If you’re curious about medical marijuana and how it works, you need to check out these 10 facts about CBD. It is one of the many compounds found in the plant, with potentially incredible medical benefits to offer.
CBD actually stands for Cannabidiol. This is just one of over 400 compounds found in the cannabis plant, although it is one of the most popular and beneficial.
2. Not Psychoactive
CBD offers a lot of the same benefits that THC does, but you can experience them without the classic “high” that THC produces.
3. Two Types of Plants
Unlike THC, which is only found in the cannabis plant, CBD can also be found in hemp plants.
4. It is NOT Legal in All 50 States
There are still some states, while very few, where any percentage of THC is still considered illegal. There is this idea floating around that CBD is legal in all 50 states as long as it is derived from industrial hemp plants with less than 0.3% THC. If you’re in a state where THC is illegal, CBD containing even the smallest percentage of THC is against the law.
5. Numerous Benefits
CBD can treat anxiety, depression, inflammation, pain, addiction, high blood pressure, weight loss, weight gain, low appetite, overactive appetite, migraines, Diabetes, cancer, Lupus, Crohn’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, Autism, mood disorders, workout supplements, panic attacks, seizures, muscle spasms, nausea, cuts & scrapes, hangovers, dry skin, aging skin, low energy and more!
6. Little to No Side Effects
When compared to side effects of prescription drugs, and even THC, CBD produces little to no side effects whatsoever. Aside from dry mouth and potential drowsiness, there are no risks to using CBD.
7. Counteracts the Effects of THC
Depending on the person, THC can cause you to experience memory loss, anxiety, or paranoia. CBD has the ability to counteract these effects, and even eliminate them altogether.
8. Different Receptors
Our bodies have built in CB1 and CB2 receptors that help regulate natural processes within the body. THC allows us to get “high” because it binds to and activates these receptors. CBD can bind to them, but cannot activate them, which is how CBD doesn’t get us high. It lessens THC’s effects by occupying the receptors but not activating them.
9. Safe for Pets
CBD can treat arthritis, joint pain, epilepsy, skin problems, and anxiety in pets without provoking any negative responses.
10. Dosage is Not One Size Fits All
Everyone metabolizes compounds differently, so the dosage will vary from person to person. With that being said, it is impossible to overdose on CBD even if you take “too much”.
Did you know these 10 facts about CBD? If you feel that you may be a good candidate for medical marijuana, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule a free consultation online with one of our certified physicians, today.
2,500,000 people suffer from Multiple Sclerosis worldwide, 400,000 of which reside in the United States. Females are twice as likely to be diagnosed with the illness. Multiple Sclerosis can produce a slew of negative symptoms, but there are at least 6 Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis that Marijuana can Treat.
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple Sclerosis, or MS for short, is a debilitating disease of the Central Nervous System (brain and spinal cord) that causes communication problems between the brain and the rest of the body.
Symptoms & Complications
The severity of symptoms vary from person to person. Usually, MS symptoms come and go. An MS patient can experience a handful of symptoms for a few days, weeks, or even months and then one day they suddenly disappear. After some time, a whole new handful of symptoms will present itself and last for any given amount of time.
60-70% of people suffering from MS will eventually develop a steady progression with or without periods of remission. The symptoms of MS include, but are not limited too:
- Lack of Coordination
- Slurred Speech
- Bladder and Bowel Issues
- Prolonged Double Vision
- Partial or Complete Loss of Vision (often with pain during eye movement)
- Tingling, Pain, Numbness, or Weakness in the Legs and Trunk (usually on one whole side of the body)
- Electric Shock Sensations
- Partial or Complete Loss of Motor Skills
- Mental Health Changes
- Permanent Nerve Damage
- Death from Complications
6 Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis that Marijuana Can Treat
1. Inflammation of the Central Nervous System (Brain & Spinal Cord)
Cannabis has the ability to protect the components of the CNS from inflammation by decreasing the production and release of proinflammatory cytokines. Proinflammatory cytokines make certain diseases, such as MS, worse. Obviously, the less of these that our body produces, the better.
2. Pain and Muscle Spasms
The two main cannabinoids found in marijuana,THC and CBD, engage the body’s natural cannabinoid receptors which help to relieve pain that is caused by inflammation.
3. Depression, Stress, and Anxiety
The human body naturally produces a certain level of endocannabinoids. These are neurotransmitters that keep us healthy and maintain homeostasis. Some disorders and illnesses cause endocannabinoid levels to drop, oftentimes leading to increased stress or depression. Cannabis makes up for these missing cannabinoids, helping to relieve these negative symptoms.
4. Blurred Vision & Uncontrolled Eye Movement
This is actually one of the most common symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. Cannabis can reduce inflammation on the optic nerve, restoring damaged vision and decreasing eye movement.
5. Sleep Deprivation
Illnesses that cause chronic pain usually keep you tossing, turning, and awake all night long. Cannabis, specifically night-time strains such as Indica, can alleviate pain to help you get a good night’s rest.
6. Digestive Issues
Digestive tract issues such as abdominal pain, loss of bowel and bladder control, loss of appetite, and constipation are all issues that MS can cause. Cannabis reduces inflammation, and increases appetite, to eliminate pain, inflammation, and nausea.
