Q&A With Jamie Robinson: CBD for Pain Managementby Celeste Cooper, RN Health Professional
Jamie Robinson is educating people on the health benefits of non-psychoactive CBD oil, the difference between hemp and marijuana, and how to make cannabidiol (CBD) available to people who might benefit from it. An entrepreneur living in Denver, she has a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and is a CBD Educator. In addition to being a veteran of the armed services herself, she works to inform veterans and the public regarding the health benefits of CBD oil.
She’s focused on our veterans and combat K9’s (yes, you read that right — the dogs that serve our country) suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, and chronic pain. This is a controversial topic. But should it be so contentious?
Health Central (HC): What motivated you to get involved with CBD oil to help our veterans and K-9’s?
Jamie: My sister, a military veteran, was found to have multiple brain cysts of unknown origin causing Parkinson’s-like tremors in her hand. After 14 years of follow-up tests and countless visits with specialists, she has yet to receive a diagnosis or cure.
HD: Why CBD?
Jamie: Since CBD has been shown to reduce tremors in some people with neurodegenerative disorders as well as reduce seizures in some cases of epilepsy, I decided to learn more about this all-natural compound. In my review of the research, I found a link between CBD and positive outcomes in veterans with PTSD. And since there is evidence cannabis can help neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders, I wondered if it might help people like my sister.
HC: The United States Veterans Affairs (VA) reports that a review of 13,000 publications on cannabis found 75 studies relating to pain or potential harms. One study funded by the VA concluded there is insufficient evidence to assess the effects of marijuana on PTSD and another study, also funded by the VA, concluded there is limited evidence to suggest cannabis may alleviate neuropathic pain in some patients, and there is insufficient evidence regarding other types of chronic pain. Does this affect your efforts to make CBD available for veterans?
Jamie: I think it is important to note here — there is a difference between marijuana and hemp. Hemp contains very little THC and high amounts of CBD. The research I have reviewed strongly supports the health benefits of CBD. There is a plethora of information regarding the use of CBD at EchoConnection.org. They provide a comprehensive approach regarding the therapeutic effects of CBD and cannabinoids, and they provide support in a safe environment.
HC: According to MedicalMarijuana.com, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkinays says there is evidence medical marijuana (MMJ) could help certain veterans, but federal law needs to change to make it accessible. Are there caregivers at Veterans Affairs who are willing to help?
Jamie: Yes, some believe in the health benefits of CBD as I do. In his detailed presentation, Dr. Philip Blair discusses the endocannabinoid system insufficiencies noted in PTSD. He tells us that recent trials with Elixinol hemp CBD Liposomes have shown dramatic symptom relief in veterans with chronic PTSD.
HC: Are you hopeful that the VA will embrace CBD as a viable treatment option for veterans and military K9s?
Jamie: Yes, I am hopeful because we have scientific evidence that the endocannabinoid system can be deficient and feeding it CBD can help heal the body from within. Animals also have an endocannabinoid system and military K9’s can suffer from PTSD just as soldiers do, so there is hope in treating the four-legged vets with CBD as well.
HC: Are there channels you go through and do you have any recommendations or tips for other advocates?
Jamie: Yes, my friend, Kathleen May, just visited with government representatives in Wisconsin regarding the legalization and access to cannabis. And, U.S. Army veteran Matt Kahl, Executive Director for Veterans Natural Rights, the Weed for Warriors Project, and Grow for Vets USAare among those fighting to raise awareness, de-stigmatize cannabis, and enact regulatory changes that can positively affect the lives of our veterans.