Medical Marijuana

  • What is the Endocannabinoid System and the History Behind Its Discovery

    The endocannabinoid system is an indigenous system which is found in all mammals not just in humans. This naturally occurring system within the body has a purpose of creating and maintaining a state of homeostasis throughout many different systems in the human anatomy. The discovery of the endocannabinoid system started around 1964 when Raphael Mechoulam discovered the cannabinoid known as THC. In 1988 Allyn Howlett and William Devane discovered the first cannabinoid receptor within the brain of a rat.

     

    Upon discovering this receptor they learned that the cannabinoid receptor was more plentiful than any other neurotransmitter receptor in the brain. This cannabinoid receptor was named CB-1. In 1993 the second cannabinoid receptor known as the CB2 receptor was discovered within the immune and nervous systems. In 1992 the first naturally occurring endocannabinoid known as anandamide was founded by Raphael Mechoulam with the help of the National Institute for Mental Health researchers Dr. Lumir Hanus and William Devane.

     

    These discoveries have prompted more research and have allowed us to learn more about the role that this system within every mammal's body has to play. According to many, the endocannabinoid system could very well be the most important system within the entire human body. Evidence has shown that when your endocannabinoid system is not balanced and maintained it can cause issues of all sorts.

     

    The reason why cannabis helps to treat the ailments, conditions, and diseases that it does is because when these cannabinoid receptors within the endocannabinoid system become saturated with cannabinoids from the cannabis plant it helps to regulate the system within the human body. You see the endocannabinoid system has to do with everything from healthy bone density and sugar levels to how neurotransmitters fire in your brain and many other functions.

     

    As more places around the world regulate cannabis the amount of research that will be able to be performed regarding the endocannabinoid system will significantly increase which in return will drastically affect the amount of knowledge that we have in regards to just how essential a healthy endocannabinoid system is to humankind.

  • What We Know About Cannabis and the Aging Brain

    For many years those who oppose cannabis legalization have always turned to the one piece of scientific evidence that they had that showed negative effects of cannabis. This one piece of scientific evidence is in regard to how developing brains are affected by the introduction and concentration buildup of THC. This specific piece of scientific evidence was directly related to the adolescent use and consumption of cannabinoids. Other studies, however, have shown that the consumption of cannabis could and does in some cases actually improve brain development in addition to its ability to combat neurological disorders. Let's take a look at what recent studies are showing in regard to how THC specifically effects learning and memory at different ages.
    Based on studies conducted this far there are three basic things that we know about how cannabis and THC specifically effect the brain. Studies have shown that younger mice have increased memory and learning abilities in comparison to older mice. We also know that the endocannabinoid system has a great impact and ability to slow the progression of an aging brain for those who consume cannabis as there is proof that endocannabinoid levels produced by the body naturally decline with age. We also know that younger mice have shown that THC makes them perform negatively in comparison to older mice on memory and learning tests.
    Studies also show directly that plant-based cannabinoids such as THC have various effects on individuals based on their age. This difference is likely to be caused by age-related changes in the ECS. These studies and conclusions leave many questions unanswered however many believe that we will never really truly know the difference until adequate human trials can be administered. Human based studies would also allow for cannabis to be consumed in multiple different manners not just through oral pure THC like what has been administered in studies that have produced these conclusions thus far. Many researchers, as well as advocates, also feel that these results would change based upon using a whole plant cannabis product with a wide range of cannabinoids rather than just THC.

  • How to Make MoonRocks at Home

    There are many celebrities that support cannabis and many are very open about their consumption. Since cannabis has begun to be legalized in states across the United States we have seen many of these celebrities even start their own product lines ranging from bongs and glass pieces to full fledge cannabis lines that include extracts, flowers and more. One celebrity, however, thought outside the box and teamed up with Dr. Zodiac to create a whole new type of bud.

    If you're a cannabis consumer chances are you have probably heard of the products known as Moonrocks. These are created in a collaboration between Dr. Zodiac and Korrupt the infamous rapper. These potent new types of smokable bud products offer an exceptional THC content and an experience. Unfortunately, they tend to cost somewhere between $25 and $40 a gram in dispensaries. Luckily these products can be made at home and typically for a much better price.

