Medical Marijuana

  • Cannabis is Giving Hope to Cancer and Epilepsy Patients

    When it comes to what cannabis may be effective in treating the list seems almost endless if you do the research or ask an educated activist, however, there are a few conditions that cannabis seems to work better than any other treatment methods in most cases. The fact that cannabis is showing to be an effective treatment for the following conditions alone should be enough to legalize it for medical purposes everywhere around the world. Let’s take a closer look at these conditions and the evidence behind cannabis’ effectiveness.

    Cancer

    Cancer and cannabis has been a highly debated topic for many years. While the scientific evidence isn’t abundant regarding cannabis and its ability to cure or prevent cancer there is an endless amount of anecdotal evidence from patients who have successfully put their cancer in remission utilizing cannabis treatments. While this scientific evidence may be lacking, what is not lacking is the evidence of how effective cannabis can be at treating the side effects of cancer such as lack of appetite, nausea, fatigue, insomnia, depression, anxiety, pain and many others.

    Epilepsy

    When it comes to conditions that cannabis is proving to be effective at treating one of the most commonly referenced conditions is epilepsy and epileptic disorders such as Dravet Syndrome. This is due to the numerous stories surrounding how CBD and full spectrum cannabis oils have helped several different children live a better life, many free of seizures such as Alexis Bortell and Charlotte Figi. There are even pharmaceutical based synthetic CBD oils available for prescription and approved by the FDA for use in treating epilepsy. This shouldn’t be a surprise though seeing how the government has owned a patent stating cannabinoids effectiveness as a neuroprotectant since the late 1990s. Learn more about the studies and what we know about cannabis and epilepsy here.

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  • 5 Ways Cannabis Can Help Women

    Let’s face it, cannabis can help with a multitude of conditions, ailments, and issues. A recent study showed that cannabis consumption was much higher among women than men. This should be of no surprise seeing how many of the conditions in which cannabis is most effective at relieving are very common amongst the female population. Let’s take a look at 5 of the top ways that cannabis can help women!

    Mental Menstrual Cycles and Menopause

    PMS is something unfortunately experienced by almost every woman in the world for some period (no pun intended) of time in their lives. PMS brings about a wide array of different ailments of which many can be successfully relieved through the introduction of cannabinoids to the endocannabinoid system in the body through cannabis based products. From cramps and sharp shooting pains in the stomach to nausea, headaches, and irritability cannabis can help provide much-needed relief naturally.

    Just like the menstrual cycle experienced by women, menopause is another plague that almost every woman faces in their lifetime. Menopause brings about many different symptoms in which cannabis can provide relief from ranging from insomnia and hot flashes to weight management, lack of sex drive, irritability and much more.

    Weight Management

    Despite the popular stigma that many believe surrounding cannabis and lazy fat stoners, cannabis has actually been proven to be effective at helping lower and maintain the bodies BMI. Studies have shown that cannabis consumers have a much more stabilized and lower BMI than non-consumers. Maintaining a lower BMI and healthy weight helps to prevent diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, heart conditions and many others.

    Bone Health

    According to healthywomen.org, more than half of the "non-Hispanic and Asian {population of} women aged 50 years and older have low bone mass, increasing their risk for osteoporosis” and “According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, roughly one in two women and up to one in four men ages 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis.” Research has shown cannabinoids have the ability to activate the CB2 cannabinoid receptor and can help to effectively stimulate bone growth and can even reverse bone loss according to a study from Israel published in the Annals of Medicine.

    These are just a few of the ways that this miraculous plant has been and will continue to help women around the world!

  • Cannabis and Chronic Pain - The Basics

    When it comes to the multitude of different conditions in which cannabis is proving to be effective for many different people chronic pain seems to always top the list. From migraine headaches and menstrual cramps to chronic pain from accidents and pain associated with medical illnesses, cannabis is helping thousands of people around the globe find relief. Let’s take a closer look at the topic of cannabis and chronic pain.

    How Cannabis Interacts with the Body to Relieve Pain

    Cannabinoids found within cannabis can be utilized by the human body to provide relief from chronic pain in a multitude of ways all thanks to the Endocannabinoid System. Cannabinoids are absorbed through receptors found in the skin, muscles, and tissues throughout the body. Once absorbed these cannabinoids allow two-way communication between nerves and cells that otherwise did not exist previously. This communication allows the body to naturally combat ailments such as pain. This two way communication in the endocannabinoid system does not exist without cannabinoids from cannabis being introduced to the body.

    Types of Pain Cannabis is Proving to Help

    Pain comes in many forms from muscle aches to excruciating pain that immobilizes patients. Cannabis has shown to be effective at treating pain various levels of intensity in a multitude of places throughout the human body. From minor aches and pains due to daily activities all the way to chronic intractable pain from accidents and other medical illnesses cannabis is proving to be effective at providing the relief patients so desperately deserve and desire. Below are a few types of pain that cannabis is proving to be effective at relieving for many.

