The healing powers of cannabis have been known in many cultures across the globe since the beginning of time. Today, top scientists are researching and discovering new and life changing effects of medicinal marijuana every day. Here are 4 you may not know about!
CANNABIS CURES CANCER
Recent studies have found that cannabidiol (CBD) one of cannabis’ non-psychoactive compounds, inhibits a gene that spreads breast cancer cells throughout the body. These results are not found in patients merely “smoking weed” but from highly concentrated medically administered doses of CBD. These findings support the idea that cannabis can be used to treat multiple forms of cancer without the toxic damage and painful effects of alternative treatments such as chemotherapy.
Scientists have found that cannabis are as effective as prescription drugs Adderall and Ritalin in treating ADHD. The cannabis allows the patient’s brain to concentrate on one or two impulses instead of being overwhelmed by hundreds. This slowing down of neural transmission speed leads to increased productivity and focus. Cannabis is also much easier on the body than prescribed pharmaceutical drugs and does not interfere with a healthy appetite and steady sleep schedule.
HEALS BROKEN BONES
A study has shown that high concentrated doses of cannabinol heals broken bones and actually makes the bones stronger and harder to break in the future. Collagen, the protein in connective tissue that holds the body together, is enhanced by the CBD.
THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects and CBD are actually extremely powerful naturally occurring antioxidants. THC and CBD work together to help treat “oxidative damage” which occurs when our body is exposed to harmful chemicals found in contaminants like pesticides or smog. These cannabis compounds also help your body’s cells function better by stimulating cell-to-cell communication.
With more and more studies happening all over the world, each day we get closer to fully understanding the benefits and cures of this medicinal miracle plant.
Coconut oil has managed to infuse its way into some of our industry’s most sought-after products, including edibles and topicals, but why? The reason can be attributed to a few important factors. First, coconut oil has among the highest concentration of fatty acids (saturated fats). The surplus of these fatty acids in the coconut oil create a stronger binding agent for cannabinoids. Compared to olive oil, which contains a saturated fat content of less than 20%, coconut oil contains over 80% saturated fats and thus has the ability to retain far more cannabinoids during extractions, rendering far more medicinally efficient products in return. Coconut oil, therefore, is a near perfect medium for cannabis.
Coconut oil also contains other sets of beneficial acids that have been known to have a list of potential health benefits. Lauric acid is a great example — when digested, lauric acid creates a monoglyceride that acts as an antimicrobial. These fatty acids are found in abundance in coconut oil, making it a top contender for those looking for a healthier oil base than butter or canola oil.
Another fantastic benefit of using coconut oil is that when you use it to extract cannabinoids, your end product will remain solid at room temperature. The versatility of a cannabis-infused product that remains solid at room temperature is paramount when considering its use as a topical agent. Furthermore, its solid state allows the oil to be easily stored via gelatin capsules, a widely popular and highly effective method of distributing cannabinoids. Gelatin oil capsules are so simple and easy to make at home that the ingredients can be purchased from just about any pharmacy or online, making the process of infusing capsules at home a relatively simple DIY project.
How to Make Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil
Ease of use may be one of the most under-appreciated benefits of coconut oil in making infused products. Aside from the fact that you can purchase coconut oil relatively inexpensively from just about anywhere, the process of decarboxylating and infusing cannabis into coconut oil requires only a few simple ingredients and can be done at home with minimal effort. The end product is tasty, versatile, and, if stored properly, can last a very long time without degrading.
Expect to see coconut oil remain a staple in future cannabis infusions across the market. As major brands continue to innovate, coconut oil should thrive on the ingredient lists of more products to come. If, however, you don’t have access to a dispensary near you or want to try a fun DIY with your own material, you can always make your own at home. Trust us, you’ll go coconuts for this stuff!
Medical Marijuana vs. Prescription Drugs: Why Marijuana Comes Out on Top
More research is being done that proves medical marijuana to be an effective treatment for conditions that cause chronic pain, nausea, anxiety, and a host of other adverse symptoms. Individuals who use marijuana to treat everything from post-traumatic stress disorder to cancer to fibromyalgia swear by the effectiveness of the herb and its ability to reduce pain and improve overall well-being.
Fortunately for these individuals and millions of others who can benefit from its therapeutic use, medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states including California. In the golden state, anyone possessing a state-issued medical marijuana ID card can legally purchase marijuana from any dispensary in the state as well as grow it in their home for personal use. An ID card is easily obtained online by getting approval from a licensed physician.
California residents who have a condition that can be medically treated by marijuana often wonder if they would be better off using the herb or to use prescription medication. Many doctors still recommend prescription drugs as their main method of treatment and continue to renew prescriptions for their patients on a regular basis. Do you wonder whether you should use marijuana or prescriptions in your treatment plan or if would you like to explore marijuana as an alternative to your present prescriptions? Here are just a few reasons why medical marijuana comes out on top.
It Can Treat the Disease as Well as the Symptoms
In most cases, prescription drugs are used only to treat symptoms of underlying diseases or conditions by masking pain. Medical marijuana, however, can actually help treat some diseases while also helping the individual manage symptoms. In the case of cancer, for example, cannabis can kill cancer cells and inhibit the growth of tumors. Whether used in combination with more aggressive forms of treatment like chemotherapy and radiation or on its own, marijuana can be effective in making a cancer patient feel better as well as fight their disease.
No Danger of Overdose
Prescription drug abuse is a big problem in the United States and it is estimated that more than 17,000 deaths per year are the result of prescription overdoses. This number is greater than More than 50 million Americans use prescription drugs for uses other than medical, and addiction to opioids affects those as young as 12 years old.