    To get started creating your own potent Moonrocks at home there are three basic ingredients that you will need. These include bud, hash oil, and kief. Traditional Moonrocks are made utilizing the Girl Scout Cookies strain, however, any strain will work as long as it has at least an 18% THC content. The Denture and Tighter the buds that you can use the better the end product will be. Once you have acquired these products the rest is easy. Simply break off a piece of a bud place it on parchment paper or a silicone mat and use a pair of tweezers to hold it as you drizzle hash oil and spread it around the entire bud. Then take this hash oil covered bud and simply roll it in kief of your choice. Set the buds aside to dry on your silicone mat or a piece of parchment paper and once dried simply enjoy. The easiest way to consume and enjoy the trifecta of cannabis goodness is directly in a bowl.

  • Cannabis Terminology

    If you are new to the cannabis culture or know nothing about this miraculous plant coming into the scene can be quite confusing for many simply due to all of the terminology that comes with it. I'm not talking about the slang terminology either. If you are heading to a recreational state to enjoy cannabis legally for the first time or if you recently became a medical cannabis patient you will want to know some of this common terminology before visiting a dispensary. Check out this list of terms and their meanings that we have put together below that you may find to be of great value in your endeavors to learn more about this plant.

    When entering into a cannabis dispensary you will be greeted by a security guard that will check your identification and documents for medical patients. After checking in you will be seen by a budtender whose first question will probably be "what are you in the market for today?" This is where it is very important to understand the differences in the products that dispensaries offer. Check out the main four below.

    • Bud or Flower – These terms reference the dried material from the cannabis plant that are typically ground up and consumed through a joint or bowl.
    • Concentrates – Cannabis concentrates are a powerful cannabis product which is extracted from the cannabis plant and requires a specific set of products in order to utilize which you will find in our dabbing terminology article here.
    • Edibles – This term refers to cannabis infused products which are meant for consuming either by eating or drinking. Edibles offer longer lasting effects but take longer to feel than smoking or vaporizing cannabis flowers or concentrates.
    • Topicals- Cannabis topicals are primarily a medical based cannabis product as they are applied topically to relieve a number of different ailments and provide no psychoactive effect even when the contain THC which you will learn more about below.

    If the first question you are greeted with isn't in regards to the specific product type that you are after it most likely will be "are you looking for indicas, sativas or hybrids?" You can find the definition of what these three terms mean below.

    • Indica – Indica refers to a specific type of cannabis species. Products be it flower or concentrates that are Indica dominant tend to provide a more intense body buzz than cerebral effects. Indicas are known for providing relief from nausea and pain. Indicas also tend to make consumers and patients relaxed and are more sedating than other varieties therefore they are typically recommended for nighttime consumption.
    • Sativa – Sativa varieties of cannabis products are the exact opposite of Indicas. Sativas tend to provide more of an uplifting and energetic cerebral high rather than a sedating body buzz. Sativas however have been known to increase anxiety in some so you should be aware of this if you suffer from anxiety. Since Sativas tend to be more uplifting they are normally recommended for morning and daytime consumption.
    • Hybrid – Hybrids are a combination of Sativa and Indica genetics and tend to provide a very balanced effect of both Indica and Sativa characteristics. Some hybrids however can be more Sativa or Indica dominant so this is something to keep in mind when making your selections!

    Another very important thing that you should be aware of when visiting a dispensary are the types of compounds that are common in cannabis products. These compounds are known as cannabinoids and offer different effects as well as benefits. Check out the two main ones below.

    • THC – THC is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found within cannabis plants. Products that contain THC with the exception of topicals will produce a psychoactive effect.
    • CBD – CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in higher concentrations in some strains in comparison to others. CBD has been proven to offer many health benefits without the high. If you are a medical patient you will be more likely to purchase CBD than a retail consumer who is looking to achieve a buzz.

    We hope that this list of terms and their meanings will help your first dispensary visit go as smoothly and as awesome as you expect it to. While budtenders are always there willing and ready to help educate you and can answer any questions that you have knowing some of this information beforehand can help drastically improve the experience.

  • How to Make Cannabis Purple

    When it comes to the color of cannabis many individuals automatically think that all cannabis is green or even brown if they've been exposed to lower grade cannabis. This is not the case however as cannabis can be very colorful depending on different environmental influences. One of the most common colors of cannabis aside from green is the color purple. For individuals who have seen these beautiful purple buds or have had the pleasure of enjoying them some say there's nothing like them. So what causes cannabis to have a purple tone rather than green? Let's take a look at the science behind this as well as some of the strains that you will commonly find with this characteristic.

