There are dozens of medical conditions and illnesses that marijuana has successfully treated. From anxiety, to the side effects of cancer treatment, or sleep disorders, to PTSD, marijuana seems to be able to do it all. This leaves us wondering, is there anything that it can’t do? In this article, we’re asking the question, “Can marijuana treat Parkinson’s Disease?
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
This is a permanent, nervous system condition, that typically gets significantly worse over time. Common symptoms include changes in posture, tremors, stiffness, slowed cognition, and movement/speech difficulties. While the disease itself is not fatal, it can produce fatal complications.
How is it Typically Treated?
Often times, Parkinson’s Disease symptoms are commonly treated with prescription medications. Although these drugs are usually helpful, they can produce a wide range of negative side effects including but not limited to:
- ankle swelling
- skin conditions
- involuntary movements
- memory problems
- liver damage
- problems urinating
Can Marijuana Treat Parkinson’s Disease?
Medical marijuana has proven itself to effectively manage symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. These benefits include:
- pain relief
- reduced tremors
- better sleep quality
- more ease in movement
- boost in mood and positivity
Furthermore, these benefits are widely provided by the muscle relaxant and analgesic effects of the plant.
For instance, one study conducted back in 2014, concluded that all 22 participants experienced a significant decrease in pain & tremors, within 30 minutes of smoking marijuana. They also experienced an improvement in sleep quality.
It’s important to note that medical marijuana, specifically THC, can produce side effects like:
- impaired thinking and movement
- memory problems
- mood changes
While a few of these are similar to that of the prescription medications, they are rare, temporary, and much less severe. Studies are currently ongoing, but the results so far are very promising.
If you think medical marijuana can help you and are interested in becoming a marijuana doctor patient, call us at (844) 442-0362 or schedule your free consultation online, with one of our licensed physicians.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has the ability to treat a number of different symptoms from dozens of unique illnesses. Hundreds of thousands of people have chosen CBD to treat their conditions. There are numerous methods of using CBD, each of which have different on-sets and durations. This leaves us with the question: How long does CBD take to kick-in and wear-off?
Methods: Time from Start to Finish
There are several different methods of using CBD, all of which are highly effective. Every person has a unique preference, but no matter what method you choose, you can find relief with CBD. CBD differs from THC in the fact that it does not provide psychoactive effects, meaning you can use it at any time of the day. It will not make you drowsy or loopy. Below you will find the on-set times and duration of effects for each method of use.
Vaping & Smoking: These methods takes less than 10 minutes to kick-in. The effects from vaping and smoking usually last for a few hours. Vaping & smoking offer total-body relief.
Edibles: This method takes a little bit longer to kick-in, approximately 30-90 minutes. Edibles have longer-lasting effects, usually lingering for about 8 hours. You will feel the effects of edibles all over your body.
Suppositories: You’ll typically feel the effects within 15 minutes. Similar to edibles, the effects from suppositories can last up to 8 hours as well. Suppositories are used for quick, intense, total-body relief.
Topicals: Effects from CBD-infused soaps, lotions, and salves can be felt within 10 minutes of application. Usually, they will last for just a couple of hours. Topicals are a good choice for isolating muscle, joint or nerve pain.
Tinctures: This method also takes effect quite rapidly. It can be felt within 10 minutes and typically last for a couple of hours, as well. You will feel the effects from tinctures all over your body.
How Long Does CBD Take to Kick-in and Wear-off? It might not matter to you, but it’s good to know so that you can get relief when you need it!
Choose the method that is right for you. Do you need fast relief or can you wait a little longer? Do you need the effects to last for a longer period of time or wear off more quickly? Are you comfortable smoking or would you rather consume CBD orally? No matter what you choose, you can find relief with CBD.
Cannabis has the ability to treat a myriad of symptoms of different illnesses, including PTSD. In fact, one study showed that patients using cannabis had a 75% reduction in symptoms. Since this is the case, we’re going to look at what PTSD is, the symptoms one may show and the multiple ways medical marijuana is capable of treating PTSD.
