Marijuana for Insomnia

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New research suggests medical marijuana may be able to help people who suffer from sleep disorders like insomnia. Symptoms of insomnia include difficulty falling asleep, waking up in the middle of the night, sleepiness during the day, depression, anxiety, irritability, and worrying about sleep. The American Sleep Association claims 30% of adults suffer from short-term sleep issues, and 10% suffer from chronic insomnia. Current treatment options include prescribing sleep medication, treating conditions which may be causing the disorder, or undergoing behavioral therapy. Studies have found marijuana may be able to offer an alternative therapy for insomnia. One research review from 2017 found the cannabinoid THC could help patients fall asleep faster. Another study from 2004 found CBD had the opposite effect, and actually produced wake-inducing effects. Another study from 2006 found patients who were prescribed synthetic marijuana for pain also used the medication because it improved sleep. A study from 2004 found THC and Sativex reduced pain and increased sleep.

While marijuana can serve as a sleep aid, there are side effects that coincide with using the medication as well. It may reduce dreaming through diminishing REM sleep, cause a hangover-like effect, and become less effective over time. For most, reducing dreams would be a negative side effect, but acoording to one scientific review in 2017, this was actually a beneficial outcome for patients suffering from PTSD. For those patients, the synthetic cannabinoid nabilone effectively reduced nightmares. Various studies have found that using marijuana before bed can produce increased sleepiness, changes in mood, memory impairment, and increased daytime sleep the following day. Lastly, marijuana may be best used as an occasional sleep aid. Overtime, chronic used of the medication becomes less effective, but at the same time stopping its use can further make sleep difficult.

There are pros and cons to using marijuana as a sleep aid. When choosing to use the medication, it is best to use in lower doses and infrequently. If you use the medical cannabis for sleep, be sure to keep track of it with our journaling function. That way, you can monitor the frequency and strength of your dose, while also keeping track of whether or not its benefits outweigh its negative side effects. This information has been provided in part by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer. This post does not represent an endorsement on behalf of Leaf Science for our product.

Can Marijuana Help With Back Pain?

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Marijuana’s analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties make it a potential candidate for reducing back pain. Currently, massages or chiropractic therapy, over-the-counter medications, and prescription medications like opioids are used to treat back pain. There are many clinical trials that suggest cannabis could be a powerful treatment option for pain reduction. One study found patients who inhaled vaporized cannabis three times a day over the course of five days significantly reduced their chronic pain. Another review of six clinical trials found “high quality” evidence that cannabis could provide powerful pain relief. One study found 34 patients with treatment-resistant chronic pain cannabis extracts significantly improved pain management. Indeed, most patients in the U.S. and Canada cite chronic pain as their main reason for using medical marijuana. Researchers believe cannabis is able to combat pain by interacting with the endocannabinoid system and blocking pain signals from being sent to the brain.

At a time when opioids are seemingly overprescribed and the opioid epidemic is rampant, medical marijuana is a welcomed player in pain management. One survey found 97% of participants successfully decreased their use of opioids thanks to marijuana. and 81% found cannabis was more effective on its own at treating their condition. Another survey found 63% of 166 respondents enrolled in Canada’s national medical cannabis system substituted prescriptions with cannabis, and 32% attributed their substitution to fewer side effects and better symptom management.

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Marijuana for Autism

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Autism is a developmental disability that may benefit from medical marijuana use. Although research surrounding medical cannabis for autism is lacking, interest is growing within the medical community, anecdotal evidence, and preclinical trials suggest medical marijuana may be able to help.

One 2017 study found the endocannabinoid system plays an important role in regulating neuroinflammation, something that would have a large impact on autism spectrum disorder. Researchers explain, “We postulate that modulation of the ES in ASD could prove a valuable tool to prevent or delay the progression of disease.” Because marijuana has the ability to interact with the endocannabinoid system and bind with its receptors, it could be a way to target the system and help those with autism. Another study found, specifically, that the CB2 receptor could be a potential target for pharmacological care for autism. Another study from Stanford University found altering the endocannabinoid system could contribute to autism pathophysiology. That said, these studies have been conducted on animal models, and so there should be caution before implementing medical marijuana as part of your treatment regimen until there ave been trials translating these effects to human models.

