An Informal Talk with Sean Devlin, DO, HMD
SAN JUAN RIDGE, Calif. August 17, 2013. Sean Devlin, DO, HMD gave a presentation on “Medical Marijuana—Alternative Solutions to Common Health Issues” at the 2013 Ridgestock event. Dr. Devlin comes to medical practice through extensive studies in pharmacology research and is a partner at Highland Springs Wellness Center in Grass Valley and also a medical consultant at Sierra Integrative Medical Center in Reno, Nevada.
Dr. Devlin began his talk by noting a recent news event: Weed with Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN has reversed his 2009 position against marijuana and now recognizes the medical benefits of cannabis. Furthermore, recent changes in laws, such as the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington have allowed for recreational use of marijuana by de-criminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Dr. Devlin’s own research suggests that Israel and other countries now lead the way in doing basic scientific research in the broad effects and medical benefits of cannabis, of which over 100 have already been identified. In fact, Devlin cites marijuana has been used medically for nearly 5,000 years. The oldest marijuana was found in the remains of a shamanic healer in India.
Cannabis as a Medicine in the US
American history indicates that physicians in the United States, used marijuana regularly until the 1930’s, for everything from menstrual cramps to toothaches.
During the 20th century, alcohol became illegal, which resulted in illegal bootlegging. The federal government ended prohibition of alcohol and shifted its attention to cannabis. This began with the marijuana tax act, then the outright ban of cannabis as it became a crime to possess or use cannabis.
According to Devlin, the tide for marijuana in the medical arena began to shift again in the mid 1990’s, when California passed a law allowing for the medical use of marijuana. Much of the lobbying for change included patients suffering from HIV/AIDS and cancer—both areas where he has expertise.
Currently approximately 20 states have developed medical marijuana laws that allow patients to access cannabis for medical purposes.
As a physician, Devlin recommends the responsible use of marijuana for a variety of conditions. Unfortunately, cannabis is a Schedule 1 drug and cannot be prescribed. Much debate exists with respect to this classification, which prevents marijuana’s use except for very specific and well-controlled research projects.
Devlin is reflective and grateful for his opportunity to work with patients at Highland Springs Wellness Center in Grass Valley for the past 8 years and at Sierra Integrative Medical Center for the past 3 years. In these roles, Devlin has treated a variety of conditions including, chronic pain, anxiety, nausea/vomiting, anorexia, poor appetite and cancer.
Devlin has been amazed at how effective cannabis has been for dealing with a variety of medical conditions. He has been able to reduce patient’s use of traditional pharmaceuticals, specific opiates and anxiolytics (for pain and anxiety).
Use of Cannabinoids and Cannabidoils
Over the past couple of decades more research has become available about a less heard of cannabinoid, cannabidiol, which is related to THC, but does not share the psychoactive aspects of THC. Cannabidiol, CBD, is present in the cannabis plant and has a wide spectrum of therapeutic abilities. It contains anti-inflammatory properties, an anticancer agent, an anti-spasmotic agent, and an anti microbial agent, and a anti psychotic agent. Other properties include acting as a bone stimulant, and a neuroprotective agent, and a vascular relaxant (which lowers blood pressure) and also acts as a stabilizer for blood sugars, effective in the treatment of diabetes.
Case studies and clinical evidence has shown that increased CBD and reduced THC cannabis extract has successfully treated children suffering from Dravets syndrome and is used in chemotherapy in the treatment of cancer. It has also been used in Israel. along with chemotherapy in the treatment of cancer. In Canada, a gentleman used an extract of cannabis to treat his mesothelioma and created what has now been is now called Phoenix Tears.
Devlin sees more cases of CBD’s treating coming to light every week. This once maligned weed may prove revolutionary over the next 5-10 years as more data is gathered and research completed.
Halent Labs has conducted the most comprehensive research to date and is available at halent.com.
The role of CBD cannabinoids in alternative medical treatment includes:
- Pain relief
- Reduction of bacterial growth
- Reduction of blood sugar levels
- Seizures and convulsions
- Arresting cancer cell growth
- Psychotic outbreaks
- Increased tranquility and control of psychotic episodes
- Reduced anxiety
- Promotes bone growth
- Reduces autoimmune reactions
- Reduces small bowel contractions
- Retards nervous system degeneration
- Acts as a Vaso-relaxant
- Stimulates appetite
- Suppresses muscle spasm
- Decreased nausea and vomiting
- Relieves pain
Referenced from Halent Labs
Eight cannabis compounds have been documented as reducing cancer cell growth: THCA, CBDA, CBD, CBC, CBG, Limonene. Referenced from Halent Labs
About Sean Devlin, DO, HMD
Dr. Devlin does extensive work with cancer patients and alternative treatment modalities. Devlin has traveled extensively working with cancer physicians and researchers internationally in an effort to better understand cancer and its treatment. He currently teaches at and works with the AAAAM Integrative Cancer Therapeutics fellowship and Masters degree program through the University of South Florida. He is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer throughout the United States and serves on the Medical Advisory Board for The Best Answer For Cancer Foundation.
Dr. Devlin and his team also provide onsite training services for physicians, medical staff and front office staff. He works with a variety of Integrative Oncology and specialty medicine groups around the country as a consultant.
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About Sierra Integrative Medical Center
Sierra Integrative Medical Center (SIMC) is considered a holistic health center of Reno that optimizes health service by drawing from all schools of medicine. SIMC utilizes scientifically proven conventional treatments in combination with alternative therapies that are designed to strengthen the body so it can heal itself.
Services are designed to provide a holistic healing approach with a broad range of healing modalities, including but not limited to homeopathy, natural and biological medicines, behavioral medicine, nutritional therapies, orthomolecular integration and neurotherapy.
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