MMJ vs Migraines

The use of medical marijuana for migraines is not a new concept. A 1998 study by the neurology department of the Western Montana Clinic explains that cannabis has been used for centuries to manage the effects of migraines. Ancient Greek, Chinese, Indian, Roman, and Egyptian literature all make reference to cannabis's efficacy for headaches, and it was the remedy of choice for migraine treatment well into the mid-twentieth century.

Tension headaches are the most common kind of a headache that are associated with migraines. They can be triggered by fatigue, flu, alcohol use, eye strain, emotional stress and anxiety, insomnia, or excessive smoking. This type of a headache is the result of the tightening of muscles in the neck and scalp, and medical marijuana, which helps in the relaxation of these muscles, can help manage the headache.

The use of cannabis may also help reduce the frequency of headaches since it can act as a prophylaxis or preventive measure. Usually, those who suffer from migraines have very little recourse for the treatment of this condition. Available medications often have unpleasant side effects which tend to cancel out any perceived benefits.

Cannabis acts as an analgesic and can help in the reduction of the pain from migraines. The reduction of endocannabinoids is suspected to be an underlying reason for migraines. A migraine trigger sets off a chemical reaction in the brain, causing the release of endocannabinoids to maintain balance. In individuals where this component is lacking, a dilation of blood vessels will result in intense migraine pain, which may explain the therapeutic benefits of cannabis in managing migraine.

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Stoner Gift Ideas Under $20 The RigRider

The RigRider
by Higher State Creations

This silicone accessory holds your favorite dab tool and a 32mm silicone jar(included).  The collapsible slap-band attachment style keeps everything securely fastened to your tube or rig.  This product is fully adjustable to fit most tubes down to 1".  

Silicone was chosen to create the product because it will leave your glass unaltered or affected in any way.  You can simply just take it right off as easily as you put it on.

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Stoner Gift Ideas Under $20 The SlapPack Lighter Holster

The SlapPack
by Higher State Creations

This silicone lighter holster will allow you to never again have to search for a lighter when using your tube, rig or hookah! This product is fully adjustable to fit any sized tube. 

Silicone was selected to create the product because it will leave your tube un-altered or affected in any way. You can simply just take it right off as easily as you put it on. Try one out, you will never need to search for a lighter again! 

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Stoner Gift Ideas Under $100 The Lid'l Pipe by Cedar and Finch

The Lid'l Pipe
by Cedar and Finch

the Lid’l Pipe. Strikingly designed and handcrafted from maple and exotic Wenge wood, The Lid’l pipe is laser engraved with the distinctive Cedar & Finch paisley pattern and features a swinging lid that is held closed with a magnet to keep smoking material and ash from falling out of the pipe while in transit. Both the bowl and stem are lined with brass for easy cleaning.

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Goes great with the Cedar and Finch Cannary Pouch.

MMJ vs Mental Health Disorders

Scientists know that marijuana contains more than 100 compounds, called cannabinoids, that have biological effects on the body. Medically, cannabis can be prescribed for physical ailments like arthritis and cancer symptoms as well as mental health issues like PTSD, depression and anxiety. Still, the role marijuana can play in medicine remains murky. The dearth of research is in large part due to the fact that most studies have focused on illicit use of marijuana rather than its therapeutic potential, and because it’s classified as a schedule 1 drug, making it nearly impossible to study.

Looking for answers about marijuana’s potential mental health benefits, a team of researchers in Canada and the U.S. recently conducted a review of the science. In their report, published in the journal Clinical Psychology Review, researchers found evidence that cannabis can likely benefit people dealing with depression, social anxiety and PTSD, though it may not be ideal for people with bipolar disorder, for instance, for which there appears to be more negative side effects than positive ones. “This is a substance that has potential use for mental health,” says Zach Walsh, an associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia. “We should be looking at it in the same way [as other drugs] and be holding it up to the same standard.”

Though more research is needed, studies also suggested that cannabis may have a place in dealing with addiction. “We are really excited about the potential substitution effect,” says study author Zach Walsh, an associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia. “If people use cannabis as a replacement for opioid medications, or to get off of opioids or cut back, we could see some pretty dramatic public health benefits. The level of opioid overdoses is so high right now.”