To try medical marijuana for autism, the dosing method is extremely important. Too large of a dose can exacerbate symptoms, while too little may not provide relief. Parents who have anecdotally attested to marijuana’s powers in autism treatment often start with high-CBD low-THC strains, and then titrate from there. Cannabis may also produce negative side effects in those with sub-diagnoses of autism that involve streptococcal infections and/or gastrointestinal and bacterial gut issues. Our journaling tool can make finding the right dose easy! With our app, you can enter the information of your dose, including the ratio of cannabinoids, the amount, how often you take it and the methods of intake, and then keep track of the results, so that you can monitor which combinations provide the best relief! Journaling daily is the most accurate way of keeping track of your regimen.

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All About Cannabinoids - Part 2

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In the previous post, we introduced the powerful chemicals in cannabis known as cannabinoids. Now, we will discuss in detail the unique properties found in cannabis.

Most people are aware of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is a cannabinoid that binds with the CB1 receptor in the brain and is responsible for producing the psychoactive effect of feeling “high.” THC is one of the more prevalent cannabinoids in marijuana, and it may be beneficial for patients who need to reduce nausea and vomiting, and pain. Although THC can offer therapeutic benefits, side effects include rapid heart rate, bloodshot eyes, dry mouth, dizziness, sedation, short-term memory, impaired concentration, and in severe cases, panic attack, hallucinations, and vomiting when consumed in large amounts. The other most well known cannabinoid is cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is popular for medicinal purposes because it does not produce a psychoactive effect, and can even buffer against the psychoactive effects of THC. CBD can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia, and most famously, pediatric epilepsy. It provides neuroprotective benefits and is known reduce pain and inflammation.

The cannabinoids cannabinol (CBN) is known for its antibacterial and analgesic properties, anticonvulsant and sedative effects, and appetite stimulation. Cannabichromene (CBC), like CBD, does not produce psychoactive effects. CBC acts as an analgesic, an antidepressant, and has antibacterial and antifungal properties. The cannabinoid could help treat those with acne or diarrhea. Cannabigerol (CBG) is a building block for all other cannabinoids, and it is known for providing pain relief, antifungal and antibacterial effects, reduce inflammation, and neuroprotective effects.

This concludes our short series on the cannabinoids in marijuana. To learn more, visit the Leaf Science website. This information has been approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

All About Cannabinoids - Part 1

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There are 113 known cannabinoids found in marijuana. Cannabinoids are the chemicals in marijuana that interact with cannabinoid receptors within the body’s endocannabinoid system in ways that mimic the body’s naturally produced endocannabinoids, which allows them to produce medicinal and recreational benefits. Because the endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating appetite, sleep, pain, mood, and memory, medical marijuana is capable of producing a wide range of therapeutic benefits. Most people are familiar with the two most popular and well known cannabinoids, THC and CBD, but there are so many more cannabinoids that also offer medicinal benefits. In the following post, we will discuss in more detail what makes these cannabinoids unique and powerful.

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Marijuana and Chronic Pain

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Medical marijuana is recognized for its analgesic properties, which makes it beneficial for those who suffer from chronic pain or other pain producing conditions, and which could have significant implications in the fight against the opioid epidemic. One study published in 2015 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that analyzed six trials involving a total of 325 patients with chronic pain and six trials involving 396 patients with neuropathic pain found both THC and CBD provided effective analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. Many find marijuana preferable to pharmaceutical medications because it is not only effective, but also has little habit-forming risk, has few side effects, and cannot cause a fatal overdose. States that have enacted medical marijuana laws have witnessed a 15-35% reduction in substance abuse admissions and opiate overdoses, according to public health records. Marijuana may provided an appropriate substitute for opioid medications and may also help with the withdrawal process from such medications.

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Marijuana And Sleep - Part 3

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In our previous post, we discussed the ways marijuana affects sleep and what to look for when beginning to use marijuana for sleep. While marijuana can provide a myriad of benefits as a sleep aid, patients should use caution when using marijuana, as there are negative effects to come with it as well. Chronic or daily use of marijuana can actually impact sleep in a negative way. In a 2016 study, daily marijuana users experienced higher rates of insomnia and sleep disturbances than occasional marijuana users. That said, the correlation between an increase in sleep disturbances and marijuana use has not been established, and it is uncertain as to whether or not marijuana increases sleep disturbances or as to whether or not those who suffer from sleep disturbances tend to used marijuana more frequently. Studies have found, however, that those who use marijuana early on in life are at greater risk of sleep disturbances later, and 42% of daily marijuana users experienced sleep disturbances upon withdrawal. Additionally, the sleep-inducing effects of marijuana may persist into the morning if used before bedtime.

