Often times, when we think of medical marijuana, we picture it treating conditions like anxiety, depression, etc… Surprisingly enough, some people even utilize marijuana for weight loss! While cannabis is usually associated with increasing appetite, it can actually be quite beneficial as a weight loss method.
The American Journal of Medicine performed a study that showed regular marijuana use led to lower levels of fasting insulin and decreased belly fat. Your body normally gets its energy from the food that you eat. Fasting lowers insulin levels, forcing the body to pull its energy from stored fat, instead. Marijuana use lowers insulin levels which allows the body to shed excess weight, especially around the abdominal area.
Back in 2011, another study was conducted by the American Journal of Epidemiology. It found that obesity rates are actually 33% lower in people who use marijuana regularly. Furthermore, using marijuana will also reduce stress & cortisol levels, aiding in the reduction of belly fat.
Different Strains, Drastically Different Outcomes
Not all strains of marijuana will decrease appetite, so if your goal is to lose weight, make sure you pick one that will not cause you to get the munchies!
Certain Sativa strains will not only suppress appetite, but they’ll also provide you with energy and focus. Sativa strains can include CBD and THC. CBD is mainly responsible for the energy boost, which makes it a great pre-workout option. Additionally, it can reduce pain which can help you have a better workout too!
In terms of weight loss, specific Sativa strains that contain a version of THC called THCV, can reduce appetite and improve digestion.
If you, or someone you know is looking to lose weight for health reasons, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule a free consultation online. This will allow you to speak with one of our licensed physicians and see if medical marijuana is right for you!
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 (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free consultation online, with one of our licensed physicians.
Do you have trouble falling and/or staying asleep at night? According to the United States Institute of Health, nearly 70 million Americans suffer from different sleep disorders. A large portion of these people treat their conditions with prescription medication, but these drugs can create more problems than solutions. For this reason, we’ve made a list of the most common sleep disorders that you can treat with medical marijuana.
Sleep Disorders that You Can Treat with Medical Marijuana
1. Sleep Apnea
This is a quite common condition that causes the person to stop breathing for up to 30 seconds at a time. Sleep Apnea interrupts the body’s oxygen flow, causing you to feel groggy and unfocused the following day. Medical Marijuana can actually reduce sleep apnea in the short-term. Furthermore, there are no negative side effects associated with the treatment.
Some of the most common symptoms of Insomnia include: difficulty falling and/or staying asleep, drowsiness, irritability, anxiety, depression, forgetfulness, trouble focusing, and increased accidents/errors. CBD can treat Insomnia and it’s symptoms. Studies looking into THC as treatment for Insomnia are ongoing, however, researchers believe it may have negative effects on sleep if used long term.
3. REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
This rare condition can cause you to act out your dreams while you sleep. People that suffer from this disorder will move, walk, or even have a conversation while they’re sleeping. According to researchers at the University of Sao Paulo, CBD has proven itself to be quite an effective method for treating the symptoms associated with this disorder.
This condition will cause the sufferer to feel extremely sleepy during the day, even after a nap or a full night’s sleep. Patients diagnosed with this disorder can possibly find relief with medical cannabis, as certain strains of the plant will boost alertness, stimulate the mind, and regulate the sleep-wake cycle.
5. Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
This condition causes you to experience irresistible urges to move your legs. These urges usually occur when in the sitting or lying position, which is why it manifests itself at night time. It’s no surprise that this condition can greatly reduce the quality of your sleep. Studies on cannabis treating RLS are still on going, however current results are quite promising. An investigation that was published in Sleep Medicine, found that medical marijuana effectively treated RLS symptoms in 6 patients.
If you suffer from any of the conditions mentioned above, or believe that you may suffer from any other illness that medical marijuana may be able to treat, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule a free consultation online, today.
If you’ve been diagnosed with depression, your doctor has probably written you a prescription for an antidepressant. The problem is, many of these drugs can produce some seriously negative side effects. While you never want to stop using a prescribed medication without the green light from a medical professional, you may want to consider treating your depression with medical marijuana, instead.
Don’t get us wrong, antidepressants can be helpful and extremely beneficial to some. For others, however, the side effects can make symptoms (and depression) worse. In this article, we’re going to go over the benefits and side effects of commonly prescribed antidepressants and medical marijuana.
Commonly Prescribed Antidepressants
Some of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants include Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil. When you suffer from depression, you have an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. These chemicals are called neurotransmitters, and are responsible for mood and emotions. Antidepressants will get these chemicals back into a healthy balance.
Potential Side Effects
The common side effects often associated with antidepressants can include:
Increase in Appetite
Loss of Libido
Severe side effects of prescription antidepressants include:
Serotonin Syndrome (dangerously high levels of Serotonin in the brain.) This can result in side effects including but not limited to high fever, seizures, irregular heart beat, unconsciousness, and death.
Hyponatremia (dangerously low levels of sodium in the blood.) This can result in fatigue, psychosis, seizures, disorientation, agitation, coma, and death.
Mania including racing thoughts, extreme moods, impulsive behavior, sleeping disorders, grandiose thinking, and irritability.
Treating Your Depression with Medical Marijuana, Instead
How does marijuana treat depression? It’s actually extremely similar to how antidepressant medication works. Medical marijuana restores the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain, which improves mood and levels out emotions.
Potential Side Effects of Marijuana
Common side effects of Marijuana (with THC**) include:
Nausea & vomiting
Loss of libido
Dry or red eyes
Impaired mental functioning
**CBD, the non-psychoactive medical component of marijuana, has no known side effects.
While most people will not experience the following side effects of medical marijuana as they are extremely rare, it is important to note them as a possibility. AGAIN, all of these rare side effects are associated with THC, not CBD:
High/Low Blood pressure
Lung Issues (if smoked AND you suffer from a respiratory disorder)
While it may seem as though both of these options carry quite a few potential side effects, marijuana definitely has a leg up on the competition. First, developing serious side effects from antidepressants is way more likely than developing those associated with medical marijuana. Second, because marijuana is all-natural, you cannot overdose on it. Marijuana has never killed anyone. Antidepressants, on the other hand, can be overdosed as well as cause death.
Using the right strain and dose of marijuana will help your depression symptoms, using “too much” marijuana will result in experiencing one or more of the common side effects. When it comes down to it, medical marijuana is a much safer (and potentially more beneficial) option.