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Medical Cannabis Uses

Medical Cannabis Uses

As we end the year we take a look back on some of the things we learned about medical cannabis uses:

Medical Cannabis Uses and its Economic Benefits

Due to the legalization of marijuana in many places all over the U.S. such as Colorado, Nevada, and Washington it really is hard to ignore the career opportunities opening up for many. In an economy that has been in recovery mode since around 2009, you can not overlook searching for any possible opportunity to add more jobs.

Weight Loss

Cannabis can increase appetite, and is commonly associated with the “munchies”. However, it’s a tool in weight loss by keeping a positive outlook on food. In fact, they may actually even suppress appetite. There is research emerging that suggests that cannabis varieties high in cannabidiol (CBD) may actually suppress hunger. It can help with depression and anxiety- Stress is the leading cause of depression and anxiety, so by using cannabis moderately, it appears to stabilize moods and helps to alleviate stress levels.

Aids in Sleep

Cannabis is a great tool for many insomnias to help them achieve a good night sleep. To achieve the desired effect, try experimenting with different strains to find the right fit for you.  Can treat nightmares and help have positive dreams- As it turns out, cannabis will actually impact REM sleep (the part of the cycle during which you dream). For many people, weed can actually eliminate dreaming altogether, such as someone with PTSD.

Medical Cannabis Uses and Creativity

I think its safe to say that , yes 100% weed makes people more creative! Think of the many legends, such as Bob Marley, Willie Nelson, and even Alanis Morrisette. All spoke into how marijuana stimulated creativity in their work. As for myself, I find that I can find a better flow with my writing and drawing after I spoke or vape.


The Autism spectrum disorder, includes challenges in social skills, repetitive behavior, and challenges with speech and much more. A friend of mine has a child diagnosed in their first year of life, and deals with all of those symptoms, but also doesn’t like to eat food. Whether as an edible or in other forms, cannabis can assist with autism in various ways. There is not currently enough research to show how cannabis can support with autism, however many parents are using the plant to help and are finding it is making a world of difference and is a prime treatment.

Prevents and regulates Diabetes

Cannabis has the ability to help regulate body weight. In saying that, it does help to prevent and regulate Diabetes as well as its ability to regulate insulin production in the body.
Mend and heal Broken bones- Evidently, CBD reacts chemically with the collagen in our bodies, causing the healing process to speed up.


Cannabis is useful in the treatment of glaucoma, and can help to temporarily relieve symptoms associated with it. Many medications used for patients with Glaucoma to reduce the pressure of the eye, are actually not effective for many people. So as an alternative method look to weed. CBD can actually relieve this pressure for hours at a time.

Chronic Pain

Studies have proven that cannabis used in various ways supports with pain associated with many things. Such as carpal tunnel, cancer, severe back pain, broken bones, and much more. A friend of mine was able to get off of all pain medications for her carpal tunnel and arthritis by using CBD topicals and smoking herb.


To piggy back off of number 11, marijuana is helping many people kick addiction. Contrary to popular belief that marijuana is a “gateway” drug, this is helping many people with heroin, opiates, cocaine addiction and much more through cannabis therapy. It also helps with the terrible withdrawal symptoms.

Eating Disorders

Cannabis is commonly used to support with eating patterns and habits. Whether it be to eat more, or eat less, weed helps people suffering from eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.
Helps with Stuttering and Speech Problems- Because marijuana has relaxing properties, when dosed properly it can relax our muscles. Symptoms linked to speech issues include head jerks, facial ticks, and excess tightness, tension or movement of your upper body or face to produce a word etc. Marijuana also helps with the anxiety connected to speech problems.

Calms Asthma

Although this might have you so confused, yes, asthma and marijuana are compatible science shows. Cannabinoid receptors help to control “coughing fits” people have. That doesn’t mean smoking is the method. Edibles are a good option.
We hope you or someone that you love may find this article about medical cannabis uses helpful. In addition, that this will help you in some way! There are a countless number of things cannabis is good for and people are trying it out. Furthermore, scientists are at work to see just how special this plant really is. We encourage you to get out there and do some research for yourself.  We can only hope to spread more awareness of the gift that cannabis is so that more people can reap the benefits of it in the coming year.

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CBD and Cancer

CBD and Cancer

November Male Health Awareness Month: Marijuana, CBD and Cancer

Happy November! In honor of Male Health Awareness month,  lets talk  about Marijuana and CBD and how they can support those with prostate and testicular cancer.
  • Testicular cancer is cancer of the testicles that are responsible for male reproduction.  It occurs when cancer cells form in one or both testicles. These cells begin to change and grow uncontrollably and can form a mass or tumor. The cells can also invade the blood stream and lymph system. If they spread this can lead to tumors in other areas of the body. This is called metastases.
  • 1 in 250 men receive a diagnosis of testicular cancer in his lifetime between ages 15-40 years old.
  • Prostate cancer is one that begins in the gland found in men below the bladder.
    The gland produces part of the fluid contained in semen, and the urethra, or the tube that urine travels through, and goes through its center. This cancer can spread and migrate to bone marrow, causing severe and chronic pain. Or, it can reach the spinal cord, interfering with mobility, bladder function and bowel movements. As with any disease, it is important to catch -it early on.
  • 1 in 9 men receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer during his lifetime between age 35-65.