As of 2017, there have been no known overdoses of medical marijuana. In addition, it is much more likely for individuals to become addicted to heroin or cocaine based on opioid use than marijuana use as opioids are derived from the same source as harder illegal drugs.
Fewer Dangerous Side Effects
One of the biggest drawbacks of prescription medication is the multitude of side effects ranging from constipation to fatigue and everything in between. Many people also develop a tolerance to their dosage of painkillers, which makes them continually up their dosage to experience the same effects. This leads to even more serious side effects and can cause other conditions that then need to be treated—often with more prescriptions medications.
Prescription drugs can be also be life threatening. Some prescriptions increase the risk of developing additional problems like deadly brain infections. Others, like drugs used to treat multiple sclerosis, work by blocking white blood cells. Since these cells protect the body from infection and disease, the inhibition of them can lead to more damage than the originally disease they are meant to treat.
Medical marijuana is not without side effects, of course, but they are generally much less dangerous and easier to manage. Common marijuana side effects are dizziness, lethargy, and low blood pressure, but much of this can be remedied by adjusting the dosage or percentage of THC in the drug. Medical marijuana has a lower percentage of THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis, than its recreational counterpart and tends to produce fewer side effects.
Long-term use of opioids includes decreased brain function, liver damage, hormonal dysfunction, and an overall weakening of the immune system. Those who try to stop taking opioids may also experience a number of negative side effects, especially if they have been on the drugs for a long period of time. Withdrawal symptoms can include muscle aches, anxiety, inability to sleep, high blood pressure, excessive sweating and more. This often leads individuals to begin taking the drugs again to deal with the symptoms, leading to a cycle of addiction.
Marijuana, on the other hand, has few long-term side effects, especially for individuals who take CBD-heavy medical marijuana. In fact, there is even emerging research that shows positive effects of medical marijuana on the temporal lobe of the brain. Most medical marijuana never experience any signs of addiction to the herb and do not have to deal with the problems of increased tolerance or withdrawals.
With prescription drugs, you only have one choice: to take a pill (or multiple pills.) Some individuals are on so many medications that they are taking dozens of pills per day. If you don’t like taking pills or if they irritate your stomach, you don’t have many other options when it comes to prescriptions.
Medical marijuana comes in a variety of forms including vaporizing, smoking, and eating. This makes it easier to incorporate the drug into your everyday routine and find the delivery method that works best for your needs. When you work with a local dispensary, you can ask questions about the different forms that are available for purchase or for ways you can alter what you buy to make different forms of consumables. Remember to ask how altering the drug will change its chemical composition and/or potency so you can adjust for the proper dosage.
If you are considering or are currently using prescription medications to treat the symptoms of a disease or condition, you should look at medical marijuana as an alternative treatment option. Marijuana has fewer dangerous side effects, is more customized to your needs, and can even be more effective than prescription drugs. If you are interested in obtaining your ID card so you can legally buy medical marijuana, please reach out for more information.
These days, you can meet with a doctor, receive your medical marijuana card online and even have pot delivered to your door without leaving the comfort of your own home… But is it safe? I did the research for you and am happy to report that I have good news. The process is easy, safe and confidential! In this article I will outline the most common concerns with an explanation of what to be aware of so that you can rest at ease.
RECEIVING YOUR MEDICAL CARD ONLINE IS AS EASY AS PIE!
The actual online process is easy breezy. First, you sign up and schedule an appointment with a licensed doctor. Sites such as ZenMD.net allow you to connect with a doctor immediately. Next, you fill out a medical form and attend your scheduled appointment. If qualified, you receive a medical card in the mail within 1-2 business days. That’s it! I told you it was as easy as pie… easier actually!
LICENSED MMJ DOCTORS ARE LEGIT
So, as it turns out, any licensed physician or osteopath can legally authorize the use of MMJ and recommend a medical marijuana card online. Once approved, you receive a ‘Doctor’s Recommendation’. This states that you have a medical condition qualifying you for the legal use of medical marijuana. With this document, you can legally purchase marijuana at a dispensary.
Be sure to seek fully licensed physicians who are informed about the medical use of cannabis. Before selecting your doctor, do a little research. Read doctor reviews and ratings. It is good to be sure your physician has a deep knowledge of medicinal marijuana and is comfortable with recommending it as a treatment.
TIP: Don’t forget to order your wallet sized ID Card! It is easy to carry and acceptable at most dispensaries. I do suggest that you carry a hard copy of your recommendation for your first visit to a new dispensary… just in case!
IT IS SAFE, SECURE AND CONFIDENTIAL
Next, in order to be sure that your information is safe, check a few factors. Each system should be maintained by an encrypted, secure HIPAA* certified system. This ensures that your records are kept 100% confidential. Your information is completely private to you and the doctor you consult with. Calm down scaredy pants… By Law, doctor-patient confidentiality prohibits the police, DMV, health insurance companies and employers from accessing your medical records without your written permission. Phew!
*HIPAA means that the system meets or exceed all federal requirements for protecting Patient Health Information (PHI) under the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
YOU WON’T BE PUT ON A LIST
Finally, some people who qualify for their medical card online choose not to pursue treatment because they fear they might end up on some sort of a “master list” of marijuana users. I am happy to inform you that no such list exists. Your patient status will remain confidential. No need to be paranoid. There is no consolidated database that the DEA uses to conduct raids or employers can access during background checks.
To sum it all up, you can rest assured that it is safe, secure and confidential to order your medical card online. Go ahead and sit back and relax in the comfort of your own home. The process is simple and easy. With a little research you will safely be able to reap the many benefits and medicinal treatments marijuana has to offer. Go make yourself a pie! You deserve it.