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  1. The uses of medical marijuana continue to expand as more and more research is conducted on the drugs many benefits. One area that still requires further research is the use of cannabis to treat psychological disorders like depression and bipolar disorder. Although research is still in the early stages, it appears that marijuana and its related chemical compounds could be a promising treatment for depression. To determine if the use of cannabis for depression is effective, your first need to understand what depression is, and identify how marijuana might work with the body to alleviate depression symptoms. It is also important to look at how the use of cannabis as a treatment would look and what impact it would have on depression. What is Depression? Depression, also known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a psychological disorder related to mood and behavior that has been linked to physical symptoms as well. According to the National Institute of Mental Health https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml [4], depression is a common and serious mood disorder that can affect daily activities and overall health. It may cause feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, and worse. Depression is so common that Mental Health America http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/depression [5] indicates it affects more than 16 million adults in America each year. Depression is believed to be caused by changes in the levels of certain compounds in the brain like serotonin that regulate mood and produce positive feelings. Depression is typically treated with medication and other therapies. Most commonly, antidepressant medications designed to help with mood and reduce depression symptoms is prescribed. This medication is often taken on a long-term basis. One of the drawbacks of this conventional depression treatment is the high risk of side effects associated with the commonly prescribed medications. Side effects like increased sleepiness, increased appetite, weight gain, concentration problems, sexual dysfunction, dramatic mood changes, and even thoughts of suicide can occur. The substances can also cause serious withdrawal symptoms and may not even work for some individuals. Could Cannabis Cure Depression? To determine whether cannabis cures depression you have to look at the research, the science, and how individual components of marijuana might affect the body and the mind. The Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/06/marijauna-depression_n_6622126.html [2] recently reported on a study from the University of Buffalo that indicates marijuana is an effective treatment for depression caused by chronic stress. The research indicates that certain compounds found in cannabis act like chemical compounds the body produces naturally. The compatibility of these chemicals with receptors in our brains shows cannabis may compensate for reduced levels of key compounds in the body and could improve certain mental issues. Studies have also shown that cannabis has been effective at reducing other mental concerns, including post-traumatic stress disorders, which can affect the brain in ways similar to depression. Marijuana has been used throughout history as a treatment for depression and mental health. In low-doses, the compound in cannabis can work to improve the mental state of the user. This is believed to be because of the way chemicals like THC increase serotonin levels and restore endocannabinoid levels, which help to improve mood, improve stress response, and stabilize mood. More research needs to be conducted to fully understand how marijuana works within the brain to improve depression symptoms and mental health. It is also important to consider how cannabis could improve over typical depression treatments. Harvard Health Publications http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/medical-marijuana-and-the-mind [1] indicated in one of their mental health reports that cannabis has fewer side effects that other medical treatments for depression. Although the same article indicates that marijuana may have some side effects, including increased anxiety and potential addiction, it stated they were less severe than those associated with prescription medications. Cannabis is less likely to cause physical withdrawal symptoms or mood swings like those associated with antidepressants. Also, there is no risk of overdose associated with using marijuana as a medical treatment. Treating Depression with Cannabis Cannabis and its byproducts have been used to treat depression in a several different ways. The most common form of cannabis as a depression treatment is smoking or using other methods to inhale cannabis. Harvard Health Publications http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/medical-marijuana-and-the-mind [1] indicates that inhalation is the fastest way to get marijuana into the system. In this case, true cannabis is being used as the product, often with minimal processing. It is also possible to use other versions of natural cannabis like oils or other concentrated cannabis products. Cannabis treatments for depression may also be administered in other forms, including ingesting concentrated forms of cannabis or using edible products. In other studies and medical situations, natural and artificial forms of certain key chemical compounds in marijuana are used for treatments. This includes