Common treatments for testicular cancer include:

  • radiation therapy
  • orchiectomy (removal of the cancerous testicle)
  • lymph node surgery
  • chemotherapy

The two common treatments for prostate cancer are:

  • chemotherapy
  • and radiation therapy.
Some of the common side effects of these combined are:
  • Fatigue
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Inflammation of the digestive tract
  • Bleeding
  • Infertility
  • Infection
  • Hair loss
  • Mouth sores
  • Malaise
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Hemotoma

Marijuana, CBD and Cancer

So how can marijuana help?  Marijuana and CBD can treat testicular cancer by improving a man’s overall quality of life by giving him back his appetite, reducing nausea, and reducing pain associated with chemotherapy.
The recommended ways of ingestion for his testicular cancer are through topicals, smoking, vaping, oils, edibles, pills, and tinctures.
With prostate cancer marijuana can actually reduce the tumor pressure, this will reduce the pain associated with larger tumors. It can also improve appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and lack of sleep.
  • The recommended ways of ingestion for prostate cancer include, capsules, sprays, edibles, vaporization, drinks, suppositories, and capsules.
Currently, there are not enough scientific studies out there that show evidence that marijuana can help with  prostrate or testicular cancer. However some would say that what we do have, is more than enough reason to recommend using marijuana and/or CBD. We have a number of true-life testimonies and real stories from real people all over the world utilizing cannabis and CBD oil as an anti-cancer treatment and as a way to support with the symptoms that come with male cancers such as prostate and testicular cancer.

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Neuropathic Pain,  Marijuana, CBD and Cancer

A few studies have shown that marijuana can be helpful treating neuropathic pain caused by nerve damage. In addition, scientists have also found that THC and other cannabinoids can actually slow the growth and of certain types of cancer cells growing in lab dishes. Furthermore, there is also research on animals that would suggest certain cannabinoids can hinder the growth of certain cancer and inhibit them from spreading. We already know that CBD contains neuro-protective properties from our previous posts.
Marijuana can also help with emotions associated with diagnosis and the stressful journey that can come with a cancer diagnosis. Besides, it can relieve anxiety and depression associated with chronic illness giving the patient an overall better sense of well-being.
Now with all of that, we hope this gives you or someone you love an opportunity to live a better, more comfortable life through the gift of cannabis.


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Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug?

Marijuana has gone by many names. Mary Jane, Bud, Weed, Dank, Reefer, Kush, and a host of others.  There’s lots of names for marijuana but is the term ‘gateway drug’ really a fair assessment?

Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug?

gateway drugThe definition of a gateway drug is: a drug (such as alcohol or marijuana) whose use is thought to lead to the use of and dependence on a harder drug (such as cocaine or heroin). Are people who use marijuana more likely to move on to stronger substances?  For years, the prevalent thought on this was a resounding yes. Most doctors, research clinics, and health authorities were in agreement with this notion. However, recently studies and observations about this viewpoint are beginning to shift.
In 2002, Jocelyn Elders, former Surgeon General said, “much of their [US drug-policy leaders] rhetoric about marijuana being a ’gateway drug’ is simply wrong. After decades of looking, scientists still have no evidence that marijuana causes people to use harder drugs.” Many people still hold to this theory that simply put, has no data to substantiate the claim that marijuana use leads to use of harder drugs. There has been evidence that drug use of any substance that is readily available such as nicotine via cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana can lead to use of stronger drugs. Consequently, it’s not necessarily due to the chemical structure of marijuana but several other factors:
  • the availability of the substance
  • the predicative behavior of the user
  • social interactions with other who are using these substances

 What do other experts say about marijuana being a gateway drug?

The National Institute of Drug Abuse states that from a study done in 2015:
“these findings are consistent with the idea of marijuana as a ”gateway drug.“ However, the majority of people who use marijuana do not go on to use other, ”harder“ substances.”
So there’s definitely evidence to support the theory that marijuana is a gateway to cocaine, heroin and similar narcotics but it’s a shallow assertion.
Lastly, the argument has become more about the individual than the drug.  Andrew Morral from the RAND Corporation who is Director of the Safety and Justice Program in Infrastructure, Safety and Environment in a discussion with the British journal Addiction stated:
”The people who are predisposed to use drugs and have the opportunity to use drugs are more likely than others to use both marijuana and harder drugs. Marijuana typically comes first because it is more available.“

