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Marijuana/cannabis for medicinal purposes is not new. Its first recorded use was in ancient China, but findings suggest it had been utilized long before then. Brought to America in the 1500s, it was not until the early twentieth century that it became stigmatized. Now, almost a century later, the question of its safety, benefits, and risks is still a subject of debate. Increasing evidence suggests that the use of marijuana provides a range of benefits. Despite this affirmation, its use is still discouraged by those in power.

Ongoing research has accumulated an astounding list of medical benefits connected to marijuana. Among the benefits are pain relief for ailments like diabetes and cancer. Its antispasmodic and muscle relaxant qualities help individuals coping with Multiple Sclerosis (MS,) Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Syndrome (IBS,) and seizures. It has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help migraine and IBD sufferers. Said to boost the immune system, it helps patients with HIV/AIDS, MS, IBD, arthritis, and more. It relieves nausea, often associated with chemotherapy and relieves insomnia. For HIV/AIDS and dementia patients, it can act as an appetite stimulant. There is even research suggesting that marijuana slows the growth of and protects against tumors, destroying some cancer cells.Common sense dictates that inhaling any type of smoke into the lungs can be detrimental. If an individual insists on smoking marijuana, there are measures to be taken to lessen harmful effects. For example, resisting the urge to hold the smoke in before exhaling, which does not actually increase absorption, reduces harmful smoke exposure in the lungs. Another helpful measure would be to use a filter when smoking.

Fortunately, there are alternative methods of ingesting marijuana. For example, a specially designed vaporizer heats the cannabis to create a filtered and controlled vapor. It can also be used in cooking, but it should be done with specific guidelines to ensure optimum results. As a concentrated tincture, it can be dropped directly into the mouth or mixed with a glass of water or other liquid. Some prefer to use a tonic, an already mixed drink, over the tincture. It can even be used in pill or suppository form.

It would be physically impossible for a human being to ingest or smoke enough marijuana for a lethal overdose. There are no documented instances of such an occurrence. Despite positive findings, the debate continues. In the meantime, small strides have been made in reconsidering the benefits of marijuana use. Hopefully these strides will gain in momentum over time.

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Everyone knows of Cannabis, and most of us are aware of the continuing debate over whether the substance should be legalized. It’s not a debate that’s going to be solved today or anytime soon, but, and this is an important point, medical cannabis has found a very important role in pain relief. This may lend weight to legalizing its use, but that’s a discussion for another day. What we want to know is how to overcome the intimidating road bump that is medical professionals and their possible bias against this clinically proven substance.

The best approach, as with so many things in life, is knowledge; arming the mind with the many positive uses for medical cannabis. Medical professionals may have a fixed image in their minds, and it’s difficult to get through that image, to show them that the medical use of cannabis in many states, including California, is legal though carefully controlled. It’s regarded as an act of compassion at a state level, using the substance, and recognizing the benefits it offers to those suffering from debilitating medical problems. Medical cannabis is known to reduce chronic pain associated with back problems, the nausea and discomfort that cancer sufferers endure, and many other forms of near unbearable pain. In doing so, toxic effects are greatly reduced in comparison with most painkillers.It’s an issue where medical experts continue to sit at opposite ends of the question, but there are several ways to overcome discrimination, intimidation and bias, and that’s by seeking out a holistic solution. Holistic osteopaths understand both the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis, and can recommend medical use of cannabis. The patient has to qualify, meaning their pain has to be debilitating and chronic, at which point a document of certification will be issued to the patient. It’s different for many of the qualifying states, sometimes I.D cards are issued, additional steps have to be taken before qualifying, but once qualified the patient can receive medical cannabis, relieving the constant pain they feel.

Holistic simply means a therapeutic approach where the entire human body is treated for medical conditions, and may include lifestyle changes as well as more traditional treatment. A Holistic Osteopath looks at the mind, dietary pattern, and many other parts that combine to make a whole. As a rule, they’re considered a good option as doctors who will give out medical cannabis certificates and recommendations.

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Marijuana being illegal at a federal and state level for recreational users is an example of draconian government in action. Marijuana should be legal for a great many reasons, the least of all being the safety of the drug. The pros and cons range from taxation boons to even health benefits for potential users. What other drugs can that be said of?

