In recent years, cannabis has proven to be quite an effective treatment tool for a plethora of different symptoms. People suffering from a variety of illnesses, including cancer, have found relief by using medical marijuana. Patients that have been diagnosed with cancer are typically prime candidates for the drug. Cannabis improves cancer treatment in a number of ways, but here are the top 10!
1. Pain Relief
One of the most common symptoms of cancer and cancer treatment is bone and nerve pain. This pain can be so severe that it can become debilitating. Cannabis has the ability to relieve these symptoms, much like prescription drugs can, but without the negative side effects. It accomplishes this by blocking the pain signals to the brain.
2. Reduces Nausea & Vomiting
Chemotherapy and radiation are especially tough on the body. One of the many side effects that this treatment causes is nausea and vomiting. Cannabis contains a high concentration of antiemetic properties, which are what make it so effective. Marijuana has helped thousands of people, so much so, that pharmaceutical companies created a synthetic medication that they could legally sell to cancer patients.
3. Stimulates Appetite
Along with treating nausea and vomiting, cannabis has also been quite effective at stimulating the appetite. Many cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy & radiation struggle with malnutrition. Marijuana triggers the release of the hunger hormone, ghrelin and even makes the idea of eating more appealing!
4. Soothes Rash & Itching
Cannabinoids are a component of the cannabis leaf that exhibit anti-inflammatory properties. This is particularly helpful in treating rashes and itchiness that cancer treatment often causes. In order to treat these specific symptoms, patients can consume cannabinoids orally, through inhalation and even topically.
5. Promotes Sleep
This is one of the most popular reasons that people choose to use marijuana. Indica strains tend to promote drowsiness. Even further, THC strains can help a person fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Some studies show that these strains will even keep you in a deeper sleep, helping the body recover and heal.
6. Fights Fatigue
It’s no secret that cancer & cancer treatment can make a person feel lethargic and exhausted. While some strains are great for those struggling with insomnia, other strains, like Sativas, are great for increasing energy. These strains, which are typically higher in CBD, act similar to a cup of coffee.
7. Boosts Positivity & Mood
Marijuana is specifically known for its ability to boost mood and promote feelings of positivity and euphoria. These feelings are commonly brought on by THC, however, CBD has also been shown to release serotonin (feel good chemical).
8. Reduces Gastrointestinal Inflammation
Many cancer patients experience bouts of diarrhea and constipation. This can be caused by either the treatment itself or even the prescribed medications. Cannabis has the ability to decrease inflammation in the gut and intestines which is a primary cause of the gastrointestinal issues.
9. Increases Libido
While cancer patients undergoing treatment may not be interested in sex, marijuana does contain aphrodisiacs. Cannabis eases pain, relaxes the muscles and decreases anxiety, in effect making it easier for the patient to ‘get in the mood’ to maintain and enjoy their intimate relationships.
10. Slows Tumor Growth
There is evidence that suggests THC and CBD have the ability to slow the spread of, and even kill, cancer cells all together. The anti-cancer properties in the cannabis leaf starve off the formation of blood vessels in tumors, essentially halting growth.
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A large percentage of Americans now have access to medical marijuana. This natural medicine treats a multitude of different symptoms from a variety of illnesses. There are literally hundreds of different strains available to choose from. For many first time users, it can be hard to decipher which one can treat your symptoms. Dispensaries commonly separate strains into larger categories of either Sativa, Indica, or Hybrids. In order to help you understand the differences, we are going to compare & contrast these 3 larger categories.
As far as appearance goes, the Sativa plant is taller in stature with narrower leaves. It goes through a longer flowering cycle and is better suited for warmer climates that have a longer season.
Sativa generally has a greater effect on the mind. It is commonly used during the day due to it’s energizing and invigorating properties. Sativa pairs well with physical activity, creative projects and social gatherings. It typically is a mood and productivity booster. These effects are often caused by the higher concentration of THC.
The Indica plant is the exact opposite of Sativa in the way that it looks. Indica is shorter, with wider leaves. It has a shorter flowering cycle and is better off in a colder climate with a shorter season.
The effects of Indica are usually quite different than Sativa, as well. Indica has more effect on the physical body than the mind. Due to it’s relaxing and sedating properties, it is perfect for night time use. It can act as a natural sleep aid because of its calming effect.
Hybrids are a combination of Sativa and Indica so they can look like either one, depending on the concentration of strains used.
Again, hybrid plants can share the effects of both Sativa and Indica. Generally speaking, a hybrid strain can be a good balance of each, boosting your mood and then mellowing you out without making you too sleepy.
Which is Right for You?
It’s important to note that some studies have shown that there is no scientific proof that Sativas will always make you feel energized or Indicas will always produce sedating effects. Jeffrey Raber, Ph.D. is a chemist that has said we need to be more focused on cannabinoids and Terpenes.
