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Marijuana is commonly associated with weight gain, not weight loss. While it is true that THC can increase appetite and give you the “munchies,” CBD is actually believed to have the opposite effect. If weight loss is a goal of yours, check out these 3 Ways CBD Can Help You Lose Weight!

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most popular cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant. Unlike THC, which is the cannabinoid that will get you “high,” CBD does not produce psychoactive effects. With that being said, it is still capable of a vast array of medicinal benefits. One of these potential benefits is helping you lose some excess weight!

Ways CBD Can Help You Lose Weight

Increases Metabolism

Primary studies have found that CBD may play a role in speeding up your metabolism, thus increasing your rate of weight loss. Your metabolism is the process responsible for converting food to energy. The faster it is, the more calories you burn, and the more weight you can lose.

Improves Focus, Positivity, and Energy

Marijuana is commonly believed to bring you down and chill you out. Most people don’t think of it as an “upper,” but that is usually because they’re thinking of THC, not CBD. THC often makes the user feel relaxed, drowsy, and unfocused. CBD, on the other hand, can increase focus and boost positivity, often times allowing you to make healthier choices throughout the day. This can assist the weight loss process.

Furthermore, one study has determined that CBD may be wake-promoting. Instead of making you feel sleepy, it can actually increase energy levels. This can help you be more active throughout the day.

Reduced Pain and Stress

When you workout out at a moderate or high-intensity, you’re more prone to being tired and sore in the following days. The pain-relieving capabilities of CBD may be able to speed-up recovery and decrease post-workout soreness. This will allow you to get back in the gym sooner, potentially increasing the rate of weight loss even further.

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Obesity is a serious health problem that can lead to many other health issues (diabetes, depression, etc…) Speak to your doctor today, about choosing the right healthy-eating and exercise program for you. When combined with these two things, CBD can help you lose weight faster.

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There are several different types of OCD that a person can be diagnosed with, making it difficult to treat. Depending on the symptoms, different forms of treatment will be used. One of these potential treatments is medication. Unfortunately, most medications capable of treating symptoms of OCD come along with some pretty nasty side effects. For this reason, it’s no surprise that more and more people are choosing medical marijuana for OCD, instead.

What is OCD?

OCD is an acronym that stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. In the United States, it affects approximately 1% of adults, or 2.2 million people. Typically the disorder presents itself in a person by the time they turn 19.

There are several different types of the disorder, however the 4 most common are:

  • Checking
  • Hoarding
  • Contamination
  • Intrusive Thoughts

General symptoms of the disorder may include:

  • Unwanted recurring thoughts or sensations
  • Uncontrollable obsession with something (for more than one hour per day)
  • Continuously struggling with ideas that force you to do something compulsively or repetitively. This may include obsessively checking things, cleaning things, or repeatedly getting the urge to wash your hands.

These symptoms usually will interfere with social interactions, work, school, everyday tasks, and other important functions.

When the patient can’t give in to, or fights against the compulsions or obsessions, distress, anxiety, depression, or tension can result. For some people, the obsessions and compulsions are so severe and uncontrollable that they are unable to pay attention or focus on anything else.

Obsessions may include:

  • Needing things to be a certain, specific way
  • Extreme aversion to dirt and contamination
  • Suicidal thoughts and tendencies
  • Unwanted, uncontrollable thoughts (religious, sexual, etc…)

Some examples of compulsions are:

  • Counting
  • Checking
  • Maintaining a specified routine
  • Washing
  • Cleaning / Organization
  • Requiring constant reassurance

With that being said, a patient won’t necessarily be both obsessive and compulsive, although that is often the case.

How is it typically treated?

Common treatments for the symptoms of OCD include cognitive behavioral therapy (cognitive therapy & exposure/response prevention,) anti-anxiety medication, antidepressants, or a combination of all these things.  

Medications can manage depression and anxiety long enough to give therapy a chance to work. While this is usually relatively effective, there is some bad news. That is, negative side effects from these medications can be moderate to severe, sometimes making the situation worse.

Potential side effects from anti-anxiety medication and antidepressants might include:

  • Agitation
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Impaired thinking
  • Insomnia
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea
  • Weight gain

Medical Marijuana for OCD

Marijuana has been utilized as a pain & anxiety-reliever for hundreds of years. Although the effectiveness of marijuana varies from person to person, one recent study concluded that a large majority of participants experienced relief from anxiety with medical marijuana. The other participants reported increased anxiety, which is due to the unique body chemistry of every individual.  

Traditional therapy (medications) boost serotonin, which is your body’s “feel good” chemical. Marijuana does not produce serotonin, but it does stimulate the release of another hormone called anandamide. Anandamide interacts with THC, causing a soothing effect, thus relieving anxiety just as effectively. Reducing anxiety helps the obsessions and compulsions dissipate.

On a side note, if a patient must continue to take anti-anxiety medications or antidepressants, CBD may be able to help alleviate some of the negative side effects.

