• 9 months ago

    Interactions between Remicade and Cannabis

    Hello, my mother has a rare form of sarcoidosis in her spine. The virus has greatly weakened her ability to use her legs and get around, along with causing great pain. She is currently on a regimen of Remicade infusions, as well as taking Micophenilate. I am very interested in having her try a CBD dominant Cannabis tincture, as I have read that doctors are finding success using CBD to treat inflammation and nerve damage, which she has. I want to make sure that Cannabis won't negatively interact with the medications she's on. Does anyone have any experience with this?
    Thank you so much.

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  • RE: Interactions between Remicade and Cannabis

    Hello Tyler,

    I'm sorry to hear that your mother is have a difficult time, but she is extremely lucky to have you as her advocate!

    The research on herbal cannabis and CBD is conflicting. To my knowledge there haven't been any studies on its use for spinal sarcoidosis, but there might be some literature on using it to ease symptoms your mom is experiencing (such as pain, spasticity, etc...). As of now we don't have enough information about long term side effects or how it interacts with other medications, like Remicade, to say whether it is safe. Additionally, since the availability and legality of cannabis is rapidly changing in the US your best approach will be to discuss what you have learned with her neurologist. Most providers have become well versed in the literature because we are asked about it often.

    I wish you and your mom all the best,

    Stephanie
      • 2 months ago
        There is a huge confusion that some people still make nowadays regarding the differences between hemp and cannabis. Although the two may seem like the perfect twins, well they are not. This whole dilemma regarding the two plants is, most likely, the result of many games that media plays just to work for some God knows what political interests of some highly positioned individuals.

        Either way, people deserve to know clear and concise information related to this difference which is extremely important because there are some great health benefits that you might want to know about.

        The Indian hemp, also known under the name Cannabis sativa forma indica, is a variety of the common hemp. This plant is used towards many purposes, including also industrial ones. So Indian hemp can be substantially used for making ropes or even sacks. People have always praised hemp as being a perfectly natural and safe for the skin fabric which can successfully replace other synthetic materials. It is indeed more expensive, but it lasts longer and is safer for the skin, with all the sweating and allergies that happen nowadays.

        This Indian hemp comes from Central Asia, but nowadays it is also cropped in Himalaya, Colombia and Jamaica, Eastern Europe and Holland. First mentioning regarding this plant’s cropping was made on the Chinese territories almost 3000 years ago. People were using back then as a medicine for rheumatism and malaria. Things did not change in the present days because there are still people who firmly believe in its curing properties and so many products have been brought to the market consisting of decent amounts of hemp oil, but this is something we will be discussing later on.

        Moving on to cannabis, there are some things we need to clarify you with. The name, also known as marijuana, is given to a blend of flowers, leaves and young bodies of the Indian hemp. The term “marijuana” comes from the Spanish language’s slang talked through ought Mexico and from here it rapidly spread all around the Hispanic areas, and afterward in the entire world.

        So it is a sort of updated Indian hemp, thought to provide different effects for the consumer. Some of these effects represent the main reason due to which in some parts of the world, this plant, even its cropping is not legal… yet.

        One particular difference worth to be mentioned and a significant one is the fact that both types of plants contain cannabinoids but in different amounts. So Indian hemp is considered to include approximately 60 chemical compounds, each with a certain psycho active effect, more or less powerful. These compounds are called cannabinoids, and these exist in both plants. For the Indian hemp, CBD is the most important compound, and researchers talk about it as not having any psycho active effects on the human brain.

        In fact, many studies have revealed that cannabidiol has so many health benefits that people deserve to know about. In what THC is concerned, the psycho active compound which can give you that feeling of “high,” is equal to almost zero in certain types of hemp. So choosing it will not make you a drug addict or law- breaker.

        In what marijuana or cannabis is concerned, here we need to mention that the attention goes to the THC amount. This means that this substance is extracted from a particular combination of plants cropped in a certain way, following certain principles so that nothing of the THC is lost. These species of plants also contain CBD, but the fact that THC plays the primary role is somehow covering all the health benefits that cannabidiol can offer.

        The answer is quite simple: it all depends on what you want to get. You can either turn to hemp oil for a whole range of health benefits, or to cannabis oil, for recreational purposes. So it is all up to you.

        The thing is that hemp oil will never make you feel high or make laugh more and all those effects you might have already seen or heard about in certain movies or documentaries. Hemp oil can also be used in various cosmetic therapies, in cooking and do not worry: those brownies I bet you are thinking about, if you make them with hemp oil, will not make you giggle at everything you hear or say.

        Cannabis oil, however, is something you need to think about. First of all, it is not legal in all countries, so you will need to look that up if you are planning to give it a try. In comparison with hemp oil, this one will certainly have other effects on you and not the good ones, I can tell you. The essential idea to bear in mind is that you need to understand that both can do you good, as well as bad, like any other substance you give to your body. What you need to do is to know all there is to know about your health state, about your body and according to this information you can decide whether one of these oils can do you any good or not.

        Many researchers have dedicated a lot of time studying the two, and so we have at our disposal even scientific proof that these can influence our functioning systems either in a good or a bad way.

        Some of my resources:

        https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=a0a046c1-056d-45a9-bfd9-13b47c24f257
        https://hlbenefits.com/cbd-vs-thc
        https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3969077/
        https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2828614/