natural and artificial THC isolates, natural and artificial CBD isolates, and treatments that combine with cannabinoids. Cannabis Depression Treatment The most common way to treat depression with cannabis is by using marijuana itself. Many users self-medicate because the use of medical marijuana is still quite limited. They swear that marijuana cures depression for them, even if they do not have the support of medical treatments to prove their beliefs. Research has indicated http://www.medicalmarijuana.com/medical-marijuana-as-a-treatment-for-depression/ [3] that small doses of cannabis can improve mental state, alleviate symptoms of depression, and aid in coping with depression. Smoking small amounts of marijuana on a routine basis may help to control or cure depression over time. The tricky part is finding the right dose to control depression symptoms. Too little, and you will not achieve depression relief. Too much, and you could make symptoms even worse. In addition to smoking marijuana as a treatment for depression, it can be processed into edible forms. Edible forms of cannabis are ideal for those who have concerns about the long-term effects of smoking on the lungs and airways. Dosing for depression with edibles is not as effective as smoked treatments because edibles take longer to enter the bloodstream and work within the body and brain. There can also be a wide margin of difference in the amount of active ingredients depending on which product you purchase or how you make the edible in your own home. This can make dosing even more complicated. Edibles do offer added convenience in many ways that makes them a good treatment option for some. THC Depression Treatment One of the most studied chemical compounds in cannabis is THC. THC depression treatments have shown promise in laboratory studies on using both animals and human subjects. Isolated from the rest of the chemicals in cannabis, THC still produces effects that improve mood, generate feelings of euphoria, and can have a positive impact on depression symptoms. Similar to using cannabis as a treatment, dosing is extremely important in making sure THC improves symptoms rather than worsens them. The sedative effects of THC have been widely documented http://www.medicalmarijuana.com/medical-marijuana-as-a-treatment-for-depression/ [3] and can increase symptoms like lack of energy, lack of enthusiasm, and hopelessness if used in high doses. Various methods have been used to provide dosing with THC. Smoking cannabis, especially types with high THC content, remains one of the most effective ways to intake THC. Inhalation is the most common and efficient form of treatment with THC according to Harvard Health Publications http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/medical-marijuana-and-the-mind [1]. Concentrating high-THC cannabis into oils or similar concentrates and then vaporizing those forms may be even more effective. Pill versions using artificial THC have also been tested, but take longer to enter the bloodstream. In Canada, an oral spray version has become available that combines THC with cannabidiol or CBD. The spray, which is used under the tongue, allows the active ingredients to enter the bloodstream faster than pill versions. CBD Depression Treatment Harvard Healthhas even connected CBD to neuroprotective and antipsychotic effects, although more research is needed to prove its effectiveness in treating depressive disorders. Research has shown a strong positive impact when CBD and THC are used together. The two chemicals appear to be most effective for treating depression when combined. CBD is available as an isolate in artificial pill form. It can also be found in the Canadian spray, called Sativex, mentioned above. As you can see from the details in this article, some research has been done into the effectiveness of cannabis as a depression treatment, but more medical proof is needed to truly call it a cure. Results have shown promise, as the natural chemicals in marijuana are similar to key hormones in the brain that are responsible for stabilizing and improving mood. Another benefit to cannabis in the treatment of depression and related mental conditions is the reduction in side effects when compared to common depression treatments. Inhalation remains the quickest and most effective way to use cannabis and its related chemical compounds as a treatment.Other forms of THC and CBD are being tested, including edibles, pills, and sprays. Using cannabis to treat depression may be a newer technique, but for some, it is a trusted and proven option. References 1. Web-site health.harvard.edu, an article “Medical marijuana and the mind” URL: http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/medical-marijuana-and-the-mind 2. Web-site huffingtonpost.com, an article “Depression and marijuana” URL: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/06/marijauna-depression_n_6622126.html 3. Web-site medicalmarijuana.com, an article “Marijuana as a treatment for depression” URL: http://www.medicalmarijuana.com/medical-marijuana-as-a-treatment-for-depression/ 4. Web-site nimh.nih.gov, an article “Depression” URL: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml 5. Web-site mentalhealthamerica URL: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/depression