    When it comes to the science of why some cannabis turns out purple rather than green there are three main reasons why this would occur. Some purple qualities are naturally occurring and are passed on genetically from parent plants to their offspring. Another way purple cannabis can be cultivated is through the manipulation of specific environmental conditions. The third and final way in which purple cannabis can be obtained is through manipulation of different nutrients and the pH balance of the soil in which the plant is grown. Let's take a look at these three aspects more in depth.

    Some cannabis strains include a higher concentration of pigment molecules known as anthocyanins which naturally alter the color of those specific strains of genetics. Some of those strains that are naturally purple include Granddaddy Purple, Mendocino Purps, Blackwater, Purple Space Cookies, Purple Voodoo, Blue Night, and Purple Urkle to name a few.

    Other strains can also put off the appearance of a purple hue or be completely purple in nature due to the environmental conditions in which they are grown. You can manually manipulate the level of anthocyanins within a strain by growing the plant outdoors and exposing them to prolong cycles of cold temperatures.

    The third and final way in which cannabis can be turned purple when it is not naturally occurring is through manipulation of the pH balance. Just as with any plant in nature when the pH balance is acidic the plants will naturally have a more pinkish tone. On the opposite end of the spectrum in alkaline soil, plants tend to have a blue tint. A neutral pH, however, can help to naturally produce purple tones throughout the plant.

  • Collectors Are Collecting More Cannabis Seeds

    Cannabis seeds is a search term that is showing up in more browsers today than ever before. Responsible cannabis reform has begun. The United States of America waged a war on drugs, and particularly an attempt to eradicate cannabis completely. This war if you will has finally seen a victor. The United States influences countries around the world to also attempt to eradicate cannabis and prosecute those involved with it to the fullest but their evil plan did not succeed. Today unlike times in the past people can now buy cannabis seeds online and build an exquisite collection of premium cannabis seeds.

     

    A single seed can tip the scale, and that's just the case with cannabis seeds. These tiny little seeds have flowered into a plethora of varieties. Indica cannabis seeds and sativa cannabis seeds along with feminized cannabis seeds give consumers and collectors today options like never before. Cannabis seeds also come in different varieties such as regular cannabis seeds autoflowering cannabis seeds and feminized cannabis seeds. The unique characteristics of each seed type offer an attractive allure for both collectors and consumers.

     

    Putting together the cannabis seed collection of your dreams is easy to do as long as you follow the rules. With laws changing on a continual basis, it's always a great idea to find a credible source to stay up to date with current cannabis laws where you live. Some people are allowed to grow while others are only allowed to collect. Some people unfortunately still are not allowed to even have a seed in their possession.

     

    Cannabis seeds produce what many are discovering to be an extremely potent and powerful medicine. The medicine produced from cannabis seeds is helping people with conditions ranging from anxiety,  depression, and PTSD all the way to Dravet Syndrome epilepsy, cancer, Crohn's disease and more. While it's not a cure for everyone it does offer consumers a higher quality of life. With people around the world opening their eyes to realize the awesome medicine this plant holds, collectors are seen how this plant will be in demand. They're stocking up and building epic cannabis seed collections of some of the rarest and most beautiful cannabis seeds.

  • Not All Boys are Bad

    If you were to ask someone who is new to growing they would probably tell you that male plants are useless. If you talk to an expert however you will hear and learn a completely different story. While male cannabis plants may not produce the lovely psychoactive buds that we all love to enjoy they offer some incredible benefits and without them, you would not have the sensational offering of cannabis genetics that is available today. Let's take a closer look at some of the benefits that male cannabis plants have to offer.

     

    The most obvious and probably one of the greatest benefits that male cannabis plants have to offer is the ability to breed not only more plants and seeds but also completely new strains of cannabis. Seeing how cannabis plants are very rarely hermaphroditic plants males are required for plants to reproduce. For this reason, when you look into an expert cannabis collector's collection of cannabis seeds you'll often not find just feminized or autoflowering seeds but also regular seeds as they are needed to produce male plants for the breeding process.

     

    Many growers also continue to add males to their list of plants to cultivate as they are known for making great hashish in most circumstances. Since overall resin content is relatively low in male plants it does require a good number of plants in order to make quality concentrates or hash unlike with their female counterparts. Male plants also have benefits to offer through there terpenes which can help with disease and pest control.