Legalization and the ‘Gateway Drug’ Stigma

With recreational use now legal in most of the US does this mean that marijuana loses the ”gateway drug“ stigma? Will it takes it’s seat next to alcohol and tobacco who aren’t branded similarly but have similar results? It probably won’t change soon but as marijuana use increases it will become more accepted. As a result, it may someday also lose the “gateway drug” moniker.
Interested in having a doctors recommendation for medical marijuana? If so, Dr. Bob Blake has years of experience and can help you safely use marijuana for your specific needs. Call today  Call 1(888)-215-HERB(4372) OR simply:

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Want to Grow Marijuana Legally? Here’s What You Need to Know

Now that recreational marijuana is legal, growing it is becoming more popular. Still, the idea that you will grow marijuana at home can produce more than a little apprehension. After all, we can all recall countless arrests we’ve seen on TV or have seen a movie with a scene showing a drug bust at a house where the owner was growing massive amounts of pot. To be clear, while recreational marijuana is legal there are laws and regulations in regards to how to grow marijuana. However, they’re easy to understand and getting started isn’t all that scary or difficult. Plus, there are so many benefits to growing your own cannabis:

History of MarijuanaGrow Marijuana at Home – What are the benefits?

  1. Know Your Stuff – It’s helpful to  have a local shop that you trust that supplies quality marijuana. However, shop owners can change, mishandle or comprise their inventory, and/or their supplier could start cutting corners. In any case, none of that is an issue when you grow it yourself.
  2. Cost to Grow Marijuana – When you buy from your local dispensary you’re paying for their rent, delivery, and the markup. After an initial investment your effort to grow marijuana will produce substantial savings.
  3. Gain Knowledge of Marijuana – Once you have decided to grow marijuana, you’ll want to know everything about the plant. There’s lots of info out there so study up. The more you know, the more successful you’ll be at harvesting.
  4. Grow Your Favorite Strains – When you become loyal to a particular strain and then experience it not being available at your favorite shop you’ll be relieved that you have figured out how to grow it yourself. Better yet, you could develop your own unique strain when you grow marijuana.

Steps to Grow Marijuana for your Medical Use:

  1. Visit your Medical Marijuana Doctor

    Under the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA), qualified patients are exempt from the state license program and allowed to cultivate an area of up to 100 square feet for personal medical use and a patient may possess what is reasonable for their medical needs; the 6 plant per residence limit of AUMA does not apply. This requirement began Jan 1, 2018. The MCRSA contains a sunset clause that allows the collective defense until one year after the beginning of the new regime, namely January 1, 2019. It is debatable whether the sunset clause applies to this requirement. Until then, a patient may possess what is reasonable for their medical needs, and there is currently a draft gubernatorial proposal to amend the MCRSA to allow that “reasonable needs” test to continue instead of the 100 square foot regime.

  2. Research growing laws in your city and state

    1. Prop 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), allows adults (ages 21 and up) to cultivate up to six plants and possess the marijuana from these plants at their residence for personal use (Sec. 11362.1(3)). Again, no more than a total of six plants per residence.
    2. All plants and harvested cannabis in excess of one (1) ounce must be kept within the person’s private residence, in a locked space, that is not visible from a public place.
      But please note that Prop. 64 has statutory language that prevents CPS (Child Protective Services), from interfering with families of patients who have valid medical cannabis physician recommendations on that basis alone; this is not explicitly extended to AUMA users. So, if you are using it or cultivating it for medicinal use, it is best practice to have a physician medical cannabis recommendation.  Your city, HOA or county might have placed additional restrictions on cannabis cultivation. Many cities have banned outdoor cultivation. Be sure to check first!
  3. Determine if you’re going to grow marijuana indoors or outdoors

    Whether you grow your cannabis outdoors or indoors is really entirely up to you and your preferences. Growing your cannabis outdoors can result in larger plants, better quality and overall, and it can be cheaper.  Indoor configurations are notably more expensive than an outside setup but can be more convenient. You can also control the climate and the amount of light. Therefore you can plan on producing crops outside of a natural growth cycle that would limit you if done outdoors. Also, it’s a lot cleaner.

  4. To grow healthy marijuana purchase appropriate seed and choose the right soil

    The best type of soil for growing cannabis is a loamy soil. This is basically a combination of sand, silt, and clay; the most common types of soil. Most potting soils are loamy. They are typically a little soft, with some texture and dark in color. There are several brands out there but so the easiest way to find the right soil is to ask a local expert at your nearest nursery to suggest a soil that would be good for growing things like tomatoes.

 Now if you’re ready to begin your adventure to grow marijuana but haven’t received a medical recommendation yet, contact us today and we’ll get you started with that process.
Medical patients with current physician cannabis recommendations are able to save approximately 30% on their cannabis purchases and avoid the various taxes placed on recreational cannabis. if you are using cannabis medicinally, it makes sense to get a physician cannabis recommendation.
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Cannabis for Dogs

cannabis for dogsCannabis for dogs including cannabis oil can help bring relief to many ailments for your pooch. Including everything from:

  • arthritis in your older doggies
  • helping a big puppy deal with pain of a broken bone from playing too hard.

