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Reaching New Highs With Cannabis: How Pot Has Evolved Into A Modern Medicinal Miracle

It wasn’t too long ago that smoking pot was looked down upon by parents, society and the law. But these days, modern medicine is promoting major benefits to marijuana use, based on many factual studies that all seem to produce the same results: Success.

In fact, cannabis is now legal for medicinal purposes in more than half of all states, with well over one million prescribed patients.

With good reason, marijuana has created quite a “buzz” and it’s likely in your best interest to know more about it.

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How Marijuana Is Taken:

1. It’s smoked.
2. Vaporized, so that the active elements are released, but no smoking is involved.
3. Consumed as a liquid.
4. Consumed in food, such as brownies.

The Possible Side Effects Of Cannabis Use:

1. Becoming sleepy.
2. Slight dizziness.
3. Lapses in short-term memory.
4. A euphoric feeling.
5. Anxiety.

General Restrictions For Use:

1. It may not be recommended for use by pregnant women.
2. It should not be used by someone with a heart problem (as it increases heart rate).
3. Anyone suffering from a serious psychological disorder should refrain from use, unless otherwise prescribed by their doctor.

The Real And Positive Health Benefits Of Marijuana

While recreational use is a matter of personal preference, medical science has discovered many practical and effective uses for marijuana.

Helping Those With Arthritis

Numerous studies have demonstrated the positive effect marijuana has on the inflammation associated with arthritis that causes the unbearable pain. People are more comfortable and also tend to get a better night’s sleep with cannabis use.

Making Strides Against Cancer

Research conducted on animals show that certain elements of marijuana actually destroy the cells of some types of cancer; additionally, it can increase the positive effects of radiation on cancer cells. Aside from these direct benefits, indirectly it can help a patient to deal with the nausea that comes with chemo.

Beating Chronic Pain

Cannabis has an analgesic quality to it, making it a very practical remedy for all kinds of chronic pain. In fact, it can reduce the pain people experience by as much as 30 percent, which can put the pain in a much more bearable range.

Living With AIDS

AIDS can be an all-encompassing disease to live with, making every part of life difficult to manage. However, patients using marijuana tend to have healthier diets, sleeping habits and outlooks. In other cases, where AIDS-related complications bring severe pain to patients, cannabis lowers their pain levels by significant amounts.

Slowing The Progression Of Alzheimer’s Disease

Although you might be inclined to think smoking pot invites challenges for brain cells, medical science has found otherwise: Potentially harmful deposits of protein in the brain are slowed with marijuana use in people with Alzheimer’s. Also, like AIDS patients, Alzheimer’s victims eat and sleep better and report improved moods.

Easing The Discomfort Of Digestive Disorders

Millions of people suffer with Crohn’s and other digestive conditions, but those who employ cannabis as a remedy tend to suffer less, reporting reductions in pain as well as improved digestive function.

Controlling Seizure Activity

In one study conducted by NYU, incidents of seizures were cut in half following the introduction of medicinal cannabis. Those are very promising statistics for people whose lives are completely disrupted by seizure activity.

And More…

Medical researchers are investigating the possibilities for medical marijuana on many conditions and it’s already widely accepted for use on glaucoma patients, those with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Lupus and obesity.

A Few Odd And Interesting Related Facts: Hemp is Love!

A single genetic alteration to cannabis (the kind with the psycho active mind-altering properties that get you “high”) separates it from industrial hemp (the kind for making rope, paper, plastic, oil and other items that are not for medicinal or recreational use).

Way back in 1619, hemp growing was an actual mandate for farmers in America. It was turned into apparel, rope and other valuable and necessary materials.

If you’re thinking of starting a business to earn quick cash, cannabis plants usually thrive in any conditions and grow quickly (About two inches every day). Check with your local officials for licensing and other pertinent information regarding legal growing.

California was the first state to accept the legal use of medical marijuana in 1996, but only for those with valid doctor’s orders.

The use of marijuana was taxed so outrageously by the government in 1937 that people couldn’t actually afford it for recreational or medicinal use; it wasn’t actually outlawed as a substance.

It is estimated that nearly four percent of the world’s population enjoys cannabis on a regular basis and not necessarily for medical reasons. In the U.S. alone, users spend more than 10 billion dollars a year for it.