     

    These are just a few of the reasons in which you should never be disappointed when you come across a male cannabis plant. You must be vigilant however to catch these plants at an early stage so as to separate them from the females to prevent cross-pollination... until it's intended at least.

     

  • Holy Anointing Oil - What is It?

    As you probably know there are many different ways in which cannabis can offer benefits to the body. One of those ways is through topical applications of products such as lotions, salves, creams, and oils. If you are rooted in the cannabis culture or have looked into different topical oils chances are you have probably heard of what is called Holy Anointing Oil. You may also find this term being familiar if you have ever read the Holy Bible.

     

    It was stated in the book of Exodus chapter 30 verse 23 to Moses that he shall "make of these a sacred anointing Blended as by the perfumer" and that it should "be a holy anointing oil." The ingredients stated to be used in making this holy anointing oil included myrrh, sweet cinnamon, cassia, olive oil and Kaneh-bosem. Kaneh-bosem translates to cannabis meaning that the same plant that we love so much today was also part of one of the most sacred oils referenced in the Holy Bible.

     

    Unfortunately, the times have not progressed enough for this oil to be available in dispensaries alongside other oils or even concentrates but that too shall change as the legalization of cannabis progresses. If you are one of the lucky ones who are able to access this amazing product through personal sources I am sure that it is safe to say that you have witnessed the miracles that it can perform first-hand. This is just one more reason why cannabis should be legalized around the world.

  • The Great NFL Cannabis Debate

    As we have stated in several of our past blogs it is very evident and undeniable that places around the world are facing an opiate epidemic. There is, however, a subgroup within our society that face a higher risk of forming opiate addiction due to their specific line of work and higher risks for injuries. The subgroup of which I'm speaking about are NFL football players. There have been many NFL players both present and former who have spoken out in regard to the opiate addictions in which they developed during their time as a player.

    There have also been many that have reached out and shared with the world that cannabis was helping them to not only fight that addiction but also to help relieve the pain in which they were first prescribed the opiates for. This has gained attention. While the conversation of where cannabis belongs within the treatment plans of NFL players has been ongoing for several years early in July the NFL reached out to the NFLPA proposing that they could contribute a piece of their "joint contribution amount" towards studying cannabis and how it could be added to pain management treatments for players.

    As stated in an article covering this topic by Sports Illustrated it is very likely that this will be a highly debated topic in the next NFL-NFLPA negotiations. Whether or not policies change to allow for the consumption of cannabis to treat pain associated with injuries one thing is for certain and that is there is definitely progress surrounding cannabis for this conversation to even be occurring which is great news for the movement not only in the United States but around the world.

  • CBD Studies Give Hope to Tourette and Schizophrenia Patients

    As more places around the world as well as states in the United States take steps to legalize cannabis the more research we have into the medical benefits and applications that it offers. Thanks to this study researchers at the University of Wollongong recently made a remarkable discovery that could potentially positively benefit the lives of thousands of individuals around the world. Professor Nadia Solowij, Dr. Katrina Green and Ashley Osborne who is a Ph.D. candidate at Wollongong recently did a detailed review of 27 different studies on CBD.

    What they discovered they described as being "fascinating insights about its potential therapeutic value". Their release and report regarding their findings stated that not only will CBD improve learning and memory in healthy brains but "may improve aspects of learning and memory and illnesses associated with cognitive impairment including Alzheimer's disease as well as neurological and neuroinflammatory disorders." Ashley Greene who was the lead researcher on the review also stated that CBD could be" capable of reducing cognitive impairment that's commonly associated with the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis THC."

    These findings lead researchers to believe that CBD could play a major role in treating conditions such as Tourettes Syndrome and Schizophrenia. A preliminary study released previous this year that was conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto with the backup of the Tourette Association of America stated that their study found 18 of 19 participants saw much improvement after adding inhalable cannabis to their regimens. A report by NORML on the study stated that every participant in the study experienced "clinically significant symptom relief." This relief came in the form of reduced irritability, reduce anxiety, reduced rage outbursts, and reduced obsessive-compulsive symptoms.

    The end of cannabis prohibition continues to occur in places around the world the amount of research and knowledge that we will have pertaining to the medical applications of cannabis is expected only to increase. Seeing how all studies show the risk of cannabis being much lower than the potential benefits that it offers we feel that it's high time prohibition was ended once and for all.

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