Creams, pills, snacks, even collars made with CBD oil can be amazing options for owners looking to help their pets with mental disorders and physical dysfunction.

What do professionals say about CBD?

Professionals in the animal care field are beginning to realize the benefits of CBD for pets. Yet vets aren’t able to prescribe medical cannabis for dogs. However, they are suggesting doggie treats that are essentially the pet equivalent of edibles. Vets won’t be prescribing medical marijuana anytime soon due to the fact that there are no laws allowing it. In addition, there are hardly any official testing or large-scale research studies going on now. Once studies like that come to a conclusion then cannabis for dogs and other animals may be proven to be beneficial.

Arthritis is one of the most common pain issues that dogs deal with. While it’s common towards the end of a dog’s life, many active breeds will experience joint pain much sooner than this. CBD-based topical ointments can help bring direct, localized pain relief. Cannabis oil attacks inflammation bringing relief that is often quite substantial and lasting.

CBD Oil for Dogs

CBD as an anti-inflammatory can assist with other issues other than inflammation caused by arthritis. Dogs can experience inflammation due to a number of things like surgeries, internal sicknesses and diseases, as well as bites from insects. So finding an anti-inflammatory that is versatile like CBD can be a sort of cure-all.

CBD for Dogs

CBD is great in helping men and women who suffer from seizures. Now, we are finding out that products with CBD can do the same for dogs who suffer from seizures. Dogs much like humans can experience seizures due to the result of their breeding or other disorders.There are pharmaceutical drugs out there that are available to help with dogs with epilepsy, liver or kidney disease, and brain cancer. Yet many are moving towards the more natural approach to products with CBD.

What else can CBD and medical cannabis for dogs do?

As CBD and medical marijuana helps humans with their pain it also helps with many mental or behavioral issues. The same can be for dogs and the use of cannabis. Whether it’s aggression, depression, anxiety, or hyperactivity CBD goodies can help Rex settle down before company comes over or ease the pain of being away from you for long-periods of time.

If you’re looking for cannabis for dogs – these products are a place to start:

To the question if medical marijuana will be something vets can offer to owners isn’t one will be able to answer anytime soon. We are seeing some states beginning to introduce legislation to begin this process. Some surveys of owners who have given their dogs cannabis products or medical marijuana in various forms have shown great potential. It’s obvious that folks are helping their pets with cannabis based treats. And as more hear about those owners’ pets gaining relief from their pains and stresses they’ll want the same for their pets.

Medical Marijuana of Southern California does not sell cannabis for dogs. We are simply a service that allows you to get your medical marijuana recommendation for a qualified and experienced doctor. Get your medical marijuana recommendation today.

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Smokables vs Edibles

Smokables vs Edibles

Smokables vs Edibles

Marijuana use has become more permissible and accessible. Therefore people have found more ways to use it rather than just smoking it. From lotions to candles and of course the good ole weed brownies. Edibles have been a long time joke and the stuff of legends. However, the reality is there are so many other ways to consume marijuana nowadays. Yet, some still wonder if it you’re getting the same affects as you would from smoking marijuana. Let’s take a look a bit the difference from eating it or smoking and also how to make it easier to include into your daily consumption:

Does eating marijuana feel different than smoking it?

When it comes to smokables vs edibles you need to know there is quite a difference between eating and smoking marijuana! Smoking it usually produces a high felt primarily in the head. While consuming it will produce a full-body high. This has been know for centuries.

History tells us that consuming cannabis as food goes as far back as 8,000 years ago in Ancient China. Now when it comes to the smoke, burning cannabis in various ways was part of many religious ceremonies and rites of passage. We know this was a practice of many ancient civilizations from the Romans to the Cushites to the Mayans. Often times the shaman or priest of the town would recommend the consumption in combination with the inhalation of cannabis to fully treat an illness or infliction.

Does the effects of eating it last longer than smoking it?

Yes, the high from eating marijuana usually lasts longer than from smoking it. This is due to that when you take marijuana into your body via the digestive system it not only takes at least an hour to get into your blood stream but once it’s there it will travel throughout your body. Plus if you ate it with a large meal this just slows down the process even longer and giving it more lasting affects. Now this not only stretches out the high but lessens it a bit. You may feel just a slight calm for a few hours rather than a quick nap.

So another difference between smokables vs edibles is that smoking is that your lungs introduce the THC into your system quickly. The lungs’ lining and membrane make for a quick entrance into the blood stream. So if you’re looking for relief from depression or anxiety, eating may be the route to go. So, smoking it is still a viable option yet requires multiple doses and consuming it leaves you a little more functional.

How can I easily make something with marijuana?

So you know some of the differences between smokables vs edibles and you want to try an edible.

