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Medical Cannabis for Pain & Migraines

The pain of a migraine headache is so awful that no person suffering from one would wish it upon their own enemy. Both environmental factors and genetics are thought to play a role in migraines, which are believed to be triggered by changes in one of the body’s major pain pathways, the trigeminal nerve. Imbalanced brain chemicals may also contribute to migraine pain. So how does medical cannabis come into the picture? Medical cannabis for migraines continues to be debated by health experts, however many sufferers sing marijuana’s praises for the relief it brings. Medical cannabis is used for the treatment of both acute and chronic pain, including migraines, as the drug has been used for centuries as a health...

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Why are New York Times Reporters So Dumb About Cannabis?

The movement to legalize marijuana, the country’s most popular illicit drug, will take a giant leap on Election Day if California and four other states vote to allow recreational cannabis, as polls suggest they may.    – “Election May Be a Turning Point for Legal Marijuana,” The New York Times, Oct 24, 2016 The headline above Thomas Fuller’s page-one piece in yesterday’s New York Times offered hope to legalization advocates, but the article itself ended up being poorly reported on so many levels that it left me nothing but frustrated and grouchy.

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How Does Cannabis Consumption Affect Insomnia

Many people find it challenging to fall asleep or stay asleep, dealing with the nuisance of insomnia everyday. Thankfully, medical cannabis is widely regarded as a wonderful treatment for insomnia, as it provides the much-needed relief. So how does consumption of medical cannabis affect insomnia? Falling Asleep Is Easier  Consumption of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), aka one of the main chemicals in cannabis, is linked to falling asleep easily. This topic was the subject of a 1973 study, as well as a 2013 study that confirmed earlier findings. Deeper Sleep Topical Medical cannabis is linked to deeper sleep, as THC is believed to increase the brain’s amount of slow-wave sleep. Slow-wave sleep is deep sleep, and lack of it is thought to...

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