If you suffer from any or all of these symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis that marijuana can treat, call us today at (786) 224-4005 or schedule a free consultation online. Until there is a cure for MS, you can find relief with medical marijuana.
Most of us have first hand experience when it comes to the effects of alcohol. As the medical marijuana industry continues to grow, many of us are now also aware of how our bodies respond to cannabis. As the use of marijuana continues to become more mainstream (much like alcohol), we must ask the the question: Can you use alcohol and marijuana at the same time?
The short answer is yes, you can, however, this doesn’t mean that you should.
Alcohol Vs. Marijuana
Alcohol is a depressant. While it affects everyone differently, it can cause you to become angry, sad, aggressive, and make decisions that you wouldn’t normally make.
Marijuana is an antidepressant, however it too will produce certain effects on your mind and body. It can cause some people to become relaxed or energized, while others can become anxious, depressed, and paranoid.
Obviously, you don’t want to combine the two if you’re someone that gets angry or depressed from using one or the other, as combining them would make the situation worse.
If alcohol and cannabis relaxes you, you may be able to combine them. There were two studies conducted on the combined use of alcohol and marijuana.
The first study found that cannabis activates CB2 receptors. These are receptors that are built in to the human body to help with pain relief, immune response, etc… Smoking cannabis interacts with these receptors, altering your gut motility. The study found that smoking marijuana before drinking alcohol actually caused blood alcohol levels in the participants to be lower than if they had just drank alcohol alone.
The second study had the opposite effect. Participant’s drank alcohol first and then smoked cannabis. This caused the levels of THC in their blood plasma to skyrocket. This is due to the fact that the alcohol caused their blood vessels to dilate, which allowed the body to absorb the THC much faster than it would have had they not drank alcohol.
According to the studies above, if you ARE going to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana around the same time, smoke first and drink after. Drinking before smoking marijuana can increase the effects, causing you to feel extremely nauseous, anxious, paranoid and more.
As with most things, moderation is key. Keep in mind that these studies are based off of smoking marijuana. There is no research to suggest how drinking alcohol while eating edibles, dabbing, or using tinctures will affect you.
So, can you use alcohol and marijuana at the same time? You can, but we highly recommend choosing marijuana and forgetting about alcohol. If you’re anxious, stressed out, or seeking relief it will help you a lot more than alcohol will. It can treat a wide variety of symptoms with a lot less risk of negative side effects.
We feel that it’s also important to note that alcohol will leave you with a hangover the next day, while marijuana will not.
Smoking and vaping are the two basic inhalation methods for using marijuana. Both of these methods are popular, however they differ slightly in terms of health, discretion, convenience, flavor, and potency. Learn more about each and you’ll be able to choose which one is right for you.
Health is perhaps the most important factor when it comes to smoking and vaping. We all love marijuana for its awesome health benefits, but is one method safer than the other? Smoking marijuana may leave tar and carcinogens in your lungs. Vaping releases the essential oils, and allows you to enjoy cannabis’ cannabinoids and terpenes without these negative factors, because it is heated below the combustion point. Smoking should be avoided for those suffering from lung issues, or with compromised immune systems.
It must be noted that some vaporizers (mostly made in China) have been found to contain harmful chemicals, glue, and metals that when heated can be inhaled along with marijuana. Most are safe, but if you want to be extra cautious, consider using a vaporizer with a ceramic or titanium heating element.
When it comes to using marijuana discreetly, vaporizers win again. They produce a soft-smelling, quickly dissipating cloud. Better yet, because there is little to no odor, no one will know what you’re smoking.
Although vaping is permitted in more places than smoking is these days, you should still be courteous to the people around you. There may be parents of children, or people with compromised immune systems around that don’t want to inhale your vapor. While you should absolutely have the right to use your medicinal marijuana when you need it, common courtesy should not be thrown out the window.
You may think that vaping is also more convenient, but most marijuana users would actually disagree. Although rolling a joint is slightly time consuming, you must remember that vaporizers have to be charged, loaded and cleaned regularly. Smoking, on the other hand, is a quick and reliable method of use.
Heat is a big factor when it comes to the flavor of your marijuana. On one hand, vaping is a good option for maintaining flavor because you can adjust the temperature. If you overheat cannabis, it can destroy some of the beneficial cannabinoids and aromatic terpenes. While smoking presents a greater chance of overheating, it typically provides a much richer flavor. Depending on the quality of your vaping pen, your cannabis may taste weak. If you’re using flower, smoking is the way to go. If you choose to vape, use a concentrate instead of flower as the flavor will be much more consistent and apparent.
When it comes down to it, smoking yields stronger effects. Smoking marijuana in general offers strong effects, with a very rapid onset. Again, the potency while vaping largely depends on the quality of your pen and whether you’re using flower or concentrate.
Which is Right for You?
It’s largely a matter of preference. If you are more health conscious, and looking for a cleaner way to consume, you may consider vaping. If you don’t mind the stronger smells or effect, or are looking for a less complicated and time-consuming method, you may enjoy smoking. Regardless of which method you choose, smoking and vaping are both relatively safe, effective methods for the using marijuana.
If you’re a Florida resident and feel that you may be a good candidate for medical marijuana, set up your free consultation today. You can call us at (786) 224-4005, or schedule your appointment ONLINE.