What Are The Medical Benefits of Marijuana? - Part 3.

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Photo Credits: Leaf Science

In the last post, we continued to look at the conditions where medical marijuana is effective. It’s not done yet! We’ll continue the discussion below.

While the relationship between marijuana and heart disease is complicated, and cannabis can actually exacerbate symptoms in some users by increasing heart rate and blood pressure, scientists have found low doses of THC can reduce damage from heart attacks, and CBD can be used as a treatment for cardiovascular disease. Cannabis may also reduce the severity and lessen the impact of a stroke. Although most studies thus far have been animal studies, researchers believe medical cannabis may help treat the symptoms of Huntington’s disease, and one human study found synthetic THC improved motor-related symptoms of the disorder. Animal studies have found cannabis may slow the progression of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and many properties of cannabis could help reduce pain, relax muscles, reduce saliva, stimulate appetite, and induce sleep. Synthetic cannabinoids also improved pain symptoms in fibromyalgia patients, and one survey found patients actually preferred cannabis to any approved pharmaceutical medication.

New support is starting to accumulate for the use of marijuana for Alzheimer’s disease. Marijuana may be able to do so by reducing inflammation and the formation of plaques. Marijuana has been found to alleviate tics and be well tolerated in patients with Tourette’s syndrome. Cannabis topicals are now offered as effective treatments for varying skin disorders, and its anti-inflammatory and anti-itching properties make it effective for the treatment of acne, dermatitis, and psoriasis. Marijuana may also help those who suffer from sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea fall asleep quicker and improve breathing during sleep. Lastly, and probably most well known, is medical marijuana’s ability to treat epilepsy. Specifically, the cannabinoid CBD is well-tolerated and effective in reducing the frequency and severity of seizures.

There are even many more conditions to talk about regarding medical marijuana treatment. Keep reading as we conclude our discussion in the next post! This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

Using Cannabis Pain Patches for Fibromyalgia

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Medical marijuana patients have access to a myriad of different methods and vehicles for administering medical marijuana therapy. Now, the company Cannabis Science has developed two new transdermal patches that can offer relief for fibromyalgia and diabetic neuropathy nerve pain. Transdermal patches allow cannabinoids to enter the bloodstream directly through entering the skin. Some patients prefer this method because it allows for more precise dosing, so the patient can receive specific dosages and can target the affected areas of the body. The cannabinoid most responsible for providing relief through these patches is CBD, because studies have found it effectively provides pain relief for inflammatory pain, including that associated with fibromyalgia and peripheral neuropathy, without producing any psychoactive side effects.

This information has been provided by High Times Magazine and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

Can Marijuana Help With Fibromyalgia?

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Fibromyalgia is a condition that produces pain throughout the body and specific tender spots where the pain is characterized as deep tissue tenderness. Fibromyalgia patients also suffer symptoms similar to that of the flu, feeling fatigued and exhausted, or experiencing stiffness. Current treatments for fibromyalgia usually include exercise, cognitive behavioral treatment, mind-body awareness, and lifestyle changes, but now, some patients are looking to medical marijuana for symptom relief due to the fact it has been found to relieve pain, sleep disturbance, stiffness, mood disorders, and digestive disturbances. There are few controlled clinical studies revolving around marijuana use for fibromyalgia, but surveys have found fibromyalgia patients find medical marijuana effective for their symptoms. In a survey from Canada, one out of every eight people with fibromyalgia use marijuana or its cannabinoids for symptom relief. More men opted for marijuana than women, and marijuana users tended to be younger. Of the study’s participants, 77% of cannabis users were unemployed, leading researchers to theorize the marijuana was either ineffective at improving function, or patients who opted for marijuana were more severely affected by their symptoms from the beginning.

