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Plant Medicine

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In Grass Roots America Magazine, we discuss plant medicines and the science surrounding their uses, along with stories about the people’s lives they affect. Our previous issue featured interviews with U.S. Army Veteran, Matt Kahl, and Dr. Sue Sisley. Matt shared about his positive experience with ayahuasca, and how it helped with his PTSD. Dr. Sisley, the world’s leading researcher on cannabis and PTSD in veterans, also discussed how she’s heard reports of veterans feeling better and more joyful after going on their own journey with things like psilocybin, ayahuasca, and/or ibogaine. In addition to our interviews, the GRAM team attended the 2019 Cannabis Science Conference West in Portland, OR, where Olivia Newton John explained how cannabis helped her get off morphine and how ayahuasca allowed her to quit taking antidepressants.

In addition to these powerful testimonials, psychedelic legal reform is continuing to progress around the country. In 2019, Denver became the first major city to decriminalize psilocybin possession and personal use for those ages 21 and above. A month later, Oakland became the second major city to decriminalize psilocybin, as well as other psychedelics that come from plants and fungi, including ayahuasca, ibogaine, and peyote. Supporters share how they found the plants helpful for overcoming trauma, depression, addiction, and anxiety. This psychedelic movement is advancing quickly with Portland, Dallas, Chicago, and Berkeley proposing to decriminalize some sort of psychedelic plants. 

It’s a priority to share these new discoveries.

Even scientific research in the United States is beginning to rapidly expand as people become more interested in the possibility of psychedelic therapies becoming a natural option for medical treatment. In the fall of 2019, a group of private donors gave $17 million dollars to start a Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research at Johns Hopkins Medicine. “Johns Hopkins is deeply committed to exploring innovative treatments for our patients,” says Paul B Rothman, Dean of the Medical Faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “Our scientists have shown that psychedelics have real potential as medicine, and this new center will help us explore that potential.” 

Inspired by our interviews, the progression of decriminalizing natural plant medicines like cannabis, psilocybin, and ayahuasca throughout the U.S., and the advances of plant medicine research, we feel it’s a priority to share these new discoveries. This is why we’re beginning this plant medicine column, which will be featured every month, leading up to an entire issue focused on all plant medicines, later this year. Plant medicine topics we will cover will include things like cannabis and psychedelics, but also how different plant foods work as a medicine, the health benefits of things like essential oils, and more. If it’s a natural medicine that comes from plants, we’ll cover it here, because we are dedicated to delivering Great Research About Medicine, one GRAM at a time, with informative material empowering you to take control of your health and well-being.

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CBD + Plant Medicine

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Herbal medicines are defined as “the art or practice of using herbs and herbal preparations to maintain health and to prevent, alleviate, or cure disease.” By this definition, cannabinoids derived from hemp and cannabis plants would be classified as herbal plant medicines. Cannabinoids and other compounds found within the cannabis plant have been proven to work better when used together, but what other plant medicines contain natural benefits that work synergistically with CBD? While the research has a long way to go on synergistic efficacy of plant medicine combinations, herbalists and naturopaths have long recommended specific herbs and plants for certain symptoms.  

What does the research say about CBD along with other natural plant medicines?

As of this writing, there is not much research on CBD’s role in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), nor on its synergistic effects when combined with other herbal remedies. While there is no specific research on which herbs are most beneficial when combined with CBD, there has been research done on specific herbs’ benefits as well as research on the benefits of using CBD that we can use to make educated guesses as to which herbs would provide synergistic effects. Additionally, traditional herbalism practitioners and naturopaths who have been trained in herbal remedies and natural medicines can recommend specific combinations based on the symptoms being treated.  


5 Herbs Recommended for Use with CBD

While scientific studies may have some ground to cover when it comes to herbal CBD combinations, naturopaths, herbalists, and CBD brands are already combining herbs in products like tinctures and topicals. ”Pairing herbs or natural plant medicine with cannabinoids just makes sense,” explains Jordan Person, fellow GRAM writer, herbalist and CBD manufacturer. “Often the plant medicine that you are working with provides a synergistic affect or often even the same effect that a cannabinoid can.” These points are reiterated by naturopaths like Dr. Pepper Hernandez ND, CNHP. These herbal recipes and recommendations are based on existing research on the benefits of CBD as well as traditional plant medicines that would work well with CBD, including common herbs like lavender, rosemary, echinacea, holy basil, and ginger.  

Lavender

Lavender’s main terpene is linalool, a terpene that is also present in hemp and cannabis, and known to be effective at helping with anxiety. “Anxiety is higher than ever and lavender is rich in the terpene linalool,” explains Person. “This terpene has been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety. CBD has also shown to lessen these stress-filled symptoms. Combining this cannabinoid with this herb may provide a beneficial effect for anxiety.” Studies back up these claims, suggesting that tinctures and infusions that combine lavender with CBD may help mitigate anxiety. 

Rosemary

According to Hernandez, rosemary may pair well with cannabinoids as hemp, cannabis, and rosemary plants all contain beta-caryophyllene, a terpene known for its analgesic effects and ability to help reduce inflammation. Rosemary is known to offer similar benefits as well as possessing anti-cancer properties similar to those of CBD. As both rosemary and CBD offer similar benefits, it would be logical to infer their synergistic interaction with one another.  

