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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 – 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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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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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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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.

(this article is from https://quitsmokingcommunity.org/benefits-of-medical-marijuana/) Thank you!

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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CBD Oil – Not just for seizures!

Why Are People So High on CBD Oil?

Now, when we say high, we don’t mean intoxicatingly high. We mean why are so many people excited and enthusiastic about CBD oil and it’s benefits.
Well first let’s talk about what CBD is and that might help us understand this.
CBD stands for Cannabidiol. It’s one of many cannabinoids found in cannabis. It’s more commonly known as Hemp Oil or CBD Hemp Oil. Now Hemp Oil products are much different than Marijuana products. The biggest difference is the available amounts of the aforementioned CBD and it’s cousin THC. THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is useful to treat a number of health problems from pain, to neurological, sexual, and hunger issues. CBD was long thought to be an inactive substance in our bodies but recent research has changes those thoughts.

CBD Oil is Non-Psychoactive

THC is the psychoactive component in marijuana. Hemp and marijuana both contain amounts of CBD and THC. Hemp being mainly the seeds has a high CBD/low-THC ratio. While the plant, being marijuana, has a low-CBD/high-THC ratio.  Since hemp oil has very low amounts of THC it’s generally considered “non-psychoactive.” This makes Hemp Oil a safer alternative than other products that might have more adverse mind and body reactions.

CBD Oil as an Anti-inflammatory

One way CBD Oil is useful for the body is by helping it regulate and balance itself. It does this by naturally integrating with the Endocannabinoid System. This system is responsible for regulating multiple functions of the body. CBD has shown to be effective against many diseases caused by inflammation; ranging from acne, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s, and multiple sclerosis. CBD does this by slowing the body down and relaxing the patient. Often, this is all the body needs to begin healing itself.

 Seizures

CBD oil is a viable option for individuals struggling with seizures and there is a lot of research going on now. Much of this research has been very positive. There are also personal reports of people seeing their rates of seizures go from as high as 1000 in a year to down to 1 or 2 a week after using CBD oil on their own.
Because CBD oil does not having the same psychotropic effect and negative stigma of its cousin THC perhaps CBD will garner more corporate and public adoption. The research seems to be there as well numerous of individuals experiencing great relief from self-medicating themselves with CBD or hemp oil.
How do you know if you are getting CBD oil (which is appropriate medicinal use) or industrial hemp oil used in lotions and cooking? Check this link for details.
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4 Possible Health Benefits of Marijuana

When discussing the possible health benefits of marijuana please note that Bob Blake, MD and his staff are simply sourcing current information as it is being discovered. We use reliable websites to source the information. All medical decisions related to the health benefits of marijuana should be discussed with your physician.

1. Fighting Melanoma

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This is a normal mole. But learn the signs of one that has become cancerous.

A study is underway in Australia to discover the efficacy of using marijuana to fight the incidence of melanoma, a dangerous form of skin cancer.

It is one of the world’s largest controlled trials ever launched. They hope to understand how the active substance in marijuana, cannabinoids, effects the cells in animals and very small human trials. Do the active ingredients in marijuana have the potential to cause cancer cell death, apoptosis? Could it prevent the cancer from receiving the blood supply it needs by blocking angiogenesis? Those are the questions they hope to answer with this study.

Many patients have already attested to the use of topical cannabinoids to treat cancer lesions on the skin.

They are concentrating their research on the whole plant and the compounds working together synergistically rather than just the THC which causes euphoria. The composition of the many different compounds found in marijuana work together to produce faster and better outcomes is their theory.

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Learn about what to look for when it comes to skin cancer.
http://www.webmd.com/melanoma-skin-cancer/ss/slideshow-skin-lesions-and-cancer

2. Pain Relief

Medical marijuana may be helpful with painful conditions like:

  • Glaucoma
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Working Out

Marijuana evidently has incredible anti-inflammatory benefits. Weed has a noted history regarding its “necessity” in treating Glaucoma. As a matter of fact, part of its usefulness against Glaucoma is reducing the uncomfortable pressure in the eyes that comes with the disease.

When one is dealing with Multiple Sclerosis, the immune cells release proteins called “cytokines” that cause the painful inflammation found in the brain. The cannabinoids found in Marijuana are the anti-inflammatory agents that help in squelching the fire caused by such assailants.

Medical marijuana has become very popular in the fitness industry as well. General soreness from an intense workout can last 36-48 hours. Accordingly, some who use medical marijuana have noted:

  • Not feeling any soreness at all even after a heavy leg workout which usually brings about the most tissue damage.
  • Many have also mentioned lingering anti-inflammatory effects long after a dosing.