There’s evidence to support that potential. Another unrelated study suggested that pot may even have a place in curbing the opioid epidemic. And yet marijuana can be notoriously hard to study in the U.S. because it’s classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which means it has a high potential for abuse. Many scientists and medical professionals think the classification hampers research, and that marijuana’s medical potential merits further exploration. More studies, research advocates argue, would also help eliminate stigma associated with the drug, paving the way for more and better studies.

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How to Store Your Cannabis the Right Way

How you store your cannabis flower is extremely important.

First, let’s face it, cannabis can be expensive, so you want to make sure you are storing it in the best way possible to make it last as long as possible.

The second point is this: if you are using cannabis for medicinal reasons than it’s incredibly important to make sure that you’re keeping your medicine in conditions where it’s going to be the freshest, most potent and healthiest experience for you and your body.

And lastly – the experience itself. Storing your cannabis properly makes a big difference. When it’s done right you get a fresh, vibrant aroma every time you open the jar, and the experience of vaporizing and smoking is enhanced with all those subtle terpene flavors – not to mention easier on your system.

REVIEW The DaVinci IQ Herbal Vaporizer

The solid fit and finish the substantial feel evidences that there was a lot of serious thought and effort put into the DaVinci IQ.

The IQ has simplicity at it’s core. The large herb chamber is very easy to fill and does’t require special or delicate packing. The IQ is fully functional when charging with the non-proprietary micro USD cord. Cleaning the mouthpiece couldn’t be any simpler as it is easy as soaking in alcohol and a thorough rinse - and that’s it! Other than that, the IQ is low maintenance, to say the least. Like I said,”simplicity”.

How you use is up to you. Choose between the flush mouthpiece and the extended. Whether you use the IQ in the precision mode by selecting exact temperatures or if you deploy the app and program specific temperature sessions, you are sure to have the good experience you are looking for.

The IQ is stealthy in a couple of ways. Sure there is a “stealth” mode to dim the LEDs but the IQ’s styling lends to hiding in plain sight among the bevy of electronic devices in our daily life. The size and smooth design makes it a comfortable carry in almost any pocket. 

The DaVinci IQ convection herb vaporizer was a pleasure to review. Every time I pick it up I end up playing with the app to find the perfect temperature settings or thinking of new things to sample in the flavor chamber. The battery life was good with my experience being about an hour or so of heavy use between charges. 

The DaVinci IQ has no shortage of features and comes with a vast amount of extras which include: matching metal stash jar keychain, a vape tool key fob, charging cord, brush and alcohol swabs. There are plenty of good things to say and I know I’ve probably missed one to two but my favorite thing is the herb chamber. The chamber is not only amongst the largest I’ve seen but it also so very easy to fill without losing valuable herbs and doesn’t require and MacGyvering.

Check it out for yourself at DaVinci Vaporizers and consider treating yourself to the best or really making the day for your favorite stoner. I am more than confident that you and yours will really love the IQ.

Stoner Gift Ideas Under $30 The Smokit a Multi-tool Kit

The Smokit
The Portable Smoking Kit

The Smokit is an incredibly portable smoking kit that houses a multi-hitter, poker/dabber tool, a silicone container, and a grinder card that allows you to grind flower directly into the storage area below.  The product revolutionizes the traditional dugout design into a much more compact and useful smoking apparatus.  

Measuring in only slightly larger than a Zippo lighter, The Smokit is easy to take with you on any adventure, and stands up to constant wear and tear with it's durable materials and design.  By combining practicality with stealthiness, The Smokit is a perfect everyday carry for anyone who smokes.  

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Stoner Gift Ideas Under $50 The PYPTEK Prometheus Nano

The Prometheus Nano
by Pyptek

Prometheus Nano by PYPTEK presents the world’s first one hitter glass chillum with an aircraft grade anodized aluminum exoskeleton. The Nano weighs less than an ounce, it's travel friendly, compact & delivers a full blast direct injection experience. Made in USA.

