More people are choosing medical marijuana for treating Crohn’s Disease than ever before. This is widely due to the fact that it is much safer than medication and just as effective (if not more so.)
What is Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s Disease is a chronic immune condition which causes inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This disease is not typically fatal (although complication can arise) but it does usually lower the quality of life. Chrohn’s disease is a genetic disorder, often found in family clusters. It arises from a dysregulated immune response to bacteria and dietary contents inside of the GI tract. This immune response damages previously healthy tissue.
People who suffer from Crohn’s disease will usually experience waves of relapse and remission. Symptoms range in severity from low grade fever, general discomfort, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and bloody stool. Complications of this disease include fistulas (holes in the GI tract, often leading to infection), abscess, perforations and fibrotic stricture (narrowing of the intestine due to inflammation that can lead to blockages, requiring surgery).
Side Effects of Common Prescription Drugs
Anti-inflammatory prescriptions and immunosuppressants commonly treat Crohn’s Disease. These drugs are supposed to control outbreaks and induce & maintain remission. Common side effects of these drugs include, but are not limited to: stomach pain, heartburn, ulcers, increase risk of bleeding, headache, dizziness, tinnitus, allergic reaction, liver & kidney problems, low back pain, high blood pressure, fever/chills, trouble urinating, frequent urination, and fatigue.
Side Effects of Marijuana Use
Before we get to the effectiveness of this drug, we want to first address the potential side effects cannabis can produce. These side effects include, but are not limited to: dry mouth, bloodshot eyes, drowsiness, heightened senses, delayed reaction time, impaired judgement, lack of balance & coordination, increased appetite, euphoria, paranoia, anxiety, and hallucinations. It’s important to note that most of these side effects affect the mind more than the physical body.
Why Choose Medical Marijuana for Treating Crohn’s Disease?
Your body has a built-in system that interacts with cannabinoids, called the endocannabinoid system. This system and its receptors are widely responsible for the healing effects that marijuana has to offer. Cannabinoids, such as THC, interact with these receptors (that are located all over the body, including the GI tract), to treat Crohn’s disease. These cannabinoids control motility and secretion in the gut, reduce pain and nausea associated with inflammation, enhance wound closure, and protects the colon during excessive inflammation.
Choosing the Right Type of Marijuana
Sativa (higher THC) strains are best for treating Crohn’s Disease. This is due to the fact that the concentrations of cannabinoids in sativa, interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body’s built in endocannabinoid system most effectively.
Medical marijuana produces several different side effects. The side effects from marijuana are much less significant than those from Crohn’s Disease and prescription medication, however. Research is still ongoing, but the results so far have been extremely promising.
Today, we’re comparing decriminalization versus legalization of marijuana. Contrary to popular belief, the terms are not interchangeable. There are distinct differences between the two. If you’re a marijuana user or looking to become a medical marijuana patient, it’s important for you to know the difference.
In the state of Florida, medical marijuana is now legal. Recreational pot use on the other hand, remains illegal. 21 states and DC, not including Florida have decriminalized marijuana while recreational pot is only legal in 9 states and DC. Marijuana possession and use in general, remains federally illegal in all 50 states.
What is Decriminalization?
Decriminalization is the loosening of criminal penalties pertaining to personal use and possession even though the drug itself remains illegal.
If you hold a valid medical marijuana card, and are only in possession of a personal amount, you will usually be fine if confronted by law enforcement. You must always have your card on you, and your marijuana must be in its original packaging. You can still be charged with a criminal offense if stopped by a federal official. This is due to the fact that marijuana is still federally illegal.
In states where marijuana has been decriminalized, law enforcement will usually overlook small, personal amounts of marijuana. Instead of criminal charges, those caught with small amounts of cannabis will only face civil fines. Production and sale of the drug remain illegal and will usually result in arrest. Remember, you must always purchase your medical marijuana from a licensed dispensary.
What is Legalization?
Legalization of marijuana lifts the laws that have previously banned personal use and possession. In other words, it is perfectly legal for you to be in possession of personal amounts of marijuana. It is worth noting that it is still illegal to drive while under the influence of marijuana.
Furthermore, legalization allows the government to regulate and tax sales of medical marijuana. Legalization can also help taxpayers save millions of dollars on judicial fees.
You must be aware of state and federal laws if you plan on using marijuana.
