Do you have trouble falling and/or staying asleep at night? According to the United States Institute of Health, nearly 70 million Americans suffer from different sleep disorders. A large portion of these people treat their conditions with prescription medication, but these drugs can create more problems than solutions. For this reason, we’ve made a list of the most common sleep disorders that you can treat with medical marijuana.
Sleep Disorders that You Can Treat with Medical Marijuana
1. Sleep Apnea
This is a quite common condition that causes the person to stop breathing for up to 30 seconds at a time. Sleep Apnea interrupts the body’s oxygen flow, causing you to feel groggy and unfocused the following day. Medical Marijuana can actually reduce sleep apnea in the short-term. Furthermore, there are no negative side effects associated with the treatment.
Some of the most common symptoms of Insomnia include: difficulty falling and/or staying asleep, drowsiness, irritability, anxiety, depression, forgetfulness, trouble focusing, and increased accidents/errors. CBD can treat Insomnia and it’s symptoms. Studies looking into THC as treatment for Insomnia are ongoing, however, researchers believe it may have negative effects on sleep if used long term.
3. REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
This rare condition can cause you to act out your dreams while you sleep. People that suffer from this disorder will move, walk, or even have a conversation while they’re sleeping. According to researchers at the University of Sao Paulo, CBD has proven itself to be quite an effective method for treating the symptoms associated with this disorder.
This condition will cause the sufferer to feel extremely sleepy during the day, even after a nap or a full night’s sleep. Patients diagnosed with this disorder can possibly find relief with medical cannabis, as certain strains of the plant will boost alertness, stimulate the mind, and regulate the sleep-wake cycle.
5. Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
This condition causes you to experience irresistible urges to move your legs. These urges usually occur when in the sitting or lying position, which is why it manifests itself at night time. It’s no surprise that this condition can greatly reduce the quality of your sleep. Studies on cannabis treating RLS are still on going, however current results are quite promising. An investigation that was published in Sleep Medicine, found that medical marijuana effectively treated RLS symptoms in 6 patients.
If you suffer from any of the conditions mentioned above, or believe that you may suffer from any other illness that medical marijuana may be able to treat, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule a free consultation online, today.
Have you ever found yourself wondering where marijuana gets all of its incredible medicinal properties from? While cannabinoids like THC and CBD have a lot to do with it, there’s also another extremely important element involved, called terpenes. In this article, you’re going to discover what terpenes are and why it’s so important to know your terpenes.
What are Terpenes?
First and foremost, terpenes are the aromatic oils that provide marijuana with its highly unique scent. There are more than 100 of them that can be found in the cannabis plant alone. Pretty much any plant or fruit that you can think of contain terpenes. They’re what make citrus smell like citrus, mint smell like mint, and so on!
Terpenes change more than just the smell of marijuana, they also provide each strain with it’s own unique physiologic effects. Furthermore, each strain contains different combinations of terpenes (and cannabinoids.) It is highly recommended that if possible, you smell the different strains before you purchase them. The scents that appeal to you most, may very well be able to treat your symptoms the best.
Below you will find the most commonly found, beneficial terpenes, as well as their scent and potential physiologic effects. This will come in extremely handy if you are unable to smell the different strains while at the dispensary. Knowing what to look for, what appeals to you, and what doesn’t will help you get the relief that you need.
Most Beneficial Terpenes
This first terpene may smell slightly sour, like mango or citrus, or even a bit like hops. Myrcene can act as a sedative, anti-inflammatory agent, muscle relaxant, and pain reliever.
It’s no surprise that Limonene will smell citrusy, like lemon, orange, or grapefruit. It can also smell like bergamot, which is a peppery scent. Limonene can act as a relaxant, anti-anxiety, anti-cancer, anti-nausea, or an anti-depressant agent.
This terpene smells extremely earthy, like pepper, clove, spice, or wood. It can act as an anti-inflammatory, sedative, or anti-nausea medication.
Linalool is going to smell floral, like flowers, sage, and hops. It will act as an anti-anxiety, anti-convulsant, sedative, and pain-reliever.
This terpene comes with a sharp, fresh, pine scent. It can help you focus, be more alert, and have a better memory. Pinene is also an anti-inflammatory.
Pulegone is a minty, icy, cooling and refreshing terpene! It has memory enhancing capabilities and can also act as a sedative and chest decongestant.
Eucalyptol is another earthy one. It carries scents of spice, woods, camphor, rosemary, but can also be quite refreshing. This terpene is another memory-enhancer, and is also alerting, stimulating, and can be used as a sinus decongestant.
Last but not least, nerolidol is flowery and woodsy. It is anti-anxiety, as well as relaxing and sedating.
Now that you know your terpenes, you’ll know what to look for when you walk into the dispensary. Of course, there will usually be bud tenders that can help answer any questions that you may have. It may take time to find the right strain to treat your symptoms. The good news is that marijuana is all-natural, meaning that trying different strains is not harmful. You may be surprised with the scents that stick out to you!
If you’ve been diagnosed with depression, your doctor has probably written you a prescription for an antidepressant. The problem is, many of these drugs can produce some seriously negative side effects. While you never want to stop using a prescribed medication without the green light from a medical professional, you may want to consider treating your depression with medical marijuana, instead.
