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MMJ and MS: How Cannabis helps alleviate the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is a neurological “autoimmune” disease of the central nervous system in which the bodies immune system attacks its own nerve cells damaging their ability to function and eventually destroying them. Depending on the location and severity of the damage, the symptoms of MS vary widely but include life altering disabilities such as: loss of balance and coordination, blurred vision and vison loss, slurred speech, hearing loss, difficulty reasoning, muscle weakness, numbness and pain. The reason the immune system attacks its own nerve cells is not yet understood, but the mechanism is well known. White Blood Cells designed to fight disease mistakenly target the protective Myelin sheath surrounding each neuron incorrectly attacking it as a foreign body....

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Cannabis Opioid Replacement Therapy: A Case Study in how Medical Marijuana can solve the Opioid epidemic.

“Our nation is in crisis. Our citizens are dying.” The White House Commission on Combating the Opioid Crisis stated this last year in an interim report to the President in which they urged him to declare a National Emergency to fight the growing Prescription Opioid epidemic. The statistics are staggering: Two million Americans addicted, Opioid overdoses have quadrupled accounting for over 60% of overdose deaths, and current estimates show that on average 142 Americans die every day. While over prescribing and lack of proper warning have exacerbated the problem, the cause of this crisis is the addictive properties and dangerous side effects of the Opioids themselves. Medical Marijuana is effective in treating pain, and because it is non-addictive and has...

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What is Microdosing Cannabis and what are the benefits?

Everyone has, at some point, been exposed to the onslaught of advertising from Big Pharma touting the benefits of taking a daily, low-dose, baby Aspirin. For good reason, too. 81 milligrams of Aspirin a day, about a quarter of the 325 mg Adult Dose, has proven therapeutic benefits in heart and stroke prevention. Millions of people take a baby Aspirin everyday as part of a heart healthy lifestyle, which means millions of people essentially Microdose Aspirin everyday. Microdosing is simply the intake of a very small amount of a drug over a long, scheduled period of time to receive the benefits of that drug while limiting its adverse side effects. Microdosing and Cannabis Unfortunately, Microdosing has recently become associated with...

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Medical Marijuana Benefits For HIV Patients

HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is spreadable through bodily fluids and attacks the immune system’s “T cells.” Through progressive damage, immune system’s are weakened making it more susceptible to infections and diseases. If left untreated, HIV can progress into AIDS, or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, and is more vulnerable to common diseases that can be fatal. Side effects of AIDS and HIV treatments can drastically diminish one’s quality of life. Cannabis for AIDS patients has been a popular treatment for chronic neuropathic pain related to HIV. The debate on marijuana and HIV persists, but continues to help many HIV patients. Furthermore, marijuana can increase appetite to stave off weight and muscle loss. Since cannabis has no negative effect on the immune...

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Medical Marijuana Benefits for Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome (RLS), sometimes referred to as Willis-Ekbom Disease, is characterized by a “pins and needles” sensation in the legs and an irresistible urge to move them. Many who suffer from RLS find that these symptoms worsen in the evening, especially when they attempt to fall asleep. Apart from lifestyle changes, iron supplements, anti-seizure drugs, and other pharmaceutical medications for RLS, medical marijuana can be an effective alternative for RLS pain management. Although illegal on a federal level, patients in California can get their medical marijuana card online to treat their RLS symptoms in a private and efficient manner. Better Sleep RLS symptoms seem to worsen when someone is sitting or laying down for extended periods of time. These...

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