Modern Medicine and the Individual

One of the promises of advanced medical research is the concept of “personalized medicine” and possibly better treatment outcomes based on tailor-made treatments and interventions. The idea that a treatment can be developed and deployed on an individual basis to target a specific condition is fascinating and straight out of science fiction.

Advances in medicine have improved quality of life for scores of millions of people over the years. Treatments for previously incurable disease have been developed, and life expectancy continues to extend. Some disease has even been all but eradicated thanks to vaccinations and preventive care.

But medical advances come with their own set of concerns. Side effects, quality of life, and cost factors all play a part in a persons decision to work with their doctor for certain treatments. For example: if you are a parent or caretaker for a young one, deciding on the importance and participation of vaccination programs can be a major undertaking. Information from “Anti-Vaxer’s” and real scientific study often collide and confound the situation. Vaccines DO help the public well-being, and there are some devastating diseases that have been kept in check due to vaccination programs. Vaccines can be freely administered, or could be cost-prohibitive to some. They can address disease of major concern, or could prevent minor illness in some while preventing the spread to other more “at-risk” individuals.

The vaccine for the Human papillomavirus (HPV) has brought its own concerns and champions, as well as much more conflicting evidence on the effectiveness and necessity of the HPV vaccine. Thankfully, real research happening on HPV and the vaccination by independent studies. Additionally, thanks to the advances in cannabis research, there is some promising data that shows cannabis may be helpful in addressing some of the potential side effects of the HPV vaccine. This is only one example of significant cannabis research, but it is easy to see how an increase in valid cannabis research may yield bigger and better things for our global community.