Cannabis and Epilepsy

What You Should Know About Cannabis and Epilepsy

Many people mistakenly think that using cannabis to treat symptoms of epilepsy is new, but this alternative treatment spans back 4,000 years according to some scholars! The first reference is attributed to the Assyrians, who called cannabis “hand of ghost”. Arabic and Indian populations also recognized the potential benefits of cannabis and continued its use for seizure activity treatment for many years. As global trade grew, cannabis became known as “Indian Hemp” in Europe and North America and was experimented with for its anticonvulsant properties. However, due to smear campaigns, xenophobia, and standardization problems, cannabis never reached its full potential as an epilepsy treatment. Continue reading “What You Should Know About Cannabis and Epilepsy”

Renewing Your Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification

The Importance of Renewing Your Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification Card Before it Expires

In Florida, individuals are only allowed to possess medical marijuana or low-THC cannabis products if they hold an official Medical Marijuana Use Registry (MMUR) Identification Card issued by the state. In order to qualify for this state-issued identification card, an individual must currently receiving care from a physician qualified to prescribe medical marijuana for one of the following approved diagnoses: Continue reading “The Importance of Renewing Your Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification Card Before it Expires”

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How Medical Marijuana Can Help with the Side Effects of Chemo

The benefits of medical marijuana for those receiving chemotherapy treatments for cancer or other diseases are well-documented. Relief of the side effects associated with chemo is one of the first things medical marijuana advocates proclaimed in the ongoing battle to legalize medical marijuana everywhere. Side effects of chemotherapy that medical marijuana may help with include:

  • Pain

If a chemotherapy patient is hesitant about using medical marijuana, its demonstrated relief of pain associated with chemo and cancers might change their mind. Several studies have found that medical marijuana, especially when inhaled, causes significant pain relief for patients who could not find relief with strong prescription pain medications. The relief of neuropathy-related pain, which can occur in some cancers, has also been shown in patients who smoke or vape medical marijuana. Continue reading “How Medical Marijuana Can Help with the Side Effects of Chemo”

How Medical Marijuana Helps Neuropathic Pain

The medical benefits of medical marijuana use are explored more every day. One of the most promising benefits research has shown so far is in chronic pain management. This comes as no surprise to cannabis users, as anecdotally, marijuana has been used for pain for millennia. While are types of pain have not yet been researched, one that has been of particular interest to medical marijuana researchers is neuropathy.

Neuropathy, sometimes called peripheral neuropathy, is not one specific condition, but instead refers to a collection of conditions that result from damage to the body’s peripheral nerves. Pins and needles type tingling pain or numbness are neuropathy’s hallmarks. Neuropathy is a symptom of various diseases and conditions. Diabetes is a common underlying cause of neuropathy. Continue reading “How Medical Marijuana Helps Neuropathic Pain”

How Medical Marijuana Helps with Alzheimer’s Disease

One of the most interesting potential applications of medical marijuana is in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Few diseases are more difficult and tragic for both the patient and their loved ones than Alzheimer’s. Although cannabis does not offer a cure, it can potentially alleviate and in some cases, reverse symptoms and provide relief and comfort to those who suffer from the disease.  

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder, which means that its symptoms, which affect the brain, are progressive. Those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease often experience memory loss, issues with speech, emotional distress, and dementia. Very little can be done to treat Alzheimer’s patients, and patients often require full-time care eventually.

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Can Medical Marijuana Be Used as an Anorexia Treatment?

The appetite-stimulating effects of marijuana are one of its most well-known characteristics. These properties mean that medical marijuana is often utilized to help treat chemotherapy and HIV/AIDS patients who are struggling with a lack of appetite, but can it be useful in treating anorexia? Let’s take a closer look. 

What is Anorexia?

If you’re unfamiliar with the condition, anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by body dysmorphia, obsession with body weight and image, and a self-imposed lack of eating resulting in extreme weight loss. This disorder may have psychological roots, but its physical effects can be devastating and ultimately life-threatening if not treated. 

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How Medical Marijuana Helps Crohn’s Symptoms

Recent research suggests that medical marijuana may ease inflammation associated with Crohn’s disease flare-ups, reducing pain and helping those with Crohn’s disease enjoy a better quality of life. 

One research study confirmed this by studying 50 people with active Crohn’s disease. The group that applied marijuana oil for eight weeks experienced better quality of life and reduced symptom severity than the group that used a placebo.

In another study, the patients who smoked cannabis cigarettes for eight weeks achieved remission more frequently than those who smoked placebo cigarettes. 

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How Cannabis Relieves Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms

Cannabis, also known as medical marijuana, has been used as a therapeutic treatment since ancient times. Now, it is gaining popularity for its powerful properties, including its ability to relieve inflammation and decrease pain. 

In particular, cannabis is currently being studied as a potential treatment for Parkinson’s disease symptoms. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder for adults in the United States, which means that treatment is a major shared priority. 

If you or a loved one suffers from Parkinson’s disease, here’s what you should know about using medical marijuana to alleviate unwanted symptoms. 

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Are There Side Effects of Medical Marijuana?

Medical marijuana has been used for therapeutic and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. In fact, most ancient cultures grew the marijuana plant as herbal medicine. Americans have grown cannabis since early colonial days when hemp was used for textiles and rope. 

Yet the safety of the use of marijuana has been intensely debated over the last few decades, with some people advocating for the health benefits of medical marijuana and others warning of its side effects. 

So what is the truth? Are there side effects of medical marijuana? As with all medications, medical cannabis must be used responsibly and in proper quantities to provide the most benefits and the least side effects. Continue reading “Are There Side Effects of Medical Marijuana?”

How Medical Marijuana Helps with Spinal Cord Injuries

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury (SCI), you know all too well the devastating effects it can have on the quality of life. At least 450,000 Americans are living with a spinal cord injury, many with chronic pain that makes daily tasks nearly impossible. 

In the past, only prescription painkillers or surgery existed as treatment options. Now medical marijuana is legal in many states like Florida to help victims of spinal cord injuries manage their pain and live with their condition. 

What Is a Spinal Cord Injury?

A spinal cord injury most often develops after a traumatic impact, such as a fall or a car accident. The vertebrae in the spine become fractured or compressed, leading to a limited range of motion or even paralysis. Victims of spinal cord injuries experience loss of sensation, function, and range of motion.  Continue reading “How Medical Marijuana Helps with Spinal Cord Injuries”