  2. Multiple Sclerosis is a serious, debilitating disorder that affects a large number of people throughout the United States and the world. The disorder can cause a wide array of negative symptoms, making it difficult for those with MS to complete tasks, maintain a job, and even walk and talk. Although treatments for the disease do exist, they leave much to be desired for some patients, including those whose symptoms are not managed by these conventional medications. With a large number of individuals affected by the disease the lack of medications that provide relief, research has turned to alternative solutions for improving the lives of MS patients. Recent research has looked at the use of medical marijuana card online and MS treatment plans with promising results. What is Multiple Sclerosis? Multiple Sclerosis or MS is a neurological and immune system disorder categorized as a chronic, inflammatory, and autoimmune disease in the body’s nervous system. Individuals with MS experience numerous symptoms as the immune system affects key structures in the nerve fibers known as the myelin sheath. It can affect various nerve fibers in the body and symptoms are generally linked to the location of the affected nerves. The disease may be mild at first but can progress to the point of becoming crippling. In the United States, there are around 400,000 diagnosed cases of MS with an estimated 2.5 million cases worldwide, according to Healthline. The disease affects nearly twice as many women as men and is found at higher rates in people with a family history of MS, those with diabetes, and those living north of the equator. Multiple Sclerosis symptoms can include: Pain Muscle spasticity or stiffness Tremors or spasms Numbness or tingling in various parts of the body Vision loss in one or both eyes Double vision Tingling, pins and needles, or electric shock sensations, especially with certain movements Lack of coordination Unsteady gait Fatigue Trouble sleeping and insomnia Bowel and bladder issues Dizziness Cognitive function and memory issues Slurring or other speech problems Loss of fine motor skills Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis A variety of treatments and therapies are widely used to treat MS and its related symptoms, but unfortunately, there is no known cure. Patients often require a combination of therapies to manage their condition. These therapies are designed to treat symptoms, improve recovery from attacks, and slow the progression of the disease. Some common medications used to treat Multiple Sclerosis include muscle relaxants, stimulants, medications for fatigue, depression, bowel control, and pain management, immunosuppressants, immunoglobulin antibody treatments, beta interferons, pain medications, and more. Additional treatment options may include physical therapy, exercise, dietary changes, and the use of medical cannabis for MS. Some patients also seek alternative therapies like massage, acupuncture, and relaxation techniques. Some individuals are unable to find relief or keep symptoms under control, even with the efforts of multiple medications, doctors, and therapies. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, better treatments are necessary for the more serious symptoms of MS that are often not sufficiently reduced with current therapies. This includes some of the more distressing symptoms, including pain, tremors, and muscle spasticity, which are often difficult to relieve in many MS patients. This need is part of what has continued the research on potential treatments for Multiple Sclerosis, including the use of medical marijuana card online for MS patients. Currently, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) recognize medical marijuana as a treatment for certain symptoms of MS. These same guidelines do not recommend the use of other alternative therapies like herbal supplements or magnetic therapy. Medical Cannabis for MS Before a recommendation could be made regarding marijuana treatment for MS, a considerable amount of research and observation had to occur. Various studies have looked at the impact of cannabis on MS symptoms and the progression of the disease. Cannabis extract was initially approved for use in the treatment of MS in Germany in 2011. Since that time, it has been tested and approved for use as a Multiple Sclerosis treatment in several countries, including Canada, France, and Sweden. Several U.S. states have also approved the medical use of cannabis for several conditions, including Multiple Sclerosis and its related symptoms like pain, tremors, muscle spasticity, and bowel issues. Some of the most detailed research includes: In one study, participants with MS were provided either an oral cannabis extract or an oral placebo. Those in the study receiving the cannabis extract reported a significant improvement in muscle stiffness, body pain, spasms, and sleep quality when compared with the group taking the placebo. An oral spray form of cannabis was tested in another study. Individuals with MS using the Sativex oral spray, which is derived from cannabis, showed a considerable improvement in muscle spasticity. Sativex is now approved to treat MS in over 15 countries, although it is not yet approved in the U.S. An observational study in Colorado identified that the majority of observed MS patients who were also using medical marijuana card online showed fewer signs of neurological disability than their non-cannabis using counterparts. The same study also determined that for many cannabis users with MS the use of other medications was able to be reduced or discontinued. Marijuana Treatment for MS As more research