Dr. Philip Blair and Dr. Emek Blair joined Optivida’s Frank Davis for an in-depth discussion of hemp extracts, how marijuana is different, information on toxicity, addiction, and more. Below is the transcript of that conversation. Frank Davis: Dr. Blair as a medical doctor I have a few questions because I get these type of questions all the time. So one is there’s such a big thing to do now in different states about medical marijuana and passing the bill and all this stuff. And obviously we know there’s benefit but there’s a concern in some states of the recreational use or the abuse. So I want you to tell me you know if hemp with its high percentage of hemp which I understand is kind of the workhorse as far as the medical benefit – what is the difference? And would somebody who is looking for medical marijuana for the benefit get the same benefit out of hemp without any of the downside of the high or things that come with marijuana? Dr. Philip Blair: In my experience using Cannabidiol, the hemp that’s extracted from hemp, I’ve not seen the need to use any THC at all in 95 percent of my patients. There’s no THC required. And the literature is very supportive of using hemp alone for a number of different conditions. So there’s a big argument that says it has to have THC in order to be effective. And I can tell you that is flatly not true. FD: So potentially that’s where we get the the No margin no mission where there’s a margin that’s part of the equation here. You trace the money and somehow that has a factor of. This why why the THC might be important. DPB: Well it’s very popular but a lot of people get their advice from bud tenders at marijuana shops rather than getting it from a doctor or from a reputable source. And so in my experience treating over 2000 patients over the last four years I don’t see any of those adverse effects. I see a very high rate of success using the hemp derived hemp alone. FD: So then over those two thousand patients. Do you ever see any negative response from using hemp extract. DPB: Well you know in this period of time I can say that I’ve never seen any toxicity. I’ve never seen any major adverse effects from using hemp. FD: OK. So you know one of the things I used to think of is if you ever go to the dentist and you’re going to drill your teeth or whatever and he puts a gas mask on you, you know the pain is still there. You just don’t care. That’s how I equate to medical marijuana. You know that there’s pain whereas I think that from my perspective the hemp extract the hemp is the one that’s addressing the pain. DPB: Well in fact there are a host of benefits from using hemp that are not even part of the symptomatology that you might be addressing. The improved sleep the more the greater alertness the greater focus and wanting to get things done and get things accomplished which is really the opposite of what you get from THC. And then there’s the health benefits improvement of the skin and the eyes and the Digestive Track. There’s a host of benefits that come up from what I call side benefits when we’re usually talking about adverse effects. In the case of hemp there are benefits that come from this in almost all cases. FD: So you were mentioning something to me just a minute ago and we were off camera that intrigued me because I’ve always been a wannabe athlete. Now you know I’m a senior athlete I’m 72 and I participate in the world’s senior games every year for the last 22 years. And you mentioned that the use of the hemp extract, the hemp Helps in some form of the performance. Explain that a little bit. DPB: Well exactly. So hemp is normalizing the body getting it back to normal sometimes that normal is actually 10 years ago. So is turning back the clock 10 years and so I’ve looked at and catalogued an athlete myself looking at the changes that I experienced and other athletes have confirmed those things like improved focus both cognitively and visually the ability to run harder and work harder and faster with less soreness there’s the ability to handle anaerobic type of exercise where you get out of breath you can handle that better and you heal wounds and you heal injuries much much faster using cannabidiol FD: Beautiful you had some conversation with them earlier and some are questions that would be more appropriate for a medical doctor. Dr. Emek Blair: Well you know it’s one of the main things we always talk about is abuse. Oh yeah right. So we have a huge problem in this country of people abusing drugs. Opioids always top that list. Any issues with hemp abuse? DPB: Oh absolutely no chance of abuse. I’ve had patients come to me who are using the hemp products who have said Doc I can’t believe it. I don’t crave heroin anymore. And this is totally unbeknownst to me, that they were anywhere associated – and other addicted patients have related the ability of hemp to cancel out the cravings that are constantly there for someone who has been addicted. And at the same time it improves it. It works with the opioid receptors to turn down the volume so that there’s no need for as much opioid in order to get benefits, analgesia, but there is no respiratory depression so we’d be highly protective of people who are using opioids. Reducing that craving and reducing tolerance meaning that they need it would need to use more of the drug and it withdraws. It takes away all their withdrawal effects. So huge benefit for that population. DEB: OK. So what I’ve heard you say is no side effect. We have side benefits. DPB: Yes. Right. DEB: And then on top of it it seems that it works together with drugs to get a better outcome at a lower dose and I mean with opioids I think almost every medical doctor on Planet Earth would say if you can get the same outcome you know for an opioid at a smaller dose the safety goes up. So this if I understand correctly you’re saying that this has the potential to make current drugs even safer. DPB: No, hemp plays well with neighbors and other drugs. It doesn’t have any significant adverse interactions with those drugs but there’s a beneficial effect as an opioid and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory is like aspirin or Motrin. It actually improves the results and process. The same is true for anti depressants; it actually improves the outcomes with it. And in other areas for let’s say chemotherapy it protects patients from the injury of chemo and radiation at the same time. It actually facilitates the cancer killing effects that are there. DEB: So yeah actually plays well with others is I think a very good statement there. I like that.