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.
Have you ever found yourself wondering where marijuana gets all of its incredible medicinal properties from? While cannabinoids like THC and CBD have a lot to do with it, there’s also another extremely important element involved, called terpenes. In this article, you’re going to discover what terpenes are and why it’s so important to know your terpenes.
What are Terpenes?
First and foremost, terpenes are the aromatic oils that provide marijuana with its highly unique scent. There are more than 100 of them that can be found in the cannabis plant alone. Pretty much any plant or fruit that you can think of contain terpenes. They’re what make citrus smell like citrus, mint smell like mint, and so on!
Terpenes change more than just the smell of marijuana, they also provide each strain with it’s own unique physiologic effects. Furthermore, each strain contains different combinations of terpenes (and cannabinoids.) It is highly recommended that if possible, you smell the different strains before you purchase them. The scents that appeal to you most, may very well be able to treat your symptoms the best.
Below you will find the most commonly found, beneficial terpenes, as well as their scent and potential physiologic effects. This will come in extremely handy if you are unable to smell the different strains while at the dispensary. Knowing what to look for, what appeals to you, and what doesn’t will help you get the relief that you need.
Most Beneficial Terpenes
This first terpene may smell slightly sour, like mango or citrus, or even a bit like hops. Myrcene can act as a sedative, anti-inflammatory agent, muscle relaxant, and pain reliever.
It’s no surprise that Limonene will smell citrusy, like lemon, orange, or grapefruit. It can also smell like bergamot, which is a peppery scent. Limonene can act as a relaxant, anti-anxiety, anti-cancer, anti-nausea, or an anti-depressant agent.
This terpene smells extremely earthy, like pepper, clove, spice, or wood. It can act as an anti-inflammatory, sedative, or anti-nausea medication.
Linalool is going to smell floral, like flowers, sage, and hops. It will act as an anti-anxiety, anti-convulsant, sedative, and pain-reliever.
This terpene comes with a sharp, fresh, pine scent. It can help you focus, be more alert, and have a better memory. Pinene is also an anti-inflammatory.
Pulegone is a minty, icy, cooling and refreshing terpene! It has memory enhancing capabilities and can also act as a sedative and chest decongestant.
Eucalyptol is another earthy one. It carries scents of spice, woods, camphor, rosemary, but can also be quite refreshing. This terpene is another memory-enhancer, and is also alerting, stimulating, and can be used as a sinus decongestant.
Last but not least, nerolidol is flowery and woodsy. It is anti-anxiety, as well as relaxing and sedating.
Now that you know your terpenes, you’ll know what to look for when you walk into the dispensary. Of course, there will usually be bud tenders that can help answer any questions that you may have. It may take time to find the right strain to treat your symptoms. The good news is that marijuana is all-natural, meaning that trying different strains is not harmful. You may be surprised with the scents that stick out to you!