Could Legalization End the Healthcare Crisis
How can we prevent such high healthcare costs?
After watching the healthcare system become totally inundated by Coronavirus, many have realized that time is up—it is time to make healthcare more affordable for everyone. Dr. Sulak gave some shocking statistics during his lecture at the 2019 Cannabis Science Conference.
State of the U.S. Healthcare System *Before the Corona Pandemic*
➔ In 2016 the U.S. spent $3.3 trillion on healthcare.
➔ The U.S. spends more than any other country on healthcare (by a lot).
◆ Despite this, the U.S. still ranks as one of the worst countries in terms of healthy lives, access to healthcare, efficiency, and equity
➔ The IOM 2013 report found that the U.S. ranked last in health and premature death rates at all age and income levels (compared to 16 “peer” countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom).
➔ Chronic Disease CDC Data:
◆ Half of all adults have 1 or more chronic health conditions (2012).
◆ 86% of all healthcare spending for people with chronic disease (2014).
◆ 7 of the top 10 causes of death were due to chronic disease (2010).
◆ Arthritis is the leading cause of disability (2005).
Dr. Sulak had a message. You, myself, our healthcare providers, and our country are all so focused on medications and treatment that we tend to forget prevention. It is something we will do tomorrow, but somehow, tomorrow never comes. Dr. Sulak was calling for treatment at the roots of the problems by healing the basis of our cellular health: the endocannabinoid system (ECS). If we could heal the seed of disease at the cellular level before it manifests, we could prevent most chronic diseases from ever materializing. This would save the people of this wonderful country a lot of pain and money.
The issue with pharmaceutical medication is that it treats symptoms rather than the underlying inflammation and regulation in our bodies. With chronic diseases, pharmaceuticals make us feel better, but many of these medicines can simultaneously deteriorate numerous other aspects of our health. Hemp is different; it has over 500 chemical compounds that somehow know what our body needs. The receptors of the ECS are responsible for both pain management and our immunological responses. Through these receptors, the endocannabinoid system brings the cells of the body to a state of health, which can be very important for disease prevention.
What is the difference between a “drug” and a “medicine”?
When doctors prescribe opioids for a chronic condition, the dosage and types of opioids must be increased and changed over time. Why? The body gets used to the drug and the drug loses its effectiveness, whereas working with hemp means regenerating a natural system of the body. An interesting facet of hemp based products is that the dosage goes down over time. Why? Consuming phytocannabinoids, such as CBD, CBG, or THC, improves the functioning of the endocannabinoid system. Therefore, with consistent dosing, less CBD/CBG/cannabinoids are necessary because the endocannabinoid system has been strengthened and the body is already fighting pain and inflammation on its own. Many of us have depleted endocannabinoid systems in the modern day.
It’s not just hemp.
If we want to prevent disease, there is no magic answer. Living a healthy lifestyle is a choice that a person must make every day, yet the culture of our country is not one that promotes a healthy lifestyle for its citizens. Subliminal messages are all around us, pandering guidance such as:
- “You don’t have time to work out or meditate.”
- “Come buy a drink to relax”
- “Let me sell your child a bag of sugar disguised as ‘nutritious’ cereal.”
- “If you don’t financially achieve and do all the things that a ‘good citizen’ does you are worthless.”
- “Feeling worthless? Come and buy some products to feel better.”
Would it be an exaggeration to suggest that it sometimes seems as if the government wants us to be unhealthy, as if they actively protect and support the ones who profit from our unhealthy habits? It is time for us to do something, each person, individually, to take our health into our own hands. Meditate, relax, do yoga, take a walk, enjoy the people around you, and get some HEMP!
An Article By Evie Louise
Evie Louise is a recent psychology graduate from New York University. She is a certified in International Cannabinoid Clinical Therapy. Evie sees all forms of the cannabis sativa plant as the future of psychiatry, and hopes to use it in her therapy practice as a full spectrum approach to mental health and wellness.