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Does CBD Help Cure Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that affects 4 million people in the United States. The Hepatitis C virus (HCV) can cause liver failure, liver cirrhosis, and sometimes cancer. People usually get the disease from sharing needles during drug use, having sexual contact with someone who has the virus, and using unsanitary medical equipment.   Most patients don’t even realize they have Hepatitis C until it’s too late. The disease is asymptomatic meaning there are no initial symptoms, that is, until the damage is done. People with Hepatitis C tend to experience fatigue, nausea, aches, and gloomy moods. Studies are showing that cannabis can help with the treatment of this viral disease.   Current Hepatitis C Treatment   Interferon is...

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The Detrimental Effect of Misleading Marijuana Packaging

Medical marijuana continues to be a divisive issue, but research shows that it can treat a variety of diseases including fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, seizure disorders, nausea, appetite problems, depression, anxiety and more. One issue lies in protecting medical patients who find relief with medical marijuana. Protection must also be extended to unsuspecting adults and children who may mistake medical marijuana products for regular food. Unfortunately, minimal regulation and standards in marijuana packaging make it difficult to know what you’re buying and consuming. The best way to protect yourself and ensure that you are purchasing pure and clean marijuana is to buy from a trusted grower that tests their products through an independent laboratory. Only then can you ensure...

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Can Heavy Marijuana Usage Lead To Kidney Failure?

Researchers think they may have found a link between chronic marijuana use and kidney failure. The first case of Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS) was reported by an Australian clinical study in 2004 with even more cases showing up in states that adopted medical and recreational marijuana laws. While the link between heavy marijuana use and renal failure seems strong, a more probable cause can be attributed to the rise of pesticide use in marijuana production. What is Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome? People with CHS typically report chronic bouts of nausea, frequent vomiting, and intense abdominal pain. The visceral pain and dehydration can eventually lead to acute kidney failure, at worse. The only known treatment for these symptoms is a hot bath/shower,...

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The Connection Between Cannabis & Our Endocannabinoid System

Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until recently that we started to learn how cannabis’ active compounds interact with our body. Our bodies have evolved to naturally produce similar chemical compounds to the ones found in cannabis. These naturally-produced chemical compounds then bind to our endocannabinoid system which helps regulate memory, appetite, immune system, sleep, thermoregulation, and much more.   What is the Endocannabinoid System?   The endocannabinoid system in our bodies is a large network of cell receptors that regulate our biological responses and maintain “homeostasis.” Essentially, the system keeps our body’s internal processes in order, despite external stimuli. Any flaws in this complex and interdependent system can lead to problems...

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How Medical Marijuana Is Helping Treat Opioid Addiction

Opioid addiction is an unrelenting illness that seems impossible to overcome. In fact, since 1999, opioid deaths have quadrupled. To put things in perspective, 44 people die of opioid addiction every single day; 78 if you include heroin. On top of that, 7,000 people are treated daily in the emergency room due to opioid abuse. Opioid drugs are developed from the opium poppy or a synthetic version of it like hydrocodone, morphine, oxycodone, and heroin. The problem with using these drugs to treat chronic pain is that people begin to build up a tolerance and need more of the drug to feel the same pain-relieving effects. The result can lead to an insidious addiction for people who simply want to...

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