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Cannabis Sativa and Indica: Know the Difference

Cannabis plant and its various species and strains are being studied like no other herb. The plant mainly has three different species namely, Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis.

Researchers and scientists around the world are conducting numerous studies to identify their uses as well as the key features that distinguish them from one another. There is a lot of debate about how these are different from/ similar to each other. Cannabis sativa and indica are particularly being studied with diligence. Some theories provide a clear demarcation between the effects these two species cause however others indicate that their impact is more or less the same though they differ in appearance.  The indica vs sativa argument is ongoing and is growing as more and more research is being conducted in this regard.

Cannabis Sativa and Indica: Know the Difference

Let us take a closer look at how these varieties of Cannabis plant differ from each other.

Indica Vs Sativa

Physical Appearance

Indica is a rather short plant with wide leaves. The plant is bushier compared to sativa. Sativa is taller in comparison. It grows in length and has a slimmer appearance. The leaves of saliva are long and thin.

Effect Caused

It has been observed that sativa energizes the mind and increases alertness and concentration thereby boosting work efficiency. It causes a euphoric effect and raises creative thinking ability. It is best to have it in the morning so as to stay energized all through the day. You can expect better ideas and greater productivity with its use.  

Indica, on the other hand, relaxes the mind and body. It helps in relieving stress and promotes better sleep but decreases the energy levels of the body. Owing to this property, it is best to have it at bed time. Besides helping a person de-stress this cannabis species is also known as an appetite stimulator. Studies reveal that some indica strains are so strong that people are hardly able to get up for hours after their consumption.

However, certain studies show that the impact caused by sativa and indica cannot always be seen in black and white.

Aroma

Indica strains are known for their strong earthy and skunky odors. On the other hand, sativa strains have a sweet, fruity aroma. 

Terpenes present in these strains are responsible for their distinct aroma. 

Medical Use

The correct dosage of Cannabis sativa strains over a period of time reportedly helps in healing psychological disorders such as depression and anxiety. The intake of Cannabis indica, on the other hand, helps in relieving pain caused due to arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Plant Growth

Indica mostly flowers between 7 to 9 weeks. Since it is a short plant, it can be grown indoors. Sativa takes 10 to 16 weeks to grow and is apt for growing in outdoor settings.

So, we see how these two varieties of Cannabis plants are different from each other. However, recent studies assert that classifying Cannabis on the basis of its species is not a very good idea. There are growing number of arguments stating that the effect caused by their strains cannot be demarcated clearly.

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CBD-Rich Cannabis Can Treat ‘Multiple Symptoms’ of Autism

Natural treatments, especially those involving CBD oils and its variants are on the rise. In addition to the many ailments and health problems, it aids in treating, CBD rich cannabis is also being used in the treatment of Autism. For many years, cannabis has been used anecdotally as a “cure”, but now studies are starting to back up those claims. 

CBD-Rich Cannabis Can Treat 'Multiple Symptoms' of Autism

How CBD Rich Cannabis Helps Treat Symptoms

While CBD oil has largely only been approved by the US government to treat epilepsy, it’s thought to be able to treat some of the issues that those on the spectrum suffer from. The theory behind it is the conditions that lead to seizures are thought to be related to the conditions that lead to non-epileptic autism. CBD oil acts as an anti-inflammatory and helps the brain function better. 

In a recent study, 18 patients were studied for a 9-month period. Each of these patients received CBD rich cannabis Sativa extract also with a THC ratio of 75 to 1. During the study, 3 patients stopped the treatment due to adverse effects but out of the 15 patients left, 14 patients showed improvements in their negative symptoms. 

The 9 patients that didn’t suffer from both epilepsy and autism, showed improvement up to 30% in the monitored categories, while the other 4 showed vast improvements in social interactions, the ability to stay focused, and sleep. Of the 15 that remained in the study, 10 were on pharmaceuticals and of the 10, 9 of them were still showing signs of improvement even when reducing the medication or stopping it completely while using cannabis medicines. 

In another study, researchers found that cannabis oil that has at least 30% CBD showed significant improvements in several areas. 89% showed a significant decrease in restlessness and rage incidences. 20% has sleep issues completely resolve. Lastly, symptoms like agitation, anxiety, depression, tics, and seizures decreased over 80% and self-assessed quality of life doubled in just 6 months of treatment. Furthermore, 25% of those that were on antipsychotics stopped their dosage altogether or decreased it due to the CDB treatment having positive effects.

CBD Methods

CBD can be taken in many different forms. These range from sprays, edibles like gummies, tablets, capsules, vaping, lotions, and even sublingual. Each method offers a delivery time frame in which it takes for it to work and can be used for different ailments. While sublingual and vaping are the best ways to get instant results, vaping can come with some negative consequences. Therefore, more research on the delivery method is needed for safe consumption.

There are more and more studies coming out with positive results in the treatment for CBD being a treatment. However, it still has a long way to go to be accepted as a proper alternative treatment or as a standard. Dosages and methods of use are still being researched to ensure the best way to treat all ailments are safe and provide relief.

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Did the DEA Legalize Synthetic Marijuana While Keeping the Natural Marijuana Illegal?

Currently, I and most other people are completely confused about the legal regulations around marijuana use. This confusion was only deepened by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) recent decision to classify synthetic marijuana as a legal Class II drug while continuing to classify all natural forms of marijuana as illegal Class I drugs. 