The two most common cannabinoids are THC and CBD. THC produces the euphoric high. People suffering from chronic pain, nausea, migraines, depression and anxiety often choose strains with a higher THC concentration in order to treat their symptoms. CBD offers similar effects of THC, without the high. This is a common choice for people in need of relief that also need to maintain a clear mind for work or school. Mixing strains with THC and CBD offers a slight euphoric effect while still effectively treating symptoms. Terpenes play a large role in producing sedating and/or energizing effects, as well. They are also responsible for cannabis’ aroma, which has a surprising therapeutic effect.
Dr. Raber recommends focusing less on Sativa, Indica, or Hybrids and paying more attention to concentration of cannabinoids (THC & CBD) and aroma of strains. Understanding the effects of THC, CBD and Terpenes will enable you to choose a strain that will better treat your symptoms. Your best bet is to experiment with different strains until you figure out which one works best. Cannabis is a complicated subject. It is extremely diverse, which also happens to be why it is such an effective tool for such a wide variety of people. With so many combinations to choose from, it can help just about anyone.
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Wouldn’t it be great if we had access to a medication that could treat a multitude of symptoms without any major negative side effects? Oh wait… we do! More and more Americans are finally gaining access to at least some form of medical marijuana. Truly understanding the major health benefits of medical marijuana can help even more people gain access to this wonder drug.
Often times, diseases and illnesses produce extremely painful symptoms. Cannabis has proven to be an effective treatment for people suffering from migraines, arthritis, sclerosis, PMS, injury, etc… Cannabis also has the ability to prevent and/or decrease opiate addiction. This is due to the fact that cannabis and opiates share many of the same benefits. It’s important to note, that when compared to opiates, cannabis carries a significantly lower risk.
Studies have shown that cannabis has the unique ability to slow the progression of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Cancer. Cannabidiol slows the spread of cancer cells by turning off specific genes that are involved in tumor growth. Cannabis is commonly used to stimulate the appetite of chemotherapy patients, as well. Cannabinoids have also been shown to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by helping to remove excess plaque from the brain.
Cannabis significantly combats the symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, etc. It is a natural relaxant that can ease the symptoms of these disorders. As a result, smoking cannabis will boost mood, improve sleep and lessen the number of episodes that one may experience.
Marijuana treats symptoms of many different diseases. Cannabis can decrease pressure in the eye, hence relieving the symptoms of glaucoma. Medical marijuana has antispasmodic properties, which decrease symptoms of epilepsy, seizures and Parkinson’s diseases. As far as inflammatory bowel diseases go, cannabis can effectively treat several of the related symptoms like nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Medical marijuana can also treat asthma by improving pulmonary function, over time.
Lastly, cannabis has the ability to calm a patient. Medical marijuana can effectively calm the symptoms of Tourette’s by slowing down the tics associated with the disease. It can also treat OCD by decreasing the obsessive neurological compulsions.
It is evident that marijuana is nothing short of a miracle drug. The major health benefits of medical marijuana are numerous. No medication to date has treated symptoms of such a vast array of diseases. Anyone who is suffering from any of the above illnesses should have access to medicinal marijuana.
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Getting the proper amount of sleep each night is extremely important for your health. According to the American Sleep Association, approximately 60 million people struggle with a sleeping disorder. Furthermore, 30 percent of Americans experience insomnia, 10 percent of which struggle with chronic insomnia. In the United States, nearly 9 million people take prescription sleep aid. Many of these medications come along with a number of negative side effects. In recent years, many people have begun using medical marijuana for insomnia and other sleeping disorders, as it is both effective and low risk.
Why and Who
One of the many benefits of marijuana is that it has the ability to restore the sleep cycle. Using medical marijuana before bed can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. People experiencing chronic pain, anxiety, stress and other related symptoms can really benefit from medical marijuana. Additionally, those who have been diagnosed with PTSD can also benefit from certain cannabis strains.
Choosing the Right Strain
When choosing a cannabis strain for sleeping disorders, you’ll want to choose one with a higher THC level. THC has been shown to help induce sleep. You will want to select Indica over Sativa. Indica contains more THC and will bring about heavier, sleepy effects due to the concentration of relaxing, sedating terpenes. Sativa will have the opposite effect by energizing you. THC has the unique ability to reduce the REM cycle, also known as our dream state. This means that it will reduce nightmares as well, which is why it will benefit those that suffer from PTSD.
Harvard physician, Dr. Jordan Tishler, recommends choosing a strain with less than 20% THC. He warns that consuming too much THC before bed can have adverse effects, leaving you anxious and even paranoid. Long term use also has the potential to impair the quality of your sleep. Dr. Tishler also noted that while edibles may help you stay asleep longer, they can also take much longer to kick in, leaving you feeling groggy in the morning. The effects of smoking usually last less than 4 hours while it can take the liver up to 12 hours to to process edibles.
Your Best Option
Your best option is to smoke an Indica strain that contains less than 20% THC, at least 1 hour before bedtime. Keep in mind that not all sleep aids work the same, including medical marijuana. Dr. Tishler says that choosing a strain should be like choosing a tea. Everyone is different and may require a different blend. You should experiment with different strains until you find one that works for you.
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