demonstrates the potential benefits of using a cannabis treatment for MS, understanding how to treat Multiple Sclerosis symptoms with medical marijuana is essential. Science shows a strong relationship between the body’s endocannabinoid system, which interacts directly with the chemicals found in cannabis and with the immune system. This leads researchers to believe that medical marijuana, and the cannabinoid THC in particular, could aid in immunosuppression, promote neurogenesis, and stimulate growth in the myelin sheath – all of which could aid in slowing or stopping the progression of MS. Cannabis with a high THC content may be the most effective in affecting the progression of the disease and preventing attacks and relapse in the future. Additionally, another cannabis component, CBD, has been recognized for having a major impact on the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. In the American Academy of Neurology’s guidelines for medical cannabis use, there was strong evidence that medical marijuana card online is a safe and effective therapy for muscle spasticity, pain, and spasms in MS patients. The strongest evidence indicated that CBD was best able to treat these symptoms. This indicates that cannabis with a high CBD or a pure CBD derivative may be the most effective in affecting the more distressing symptoms of MS. In many states where laws allow the medical use of cannabis, doctors and healthcare providers are regularly prescribing medical marijuana for MS patients thanks to the recent research and approval of major organizations like the AAN and National MS Society. Why are People with MS Turning to Medical Marijuana? In addition to the recommendations of trusted MS and neurological organizations and the growing amount of research on cannabis and MS, many individuals were making the decision to treat their MS symptoms with medical marijuana card online on their own. This has been occurring for a variety of reasons, including impatience with the slow FDA approval process, improvement in symptom relief when compared to traditional medicines, and the risk of negative side effects associated with current medical treatments. Several patients have reported finding relief when self-medicating with cannabis, indicating it provides relief for their muscle spasticity, pain, headaches, nausea, anxiety, and depression. In fact, pain relief and improvements in muscle spasticity and tremors are the main reasons individuals with MS report turning to a cannabis treatment for MS. Many users also report improvements in symptoms like fatigue, weakness, and sleep deprivation. For some, turning to medical marijuana is the last resort for those with symptoms that are becoming crippling. One patient reported to CBS News that her severe pain and excruciating leg cramps left her unable to walk and were only relieved once she began using medical cannabis. Fortunately, cannabis seems to address the most difficult symptoms and provides relief when other medications have failed. Patients also report a significantly lower risk of side effects when comparing marijuana to prescription drugs. The most common side effects reported with cannabis use were dry mouth, drowsiness, and difficulty thinking clearly. In comparison, the side effects associated with common MS medications can include insomnia, increased blood pressure, fluid retention, mood swings, liver damage, flu-like symptoms, increased cancer risk, diarrhea, nausea, a viral infection of the brain, and more. As the number of cases of MS continues to grow and an increasing focus is being put on finding a successful treatment for the disease. Current research indicates that marijuana may be uniquely able to address many of the most serious symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. Certain compounds in cannabis, including THC and CBD, have been shown to improve various symptoms and may even help to slow the progression of the disease. As more research is conducted, the benefits of medical marijuana card online to MS patients will become more clear. Currently, the benefits are positive enough to warrant acceptance as a treatment by the AAN and the National MS Society, which provides a strong basis for considering cannabis as part of your MS treatment plan.
  3. Whether the person being diagnosed is you or a loved one, the term breast cancer can be terrifying to hear. Learning more about the type of breast cancer you have can help you make better decisions about the therapies you use to win the fight against it. Considering medical marijuana card online as a treatment is one of the several possible therapies you can use. Marijuana has been proven to help individuals find relief from the side effects of cancer treatments, but it might also help treat the cancer itself. What is ER PR Breast Cancer? Breast cancer comes in several types, which differ in their aggressiveness, growth patterns, and receptor status. When an initial diagnosis of breast cancer is made, additional testing will be conducted to determine the type and stage of the cancer. During this testing, hormone receptors will be identified. ER and PR types of breast cancers are labeled depending on the receptors found in the cancer cells. ER refers to estrogen receptors and causes ER positive or negative breast cancer. PR refers to progesterone receptors and can be either PR positive or PR negative breast cancer. It is possible for both ER and PR to be positive or both to be negative. There can also be