In his book, The Thinking Patient’s Guide to Cannabis & Cancer (vol. I) by Jonathan Treasure, the author discusses the differences and likenesses of pharmaceutical and herbal healing. A wonderful excerpt is below:
Seeing herbs as either poison or panacea is unhelpful, but so is vilifying either modern mainstream or traditional herbal medicine. A more useful way to illustrate the differences between the two would be by comparing the approaches of a gardener and a mechanic.
It doesn’t get you high, but it’s causing quite a buzz among medical scientists and patients. The past year has seen a surge of interest in cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating cannabis compound with significant therapeutic properties. Numerous commercial start-ups and internet retailers have jumped on the CBD bandwagon, touting CBD derived from industrial hemp as the next big thing, a miracle oil that can shrink tumors, quell seizures, and ease chronic pain—without making people feel “stoned.”But along with a growing awareness of cannabidiol as a potential health aid there has been a proliferation of misconceptions about the product.