Voters in cities and states across the country have gone to the polls and allowed for the passing of legislation and ballot referendums that allow for the regulation of medical marijuana at the state and local level. Many mayors and local politicians feel that keeping marijuana usage illegal has been a failure for their cities and prevented efficient crime fighting techniques. In addition, democracy calls for respecting the votes of the citizens.States Cannot Afford to Keep Law Enforcement Efforts on Medical Marijuana
Many lawmakers and politicians are feeling a budget crunch and realize that they may not have the police force necessary to crack down on illicit marijuana usage. More and more, state and local officials are asking the federal government to let them deal with medical marijuana on their own.
Good Reasons to Allow Medical Marijuana Usage
State and local lawmakers also argue that medical marijuana has become legal in their jurisdictions based upon science and the voters’ will. The argument also goes that every city and state that has permitted the use of medical marijuana does so in a different manner and that federal laws just overstep and contradict the state and local laws.
President Obama Needs to Keep His Campaign Promise
When President Obama was running for President, he promised that he would not enforce federal drug laws over the use of medical marijuana in the states. However, as President, Obama has enforced federal drug laws and the result has been criminalization of medical marijuana usage.
Sativex is a cannabinoid that is extracted from cannabis plants that are specially cultivated to contain a consistent and stable amount of active ingredients. Sativex is now used primarily to treat Multiple Sclerosis patients. It comes in a flavored spray pump and is helpful in reducing the spasticity common with MS. Sativex is not recommended for pregnant women or breastfeeding women, or those with any history of psychiatric disorders. The most common side effects are dizziness or fatigue and depression or confusion.
Cannabis Brownie Recipe
First, the THC must be extracted into the oil that is used to make the brownies. This is done by simply grinding the marijuana into a powder and adding it and the oil to a sauté pan and simmering it for a few hours (2-6 recommended). Once the powder is incorporated into the oil, strain through a coffee filter to ensure all the excess marijuana is out, as the THC is now in the oil. A good rule of thumb is to use approximately half an ounce of marijuana for one batch, or box, of brownies. Now just use the cannabis oil extraction as you would the oil called for in the recipe.
Feds Should Back Off MMJ Laws
On June 24, Resolution No. 32 was unanimously approved by the United States Conference of Mayors. This resolution calls for federal laws to be amended to allow states sovereignty in enacting and enforcing marijuana laws without federal interference. In the interim, the USCM asks that the President intercede in this capacity to ensure that federal dollars aren’t squandered in efforts to undermine legitimate state policies and laws. Sponsors of this measure want federal policy to ultimately reflect the wishes of the majority of Americans regarding marijuana law.
NSAIDs, or non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs, are some of the most widely used analgesic substances in the world. However, there are many side effects to these drugs that can be life threatening. Stroke, heart attack, gastrointestinal effects, and internal bleeding can be caused by NSAID use, resulting in estimated deaths of over 16,000 annually. However, the use of cannabis can offset these adverse effects, while also relieving pain just as effectively as ibuprofen and other NSAID pain relievers.
Cannabis has long been used to lower pain sensitivity, while increasing pain tolerance. NSAID pain relievers also work to lower pain sensitivity, but come with a large array of potentially deadly side effects, as well as a risk for for NSAID medication abuse in those who experience regular or chronic pain. Abuse of NSAID pain relievers can cause a high build up of toxicity in the system. This toxicity can result in acute liver failure, kidney toxicity, and heart attack. Over 16,000 annual deaths are estimated to be a result of abuse or overuse of NSAID pain relievers. None of these side effects are typically present in those that use cannabis for pain relief.
Although both cannabis and NSAID pain relievers are effective at lowering pain sensitivity, NSAIDs may cause many additional side effects that can be potentially life threatening. Cannabis is often a safer alternative for pain relief, and use of this drug may potentially cut down on the abuse of NSAID drugs that results in thousands of deaths each year.
How to Make “Pot Butter:”
What you will need –
1/8 ounces of marijuana (There is no need to grind your weed. It will be strained later.)
1/2 cup of butter (1 stick)
1) In one of the saucepans, melt the butter on low heat.
2) Add the marijuana into the melted butter.
3) For approximately 45 minutes, let the butter/marijuana mixture simmer, stirring every 5 minutes.
4) Into the second saucepan, strain the pot butter.
5) Place the pot butter into the refrigerator until it becomes semi-solid.
