American Legion Says One in Five Veterans Use Marijuana To Alleviate A Medical Or Physical Condition

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The American Legion recently conducted a poll revealing one in five US Service Veterans use medical marijuana to provide relief for symptoms related to medical or physical conditions. Other notable data points include 81% of respondents who support federally regulated treatment, 60% of respondents did not live in states where medical marijuana is available, and that support for legal medical cannabis was not tied to political affiliations (across, the board, between 70-88% supported federally legalized medical cannabis regardless of political views). Of the respondents aged 18-30 years old, 100% supported federally legalized medical cannabis.

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CBD for Back Pain

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Cannabidiol (CBD) is a powerful analgesic that could provided relief for those who suffer from back pain. While the severity of back pain has a wide range, it is one of the most common ailments people suffer, with 80% of adults experiencing back pain at least once in their lives. Research has found CBD provides pain relief by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), a system responsible for regulating pain and immune response, among other things. CBD can also relieve neuropathic pain by encouraging the release of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter responsible for regulating pain processing. CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties make it effective in treating a wide variety of pain. Cannabidiol can elicit these analgesic effects without producing unwanted negative side effects, which many find preferable to pharmaceutical medications. CBD has been found effective for treating pain both on its own and in mixtures containing both CBD and THC. Although studies for CBD and back pain are not explicit, its powers to treat other types of pain suggest it could be an effective treatment option for those who suffer from the condition.

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Research of Medical Marijuana Use in Illinois, Published and Peer-Reviewed

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A new open-ended interview based study from researchers at DePaul and Rush Universities in Illinois, suggests medical marijuana may supplement or replace pharmaceutical medications. The researchers interviewed 30 daily medical marijuana users with a mean age of 44 in Illinois, and then sifted through the data to find patterns and themes throughout medical marijuana patients in the state. The patients all suffered from conditions approved by the state for medical marijuana use, which include rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, spinal cord injury/disease, and cancer. Patients either used medical marijuana as an alternative to prescription or over-the-counter medications, as a way to wean off current medications, or as a supplement to their treatment regimen.

Authors write, “Motives reported for reducing or eliminating prescription medications included concerns regarding toxicity, dependence, and tolerance, and perceptions that [medical cannabis] improves management of certain symptoms and has quicker action and longer lasting effects... Legal access to cannabis may reduce the use of multiple classes of dangerous prescription medications in certain patient populations… [A] shift from prescriptions for other scheduled drugs to cannabis may result in less frequent interactions with our conventional healthcare system and potentially improved patient health.”

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The Differences Between THC and CBD

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Of the more than 100 cannabinoids found in marijuana, the cannabinoids most commonly associated with the plant are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). These cannabinoids interact with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), a system which is known to regulate pain, appetite, mood, memory, immune response, sleep, and cellular level life cycles. THC will bind directly to CB1 and CB2 receptors in the ECS, with a higher affinity for CB1 receptors, while CBD acts as an indirect antagonist of cannabinoid receptor agonists, and even binds with non-cannabinoid receptors.

Many medical marijuana patients opt for CBD in their routines due to the fact it does not produce psychoactive or euphoric effects like THC. In fact, for those who desire the therapeutic relief that THC offers, CBD can actually buffer against its psychoactive effects, so that the patient can experience symptom relief without unwanted side effects. THC may produce side effects like memory impairment, lowered reaction time, increased heart rate, coordination problems, dry mouth, and red eye. One can’t overdose from THC, but adolescence who consume high amounts of THC may experience long-term psychiatric side effects. CBD, on the other hand, is considered all around well-tolerated and safe, and the only potential mild side effects include dry mouth, light-headedness, and drowsiness. Producers can produce medical marijuana strains with different cannabinoid compositions tailored to the specific needs of patients. That said, many marijuana strains, especially in today’s world of high potency marijuana, contain higher amounts of THC while hemp contains very little THC and strong concentrations of CBD.

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CBD And Its Effects On The Human Body

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Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the more prominent and well known cannabinoids in cannabis. Many patients find CBD preferable for its ability to enhance health and wellness without producing the psychoactive high associated with THC and cannabis. To produce therapeutic benefits, CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating mood, memory, appetite, pain, immune response, and temperature. Many scientists believe that CBD works best synergistically alongside other cannabinoids and terpenes, even in trace amounts, in what is known as the entourage effect. The amount of time it takes for CBD to begin to take effect is fully dependent on the dose, the vehicle of administration, and other factors that influence the rate of absorption. This can range from minutes to hours. When CBD is ingested, it must be digested before taking effect. Sublingual absorption, however, allows the cannabinoid to bypass digestion and take effect faster. Vaping CBD oil takes effect almost immediately because it is absorbed through the lungs’ alveoli. Topical applications allow for targeted and localized relief that does not rely on entering the blood stream.

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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.

