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Sex and Marijuana – Making Orgasms Easier?

BY MARIA DEL RUSSO

The Truth About Sex and Marijuana

It should come as no surprise: research indicates that when it comes to Sex and Marijuana, quality orgasms are directly correlated.

“We’ve got data that suggests that enhanced orgasm for women [who use cannabis before sex] is common, with the caveat that most products are not exactly lubricants,” says Dr. Mitch Earleywine, a professor of psychology at the University of Albany and author of the book Understanding Marijuana: A New Look At The Scientific Evidence. “The perception of slowed time seems to be part of the story, as orgasms appear to last longer.”

Antuanette Gomez, CEO of Pleasure Peaks, a cannabis women’s sexual health company, is steadfast in her assertion that cannabis and orgasm are inextricably linked. “It’s a vasodilator, like Viagra, so there’s more blood flow to your genitals when you use cannabis,” she says. “[It’s partially] why your eyes get red when you smoke. It increases circulation, which increases sensitivity and arousal.” Both she and Earleywine mention that women in particular report benefits to using cannabis during sex. “Cannabis lets you put your ego aside, so you’re way more open, and you give in to those urges,” Gomez says. “So when you have a person in front of you, and you’re smoking pot, it’s more intimate.”

sex and marijuanaAccording to Gomez, the key to finding the best strain and format for you and your sexual experience is to pinpoint exactly what it is you’re looking for. “Not all sex is the same,” she explains. “Edibles are great for going on a date because they have a longer effect and give you a more intimate mood. Think slow and sensual sex.” More interested in sweaty jackrabbit sex? You should definitely smoke something, then. “Go for a higher sativa strain,” Gomez says. “Smoking sativa is great for a quickie.”

The reason women seem to especially experience the benefits of sex and marijuana use is that it allows them to get out of their heads and into the moment, according to Earleywine. In fact, stress and anxiety are some of the main reasons why women occasionally struggle to achieve orgasm. But with sex and marijuana, “women report feeling more closeness with a partner, and data from the ‘60s suggests [they feel] ‘more energy exchange’ as well as ‘connections on a deeper level,’” Earleywine says. “Women who have trouble ‘spectatoring,’ or not feeling in the moment during sexual encounters, claim that cannabis can help.”

Gomez sees things the same way. The Sativa strain can be great for people who have anxiety, or have a hard time relaxing during sex because sativa creates more of a head high, she explains. Gomez also says that CBD is great for that, too, since it can calm your brain down. Indica, on the other hand, is great for people who tend to physically tense up during sex. Gomez also suggests playing around with hybrid blends to find the one that works best for you.

It’s important to remember, though, that different strains might affect different people in different ways. Earleywine says that the way you experience cannabis is tied to how much you dose, and knowing how much to take is definitely a learned skill. When it comes to dosing, “start small and go slow,” Gomez says. Start with a little and then add a little bit more if you feel like you can handle it. The sweet spot is out there somewhere.

Gomez also recommends masturbating while under the influence before bringing a partner into the mix. “This really allows you to get to know yourself and how the cannabis affects your sex life,” Gomez explains. “It’s a great way to make you less ego-driven.” And once you’re ready to bring in your partner, make sure they’re aware that you’re using, and that you’re prepared for the after effects of your orgasm. “Orgasm can be intense when you’re using cannabis,” Gomez warns. In other words, you want to make sure that your partner will be supportive and aware of your mindset. But not to worry—the more you use cannabis during sex, the more you’ll know how it will affect you, and eventually, everything will fall into place.

All in all, though, the message seems pretty clear: Sex and Marijuana go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Article courtesy of Med Men: https://medmen.com/blog/lifestyle/can-cannabis-make-orgasms-easier

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Keenan: A man’s guide to marijuana and its potential side-effects

The upcoming Canada-wide legalization of recreational marijuana will have all sorts of consequences, both intended and unintended. But what, specifically, will it do to the male body? Quite a lot, it appears.

