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.

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia

I am truly learning everyday about these two diseases and I am blown away all the time with the comparisons to myself, there are also things I’ve found that do not necessarily affect me, enforcing the adage “No two Peoples experiences are the same.”

Some of the information I was reading today from an article in an email I receive from everyday HEALTH, really made me wonder…Have these two beasts been lurking within for longer than even I thought? Definitely falls into the “Things that make you go hmmm?” category.

It is of course noted that more Women than Men are affected by both diseases. I did not know that around 30% of the people diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis are also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia either at the same time or within a short time frame thereafter and it may not be in that order. The development of both conditions together is a phenomena known as “Comorbidity”

The most common denominator of the two conditions is PAIN“! Although it does tend to come from different places. To date there are currently no specific diagnostic tests for either Rheumatoid or Fibromyalgia, however Physicians utilize certain criteria to determine each disease, through the process of a physical examination and detailed medical history.

With Rheumatoid Arthritis there are generally more identifiable physical manifestations such as hot swollen red joints especially within the wrists, fingers, ankles and knees.

When diagnosing Fibromyalgia a physician, in addition to obtaining the physical exam and medical history, will also assess pain in 19 different areas known as tender points throughout the body as well as other symptoms like fatigue, problems with thinking and memory (Fibro Fog), as well as a feeling of exhaustion after a nights sleep. Fibromyalgia symptoms have to be experienced for at least three months and can’t be explained by any other health issue.

For patients with Fibromyalgia “everything hurts” and adding in the stress of uncontrolled RA can increase the pain sensitivity a person with Fibromyalgia already experiences. A study published in the Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons – Pakistan from 2014 demonstrated that patients with both conditions experience higher perceptions of pain and significantly higher joint disease activity scores, then a patient who has RA alone.

Key difference of the disorders are; RA is characterized by inflammation of the joint lining and can present in physical damage and deformities and can also lead to issues such as scarring of the lungs, neuropathy, and others. A Fibromyalgia patients brain identifies pain in muscles or joints when it shouldn’t (a process known as central sensitization) but doesn’t cause physical issues of joint damage or scarring in the lungs like RA.

Neither disease has a cure, there are definitely Homeopathic and medication treatments available to battle the horrible problems (not everything works for everyone) that can arise. Remember that each disease has to be treated with individual treatment plans and medicinal methods since each disorder is rooted in different body processes (RA Autoimmune and Fibro Central Nervous System) do your research. It is your body and your health you must be proactive. A lesson I am still attempting to master.

Cannabis and Cannabinoids

I want to begin by stating that I am definitely “PRO” Cannabis!!

I’m writing today to share information I discovered regarding a report that was issued by the National Academies of Sciences-Engineering and Medicine on January 12, 2017. Described as one of the most comprehensive studies of research since 1999, at which time the National Academies released the report “Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base.”

Utilizing literature databases an extensive search to identify relevant reports and research materials that have been published since the 1999 report was executed, more than 10,000 scientific abstracts were considered. The Committee moved forward based on the abundance of information published addressing Cannabis, the task statement, and other specified study parameters.

The steps involved were determined at the onset by the committee to cover detailed examination of “Health Topics” which demonstrated the most pressing affect to Public Health.

Nearly 100 different research conclusions were organized into 5 categories of the use of Cannabis or Cannabinoid and Health. Ultimately four recommendations outlining research priorities to be included in a research agenda were determined.

  • Addressing current research gaps
  • Identify actionable strategies
  • Highlight potential to improve data collection and enhance surveillance capacity
  • Introduce strategies to plug away at the existing obstacles currently inhibiting Cannabis research

This reports release occurs during a critical period of time for the use and benefits of Cannabis.

I admit my use of cannabis has been a part of life for a long while. So some may say I’m biased, however I know from personal experience that cannabis enables me to be more productive and provides greater pain management than occurs when I take prescription meds by themselves.

I definitely support the Federal re-categorization of marijuana from having no medical value to a position of valued medical benefit. This action would thus encourage study of the benefits derived from consumption of this wonderful plant.

Do not however take my word for it, check it out for yourself and by all means read the full report at nationalacademies.org/CannabisHealthEffects