If you believe you may be a good candidate for medical marijuana, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free consultation ONLINE. There’s no reason to live in pain a minute longer, medical marijuana can change your life. With a medical marijuana card you can find relief while obeying state law.
Do you have trouble falling and/or staying asleep? Are you currently taking prescription sleeping pills? If so, you’re probably aware that many prescription sleeping pills produce side effects such as dizziness, headache, gastrointestinal problems, memory & performance issues and even severe allergic reactions. Cannabis, on the other hand, is known as nature’s sleep aid. This natural medicine can help you fall asleep and even stay asleep longer, without many of these gnarly side effects.
Which Strain of Cannabis is the Best Sleep Aid?
As you may know, every strain will affect you differently. Higher THC strains, like Sativa, are known for their uplifting, energizing effects. Indica contains less THC and more CBD, making it an excellent choice for a sleep aid. It’s been said that a hybrid strain with a more equal concentration of THC and CBD is best for inducing sleep.
Indica strains also contain more terpenes (aromatic compounds). Terpenes play a significant role in relaxation, thus inducing sleep.
How and When
You can choose to consume your cannabis in edibles or by smoking it. Keep in mind that when it comes to using cannabis as a sleep aid, you should try to time your intake correctly. When you eat an edible it can take longer to kick in. The effects will also last longer this way so be sure not to eat too much, too late. If you choose to smoke it, it will kick in much faster and the effects will wear off quicker. Consider smoking cannabis for sleep if you’re at home and ready for bed.
Other Ways to Relax
In addition to choosing your favorite strain, you can also accelerate the effects by using natural remedies, as well. Try drinking some chamomile tea and/or taking a lavender bubble bath. By reducing stress and promoting relaxation, you will be able to fall asleep easier.
Are There Any Side Effects?
REM sleep (dream state) is also known as your deep sleep period. Cannabis can decrease REM sleep. While this may seem detrimental to what you would typically want, it’s extremely helpful to patients that suffer from anxiety and nightmares.
Although rare, it is possible that you develop REM rebound if you abruptly stop use after using for a long period of time. This can actually end up causing you to have more vivid dreams. You may also find yourself tossing & turning, taking longer to fall asleep and waking up more frequently throughout the night.
Everyone is different. It’s difficult to know how you’ll react until you try it. The bottom line is, you can still get quality sleep, with a limited amount of REM.
Schedule Your Free Consultation
If you’re having trouble sleeping, schedule your free consultation today. There’s no reason to put it off any longer! It’s time to get a good night’s rest and nature’s sleep aid may be able to do that for you!
Today, some of the most popular items on the market are isolates. Isolates are singled-out cannabinoids like THC or CBD, that have been extracted from the marijuana plant. A term you may not be as familiar with is ‘whole plant therapy’.
There are over 100 different cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, but the two most popular are THC and CBD. These components are largely responsible for the medical benefits that marijuana has to offer. THC treats a myriad of symptoms, but is most well-known for its euphoric effect, or “high”. CBD treats many of the same symptoms, but CBD doesn’t produce a high. Some people are in it for the euphoric feeling and will choose a THC isolate. Not everyone wants to get high, which is why they’d choose a CBD isolate instead.
Whole Plant Therapy
This brings us to whole plant therapy. This form of medical marijuana will essentially keep it in its natural form, combining all of the 100+ cannabinoids, including terpenes (aromatic compounds), into one medication. You may think that this would make it more extreme than isolates, yet that’s not always the case.
There is something called the entourage effect. This happens when all of the cannabinoids synergistically work together. Isolates are typically void of the many other cannabinoids that could potentially offer significant benefits.
THC and CBD both have the ability to treat a wide range of ailments, but it is very possible that they are even more effective when combined. Whole plant therapy and full-spectrum extracts preserve the natural effects while filtering out the impurities than can dampen the benefits. The outcome can be intense, but extremely helpful. It’s important to note that CBD has the ability to lessen the effects of THC, so whole plant therapy isn’t always going to get you high, however, it is still possible to feel some psychoactive effects.
No matter which cannabinoid you prefer at the moment (THC or CBD), give whole plant therapy a try. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
Whole Plant Therapy is a medical treatment that not only holds the potential to treat a myriad of symptoms but can also save thousands of lives.
If you’re a Florida resident interested in becoming a Marijuana Doctor patient, Call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free phone consultation ONLINE, today.