Well, as with any recipe, keeping it simple is the first step. Also if the main ingredient is as cool as marijuana, making dishes with it can be fun. There are a few ways to add a little cannabis flavor and its benefits to any recipe. Here are some steps to make ingredients to keep handy whenever you’re cooking.

Recipes for Edibles

Using about 6 grams of Marijuana, simply bake the leaves on a low heat. Try 225 degrees for 20 minutes). Then you can then add those leaves to a number of things to give you Cannabis-infused versions. The process is about the same for any of these and is fairly simple:

  •     You can add baked leaves to 1 lb of unsalted butter to make CannaButter.
  •     Add baked leaves to 2 cups of Coconut and Olive Oil to make CannaOil.
  •     Or you can add baked leaves to 2 cups of heavy cream or whole milk to make Marijuana Milk.
  •     Add baked leaves to 1 cup of high proof alcohol (ie Everclear) to 1 cup of sugar to make Weed Sugar

After adding the baked leaves to any of these to a saucepan and cooking again on a medium-to-low heat for about 45mins. You will get you a robust, flavorful Cannabis-infused additive. Make sure you filter out the leaves with some sort of strainer or cloth.

What else regarding Smokables vs Edibles?

 As marijuana use has become more permissible and accessible people have found more ways to use it rather than smoking it. From lotions to candles and of course the good ole weed brownies. Edibles have been a long time joke and the stuff of legends but the reality is there are so many other ways to enjoy marijuana.

If we start to view cannabis like any other spice, garnish, or leafy green vegetable it might open our eyes. Open them up to not only ways to use it but on ways it can compliment our current diet. Looking to get certain vitamins and minerals from select foods is a common practice. Why should it be any different when it comes to cannabis?

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Do I still need a medical marijuana license when pot is legalized in California?

I know what you’re thinking? Maybe I can save money and not get my medical marijuana license.

Let’s go over the facts:

With the legalizing of pot in California, back in 2016, a lot changed. The detractors spoke as if the smell of marijuana would permeate every ounce of air from Death Valley to the coast-traveling HWY 1. The supporters acted as if folks could start smoking joints in line at Starbucks waiting for the new Vanilla Cannabichino. Well neither has happened, though a Vanilla Cannabichino could be a thing.

The reality is, the approval of Prop 64 did have some huge implications but not for everyone. Those it did affect were individuals arrested for non-violent, marijuana based charges. Prop 64 gave the opportunity for the reducing of those sentences. This was similar to the passing of Prop 2014 which allows people who are already serving a felony conviction for [a marijuana crime] to petition in the court for resentencing. Of course, these props have more to do with the criminal justice system, but they do bear mentioning.

Then there were those who already used marijuana under the medical provision established in 1996 who maybe felt now it’ll be a lot easier to purchase. They assume there will be more freedom to use it. It is definitely easier to get with the dispensaries opening up all over California. Yet, that doesn’t necessarily mean using it is more acceptable.

Get your medical marijuana license today using Dr. Bob Blake – Easy, Online, only $49!

So back to the question: Do I still need a medical marijuana license when pot is legalized in California?

In most cases the answer is – it’s better than not having it. There are some benefits like being able to grow up to 6 plants in your home. Getting seeds without a license can be extremely hard. You are also able to drive with up to an ounce of weed, if you’re 21 or over. However, if an officer pulls you over it will be better to have a license in your possession.

If you are carrying more than an ounce of medical marijuana in your vehicle you can face a misdemeanor and a fine of $500. Smoking in public is also not an option. You can use vapes in many. Notwithstanding each establishment has their rules about smoking of any kind. The fine for smoking marijuana can range from $100-250 depending on the area. Also, having a medical license doesn’t exempt you from any driving infractions.

Some other benefits of having a medical license:

  • Any Prop 64 restrictions, limits, commercial regulations, and cultivation tax don’t apply to medical marijuana patients.
  •  Lower fees on things like ID cards.
  • Medical marijuana license holders also have rights in terms of child custody.
  • Break on state and local sales and use taxes if they have a state medical card.
  • Restrictions on the release of medical license holders’ information.
  • 24-hour notice of any request of information from database holding license card holders’ information.

Get your medical marijuana license today using Dr. Bob Blake – Easy, Online, only $49!

So…. Do I still need a medical marijuana license when pot is legalized in California?

Ultimately, having a medical license definitely still has its advantages. For the most part the new recreational laws make things a little easier for medical marijuana users. It also provides them some protection and makes purchasing a little nicer with lower prices in some instances. If you got one, keep it, use it. It can’t hurt and in some cases in certainly helps.,_Marijuana_Legalization_(2016)

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Why get a medical marijuana license in San Diego?

It’s easy to get licensed!  Check out these benefits!

Years ago finding a doctor to write you a prescription for marijuana was quite the task. Many times you’d have to drive to the seedy part of town to find a less than reputable doctor. Then, you’d have to drive around to find an even shadier store to buy your stash! My how times have changed.