As was mentioned in the last post, our app can help you keep track of your dosing regimen, so that you can keep track of what works and what doesn’t. This information has been provided in part by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer. This post does not represent an endorsement by Leaf Science for our app.

Marijuana And Sleep - Part 2.

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In our previous post, we discussed how marijuana can help those who suffer from sleep disturbances. In this post, we will continue our discussion by looking into how marijuana is able to do so.

Through the use of its cannabinoids, medical marijuana is able to provide sleep-related benefits by interacting with the endocannabinoid system, a bodily system responsible for regulating sleep. The cannabinoids can interact with receptors in the brain to influence the progression and duration of the sleep-wake cycle. THC reduces the amount of time one spends in the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of the sleep-wake cycle, which is the stage in which dreaming occurs. To the opposite effect, THC increases the duration of the slow-wave or deep sleep stage of the sleep-wake cycle. This stage is thought to play a vital role in the recuperation that results from a good night’s sleep.

When it comes to dosing marijuana for improved sleep quality, here are some things to be aware of. A strain containing a balanced cannabinoid composition is important for sleep therapy. The cannabinoid THC is known to aid in sleep, while CBD is actually an energizing and wake-promoting cannabinoid. That said, CBD can be helpful for those who want the benefits of THC without the psychoactive high as it acts as a buffer for some of these effects. The frequency of use is also important when it comes marijuana as a sleep aid; occasional use works well, but heavy or chronic use can actually have the opposite effect. To find the strain and frequency that work best for you, our app is a super helpful tool! Through journaling, you can enter the strain’s cannabinoid information and document how often you use it to figure out when marijuana helps and when it doesn’t.

While marijuana can help improve sleep, there are some things to be cautious of before beginning a medical marijuana regime. We will inform you of these in our following post. This information has been provided in part by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer. This post does not represent an endorsement for our app on behalf of Leaf Science.

Marijuana And Sleep - Part 1.

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Marijuana is beginning to gain notoriety as a sleep aid, helping those who struggle with sleep apnea and insomnia, and those who suffer from conditions like chronic pain and PTSD that are known to cause sleep disturbances. Even in healthy users, one 2013 study found volunteers who used marijuana had less difficulty falling asleep and it took a shorter amount of time to fall asleep. Another study from 1973 found THC reduced the amount of time insomniacs needed to fall asleep by over an hour. That said, proper dosing is important as too high of a dose could actually exacerbate symptoms. THC also could help those with sleep apnea by calming and stabilizing breathing. One study from 2013 found synthetic THC worked in a dose-dependent to improve breathing throughout the night in those who suffered from sleep apnea. THC was also found to help those who suffer from PTSD-related nightmares, and one study from 2009 found patients with PTSD slept longer, experienced higher quality sleep, and did not experience as many daytime flash backs the following day after synthetic THC administration. Lastly, chronic pain users attest to marijuana’s ability to improve their quality of sleep.

This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer. In the following post, we will continue our discussion by looking into the specifics on how marijuana is able to affect sleep.

Can Marijuana Help With Nausea?

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Marijuana has long been promoted as an antiemetic, making it a viable option for those seeking relief from nausea. The cannabinoid THC is cannabis’ main active ingredient responsible for providing nausea relief by interacting with cannabinoid receptors in the brain that manage nausea and vomiting.. In one study, healthy volunteers received ipecac, a substance that stimulates vomiting, alongside THC. It was found that THC significantly reduced symptoms of queasiness and vomiting.

The antiemetic benefits provided by medical marijuana make it desirable for cancer and AIDS patients who seek relief from the nauseating side effects of their traditional treatment regimens. One study found patients undergoing chemotherapy experienced an absence of nausea and vomiting through the use of cannabinoids, and reported it as preferable to other treatments. Another study analyzed 30 studies of more than 1300 patients and found cannabinoid-based medications were more effective than other antiemetics in treating side effects of chemotherapy. Studies have also found cannabis’ nausea relief can help AIDS patients continue with their antiretroviral treatments, and THC can help stimulate appetite to combat weight loss.