Did the DEA Legalize Synthetic Marijuana While Keeping the Natural Marijuana Illegal

The role of the FDA

After being stunned by the apparent contradictions in the DEA’s recent decision, I decided to investigate it more thoroughly. Their decisions are primarily based on federal law that regulates the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If a drug company submits information about a drug, such as dronabinol, which is a synthetic form of one of the active ingredients in marijuana, the FDA can approve the drug to be sold on a prescription basis. The DEA is then supposed to decide how to classify the drug based on its potential abuse factor, which affects legal regulations around how the drug can be obtained. I was surprised to learn that as long ago as 1985 a formulation of dronabinol was approved by the FDA and classified as Schedule II before being shifted by the DEA to Schedule III (a much less restrictive class) in 1999. 

But marijuana is a plant?

So far, my research made sense: a drug company had its synthetic marijuana approved by the FDA and the DEA classified it into a restricted but legal category. But then I investigated further into how herbal products, like plant-based marijuana, are supposed to be regulated. Companies can sell herbal products long as they don’t claim they can cure specific medical conditions. The FDA can only ban the sale of herbal products if they obtain sufficient evidence that the product is actively harmful or dangerous.

Marijuana isn’t harmful or dangerous

I’m fairly sure no one has ever died from using marijuana. You can’t even overdose on it. Well, maybe some of the things people consume during “the munchies” might be somewhat harmful or if someone decides to DUI after consuming marijuana and gets in a crash they can be harmed, but alcohol is legal and no one wants to ban it based on some people deciding to do stupid things under its influence.

Why does the DEA cling to its Class I for plant-based marijuana?

The DEA seems to base its insistence on classifying plant-based marijuana as illegal Class I because it has “no proven medical uses”. This excuse is starting to come apart as study after study shows it does indeed have proven medical uses and state after state has approved plant-based marijuana for medical uses.

In summary, the DEA’s stance on marijuana is clearly contradictory. If synthetic marijuana has a proven medical use, and many studies have shown the plant itself has proven medical uses, there is no logical or legal reason for the DEA to continue to classify plant-based marijuana as illegal Class I.

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Is CBD Coffee The Next Big Thing? Try This CBD Peppermint Chocolate Espresso Recipe

Together with caffeine, cannabidiol (CBD) is a great pick-me-up for any time of the day. It carries benefits that every coffee and health aficionado should try at least once.

Is CBC Coffee The Next Big Thing Try This CBC Peppermint Chocolate Espresso Recipe

CBD is a compound found in the cannabis flower, a medicinal plant that has been used for thousands of years. It is non-addictive and belongs to “phytocannabinoids”, giving CBD therapeutic properties.

Try this recipe with your next cup of joe for the whole range of benefits.

Ingredients

• Coffee or espresso
• 1 tbsp. unsweetened drinking chocolate
• ½ tsp. sugar or any preferred sweetener
• ¼ to ½ cup of creamer
• Preferred peppermint-flavored CBD oil (Lord Jones CBD Infused Tincture in Peppermint, etc.)

Directions

1. Prepare a double shot of espresso, then set aside. A strong cup of coffee can also be used
2. Place drinking chocolate and sweetener in a mug
3. Drop the CBD tincture directly on the drinking chocolate
4. Pour the espresso onto drinking chocolate and mix (milk frother is optional)
5. Microwave creamer for 30 seconds or use a stovetop before it boils
6. Mix the hot creamer with the mug mixture
7. Blend all ingredients in the mug. For a nice finish, mix it with milk frother
8. Bonus: Leave some creamer in a microwave-safe container to blend thoroughly with the milk frother. Pour foam on top of the CBD espresso for a nice touch.

Fun fact: CBD is closely related to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the famous phytocannabinoid that causes high. Unlike THC, CBD does not intoxicate upon consumption. It can lessen or even neutralize THC’s negative effects, depending on intake.

When mixed at the right amount, CBD can do wonders for the body.

Anxiety

A study revealed that caffeine prevents the brain’s adenosine receptors from reacting or causing stress responses. Mixing it with CBD tincture will relieve anxiety symptoms, chronic pain, and chronic disorders.

CBD reduces the effects of Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), such as fear, anxiety, self-doubt, and humiliation in everyday activities. It calms its consumers, particularly before they speak in public, and makes them assess themselves better.

The tincture is a liquid infused with CBD. It is the main ingredient of the recipe, quickly absorbed by tiny capillaries in the oral mucosa, which leads directly to the bloodstream. Those who suffer anxiety attacks or are at the onset of one will feel its difference from normal coffee.

Since the tincture is absorbed by the blood, it can also help those who suffer the following conditions:

Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, CBD can slow the growth and cause death to certain cancer cells. Animal studies showed certain CBDs reduce the spread of cancer and impede its growth.

CBD can stop breast cancer cells from multiplying with the reactivated ID-1 gene. It is a protein that activates during embryonic development, but turns off shortly. It will only reactivate whenever there are cultivating and metastasizing malignant breast cancer cells.

Additionally, a study in 2007 revealed CBD can reduce ID-1 expression to suppress aggressive tumor growth.  It opens up the possibility of foregoing chemotherapy for what CBD has to offer, a non-toxic and pain-free method.

Nabiximols is an example of a CBD drug, a mouth spray the US is studying. It can treat pain that is linked to cancer and multiple sclerosis.

Weakened endocannabinoid system

The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating mood, energy, intestines, immune activity, blood pressure, bone density, glucose metabolism, pain reception, stress, hunger, etc.

If it does not function properly, become deficient or overact, disease will follow. CBD can modulate the system and enhance its tone, slowing and stopping disease progression.