Another online survey of 1,300 fibromyalgia patients found 62% of patients who had tried marijuana had found it effective for treating their symptoms. The survey, which was conducted by the National Pain Foundation, also found that many sufferers claimed marijuana was the only option that helped provide symptom relief. In another survey, in which fibromyalgia sufferers were divided into groups of marijuana users and non-users, marijuana users smoked or ate marijuana not only to help with pain, but also to alleviate all of their other symptoms. Patients reported decreases in pain and stiffness and improved relaxation, sleep, and well-being, within two hours of dosing. Side effects were mild, but included dry mouth, dizziness, or sedation. Over 80% felt relief from sleeplessness. Lastly, a 2008 randomized trial published in the Journal of Pain found the administration of nabilone, which is a synthetic form of THC, improved pain and other symptoms in 40 fibromyalgia patients. A following study in 2010 found nabilone produced similar improvements.

This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

Cannabis Pain Patches For Fibromyalgia And Nerve Pain

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Cannabis patches are now being used to treat fibromyalgia and reduce diabetic nerve pain. Fibromyalgia and diabetes often produce painful tingling sensations, and in a 2014 survey from the National Pain Foundation, cannabis was reported as the most effective analgesic for fibromyalgia patients who were willing to try medical cannabis. The patients who tried medical marijuana reported it as being more effective than traditional medications like Savella, Cymbalta, and Lyrica. A human trial involving 16 diabetic patients with foot neuropathy found medical marijuana provided dose-dependent relief for pain. Similar results have been noticed with in those who suffer from multiple sclerosis.

Patients already have access to cannabis pharmaceuticals, topical creams, and oral options, but now companies like Cannabis Science, Inc. are developing pain patches to deliver transdermal therapy that enters the bloodstream through the skin. They are currently creating different patches targeting both diabetic neuropathy and fibromyalgia. Mary's Medicinals also offer patches containing variations in cannabinoids. 

This information has been provided by Herb and approved by our Chief Medical Officer. 

3 Pain Conditions Medicinal Marijuana Can Treat

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For those who suffer from debilitating pain and want a safe option for relief, they may want to look to medical marijuana for pain relief without the addictive or harmful side effects of opioids. Medical marijuana can treat a wide range of pain conditions, including the pain caused by HIV/AIDS and cancer treatments, chronic pain, and pain caused by damaged nervous systems. Cannabidiol and delta-9-THC are already used in an oral spray called Sativex that is used to relieve severe cancer pain. Along with cancer patients, cannabis can also help HIV/AIDS patients by relieving pain, nausea, and increase appetite, and improving overall quality of life. In these cases, cannabis should not replace traditional treatment methods, but rather supplement them.

Patients who suffer from chronic pain can also benefit from cannabis use, and studies have found test subjects who take daily doses of medical marijuana report no ill-effects on their kidneys, livers, or hormonal function. They also report that cannabis is a successful treatment even when conventional therapies fail. Patients who suffer from arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other debilitating disorders could benefit from medical cannabis. Lastly, cannabis helps those who suffer from pain in their central nervous system by treating the pain itself, but also by targeting other symptoms like sleep and anxiety.

This information has been provided by the Medicinal Marijuana Association and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

10 Little-Known Uses for CBD - Pt. 1

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CBD is constantly hailed as a miracle cannabinoid as research comes out pointing to its medicinal benefits. Here are some medicinal uses you may or may not know about CBD. 

One study found CBD may be able to combat cigarette addiction. In the double-blind study, 24 smokers received either an inhaler of CBD or placebo, and were asked to inhale every time they felt the urge to smoke a cigarette. Those who received CBD experienced a 40% drop in cigarette intake and no increase in nicotine cravings, while those who received placebo experienced no change. Another study from the Journal of Clinical Investigation and the National Institute of Health found cannabis-derived CBD on human sebaceous glands is an effective sebostatic and anti-inflammatory agent that inhibits lipid synthesis, thereby treating acne.

