Cannabis as Medicine
Ethan Russo & Kelly Dunn talk about plant medicine.
Ethan Russo, MD, is a board-certified neurologist, psychopharmacology researcher, and former Senior Medical Advisor to GW Pharmaceuticals. He served as study physician to GW Pharmaceuticals for three Phase III clinical trials of Sativex.
He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (Psychology) and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, before residencies in Pediatrics in Phoenix, Arizona and in Child and Adult Neurology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He was a clinical neurologist in Missoula, Montana for 20 years in a practice with a strong chronic pain component. In 1995, he pursued a 3-month sabbatical doing ethnobotanical research with the Machiguenga people in Parque Nacional del Manu, Peru. He joined GW as a full-time consultant in 2003.
He has held faculty appointments in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Montana, in Medicine at the University of Washington, and as visiting professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences.He is currently Past-President of the International Cannabinoid Research Society, and is former Chairman of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines.
He is author of Handbook of Psychotropic Herbs, co-editor of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutic Potential, and author of The Last Sorcerer: Echoes of the Rainforest. He was founding editor of Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics, selections of which were published as books: Cannabis Therapeutics in HIV/AIDS, Women and Cannabis: Medicine, Science and Sociology, Cannabis: From Pariah to Prescription, and Handbook of Cannabis Therapeutics: From Bench to Bedside. He has also published numerous book chapters, and over thirty articles in neurology, pain management, cannabis, and ethnobotany. His research interests have included correlations of historical uses of cannabis to modern pharmacological mechanisms, phytopharmaceutical treatment of migraine and chronic pain, and phytocannabinoid-serotonergic and –vanilloid interactions.
Dragonfly Earth Medicine (Kelly Dunn & Josh Sarvis) is a family owned run business and farm. We started growing food and medicinal plants in 1994 in Oregon. Taking Mother Nature’s lead, we grew and wild-crafted healing plants and mushrooms for medicines and food. This naturally led into healing works (home birth, midwifery, herbology, earth based body and mind health, moon cycles and organic gardening practices). We moved to the mountains of British Columbia in 1998. This is where our long-term dream of Dragonfly Farm was homesteaded by hand on a southwest facing slope using values, teachings and beliefs from permaculture, Eco building, natural farming, herbology for plants, mycology, soil building, seed saving, microbiology, homeschooling, self sustainability and closed loop systems. We grow huge medicinal cannabis plants using only plants to feed our crops because we do not have access to purchase nutrients because we are so isolated. This has led to a vast education in fermenting, juicing, burning, growing and wild-crafting our own nutrients. We thrive on education from Nature and love to share it. Stay tuned for our new book: Recipes for your Garden.
This conversation took place at Heartwood Sanctuary in Humboldt where dozens of regenerative cannabis cultivators gathered to talk about cannabis cultivation.
Dragonfly Earth Medicine – DEM Pure Certification
The Pure Certification represents professional outdoor full sungrown, greenhouse, light deprivation, indoor cultivated legally licensed cannabis farms and companies that process, extract or sell Pure Certified Cannabis. It represents large scale farms to boutique craft farms. These farms grow food, bee pollinator gardens, save seeds, create polyculture systems, provide fair and equal pay to all employees, and grow much of their own nutrients. They have created closed loop systems in their cultivation that help ensure the purity of their inputs and their medicine. Hügelkutur beds, swales, and many carbon sequestration techniques are used to create health and balance of soil. Local plant ferments and dynamic teas are created as liquid nutrients. Minimal inputs are needed from the marketplace. Closed loop cultivation is key to all farms and businesses that are certified.