Interview with José Carlos Bouso, doctor of clinical psychology and pharmacology

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Interview with José Carlos Bouso, doctor of clinical psychology and pharmacology

Interview with José Carlos Bouso, doctor of clinical psychology and pharmacology

“The prohibition of marijuana has been a historical error that has prevented progress in the knowledge of its therapeutic properties”

He ensures that there is no scientific evidence has shown that cannabis use facilitates the development of mental illness, something that many governments are determined on spreading to prohibit the use of cannabis as a medicinal therapy.

Increasingly countries where the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is legalized and, therefore, that give rise to the investigation of the properties of this plant on which Jose Carlos Bouso, doctor in clinical psychology and pharmacology, now directs a real study in a specific group to assess how cannabis affects the quality of life people.

ayahuasca-y-salud book by Jose Carlos Bouso

ayahuasca-y-salud book by Jose Carlos Bouso

He graduated in psychology from the University of Madrid in 1996, received his doctorate in clinical psychology at the center. His desire to make the doctoral thesis “was to test whether MDMA had therapeutic potential in the treatment of PTSD in victims of sexual assault.”

However, this was not possible, as Bouso explaine, “by political pressure could not finish it. Then I started a study with ayahuasca that was my final dissertation and meanwhile have done research with various substances, including cannabis.

Something that did not make relent their efforts to continue studying the properties of this plant in which the medicinal effects refers: “Currently I lead a study in which we monitor people with chronic diseases who use cannabis to assess how the cannabis affects their quality of life.

About his knowledge and opinion in which the medicinal use of marijuana is concerned we talked with José Carlos Bouso and this is what told us.

– Why did you decide to study the uses of marijuana as therapeutic and / or medicinal plant?
Marijuana contains chemical compounds with very versatile therapeutic properties and are produced every day new developments in this regard. The prohibition of marijuana has been a historical error that has prevented progress in the knowledge of its therapeutic properties. My interest in cannabis is for this twofold reason: a drug with both therapeutic potential and so few side effects compared with other conventional medicines, can not be a prohibited drug, unless, as they say now, that we are crazy. It is a nonsense.

Journal of the American Medical Association

Journal of the American Medical Association

– What are the main properties of marijuana for therapeutic / medicinal use?
The most recognized and that, according to two recently published in the prestigious journal JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) work, the highest level of evidence is for the treatment of chronic pain, neuropathic pain and spasticity. Other applications are for the treatment of autoimmune diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Chron) and to reduce side effects of chemotherapy or people in advanced stages of disease to gain weight.

– What are the main benefits tested in its use and why?
In the science of marijuana, there is little “proven” because being a prohibited drug is not easy to investigate it. Worse if there are more than 100 studies on more than 25,000 patients in different cannabinoids, which are the active ingredients of cannabis, have been tested in different pathologies. But apart from clinical studies, we must also listen to what patients tell us. Perhaps studies based on surveys do not report a level as demanding as do the clinical studies but bring us closer to the reality of the sick evidence. And this reality tells us that its main benefit is that it improves the quality of life of patients, allowing them to distance themselves from their disease and many returns them to normal life. As for level of evidence, I have already answered in the previous question.

Cannabinoids are the active principles of cannabis.

Cannabinoids are the active principles of cannabis.

– What vision does the medical sector of it?
Removing psychiatry, I think quite positive. At least it has gone from denial to skepticism. And skepticism is cured only with evidence, as it is enabling research and providing resources to research this evidence will appear. So far already more than 22 US states that have legalized the medicinal use of cannabis and countries such as Holland, Germany, Italy and many others both outside and within the EU have government medical marijuana programs. This means that at least the international medical community accepts and recognizes the medical use of cannabis.

The main stumbling block there from the medical community, as I say, is by psychiatry. Psychiatrists are biased in their vision of cannabis, only see the problems generated while they are unable to find normalcy in which, using cannabis, is not mentally ill. It is as if an oncologist consider all people as possible of his patients without being able to see that most people fortunately do not have cancer.

José Carlos Bouso, doctor of clinical psychology and pharmacology

José Carlos Bouso, doctor of clinical psychology and pharmacology

Most people who use cannabis has no problems, this is reality. I’m not saying that all psychiatrists have this perception bias, but I think most do. Or maybe it is a perceptual bias also mine because only speak up psychiatrists called cannabis use and therefore the rest will not listen.

– What advances would you emphasize in the use of it?
Perhaps the most important advance occurs if it is found:

1) the anticancer potential of certain cannabinoids. In animal research some compounds behave as anti – tumor cannabis;

2) The antipsychotic potential of the CBD: The CBD is a plant compound that some studies have shown to be effective to treat schizophrenia;

3) the neuroprotective potential: in animal models of Alzheimer some cannabinoids have succeeded in slowing the disease.

If confirmed in humans it would have given the most current medicine necessary for the planet: a drug against Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease today is not only no cure, but not available effective drugs that curb or slow. If a remedy is not achieved soon, some predict that by 2050 the public system will collapse. Surprisingly it is not doing more research in this regard.
By Noelia Jimenez, Team Piensa En Verde

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