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10 Facts About Cannabidiol (CBD)

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Cannabidiol is one of the better understood cannabinoids of the over 113 known cannabinoids that exist in cannabis. It’s gaining in popularity for its ability to treat a wide range of conditions without producing psychoactive side effects, but how well do you know the cannabinoid? Let’s look at the facts!

Because CBD does not act on the same receptors as THC, it is able to provide a myriad of health benefits without producing the psychoactive high that marijuana is known for. This makes the cannabinoid appropriate for use in pediatric treatment and makes it desirable among health professionals and patients who want symptom relief without any side effects. According to the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, CBD is able to act as an antiemetic, anticonvulsant, antipsychotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-tumoral and anti-cancer, anxiolytic and antidepressant, and an analgesic.

Although CBD can provide all of these benefits, one of the strengths of cannabinoid is that it is able work alongside other cannabinoids and terpenes to provide maximum relief through what is known as the “entourage effect.” Through this, CBD can actually buffer against the negative side effects of THC, so that patients can experience the therapeutic benefits of that cannabinoid with less severe side effects. CBD’s safety profile is so high that people have even started using it to treat ailments in their pets. Depending on dosage, CBD can either increase wakefulness among users, or provide sedative effects that facilitate sleeping. Larger doses help people stay asleep longer, while small doses help stimulate energy and help people wake up.

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What Are The Medical Benefits of Marijuana? - Part 4.

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After having discussed so many way marijuana can be applicable in medicinal instances, it’s time we conclude our discussion.

Many people may be aware of short spurts of anxiety following marijuana use, but what they don’t know is that marijuana could actually improve anxiety long-term. The non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD, specifically, has been deemed as effective as approved anti-anxiety medications. Studies have found marijuana may manage the overactive immune system associated with lupus. This, as well as marijuana’s inherent anti-inflammatory properties, can help alleviate symptoms of pain and inflammation that coincide with the condition. Many patients have experienced relief from the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, however these results have proven inconsistent in what studies exist, and while the medication is well tolerated, some patients did not experience any relief at all. More research is desired.

Cannabinoids also help stimulate bone formation, prevent bone resorption, and prevent loss of bone mass making marijuana a potentially powerful player in therapy for osteoporosis. By reducing the side effects associated with Hepatitis C treatment regimens, marijuana use encourages patients to complete their treatments and helps lead patients to remission. Its stimulation of certain receptors may also improve treatment outcomes. Marijuana may also help those who suffer from severe headaches like migraines by reducing their frequency and severity. Lastly, researchers have discovered lower prevalence of diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in marijuana users. Marijuana users, in general, have lower insulin levels, smaller waists, are less likely to be obese.

This concludes our post on the many ways marijuana can treat a myriad of symptoms. Thanks for following along for the discussion! This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

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

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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.

What Are The Medical Benefits of Marijuana? - Part 2.

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In our previous post, we began to look at the conditions medical marijuana can help, but it doesn’t end there! Let’s continue that discussion now.

Medical marijuana may help those with inflammatory bowel disease, including conditions like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Marijuana may improve symptoms to the point of remission and can help patients ween off of traditional medications. Marijuana may also help those with Parkinson’s disease, and patients have experienced relief from tremor severity and pain symptoms. Surprisingly, marijuana may also help those with asthma. Because THC acts as a bronchodilator, it opens up the pathways of the lungs, reduces spasms, and prevents over-inflation of the lungs. Not surprisingly, marijuana is known to stimulate appetite, which can be extremely beneficial for patients suffering from conditions like AIDS and cancer, where appetite loss is a common symptom of the conditions and side effect of the disorders’ treatments. On the other hand, marijuana can also help combat obesity. Although it is able to increase appetite, marijuana is still associated with a smaller waistline and lower cholesterol in users than in non-users, and it has been found to better manage glucose levels.

As mentioned in the previous post in relation to cancer, medical marijuana is effective in the treatment of nausea and vomiting, and it can be so effective at treating this common side effect associated with chemotherapy and HIV/AIDS treatment regimens that it can allow patients to continue with these unpleasant treatments. Medical marijuana can also improved the recovery and survival rates of patients with traumatic brain injury. Similarly, researchers believe phytocannabinoids or synthetic cannabinoids could improve the outcomes of spinal cord injury, as well, due to the fact they have observed increases in the body’s natural endocannabinoid production following injury in an attempt to prevent damage.