The first point that citizens on the fence about marijuana need to understand is the safety aspect. If you put weed on a table next to a cigarette and a six pack of beer, the weed would be the safest drug there. Studies have shown that impairment from alcohol is as severe or worse than marijuana and it is also statistically proven that more people are killed in drunk driving related incidents than smoking and driving. Cigarettes stand on their own as a behemoth of illness that the masses consume without blinking.
From cancer to respiratory problems cigarettes should be the smoke of choice made illegal at a federal level. Cigarettes offer the user no tangible benefits.The second point, and probably the most interesting to our government, is the ability to tax the drug. As it stands most people acquire marijuana through illegal means: from drug dealers, growing it themselves, or from state dispensaries (that are still illegal at the federal level).
With the government being cut out of the equation it is easy to see that they are losing out on taxes at every illegal transaction. It is worth noting that there is A LOT of money involved in growing and selling illegal marijuana. Were the drug legalized and sold at every store on the block it is my belief that most marijuana smokers would prefer to buy their product there, rather than looking to illegal and possibly dangerous means.
This means tax revenue and that is something our government would love.The last point I want to make is that prohibition never works, at least no in unreasonable circumstances. With the prohibition of alcohol, a much more dangerous drug, we instead saw organized crime spike and people were drinking as much as ever. The same can be said of marijuana except that it is a much safer drug by comparison.

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When choosing a good quality bud to treat your anxiety, what should you look for?

First, consider the major differences between the two species most available to us- the Sativas and the Indicas.Sativas have a high tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content that acts a stimulant. Thoughts are uplifted, the mind is awakened, and the mildly altered perception produced does not interfere with daily living. However, since Sativas have the effect of speeding up the mind, they tend to make anxiety worse and can also keep you up at night. Therefore, bud that is strongly Sativa is not the bud you want for reducing your anxiety. Some of the pure Sativas available are Lamb’s Bread, Head Band, Durban and Hawaiian.

Indicas, on the other hand, have higher cannabidiol (CBD) levels, which are very sedating. This results in deep relaxation and body numbness. Depending on the strain and the amount taken, Indicas will either put you in a deep sleep or simply relax you. The body numbness effect varies from an overall numbness where hardly anything is felt at all, to just a bit of pain relief. Clearly Indicas are a good choice for anxiety, especially at night. A few of the pure Indicas are Purple Indica, Twilight, Ingrid, and Afghan Kush.

But what if you need anxiety relief during the day? Medicating during the day poses an extra challenge because you could be mentally impaired due to the effects of the medication. This can interfere with basic cognition, as well daily activities such as driving or preparing dinner.

So if you need to medicate during the day for anxiety, your best option is probably a hybrid blend of Sativa and Indica. These blends add a bit of the Sativa alertness to the Indica sedation. Hybrids differ in that some are basically 50/50 Sativa and Indica, while others are bred to have one strain more dominant than the other.
Those higher in Sativa will be more cerebral in effect and are not overly relaxing nor sedating. Those higher in Indica will be far more relaxing to the mind and body, but you might not be as alert or physically active.Some common Sativa-dominant hybrids are S.A.G.E., Golden Goat, Lavender Haze, and the classic Maui Wowie. Common Indica-dominant hybrids include Purple Kush, Stone Mountain, Afgooey, Northern Lights, and the Cali Connection Bubba BX2.

As to what strain is best for your particular needs, there is not a single answer that applies to everybody. People are individuals and the guidelines mentioned here may not hold true for everyone. Also consider other methods of taking your medicine such as edibles and tincture.

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Crohns disease is mysteriously becoming more apparent in our world. It seems like everywhere I go I run into someone talking about how they have been diagnosed with this disease.

Crohns is also notorious for being difficult to treat and even diagnose. Many expensive medicines are prescribed to Crohns patients, some costing tens of thousands of dollars each year. Now I have been noticing immune system suppressing pharmaceuticals being marketed directly to consumers on television.

Almost every Crohns sufferer I have talked to has a story about the run around they get and how little their doctor knows about this disease. Usually the doc throws a bunch of medication at a patient (usually with harmful side effects like respiratory infection) until something sticks, if nothing works they just use more medicine or perform surgery. Luckily for the aware Crohns sufferer there is a natural alternative.

Your body happens to have a endocannabinoid system throughout it, and the most concentrated area of receptors is located in your intestines, where Crohns disease effects most. Cannabis is a natural anti-inflammatory and has been shown to sooth Crohns symptoms and even put it into remission. The states where medicinal marijuana is legal will issue a marijuana recommendation automatically to patients with Crohns or colitis.

One of the best ways to get cannabis into your system with minimal effects from THC is to make a tea out of it and drink it down. The liquid goes right to the colon and gets there fast making it the most efficient delivery system. The tea can be made with an 1/8 of bud or an ounce of trim leaves. First take a dried ginger tea and ice it. Next grind up your cannabis and cover it in coconut oil. The oil activates the cannabinoids which need fat to bind to.

Then pour boiling water over the mixture and let it set for as long as you can up to 24 hours. After it has set strain the mixture with a cheese cloth, add regular iced tea and put it into a pitcher for single servings. You shouldn’t get too much of a buzz from this and the cannabis will be heading right to the place where you need it most!