San Diego has never been a hotbed for hemp, marijuana, or cannabis products. Even with the recent change in state laws regarding marijuana, dispensaries aren’t exploding around the SD area. Most of that is due to some of the tough building business codes. Although, now that California has made recreational marijuana legal things are getting much easier. Places like the Medical Marijuana Evaluation Centers located in cities throughout California, including San Diego, are reputable offices where you can apply for a card.

What are the benefits of having a medical marijuana license?

  • Once you have your card you will have a variety of options and opportunities to purchase marijuana and cannabis products that you would not have access to without it. Some of these dispensaries are really top-notch, carrying a wide variety of some of the best products on the market.
  • Also, having a medical marijuana card is not only helpful in procuring marijuana but also with protecting you legally. If you are pulled over and subject to a search, your able to, without fear of penalty, allow an officer to look though your vehicle freely.
  • Remember however, you are restricted from using medical marijuana in the following places:
    • In any place where smoking is prohibited by law.
    • In or within 1,000 feet of the grounds of a school, recreation center, or youth center, unless the medical use occurs within a residence.
    • On a school bus.
    • As a driver or a passenger while in a motor vehicle or boat that is being operated, keep it in the trunk.

Can I travel with marijuana with a medical marijuana license?

Our nation is slowly changing its mind about marijuana use. Half the states have legalized it for medical purpose and very few for recreational use. So if you’re considering moving about from state to state and want to bring some marijuana along, you should probably reconsider.

  • First off, DUI and/or DWI can apply to marijuana as it can impair judgement. Also, you’ll have to consider those who are riding and driving with you.
  • Second, if you’re traveling on roads that might bring you near a state that doesn’t look favorably on any kind of marijuana use you’re going to want to leave your stash at home. Having your MM license is not going to protect you from the local authorities.
  • Lastly, if you’re flying, forget about it. Actually no, DON’T forget about it because if you bring it aboard a flight and it just happens to be in your luggage, during a search, TSA may detain you. In some airports the protocol varies and TSA, being a federal agency, has different rules than the state or city. So do a thorough check of all your luggage and if you plan to buy some on your trip make sure it won’t be an issue at any layover you may have.

What documents do I need to get a medical marijuana license?

  • Proof of Eligible Condition – This could be one of any debilitating illness like AIDS, anxiety disorder, MS, cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Chron’s, Hepatitis C, PTSD, epilspey, and glaucoma. Be certain your condition is eligible with your doctor. Also you can check here:
  • Proof of Residence
    • Utility bill and/or rental agreement forms.
  • Valid California ID or DL
  • Doctors Prescription

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Pills or Pot?

Natural vs Synthetic Medicines

Mother nature typically provides us with all of our most basic needs. We can and have found food and water, the essentials for life, out in the wild for centuries. Yet, we’ve often drifted away from nature when it comes to dealing with things that rob us of life. Whether it’s diseases, disorders, or defects we have over time grown more familiar with the makings of science for protecting or healing ourselves. Ironically, many people today are adamant loyalist to the most natural or “organic” of foods for fuel. Yet, when it comes to our maintenance, why is the choice often things that are synthetic or man-made? Why not use those things provided by nature to address our everyday health issues?

Medical cannabis is a good example of a natural product that may produce excellent results for issues that are currently being treated with pills.

Anxiety… Can medical cannabis help?

One of the biggest issue affecting millions today is anxiety. In the early 80s, “anxiety disorder” became a popular diagnosis for mental illness. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the authority on mental illness, around 3of the world’s population had some form of anxiety disorder. Today, that number according to many publications is around 16%; about 1 in 6 people.

Now most people address anxiety issues with a number of medications with varying degrees of successFrom Xanax to Valium to Ativan, these benzodiazepines work on the central nervous system shutting off certain receptors and neurons in the brain. But what about the rest of your body? Anxiety definitely starts in the brain but you can feel it throughout your body. Many times it will wreak havoc on the body long after the mental pain is gone. So just shutting off a small part of your brain isn’t always the best option. Yet, when it comes to using an natural alternative like marijuana, many claim all around success. They state that they not only decrease mental anguish caused by anxiety but feel an overall release of stress and improved bodily functions.

A California poll in 2011 states:

Applicants most frequently reported using medical marijuana for pain relief (82.6%), improved sleep (70.6%), and relaxation (55.6%). The next most frequently reported benefits included relief of muscle spasms (41.3%), headache (40.8%), relief of anxiety (38.1%), … Half the applicants (50.8%) reported using marijuana as a substitute for prescription medication.” 

What about opiates? Can medical cannabis help?

Opiates have been an option to treat mental issues since the 50’s. Their highly addictive reputation along with their fatal ability to shut down one’s breathing has made them much less of a go-to for mental health doctors and even those who deal with chronic pain. In 2011, a study at the UC San Francisco showed that many patients with chronic pain actually experienced greater relief from pain when using medical marijuana as well. Consequently, when medical marijuana was a part of their daily medication, versus taking opiates only, they showed an ability to help wean patients off opiates completely or to very low amounts.

