Cannabis vs Pharmaceuticals

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Cannabis vs Addictive Pharmaceuticals

Canada will soon legalize Cannabis next year July 1, 2018 to curb drug addictions and drug cartels, and assist Canadians with natural alternative healing for various chronic diseases through the medical benefits of cannabis.

Cannabis is non-addictive and without side-effects because it is a herbal medicine. As an acupuncture detox specialist and certified cannabis specialist, most drug dependents can be rehabilitated and chronic diseases treated effectively through the use of medical cannabis, herbs, nutrition, acupuncture, exercise, Qigong and counselling.

According to Van Isle Medical Marijuana, "One of the major benefits of cannabis over pharmaceuticals is that it is not as addictive as most pain and anti-convulsive medication are. Many people cannot handle the very powerful man-made drugs that are generally prescribed for chronic conditions, like fentanyl, oxycontins, morphine and anti-convulsive medication. The side effects of these strong drugs are also cause for concern.

"Synthetic drugs are very expensive, and with our over-burdened health system, cannabis is potentially healing to our pocket-books as well as our bodies. Opiate abuse and addiction is one of the largest problems facing our youth and it doesn't help to have these prescription drugs an unquestioned component of our health system, while a natural and affordable alternative is available.

"With cannabis, people are often able to get off pharmaceuticals all together, or to substantially reduce the amounts they need.

Smoking cannabis is the most unhealthy manner of ingestion but there are plenty of healthy alternatives these days such as vaporizers.

"In an eight year study comparing the number of deaths from marijuana use to seventeen FDA approved drugs conducted from January 1st, 1997 to June 30, 2005, showed zero direct deaths from marijuana and 11,687 from the seventeen FDA approved drugs. Twelve of these seventeen drugs were ones that are often prescribed in place of medical marijuana. The full study and the results including details of the drugs compared can be found here."

Medical Benefits of Cannabis

Cannabis has been found valuable in the treatment of many illnesses and conditions throughout history. Here are just a few of the benefits patients experience from cannabis today.

  • Relieves chronic pain from a variety of causes and reduces the need for addictive narcotic pain killers.
  • Increases appetite, relieves nausea and vomiting, reduces pain and helps patients sleep while undergoing chemotherapy.
  • Improves appetite, may reduce pain and helps HIV patients sleep.
  • May reduce brain and lung tumors and slow the growth of cancer, may stop breast cancer from spreading throughout the body.
  • Relieves eye pressure associated with Glaucoma.
  • Improves appetite among sufferers from Wasting Syndrome.
  • May prevent formation of Alzheimer's plaques¯.
  • May function as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory in Arthritis sufferers.
  • Can open up airways in the lungs in Asthma sufferers.
  • Improves appetite, reduces muscle spasms and relieves chronic pain in spinal cord injuries.
  • Can help result in faster recovery for head injury sufferers.
  • Reduces nausea and chronic pain and helps Fibromyalgia patients sleep better.
  • Can help patients suffering from depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, phobias, ADD, etc.
  • Can lower blood pressure in Hypertension sufferers.

Common conditions treated with cannabis

Canadian law describes a state of disease for which medical cannabis (marijuana) can be prescribed that applies to a lot of symptoms that are common to many different conditions.

  • AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Chronic Pain
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Alzheimers
  • Hypertension
  • ADD
  • Compassionate end of life care, and more.

Category 1:

This category is comprised of any symptoms treated within the context of providing compassionate end-of-life care; or the symptoms associated with the specified medical conditions listed in the schedule to the Regulations, namely:

  • Severe pain and/or persistent muscle spasms from multiple sclerosis;
  • Severe pain and/or persistent muscle spasms from a spinal cord injury;
  • Severe pain and/or persistent muscle spasms from spinal cord disease;
  • Severe pain, cachexia, anorexia, weight loss, and/or severe nausea from cancer;
  • Severe pain, cachexia, anorexia, weight loss, and/or severe nausea from HIV/AIDS infection;
  • Severe pain from severe forms of arthritis; or
  • Seizures from epilepsy.
  • Applicants must provide a declaration from a medical practitioner to support their application.

Category 2:

This category is for applicants who have debilitating symptom(s) of medical condition(s), other than those described in Category 1.

Under Category 2, persons with debilitating symptoms can apply to obtain an Authorization to Possess dried marijuana for medical purposes, if a specialist confirms the diagnosis and that conventional treatments have failed or judged inappropriate to relieve symptoms of the medical condition. While an assessment of the applicant’s case by a specialist is required, the treating physician, whether or not a specialist, can sign the medical declaration.

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NOTE by Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.: As a master herbalist/ certified cannabis specialist, I find that cannabis (Mafen) is an indispensable herbal medicine in my TCM practice for treating pain, inflammation, anxiety, PTSD, depression, drug addiction and chronic immune dysfunction syndromes.




As a Medical Cannabis Specialist, Ricardo B Serrano, R.Ac. is certified to prescribe medical cannabis in B.C., Canada, please download the Forms below:

DISCLAIMER: The educational information in the website is for references only. Please consult your licensed physicians. The author will not be liable for the use of the information especially in the use of cannabis or herbs in this website. The information provided is for educational purposes which are detailed instructively in Ricardo's natural alternative healing seven books.



In 2004, however, Dr. Ethan Russo proposed the idea of clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD) in a study published in Neuro endocrinology letters. He suggested that deficient cannabinoid levels may be the underlying cause of numerous conditions alleviated by cannabis. Symptoms of CECD are pain, inflammation, digestive issues and anxiety and/or depression. A lifestyle of unhealthy diet, infrequent exercise, poor sleep, and lack of stress management contributes to endocannabinoid deficiency. Holistic treatment success is often attributed to activation and balancing of the body's cannabinoid receptors through cannabis, acupuncture and Qigong.

- Excerpts from Endocannabinoid Deficiency and Guo Lin Qigong, page 112, The Cure & Cause of Cancer


Cannabis is a non-toxic herbal medicine without side-effects and is the best alternative to prescription drugs for alleviating pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, etc.

Cannabis has a long history in TCM. Cannabis is one of the 50 "fundamental" herbs of TCM, and is prescribed to treat diverse symptoms. Cannabis, called mį, means "hemp; Cannabis; numbness" in Chinese, and was used by the Emperor Shen Nung, who was a pharmacologist.

- Excerpts from Medical Qigong, page 113, The Cure & Cause of Cancer

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