As with anything, if you over do it or otherwise abuse cannabis, your life could quickly become unmanageable. However, for legitimate purposes, its use is growing rapidly, with mostly positive results. There are, after all, negative side-effects to just about any activity or substance taken to the extreme. Generally, though, people who partake of cannabis do so without major incidents. In fact, when it’s used appropriately and obtained through trustworthy sources, it’s somewhat of a medical miracle.

The ‘nuns’ who grow medical marijuana

 

(CNN)The Catholic Church often teaches that there is redemption in suffering, but the spiritual Sisters of the Valley hope to alleviate suffering through a centuries-old tradition familiar to many cloisters and abbeys.

They make salves and lotions and tinctures from plants that are lovingly grown on their California land, harvested around the lunar cycle and cultivated during prayer.
Their main ingredient, though, is decidedly more modern. The sisters grow potent varieties of medical marijuana they say are rich in cannabidiols, the chemicals thought to reduce nausea, suppress seizures, lower inflammation and help with anxiety and depression. They say their products have little or no THC, the chemical that gets users high.
While they wear habits and modest clothing, the two religious sisters who are a part of the business have no official connection to the Catholic Church. Their allegiance is to a feminist ideal, to each other, and to a mission they describe on their website: to “respect the breadth and depth of the gifts of Mother Earth, working to bridge the gap between Her and her suffering people.”
Photographers Shaughn Crawford and John DuBois first saw the sisters’ story on the local news around Thanksgiving. They knew immediately, without a doubt, what their next project had to be, even if they didn’t initially have a commission for it. This would be the perfect passion project if they could talk the sisters into it.
“We are drawn to stories, the ones that personally interest us, that focus on the unique people out there that you won’t know a lot about but should,” DuBois said. “People have an idea about people who grow cannabis and people may think they know about nuns, but it is in this place where the two intersect — this thin area where there is crossover — that’s interesting. That’s where we try to jump in.”
Convincing Sister Kate and Sister Darcey to let them in the door wasn’t easy. The product demand was so high it was hard to keep up with it, and local media attention further increased demand. Keeping up with business left the sisters little time to talk.
But “we got there and they were really welcoming and transparent about everything they did in their lives,” DuBois said. “Sometimes people are guarded and don’t know if they can trust you, but sitting with them confirmed this was the right project.”

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The sisters walked the photographers through their operation as they used simple crockpots and coffee filters to create the special mix that goes into their products.
“We asked them to do what they normally did, and from time to time (we) would ask them to do things again or to slow down so we could capture it well,” DuBois said.
What some may consider the best shot though — the photo of one of the sisters smoking marijuana — was all the sisters’ idea.
“It’s one of my favorites, and it was unexpected,” DuBois said. “Sister Kate mentioned this photo they had: It’s an old Victorian sort of print with this woman sitting in a rocking chair smoking a joint.” It inspired the sisters to suggest the shot. Crawford said he noticed the art in the house was a fascinating mix of Catholic items and tchotchkes that hint at cannabis culture.
“When we do these projects, we are not just trying to capture the people, but we are also trying to show a glimpse of the places and things that go on around them,” DuBois said. “And the detail like their calendar with the water and growing cycles on the wall are all interesting details that really tell their story.”
The two photographers only had one day to shoot, but they hope to go back. The sisters have since moved to new land to expand their operation, and they’ve created their own website. They also hope someday soon to have enough money to roll out a wholesale operation and get their products into stores.
“These were two really interesting women, and we so enjoyed getting to hang with them,” Crawford said.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/07/health/cnnphotos-marijuana-nuns-sisters-of-the-valley/index.html

Cannabis helps my epileptic son. If only we had known sooner

Vital research on the medical benefits of cannabis has been obstructed by policies based on moral panic. Government needs to get out of the way of science

 

In fall 2012, when other parents were trading stories about the difficulties of balancing homework with little league practice and swimming lessons, I was in my garage painstakingly measuring amounts of a schedule one narcotic to extract medication for my son. Tinkering with lab equipment and solvents usually only found in chemistry labs, I was trying to purify compounds from cannabis not to get high, but to save my sons life.

My son Ben has suffered thousands of seizures in his short six-year life. Treatment-resistant epilepsy in children is a cruel disease that can lead to significant cognitive, motor, and behavioral delays and, not surprisingly, death. After exhausting FDA-approved treatment options, including a dozen different anti-seizure drugs, surgical implantation of a nerve stimulator, injections of high doses of steroids and even brain surgery removing half of his parietal lobe, he is finally experiencing some relief thanks to a drug regimen that includes a component in cannabis, cannabidiol (CBD).

