About 40 people — some searching for hope for themselves or loved ones, others just curious — attended a presentation Saturday by author Nishi Whiteley on the benefits of medical marijuana.
Whiteley, who is a Texas A&M graduate and author of Chronic Relief: A Guide to Cannabis for the Terminally & Chronically Ill, addressed the group at First United Methodist Church in Bryan and shared content from her book. First, she explained the neurology behind cannabis use and how it affects brain function. Like other fatty acids, cannabidiol (CBD) stimulates the endocannabinoid system. Whiteley said CBD has a significant effect on chronic pain and stress and enhances parts of the brain that fight oxidation and forms of inflammation, which can help with such issues as nausea, lack of focus, memory retention and anxiety.
Whiteley noted that the use of cannabis or CBD is not a “cure-all” or “magic pill,” but that the substance’s many medicinal properties were once used effectively in about 2,000 common pharmaceutical drugs in the United States before