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Stoner Gift Ideas Under $20 Randy's Shield Hemp Storage 4 x 6

The Hemp Shield Storage Case
from Randy's Wired Papers

The Randy’s Shield is made of 100% Hemp and is structured with a hard shell and interior compartments. This is for the Larger 4"×6" Shield. Perfect to load up and take on the go with you. Will fit most vaporizers, and slides right into your pocket. Perfect for smoke-ware storage or anything you want to keep protected.

The Shield features a lockable tag that allows you to lock up the Shield and keep unwanted intruders out.

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Stoner Gift Ideas Under $40 The Wickie Pipe Lighter Original

The Wickie Pipe Original 
All in One: Pipe, Lighter and Storage

The Wickie Pipe Lighter offers a flip up acrylic mouth piece that opens up to a 90-degree angle, and the tobacco bowl found at the opposite end. The metal flap bowl cover properly secures the tobacco when finished smoking and prevents unwanted spills. The extra tobacco compartment can be found underneath the acrylic mouth piece attached to the body for storing extra tobacco. 

Clean and maintain your Wickie Pipe Lighter with ease. Simply, remove the screw that attaches the pipe portion to the lighter, pull the mouthpiece off the bowl and drop it in your favorite cleaner. Refill Wickie Pipe Lighter with regular butane gas, adjust the flame control to the desired level and enjoy your day.

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Stoner Gift Ideas Under $40 The Roll-uh-Bowl

The Roll-uh-Bowl

Folds to the size of your palm. Securely fits in your pack, pocket, purse and more! Leave your nice glass piece at home & never worry about breaking a piece on the go.

Perfect travel companion for hiking, fishing, camping, skiing, concerts, parties... wherever you choose to go, bring your Roll-uh-Bowl®.

Dishwasher safe, or clean with hot soapy water. 

Orders are shipped in discrete packaging and shipped  with USPS tracking.

Made in the USA from Certified Class VI FDA Medical Grade Silicone (same material as baby bottle nipples). 

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Stoner Gift Ideas Under $20 The PieceMaker Kazili

The Kazili
by PieceMaker

Made of Silicone
Super durable
Lightweight and easy for travel

If you're looking for a solid, durable pipe for the go, look no further than the PieceMaker Kazili silicone pipe. Coming in a variety of colors, these near-indestructible silicone pipes are perfect and stealthy enough to travel with or just smoke in the comfort of your favorite smoke spot! 

Find the perfect PieceMaker silicone pipe for you today!

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Stoner Gift Ideas Under $10 Pottles

Because Baggies are Trashy

Pottles are: 

your replacement for cheap baggies!
easy to use, 1-piece stash containers with attached lids
airtight and watertight to preserve freshness
odor-free and smell-proof for complete content privacy
made of FDA compliant medical grade plastic
U.V. resistant

Made in the U.S.A.

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Stoner Gift Ideas Under $10 Randy's Black Label Cleaner

Black Label Cleaner
from Randy's Wired Papers

Randy’s Black Label cleaner is lightning fast on resin and goo. Just shake and swirl and watch the debris disappear and make you piece like new! 

Natural Herbs leave residue and gunk that effect the performance and hits of your piece. Randy’s Black Label completely restores your piece to hitting like it is brand new. 

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Stoner Gift Ideas Under $10 The OG Kash by Kasher

The OG Kash
by Kasher

The Kasher is a slick stainless steel multi-purpose tool that fits snugly over any standard Bic lighter. Simply slide OG down and you’re ready to use it in a variety of ways. This visually appealing poker tool is portable, durable and easily cleaned.

The OGs are now sturdier & burlier, nearly twice as thick as before. With this extra durability, the OG will keep that perfectly snug fit on a Bic. Even after extended use it rarely needs to be tightened up.

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Stoner Gift Ideas Under $20 The MouthPeace by Moose-Labs

The MouthPeace 
by Moose-Labs

Made from 100% platinum cured silicone, the MouthPeace is the smartest way to smoke safely. Simply insert into your pipe and rip away like you normally would. 

Its flexible tapered design creates a universal fit with most pipes on the market. The pressure you naturally apply creates a completely airtight seal 

Now you’re safe to share glass with everyone.