For starters, pot affects males and females differently. A team of researchers from Washington State University, a state where cannabis has been legal since 2012, has given us some answers. Researcher Rebecca Craft found that, in female rats, the effects of THC were closely linked to hormone levels, with a spike in sensitivity right around ovulation.

Craft also notes that “the majority of research in humans suggests that women are more likely to be affected by cannabinoids than men, with reports of enhanced and decreased performance on various tasks.” She has also studied cannabis withdrawal symptoms, and says that women often have a harder time discontinuing pot after heavy use, with symptoms like irritability and sleep disruption. In rats, THC withdrawal has even caused changes in the menstrual cycle timing.

Smoking pot also can also affect the male hormone balance. A famous, if rather dated (1981) University of Texas study garnered wide attention by claiming that pot caused testosterone to jump up to six times the normal level right after administering THC. Then, after 20 minutes, it fell to below normal. It’s important to note that this work was done in mice who were fed liquid THC, so it may not be applicable to humans toking up at home.

More recent evidence comes from 1,221 young Danish men who were studied when they reported for their military induction physical between 2008 and 2012.

First of all, 45 per cent reported smoking marijuana in the last three months, even though marijuana is still illegal in Denmark. This study “found a significant increase in testosterone (levels in the blood) correlated to the use of marijuana.” The researchers explain the apparent contradiction with previous studies which showed lower testosterone levels by saying that those studies ignored the confounding effect of cigarette smoking. So, the jury is still out on what pot does to your T level. You might convince your doctor to order a blood test and do your own experiment if you really want to know how your body deals with weed.

What about fertility? The Danish men “delivered a semen sample” which was dutifully analyzed by the researchers. The news was not good. “Regular marijuana smoking more than once per week was associated with a … 29% lower total sperm count after adjustment for confounders.” Combining marijuana with other recreational drugs had an even more severe impact, with a 55 per cent lower sperm count.

Other fertility-related parameters like sperm concentration and motility were also negatively affected by drug use. The Danish researchers estimated that approximately 15 per cent of the men in their study might need fertility treatment in the future if they wanted to father a child.

Another gender difference noted by the University of Washington researchers was more increased post-cannabis appetite surge in males compared to females. So, expanding waistlines may become a significant problem for the Canadian male if marijuana use catches fire. This is especially true if the predictions in a recent Deloitte LLP study are accurate. That report notes that marijuana use “tapers off with age” but that the middle-aged “conservative experiment” might be a growth market. Of course, that 35 to 54-year-old guy is often struggling to keep off extra pounds.

Experts suggest planning fun distractions, so you don’t eat all the food in the fridge. It also seems that various strains of marijuana have different munchie-inducing properties.

While everything else in this article is based on serious scientific research, it was inevitable that I would stumble across some more informal studies, especially on sites like herb.co. This source suggests that certain foods may prolong the euphoric effect of marijuana. Put “mangoes and marijuana” into your search engine if you dare.

The more entertaining men and cannabis research question is, of course, is pot an aphrodisiac?

It certainly can be, though the long-term outlook for stoners is not so rosy. In 2017, psychiatrist Richard Balon of Wayne State University concluded that “low and acute doses of cannabis may enhance human sexual functioning, e.g., sexual desire and enjoyment/satisfaction.” On the other hand, “chronic use of higher doses of cannabis may lead to negative effect on sexual functioning such as lack of interest, erectile dysfunction, and inhibited orgasm.”

Balon concludes his article by suggesting that there is a need for rigorous double-blind studies of human sexuality in cannabis users and healthy volunteers. Somehow, I think he will find no shortage of research volunteers. Indeed, the October legalization will undoubtedly spawn whole new research initiatives at Canadian universities, which are now at a competitive advantage over U.S. scientists, at least in the wacky world of weed.

Dr. Tom Keenan is an award-winning journalist, public speaker, professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, and author of the bestselling book, Technocreep: The Surrender of Privacy and the Capitalization of Intimacy

 

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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.

Autism

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.

Glaucoma

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.