According to a publication by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2014, “modulating endocannabinoid system activity may have therapeutic potential in almost all diseases affecting humans.”

Seizures

CBD was finally recognized as mainstream medicine by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2018 with Epidolex. It is a pharmaceutical CBD formulation that can treat pediatric seizure disorders Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) also removed Epidolex from its highest drug classification.

If Epidolex is unavailable on the market, there are other substances with similar chemical makeup available online and in physical stores. Know how much CBD is needed before mixing it to achieve the perfect combination. e

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Can Vaping Cause Lung Problems?

Can Vaping Cause Lung Problems?

Can Vaping Cause Lung Problems?

Patients with lung problems like chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) consider vaping as an alternative option to the traditional cigarettes. This is mainly because it appears to be less harmful. Unfortunately, there is very little evidence to suggest that vaping can be considered safer for people with COPD.

The main cause of COPD is exposure to cigarette smoke. It is approximated that about 30 million people in the United States have COPD.

This article will talk more about the effects of vaping and how one can quit smoking without resorting to e-cigarettes.

Can Vaping Cause Lung Problems

Can vaping trigger COPD?

The effects of e-cigarettes are unclear because they are relatively new. Although they don’t involve tobacco inhalation, most vaping products are loaded with nicotine which is highly addictive. Other substances found in vaping products include:

Toxic chemicals
Carcinogens or cancer causing substances
Toxic metal nanoparticles

From 2018 onward all vaping products containing nicotine and tobacco should have warnings, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
In reference to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaping is less harmful than smoking cigarettes. However, the CDC warns against the use of e-cigarettes especially among the young people, pregnant mothers, and adults who don’t use tobacco.

Study on vaping and COPD
Very few studies have examined the effects of vaping and COPD.

Lung inflammation

Reports in a small study published in 2016 indicate that vaping products containing nicotine cause lung tissue damage and inflammation. These effects are linked with the development of COPD. This study that used cultured human and mice lung cells showed a dependency in nicotine during the research.

Oxidative stress

Referring to a 2017 study which was published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, vaping can cause oxidative stress. The study involved 44 participants including smokers, nonsmokers, and e-cigarette users.

The researchers found protein along the airways of e-cigarette smokers that are linked to COPD. Markers of oxidative stress were found in all the smokers who participated in the study. Oxidative stress is linked with lung disease.

DNA damage

A study published in January 2018 indicated that mice exposed to e-cigarette vapor showed DNA damage in the bladder, heart, and lungs. The damages can increase the development of heart disease, cancer, and lung problems.
The researchers noted that similar effects could replicate in humans.

Research unanimity on vaping

More studies are necessary to find the health effects of vaping, particularly to COPD and other lung problems.

It is advisable to go by advice from the Lung Institute, which doesn’t recommend vaping for anyone, particularly patients with COPD and other lung issues.

Symptoms of COPD

Wheezing and tightness in the chest are among the most notable symptoms of COPD. One may be asymptomatic until there is significant damage to the lungs. Over time, the symptoms can worsen, particularly if someone continues smoking. Other symptoms include:

Coughing
Tightness in the chest
Fatigue
Clear, white, yellow, or green mucus
Shortness of breath
Wheezing
Respiratory infections
At advanced stages, symptoms include:
Fingernail bends (cyanosis) or blue lips
Swollen legs, feet, or ankles
Weight loss
Breathing problems
COPD risk factors

Can Vaping Cause Lung Problems

COPD normally occurs when the elasticity of tubes in lungs is lost. This leaves some air in the lungs after exhaling. Some of the risk factors include:

Exposure to cigarette smoke

Long-term exposure to cigarette smoke is the main cause of COPD. The risk increases depending on the number of cigarettes smoked, and the smoking duration.

Being Asthmatic

Asthmatic patients who smoke are at a higher risk of COPD. Long-term exposure to second-hand smoke can make nonsmokers susceptible to COPD.

Exposure to dust or pollutants

Long-term exposure to chemical fumes or dust can make put you at a higher risk of COPD. The pollutants are irritants and can lead to breathing difficulties and inflammation.

Age

The elderly are more susceptible to have COPD than younger people. This is because its symptoms develop over many years.

Genetic

Nonsmokers can develop COPD if they have some genetic disorders, like alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency. However, these disorders are uncommon.

Fumes

Just like toxins and dust, fumes from burning fuel when cooking can contribute to COPD. This is especially if your house is not properly ventilated.

When to seek medical assistance

If you suspect symptoms of COPD, it is important to contact your doctor at once. Your doctor will do a physical examination to check the functions of your lungs.

COPD Tests

Tests to diagnose COPD include:

Spirometry

Also called pulmonary function test, detects early symptoms of COPD. You are supposed to inhale forcefully into a special tube that is linked to a spirometer. This gadget examines how your lungs quickly exhale air.

Imaging Test

It employs x-ray or CT scan to detect irregularities in the lungs to assess any symptoms of COPD.

Blood samples

Also called arterial blood gas test, it assesses the amount of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the blood. The results can show the COPD severity.

Ditching Smoking or Vaping

Setting a particular date to quit smoking can be very helpful. Although quitting can be challenging, you should find a plan to drop the habit. The National Institute on Drug Abuse doesn’t advocate vaping as an alternative to smoking.

Here are some tips to help you quit:

Set a date and stick to it.

Gather a lot of information on nicotine withdrawal and smoking cessation
Find a support network or an online forum
Contact your doctor if withdrawal symptoms become worse
Be focused to avoid occasional slipping

Final Word

Smoking cigarette is the main cause of COPD. It is unclear if vaping products can lead to COPD because they are quite new. Some studies have linked vaping to COPD and other lung problems. It is important to contact your doctor if you are concerned smoking or lung problems.

