Remedies

Science has taught us that marijuana has beneficial uses to the body. From old time remedies to the medical marijuana of today, we cover all the best marijuana remedies.

Legalization of Medical Marijuana Is Girl’s Only Hope

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We already know the tremendous treatment capabilities of medical marijuana and though a lot of states are legalizing this “herb”, a few others can’t seem to make up their mind whether to adopt it or not. Of course, with the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington, the whole weed debate has been turned over its head with major focus being on the negative effects of this herb.

A sad case that comes to mind is that of Sophia Nazzarine. This 5 year old girl has already had 3 brain surgeries and a device put in her chest but nothing has quite provided a solution to her epilepsy yet. Scott Nazzarine – Sophia’s father tells that Sophia has at least 10 seizures a day and their attempts at trying to reduce this with medication have proven futile.

Their only hope is for Ohio to legalize medical marijuana to help save little Sophia’s life. Sophia’s parents Scott and Nicole have opted for this alternative because “This CBD (cannabidiol) component of the marijuana plant has the same type of affect on the brain that many seizure medications do. It has a calming effect,”

You are probably wondering why the Nazzarine’s can’t just move to another state where medical marijuana  has been legalized. Well, here is what Scott had to say about that when responding to a comment:

“Al, it is my daughter and I agree with your point but unfortunately it’s not that simple. Sophia’s mother and I both have jobs and families here. We have a support system and doctors we’ve been working with. My mother recently passed away, and my father is in somewhat poor health and I would like to be around for him. But even with all that, I would move if I knew it would help my little girl. But the only place to get this particular strain of medical marijuana right now is in Colorado and there is a long waiting list to get it. So basically, we’d have to move two families there, wait for doctors to check her out and prescribe it, wait to get the medicine and then hope it works. If it does, great, I’ll gladly start our lives over again in Colorado. But if it doesn’t, then we’ve given up everything. We have no jobs, no insurance (the surgeries to date have cost in the millions–luckily we have good insurance), no family support system, etc. Believe me, we’ve considered it, and are still considering it. But it’s not as simple. I wish it were.”

Probably what really struck me the most was the lengths to which these parents were willing to go to give their daughter a better life. Scott captured it best when he said:

“As of right now we’ve tried everything, and I feel like there’s no reason we shouldn’t be allowed to try this one final step,”

Don’t you think its time our government seriously thought about the whole marijuana issue? If it were your child, what would you do? I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Feel free to share them below.

 

Can Cannabis Cure Cancer?

can-cannabis-cure cancerThe evidence so far suggest that “the non-hallucinogenic parts of cannabis are potentially highly effective cancer drugs.”  This is according to a study by the Anticancer Research Institute. So if you thought that doctors and nurses were pulling your leg on this, you are wrong cannabis can cure cancer.

For some time now researchers have been studying the effects of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) on the brain and they are in agreement that this psychoactive ingredient in the cannabis plant contains healing elements that can treat and in some cases cure diseases and conditions once thought incurable.

Dr. Wai Lui of the department of Oncology, Division of Clinical Sciences at the St. George’s University of London explains:

“The cannabinoids examined have minimal, if any, hallucinogenic side effects, and their properties as anti-cancer agents are promising.”

“These agents are able to interfere with the development of cancerous cells, stopping them in their tracks and preventing them from growing. In some cases, by using specific dosage patterns, they can destroy cancer cells on their own.”

Dr. Wai Lui was one of the participating scientists in the study and his remarks are very encouraging. Of course, though THC acts against cancerous cells and kills them, the disadvantage of this psychoactive element is that it is a powerful hallucinogen. With a lot more funds being poured into research of cannabis and society becoming more open to the thought of this herb being used as a healing agent,  Dr Wai Lui and his team have been able to further their research and test a variety of non-hallucinogenic cannabis derived compounds with very positive results especially against blood cancer/leukemia.

This statement from Dr. Lui on the treatment of leukemia with cannabis on St George’s website reads:

“Of six cannabinoids studied, each demonstrated anti-cancer properties as effective as those seen in THC. Importantly, they had an increased effect on cancer cells when combined with each other.”

“This study is a critical step in unpicking the mysteries of cannabis as a source of medicine. The cannabinoids examined have minimal, if any, hallucinogenic side effects, and their properties as anti-cancer agents are promising.”

Now that is it very clear that cannabis can cure cancer, it remains to be seen whether more and more nations around the world will become more open to the legalization of marijuana.

photo credit © Milton Leite

 

How Does Marijuana Affect The Brain?

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Since the recreational use of marijuana became legal in the state of Colorado, one of the most frequently asked questions I get is “How does marijuana affect the brain?“.

To begin, it is important to understand how the brain processes THC.  Typically, after inhaling cannabis smoke or vapor, the chemical properties in the smoke/vapor are dispersed throughout your body.

THC the psychoactive element in the vapor/smoke will immediately reach your brain and begin to work. This explains why a simple puff can get you high. Most users describe this commencing feeling as relaxing and mellow which produces a feeling of obscurity and light headedness. Afterwards, feelings of paranoia and panic might be felt by the user. The interaction of THC and your brain is the major cause of these feelings.