Don’t get us wrong, antidepressants can be helpful and extremely beneficial to some. For others, however, the side effects can make symptoms (and depression) worse. In this article, we’re going to go over the benefits and side effects of commonly prescribed antidepressants and medical marijuana.
Commonly Prescribed Antidepressants
Some of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants include Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil. When you suffer from depression, you have an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. These chemicals are called neurotransmitters, and are responsible for mood and emotions. Antidepressants will get these chemicals back into a healthy balance.
Potential Side Effects
The common side effects often associated with antidepressants can include:
Increase in Appetite
Loss of Libido
Severe side effects of prescription antidepressants include:
Serotonin Syndrome (dangerously high levels of Serotonin in the brain.) This can result in side effects including but not limited to high fever, seizures, irregular heart beat, unconsciousness, and death.
Hyponatremia (dangerously low levels of sodium in the blood.) This can result in fatigue, psychosis, seizures, disorientation, agitation, coma, and death.
Mania including racing thoughts, extreme moods, impulsive behavior, sleeping disorders, grandiose thinking, and irritability.
Treating Your Depression with Medical Marijuana, Instead
How does marijuana treat depression? It’s actually extremely similar to how antidepressant medication works. Medical marijuana restores the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain, which improves mood and levels out emotions.
Potential Side Effects of Marijuana
Common side effects of Marijuana (with THC**) include:
Nausea & vomiting
Loss of libido
Dry or red eyes
Impaired mental functioning
**CBD, the non-psychoactive medical component of marijuana, has no known side effects.
While most people will not experience the following side effects of medical marijuana as they are extremely rare, it is important to note them as a possibility. AGAIN, all of these rare side effects are associated with THC, not CBD:
High/Low Blood pressure
Lung Issues (if smoked AND you suffer from a respiratory disorder)
While it may seem as though both of these options carry quite a few potential side effects, marijuana definitely has a leg up on the competition. First, developing serious side effects from antidepressants is way more likely than developing those associated with medical marijuana. Second, because marijuana is all-natural, you cannot overdose on it. Marijuana has never killed anyone. Antidepressants, on the other hand, can be overdosed as well as cause death.
Using the right strain and dose of marijuana will help your depression symptoms, using “too much” marijuana will result in experiencing one or more of the common side effects. When it comes down to it, medical marijuana is a much safer (and potentially more beneficial) option.
There are several reasons that you may need to detox from marijuana, but there are two that stand out above the rest. If your work requires you to submit to random drug tests, or if you simply want to take a tolerance break, knowing how to naturally detox from marijuana is crucial.
While the plant is natural, and offers dozens of medical benefits, testing positive for THC in a drug test can still result in employment termination (even if you live in a state where medical/recreational use is legal.) It’s recommended that you always be aware of your school or employers’ rules before partaking in medical or recreational use.
Sudden, random drug tests, can make it extremely difficult to rid your body of THC in time. For this reason, if your employer asks you to do this, it might be a good idea to completely abstain from THC-use altogether.
If you’ve been using marijuana consistently, you may notice that it doesn’t affect you as much as it used to. You may also notice that your body is requiring more and more to get the same effect. If this is the case, it may be time to take a tolerance break. Knowing how to detox from marijuana can help you get relief with smaller doses again.
How to Naturally Detox from Marijuana
While no scientifically-backed “flushing system” is 100% fail proof, the following methods are the best ways to improve your chances of clearing THC out of your system in a timely manner. These methods, of course, come second behind simply abstaining from THC-use altogether. If you’re doing this for a tolerance break, time constraints don’t apply to you. If your goal is to pass a drug test, you’ll want to follow all of these steps as closely as possible.
The first thing, and most obvious, is to abstain from using THC immediately. The longer that you give yourself before your test, the better chance you have of passing. THC metabolites will decrease over time.
Depending on how much time you have before your test, exercise may or may not be able to help. Exercise, like cardio, will increase the rate at which your body can release stored THC metabolites. If you have a few weeks before your test, working out will help as THC metabolite will taper off. With that being said, it’s not a good option if you only have a few days. This is because the increased rate at which metabolites will leave your body will cause your urine to contain a high concentration of metabolites.
Diet and Hydration
It’s important for you to keep your body as healthy and “normal” as possible before your test. What do we mean by this? Attempting to flush your system of THC can cause your test to be flagged. The testing facility will be looking for oddities in your urine, including but not limited to temperature, specific gravity, PH levels, and appearance. You should drink plenty of water daily, and other natural diuretics like coffee and cranberry juice. 24 hours prior to your test, take a Vitamin B complex supplement to bring the yellow color back to your urine. Supplement with creatine as well, as the testing facility will be looking for creatinine in your urine.
On test day, try to urinate as many times as possible beforehand. When it comes time to give your sample, make sure you take it mid stream as this will contain the least amount of metabolites.
You might be wondering about a detox drink. These drinks are usually quite pricey, and will not guarantee success. Furthermore, these drinks are usually just water, creatine, and other substances already mentioned above. To reiterate once more, the only fail proof way to pass a drug test is to completely abstain from the use of THC.
If you’re not worried about a drug test, and are interested in trying medical marijuana to relieve your symptoms, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free consultation with one of our licensed physicians online, today. If you are subjected to random tests, CBD isolate may be the way to go as it will not cause you to test positive for marijuana.