PAIN…What is it?

Generally, pain falls into three categories of causation. These categories are, Nociceptive Pain, Neuropathic Pain and Central Pain.

  1. Nociceptive Pain – This is the most common form of pain experienced. Occurring as a response to an injury. For example when I was in a car accident and slammed into the gear shift from the passenger side (really learned to appreciate seat belts after this one). Everyone of us has experienced this type of pain at some point. This type of pain will usually dissipate with treatment and eventually go away completely.
  2. Neuropathic Pain – This pain is do to damage to the bodies Nervous System and is fairly common as it affects between 7-10% of the worlds population. The types of issues that neuropathic pain results from are pretty well known, diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, HIV and of course Diabetes. One specific treatment method used today can also cause this type of pain and that is Chemotherapy as a result of its destructive effects to many cells in the body. Those who experience this type of pain are definitely on a roller coaster ride with this because it is very difficult to treat and the options for treatment can be very addictive.
  3. Central Pain – Central Pain can on occasion be injury related, however the most common cause of Central Pain is unknown thus making it very hard to treat. One of the most common diagnosis involving this kind of pain is Fibromyalgia. It is believed that Fibromyalgia is caused as a result of the malfunction of the way pain signals travel to the brain and the way they are processed.

Pain occurrences are obviously varied and will effect each of us differently and treatment options are just as different for each of us. Decades have gone by with severe research restrictions being enforced at least here in the states on what can be explored and what can’t, but there is light at the end of the tunnel due to the growth in the acceptance of Medical Cannabis use. We are entering an era now where these much needed studies are being conducted. Cannabinoid treatment studies are growing in number and are demonstrating that cannabis is an effective treatment option with far less costly side effects than what we have been encouraged to accept using current pain treatments such as Opioids.

Latter I’ll be talking about the information regarding the best product types and benefits as well as how cannabinoids work within the body.

Til next time I’m sending each of you all hope for a great day today and a better tomorrow.

p.s. any comments, questions, or suggestions are always appreciated.

Vitamin D deficiency, What are the risks?

We all know from a young age that vitamin D builds strong bones, and it is foundly named the Sunshine vitamin. Yet, what else does it do and what happens when you don’t get enough?

Activated Vitamin D hormone helps control the immune system and has anti-inflammatory attributes. Thus in the event you don’t have enough you could be opening yourself up to some troublesome health issues such as

  • Increased risk of death from Cardiovascular disease
  • Severe Asthma in children
  • COPD
  • Cancer
  • Cognitive impairment in older Adults
  • Rickets- a condition that affects bone developement in children

Most recently a report published in the June 19, 2018 edition of the Journal of Nutrition by researchers from Johns Hopkins University, which utilized data accumulated over 10 years for more than 6,000 Adults found that low levels of Vitamin D are linked with an increased risk of a disease which causes scarring and inflamation of the lungs identified as Interstitial Lung disease (ILD). Over the 10 year time frame it was discovered that lower than normal blood levels of Vitamin D demonstrated an increased risk factor in ILD developement.

Bering in mind that the researchers do caution that cause and effect are not proven, the findings of the report do support the need for further investigation, however this study suggests that Vitamin D levels may be important to lung health. It may behoove us to now think about adding Vitamin D deficiency to the list of factors along with the other known ILD risks, ie. enviornmental toxins (asbestos, coal dust), Autoimmune disorders like Rheumatoid Arthritis, infections or medication side effects.

Other research suggests that Vitamin D contributes to treatment and prevention of many types of chronic long term health issues for example Diabetes both Types 1 and 2, glucose intolerence, hypertension and multiple sclerosis.

Causes of Vitamin D deficiency can arise from a number of things.

  • Lack of Sunlight- The sunshine vitamin is made naturally in our bodies when our skin is exposed to sunlight without sunscreen, however for a variety of reasons this natural remedy may be prohibitive for some.
  • Darker skin – The pigment melanin reduces the skin’s ability to make vitamn D in response to sunlight exposure.
  • Obesity- Vitamin D is extracted from the blood by fat cells, altering its release into circulation. A body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more often is indicative of low levels in the blood.

Additional reasons could be the inability of your digestive tract to absorb vitamin D as seen in conditions like Crhons or celiac disease. Kidney inability to convert vitamin D to its active form just to name a couple.

I personaly suffer from vitamin D deficiency and up until recently I had been taking 50,000 IU (international units) weekly. Depending on age and health issues, the Institute of Medicine has increased the Recommended Dietary Allowence (RDA) of Vitamin D to 600 IU daily for everyone age 1 to 70, and for those who are 70 and older the daily amount should be 800 IU. Now in the event a person is in fact Vitamin D deficient in order to correct the upper limit was raised to 4,000 IU daily with a Doctor being able to prescribe more than that if needed. My daily dosage broke down to 7,143 IU.

As always be upfront with your doctor and discuss options if you feel you may be at risk.