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What Is The Difference Between THC And CBD?

You may have an idea about what you expect if you are familiar with marijuana. It is quite interesting to learn about the components of medical or recreational marijuana irrespective of whether you are against its use or not.

Marijuana contains more than 113 different chemical compounds which interact with our bodies through the endocannabinoid system.

What Is The Difference Between THC And CBD

Since it is so complex, marijuana has very many different uses. The weed can improve your performance in bed, boost your workout, or even help predict your future.

This brings as to THC, an acronym for its chemical name tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid compound that comes from the resin of the cannabis plant. On the other hand, CBD oil is a unique component derived from cannabis which is similar to Xanax from a natural source. Studies have shown that CBD and THC act differently on the brain.

Mode of Action

THC simply alters your mood and makes you feel high. Additionally, it can make you feel happy, relaxed, and/or crave for snacks. People who have problems with nausea can also get some relief from THC. However, when taken in higher doses, it can trigger unpleasant side effects. These may include panic attacks, hallucinations, or anxiety.

On the other hand, cannabidiol (CBD) doesn’t have any psychoactive properties. People who use CBD often claim that they don’t feel anything when taking the compound. Rather, you start noticing the absence of things, with anxiety being the most notable.

Amusingly, the levels of THC currently in marijuana today are nearly three times what used to be in the 1990s. However, it is worth noting that how you take marijuana determines the amount of THC in your bloodstream. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, THC’s effect is delayed by about 30 minutes if you consume edibles. This is because your body needs to digest the food before it is absorbed along the intestines. Additionally, less THC finds its way into your bloodstream with an edible compared to smoking. NIDA warns that you shouldn’t think that you haven’t taken enough to compensate because you might end up experiencing its ill side effects.

Medical Uses of THC and CBD

These two cannabinoids come with many uses and benefits. THC is mostly used due to its relaxing, euphoric, and pain-relieving effects. In contrast, CBD can be used to treat epilepsy, anxiety, and in some cases psychosis.

Related Link: What Medical Marijuana Can Do for Your State of Mind

Common THC Uses

• Relaxation and euphoria
• Drowsiness and sleep
• Painkiller
• Appetite stimulant
• Muscle relaxant
• Anti-emetic

Common CBD Uses

• Anti-anxiety
• Anti-inflammatory
• Neuroprotective
• Anti-psychotic
• Anticonvulsant
• Painkiller
• Anti-tumoral

The Bottom Line

Based on the decisions you might make and the laws in your state, what is important is to know what gets into your body. That information can assist you in making the best decision.

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Could Cannabidiol Treat Your Chronic or Recurring Medical Condition? 

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical compound specifically found in marijuana plants. The typical cannabis plant contains over 60 chemical compounds only found in the same genus. CBD is one of the best-known of these cannabis compounds. In contrast to marijuana chemicals like THC, cannabidiol is not psychoactive. It doesn’t produce a euphoric “high” as THC does. Even if CBD is inert in this sense, the chemical has gained prominence in recent times for its potential in medical application.

Could Cannabidiol Treat Your Chronic or Recurring Medical Condition 

CBD may not get you high, but it still affects the body’s endocannabinoid processes.  The endocannabinoid system regulates important bodily functions and affects mood. CBD can stimulate the endocannabinoid system, which research suggests can be highly beneficial for treating certain medical conditions, such as seizures. Read on to find out which medical conditions CBD may help relieve:

Chronic Pain

Medical marijuana is most popularly used for pain relief. Most medical weed strains do contain psychoactive chemical compounds. However, CBD has also been found to be a highly-effective painkiller. A 2015 study compared the pain-relieving effects of CBD to those of morphine, sans the addiction. Researchers have even suggested using CBD to counter dangerous side-effects of morphine.

The potentially anti, or lack of addictive effects in CBD, has shown great potential not just for use in medical marijuana, but for recreational consumption as well. Marijuana as a whole is far less addictive than more commonly available substances like alcohol and even prescription opioids, says Dooma Wendschuh, inventor of a cannabis beer that helps fight alcohol addiction. As a result, marijuana products show incredible potential to help ease the side-effects of substance abuse in the future.

Epileptic Seizures

According to a study published in 2012 by the British Epilepsy Association, CBD may help relieve seizure episodes in those who suffer from epilepsy. The study’s authors declared evidence that “strongly supported” therapeutic effects of CBD for many different types of epilepsy.

Neurodegenerative Disorders

Doctors still do not fully understand how neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis originate or deteriorate normal brain and muscle function. This has made treating such diseases extremely challenging. Researchers know that neurodegenerative diseases are related to protein pathways. CBD has quite promisingly shown to be able to protect nerve cells in these protein pathways, thus either effectively treating the conditions or making them more manageable.

Related Link: How Effective Is Medical Marijuana And What Can It Be Used For?

Inflammation

Marijuana, in general, is widely used in treating chronic inflammatory conditions. Both THC and CBD carry anti-inflammatory properties, but CBD is known to be the more effective of the two. When CBD stimulates the body’s endocannabinoid system, it elicits a response that reduces inflammation of nerve cells. Thus, CBD is a prime contender for a new line of highly effective anti-inflammatory drugs.

If you suffer from any of the above medical conditions, you may benefit from CBD treatments. Most treatments are in the early stages of testing, but some may be available on an experimental basis.  CBD is legal in most regions, unlike THC. Consult your doctor regarding whether medical marijuana could be a treatment option for you.