Echinacea  

Both Hernandez and Person recommended echinacea in combination with CBD. Echinacea, or purple coneflower, contains “certain endocannabinoid-like fatty acid N-alkylamides” that can “potently activate CB2 cannabinoid receptors.” Additionally, evidence suggests that plants with high concentrations of these alkylamides and fatty acid amides could have synergistic interactions with cannabinoids like CBD. 

Ginger

Studies have shown that both CBD and non-psychoactive cannabinoids may be effective in the treatment of nausea. Herbs known to help with nausea work great in conjunction with cannabinoid regimens. “Ginger, for example, is great for relieving nausea the same way that THC and CBD can,” explains Person, and research backs up these claims, further indicating that ginger and CBD would be an effective synergistic combination for treating nausea.

Holy Basil

As with rosemary, holy basil or Tulsi, possesses many anti cancer properties like THC and CBD. Additionally, both CBD and tulsi possess anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and antioxidant properties that parallel known benefits of cannabinoids, suggesting a highly synergistic relationship between the two plant medicines. 

While the research on specific combinations may still be in its early stages, traditional medicines and herbal teachings suggest that what we know about certain herbs like ginger, holy basil, and lavender, may work well in combination with cannabinoids like CBD, as we learn more about the effects of these cannabinoids. For now, looking for herbs whose benefits parallel those of cannabinoids like CBD will be your best bet at finding synergistic combinations that work for your needs.  

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What’s Working for Stress Issues

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Releaf is a free mobile app that encourages patients to mindfully track their cannabis experiences. They believe you will strengthen your relationship with yourself while also learning how cannabis can help alleviate your specific issues and ailments. GRAM is proud to share with our readers data gathered using Releaf from individuals suffering from stress symptoms. 

They reported the effectiveness of products for specific symptoms of individuals suffering from anxiety, insomnia, agoraphobia, depression, PTSD, and gastrointestinal problems. The data reflect their individual experiences self-reported using the Releaf App.


Top Rated in USA

Anxiety

  • Orange Cream, Concentrate | The Clear | Colorado
  • Zen Pure Reserve Oil, Concentrate | Surterra | Florida
  • Ac/Dc, Flower | Opc Cultivation | Ohio

Insomnia

  • Grape Dreams, Concentrate | Evolab | Colorad
  • Cherry Chem Og, Concentrate | Ascend Illinois | Illinois
  • 707 Headband Live Resin Budder, Concentrate | Cresco | Pennsylvania

Agoraphobia

  • Orange Cream, Concentrate | The Clear | Colorado
  • Zen Pure Reserve Oil, Concentrate | Surterra | Florida
  • Purple Haze #44, Wax | Prime Wellness | Pennsylvania


Depression

  • Flo, Flower | Emerald Fields | Colorado
  • Zen Pure reserve Oil | Surterra | Florida
  • Florida Black Haze #14, Flower | Prime Wellness | Pennsylvania

PTSD

  • Flo, Flower | Emerald Fields | Colorado
  • Holy Roller Og, Flower | Bold | Arkansas
  • Terra Penn Wife’s Poison, Concentrate | Terrapin | Pennsylvania

Gostrointestinal Problems

  • Jillybean, Flower | Baseball 18 | Colorado
  • Lemon G, Flower | Terrapin | Pennsylvania
  • Harmony, Concentrate | Luxlyte | New York

Top Rated in Florida

Anxiety

  • Zen Pure Reserve Oil, Concentrate | Surterra
  • Ac/Dc, Concentrate | Trulieve
  • Super Sour Diesel, Concentrate | Trulieve

Insomnia

  • Granddaddy Purple, Concentrate | Curaleaf
  • 9lb Hammer, Concentrate | Trulieve
  • Vidacann Indica, Pill | Vidacann

Agoraphobia

  • Zen Pure Reserve Oil | Surterra
  • Ac/Dc, Concentrate | Trulieve
  • Suer Sour Diesel, Concentrate | Trulieve

Depression

  • Zen Pure Reserve Oil | Surterra
  • Ac/Dc, Concentrate | Trulieve
  • Super Sour Diesel, Concentrate | Trulieve

PTSD

  • Ac/Dc, Concentrate | Trulieve
  • Super Sour Diesel, Concentrate | Organic Smart Cart
  • Jack Herer, Concentrate | Curaleaf

Gastrointestinal Problems

  • Zen, Concentrate | Surterra
  • Serene Blend, Concentrate | Surterra
  • Revive AM Blend, Concentrate | Surterra

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Dr. Salm Live Interview

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In case you missed the live video from our friends at Nugtopia, here it is! Jordan Person from Gram Magazine interviews Dr. Salm, a cannabis scientist that lived at an Antarctic Research station for 3 months! Covering terpenes, isolation and more…

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Jordan Person from Gram Magazine and Dr. Salm a cannabis scientist that lived at an Antarctic Research station for 2 years!

Posted by Tom Quigley on Monday, April 20, 2020

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