Another study found CBD prevented the development of diabetes in non-obese diabetic mice through the prevention of IL-12 production by splenocytes, a cytokine that plays a role in human autoimmune diseases. In 2011, a study looked at CBD for the treatment of fibromyalgia. Out of 56 patients, half used CBD while the other half used traditional treatment regimens. Those who used cannabis witnessed a reduction in symptoms and pain, while those who used continued using traditional methods saw little improvement. Lastly, a study from the Journal of Neuroscience in 2007 found CBD can halt the proteins prions, something that would be beneficial in preventing neurodegenerative diseases like Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and mad cow disease. 

This information has been provided by High Times Magazine. Stay tuned for tomorrow's post to discover more about CBD's uses. This information has been approved by our Chief medical officer. 

MMJ for Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia is a disorder that disproportionately affects women causes symptoms of intense musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep problems, cognitive and memory issues, headaches, morning stiffness, painful menstrual cramps, numbness or tingling, restless leg syndrome, temperature sensitivity, Irritable bowel syndrome, and depression. Fibromyalgia exacerbates pain symptoms because it affects the way the brain processes pain signals. Current treatment options target the symptoms of fibromyalgia with pain relievers, antidepressants, exercise, and therapy, and thanks to cannabis' analgesic, sleep-inducing, and antidepressant properties, it could soon be viewed as a potential treatment option as well.

Many studies have confirmed cannabis' ability to improve sleep disruptions and physical function as well as reduce symptoms of pain, depression, joint stiffness, anxiety. All of these effects could benefit the quality of life for patients who suffer from fibromyalgia. In one study, fibromyalgia patients who were treated with cannabis for seven months not only felt significant improvements in regards to pain intensity, but they also reduced their opioid doses. Another study found that four weeks of cannabis treatments reduced pain and anxiety in fibromyalgia patients, while the placebo group did not witness any improvements. Lastly, another study reported fibromyalgia patients experienced reduced pain and stiffness, enhanced relaxation, and an increase in somnolence and feelings of well being within two hours of smoking or orally consuming cannabis.

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Juicing Cannabis for Health

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If you're a patient who desires the therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana but do not want to feel the psychoactive effects some cannabis strains provide, you may want to consider juicing your cannabis. Juicing utilizes the raw leaves and buds of cannabis alongside other fruits and vegetables, which adds essential cannabinoid acids and other vitamins and nutrients to your daily routine.

By juicing cannabis, a patient can avoid feeling any psychoactive effects because the plant's cannabinoids have not been decarboxylated through the application of heat. In this way, THC stays in its acidic form, allowing it to provide anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic medicinal benefits without providing any head-altering effects. THCa is credited with being helpful in the treatment of ALS, autism, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and neuropathic pain.

This information has been provided by High Times and approved by our Chief Medical Officer. 

Linalool Cannabis Terpene

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Photo Credit: Whaxy

Medical marijuana patients are most likely familiar with the cannabinoids of marijuana that are responsible for providing a lot of the medical relief the plant is accredited with, but not everyone knows so much about terpenes which are also responsible for providing medicinal benefits. There are over 20,000 terpenes in nature, 200 of which exist in cannabis. One of these terpenes is Linalool.

Linalool may not be a major terpene, but studies have found it can alleviate a variety of symptoms, including pain, depression, seizures, inflammation, and even insomnia. The terpene is considered an analgesic, making it a popular method for treating conditions like multiple sclerosis, dystonia, arthritis, post-operative pain, and chronic pain. That anti-inflammatory properties of linalool make it an effective molecule for combatting inflammation-based diseases like Crohn's, arthritis, asthma, Alzheimer's, fibromyalgia, dermatitis, IBS, lupus, and Parkinson's disease. The terpene also acts like an antidepressant, an anti-convulsant for those who suffer from seizures, and a sedative or sleep aid. 

Linalool is promising as a key player for providing therapeutic relief, but more research is left to be desired in order to understand exactly how the terpene is able to do so and how it interacts with other terpenes and cannabinoids to provide optimal relief. This information has been provided by Whaxy and approved by our Chief Medical Officer. 