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Stoner Gift Ideas Under $20 The 14er JOINT TIP from ELEVATE ACCESSORIES

The 14er Joint Tip 
from Elevate Accessories

Whether enjoying a spliff alone or with friends, add an Elevate joint tip to turn a good safety meeting into a great one. Regular use will continuously season and condition the wood, ensuring that this tip lasts for a lifetime.* Choose from a rich black walnut or a strong hard maple.

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The Science of the Munchies

A study from the brilliant minds at Yale University has explained one of the most curious phenomena from cannabis: the science of munchies. Why do some cannabis consumers experience a heightened sense of appetite after partaking in some of their favorite strains? The Yale study dove into this eternal question and has come up with a scientific answer.

Cannabinoid receptors have a coordinated dance with specific neurons in the brain known as pro-opiomelancortin (or POMC neurons), which are located in the hypothalamus. These neurons control appetite stimulation (as well as other base instincts, such as sexual arousal and alertness – this explains so much). The POMC neurons are also responsible for sending a chemical signal to the brain to stop eating when the person is full.

Scientists have long made the connection between the stimulation of cannabinoid receptors and an increase in appetite. However, this study made the correlation that when cannabinoids are introduced to the system, a receptor inside the POMC neuron is activated, causing a switch from signaling that the person is full to making endorphins, a neurotransmitter that increases appetite.

Tamas Horvath, the lead researcher (who has also authored numerous scientific studies on cannabinoids and eating behavior, as well as endocannabinoids and their role in body fat regulation), likened the chemical effect to switching your foot from a gentle tap of the brakes to rapidly accelerating instead. It fools your brain’s central feeding system and suddenly you feel ravenous, even if you've just eaten.

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MMJ Topicals vs Psoriasis

Cannabis is typically consumed via smoking or vaporization. In fact, one of the largest challenges for those in the medical profession who embrace cannabis as a medicine and a wellness agent is convincing patients that they should ditch joints and pipes for vaporizers. What if, however, a patient has a respiratory ailment or other condition that prevents inhaling smoke or even vapor? Possibly they simply prefer not to smoke or vape.

The proverbial red-headed stepchildren of the world of medical cannabis consumption are topicals. Available as creams, oils, lotions, sprays, balms, or ointments, topicals are applied to the skin and absorb through the epidermis (the outer layer). This relatively unknown avenue of consumption allows patients to treat conditions of the skin, joints, and muscles using topicals infused with whole plant cannabis or an individual cannabinoid, such as THC or CBD.

While most cannabis users are unaware of topicals, even fewer know that examples featuring THC produce no psychoactive effect in patients. Thus, seniors, children, pilots, and anyone who either cannot or does not desire to experience a psychotropic “high” can use THC-infused topicals with confidence.

It is estimated that up to three percent of Americans have psoriasis, which results in more than 10 million sufferers in the United States alone. Globally, roughly 125 million people are afflicted with the condition. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for this highly uncomfortable and often stigmatized disease, of which eight major categories exist, depending on the body areas affected and nature of the rash-like patches of plaque.

Because psoriasis is caused by problems with the immune system, cannabis is an especially effective treatment. The cannabinoids in cannabis fit perfectly into special receptors in the endocannabinoid system of the human body. These receptors, called CB1 and CB2, are concentrated in the brain/central nervous system and the immune system, respectively. However, the latest science reveals that each receptor type is found throughout almost all organs and tissues of the body, just with different expressions (densities and patterns).

Conventional pharmaceutical drugs used to treat psoriasis, typically systemic immunomodulating agents, involve many problems that are not associated with the use of cannabis or cannabis topicals. These include fever, diarrhea, liver dysfunction, and increased chance of infection. Thus, cannabis effectively deals with the significant cause of this skin condition, inflammation, and its chief symptoms, pain and discomfort — all while avoiding the negative side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.

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So you may have asked yourself…just how strong are those Boveda packs? After all, you’re putting them close to your beloved cigars, wooden instruments or herbal medicine.

The answer to this question is: VERY STRONG.

Our very own Charlie Rutherford takes an attempt at stepping his own boots on a Boveda pack just to see how strong they really are. “It looks like…the 180 lb guy that I am, can stand here and put all my weight on it to the point where you can see my boot prints in it.”

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11 Facts about your Endocannabinoid System

How is it that one plant – cannabis – can treat so many different illnesses?

It’s a great question and luckily there is a great answer based on scientific research.