Recipe for Mouth-Watering Chunky Peanut Butter Brownies
What you will need –
1/2 cup of peanut butter
A teaspoon to vanilla extract
A cup of brown sugar, packed
Four tablespoons of softened butter
2/3 cup of flour, all purpose
A teaspoon of baking powder
Salt, 1/4 teaspoon
1/2 cup of chopped, salted peanuts
1) Grease an eight inch square baking pan. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
2) Mix the peanut butter and pot butter in a large mixing bowl until creamed together, then add the eggs, brown sugar and vanilla. Beat the mixture until light and fluffy.
3) In a separate mixing bowl, combine the salt, baking powder and flour. Once combined, add the flour combination to the butter mixture. Mix until it is well blended and stir in the peanuts.
4) Now spread the batter into the pre-greased baking pan as evenly as possible. Bake for up to 25 to 30 minutes. Test to be sure the brownies are completely baked by inserting a toothpick into the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, your brownies are ready for cooling.
5) Cut the cooled brownies into 2 inch squares and enjoy!
For many medicinal marijuana users, marijuana is more than a way to unwind after a hard day at work. Medicinal marijuana is part of a recovery program for many patients because of the various ways cannabis affects the body. Whether suffering from severe anxiety or cancer, cannabis could be an option for treatment. With few negative side effects, it is possible that there will be a major increase in medicinal marijuana use in the near future.
Cannabis has been long debated as a prescription drug, and has become more and more popular in modern culture with the recent legislation passing it’s legality for medicinal uses. Cannabis has been around as far back in history as biblical times, and it’s documented medical uses have included glaucoma, eating disorders, and pain management. It is very popular among cancer patients for it’s pain-relief and other qualities.
Whether cannabis oil is being used to help pain, anxiety, or gastro physical symptoms, many cancer patients can benefit from it’s use. The plant is almost completely safe with very few unwanted side effects. The benefits highly outweigh any side effects incurred. Cannabis oil needs to be made available to all cancer patients for comfort, health, and ease of mind.
Holistic doctors look beyond the practices of traditional medicine and focus on healing your body, mind, and spirit. The remedies of traditional medicine usually include medication and surgery, and these methods have their place in the healing process. But holistic medicine can be a more complete form of treatment, and seeing a holistic doctor has many benefits.
Holistic medicine tries to understand the connection between your mind and your medical complaints. When you become stressed, your brain will send out signals that your disrupt you hormones, blood pressure, and heart rate. Holistic doctors will ask you questions about your attitudes and stress levels in order to help you attain a more balanced way of living.
The patient is more involved in holistic medicine, and there will be better communication between you and your doctor. A holistic doctor will try to understand and respect your feeling and beliefs in the treatment process. They will look at you as an individual instead of just a medical problem to be solved. As a result, you’ll feel more respected and be more comfortable asking your doctor questions.
Marijuana is a natural remedy for many illnesses and diseases and can be used to counteract the side effects of medications needed to treat specific types of disease. Recent studies have shown that marijuana can be beneficial in the treatment and prevention of brain tumors in addition to the known uses for the plant. While not a cure, this one medicine can be an effective medicine for many diseases.
When exposed to THC, a component of marijuana, studies show that a process called autophagy begins. Autophagy is a term that is used when cancer cell numbers shrink because the cancerous cells begin feeding on themselves. Marijuana can be taken using THC oil or by smoking the plant directly. It is important to know that in official studies the use of marijuana was combined with traditional medical treatments for brain tumors. People using both traditional anti-cancer medications along with cannabis were shown to have significant brain tumor shrinkage when compared to those using prescription medications alone.
Patients using marijuana have also been shown to enter remission when using inhaled THC. Remission is a stage that typically occurs after treatment with medications or surgery, and when the tumors are no longer growing in size. When marijuana is used on a regular basis, tumors can begin to shrink because of the action of THC on cancerous cells and on the surrounding blood vessels. While it is advisable to follow a standard treatment plan as prescribed by a medical doctor, adding marijuana or THC containing products to your medical arsenal can have many benefits for those managing a cancerous brain tumor.
Marijuana has been legalized for medical use in sixteen states in America. Additionally, Maryland has approved legislation that allows people with a valid medical reason for using marijuana to avoid being fined or jailed. Several others states are working toward passing laws that allow for the medical use of marijuana in their state. In order to treat brain tumors, or any other medical condition, with marijuana legally you will need a prescription from your doctor.