Thanks for following up with today’s post on the medical benefits of medical marijuana. Still, there are so many more conditions where medical marijuana is useful! We’ll continue our discussion of more conditions in the next post. This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

What Are The Medical Benefits of Marijuana? - Part 1.

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Medical marijuana is now being touted for having a wide range of medicinal benefits that allow it to provide therapeutic relief for many different conditions. In this four part series, we will take an in depth look at many of the medical conditions it is capable of treating.

One of the most commonly cited and widely approved conditions for marijuana use is chronic pain. Marijuana is known for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective in reducing pain and providing relief for the conditions that cause it, like arthritis, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and migraines. Medical marijuana is also used for treating glaucoma, a condition that affects sight and can damage the optic nerve due to increased pressure in the eye. Studies have found marijuana decreases intraocular eye pressure by 25-30%, and scientists believe its neuroprotective properties could prevent the optic nerve from getting damaged. Medical marijuana may also help those suffering from liver disease. The cannabinoid CBD can prevent liver fibrosis, while THC may be able to help improve the symptoms associated with cholestatic liver disease.

Marijuana is also promoted as a hero for cancer patients, mainly for its ability to reduce the nausea and vomiting accompanying chemotherapy treatments. Even more exciting, in rodent models, THC and cannabinoids have been found to induce apoptosis in cancer cells without affecting healthy cells. In other rodent models, THC reduced tumor size. Contrary to what has long been claimed by prohibitionists about cannabis’ relationship to schizophrenia, studies have found non-psychoactive compounds like CBD may actually benefit psychosis. CBD is antipsychotic and generally well tolerated. But be careful, as THC may actually exacerbate symptoms. Lastly, recent clinical trials have found medical marijuana help those with multiple sclerosis by combatting muscle spasticity, reducing pain, and improving sleep quality.

That concludes today’s post on the medical benefits of medical marijuana, but there’s still so much more to discuss! Tune into the following post where we will look at more conditions where medical marijuana’s usage is applicable. This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

Discussing the Health Benefits of Marijuana - Part 3.

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It is now time to conclude our discussion of the health benefits of medical marijuana in the third post of our series.

While medical marijuana is know for its internal benefits, it can also benefit the body topically as well. Cannabinoids like THC and CBD have antioxidant properties that make them able to protect the body from oxidative stress, and thereby prevent skin damage and aging. Through vaping or using topical applications, medical marijuana can provide various skin benefits. There are now a wide range of products available to help women relieve the aches and pains that come along with menstruation. There aren’t many studies regarding cannabis and menstruation specifically, but women have been attesting to the benefits of the plant, and studies have found cannabis reduces nausea, relieves pain, and reduces muscle spasms, suggesting it could have powerful benefits for the symptoms that coincide with periods.

Marijuana has often been associated with unhealthy habits like increasing appetite and falling for cravings known as the “munchies.” Contrary to the belief that marijuana may cause weight gain, it may actually do the opposite and help users maintain a healthy weight. In one study, 13,000 adults who used marijuana consistently had smaller waists and 3% lower BMI than those who abstained, even in spite of their higher caloric consumption. Some researchers suggest marijuana may produce these results by helping our bodies digest blood sugar more quickly and efficiently. Marijuana may also help relieve the digestive system of disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This may be because marijuana can interact with the endocannabinoid system, which in turn can help treat the condition and control the movement of food within the gut.

This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer, and this concludes our post on the many ways marijuana may contribute to better overall health.

Discussing the Health Benefits of Marijuana - Part 2.

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In our last post, we began our discussion of the different health benefits of medical marijuana, but let’s continue and discover more ways the plant can enhance one’s life.

Although medical marijuana has garnered the reputation as a gateway drug by prohibitionists and anti-marijuana activists, studies have shown marijuana can actually help ween people off of those harmful and addictive substances. One study from 2009 found people used marijuana as a replacement for alcohol, prescription, and illegal drugs, mostly due to the fact that marijuana effectively manages health issues while producing few adverse side effects, and leaving little risk for withdrawal symptoms. This is an especially important benefit in light of the opioid epidemic currently ravaging the country. Not only is marijuana a healthy alternative to harmful substances like cigarettes, but it may even benefit the lungs and improve lung capacity. One study from the Journal of the American Medical Association involving 5000 participants over the course of 20 years linked marijuana users with a higher overall lung capacity than non-users. Additionally, marijuana’s ability to act as a bronchodilator makes it a powerful tool for asthma sufferers.