Is Marijuana Addicting?

So, is pot itself addicting? When it comes to the notion that pot users are a bunch of lazy addicts a lot of that is due in large part to movie classics like Dazed and Confused and Half Baked where recreation is the only reason for using pot.  Consequently the stereotypes began which were usually overblown and obnoxious.  This also gives the impression that the user can’t function without it and when they’re on it their functions aren’t optimal.

“Marijuana use disorder” is a condition that will appear to be an addiction when a person is incapable of quitting its use even when while knowing it’s adversely affecting their life. Exact numbers of persons addicted to marijuana are a bit sketchy. In part because studies on addiction often require dependence though it’s possible to dependent while not necessarily being an addict. While the data can be at times unreliable, the numbers usually hover around 9-10% of people who use cannabis and become dependent. That number rises significantly if one starts using in their teen years.

The early data looks promising for marijuana as an option for addressing many mental problems. Let’s hope this also helps address the stigma of marijuana use as well.  



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Benefits of Medical Marijuana – Is Cannabis Good for You?

So the question is, “What are the benefits of medical marijuana.  Is cannabis good for you?” The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t yet approved cannabis for medicinal use, but you can find medicines that contain cannabinoids, one of the chemicals found in marijuana plant. As new researches help reveal medical marijuana benefits and stigma attached to weed declines, its popularity is going up.

Does that mean the herb is totally safe, and will be legalized soon?

About legalization, we are not so sure, but as for its safety, the short answer is it mainly depends on how you use it while the rest of the guide explores the detailed answer. However, we recommend that you should consult with your physician to choose your method of consuming medical cannabis.

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7 Little-Known Medical Marijuana Benefits

There are some potential health risks of marijuana such as it can lead to dependency and can impact your memory, but there are also countless benefits of medical marijuana:

It Can Fight, Regulate and/or Prevent Several Diseases

While you might have heard many people say that weed can cause diseases, scientific researches and studies show that it can actually cure many diseases and physical problems. From helping fight Glaucoma to controlling epileptic seizures to helping prevent cancer from spreading to slowing Alzheimer’s to easing multiple sclerosis pain to reducing Hepatitis C side-effects to treating inflammatory bowels to relieving arthritis pain to helping you get through chemo to a lot more, scientific researches confirm the effectiveness of marijuana.

You might be wondering if medical marijuana has so many benefits, why isn’t it legal already? Well, the big pharmaceutical companies can crumble down if a naturally growing, dirt-cheap plant gets legal and starts curing diseases which can otherwise only be cured with their expensive medicines at this point. Despite all that, medical cannabis is becoming legal in most of the states very quickly.

Medical Marijuana Can Help You Lose Weight and Improve Metabolism

Weed has been shown to regulate insulin production and helps the body manage daily calorie intake more efficiently. This is why, on average, more weed smokers are slimmer than non-smokers. This surely is a great news for the Americans – the world’s most obese nation.

Medical Marijuana Can Help Fight Anxiety and Depression

Weed kicks anxiety and depression out of user’s mind, this is one of the most prominent impacts of the drug and no scientific study is needed to demonstrate this. However, for the skeptical minds, a 2010 research carried out at Harvard Medical School showed that drug’s most benefits occur mainly because it helps improve the user’s mood and can even act as a mild sedative.

Medical Marijuana Can Be a Safer Alternative to Addictions

It’s a matter of fact that our herb is many times safer than alcohol and tobacco, let alone other hard substances. Recent studies show that people find it easier to gravitate towards weed from all other sorts of dangerous addictions. This is the biggest of many amazing weed health benefits and can save millions of previous lives that succumb to the lethal hard drugs.

Medical Marijuana Can Spur Mental Creativity and Helps Focus

In total contrast to the stoner stereotype, medicinal marijuana can actually increase creativity and help people focus on their job. While weed might not have a great impact on short-term memory, people perform really well at tests where they’re required to come up with inventive ideas. Studies confirm that medical cannabis improves creativity and instead of making you stupid, it actually makes you smarter.

Medical Marijuana Can Help Reverse Negative Impacts of Smoking Tobacco On Lungs

A groundbreaking study published in 2012 shocked many marijuana critics. It showed that marijuana doesn’t have any severe effects on your lungs. Rather it can actually eliminate the side-effects of long-term tobacco smoking, provided you quit smoking cigarettes. More than five thousand subjects were involved, and the result showed that tobacco smokers’ lung health deteriorated over time, however, weed smokers on the other hand showed increase in lung capacity.

Medical Marijuana Can Be Helpful for Easing PTSD

A good news for the veterans who have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): the benefits of medical marijuana make it a great choice for relaxation. And it’s a matter of fact that PTSD can be caused by reasons other than the experiences during war. In fact, weed is the only medication that actually works on relieving the stress in PTSD. In New Mexico, a large number of people have been issued license for medical marijuana to counter PTSD, plus more and more states are approving use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

 What’s more, recently the Department of Health and Human Services signed off a study on marijuana’s capabilities to augment the process of treating post traumatic stress disorder.