    • Migraines and Headaches
    • Neuropathic Pain from Conditions Such as Cancer, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, HIV/AIDS, Multiple sclerosis and related conditions, Parkinson’s Disease and Cerebral Palsy
    • Arthritis
    • Spinal Injuries
    • Menstrual and Other Cramps
    • Fractures

    A Few Strains That May Help with Pain

    Strains that contain higher levels of THC and CBD tend to be preferred by patients who suffer from pain as the cannabinoids offer anti-inflammatory and analgesic benefits. According to patients’ feedback on Leafly, below are a few strains that have shown to be efficient at relieving various types of pain.

    • ACDC
    • Blackberry Kush
    • Harlequin
    • Blue Widow
    • Purple Arrow
    • Blueberry Headband
    • Redwood Kush
    • Dynamite
    • Cataract Kush
    • Mazar Sharif
  • The Topic of Cannabis-Infused Topicals

    As more places around the world legalize cannabis for recreational and/or medical consumption we're starting to expand our knowledge surrounding this plant. More research is being performed leading to medical discoveries and cold hard statistics are helping to debunk the myths and stigma surrounding cannabis that has existed for far too long.

    With legalization, the world is also starting to see that there is much more to cannabis than just smoking it and getting high. What has long been a stigmatized plant outlawed due to greed and racism is quickly becoming a life-saving natural alternative to deadly and addictive pharmaceuticals with horrible side effects for millions of people around the world.

    The amazing thing about this plant is its ability to be consumed in various forms for different benefits and effects! One of these forms being topical applications which produce absolutely no psychoactive effects. Topical applications, however, provide phenomenal medical benefits to patients suffering from a multitude of symptoms and conditions. Let's take a closer look at topicals and some of the various things they have to offer cannabis patients.

    Benefits

    No Psychoactive Effects

    As mentioned before topical cannabis products produce no psychoactive effects, therefore, they allow medical cannabis patients the ability to find relief through cannabis-based products without the fear of failing a drug test or becoming intoxicated.

    Discretion When Medicating

    Topicals are essentially products that are applied externally and absorbed by the Endocannabinoid System through the skin. Topicals come in forms such as lotions, creams, salves, and sprays to name a few which can be applied like other topical products used by consumers daily around the world. This allows medical cannabis patients to have discretion when medicating.

    Medical Applications

    The topical application of cannabis-infused products offer many different medical benefits. Topical applications are widely used by medical cannabis patients to relieve numbness, tingling, and pain associated with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, arthritis, rheumatism, and inflammatory diseases to name a few. Topicals are also showing great results in the application of relieving skin based allergies and rashes.

    Aside from medical attributes that cannabis-infused topical products offer, they are also widely found throughout the beauty industry as well. Some common cannabis-based beauty products on the market today include lip balm, makeup, and moisturizing products to name a few. So as you can see, cannabis infused topical products have a lot to offer not just patients but consumers as well around the world.

  • The Many Ways to Consume Cannabis

    When it comes to consuming cannabis the most familiar way that people know of is smoking it. Today however as more individuals are utilizing cannabis as a medicine there are a multitude of different ways in which you can partake. While smoking cannabis is effective for some individuals who suffer a multitude of different conditions it's not the most effective for some. Let's take a look at a few ways that medical cannabis patients are choosing to medicate today.

    Smoking

    Smoking cannabis is one consumption method and as previously mentioned the most well-known. This is how individuals have medicated for hundreds even thousands of years. There are many benefits to smoking cannabis but the biggest benefit is the quick rate in which the effects are felt. Often times when consuming cannabis by smoking it, patients will feel the effects within just minutes which is much faster than some of the other methods mentioned below. One downfall that many patients find with smoking is the fact that the effects are not often long lived meaning they must medicate more often which can be inconvenient especially when there is not an area available constantly in which they can medicate in.

    Vaping

    Vaping cannabis has quickly grown in popularity over recent years. Many individuals feel that vaping cannabis is much healthier than smoking it while still offering some of the benefits such as quick effectiveness. Vaping according to research greatly reduces the number of carcinogens in which are inhaled by patients during the medicating process. Like with smoking, when vaping cannabis, the effects often wear off quickly. Vaping however is much more inconspicuous and is often not accompanied by the overwhelming aroma that smoking cannabis produces.

    Edibles

    Cannabis infused edibles are a big consumption method amongst the medical cannabis community and there are many reasons why. Two of the biggest benefits for patients who consume edibles is their ability to microdose with the products and the discretion they provide. Edibles unlike smoking or vaping cannabis does not produce an aroma and can be consumed anywhere that food is allowed with complete discretion. Many patients love edibles because they can take small doses of them throughout the day and the effects are much longer lived than with other consumption methods.