Medical marijuana also acts as a sleep aid for those who suffer with insomnia or other sleep disorders. Studies have found THC reduces the time it needed to fall asleep in healthy volunteers and insomniacs, so consuming marijuana prior to sleeping can help induce sleep. That said, some studies suggest cannabis can interfere with the deeper stages of sleep where dreaming occurs, known as REM sleep. Another use for medical marijuana is in enhancing sexual health. One study from 2017 found small doses of marijuana increases sexual drive and libido, and consumers report it increases orgasms and sexual enjoyment. That said, consumers shouldn’t go overboard: some studies have linked heavy long-term use to negative side effects like lack of sexual interest, erectile dysfunction, and reduced testosterone levels.

Stay tuned for the third and final installment of our discussion on the overall health benefits of medical marijuana. This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

Discussing the Health Benefits of Marijuana - Part 1.

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As research surrounding medical marijuana increases, we are becoming more aware of the various conditions it is capable of treating. Additionally, medical marijuana can provide a myriad of health benefits to contribute to an improved quality of daily life. In this three part series, we will discuss the many ways medical marijuana can therapeutically enhance one’s health.

One of the ways medical marijuana is therapeutically beneficial is through its ability to reduce stress and anxiety. Although THC can increase anxiety under certain circumstances, new evidence suggests medical marijuana can actually relieve stress. In our previous post, we discussed how medical marijuana provided stress relief and buffered against heightened levels of cortisol in stressful situations. Another study from Canada found 40% of medical marijuana patients prescribed benzodiazepines for anxiety were able to cease use of their pharmaceutical medications within 90 days of beginning a cannabis regimen. Medical marijuana can also enhance one’s mood by increasing the release of dopamine neurons in the pleasure center of the brain.

Follow up with our next post, where we will continue our discussion of how medical marijuana can provide therapeutic health benefits in different aspects of one’s life. This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

The Science and Benefits of Terpenes - Part 2

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We will followup our previous post that provided a brief overview of cannabis terpenes by going into a deeper discussion of the major cannabinoids found in cannabis and seeing how they can contribute to your medical marijuana regimen. One of the terpenes found in cannabis is myrcene, which can be identified by spicy and woody tastes and scents with just a hint of citrus. Myrcene may provide anti-inflammatory relief, pain relief, and sedation, while also inducing sleep and providing muscle relaxation. Pinene is a woody and earthy terpene reminiscent of pine. It can provide antibacterial effects, act as an analgesic and a bronchodilator, reduce inflammation, and support memory.

Another cannabis terpene is limonene, which is known for its citrus, lemon, and orange profile. Limonene can enhance mood and relaxation, reduce anxiety and depression, and produce anticancer and anti-inflammatory effects. Terpinolene is a sedative and relaxing terpene, which can also act as an antibacterial and antioxidant agent, and can be identified by its woody, sweet, pine, and citrus profile. Caryophyllene is known for its peppery spicy, woody, and clove profile. It acts as an analgesic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent, while also reducing anxiety and depression. Lastly, linalool is a floral, woody, and spicy terpene which can help reduce inflammation and pain, and induce sedation and relaxation.

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The Science and Benefits of Terpenes - Part 1

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In this two part series, we will talk about cannabis terpenes and discuss how they might be a powerful actor to consider in your medical marijuana regimen. Terpenes are generally known for their contribution to the flavor and scent of different plants, including cannabis. In fact, there have been over 200 terpenes identified in cannabis. But while people are generally focused on cannabinoids for therapeutic relief, they often don’t realize that terpenes can be a powerful component for relief as well. Researchers have found terpenes may reduce inflammation, relief pain, and act as a sleep aid.

Terpenes can work alone, while also enhancing the effects of cannabinoids by influencing when and how they activate their receptors. They can also bind with cannabinoid receptors to buffer against some of the more intense effects of cannabinoids, preventing THC from producing anxiety and depression while enhancing its benefits. To enjoy the benefits of terpenes, patients should opt for vaporization or using live resin. This is because of the fact terpenes can become damaged as a result of coming into contact with direct heat through combustion.

Now that we have discussed a brief overview of cannabis terpenes, we will continue our discussion in the following post by examining the major terpenes found in cannabis, and reveal how they may be powerful agents in your therapeutic regimen. This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.