expanding so rapidly, I’m pleased to report, that we’ve been a bit lax in keeping you informed about what’s been going on—and that’s first on our list from now on.  We’ll be sending out an updated newsletter more often going forward. In the past months we’ve experienced a gratifying response from our clients that strengthens our belief that CBD is a natural and effective palliative medicine. Our members have been reporting many benefits of CBD for various conditions ranging from pain, inflammation, neurological seizures and cancer to Lyme’s disease, PTSD, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.  I want to extend a personal note of gratitude to all of our members who have taken the time to share your feedback of your healing journey. It is immensely gratifying to work with such loving people and be able to help you on your path.

Since there continues to be a lot of confusion surrounding CBD, as well as excitement, I’ve answered some of the most common questions below:

What Strain is Best For Me?

Because of the uniqueness and complexity, there are no quick shortcuts. While I make no medical claims, I try to match a strain to the persons specific needs based on my experience and their input. Many different factors play a role:

You, as a unique individual, are equipped with a unique body chemistry, sensitivity, body weight, and tolerance to the cannabis, combined with their medical conditions and various pharmaceuticals you may be taking, which alter every person’s chemical balance.
Cannabis is a very complex herbal plant. It contains 85+ different cannabinoids (THC, CBD, etc) and 50+ terpenes (creates aroma and also has medicinal properties). These are all combined together to make a natural herbal medicine. The overall combination is called the “Entourage Effect”.
Each disease or medicinal effect desired will not always require the same strain from one person to the next. While many people may find one strain will be the most effective in aligning with their endocannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptor points, others find a different strain works best.
For all of these reasons, we believe it is important to identify and label the specific strains we use in our products. The properties of the strains will be consistent over time and even from different sources. Synergy Wellness always identifies the strains used in tinctures and other products, while many other producers only identify the potency or the ratio of CBD:THC, if you are lucky. While this is important, it is just one data point. There is a myriad of other complex factors that contribute to the total effectiveness. Keeping track of how each strain effects you is important to managing your overall health and healing process. I urge you to keep a daily log of strain and dose. It also helps us identify what may work best in the future.

In general, the two main things we look at are a) Indica vs Sativa and b) CBD vs THC
Indica is relaxing, body oriented and lowers the energy level. Good for body pain, sleep issues, reducing symptoms. Sativa is stimulating, cerebral and raises the energy level. Sativa is often used for depression, creativity and stimulating appetite.
THC is the psychoactive component that makes one “high” (Sativa) or “Stoned” (Indica). THC does have some medicinal attributes. It helps shrink tumors, reduce pain and stimulates appetite. CBD is non-psychoactive. It reduces inflammation, inhibits the growth of cancer cells, reduces stress, anxiety, tremors, pain, and is good for Lyme’s disease, Chron’s disease, and a long list of other ailments.

Synergy Wellness collective is focused on CBD strains. We are specialists in this area and have flowers of 9 different strains in stock.

How much should I take?

Finding the correct dose is a process of experiential feedback. There is a window of efficacy. Too little will not have enough or any effect. Too much may have negative side effects or less medicinal benefits. The effects are at times biphasic—higher doses causing effects opposite to those seen at low doses. For this reason we always recommend starting off with a very low dose and slowly raising it over time, to find the lower and upper limits of the window of effectiveness. Research by Raphael Michoulam and also at the Nova Institute, have found the dosing of cannabis to have this biphasic property.  For most people, the window for CBD is somewhere between 0.10 – 2.0 mg/lb per day, usually divided into 2-3 doses taken orally.

Research Update

Epilepsy

I noticed a recent research study of children with severe epileptic type seizures that were not responding to other drug therapies. On the average, the patient had tried 12 different pharmaceutical drugs used in combination and were not getting positive results. Instead there were serious side effects. They then went on to use high CBD, low THC cannabis as a therapy.  Parents reported that 84% of the children had either a complete or partial (25%+) reduction in frequency, intensity and duration of the seizure. This is consistent with our findings with our members. Many children start out with partial seizure control and after several months, they become totally seizure free. As several of our members mentioned, the seizures hold the whole family hostage. Everyone is affected. When I learn that they see their child laugh and play for the first time, it truly warms my heart.  Please read this touching client story.

Cancer

Some of our members have reported that cannabinoids in marijuana slow cancer growth, inhibits formation of new blood cells that feed a tumor, as well as help manage pain, fatigue, nausea, and other side effects. While CBD is the main component responsible for these effects, we find that THC also appears to provide value in shrinking tumors. However, the high psychoactive effect of the THC often limits the amount of cannabis that can be ingested. We believe THC also works as a catalyst with the CBD. Together, they work much better than either one by itself. The synergy of the entourage effect is much more powerful. We have learned from members that our tinctures with the ratio of 4:1 CBD:THC have been most beneficial. Working with cancer is a healing process that takes time. Often 3-4 months are needed to shrink tumors by 40-50%. While we are delighted to share this information, please keep in mind that this information is anecdotal feedback from our members and it is not scientific in nature. CBD silences expression of the ID-1 gene, causing the cancer cell to stop reproducing. This reduces the stress level in the cell, allowing the body to find a new state of natural balance vibrant in health and healing.

Ancient Wisdom (contributed by Sandeep Kumar)

Ganga’s Roots: This colloquial term for cannabis is derived from the Ganges River of Northern India. The river itself, known as the Ganga (although pronounced with a hard “g”), played host in one ancient myth to Hindu deity Shiva, who came down from the Himalayas to the foot of the Ganges River to share the divine gift of cannabis with humanity. Shiva, is often associated with the sacred plant and prayers to Shiva are usually offered before partaking.

LL with crop 7-14 small
Leonard inspecting our outdoor crop. Flowers are just starting to form.