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Ghost Kush is a great strain for those that love Indicas but do not want that couch lock feeling. Ghost Kush will help you with pain, depression, anxiety and many of the other ailments Indicas are known to help treat, however it does not give you that feeling like you need to pass out immediately.

We found that you could still function in daily activities while taking these meds. You may not want to walk into a board meeting or anything like that but if you are doing recreational activities do not be afraid of couch lock while taking Ghost Kush.

Having said that we did try this medicine out before bed time and found that as we came down from the high we felt the perfect amount of sleepiness. I personally slept extremely well and didn’t wake up my usual 1-2 times a night.

Ghost Kush is an Indica dominant strain having 70% of its genetics from the Indica plant. The smell is great, a very citrus smell almost like fruit loops. The smoke is very smooth, of course this will depend on how it is cured but our version was top of the line smooth and tasty.

Bag appeal was great too with dense buds with orange everywhere, like gold nuggets.

If you are a novice smoker I would think this strain could get heavy for you. A few hits is all you need to get you where you want to be. For heavier medical users I say fire away and enjoy another great kush strain.

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Cannabis oil is a topic up for discussion in today’s world. Because it is derived from the cannabis plant, this oil is also involved in the legal issues related to the legalization of medicinal marijuana in many states in the United States. This oil has many medical and other benefits that make it an important essential oil that many people could get great effects by using. This article is going to touch on some of the benefits of this oil.

1. Natural Cancer Cure
Cannabis oil has been proved to be a highly effective cancer cure. Although it has not been endorsed by doctors as a cancer cure, it has many proven benefits, which include being able to kill cancer cells. The THC found in the cannabis oil can effectively kill cancer cells. It is a less painful and uncomfortable alternative to chemotherapy in many cancer patients. The thing that is simply amazing about this type of cancer treatment is that it does not harm the health cells. Instead it only kills cancer cells and also can help tumors from changing as well as stunt cancer cell growth.

2. Alpha-linolenic acid
This acid is similar to omega 3 acids. It is an amino acid that is very important for proper organ function. This acid is also linked to clearing up skin conditions as well as lower cholesterol, prevent heart disease and fight arthritis and depression. Cannabis oil has also proven to be as effective as pharmaceutical drugs in treating those with schizophrenia. This type of oil provides the body with the proteins and amino acids that it needs to function in a healthy way without adding calories, which could cause unhealthy weight gain.

There are many positive benefits to cannabis oil. The cannabis plant has proven to have great properties from its stalk, which is very strong and can be used to form rope and paper, all the way to its essential oils. With laws changing in reference to this plant, the world will start to benefit more from this oil once it is not outlawed so much in the United States. At this point, researchers will have more access to the cannabis plant, which will lend to more testing and more benefits being found.

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According to the National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol in Ireland, a new study reveals that the consumption of cannabis is the highest among individuals with a higher education, as well as people who remained in school after 15 years of age.

The report also asserts that cannabis consumption among those living in Ireland is currently at its highest rate in history; 25% of Ireland’s inhabitants have tried marijuana in their lives. This is a 3% increase from 2007.
Surprisingly, the study shows that cannabis use is lowest among people who dropped out of school before they were 15, and those in college who are older than age 20 smoke marijuana the most. The Committee’s study explains that overall, individuals who advanced their education past the high school level are much more likely to smoke marijuana.This is the most comprehensive study in Ireland that has been released to explore cannabis consumption. It is a stark contrast to the claim by prohibitionist that consuming cannabis makes one unmotivated and sluggish, also known as the “smoking slacker” theory.

An additional study that was conducted in Germany at the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry and the University of Bonn asserts that marijuana triggers antioxidant release, which cleanses the body. The result is the excretion of damaged cells and an improved state of the mitochondria. The mitochondria are the source of energy that gives cells power, and can increase physical stamina.

The study was published in the publication Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, and confirms that neuroinflammatory processes that control to the way the brain ages, as well as diseases that deteriorate the brain, can be suppressed by using cannabis. Findings from the study showcase the benefits of cannabis use for stopping the decline in cognitive abilities that many senior citizens experience. Marijuana can also stop neural failure and is effective for treating Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease.

A neuroscience, medical genetics and immunology professor at Ohio State University, Gery Wenk, conducted research while the study was being conducted, to confirm these findings. Wenk expressed that the results were encouraging, and that potential development may be on the horizon. Wenk stated that he had been searching for a medication that would reduce inflammation in the brain and restore cognition in rats for a quarter of a century. Cannabinoids were the only drugs that worked effectively. He asserts that the negative connotation the drug has is evolving, and that people will be less skeptical of it in the future.

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