My son has suffered severe brain damage as a result of years of seizures. It is excruciating to ask what Ben would be like today, had he experienced relief earlier in life. We will never know the answer and not because science has failed him; policies dictated by an inexplicable social phobia of cannabis have.

Recently, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) convened a research summit on the effects of cannabinoids on the brain, which I attended both as a parent and a professional; since March 2015, I have worked as the director of clinical research at Tilray, a medical cannabis company whose work helps patients like Ben every day. This meeting was the first open acknowledgement by a federal agency that there may be medical value to marijuana.

Unfortunately, the historic meeting was a huge disappointment to those of us interested in improving the quality of life of patients suffering now. Instead of discussing how to advance our clinical understanding of the therapeutic value of cannabis in specific diseases, much of the conference focused on animal models, which are too far removed from human disease to inform clinical treatment. Much time was also given to the potential public health harm that cannabis poses. Where is the methodologically sound clinical data we need to treat people living with diseases right now? Doctors and policymakers alike have been calling for more research on cannabis for decades why do we still not have it?

The snails pace at which clinical research on cannabis is proceeding is not meaningful for patients in distress in the present moment. There is an overwhelming amount of evidence that components found in marijuana can provide significant relief from disease-related symptoms, such as nausea caused by chemotherapy, in addition to changing the course of life-threatening diseases, such as some specific cancers like glioblastoma.

As a mother, I am furious that the federal government has discouraged research into these potentially life-saving therapies for years by restricting clinical research. As a scientist, I decry the federal government for interfering with scientific freedom.

CBD is only one of many cannabinoids that we are just beginning to understand. Cannabis contains more than 80 cannabinoids and more than 400 other compounds. Its highly likely the therapeutic potential of medical cannabis is greater than one single cannabinoid. But in order to find out, we need the ability to conduct research. Research must be permitted to progress unfettered, not just on a single cannabinoid, but on all the components of the entire plant.

While research gets off the ground, patients like Ben also need to have the ability to access regulated, standardized cannabis-derived preparations that meet the same manufacturing safety guidelines required of any other medication. I am not comfortable ordering an unregulated preparation of CBD from the internet to treat my childs severe brain disease, but thats the situation parents like me find ourselves in today.

To be absolutely clear, the debate can no longer be about whether to provide access. The majority of Americans already live in states where medical cannabis is legal. We must now focus on enacting thoughtful policies that will ensure access to safe preparations, allow for research and collect information to inform treatment. The US government must do more than acknowledge the medical legitimacy of CBD and other cannabis compounds. It must make room for full scientific inquiry into standardization of the life-saving treatments many Americans already know exist. It must remove itself from the doctor-patient relationships it so often obstructs.

Now is the time for momentous changes in federal cannabis policy. Discussions of cannabis legalization inevitably involve political, social, and public health concerns, but clinical research should not be mired in political agendas; it should be a matter of scientific investigation. Patients, like my son Ben, dont have time to wait.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/04/medical-marijuana-cannabis-epileptic-medical-benefits-science

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Study Says The More Weed You Smoke, The More Likely You Are To Be A Loser

Should we be legalising weed? I recently interviewed a legal high distributor who made a pretty interesting case for the legalisation of all drugs. I’d like to hear what he thnks about this.

The results of a new scientific study have found that the more weed you smoke, the more likely you are to be a “loser”. Basically, you are more likely to be lower paid and have relationship difficulties if you smoke weed four or more times per week.

The study in question followed a number people from child birth until they were 38-years-old. An international team of researchers, led by Magdalena Cerd, at the University of California carried out the research. Cerd said:

“Our research does not support arguments for or against cannabis legalisation, but it does show that cannabis was not safe for the long-term users tracked in our study.”

“Our study found that regular cannabis users experienced downward social mobility and more financial problems such as troubles with debt and cash flow than those who did not report such persistent use.”

“Regular long-term users also had more antisocial behaviors at work, such as stealing money or lying to get a job, and experienced more relationship problems, such as intimate partner violence and controlling abuse.”

“Even among cannabis users who were never convicted for a cannabis offense, we found that persistent and regular cannabis use was linked to economic and social problems.”

Who else thinks this is a load of shit?

This is based on people who have had to obtain Herb through illegal means.

What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments.

H/T: Daily Mail

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Read more: http://www.hellou.co.uk/2016/04/study-says-the-more-weed-you-smoke-the-more-likely-you-are-to-be-a-loser-86608/