Addiction

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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8 Myths about Marijuana

  1. Smoking weed equals you’re a stoner
    In a recent study nearly a 1/3 of cannabis consumers households had combined income of $75,000. Does that mean that these individuals are high most of the day? Probably not. They, like so many others, have found a way to be moderate in their use. Not to mention, while making a decent wage!Statistics state that out of 30-40 million reported users of marijuana 1/5 of them submitted that they use daily. Meaning that the majority use quite moderately. This also suggests that smokers of marijuana can look like business magnate Elon Musk or rapper French Montana or anything in between.
  2. A joint is worse than a cigarette
    The only reason that smoking one plant would be any worse than a similar plant would be if one was poisonous and the other wasn’t. However, neither tobacco or marijuana is poisonous but the other artificial ingredients in a cigarette can be. Smoking cigarettes has proven to cause significant lung damage. Coupled with the fact that lung cancer causes nearly 158,000 deaths a year. 85% of those are directly related to smoking.There currently is no strong evidence that smoking marijuana cause any of the damage that smoking cigarettes cause.  Although this may be true, the amount of smoking each respective smoker uses is a factor. Generally speaking an average tobacco user will smoke a half a pack to a pack a day compared to an average marijuana user who may consume 1 to 2 joints every other day.
  3. Marijuana makes you dumb
    Another one of the myths about marijuana is that it makes you dumb. Now most would probably make this link because of our association with intoxication from alcohol. We know that excessive alcohol consumption is toxic to the brain we might assume smoking marijuana would do the same. However, a study in New Zealand tracked individuals for 25 years, from ages 13 to 38. They did IQ tests on both ends. Of the 1000 people in the study only 38 showed any drop in IQ.  In addition there is some recent research showing that cannabinoids can actually help protect brain cells from Alzheimer’s disease. Perhaps smoking pot is a bit like enjoying a glass of wine. A little is suppose to be good for your health, while a lot isn’t.
  4. Marijuana is addictive
    So lets be clear, anything can be addictive. Some folks can’t go a day without working out and some would play video games till their eyes fall out. Comparatively, when it comes to marijuana individuals can become “dependent” on it as pain killer or muscle relaxer. But those numbers are extremely low in terms of that dependency becoming an addiction.Recently the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported only about 9% in a study showed any sort of dependency or addiction to marijuana after extensive use. So you’re probably more likely to be an addict to the latest intergalactic MMO video game versus a strain of indica.
  5. Munchies and Giggles
    Eating a ton of snack food after consuming some cannabis is a thing but not nearly as prevalent as movies would lead you to believe. There is part of the brain that is responsible for telling us to stop eating. It goes through some confusion after a joint. Consequently it may tell you to keep eating or it may give you the energy to clean your room and you forget all about food. Much of it depends on the strain.
  6. Too much weed can kill you
    No, it can’t. A high amount of marijuana can cause panic attacks or some extreme psychotic reactions but death isn’t one of them. Now, that can lead to someone injuring themselves or doing something that indirectly leads to their death like driving while impaired. So we always suggest responsible use! If you do smoke way too much or overeat an edible, you should be fine in time. However mixing marijuana with opioids can cause nausea and other serious side effects in some people.
  7. Marijuana will lead our nation to ruin – one of the other another myths about marijuana
    Well business insiders believe the opposite. A recent report suggested that the economy could get a bump of nearly $40 billion! Yes, that’s billion with a “b” by 2021 from the legalizing of marijuana. In California they expect to see the creation of almost 150,000 jobs by about that same time. So if it’s good for the economy maybe folks who believe it will hurt the country mean it will lead to more criminal activity. Well if it’s now legal, shouldn’t that lead to less arrest, less court cases, and less violent interactions with police?When weed became legal in Colorado in 2012 the state saw a 95% drop in marijuana arrests which was expected. Yet the drop in overall negative police interaction has resulted in more stable communities statewide. Why wouldn’t that be the same for the nation?
  8. marijuana mythsSmoking weed at 4:20 or on 4/20 is in referenced to Hitler’s birthday
    Sorry, no, it doesn’t. It has nothing to do with former dictator. Rumor has it that it’s about a group of Bay area teens who use to smoke weed at 4:20 pm behind the school. This became quite popular. Little did they know that this time reference would shape the culture of weed use.Grateful Dead guitarist Phil Lesh hired one of the 420 founders to assist with the band. They too began to celebrate the date and time. Also, former reporter for High Times, Steve Bloom. once received a flyer to a 420 party and submitted for print in the magazine. An issue in 1991 showcased the flyer and High Times continued to reference the number since. And honestly, why would anyone want to celebrate a genocidal maniac with a nice blaze of sativa?