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The Best Types of Marijuana for Cooking Edibles

What do you expect to see when you first walk into a dispensary in San Francisco? Shelves upon shelves of bud-filled jars? Clouds of THC-rich water vapor diffusing into the air? Perhaps you envision a budtender giving you a demonstration of the latest product on the market, whether it is a bong, handheld inhaler or portable vaporizer?

The Best Types of Marijuana for Cooking Edibles.

Whatever mental image is in your mind right now, remember that a medical/recreational marijuana dispensary will welcome consumers from all walks of life. Not every single customer is going to be on the hunt for buds and/or tools that they can utilize for smoking and/or vaporizing. Inhalation aside, the many methods of marijuana consumption encompass raw cannabis, oils, tinctures, and liver-metabolizing cannabis edibles.

A marijuana user’s chosen delivery method should be dependent on certain factors, like:

• Age
• Medical requirements (if any)
• Recreational expectations (if any)
• Desired effect

Since each type of marijuana ingestion will have a unique effect on the body, you ought to research thoroughly. In doing so, you can make a decision that best suits your circumstances, before you let the waft of weed hit you right in the face at a local dispensary!

On that note, take a moment to enlighten yourself on cannabis edibles and their influence on the brain’s cannabinoid receptors.

How does cannabis ingestion affect the body?

Even if you have the same strain of cannabis and use it for a variety of consumption methods, the effects will be dissimilar. How do you ask? Well, THC compounds are absorbed by means of a metabolic process when the cannabis is ingested, whether you stir some oil into cake mix or purchase cannabis-infused ingredients.

Effects tend to last longer when consumers ingest their cannabis. The most extreme highs can be experienced with cannabis ingestion, due to the fact THC is delivered to the brain directly after traveling through the stomach. If you cook with CBD-rich marijuana, you can avoid a head-high feeling and instead, experience swift relief from whatever ailment you are using medical marijuana to treat.

Is ingestion a safe method of marijuana consumption?

A budtender at a San Francisco dispensary will tell you everything you need to know about cannabis edibles. Go ahead and ask them about the safest method of consumption and they will likely advise edibles over smoking. Rather than exposing your respiratory system to chemicals and toxic smoke with inhalation, you can treat your taste buds to a flavorful strain of cannabis. Remember to focus on the dosage and stick to the recipe, especially if you plan on getting “baked”!

Who would benefit from ingesting cannabis in the form of edibles?

Parents with children who may refuse alternative methods of medical marijuana consumption can enjoy the convenience that edibles offer. One prime example of cannabis ingestion working wonders for a young patient is Joey Hester-Perez – a young autistic boy who was cured of behavioral problems and anorexia when his mother baked cannabis-infused edibles for him one day.

Non-smokers would also benefit, as would experienced smokers who want an alternative and more intense high. A discretionary option, cannabis edibles can be incorporated into traditional dishes. The more you experiment with recipes, the better your cooking skills will get.

What types of edibles can I infuse with dry buds and/or concentrates?

Do you plan on using dry cannabis for your edibles? If so, retain the flavor and potency by storing the buds inside an airtight container prior to cooking. Conversely, medicate with a concentrated oil for smooth and powerful infusions.

Here are just a few ideas that we recommend mixing up from day-to-day or week-to-week as a way of keeping the menu at your household as exciting as possible:

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• Cannabis butter (Cannabutter)
• Cannabis granola
• Cannabis salad cream
• Cannabis marinated steak
• Cannabis baked goods, e.g. cookies, brownies, and cakes.

The Best Cannabis Strains for High-Purity Edibles

Sativa or Indica? Sticky or dry? Leaves or buds? There are so many variables to consider when you are making high-purity cannabis edibles. In the end, the choice you make depends on you.

However, the following five cannabis strains for edibles are a welcome addition to any kitchen:

Skywalker

Brought to the world by Amsterdam-based cannabis brand, Dutch Passion Seeds, this marijuana strain for edibles is a 90% Indica strain.

Trainwreck

Not for the faint-hearted, this hybrid strain is a blend of Afghani Indica and Mexican/Thai Sativa. Mix the piney buds into your recipes for some mind-altering enjoyment.

Bubba Kush

Cultivated in L.A., this Indica Hybrid is pleasing to the palate and is favored for its sedative effects. Coffee, chocolate, and hashish combine to give the strain its delightful taste.

Blue Dream

This 60% Sativa-40% Indica strain shares the genetics of Super Silver Haze. It originated in California and contains up to 24% THC.

White Widow

Energizing and delicious, White Widow is the perfect marijuana strain for inducing a good night’s sleep.

Considerations When Cooking and Ingesting Cannabis

Ideally, you should begin cooking and ingesting cannabis edibles with 5 mg of THC/CBD. As time passes, you can determine whether or not you would like to increase the dosage, based on your personal recreational and/or medical needs. Listen to your body and avoid eating edibles on an empty stomach. Stick to strains with 10% (or less) THC if you aren’t a seasoned smoker. Should you be planning on buying pre-infused edible products, try and stick to one brand for consistency.

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How Effective Is Medical Marijuana And What Can It Be Used For?

It doesn’t matter if you are a lobbyist for medical marijuana or you completely want it off the shelves, you cannot deny the fact that it has had a huge impact on modern culture. With that being said, there have been tons of claims and studies that state that medical marijuana is actually beneficial and provides patients with medicine like properties. If this really true or is it just a farce? Below, you will learn about some of the medical discoveries linked to medical marijuana and what it can be used to treat.