Medical marijuana can help treat these side effects of treatment/symptoms of OCD, as well:

  • Agitation
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Depression
  • Headache
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Repeated behavior and thoughts
  • Restlessness
  • Seizures
  • Social anxiety
  • Stress
  • Tension
  • Urges
  • Weight loss

If you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, you may want to consider medical marijuana for OCD. It is safer than traditional medication, and possibly more effective. It is always advised to speak to a licensed physician before switching treatments.

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The US government is finally funding cannabis research! For decades, federally-funded medical marijuana research has been significantly lacking– to say the least. The fact that medical marijuana is still federally illegal, makes studying it extremely challenging. Up until now, research has primarily been focused on drug addiction studies. Clinical studies are a fundamental stepping stone to getting a substance verified as a pharmaceutical, which is why this news is so encouraging.

New Research

In December of 2018, the federal government, specifically the NCCIH (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health) shared it’s intent to study the potential pain relieving effects of “minor cannabinoids” and terpenes.

The NCCIH is one of twenty-seven institutes that make up the NIH (National Institute of Health). This agency utilizes rigorous, in-depth scientific investigation to examine the effects and safety of different health interventions.

What “Minor Cannabinoids” and Terpenes are being Studied?

We’ve all heard (and probably know quite a bit) about the cannabinoids THC and CBD. There are many others, however, that we know close to nothing about. Some of the “minor cannabinoids” of interest are: CBG (cannabigerol,) CBN (cannabinol,) and CBC (cannabichromene.)

There are several terpenes that are going to be studied as well. These include limonene, myrcene, linalool, terpinene, and more.

As you may also know, all of the different cannabinoids work together to provide different pain relieving results.

Why Pain Relief?

Marijuana has proven itself effective in treating a whole slew of ailments, so why is the NCCIH focusing on pain relief? Chronic pain affects approximately one-third of people in the United States. Treating this pain costs Americans well over $600 billion each year. Furthermore, companies suffer an estimated $300 billion dollars annually in lost productivity.

We know that THC and CBD have effective, pain-treating qualities. We also know that other cannabinoids, and even terpenes, synergistically work together to produce healing effects (especially when it comes to pain relief.)

The cost of current pain treatment and the effectiveness that marijuana seems to have, are two driving factors for why the NCCIH wants to study cannabinoids and terpenes more. Research is a necessary stepping stone to certifying marijuana as a viable treatment option.

This research into alternative pain relief could also help reduce the opioid epidemic. Researchers have determined that cannabinoids and terpenes enhance the pain-relieving effects of opioids, which means opioid users can take lower doses.

The federal government has made developing an alternative pain management strategy a priority. The NIH is especially interested in the pain-relieving, non-intoxicating properties of marijuana. Marijuana has been viewed in a negative light for far too long. The fact that the federal government is finally funding cannabis research is extremely encouraging.

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We know that the marijuana plant has all kinds of medicinal benefits to offer us, but how much do we know about the flower itself? In this article, we’re breaking down the cannabis plant, piece by piece, to familiarize ourselves with the terms! While it’s not necessarily important for the average user to know these terms, it sure is interesting!

Breaking Down the Cannabis Plant

Cannabis plants can be male, female, or even hermaphrodite, but the flower we use is always female. The male plants exist simply to fertilize the female plants. Hermaphrodite plants can technically do both, but they’re not nearly as helpful or easy to work with, for that matter. I think it’s safe to say that just about any adult can recognize the marijuana flower. Cannabis grows on long, skinny stems, with those iconic flowers extending out from the nodes.

Cola

The Cola refers to the cluster of tightly grown buds. Smaller Cola can be found along the lower branches, however the main Cola will be found at the very top of the plant.

Pistil and Stigma

The reproductive parts of the plant reside in what we call the Pistil. Stigma are the vibrant, hair-like strands of the Pistil. As the flower matures, the stigmas change color, going from white to yellow, orange, red and eventually brown. While the Stigma plays an important role in the reproductive process, they don’t affect the potency or taste of the bud.

Bract and Calyx

The layer surrounding the female reproductive parts is called the Bract. Perhaps the most important part, these green, tear-shaped leaves are heavily covered in resin glands. These glands contain the highest percentage of cannabinoids out of all of the different plant parts. Cannabinoids, of course, are the crucial therapeutic elements of the plant, including THC and CBD.

Inside of the Bract is the Calyx, which is the translucent layer that covers the ovule at the base of the flower.

Trichomes

Although they are extremely tiny, you will notice a layer of crystals on the cannabis bud. This crystal resin (referred to as Kief, when dry,) is secreted through transparent, mushroom-shaped glands. These glands are found on the leaves, stems, and Calyxes. Trichomes are clear, bulbous globes that primarily exist to protect the plant. With that being said, they also are responsible for secreting an extremely important element, called Terpenes. These are the aromatic oils that play a massive role in not only smell, but medicinal effect, as well. Along with Bract, Trichomes also contain a significant amount of cannabinoids.

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This all-natural healing plant is just incredible, isn’t it? While it’s not entirely crucial for you to know these terms, it can help you better understand the lingo when you’re at the dispensary!

If you’re interested in becoming a Marijuana Doctor patient, call us at (844) 442-0362, or schedule your free consultation online, today! Don’t wait another minute to find relief!