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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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Parkinson’s Patients Report Long-Term Benefits from Medical Marijuana

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Researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel have found patients with Parkinson’s disease who use medical marijuana daily may experience long-term therapeutic. The retrospective assessment, which was published in Clinical Neuropharmacology, assessed the effects of daily cannabis use over the course of several months in 47 patients who suffered from the condition. Eighty-two percent of the patients experienced improved overall symptoms, specifically regarding reductions in pain, stiffness, tremors, and the likelihood of falling, while also experiencing improvements in mood and quality of sleep. Authors write, “[T]he results of our study demonstrate that most of the users had found MC (medical cannabis) to improve their condition, and that MC treatment was safe, without major side effects.”

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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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Is It Safe To Take CBD Oil?w

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Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid praised for its ability to treat a myriad of symptoms while being well tolerated and producing few side effects. The cannabinoid is recognized for its high safety profile, but what exactly does that mean?

CBD is recognized as safe because it is non-toxic for humans and animals, even when administered in high doses, making it next to impossible to overdose on the cannabinoid. One study from the Department of Clinical, Toxicological and Food Sciences Analysis at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, found even doses as high as 1,500 mg/day of CBD were well tolerated. Unlike the cannabinoid THC, CBD is non-psychoactive, making it applicable in treatment regimens where patients desire relief without feeling “high.” CBD also produces few side effects that are generally considered to be mild. Some of these include dry mouth, low blood pressure, wakefulness (except when taken in high doses, in which drowsiness can occur), and inhibition of hepatic drug metabolism, which means it can interfere with the metabolization of certain pharmaceutical medications.

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Study: Minors With Seizures, Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea May Benefit From Cannabis

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A new study from Harvard’s Department of Psychiatry suggests medical marijuana may be able to help children and teenagers who suffer from seizures or chemotherapy-induced nausea. In the meta-analysis, which looked through 22 studies involving medical marijuana administration to children and teens, it was found THC improved nausea and vomiting in young chemotherapy patients, and CBD helped reduce seizures. Researchers point to proper dosing in order to avoid concerns that cannabis could hinder motor skills and memory function or produce psychoactive effects. Lead author Dr. Shane Shucheng explains, “Our research supports the AAP’s concerns that cannabis can be harmful to children’s brains… Studies of children and adolescents who use recreational cannabis, particularly frequent use of high potency cannabis over longer periods of time, suggest negative effects on learning, memory, attention, and problem-solving ability.”

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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.

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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.

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Marijuana Can Help Children with Seizures, Cancer Nausea

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A new study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests medical marijuana can treat seizures and reduce chemotherapy-related nausea in adolescents. The study analyzed 22 studies related to the use of marijuana as a therapy for children and young adults, and found THC improved nausea and vomiting in young patients undergoing chemotherapy, which CBD was beneficial for treating seizures. This information is especially welcomed for children who have not responded well to other treatment options. While cannabis was seen as beneficial for young patients suffering cancer or epilepsy, the review did not find promising information regarding its use in pediatrics for the treatment of neuropathic pain, PTSD, and Tourette’s syndrome.

On the other hand, the review found cannabis may present certain harms for young patients, and one of the study’s lead authors, Dr. Shane Shucheng Wong, explains, “Our research supports the AAP’s concerns that cannabis can be harmful to children’s brains… Studies of children and adolescents who use recreational cannabis, particularly frequent use of high potency cannabis over longer periods of time, suggest negative effects on learning, memory, attention, and problem-solving ability.” Because of this, there should be extra care in following proper dosing guidelines. That’s where our CannaBest Medical smartphone app can be extra useful! With it, you can keep track of the amount of cannabis used, the frequency of its use, the cannabinoid composition, and the preferred vehicle for administration, so that you can discover the most appropriate treatment regimen. Journal daily for the most accurate results.

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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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More Medical Marijuana Could Help Cut Down On Narcotics

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A recent study has found medical marijuana can help fight the narcotics epidemic by reducing the need for pharmaceutical medications. According to the study, which looked at prescriptions filled by Medicare Part D enrollees between 2010 and 2013, prescriptions for which marijuana could serve as an appropriate substitution fell drastically. Most notable is cannabis’ ability to alleviate pain, which in turn can make a substantial dent in the need for expensive pain management medications that have the potential of producing negative side effects. In states that have legalized medical marijuana, the number of prescriptions for different medications, but most notably pain medications, have decreased.

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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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Study: Cannabis Use Inversely Associated With Fatty Liver Disease

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Data published in PLoS One suggests adults who have used marijuana face a lower risk of suffering from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) than those who have not. Using a samily size of 22,000 adults, researchers from Stanford University in California and Seoul National University College of Medicine in South Korea assessed the relationship between marijuana use and NAFLD, and found cannabis use independently predicted lower risks of the condition, and that the effect was dose-dependent. This information supports the findings from previous studies. Researchers concluded, “Active marijuana use provided a protective effect against NAFLD independent of known metabolic risk factors… [W]e conclude that current marijuana use may favorably impact the pathogenesis of NAFLD in US adults.”

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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.