How Effective Is Medical Marijuana And What Can It Be Used For

Aiding In Nausea Relief

No one likes feeling sick to his or her stomach or feeling like they are going to constantly throw up. There are tons of medical conditions and treatments out there that induce this kind of side effect, and you might be surprised to learn that medical marijuana has been cited as a cure for this kind of condition. In fact, there are certain strains of marijuana that can ease nausea and vomiting symptoms that are linked with chemo, cancer, and aids treatments. In the late 80’s the active ingredient THC was synthesized and given to several AIDs patients at a hospital in Oklahoma. It was proven that after a six-week study the patients that took 5 milligrams a day saw an increase in appetite and experienced less nausea.

While the relief is the only short term, this is still a big step in the right direction to curing nausea that is linked to certain illnesses and medications.

Helps Ease Nerve Pain

If you have ever experienced burning hands or feet due to diabetes, AIDs, spinal cord injuries, or other conditions, you already know just how painful and horrific the experience can be. At times, the pain can be so overwhelming that you might even have a hard time functioning. Well, one study involving several different strengths of medical cannabis cigarettes was conducted around this condition as opposed to traditional pain medications. The study was conducted at the University of California and it proved that marijuana cigarettes were superior in providing pain relief.

Combating Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a serious condition that usually results in muscle spasms, stiffness, and sometimes it can even impact the way you walk. Several different studies have been conducted throughout a variety of different countries involving the use of medical marijuana combined with other medications. The active ingredient THC was broken down, combined with other medications, and transformed into an oral spray. A British study showed that out of 66 patients 42% of them experienced relief.

While the clinical trial is still in the final stages, there really is no proof that smoked marijuana can aid in the effects of multiple sclerosis.

Battling Crohn’s Disease With Medical Marijuana

Crohn’s disease is another very serious condition that causes the bowels to inflame and irritates the small intestine. Most of the time treatment for this condition requires a variety of medications along with surgery, but unfortunately, not all patients respond to these types of treatments. However, a study conducted at the University of Tel Aviv showed that 45% of 21 people that did not respond to traditional treatments responded well to medical marijuana cigarettes.

Medical marijuana was able to provide relief to Crohn’s disease symptoms, but as soon as the patients stopped using the marijuana they relapsed and started experiencing symptoms again.

Can Medical Marijuana Battle Cancer?

It was already established that medical marijuana can aid in the side effects of cancer treatments, but could medical marijuana actually aid in combating cancer cells? Well, a study conducted by the American Cancer Society showed that THC could actually reduce the growth of cancer tumors. Unfortunately, these were only animal trials, but human trails are currently in the works, and the potential looks outstanding thus far.

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Health Benefits of CBD Oil

Cannabidiol (CBD) has many benefits yet there is a lot of confusion as to what it is, and what it’s effects are on the human body.

Unlike THC which is the active compound in marijuana that gets the user high; CBD does not produce any form of intoxication effect and is shown to have a vast array of health benefits.

Health Benefits of CBD Oil

Here are some common benefits of using CBD:

Relieves anxiety

CBD oil has been shown to be effective at helping people manage their anxiety by managing how their brain responds to serotonin. Anxiety is usually a psychological disorder originating from the central nervous system due to increased production of flight hormone in the body. To relieve anxiety, the oil has been shown to:

• Reduces stress
• Improve post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms
• Decreases psychological effects caused by anxiety e.g. heart rate
• In cases of insomnia, the oil can induce sleep to relax the individual

Relieves pain

Cannabinoids usually affect the brain and since pain is a stimuli from the sensory organ, to the central nervous system in the brain and back to the effector organ, the oil can be used to manage pain. To effectively manage pain, the relay neuron which is located in the brain ceases to transmit impulses to inhibit brain receptors from decoding the information. Studies have shown that cannabis is recommended to relieve pain especially after chemotherapy in cancer patients. This oil can also be used to manage chronic pain, spinal cord injuries, muscle pain, musculoskeletal pain and arthritis.

Anti-seizure

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder which is characterized by recurrent sudden loss of consciousness due to abnormal electrical brain activity. Cannabidiol oil is considered as an effective treatment to epilepsy. As per scientific research, the oil is capable of reducing the number of seizures epileptic patients experience in a day. The principle of this treatment is the inhibition of brain receptors to avoid abnormal electrical responses in the brain and eventual seizure. However, this treatment is recorded to have side effects on some patients due to the cannabidiol chemicals. Therefore, the research is ongoing to determine how the side effects could be managed if the treatment is effective.

Neuroprotective

Research shows that cannabidiol oil treatment is vital in people with neurodegenerative disorders. These are disorders that make the brain and nerves to deteriorate with time. There is a receptor in the brain of the man known as CB1 and it has proven pivotal in protecting both the brain and the nerves. Research is focussing on this receptor to determine the role of cannabidiol chemicals in treating stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Cannabidiol chemicals have also been known to moderate inflammations and how cells reproduce in cancer treatment. This has been the center of cancer research studies with most researchers working on understanding how this oil can reduce tumor cells reproduction. Ideally, cancer is abnormal growth of cells and if these cells can be inhibited from successful cell division, cancer treatment can reach a milestone. Although research is underway, most scientists believe that cannabidiol chemicals can alleviate cancer symptoms and treatment side effects.

