As you may know, marijuana has the ability to treat a plethora of different symptoms and diseases. Symptoms like depression and chronic pain, are two of the most common causes of suicide. In this article, we’ll be discussing the effect of medical marijuana on suicide rates.
Common Causes of Suicide
Suicide is one of those things that is difficult for many people to understand. It’s hard to put yourself in the shoes of someone that has once contemplated it. Many explanations have been given, but 2 stick out as the most prominent.
Depression is the leading cause of suicide. Often times, the person who is suffering has tried many different outlets, to no avail. In their mind, suicide is the last option for relief. One of the most important things that you must understand, no matter how difficult life may be, is that there is ALWAYS another way. Marijuana relieves depression, by boosting mood and positivity. It is most definitely worth a try, if you are experiencing these feelings.
Chronic pain has also led to many suicides. Much like depression, people experiencing chronic pain see no other way out. Marijuana has the ability to relieve this pain as well, by interacting with the receptors in the brain. Opioids are often prescribed to treat chronic pain even though they produce a slew of negative side effects. Medical marijuana on the other hand, relieves pain but does not produce the same negative side effects.
In an attempt to understand the effect of medical marijuana on suicide rates, several studies have been conducted.
One study administered 3 years after medical marijuana laws were passed concluded that the suicide rate for men in their 20’s and 30’s decreased by 10%.
States with access to medical marijuana have also seen a 25% drop in opiate overdose deaths as well as alcohol related deaths.
While these numbers may seem small, they are actually quite significant. If marijuana can save just one life, wouldn’t that be worth it?
Access to Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana has proven itself to be a viable treatment option for these symptoms, and many others at that. This miracle drug has saved lives, and will continue to save more in the future as medical marijuana becomes more accessible
If You Need Help…
Call the Suicide National Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
“Suicide is never the answer, but medical marijuana may be.”
If you’re a Florida resident suffering from depression, chronic pain or any other symptoms for that matter, schedule your free consultation, today!
If you’ve been involved in the medical marijuana world for a while, you’ve probably asked the question, “What’s the best way to store cannabis?” It’s an extremely common question, especially for new users. There are going to be a lot more new users now that smoking medical marijuana has been approved in the state of Florida. For this reason, we’re going to address the topic of Storing Your Cannabis Properly to ensure that you get the most out of your medicine!
It is recommended that you store your cannabis somewhere cool and dry (below 77 degrees). Mold and Mildew prosper in temperatures warmer than this. Aside from this, heat can also dry out your marijuana essentially destroying the essential oils (cannabinoids and terpenes).
You also do not want to store your cannabis somewhere that is too cold, like the freezer or even the fridge. These two things can ruin your cannabis as much as heat can. The temperature and humidity levels fluctuate too much in the fridge & freezer. This can also cause the cannabis to lose cannabinoids and terpenes.
Your best option is to keep your marijuana slightly cooler than room temperature. Many people recommend a basement or cellar as long as it’s not too damp. Above we mentioned a cool, dry place, which brings us to our next point…
Too much humidity can ruin your weed as much as the heat and cold can. Too little humidity can dry it out. It is recommended that you store your cannabis somewhere between 59 and 63 percent relative humidity. This will preserve the consistency, aroma, color and flavor of the cannabis.
You’re probably wondering how you can monitor humidity that closely. More and more humidity control products are hitting the shelves each day. The most popular humidity control product is humidity packs that you stick inside the container with your cannabis. These have proven to be quite effective.
Your cannabis should be kept in a cool, dry and dark place. A study conducted at the University of London back in the 70’s found that sunlight was, by far, the most degrading element to cannabis. You don’t have to keep it in complete darkness, but keep it out of direct sunlight.
Stop storing your weed in plastic bags and containers. Plastic can make the cannabis sweat, leading to mold and mildew issues. Your best option for long-lasting cannabis is to store it in a airtight, glass container. If you have access to a vacuum sealer, that’s even better, but it is not necessary. A mason jar with a screw on lid is perfectly acceptable.
Make sure that you’re not storing different strains of cannabis in the same container, either. This can mix flavors and scents, so get a separate container for each strain.
Storing Other Forms of Medical Marijuana
We don’t recommend storing edibles long-term, however, most products in dispensaries will have specific instructions for each product on the back.
Tinctures, oils and concentrates are much less susceptible to mold, mildew, heat and light. With that being said, it is still recommended that you follow the care instructions above.
You won’t have to worry about storing your cannabis properly if you don’t have access to it! If you believe you’re a candidate for medical marijuana and are a Florida Resident, schedule your free consultation today!
Do you have trouble falling and/or staying asleep? Are you currently taking prescription sleeping pills? If so, you’re probably aware that many prescription sleeping pills produce side effects such as dizziness, headache, gastrointestinal problems, memory & performance issues and even severe allergic reactions. Cannabis, on the other hand, is known as nature’s sleep aid. This natural medicine can help you fall asleep and even stay asleep longer, without many of these gnarly side effects.
Which Strain of Cannabis is the Best Sleep Aid?
As you may know, every strain will affect you differently. Higher THC strains, like Sativa, are known for their uplifting, energizing effects. Indica contains less THC and more CBD, making it an excellent choice for a sleep aid. It’s been said that a hybrid strain with a more equal concentration of THC and CBD is best for inducing sleep.