There’s now a push to research marijuana’s effect on sports participants. In professional sports, when a pro player is “busted” for smoking weed, most people probably rush to judgement. All things considered, they imagine a rich, entitled, athlete partying far too hard on his off days. However, many current and former players have been using marijuana. As a matter of fact, they use it to address acute and chronic pain from the bangs and bruises of their pro sport. Finally, the leagues are starting to listen.

Sports and Marijuana sources:

(http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/01/nfl-marijuana-policy-change-roger-goodell/)

(http://extras.denverpost.com/game-of-pain/index.html)

3. Reducing Seizures

When discussing the health benefits of marijuana, there is a lot of debate about the medical use of cannabis. Presently, people wonder if it could be a potential treatment for a number of neurological conditions. There have long been legal issues surrounding access to cannabis. Because of this, there is not yet a lot of scientific research on the usefulness and safety of marijuana as a treatment for seizures. Additionally, many different substances containing cannabis are being used, making it difficult to study.

Many of the latest YouTube videos show that within a few seconds after the application of cannabis oil a seizure comes to a halt or greatly subsides. As a result, these videos have raised intrigue and skepticism regarding the use of cannabis oil to treat epilepsy. Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN produced a documentary in 2013 called “WEED”. In that documentary he treated a girl with medical marijuana and saw her number of seizures decrease from 300 a week to 1.

Dr. Gupta source:(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sharda-sekaran/sanjay-gupta-medical-marijuana_b_3733143.html)

Prior to this, there was a study on epileptic rodents at Virginia Commonwealth University. The study showed that within 10 hours most symptoms exhibited by the rats had subsided. For this reason, they conclude there is a correlation between using marijuana and seizures.

VCU study source: (http://www.news.vcu.edu/article/Marijuana_and_its_receptor_protein_in_brain_control_epilepsy)
Another study: The Endogenous Cannabinoid System Regulates Seizure Frequency and Duration in a Model of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

(http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/307/1/129?sid=b91c50eb-5281-4d28-878a-43da4a2267ec)

4. Treats Auto-Immune Disorders Symptoms

Could the Health Benefits of Marijuana include:

  • Multiple Sclerosis, Crohns, Colitis, IBS, Lupus, AIDS?

THC and CBD are the two ingredients that help to stop the nervous system from attacking itself. Both are effective at calming the immune system with their main distinctions being. All things considered, there is still a lot to learn about THC and CBD.

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A Drunken Haze: The Problem with Mixing Booze and Pot

Source: A Drunken Haze: The Problem with Mixing Booze and Pot

The Canadian government is trying to prepare the country for when it legalizes marijuana. While a regulatory framework is still in progress, the distribution of marijuana has been a highly discussed topic.

The most likely result is that the Federal government will be controlling the marijuana supply with provinces left to deal with distribution. Among the different possible distribution concepts, Ontario has been leaning heavily on the idea of distributing recreational marijuana through the LCBO.

Though it seems to be a  common choice as a distribution model for a controlled substance, there are a few  things to consider.

Alcohol Bottles Lined Up

Finding a Marijuana Distribution Method That Works

The first challenge that the LCBO model distribution method faces is that it could stifle the market for purchasing marijuana. With the exception of The Beer Store, distilleries, breweries and wineries, LCBO is the only major retail outlet licensed to distribute alcohol in Ontario.

In fact, restaurants and bars are generally required by law to purchase their liquor from LCBO.  With what is expected to be a billion dollar business in Ontario, should this be another government-controlled monopoly that is tacked on to an existing government-controlled monopoly?

With the certainty of extremely limited availability and supply and the related concerns regarding stigma of purchasing marijuana, potentially in front of children, the public would most certainly not benefit from an LCBO-based distribution model.

With many marijuana dispensaries popping up, it is not hard to imagine how this model may change the market when applied to marijuana distribution:

  • Taxation and competitive pricing would be set by the government, controlling the market value of marijuana and perhaps underestimating  or overestimating black market prices and current market dynamics.
  • Smaller marijuana producers and distributors would be put at a disadvantage, if not wiped out,  if the government favours larger, licensed producers for their supply and only government controlled outlets for distribution. Implementing infrastructure regarding sales and distribution would threaten the economic potential for the creation of new businesses.
  • The level of knowledge of LCBO employees. When compared to the experience of small dispensary owners, an unspecialized employee wouldn’t inspire much confidence in paying customers.

Using Alcohol and Marijuana Together

A second obvious side effect of distributing through the LCBO is that it would provide ample opportunity for people to purchase marijuana and alcohol at the same time. Though it is enough to cite health reasons for why alcohol and marijuana shouldn’t be mixed, it’s no mystery that both are already being used together. It is known as cross fading.