The answer lies in our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Most people have yet to hear about the ECS, but as the world comes to better understand this crucial system, we continue to unlock the secrets of cannabis as medicine while understanding more about human health in general.

Here are some quick facts to get you up to speed – some of them might shock you!

#1) The endocannabinoid system was discovered in the late 1980s when researchers were studying how THC interacted with the body. For reasons we’ll get into, the ECS would soon be considered more significant than all other neuroscience discoveries combined.

#2) In the early 1990s another amazing discovery was made when researchers found two endogenous compounds that bind just like THC with the ECS. These THC-like cannabinoids, produced by our own bodies, are respectively called anandamide and AG-2.

#3) It eventually became clear that the receptors which comprised the ECS were the most prevalent neurotransmitters throughout the brain and also found in the organs, bones, and skin.

#4) Scientists have learned that the ECS plays a direct role in homeostasis, which means that it regulates every metabolic process in the body to keep things running as they should.

As Dr. Sunil Aggarwal pointed out during the Cannabis Health Summit, the ECS plays a role in processes such as:

Mood regulation
Pain perception
Muscle tone and movement
Extinction of traumatic memory
Protection of nerves and brain tissue
Bone growth
Tumor regulation
Baby breast-feeding reward
Stress management
Eye pressure
Gastrointestinal motility
Seizure activity
And many others

#5) When we don’t have enough endocannabinoids in our body, we call this clinical endocannabinoid deficiency – which medical researchers are connecting to a number of ailments including previously untreatable illnesses like irritable bowel syndrome or fibromyalgia or migraines. When the ECS isn’t healthy, any number of things can go wrong. The cannabinoids in cannabis can helps us bolster the ECS, which is why the herb is so effective for so many different ailments.

#6) In addition to endogenous and plant-based cannabinoids, attempts have been made to stimulate the ECS with synthetic cannabinoids such as Marinol, which is the synthetic version of THC. While some patients continue to benefit from this FDA-approved drug, the side effects can be very unpleasant for others.

#7) Despite knowledge of the ECS and its relationship with cannabis, governments have maintained severe restrictions on the study and legal access of this plant.

In 2014 alone the U.S. government locked up 700,000 people for cannabis all the while knowing the importance of this plant acting on the ECS.

#8) Pharmaceutical companies meanwhile are permitted to attempt cracking the ECS in other ways, creating chemical concoctions with often times ineffective, harsh or even fatal results.

For example, between 1999 and 2014 the number of opioid prescriptions quadrupled. The number of opioid-related deaths also quadrupled during that time span according to the CDC.

#9) People have been using cannabis for over 10,000 years (without a single fatal overdose ever being recorded), and some estimates have the ECS first developing at about 500 million years ago!

#10) Many medicals school continue to overlook the ECS, however this is starting to change now that we have the first science-based medical cannabis textbook.

#11) Almost every animal, with the exception of insects, has an endocannabinoid system.

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MMJ States see reduction in Pharmaceutical Deaths

Insys Therapeutics, the Arizona-based pharmaceutical company that became the biggest financial supporter of the campaign against marijuana legalization in that state, makes an oral spray that delivers the opioid painkiller fentanyl and plans to market another one that contains dronabinol, a synthetic version of THC. Insys says it gave $500,000 to the main group opposing Arizona’s legalization initiative because the measure “fails to protect the safety of Arizona’s citizens, and particularly its children.” But one needn’t be terribly cynical to surmise that Insys also worries about the impact that legalization might have on its bottom line since marijuana could compete with its products.

A new study suggests Insys has good reason to worry. In an article published by the American Journal of Public Health, Columbia University epidemiologist June Kim and her colleagues report that fatally injured drivers are less likely to test positive for opioids in states that allow medical use of marijuana. That finding, together with the results of earlier studies, indicates that making marijuana legally available to patients saves lives by reducing their consumption of more dangerous medications.

Kim et al. collected data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) for 1999 through 2013, focusing on 18 states that drug-tested at least 80% of drivers who died in crashes. They found that drivers between the ages of 21 and 40 were half as likely to test positive for opioids in states that had implemented medical marijuana laws (MMLs) as in states that had not.