Now that you know how your brain processes THC, you need to know which parts of your brain are affected by THC to have a clear understanding of its effects. The major things to know are:

  • Neurons-the cells that process information in the brain
  • The path on which these cells communicate is the neurotransmitters
  • Alien chemicals like THC can block actions of the neurotransmitters

Your brain’s functions depend on the effective interplay of the neurotransmitters whose major job it is to carry information between the cells.

THC or tetrahydrocannabinol will combine with the brain proteins referred to as the cannabinoid receptors in the brain. These proteins exist in large volumes in key areas of the brain where learning, pain perception, memory and reward processing occur.

So how will marijuana affect these areas of your brain? The truth is, you will need an experts opinion on this, however, what I can tell you is this, excessive use of cannabis during adolescents can generate lasting processes in your brain function especially in people who are at a greater risk of getting mental disorders.

Science has now proven that the continual use of cannabis especially during teen years can increase the risk of psychosis, decrease adulthood IQ amongst other problems.

Though it will take some time for marijuana to be accepted as an alternative treatment to chronic conditions, a lot is being done to educate the public on the positive aspect of this herb.

If you have any opinions or questions on how marijuana affects the brain, feel free to put them in the comments below and I will get back to you.

 

 

Marijuana and Hemp – What’s the difference?

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There is a lot of confusion surrounding marijuana and hemp and their benefits and I thought it best to shed some light on what these two herbs are. Both marijuana and hemp are forms/subspecies of the cannabis plant. They both contain essential elements (cannabinoids) found in the cannabis plant. The most popular of these cannabinoids is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Marijuana however, contains a higher THC and cannabinoid content than hemp.  Now that you know about these two varieties of the cannabis plant, it is best if I explain the difference between medical marijuana oil and hemp seed oil. Medical marijuana oil is also known as hemp oil. Hemp seed oil on the other hand is the oil that is released when seeds of the hemp plant are pressed together. Hemp seed oil is abundant in fatty oils that contain essential elements beneficial to your body. Hemp seed oil is easily accessible and can be purchased from health food stores. It’s easy to confuse hemp seed oil and hemp oil as most stores don’t differentiate on their labels. That said it is important to remember that medical marijuana or the real hemp oil is made from the buds of the female marijuana plant and it contains THC and cannabinoids that have essential healing properties. Its worth remembering that medical marijuana is also referred to as hemp oil, cannabis oil or hash oil just so you don’t get confused.

So what are the benefits of hemp oil/ medical marijuana oil?

Before I let you know about the benefits of hemp oil, here are a few things to ponder over:

  • Prescription drugs kill about 100,000 people in the world
  • There are no known recorded cases of death arising from cannabis use
  • Over ingestion of cannabis can actually save your life rather end it
  • Medical marijuana actually treats conditions that conventional medicine doesn’t

Pretty amazing don’t you think. The major benefit however is the enormous health conditions hemp oil is able to treat. Alzhemiers, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, depression, hepatitis c, cancer, AIDS and morning sickness are just a few of the diseases and conditions medical marijuana can treat. So as the debate rages on we would like to ask for your opinion on the continued legalization of medical marijuana across the nation. Do you think it is a good move?

Can CBD Cure Seizures?

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CBD or Cannibidoil as it is also know as is an essential psychoactive element found in the cannabis plant. This element is considered much ‘cleaner’ than THC tetrahydrocannabinol and is known to have properties that can cure chronic ailments such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, seizures and cancer. With the spotlight having been turned on this new and alternative treatment method, more and more people are taking a keen interest to find out whether CBD can really cure seizures.

Being the second leading active ingredient in the cannabis plant after THC, CBD does not produce a natural ‘high’ like THC but it is known to contain very essential properties that have drastically reduced effects of conditions like epilepsy and anxiety. So just how can you cure seizures with CBD? The truth is, you will have to consult a qualified medical practitioner for his/her expert advice on that however, I will share with you a few fundamental reasons why you should consider using CBD for treatment of seizures.

First, it is important to understand that CBD lacks a lot of noticeable effects when used alone,however, it produces a calm, soothing effect when used together with THC. This calming, soothing effect has been proved to reduce memory loss, paranoia and anxiety. However, the only drawback is you getting intoxicated.

The good news however is that there are different strains of CBD found in the cannabis plant that don’t have to be combined with THC for treatment. Cannabis plants high in CBD strains are fast gaining popularity since the amazing recovery story of Charlotte Figi. Figi suffers from a rare condition known as Dravet’s syndrome and before her treatment with CBD was having up to 300 seizures everyday!

Since changing her treatment to include CBD, Charlotte’s seizure have drastically reduces to one or two a month! She might not be full cured, however, this gives hope to other sufferers that there could be light at the end of tunnel. The good news is that Charlotte’s is just one of many success stories with CBD and they cure of seizures.

Today, more funds are being poured into the research and development of even higher quality CBD strains. Charlotte’s story seemed to have been the catalyst that has given medical scientists fighting degenerative diseases a new lease of life. So far preliminary findings show that CBD can treat chronic pain, anxiety, nausea, cancer, heart problems amongst other diseases.

Dr. Sean McAllister of the California Pacific Medical Center has also proved in his research that CBD can be used to suppress colon tumors in mice and kill breast cancer cells. No tests have been on humans. One thing is certain, there is a whole lot more to cannabis use than just for recreational purposes. It won’t be long before CBD will cure seizures and other diseases.