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Treating Digestive Disorders: The Rising Role of Medical Marijuana

Treating Digestive Disorders: The Rising Role of Medical Marijuana

Whether cannabis is welcomed, viewed with suspicion or banned outright depending on the jurisdiction that you live in, the body has a mechanism in place to produce its own natural cannabinoid chemicals. The endocannabinoid system, as it is termed, is responsible for various emotion-related responses, as well as functions related to stress response, memory and digestive function.

Treating Digestive Disorders

The THC and CBD cannabinoids present in marijuana are closely enough related to the body’s own cannabinoids and chemical structure to activate the endocannabinoid system. The effect can be of use in the treatment of certain digestive disorders.

Evidence available for the medical uses of marijuana is limited at this time because of the laws in place that restrict the availability of the substance. It can be hard for researchers to obtain samples for study. A small body of research is beginning to emerge, however. The evidence on hand does suggest that marijuana has a role to play in the treatment of medical conditions.

Colitis

When tested on rodents, the THC and CBD cannabinoids in marijuana were found to be far more effective than sulphasalazine, a well-established drug often prescribed in the treatment of colitis, a common variant of the inflammatory bowel disease. While THC was found to be reasonably effective on its own, and CBD was found to be only partially effective, in combination, the two were found to be the most effective of any known treatment.

In another animal study, it was found that CBD was effective as a way to prevent the occurrence of colitis. CBD is most effective as a preventative against pathogenic colitis. Exposure to CBD as a way to modulate the functioning of intestinal enteric glial cells has been found to be effective. These cells are tasked with the function of defending the intestinal tract against pathogens, a function they perform through the production of inflammation-inducing proteins. Exposure to CBD is able to lower the intensity of the defense response, an action that maintains protein production at sufficient levels to enable protection of the intestinal tract while preventing inflammation.

Crohn’s disease

Crohn’s disease is a different variant of the inflammatory bowel disease. In a study conducted in Israel on 30 subjects suffering from Crohn’s disease, there was complete agreement that improvements were seen. The impact of medical marijuana and herbal vaporizers usage was seen as positive. Nine of the patients reported a slight improvement in the condition, and the other 21 reported significant improvement. All of them reported needing to use fewer of their medications when using marijuana. In some cases, patients reported going off their prescriptions altogether.

The study was more anecdotal than rigorous. Results depended on a personal recollection by patients. There were no independent tests done on the results. Another study performed in Israel, however, was far more rigorous. The placebo-controlled study offered results that were far more reliable. Subjects who used marijuana reported improvements at ten times the rate of those who used the placebo.

Irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is a gastrointestinal disorder marked by symptoms such as diarrhea, pain and rectal bleeding. Researchers have long suspected a connection between IBS and certain mental disorders such as anxiety and depression. There is some evidence to suggest that both IBS and these psychiatric disorders are caused by disruptions to the body’s microbiome — the ecosystem of microorganisms that live both in the digestive tract and elsewhere in the body.

Research done in the year 2008 suggests that both issues are traceable to an endocannabinoid deficiency in the body. Studies have shown that marijuana is able to directly address a number of symptoms associated with IBS. Hypermotility, a condition seen in IBS that has food moving too quickly through the gut, is effectively treated with marijuana. Use of marijuana suits inflammation of the intestinal lining, as well.

While marijuana is no cure for IBS, it offers excellent symptomatic relief.

Celiac disease

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that is set off as a response to the presence of gluten in the diet. To persons suffering from celiac disease, a diet that contains the gluten protein can cause damage to the villi in the intestinal lining, a condition that results in an inability to absorb nutrients.

A study in 2013 found that marijuana use offered encouraging results in the treatment of this disease. Marijuana was seen to be able to target the CB 1 and CB 2 receptors in the digestive tract, bringing relief to celiac patients.

It’s important to proceed with caution

As encouraging as the idea is that marijuana can help with chronic, painful conditions of the digestive tract, it’s important to remember that studies in this area are in their preliminary stage. Evidence exists pointing to the ability of marijuana to induce psychoses, anxiety, and paranoia. Addiction and a drop in IQ are possible, as well. Proceeding in consultation with a qualified doctor can help.

John Bailey is the Content Manager for Davinci Vaporizer. John brings a wealth of knowledge in many facets of marketing and branding experience to the industry. John loves health and fitness, Doctor Who, dark scotch, hiking, and photography. Contact him at (512) 954-4630 or email jbailey@davincivaporizer.com

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Terpene Technology: Exciting Innovations in Medical Marijuana

As laws become lax, growers and advocates get more excited about the potential boom in the medical marijuana industry. Along with close attention to laws and regulations, advancements in technology continue to pique the interest of advocates and businesspeople. In the near future, growers will be able to save money on lighting while providing plenty of nourishment to plants. Moreover, the general population will have access to grow-at-home kits. Also, advancements in extraction, such as terpene isolation, is changing the way vapers and smokers are enjoying themselves.

Terpene Technology: Exciting Innovations in Medical Marijuana

LED Lighting

You can’t hold a conversation about marijuana without mentioning lighting. More manufacturers are investing in what can be done with LEDs. Growers are interested in finding out how much money can be saved while improving growth. Particular diodes produce more light yet need less power. Growers are curious to see what will happen with customized light setups, which will give them more liberty in dictating potency, volume, etc. Also, cheaper LEDs means it will be easier for people to grow personal stashes at home.

Terpene Isolation

Terpenes represent the scent of the cannabis flower. When it comes to vaping, terpenes are very important. Terpenes prolong the life of cannabis and other plants. Moreover, some terpenes are just as beneficial to consume. For example, Limonene is known to eradicate heartburn and dissolve gallstones. Some manufacturers are tinkering with the possibility of providing just terpenes on the market. Some companies are finding that vacuum drying cannabis distils cannabinoids but it also extracts terpenes. A process focused on terpene isolation was the logical next step.