    Topicals

    Cannabis topicals are another very common consumption method amongst the medical cannabis community and are very rarely utilized by recreational consumers simply because they do not produce a high. They do however provide significant relief from things such as muscle spasms, chronic pain, nausea and more. Topicals come in many different forms including creams, lotions, oils and even patches and are applied externally to the skin.

    These are just some of the amazing products that are helping medical cannabis patients around the world find relief from things such as chronic pain, nausea, insomnia, muscle spasms, seizures, anxiety, depression, gastrointestinal issues and much more.

  • Stats You May Not Know About Cannabis and Seniors

    Over recent years as the legalization of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes has progressed in a positive manner we have started to see and collect some amazing statistics. Some of those statistics are centered around who is consuming cannabis and the results may just surprise you. While some people are probably thinking it's college kids just looking to get high it is quite the opposite. One of the largest growing populations of cannabis consumers is actually the senior population.

    This makes perfect sense when you start to think about who stands to benefit the most from the consumption of this herb. The senior population is more commonly diagnosed with conditions in which cannabis has proven to be effective at treating. Things such as arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and chronic pain are suffered by millions of seniors and coincidentally cannabis has shown great promise in providing relief from these conditions and in some cases even eliminating them.

    For many seniors who are choosing cannabis as their preferred medicine, they are not only seeing great success but are in many cases able to drastically reduce the number of pharmaceuticals in which they rely on and in some cases completely eliminate them from their treatment regimen. This is not only allowing them to live a higher quality life but it is also eliminating the side effects and dangerous risks that are associated with long-term pharmaceutical use.

    According to an article published on livescience.com "data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that from 2002 to 2014, marijuana use among those 55 to 64 years old rose from 1.1 percent of the population to 6.1 percent, a 455 percent increase. " That is the most significant increase of cannabis consumption amongst any recorded population.

    When you stop to think about it the senior population of today consists highly of individuals who were teenagers in the 60s and 70s when the major movement towards relegalization began. With this all in mind, it's easy to see how their population is the fastest growing population of cannabis consumers.

  • A Breakdown of Cannabinoid Benefits

    Cannabis isn't just about getting high. For many individuals, it is about getting and staying well. While the cannabinoid known as THC will cause a psychoactive effect it and other cannabinoids also offer incredible medical benefits. This is thanks to the Endocannabinoid system which is found within the body of every mammal. Let's take a closer look at a few of the cannabinoids and the medical benefits they offer through different applications.

    THC

    THC is probably the most well-known Cannabinoid of the many we know about due to its psychoactive effects. THC however is not just about getting high. THC has proven to be effective at relieving pain, nausea, inflammation, and insomnia. It is also well known as an appetite stimulant and also shows promise as a treatment for glaucoma and asthma.

    CBD

    CBD is one of the most well-known cannabinoids when it comes to medical benefits due to the drastic increase in awareness surrounding its ability to decrease and in many cases, eliminate seizures. Aside from offering anti-eleptic properties CBD also provides relief from anxiety, inflammation, and even offers anti-tumor effects. A study conducted by the California Pacific Medical center concluded that CBD shows promise in treating and preventing the spread of breast cancer.

    CBG

    CBG is known as the stemcell of cannabinoids and is essentially what gives birth to other cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Without CBG we wouldn't have other cannabinoids such as THC and CBD. This incredible cannabinoid provides no psychoactive effects. It does however provide significant hope when it comes to medical applications. Thus far CBG has been proven to to help block receptors which are responsible for the growth of cancer cells and is offering great promise as a treatment for fighting cancer. Studies have also shown that CBG help to protect neurons and prevent nerve cell degeneration within the brain of mice. Aside from these aspects it also shows great hope in relieving inflammation in patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

    CBN

    CBN is a less known cannabinoid that offers incredible medical benefits. Some of the most common effects and properties associated with CBN include its ability to stimulate appetite, promote the growth of bone sales and relieve pain. It also offers anti-insomnia, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. According to Steep Hill labs just 5mg of CBD is as effective if not more effective than a 10mg dose of diazepam which is commonly prescribed for anxiety and muscle spasms.

    As you can see there is much more to cannabinoids and cannabis than just getting high. While each of these cannabinoids offer amazing benefits when isolated, when they are found within one strain they work together to produce what is known as the Entourage Effect which is why many advocates and patients prefer a full spectrum treatment rather than applications that utilize an isolated version of an individual cannabinoid.

  • Conclusions of Recent Cannabis Studies

    As noted in our previous blog post there are many benefits that cannabis has to offer including but not limited to medical benefits, economic benefits, and social benefits. Over the last several years there have been many groundbreaking medical cannabis studies that are unparalleled to ones we have seen in the past. Let's look at some of the most sensational and mind-blowing discoveries surrounding medical cannabis in recent years.

    Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

    Over recent years the number of opioid painkillers sold in the United States have quadrupled. Due to the increase of narcotic opioid painkillers into society it is estimated that nearly two million Americans have become addicted to these dangerous drugs. Nearly 16,000 people lose their lives every year to these FDA approved harmful substances. The good news is the same study in which discovered these numbers found that states who had implemented legal medical cannabis programs saw a significant reduction in the number of prescriptions prescribed as well as the number of people admitted to rehab or treated in emergency facilities for opioids. With the United States being in the middle of an opioid epidemic this is incredible news that could potentially save thousands of lives.

    Cannabis as an Alternative Treatment for Cancer

    Cancer is suffered by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Research has shown that cannabinoids within the cannabis plant can bond with cells in the body and in certain cases with specific types of cancers the cannabinoids can cause the cancer cells to self-destruct. This means that cannabis may not only be a great medicine for those suffering from the side effects of chemotherapy while under cancer treatment it may actually be an alternative to chemotherapy for some patients. 

    Cannabis- Helping to Heal Broken Bones

    In 2007 a study was conducted that found that cannabis may be able to help broken bones heal faster thanks to the endocannabinoids system found in the body of every mammal. This study looked specifically at how cannabinoids help with the regulation of bone mass. A follow-up study in 2009 also found positive results and concluded that cannabinoids could potentially be used to combat osteoporosis.

    These are just a few of the studies conducted over the last decade that have concluded incredible results regarding cannabis’ efficiency as a medicine. With more states in the U.S. and countries around the world taking steps to legalize and regulate cannabis, more research will be performed in the coming years and their conclusions are sure to bring about some incredible discoveries.

  • Studies Proving Cannabis is Medicine and Has Many Benefits to Offer

    Cannabis is a medicinal plant that has offered many benefits to people around the world for centuries.  Unfortunately, since it was criminalized many decades ago, the viewpoints surrounding it have been generally negative and the thought of this “drug” being a medicine was absurd to most people. This however is starting to change as more countries around the world as well as individual states within the United States legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes. This legalization is opening up doors for more scientific proof to unfold regarding just how cannabis can help many different conditions. Let’s take a look at some of the recent studies performed surrounding the medicinal values of this wonderful herb.

    Treating Addiction One Toke at a Time

    Treating addiction to other substances is something cannabis is proving to be very effective at. A recent study based on statistics collected from patients enrolled in the ACMPR program in Canada showed some amazing results. According to this study, 63% of the patient's data that was taken into consideration showed that they had successfully replaced at least one prescription medication with cannabis. Of these prescription medications, 30% of them were opiates, 16% were benzodiazepines and 12% were antidepressants. This study also showed that cannabis was effective at helping to treat addiction to things such as tobacco and alcohol as well. 25% of the study's respondents had replaced their alcohol addiction with cannabis and 12% had been able to kick their addiction to cigarettes thanks to cannabis.

    Cracking Down on Crack Use with Cannabis

    Researchers from the BC Centre in Vancouver British Columbia studied the effectiveness of cannabis at reducing the use of crack cocaine amongst those who reside in low-income communities. This study also showed very promising results. Over the course of three years the participants in the study showed a 15% decline in dependency thanks to cannabis. A similar study which was conducted in Brazil showed that cannabis was able to replace crack cocaine addiction for over 65% of the participants within less than a year.

    Significantly Cutting Medicare Costs

    One study that officials in the United States should be paying attention to is a study surrounding how cannabis is affecting the cost of Medicare. A study which was originally published in July of 2016 showed that over the course of three years states which had implemented legal medical marijuana programs had seen a drastic reduction in Medicare cost. In 2013 alone they estimate that medical cannabis programs across the United States saved the Medicare program roughly $165,000,000. This means that $165 million of American taxpayers money was saved. It was estimated in the same study that if laws were passed allowing for medical cannabis in all 50 states that the average annual savings for Medicare Part D would be nearly 500 million dollars.

    As you can see, cannabis has a lot to offer from helping fight addiction to saving taxpayers millions of dollars and these are just a few of the thousands of studies that have been performed in recent years regarding the benefits of legalization. You can only expect the benefits to grow and the scientific proof backing it to increase in coming years.

  • Big Moves for Marijuana Legalization in the United States This Year

    2016 is set to be one of the biggest years in marijuana legalization history since the implementation of prohibition back in the 30's. They're an estimated 16 states that have initiatives on the table this year that may allow voters to vote on the legalization of cannabis within their States. California and Vermont are just two of the states that are looking to legalize some form of cannabis in 2016. It was estimated that the California recreational and medical marijuana markets would bring in an estimated billion dollars a year in sells to the economy in the state.

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