Part two of our series on the key importance of our endocannabinoid system (ECS) and what its workings imply for the debates across all levels of government…

…focusing today on why the critical ECS education MDs need (along with growers, processors, dispensary staff and more) hasn’t really been happening…

…because if it had been – as in more experienced CA, where the CMA supports a legal, regulated system – the whole shape of the civic dialog would change.

So. Would it surprise you to learn that training on this key bodily system – discovered now 25 years ago – was not only NOT required, but available in only a few medical schools (by 2014)…!?!? ? ?

And that some MD’s have never heard of the ECS?

As the doctor/author notes: “We are coming to realize that the ECS is a master control system of virtually all physiology.”

The findings go a (loong) way toward explaining the UMA’s low level of knowledge in a state with no experience in having a program – and no impetus from drug companies or MDs’ own educational institutions to bring them up to speed.

Fact: If you don’t understand the ECS, you can’t understand the mechanism of action of medical cannabis, and so the mountain of clinical evidence all sounds like anecdotal fairy tales to you.

The UMA’s take closely resembles the dismissive to derisive reactions the authors of this paper got when contacting 157 schools to gather data… …some of it sadly hilarious. Read and be shocked (or not) by the attitudes of prestigious institutions dedicated to respecting the scientific method… …except in the case of cannabis….

Still, given the history of cannabis and cannabis knowledge suppression over the last century, it’s not so surprising that, even in academia, it’s taking a long time to replace myths with evidence.

More examples include med schools not requiring a single course on nutrition’s role in health… …or on much else about “complementary medicine” – fields with millions of dedicated, well-educated, licensed professional practitioners.

“Medicine” includes many effective therapies and knowledge bases little known to MD’s. Yet as MD medicine has evolved, generally if a patient problem can’t be treated with a pill, operation, use of a device, a good talking to… …or be taken care of by the doctor’s nursing staff… …or via a referral to an ancillary profession like PT, then modern pill and lotion/surgery/device/referral medicine doesn’t see the need to train students on it….

…so residual hostility remains in some quarters. Including, alas, many medical schools.

The CMA’s evolution shows change is possible. Still, the distance between what is known in the field, and the fraction of that which most MD’s know makes reform challenging. With your help, we’re working to change that…

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See full article – Survey of the Endocannabinoid System in Medical Schools