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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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The Continuing Problem of Pesticides in Marijuana: Why certified Vegan and Organic Cannabis products are the only safe and healthy choice.

Bifenazate is used to control mites and other pests on a variety of crops and ornamental plants. Avermectins control parasitic worms and other insects. Bifenthrin, Carbaryl, Malathion are all different types of insecticides regulated for agricultural use. Myclobutanil is a fungus killer that is the active ingredient in Eagle20, which this blog has mentioned before. All these chemicals have a few things in common: they are all powerful pesticides, they are all harmful to humans in varying degrees, and they are all being found in Cannabis. What are the harmful effects of inhaling Pesticide residue from Cannabis? The honest answer is no one really knows. Since the Federal Government classifies Marijuana as a Schedule I narcotic, the academic study of...

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How Nationally Legalized Medical Marijuana would save thousands of lives a year.

The use of Medical Marijuana in States that allow access is responsible for preventing thousands of premature deaths according to a study by Dr. Thomas M. Clark of the University of Indiana. The Chair of the Schools Biology Department, Dr. Clark undertook an intensive systematic review of all studies published since 2000 that involved the effect of marijuana on mortality and found that not only is “Cannabis use associated with substantial decrease in death rate”, but also “the results strongly support the hypothesis that Cannabis use is associated with improved survival.” The study concludes that National Medical Cannabis prohibition and the resulting denial of access to Cannabis therapies is actually a major cause of premature death in the United States....

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Why is it high time for the U.S. Federal Government to reschedule Marijuana?

Forty-eight years ago, Congress passed The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act regulating substances into five categories called “Schedules” based upon their medical benefits and their possibilities for harmful abuse. Since that time, Marijuana has been listed as a “Schedule 1” drug. This means that, according to the United Stated Federal Government, Marijuana has no known medical benefits and such a high risk for abuse that physicians are prohibited from prescribing it. The Federal Government considers Marijuana to be as medically useless and as harmful as drugs such as heroin, LSD, and MDMA. At the same time, it classifies more addictive substances like morphine, cocaine, and opioids like Oxycontin lower and with less restrictions. It is because of this...

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