Until next time Peace, Harmony and Joy to one and all.

Cannabis Could Benefit the Brain! Whaaat?

With the acceptance and resulting growth of Medical Marijuana use some very positive research is being pursued in the area of Neuroscience specifically.

Although some research cases are not conclusive, multiple studies show interesting ways with which marijuana may help the brain.

  1. Combat Brain Cancer; Discovered by researchers at the Complutense University in Madrid, Spain in 2014, THC used on mice that had been injected with Human Cancer Cells, found this active component in marijuana actually KILLED the cancer without adversely affecting the normal healthy cells.
  2. Countering the effects of Aging on the Brain; As evidenced in research published in the “Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.”  Marijuana may possibly reverse aging effects on the brain because of Cannabinoid System Activity which is neuroprotective. Time Magazine wrote that Professor Andras Bilkei-Gorzo from the University of Bonn in Germany, stated that increasing neuroprotective capability could slow down the progression of brain aging. Likely mitigating the symptoms of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s.
  3. Encouraging Brain Cell Growth; Did you know that the brain never really stops growing? A process known as neurogenesis occurs, this is the growth of new Brain Cells. The International Journal of Neuropharmacology published a study demonstrating that Cannabidiol promotes new cell growth in the area of the brain associated with memory and navigation known as the Hippocampus. This could potentially help lower the chances of developing Alzheimer’s. An Italian study indicates that a chemical within Medical Marijuana called cannabichromene can stimulate faster brain cell growth.
  4. STRESS; Who doesn’t suffer from some form of stress on a daily basis? Some of the worst medical conditions people suffer from can be directly associated to stress. In Israel at the University of Haifa, professors conducted a study that found marijuana could potentially protect a person from stress and help prevent some of the psychological disorders it can cause.

These are areas that need to be looked into further as we progress in our pursuit of all this wonderful plant can do.

Here’s to your Health.

“What the Health?”

This is the title to a film that logically explains what is one of the largest consumer covers ups ever, and is largely unknown by the majority of people.

It is driven and supported by the corporate owners of such entities as Subway, Hormel, Oscar Myer, The Meat and Dairy Association and of course the U.S.D.A. just to name a few. The organizations that are direct beneficiaries of this cover up are just as varied they are for example Susan G. Komen, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association all of whom most of us are aware of or familiar with in some way. All of whom we believe to be working to improve our lives and to aid those who may be affected by Heart Disease, Diabetes, Cancer. These are the organizations that we as consumers are encouraged to utilize in order to understand, and base wise health decisions utilizing the information we are lead to believe is to our benefit.

I am asking everyone to take 92 minutes out of your busy day to watch this film. Then it is up to you as to what to do afterwards.

Let me know what you think I would love to discuss.

 

What to consider when using Marijuana to treat pain

As more people are learning, acknowledging and utilizing Marijuana as opposed to the highly addictive prescription pain medications currently hawked by big Pharma the question of using Cannabis is being explored on a much grander scale.

Like any type of remedy the ailment determines the course of treatment. Pain can encompass an enormous list of causes from a simple headache to Chronic inflammation to Fibromyalgia. Over the years studies have shown people do achieve pain relief with Marijuana. Talk with your MMJ Doctor and your Bud Tender regarding what you are experiencing, this will enable them to offer suggestions of the best strain(s) for you to try and lead you to what works best to relieve Your pain.

Additionally one needs to consider effects of the primary form of Cannabis utilized. Cannabis has two primary efficacy traits CBD-cannabinoids- does not cause the ‘high’ feeling and are

  • Anti-depressant: It combats both anxiety and depression
  • Anticonvulsant: It suppresses seizure activity
  • Anti-psychotic: It combats psychosis
  • Nero protective: protects neurons in the brain
  • Antiemetic: Reduces nausea and vomitting
  • Anti-inflammatory: Combats inflammation and pain
  • Anti-tumor: It combats tumor and cancer cells

CBD while still being studied has thus far not demonstrated any immediate or long term side effects meaning they are minimal or non existent. Also CBD has shown it is non-toxic so there is no risk of overdose.

The second is THC-tetrahydrocannabinol- the psychoactive compound that has made the plant both illegal and famous over time. However much less commonly discussed are the beneficial effects THC possesses that CBD does not. For example THC can work as a sleep aid whereas CBD may have the exact opposite result. THC benefits are

  • Analgesic: It relieves pain and inflammation
  • Relaxation: It creates a state of relaxation
  • Euphoria: It can lift mood and create a feeling of well being
  • Drowsiness: It induces sleep
  • Appetite stimulant: creating an urge to eat

A combination of the two CBD and THC can benefit a person by combining THC’s analgesic properties with CBD’s anti-inflammatory capabilities which can be just the ticket to chronic pain management.

Best advise is to educate yourself and don’t be afraid to test the various avenues to find your best treatment plan.