“Among 21-to-40-year-old deceased drivers, crashing in states with an operational MML was associated with lower odds of testing positive for opioids than crashing in MML states before these laws were operational,” the researchers write. “Although we found a significant association only among drivers aged 21 to 40 years, the age specificity of this finding coheres with what we know about MMLs: a minimum age requirement restricts access to medical marijuana for most patients younger than 21 years, and most surveyed medical marijuana patients are younger than 45 years.”

The fact that a driver tested positive for opioids does not necessarily mean the painkillers he took contributed to the crash, so it is not safe to draw any conclusions about medical marijuana’s impact on traffic safety from this study. But the FARS data are an indirect way of measuring the extent of opioid consumption in a given state. Kim et al. note that “severe or chronic pain is among the most common indications cited by medical marijuana patients.” It therefore, makes sense that opioid use would decline (or rise less) in states that recognize cannabis as a medicine.

via: Forbes

PROFILE The Nexus by QLoudUp

At first glance, the Nexus by QLoudUp looks a lot like concentrate vape pens you see every day. On closer inspection, you will notice a sharp design and detail. It’s when you get a look at the features and it’s versatility is when you realize you're not looking at just another concentrate vaporizer.

The Nexus comes with several features that every portable vaporizer should have. It is certainly nice not to have to take the whole thing apart just to charge it. You can charge from the bottom with the micro USB without bother. The fact that the mouthpiece is engineered to enhance airflow and prevent clogging tops the piece off nicely but the clincher is the versatility of the Nexus. 

Right out of the box the Nexus provides versatility of experience. There are three temperature settings (340ºF, 400ºF and 460ºF) and three different atomizers included. There is a ceramic disq atomizer and two crystal quartz atomizers. I found the ceramic disq is better for lower temperatures and purer flavors. The single and dual titanium wrapped quartz rods heat instantly and without wicks, glues or dyes the Nexus quartz rods produce more concentrated vapors from deep seated chambers. 

QLoudUp says that the Nexus is designed to replace your dab rig. With all of it’s versatility and a lifetime warranty, it just might.

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MMJ vs Arthritis

In the United States, about one in ten people live with some form of arthritis. Its damage to these 30 million sufferers makes this disease the number one cause of disability.

Those who think the treatment of arthritis, especially the rheumatoid variety, with cannabis is new age medicine should think again. As far back as 2,000 B.C., four thousand years ago, the Chinese called cannabis a treatment that “undoes rheumatism.”

During the 19th century, cannabis tinctures were common on pharmacy shelves throughout North America and administered as a pain killer (aspirin didn’t become common until the early part of the 20th century).

There are two cannabinoids found in marijuana that have especially profound efficacy for those with arthritis: CBD and THC. CBD, or cannabidiol, is responsible for immune system modulation, meaning it is helpful for an autoimmune condition like rheumatoid arthritis. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol — and byproducts of its metabolism — has been found to be anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain killing). THC is also known to reduce the anxiety and depression that commonly accompany severe diseases, especially those that affect one’s mobility.

The efficacy of cannabis for a wide variety of autoimmune and neurological conditions is the core focus of the medical marijuana movement. However, the sheer number of arthritis sufferers makes the development of new drugs or therapies targeted at this specific condition of special interest to a variety of companies. One example is Cannabis Technologies, a company based in Vancouver that is in the process of developing a new cannabinoid-based therapy that will directly treat arthritis.

Cannabis is especially useful for helping arthritis patients wean themselves off serious pharmaceutical drugs that, in the long term, may cause more problems than they solve. For patients who must continue with pharmaceutical treatments, marijuana often eases the negative side effects of these drugs.

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MMJ vs Sleep Disorders

The more scientists find out about cannabis, the more the claims of some advocates are validated. It’s no secret that cannabis research has been stifled due to its illegality. Despite a lack of conclusive evidence on cannabis as an effective treatment for sleep disorders, many people swear that cannabis helps them sleep better than anything else.

