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Homeostasis: Publius’ Sleep Political Cannabinoid Science ~ New on the Bryan William Brickner Blog

Biology Botany Clash

“Biology and botany are having an unhealthy cannabinoid clash,” opened Bryan W. Brickner, “and it’s about naming rights.”

In Homeostasis: Publius’ Sleep Political Cannabinoid Science, new on the Bryan William Brickner Blog, the focus is 2014 sleep research from the National Institutes of Health (PubMed). The post highlights five cannabinoid system (CS) articles regarding: de-homeostatic sleep disturbances, REM transitions, aging with THC, the wake-inducing effects of CBD, and arousal sleep regulation.

The biology botany cannabinoid clash is in the September PubMed article, Nabilone therapy for cannabis withdrawal presenting as protracted nausea and vomiting; the article argues for the use of Nabilone, a synthetic (pharmaceutical) cannabinoid, for “Cannabis Withdrawal.” Brickner, part of Publius and publisher of The Cannabis Papers: A citizen’s guide to cannabinoids (2011), considers the conflict in its political nature: isn’t cannabis withdrawal really CS deficiency?

“The withdrawal symptoms described, irritability, nervousness, sleep disturbances and decreased appetite,” explained Brickner, “are said to begin within 24 hours of abstinence after chronic cannabis use; in terms of biology, the reported symptoms are from a cannabinoid system in depletion and not from the absence of the plant cannabinoids.”

“This one case,” noted Brickner, “is being touted as evidence for using synthetic cannabinoids to ‘treat’ cannabis withdrawal; yet it’s not cannabis withdrawal the pharmaceutical really treated ~ it treated the patient’s (now) lacking cannabinoids, which is known as clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD).”

“The rest of the sleep CS science is calming (and not political),” closed Brickner, “news on REM transitions, aging and wake-inducing CS effects, and arousal and sleep regulation ~ you know, more of that homeostatic stuff.”

Homeostasis next: Publius’ (Almost Scary) Political Cannabinoid Science, Thursday 30 October, followed on the 31st with a Halloween Dreamy Special.

Brickner has a 1997 political science doctorate from Purdue University and is the author of several political theory books, to include: The Promise Keepers (1999), Article the first (2006), and The Book of the Is (2013). The Bryan William Brickner Blog is an ongoing resource for the political science of constitutions and the biological science of receptors.

The Cannabis Papers is available at online retailers and for free by download.