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CBD – The Next Hot Food Ingredient

If you’ve watched Food Network for any length of time you’ve seen food challenges involving one singular item that the chefs have to include in all their dishes. It’s quite entertaining to see how many ways a chef can use a spice like turmeric or protein like pork belly. Often times certain episodes can be so popular that the hero ingredient from the challenge inspires new dishes, menus and sometimes entire restaurants. With marijuana now being legal in many states it’s starting to become the new hot item in many kitchens.  Most establishments that offer food or drink with marijuana do so via CBD. CBD (cannabidiol) is an alcohol compound from cannabis and provides health benefits minus the high that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) delivers.

CBD in foodCBD and Restauranteers

Chef Andrea Drummer, owner and founder of Elevation VIP Coop describers her company this way: “A unique medicinal marijuana dispensary specializing in premium innovative cuisine that enhances the quality of life for patients in the Los Angeles area.” Drummer has been catering private events with THC and CBD-infused dishes since 2012. In regards to the number of chefs now using marijuana in dishes Drummer said, “there are a lot of really great chefs getting into it and getting involved which helps bring a sense of normalcy to what we’re doing.”  This seems to be a big part of the mission with the introduction of cannabis into the world of food; making it normal. In her interview with High Times Drummer continued, “My mission is to make cannabis cooking a broader conversation among a more diverse group of people and not just preaching to the choir.”

CBD and Other Restauranteers

Assisting with this mission is a restaurant in Los Angeles called Spring. Chefs Tony Esnault and Yassmin Sarmadi, also husband and wife, have created a high-end experience that brings the south of France to heart of LA. With that experience comes their signature Spring CBD Power Lunch menu. It contains dishes such as their Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho and Sweet Corn Risotto both infused with CBD. The menu also gives a great description of the health benefits of the ingredients when paired with CBD.

Local Restaurants Providing CBD Experiences

In the San Diego area, Lego Optimo offers to pair cannabis with food in a different way. Instead of putting CBD in the food they offer smoke-outs in between courses. One of the founders of Lego Optimo, Carolyn Kate puts it this way: “When you are adding cannabis to food, you are distributing cannabis in another way. We are not a distributor, we are an entertainment company and we want to provide a different experience that included food and cannabis in a way that would be legal, safe and responsible.” They pair four strains of cannabis with four courses and their cannabis comes by way of Urbn Leaf, a dispensary near the University of San Diego.

Pop-up Dinners

Also there are several pop-up dinners appearing in the San Diego area that make cooking with cannabis an event. Marie Daniels runs Closed Door Supper Club. She brings out some of the best chefs in the area to put their spin on cooking with CBD. “It allows my chef friends the space to experiment with an ingredient that requires them to create menus through a dynamic lens, outside their normal routine of the restaurant” says Daniels.
Now before you start searching for these spots or pop-ups you have to remember a couple things. First off, most require you to be 21 and older and provide valid ID. Also, the cost is not cheap with many of the events or dinners costing $75-200 per person. Lastly, plan way in advance. Many of these events or restaurants have long lines, waiting list or sell out fast!
So if you’ve been curious about CBD being the next hot food ingredient, make those reservations and enjoy!