Indica strains also contain more terpenes (aromatic compounds). Terpenes play a significant role in relaxation, thus inducing sleep.
How and When
You can choose to consume your cannabis in edibles or by smoking it. Keep in mind that when it comes to using cannabis as a sleep aid, you should try to time your intake correctly. When you eat an edible it can take longer to kick in. The effects will also last longer this way so be sure not to eat too much, too late. If you choose to smoke it, it will kick in much faster and the effects will wear off quicker. Consider smoking cannabis for sleep if you’re at home and ready for bed.
Other Ways to Relax
In addition to choosing your favorite strain, you can also accelerate the effects by using natural remedies, as well. Try drinking some chamomile tea and/or taking a lavender bubble bath. By reducing stress and promoting relaxation, you will be able to fall asleep easier.
Are There Any Side Effects?
REM sleep (dream state) is also known as your deep sleep period. Cannabis can decrease REM sleep. While this may seem detrimental to what you would typically want, it’s extremely helpful to patients that suffer from anxiety and nightmares.
Although rare, it is possible that you develop REM rebound if you abruptly stop use after using for a long period of time. This can actually end up causing you to have more vivid dreams. You may also find yourself tossing & turning, taking longer to fall asleep and waking up more frequently throughout the night.
Everyone is different. It’s difficult to know how you’ll react until you try it. The bottom line is, you can still get quality sleep, with a limited amount of REM.
Schedule Your Free Consultation
If you’re having trouble sleeping, schedule your free consultation today. There’s no reason to put it off any longer! It’s time to get a good night’s rest and nature’s sleep aid may be able to do that for you!
Medical Marijuana offers many benefits to both the body and the mind. There are several different methods that can be used to consume this natural medicine. Some of these methods are quite simple, while others tend to be much more complicated. Additionally, some methods take a while to kick in, while others allow you to feel the effects instantaneously. As the world of medical cannabis grows, new methods are being developed. This article will discuss the newest method: Dabbing.
Methods of Use
The most popular method is smoking. It’s simple and allows you to feel the effects quickly, however, not everyone can do it. There’s also the option to consume edibles, but these will take longer to kick in. You can steep fresh leaves in boiling water for a tea, but this process neglects to include many of the beneficial compounds that the flower has to offer.
In order to make cannabis into a liquid that is much more potent, a stronger solvent must be used, like CO2 or Butane. These solvents can extract the cannabinoids and other good stuff the flower has to offer and turn it into a tiny, yet highly-concentrated, amount of liquid.
Heating this concentrated liquid will evaporate the solvent, leaving you with a sticky substance called wax or shatter. This is the product that is used for dabbing.
Dabbing requires a few different pieces of equipment. You need a water pipe, nail, dome, torch and dab tool. First, any bong can be converted into a dab rig. They do sell specifically designed dab rigs, but they can be quite expensive. A nail is a crucial component to dabbing, as this is the piece that will be used to heat the wax. You place the nail where the bowl would go in a water pipe. The dome sits over the nail to catch the vapor. The dab tool is used to place the wax on the nail and the torch is used to heat it.
Once the wax or shatter has been heated, the vapor will be caught in the dome. Once you inhale the vapor from the dome, it will rapidly make its way into your bloodstream. You will feel these effects very quickly, and they will be intense as this substance is very potent.
Benefits of Dabbing
Dabbing produces intense effects very rapidly. People that require fast relief will tend to choose this method. It usually requires just one hit and the effects will last much longer than the effects of smoking. Dabbing is also said to taste better and contains no ashy by-products.
Risks Associated with Dabbing
Dabbing is certainly not the safest method of using marijuana. The end-product is extremely potent which makes it possible to overdose. No one has ever died from overdosing on marijuana, however, consuming too much too quickly can result in paranoia, panic attacks, increased heart rate and even passing out (which can lead to accidental injury).
Consuming any amount of marijuana can lead to tolerance and/or withdrawal. Since this method uses such a potent liquid, the withdrawal symptoms can be even worse. These symptoms may include nausea, insomnia, depression, mood swings, headaches, nightmares or night sweats.
It is always possible, especially if you’ve made your own wax or shatter, that there will be residual solvent in the product. While the heating process should cause most of this to evaporate, this is not always the case. Residual butane can cause mild lung irritation, but is not a serious side effect.
How to Dab Safely
The best option to ensure that you dab safely is to buy your concentrates from a licensed vendor. This will save you from the complicated and sometimes dangerous extraction process. It will also ensure that you’re getting high quality, SAFE product.
If you’re going to dab, invest in an actual dab rig instead of a converted bong. It’s simpler and safer to use.
Lastly, ease into it. Don’t do too much, too quickly. Dabbing can be extremely intense, so proceed with caution. Get yourself a scale and be exact. Using just a little too much can cause negative side effects.
In order to try out dabbing for yourself, you must be a medical marijuana card holder.
If you are a Florida resident experiencing symptoms or suffering from an illness that may qualify you to become a medical marijuana patient, call Marijuana Doctor at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free phone consultation ONLINE, today!