Benefits of Legalizing Marijuana

So, should government legalize weed for uses other than medical use? If there are benefits of medical marijuana what are they?:

  • When the government legalizes, regulates and taxes weed, this can help generate considerable revenue.
  • The criminal justice system and law enforcement agencies will reduce their burden when weed is legalized. Police officers, judges and prosecutors can focus on serious criminals, and prisons will be freed of space.
  • Most organized crimes, terrorists and drugs dealers generate their revenue by selling hard drugs, including weed. If weed is legalized it could mean revenue ending up in the wrong hands.
  • More people will have access to it for medicinal use.
  • Since Colorado legalized marijuana, the overall crime rate has come down by a whopping 10.1%, while the violent crime dropped a 5.2%. On top of that, the state gathered ten million dollars in the form of taxation in just four months.

Eating vs Smoking vs Vaporizing Marijuana – The Safest Way to Use Weed

When it comes to consuming marijuana, it’s not just rolling a joint and smoking it, as you’ve a wide variety of options. Smoking is the oldest method and has been in practice for hundreds of years, while vaping is the latest trend. While eating marijuana is also an option, but it usually involves a lot of hassle in making cookies or any recipe you want to make with it, plus many claim that it doesn’t even offer all the medical benefits of medical marijuana. Also, eating yet another meal might not be a feasible option for many who are conscious about their diet. Topical and tinctures are also some common practices among medical marijuana users, but not as common as other forms. Therefore, let’s focus on the two most popular methods of taking medical cannabis i.e. smoking and vaping, and their pros and cons.

The most common way to consume marijuana is smoking it, usually rolled up in a joint. While smoking might offer most medicinal benefits of weed, the combustion of plant results in a lot of unwanted, potentially hazardous chemicals.

Vaporizers are modern, high-tech devices that let users vape marijuana and reap its medicinal benefits, and at the same time reduce, if not totally eliminate, the potential harms that arise by smoking it. This happens mainly because the plant doesn’t burn to produce tar or hazardous chemicals, rather it comes in contact with a heating element which increases the temperature to controlled levels and turns it into an inhalable vapor. Recent studies suggest that whether you vape tobacco or marijuana, it’s at least 95% safer than smoking it.

Remember that choosing a cheaper or substandard vaporizer can actually backfire. If you are unsure about which vaporizer you should get, check out our comprehensive guide on the best marijuana vaporizers.

What Science Has to Say About Medical Marijuana

The impact of vaping marijuana on human body is the subject of much research and scientific studies. Virtually all of them support vaping as compared to smoking. Let’s take a quick look at some of the most prominent studies:

  • Vaping weed can help avoid respiratory issues was the first study published in 2007. Most subjects in the study reported fewer to no issues that are connected to vaping cannabis compared to smoking it. This included such things as cough, build-up of phlegm and stiffness in the chest.
  • A study published in 2007 suggested that vaping marijuana helps avoid most harmful toxins. It delivers the same THC into bloodstream as smoking, yet hardly carries any carbon monoxide.
  • Another study on medical marijuana users showed that subjects felt most functional after vaporizing cannabis. In other words they had minimal physical hangover after vaping cannabis.

More Studies

  • As a follow up to the 2007 study, another study conducted in 2010 showed that when twenty potheads – who had some sort of lung issues because of smoking weed – were given vaporizers, they experienced “meaningful improvements” in their lung health and respiratory system.
  • A more recent study published in 2014 highlighted four major benefits of vaporizing over smoking cannabis. These advantages include better taste and no obnoxious smell. Plus, folks report on the perceived health benefits and a higher “high” from smoking the same amount of marijuana. However, subjects also said they were unhappy about the inconvenience of setting up and cleaning the device. In addition they complained about the delay they had to experience for the device to heat up for each use. The new vape pens are a great alternative to the older vape machines.

Conclusion About The Benefits of Medical Marijuana

Scientific studies confirm that there are many benefits of medical marijuana and even more benefits of legalizing marijuana. Vaping marijuana instead of smoking it may minimize potential side-effects. However, whether weed should be legalized or not remains a debate in the United States.  Several countries are already reaping benefits of legalizing weed. For example, in Israel, you will see marijuana vaporizers in hospitals as well as senior homes. This is because the plant isn’t illegal there anymore. The popular Volcano Vaporizer is used as a medical device in Canada as well as some parts of Europe.

This guide divulges only a few of the countless benefits of medical marijuana. However, there is still a stigma when it comes to the benefits of medical marijuana because it’s still illegal in most parts of the country. However, we do hope that science will continue to explore the benefits of the plant. Issues facing mankind could be cured. While the debate might continue about its long-term effects and dependency issues, its harm-reduction potential can’t be denied.

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