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Indica vs Sativa

Indica vs Sativa

Pepsi vs Coke. Visa vs Mastercard. Target vs Wal-mart. Xbox vs PlayStation. Indica vs Sativa

Indica vs SativaWhen there’s seemingly only two choices you will often find folks ardently supporting one or the other and rarely ever both. There are times when someone will shop at Target for one item and Wal-mart for the other but if you press them for their preference, most will have a definitive answer.

In the world of cannabis it’s Indica vs Sativa.

While they aren’t rivals they are really the only two main choices when it comes to types of cannabis. Yet much like the great rivalries of our time there are those who strongly support one over the other. Why they have chosen to take such a hard stance for one strain or the other is most likely due in part to a good or bad experience they’ve had with one. In addition, the effectiveness for the condition you want to treat is also a factor.

There of course is no issue with being a fan of one strain but if you’re a detractor of another, it’s a bit unfair. It’s quite possible you need more information on the differences between the two. Well here’s a little intel on them both.

History of Indica vs Sativa

Now, cannabis itself may have been first used back in Ancient China around 2700B.C. It’s name is dates back to the Ancient Assyrians who called it “qunubu” which meant “to produce smoke.” Hundreds of years later would the two distinct strands become known. Sativa was discovered or better yet, classified, by botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1753. Sativa’s origins are from East to Southeast Asia and into the Middle East. Thanks to European explorers, it’s now also growing in the Latin America’s from southern Mexico down into Colombia.

Sativa prefers the warmer climates that are common to the areas around the equator and grows quite tall because of it. Some plants can grow as tall as 20 feet. The plant itself is usually a light, green color with long, narrow leaves. Now when it comes to the “high” you get from sativa it’s more in the head. The feeling is typically energetic and mood-lifting. Sativa is great for artists, writers, and even athletes.

If you’re active and want to keep your motor running with a buzz, sativa is the way to go.

If you’re suffering from disorders like stress, anxiety, ADHD we recommend sativa’s fog lifting affect. Also those with certain types of cancers, HIV/AIDS, and skin disorders would benefit greatly from sativa. Next time you’re in a dispensary and you see names ending “haze” typically that’s a type of sativa.

Origins of Indica

Cannabis Indica was first defined by Jean-Baptiste Lamarck in the late 1700’s in India about 30 years after Linnaeus’ findings with sativa. Indica produces a calming full body high. It can almost make one feel sluggish. Because of this effect, indica is very effective as a nighttime sedative. Its ability to calm is great for those suffering from muscle spasms, chronic pain, arthritis, PTSD, and appetite loss. Indica’s high CBD (cannabinoids) content helps those with lupus, fibromyalgia, and MS. The plant looks a lot different than it’s cousin Sativa.

The name Indica comes from it being indigenous to India. You can also find Indica growing wild in Morocco, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Turkey.

And what about Sativa?

So we mentioned when you see “haze” you think Sativa, when you see ’kush“ as in Purple Kush, Master Kush or Bubba Kush that’s Indica. The purple is actually a part of the flower that you’ll find on the plant. It doesn’t reach the heights of sativa and has dark, green leaves along with those purplish flowers. It produces a strong aroma that is often earthy, foresty smell with hints of sage or rosemary. When it comes to the fragrance from either sativa or indica that is produced by terpenes. Terpenes are basically the aroma produced by certain plants, grains, flowers, or fruit. Terpenes can help to amplify the effects of both indica and sativa. When a strain of cannabis has a fruity, citrus, or sweet that is because of its terpenes.

So here’s a recap on the two main strains, Indica vs Sativa:

Sativa (Haze):

  • Tall, light green leaves.
  • Energizes and alters mental state. “Head high”
  • Found in warm climates. Southeast Asia, Middle East, Central-South America
  • Preferred by athletes, artists, musicians. Creative types.
  • Useful against depression, certain cancers and autoimmune disorders
  • More THC than CBD

Indica (Kush):

  • Short, dark green, thick leaves.
  • Calming, leaves one feeling heavy. “Body high”
  • Found in Middle East to North Africa
  • Better used at night before bed
  • Good for muscle spasms, body aches, restlessness, nighttime sedative.
  • More CBD than THC

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Marijuana's Neuroprotective Mechanisms

Marijuana’s Neuroprotective Mechanisms

marijuana's neuroprotective propertiesHave you wondered about Marijuana’s Neuroprotective Mechanisms? Well here’s one story:

Eight years ago my son suffered a traumatic brain injury after a skiing accident at Big Bear. The first day his body seized so severely that he needed a continuous mega dose of propyphal to calm him. He was on life support and the doctors could not determine what was wrong with him. He spent 3 days in the hospital.