What is PTSD?
PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is a severe anxiety disorder that occurs after exposure to an event that results in psychological trauma. There are many different events that can cause PTSD (accidents, assaults, etc…) but the most common is PTSD from combat.
What are the common symptoms of PTSD
- Reliving the traumatic event that induced PTSD
- Avoiding situations, places and people that may cause one to relive the event
- Feeling keyed-up or hyper
- Sleep problems
- Poor Concentration
Multiple Ways Medical Marijuana Treats PTSD
Cannabis has the ability to promote sleep hormones, so that you can fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. This natural drug can also reduce and eliminate nightmares. Additionally, marijuana lacks the negative side effects that many prescription sleep aids can produce.
Slows Down and Soothes Intrusive Thoughts
Intrusive thoughts are a common contributor to PTSD. These are uncontrollable, threatening thoughts that occur in the patient’s mind, over and over again like a recurring nightmare while you’re wide awake. They can lead to overwhelming amounts of stress, anxiety, fear, anger, aggressiveness and depression. Luckily, Marijuana interacts with Cannabinoid receptors in the brain to slow your thought process and soothe these negative thoughts.
Hyperarousal causes a person to be on “high-alert” or feel extremely anxious. Often times, this is physically exhibited by increased heart rate and respiration. Typically this occurs from thinking about the traumatic event. Marijuana decreases these negative feelings that produce panic attacks.
Improves Impulse Control
Additionally, cannabis can slow the cognitive “thinking” process, perhaps providing more time to think a decision through.
Helps Ease Aggression and Anger
It has been suggested that unlike alcohol, marijuana actually reduces aggressiveness and makes the patient much slower to anger. Scientists believe this has something to do with the way cannabinoids (CBD and THC, specifically) interact with cannabinoid receptors in the brain.
Lifts Anxiety and Depression
Marijuana is particularly good at reducing anxiety and depression by boosting positivity. Certain strains provide different effects so it’s extremely important that you get a recommendation from your doctor as some strains can actually make anxiety and paranoia worse.
Consolidates Fear Memories
Furthermore, marijuana is able to assist in processing traumatic memories by consolidating fear memories. This means that it takes memories of negative experiences that may have gotten out of control and stabilizes them so that less flashbacks and panic attacks occur.
May Promote Neurogenesis
Neurogenesis is the growth and development of new nervous tissue. Research suggests that neurogenesis can treat anxiety disorders, like PTSD. Studies have shown that marijuana promotes neurogenesis, thus allowing it to treat this disorder.
All things considered, there’s no reason to suffer in silence, when medical marijuana is capable of treating PTSD.
If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, contact Marijuana Doctor, today.
In this article, we’re going to compare and contrast, Alcohol Vs. Cannabis, to discover their similarities and differences. Alcohol and cannabis share the ability to alter a person’s mood and state of mind. Both of these things are also capable of affecting us physically, albeit in different ways.
While alcohol has been linked to approximately 88,000 deaths per year, it has been federally legal for quite some time. Most supporters of the legalization of medical marijuana would agree that cannabis is far less risky than alcohol, which begs the question… Why is cannabis still federally illegal, while alcohol is not?
There are many different types of alcohol (beer, wine, vodka, etc), however, they are all essentially made from sugar and yeast through a process called fermentation. More than 52% of Americans aged 12 or older consider themselves current alcohol users. 1 in 10 Americans aged 12 or older, have admitted to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.
Mental and Physical Effects
If you’re a healthy adult, having a drink every now and then is not going to hurt you. A glass of wine or a beer, can help you relax and even provide a boost in mood. With that being said, it doesn’t take much for those positive effects to turn negative.