Marijuana Leaf Close Up

When used individually, each substance comes with its own negative impact on the brain. When combined, the effects of alcohol and marijuana can be amplified and increased. For instance, using both substances together can worsen the impact on your motor skills, leading to a higher risk of a car accident than if you had used either substance alone. Drunk driving and driving while high is another issue to contend with.

Most notably, the order in which you consume either substance also has an impact on the resulting effect. If you get drunk when already high from marijuana, you experience the pleasing effect one would expect from being drunk and high.  Yet, if you drink alcohol before marijuana, the resulting effects are dizziness, vomiting, anxiety, and feeling sick after ingesting too much THC, otherwise known as greening out.

According to a study by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), mixing alcohol with marijuana increases the THC concentration in a person’s blood. Alcohol increases marijuana metabolitesin the bloodstream. With alcohol targeting the nervous system and blood vessels, the absorption rate of THC can increase and hence cause a person to “green out.”

Conventional wisdom would suggest that selling two things that don’t go well together is a bad idea.  There’s a reason why you can’t smoke while pumping gas – it’s dangerous – or why you’d never sell fireworks in a children’s toy shop.

It also makes sense why laws are stricter concerning drug offences near schools.  If the government wants to highlight the concerns regarding drinking and smoking – it would seem an obvious step to take would be to physically separate the distribution of these distinct, controlled substances.

So is selling recreational marijuana in close proximity to alcohol a good idea?  In our opinion, it’s not smart policy.  This is just one question among many that are still being asked and used to guide the direction in which the government will go, and there are recommendations being submitted on the overall policy.

Thus, hopefully, through open discussion and more research, the legislation will be able to accommodate both public and private points of sale.

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Marijuana May Alleviate America’s Opioid Crisis, New Study Suggests

Access to medical marijuana may be cutting down on the overall use of opioids, including prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Percocet, new research suggests. Opioid addiction and marijuana can be an interesting combination with marijuana being the tool that can help with the addiction!

In a study, researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health analyzed traffic fatality data from 1999-2013 for 18 U.S states. They found that most states that passed medical marijuana laws saw an overall reduction in fatal crashes involving drivers who tested positive for opioids.

“We would expect the adverse consequences of opioid use to decrease over time in states where medical marijuana use is legal, as individuals substitute marijuana for opioids in the treatment of severe or chronic pain,” lead author June H. Kim, a doctoral student at Mailman, said in a statement.

opioid addiction and marijuanaThe study, published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health, is among the first to look at the link between state medical marijuana laws and opioid use. Medical marijuana laws, the authors concluded, are “associated with reductions in opioid positivity among 21- to 40-year-old fatally injured drivers and may reduce opioid use and overdose.”

Opioid Addiction Is a National Emergency

The United States is currently facing an epidemic of opioid painkiller abuse. Since 1999, opioid prescriptions and sales have quadrupled in the United States, a boom that the CDC said has “helped create and fuel” the current opioid abuse crisis. In 2014 alone, more than 14,000 people ― nearly 40 per day ― died from overdoses of prescribed opiates.

The Columbia study adds to a growing body of evidence showing cannabis can be an effective, alternative treatment for pain relief.

A 2014 study, for example, found that states with medical marijuana had fewer prescription painkiller overdose deaths than those without. And in July, researchers documented that states with medical marijuana saw a drop in prescription drugs,saving an estimated $165.2 million in Medicare costs.

In March, federal health officials issued new guidelines for opioid prescriptions in an effort to curb the crisis, urging doctors to largely avoid prescribing highly addictive painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin when treating patients for chronic pain.

Opioid Addiction and Marijuana

But the Drug Enforcement Administration has stopped short of embracing alternative painkillers, recently declining to loosen restrictions on marijuana and announcing plans to criminalize kratom, an herbal supplement that many say is effective at treating chronic pain and fighting opioid addiction.

At the state level, however, the tide is turning. Twenty-five U.S. states have legalized medical marijuana. Four of those, plus the District of Columbia, have also legalized recreational use of the substance.

“As states with these laws move toward legalizing marijuana more broadly for recreational purposes, future studies are needed to assess the impact these laws may have on opioid use,” Kim said in a statement.

Opioid Addiction and Marijuana – Need Help?

If you have an addiction to opioids don’t wait! Get in to your doctor and get help. Perhaps marijuana can ease you out of opioid addiction. Dr. Bob Blake may be able to help you find appropriate care. Call him today at 1(888)-215-HERB(4372)

You can also go online and get your medical marijuana recommendation while speaking with Dr. Bob Blake.

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