The first day the doctors said he might have diffuse axonal injury. That has a terrible prognosis. Only 5% of people go on to have a normal life after that diagnosis. But miraculously he did regain consciousness the next day.

He had clearly damaged something in his brain that deals with memory. Because, once the breathing tube was removed, we realized he couldn’t remember something that happened just a few minutes earlier! In addition, he was overly emotional about the simplest things. But over a period of weeks he got better!

However, for the past 8 years he has struggled with seizures. At first he only had a few per year, then he had one a month, then he had one or two per week. Finally, he went into a epilepsy clinic where they put electrodes in his brain and found out the seizures were emanating from his left hippocampus.  A year later he made the decision to have that portion of his brain removed.

Now, let me talk about why, perhaps, he had such a great recovery. The morning of the accident he had smoked pot before skiing. He was a regular pot smoker.  I would have never thought that could have been a beneficial thing for his brain but perhaps my assumptions are incorrect. My daughter is a researcher at SDSU and has specialized in brain research.  She wonders, based on this article, if Marijuana’s Neuroprotective Mechanisms could actually be part of his wonderful recovery.

Just recently she sent me this article:

Tetrahydrocannabinol

Interestingly, THC, administered prior to a traumatic insult in human case studies and animal models has had measurable neuroprotective effects. In a 3-year retrospective study of patients who had sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI), decreased mortality was reported in individuals with a positive Δ9-THC screen. In mouse models of CNS injury, prior administration of Δ9-THC provided impairment protection.[105]

Cannabidiol

CBD is recognized as a nonpsychoactive phytocannabinoid. Both human observational and animal studies, however, have demonstrated a broad range of therapeutic effects for several neuropsychiatric disorders. CBD has positive effects on attenuating psychotic, anxiety, and depressive-like behaviors. The mechanisms appear to be related to the CBD’s benefit to provide enhanced neuroprotection and inhibition of excessive neuroinflammatory responses in neurodegenerative diseases and conditions. Common features involving neuroprotective mechanisms influenced by CBD—oxidative stress, immune mediators, and neurotrophic factors—are also important in conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), postconcussion syndrome, depression, and anxiety. Many studies confirm that the function of the ECS is markedly increased in response to pathogenic events like trauma.

This fact, as well as numerous studies on experimental models of brain trauma, supports the role of cannabinoids and their interactions with CB1 and CB2 as part of the brain’s compensatory and repair mechanisms following injury. Animal studies indicate that posthead injury administration of exogenous CBD reduces short-term brain damage by improving brain metabolic activity, reducing cerebral hemodynamic impairment, and decreasing brain edema and seizures. These benefits are believed to be due to CBD’s ability to increase anandamide.[109]

Click to access full abstract of this study:  Review of the neurological benefits of phytocannabinoids

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Conditions and Diseases in Which Activation of The ECS has Shown Benefit[]

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So this is a very CURRENT review of the existing research that has been done on THC/CBD.   Could it be that my son’s pot smoking before skiing could have actually played a role in his recovery? According to this study it’s quite likely.

Marijuana's Neuroprotective Mechanisms
My son is now 9 weeks past his surgery and has not suffered with another seizure.  He had no deficits after the surgery. We think that the right hippocampus took over the work that the left one had been doing for years.  I hope he goes on to live a long healthy life.  However, a word of caution. ALWAYS wear your helmet when you ski. Don’t count on marijuana’s neuroprotective mechanisms to save you from a traumatic brain injury! (-;)

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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.
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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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