Occasional and moderate drinkers can experience symptoms such as memory impairment or blacking out. This can cause he/she to engage in reckless activities, such as unprotected sex or driving under the influence. Moderate drinking can also increase the risk of certain types of cancer, violent confrontations, falls, drownings and car accidents.
Heavy drinkers are even more likely to experience the previously mentioned symptoms. They are also prone to brain damage, permanent memory loss, increased depression, anxiety & thoughts of suicide, difficulty sleeping, paranoia, panic attacks, high blood pressure, and gastrointestinal disorders.
It’s important to note that alcohol is much more likely to negatively interact with other medications. Alcohol has the ability to kill you if you drink too much, too fast. It can shut down your brain and other essential organs.
Cannabis comes in several different forms as well, all of which are made from the natural cannabis flower. Nearly 22% of American adults ( 55 million people) over the age of 18, claim that they currently use marijuana at least 1-2 times per year. 70% of Americans agree that cannabis is less risky than alcohol.
Mental and Physical Effects
The effects experienced after marijuana use, depend largely on the specific strain used. There are many reasons why marijuana is becoming more and more popular in the medical world. The benefits of this plant, far outweigh the risks. As you will see, the possible negative effects of marijuana are much less severe than the negative effects of alcohol.
Different Strains, Different Effects
There are two primary categories of cannabis: Sativa and Indica. Sativa typically contains higher concentrations of THC. THC is the component of marijuana that provides the ‘high’. Sativa is known for its effect on the mind. These strains promote increased energy, making them a great option for those partaking in physical activities. Sativa also promotes creativity and productivity.
Indica is commonly higher in CBD and lower in THC. This means they can provide benefits to people who are not looking to get high. These strains have more effect on the physical body by acting as a natural sleep aid due to their relaxing and sedating properties.
Compared to Alcohol
People that suffer from a variety of diseases, choose to use medical marijuana for a number of reasons. Cancer patients choose to use cannabis to increase their appetites, reduce their pain, and provide them with energy. People suffering from mood disorders and PTSD also use marijuana for pain relief and it’s mood boosting properties. Those suffering from gastrointestinal disorders experience relief through the use of medical marijuana. Have you noticed a pattern here? While Alcohol creates a lot of these same symptoms, cannabis is working to treat them.
While they are less severe, cannabis does come along with a few negative effects. These include short term memory loss, a decrease in attention span and focus, a slowed reaction time and lack of coordination. Driving while under the influence of marijuana is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. It’s important to note that people that are predisposed to high anxiety may experience paranoia or heightened anxiety, although this is quite rare. You may also develop dry mouth and red eyes, as well.
Answering the Question…
Why is cannabis still federally illegal, while alcohol is not? There are many different theories as to why this is the case.
Some people say that it’s just a matter of timing. They claim that if alcohol wasn’t currently legal under federal law, it would probably be just as hard to legalize it in this day and age. People were just more open to things like alcohol and tobacco back then.
Another theory is that the fed is ‘in bed’ with the big pharmaceutical companies. These companies would stand to lose billions of dollars if marijuana was to become federally legal.
The simplest explanation, and probably the most common is the ongoing belief that marijuana is a gateway drug. Most opponents of the legalization of marijuana will claim this to be true, although there are no scientific studies that prove this.
To be fair, there have been many more studies on the effects of alcohol than their have been for marijuana. Alcohol is much more accessible, to a wider range of people. This could explain, at least partially, why there are so many more alcohol related deaths in this country. This doesn’t change the fact, however, that marijuana has the ability to promote many more positive effects when compared to alcohol.
Whether or not cannabis will ever be legalized federally is still up in the air. Fortunately, all that truly matters is the fact that many states are legalizing medical marijuana. When it comes down to it, any American in need of relief should have the right to access marijuana as a viable medical treatment.
If you’re a Florida resident suffering from any of the illnesses or symptoms above, schedule your free consultation with one of our medical professionals, today! You can call us at (786) 224-4005, schedule online, or visit one of our 12 Florida locations.