Currently, cannabis can be prescribed to treat sleep disorders in 7 different states. Sleep disorders can describe one or more of the following:

  • Insomnia – persistent, sometimes chronic inability to fall or stay asleep
  • Sleep Apnea – disruption of breathing during sleep
  • Restless Leg Syndrome – tingling or burning sensation in the legs
  • Narcolepsy – overwhelming daytime drowsiness, sometimes to the point of irresistible bouts of sleep that can occur anywhere  
  • Parasomnia – abnormal or unusual behavior of the nervous system during sleep including sleepwalking, talking during sleep, grinding teeth, night terrors, head banging, etc.

Studies have shown that cannabis can help treat sleep disorders. Here are the ways:

  • Reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep
  • Help experience fewer times waking up at night
  • Help people suffering with PTSD to have fewer nightmares
  • Can increase stage 3 sleep

Currently, doctors do not recommend medical marijuana for treating narcolepsy. Even though some strains that are high in cannabidiol (CBD) can help increase alertness, cannabis can cause narcoleptic symptoms to worsen in some cases.

When we sleep, our bodies cycle through four main stages – NREM (non-REM) Stages 1, 2, 3 and REM sleep. Stages NREM 1 and NREM 2 are considered light sleep, while NREM Stage 3 is considered deep sleep. The cycle that comes after is called REM (rapid eye movement). REM sleep is the stage in which mammals dream the most, but the stage in which we seem to understand the least.

The good news is, research shows that THC increases deep sleep stages. The bad news could be that research shows THC decreases REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. If you are a heavy cannabis user, this is probably the reason you don’t remember most of your dreams.

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MMJ Medicinal Marijuana vs Lupus

Cannabis is effective against lupus for several reasons. Many of the anti-inflammatory benefits it delivers are closely related to the relief gained by rheumatoid arthritis sufferers who medicate with the herb. Chiefly, marijuana is a very effective analgesic (pain killer) and anti-inflammatory agent. Because the inflammation associated with lupus can produce considerable pain in the hands and knees, cannabis can both treat the source of the symptom — the inflammation and swelling — while also decreasing one of the main symptoms — pain.

Some lupus patients report gaining the most efficacy from their symptoms from strains and extracts of cannabis that are high in the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol). Others claim relief from juicing the leaves of cannabis plants, with CBD-rich strains being indicated as more therapeutic. Most strains and concentrates of cannabis are extremely effective at dealing with the nausea experienced by some lupus patients. Those suffering from insomnia should consider smoking or vaporizing a potent indica before sleep.

The fact that lupus sufferers gain the greatest relief from cannabis strains high in CBD is no surprise. The disease affects the immune system, the areas of the body in which the greatest number of CB2 receptors are found. CB2 receptors are the microscopic chemical parking spaces located throughout the body that features what researchers label a “high binding affinity” for the CBD cannabinoid molecule. THC, the cannabinoid most responsible for the psychoactive effect of cannabis that’s so great for depression and PTSD, binds with a different cannabinoid receptor, CB1, which is found mostly in the brain and nervous system.

Because so many lupus patients suffer from skin conditions, the use of cannabis topicals is one of the most effective treatments for varieties and symptoms of this disease that affect the epidermis. This is especially true based on the stigma of highly visible skin conditions in western cultures that value physical beauty. Topicals and the improvement of skin quality are also an approach that considers psychological, emotional, and self-esteem issues, especially in young and middle-aged women typically afflicted with lupus.

Conventional pharmaceutical treatments for lupus include steroids and immunosuppressants, such as methotrexate. In some patients, methotrexate can cause pulmonary fibrosis, among many other negative and severe side effects. Many drugs used to treat lupus also result in extreme nausea and abdominal cramping.

Cannabis, on the contrary, conveys no severe or negative side effects, unless one considers an improved mood, an appetite, and better sleep undesired results of one’s medicine. Given the extreme efficacy of cannabis for inflammation and pain, especially top-shelf strains high in CBD — and the almost complete lack of negative side effects from the herb — one must question the moral and ethical validity of the anti-cannabis stance of the medical establishment.

In some cases, chemotherapy (and, specifically, a pharmaceutical drug called cyclophosphamide [Cytoxan] that is also used to treat cancer) is used to treat patients suffering from lupus. This avenue of therapy brings a slew of negative and controversial side effects to lupus patients, including severe nausea and vomiting, hair loss, lack of energy, and depression, among many others.

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