Solvent Extraction

As cultivation grew and growers got innovative, forms of extracting potent elements of the marijuana plant commenced. Developers are always finding new and different ways to extract components. Rosin technology is at the forefront since extracts grow more popular at dispensaries. Rosin can be manufactured in seconds compared to BHO, which requires up to a week to prepare.

Hydraulic presses now make it possible to make a range of hash oils. Presses exceed the pressure of 20 tons, which allows for lower extraction temperatures, optimal for terpene preservation. The latest processes involve nylon press pouches, titanium collection tools, and flower pre-presses.

Solventless extraction has a lot of potential since it poses no risk to those making it at home. Conversely, many stories surfaced centered on the possible horrors of making BHO in one’s home. Some believe such possibilities will produce a proliferation of ‘craft’ cultivators. Without the threat of creating an explosion in your kitchen, more people will grow curious about extraction processes.

Social Networking

The world is getting smaller as technology expands. Social network sites focused on uniting cannabis enthusiasts are popping up to great receptions. Mass Roots is quickly on its way to one million users. Green Lion Partners aspires to be the LinkedIn for cannabis entrepreneurs.

Liquid Formulation

In 2012, a big pharma company developed Epidiolex, a liquid form of CBD, a compound found in cannabis. The FDA is looking to approve it to treat forms of epilepsy. As laws get more lax and the general population more accepting, big pharmaceutical companies will start to test the waters of the medical marijuana industry. This could mean a lot more forms of cannabis and ranges of potency. It could also mean higher prices.

Rotavapors

Rotavapors remove solvent from cannabis oil and recycles the solvent for later use. It uses a vacuum controlled distillation process that removes large volumes of hydrocarbons and alcohols. The extract is then purified. Companies that offer such processes will be integral in providing solutions to those seeking small to large batches of such extracts. While companies seek patents on particular processes, it will be interesting to see how competitors will continue to raise the technological ceiling.

Certified Organic

Catering to those who are picky about what goes in their body, the Honest Marijuana company wants to supply only fresh and organically grown crops. Those using the DaVinci IQ herbal vaporizer and other instruments can feel confident that manufacturers will strive to provide the best.

DIY

With the legalization of marijuana coming to fruition in more states, an increasing amount of people are considering taking up the pastime. However, can any person be a grower? Seedo wants to make it so the common person doesn’t have to lift a finger from planting a seed until harvest. Those who scoff at in-home systems should know Seedo’s system is replete with LED lights and automated mineral deposit. Who will need a dispensary when they can harvest marijuana at home?

John Bailey is the Content Manager for DAVINCI VAPORIZER. John brings a wealth of knowledge in many facets of marketing and branding experience to the industry. John loves health and fitness, Doctor Who, dark scotch, hiking, and photography. Contact him at (512) 954-4630 or by email at jbailey@davincivaporizer.com

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Cannabis Patch That Heals Fibromyalgia and Diabetic Nerve Pain

A company that has closely monitored the health benefits of cannabis has designed an effective cannabis patch that alleviates diabetic nerve pain and fibromyalgia symptoms. With this awareness, this herb which is considered harmful deserves a better reputation than it currently has.

The cannabis patch is nothing else but a transdermal patch that releases some compounds in the skin, which are later absorbed into the circulatory system.

Cannabis Patch That Heals Fibromyalgia and Diabetic Nerve Pain.

These patches are designed to relieve neurological pain in patients suffering from fibromyalgia and diabetes.

Safety

Medical experts from Cannabis Science clarified that controlled doses of cannabis cannot ruin the body or trigger any adverse side effects. According to the company, their patches are intended to treat all the affected areas in the body. Transdermal approach is considered to be more effective than other methods such as oral, topical, intravenous, and intramuscular applications.

Mode of Application

These patches warrant the required amount of the healing compounds into the patient. You can apply the patches through a permeable membrane that allows absorption. Alternatively, you can use thin layers that dissolve on the skin. These slender layers are loaded with cannabinoid extract that travels to the central nervous system and alleviates pain.

The second most vital compound in cannabis is known as CBD. As you probably know, the first cannabinoid in cannabis is THC. CBD has very strong anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving benefits in the body. Other than the hallucinogenic effect,   there is almost no other adverse side effect.

Tip of an Iceberg 

In reference to Mr. Raymond C. Dabney, CEO of Cannabis Science, their patches are just a tiny bit of the huge health benefits associated with cannabis. The discovery of the two new pharmaceutical medicinal applications is just the tip of an iceberg for what the see as the future of Cannabis Science. This is according to Dabney.

As they put more effort to boost their land capacity for growth and premises to make their own product, Dabney notes that they also busy with research. They also hope to supply their team of experts with proprietary materials to craft their formulations.

The CEO explained that they are exploring more potential needs for cannabis related medical uses and expanding the delivery methods for these applications.

Surprisingly, over 10% of all the Americans suffer from fibromyalgia though many don’t know they have the condition.

Globally, many people with diabetes and fibromyalgia experience neuropathic nerve pain. These patches can go a long way in alleviating pain in patients with the two conditions. Chances are that these patches have the ability to alleviate these health issues.

Meet the Growing Demand

While many people campaign for the legalization of cannabis and medications that are sourced from cannabis, Dabney says their plans are different. They are focused on producing pharmaceutical applications and formulations in order to supply the rising demand. This is expected in the next few years to come, according to Dabney.