Dr David Bearman didn’t mince his words about cannabis in New Zealand during a recent visit. He addressed audiences of up to 300 people in different cities as a world-renowned expert on medical marijuana.
Bearman made it very clear that Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne needed to brush up on his medical know-how as he was contradicting himself. Dunne claims there is no proof that cannabis is a medicine on the one hand, but on the other, he approved Sativex as a medicine for multiple sclerosis. Sativex is a cannabis tincture. It is liquid cannabis, says Bearman. Stuff covered the expert’s opinion.
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Dunne retaliated with more defensiveness than factual information, saying Bearman was ignorant, inaccurate, ill-informed and abusive, and that he will not even take his comments seriously, or comment further on them.
In his presentation “Medicinal Use of Cannabis: What can New Zealand Learn?” Bearman explained to audiences in Nelson, Golden Bay, Christchurch and Wellington that cannabis has been a medicine for 4000 years and is mentioned in every single Materia Medica ever written.
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Bearman is an expert who has treated thousands of patients with a wide spectrum of conditions successfully with medical marijuana. He has also delivered many presentations on the subject to laymen and medical practitioners around the world. He told his audience that the New Zealand government should stop lying about cannabis.
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Bearman says it is critical that medical doctors in New Zealand get educated on cannabis treatments and the endocannabinoid system, the body’s largest neurotransmitting system. Only 13% of medical schools in the states acknowledge this system and teach students about it. He would like to see all medical schools in New Zealand teaching doctors about the endocannabinoid sytem.
Dr David Bearman explains the mysteries of the endocannabinoid system and it’s importance in terms of regulating our bodies, keeping us healthy through homeostasis, or equilibrium.
Slowing down neurotransmission
One of the way cannabis works is through slowing down neurotransmission. This makes it helpful for migraine headaches caused by uncontrolled electric stimulation of neurons in the brain. It is even more helpful with controlling seizures, reducing their frequency or even eliminating them altogether.
War on drugs all about money
Dr. Bearman says that cannabis is very successful in treating ulcerative colitis. Conventional treatments often involve surgery in doctors remove part of the bowel. He also reminds us that hemp was once the most profitable crop on the planet. If cannabis were treated as any other medicine, people wouldn’t be forced to use drugs that cost them as much as $1,400 per month.
Helped instead of zombified
Dr. Bearman feels that medical cannabis in New Zealand is still based on the outdated Nixonian “War on Drugs” philosophy. Yet, he points out, many prescription drugs make patients even more stoned and zombified than cannabis ever would.
Cannabis helps people, often better than prescription drugs do, and it’s time lawmakers realized that banning a medicine that can’t hurt but can only help is wrong.