Monthly Archives: June 2013

Federal Government Needs to Ease Up On Medical Marijuana Usage

The federal government needs to ease up on its imposing of laws on medical marijuana usage and allows states and localities to handle the regulations themselves. The U.S. Conference of National Mayors is a group of mayors across the country that are urging President Obama to direct the Department of Justice and other federal agencies to back off on applying federal laws to medical marijuana. The mayors feel the federal agencies are overstepping their bounds and making it hard for them to enforce the laws of their cites and states.Voters Want Legal Medical Marijuana
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.

Photo credit: pasa47 / / CC BY


What is Sativex?

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.


Photo credit: Dj Crazy Gabe / / CC BY-SA

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.

The most common side effect of NSAID pain relievers is gastric inflammation. West Virginia University researchers have assessed the impact of NSAID induced gastric inflammation, and have concluded that gastric ulcers can easily be caused by regular use of NSAIDs. Additionally, the regimens that are used to cure gastric ulcers, such as regular use of antacids, may result in a reduced bone density, vitamin deficiencies, and an increased risk for bacterial infection.On the other hand, the use of cannabis for pain relief produces many beneficial effects, including ones of a gastro-protective nature. Cannabis may reduce the analgesic dose of NSAIDs, and reduce the incidence of gastric ulcers that have resulted from use of 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.

Photo credit: _BuBBy_ / / CC BY

Baking is certainly a classic way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis (a/k/a “marijuana.”) The main ingredient, regardless of the brownie recipe you may choose, is what is called the “pot butter.”

In making the pot butter, you will want to extract as much THC from the marijuana as possible. THC is fat-soluble, so you should use genuine butter and not a butter substitute in order to absorb and retain the greatest amount of THC.

How to Make “Pot Butter:”

What you will need –

2 saucepans
A strainer
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)

Instructions –

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
Two eggs
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

Instructions –

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!

medical-marijuanaFor 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.

One of the most noticeable affects of cannabis use is the alleviation of chronic pain. This offers patients more comfort than some traditional drugs, such as pills. Different strains of the plant could produce a milder effect, which will affect the senses in different ways. Patients who are suffering from back pain or a condition that creates aching in the body, such as arthritis, may have an uplifting benefit when they smoke medicinal marijuana. Because the body’s natural reaction to marijuana is to relax, pain from constant movement can become more controlled and regulated. This is especially important for patients who experience pain that hinders movement.
Part of the reason medicinal marijuana is becoming more common is its natural ability to fight cancer. This is due to its THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, content. THC works to reduce the cancer’s ability to spread, slowing down its progress significantly. One study even showed that THC worked to destroy cancerous brain cells, leaving the health ones untouched. More and more studies are being completed to show the effects of THC on the disease.
Another benefit is that the plant naturally stimulates hunger. Many people who have suffered from a terminal illness, such as AIDS, have trouble eating during treatment. Having a major loss of appetite can hinder at-home care and slow the treatment process, making patients too weak for treatments such as chemotherapy. Smoking or baking the plant into food can help patients to regain their lost appetite and start eating regularly again.

cannabis oilCannabis 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.

Cannabis oil has been shown to relieve pain while relaxing the body and mind. The THC that is released from the oil causes one to relax and focus on other things. THC is available in two different types of pills that are 100% legal with a prescription and in many states the plant is also legal with a prescription. Since cannabis oil can help with relaxing of the body and mind, it can also be used to treat cancer-related anxieties, making it popular also in mental health settings. Cannabis oil is also great for chemotherapy patients because it provides pain relief whil helping to ease nausea and vomiting, which are common side effects of chemotherapy.Cannabis oil is used for chemotherapy patients to help decrease nausea and vomiting while increasing appetite and weight. Nausea and vomiting are two of the many unpleasant side effects of chemotherapy and can easily be cured by taking cannabis oil, whether in pill form or plant form. There are a few studies that have shown cannabis can even cute cancer by reducing malignant cell and tumor growth. Although cannabis oil has not been proven to help cure cancer, it can certainly help during a chemotherapy patient’s journey to being cancer-free.

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.

Photo credit: Symic / / CC BY

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.

A holistic doctor will treat your whole person rather than just one isolated physical problem. Instead of just getting rid of the symptoms, they will look more deeply into what is causing it.

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.

Holistic doctors will offer you natural, non-invasive treatments before recommending traditional prescription drugs. Some treatments may involve lifestyle changes, such as diet, exercise, and meditation. Others might include whole foods and herbs. Prescription medications will only be recommended if these steps don’t work. Holistic treatments will help you avoid the unwanted side effects and the chemical ingredients of traditional medication. These treatments are often more cost-effective as well.
Traditional medicine is reactive because it focuses on curing problems that have already arisen. Holistic medicine will help solve your current ailments and also prevent future ailments. This is called proactive treatment, and it will help you stay healthier in the long run. Eating a better diet, for example, can promote healing and boost your immune system.
Photo credit: Grand Velas Resort / / CC BY-SA

cancer patientMarijuana 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.

What to Know

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.

Treating Disease

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.

Photo credit: kiddharma / / CC BY-NC