CBN: Stale THC Helps Patients Sleep

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Photo Credit: Whaxy

There are over 111 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Everyone tends to know about the most popular cannabinoids, THC and CBD, but there are so many others that are left relatively unknown. Thanks to Whaxy, we get to learn more about these mysterious cannabinoids through various cannabinoid and terpene feature articles. Today we will be highlighting the cannabinoid cannabinol (CBN), which is best known for its use as a sleep aid.

CBN does not have as strong of a psychoactive effect as THC, but it can cause one to feel groggy, dizzy, and confused. This may not sound appealing, but it's these effects that allow it to act as a sleep aid or a replacement for pharmaceutical sedatives when used in high doses. CBN also acts as an analgesic or painkiller, an anti-convulsive, an anti-inflammatory, an antibacterial agent, and a regulator of the immune system. The cannabinoid is especially effective in combatting diseases like Crohn's disease, glaucoma, seizure disorders, fibromyalgia, Parkinson's disease, and neurological disorders. 

To learn more about cannabinol, read the full feature on Whaxy

Medical Marijuana Users Believe Drug's Effectiveness Is Greater Than Other Treatments

Very little comprehensive clinical research exists on the uses of medical marijuana in the treatment of various illnesses. That being said, countless patient testimonies attest to the efficacy of the treatment. We at CannaBest Medical believe this anecdotal evidence is substantial, and so do the people at PatientsLikeMe, who conducted a survey and found "a little more than 75% of users said they use medical cannabis because other treatments aren't as effective or cause too many side effects, or both." The survey also found that patients preferred the treatment because it was natural. They used it to treat pain, muscle stiffness or spasm, insomnia, anxiety, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, depression, PTSD, and ALS.


Fibromyalgia and Medical Marijuana

For those who suffer from the chronic pain syndrome fibromyalgia, it seems there is little hope. There is no cure for the disease, and it's hard to treat because the root cause is unknown.  "In fact, only 35-40 percent of sufferers gain any relief whatsoever from mainstream drugs" - that is, until now.

New evidence suggests cannabis can relieve the pain, insomnia, fatigue, restless leg syndrome, depression, and anxiety associated with fibromyalgia. Even though the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, it is understood that the disease interrupts the way the central nervous system sends and receives messages, and it affects more women than men. Some researchers believe diseases like fibromyalgia may stem from something called endocannabinoid deficiency, in which the body's endocannabinoids are not being produced in the right quantities or ratio. The body's nervous system is full of cannabinoid receptors, so cannabis' ability to treat pain in this area would be extremely effective. 

In an online survey of over 1,300 fibromyalgia patients conducted by the National Pain Foundation in 2014, the majority of those who reported trying marijuana to treat their condition said it helped significantly. The survey revealed 62% of those who tried cannabis for relief reported it as "very effective." In contrast, for each pharmaceutical drug that was surveyed, never more than 10% found it "very effective."

For more information on fibromyalgia and medical marijuana, other studies, and suggested strains for treating the condition, visit this link: http://bit.ly/1LUi1bF

Ethan Russo: Endocannabinoid Deficiency & Medical Cannabis

Ganjapreneur recently sat down to interview Dr. Ethan Russo, former Senior Medical Advisor to GW Pharmaceuticals, and current Medical Director at Phytecs, a company that produces cannabis-based treatments related to the endocannabinoid system. In this Podcast, Dr. Ethan Russo talks about how cannabis could potentially treat Endocannabinoid Deficiency. "Endocannabinoid Deficiency is just coming into general awareness now as a cause behind several conditions including Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Phantom Limb Pain, Infantile Colic, Glaucoma, PTSD, Bipolar disease, and others." To hear the full Podcast and learn more about the endocannabinoid system, visit this link: http://bit.ly/1BodlIs