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Beginner's Guide to Medical Marijuana

When it comes to medical marijuana, there are two main types of strain categories that make choosing your specific one easy. If you’re looking for a daytime high with uplifting qualities, then sativa is right for you. If you’re in search of a body high that can relieve your pain and inflammation, then indica might be your best choice. Marijuana breeders have also developed hybrids of sativa and indica strains to produce a mix of these pain relieving and euphoric effects. Cannabinoids and Terpenes All marijuana strains contain cannabinoids and terpenes, the medicinal chemical compounds that are activated through a process called decarboxylation. Decarboxylation happens when you heat your cannabis plant in a joint or through any other method. Heat...

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How Does Medical Marijuana Help Alleviate Pain?

Pain is your brain’s way of telling you that something is wrong. Painful sensations can range from dull and chronic pain to sharp and acute pain and everywhere in between. If you suffer from constant migraines, painful menstrual cycles, muscle spasms, neuropathic pain, or cancer-related pain, medical marijuana can be an effective pain aid. Medical Marijuana vs. Prescription Pain Medication Current medications like over-the-counter pain relievers or prescription medication like opiates can help block the pain signals sent from the brain, but come with potential negative side effects. For those who seek consistent and long-term pain relief, these medications can cause organ damage, dependence, addiction, or worse. Chronic cannabis use, however, causes very mild side effects, if any. Cannabis, whether...

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Therapeutic Uses for Cannabis: Prostate & Breast Cancer

With more than 40,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer and 180,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer, cannabis treatment can decrease the size and effects of the tumor, while making conventional treatment even more efficient. Cancer doesn’t solely express itself with tumor growth. Other symptoms like nausea, anxiety, and pain can also be treated with cannabis. Patients with late diagnoses have seen remission by treating their cancer with THC and CBD oil along with a proper nutrition. In a purified and organic form, these cannabinoids can attach to cancerous cells and switch off their ability to grow. CBDA Reduces Tumor Size and Growth Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA) is the acidic version of CBD. This potent cannabinoid inhibits MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells. CBD,...

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Neuro-Protective Properties of Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant have shown tremendous potential in protecting neurons in the brain and even promote brain cell growth. Especially in people who have suffered severe brain damage or an ischemic stroke, cannabis can help mitigate the after-effects of such a disruptive and damaging injury to the brain. Whether it’s alcohol-induced brain damage or stroke, cannabinoids can provide neuro-protective properties for all.   Cannabinoids Promote Healthy Brain Function Our brain may be a small part of our body, but it receives up to 15-20 percent of our blood supply. If blood supply to the brain is cut off, neuron cells could die. After a brain injury, the secondary effects (like inflammation and blood constriction) begin to take...

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Why You Should Trade in Your Ibuprofen for Marijuana

Ibuprofen is a type of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication under a larger umbrella of medications referred to as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Other NSAIDs include aspirin and prescription-only naproxen, celecoxib, diclofenac, etodolac, and ketoprofen. While these medication are easily accessible, they can create adverse side effects. With so many people (up to 70 million prescriptions per year) using NSAIDs for long-term pain relief, cannabis can be an alternative that limits the damage caused by regular ibuprofen use. How Do NSAIDs Work? NSAIDs block Cox-1 and Cox-2 enzymes which are responsible for producing prostaglandins, hormones that are released after an injury. Prostaglandins are responsible for making damaged tissue swell which causes pain. Cox-1 enzymes signal for blood clotting in your stomach and...

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