variations like ER positive PR negative breast cancer. The cancer’s ER/PR Status [1] can make a difference in the treatments and therapies used. Breast cancers that test positive for estrogen receptors or with breast cancer PR positive, hormone therapy and hormone-blocking treatments may be useful in treating cancer. When estrogen or progesterone receptors are not present, hormone therapy is not effective. ER PR positive breast cancer treatment will include hormone therapy along with typical treatments like surgical intervention and chemotherapy. Hormone therapy can provide an edge in these cases, which is why breast cancers that are negative for hormone receptors like these are especially aggressive and difficult to treat. Patients who suffer from non-ER or PR breast cancer may be the most difficult to treat. How Marijuana Affects Cancer and Cancer Side Effects Marijuana has been used as a medical treatment throughout history, being used to treat physical, mental, and emotional illness with well-documented success. Recently its benefits as a treatment [2] for various types of cancer and cancer-related side effects has been explored. Some patients and medical professionals have shown very promising results when adding cannabis to their cancer treatment plans. This is because cannabis contains compounds like THC and CBD that have been shown [5] to help reduce tumor growth, inhibit the growth of cancerous cells, and reduce the spread or metastasis of cancer throughout the body. This is because the chemical compounds in marijuana, also called cannabinoids, work within the body to improve the function of certain systems like the neurological and immune system. Marijuana and its related compounds have also been shown to help with the side effects associated with many common cancer treatments. It can help with the nausea and lack of appetite associated with chemotherapy and radiation treatments. It has also been shown to reduce pain and inflammation as well, which can help reduce discomfort associated with cancer and related therapies. Its pain-relieving capacity can help patients coping with painful tumors and post-surgical pain during recovery. Cannabis has also been linked to improving mood and reducing stress, which could make it easier to cope with the emotional effects of cancers like breast cancer. How Cannabis Interacts with Receptors in Breast Cancer To be useful in treating breast cancer, cannabis must improve its symptoms, destroy or inhibit the growth of cancer cells, or both. There is hope that marijuana can aid in both ways to truly relieve breast cancer. This is because cannabis may be able to interact with receptors in breast cancer. According to Cancer.gov [2], research shows that cannabinoids can activate receptors in various parts of the body. This means it could be useful in triggering or turning off certain bodily functions, like the production of cancerous cells. Reported research on their site also shows that cannabis has been proven effective in symptom relief, including being recognized for relieving side effects like nausea, vomiting, and pain. Cannabis is not only effective at treating symptoms and complaints associated with breast cancer. Medical marijuana card online may also be able to aid in the treatment of specific types of breast cancer, including ER PR breast cancer and ER PR negative breast cancer. How Marijuana Can Relieve ER PR Breast Cancer Marijuana may help treatbreast cancer. Both THC and CBD have been shown to inhibit tumor growth [3] and aid in restoring the natural cycle of cell death. This was true in cases of breast cancer with estrogen positive markers. In fact, marijuana makes an effective ER PR positive breast cancer treatment because the same studies have shown it has helped kill off estrogen receptor positive cell lines. This means that marijuana compounds can also help relieve ER positive PR negative breast cancer because cannabinoids can target estrogen receptors that are found in breast cancer cells. How Marijuana Can Relieve ER PR Negative Breast Cancer Cannabinoids are also effective when used to treat ER negative and PR negative breast cancer. The presence of estrogen receptor cells in breast cancer is not necessary for cannabis to reduce tumor growth. THC and CBD are capable of killing estrogen negative cells [3]too. Cannabinoids can trigger cell death, reduce the amount of nutrients the tumor is capable of diverting from normal cells, and reduce the likelihood that breast cancer cells will spread by targeting non-estrogen receptors. The compounds in cannabis may effectively treat any type of breast cancer whether it is receptor positive or negative. How to Treat Breast Cancer with Marijuana When used as a treatment for cancers and side effects, marijuana can be inhaled or ingested. Current research indicates that inhalation is still one of the most effective ways to get the compounds into the bloodstream quickly. Pharmaceutical research has focused on isolating cannabinoid compounds and producing them synthetically. Currently, synthetic CBD and THC have been developed and are being tested in pill, liquid, and oral spray formats. At least three prescription drugs on the market in the U.S. today are made with medical marijuana card online compounds according to USA Roday [6]. In states where medicinal or recreational marijuana has been legalized, the production of highly concentrated cannabis oils is also being conducted, and that oil is becoming a common therapy method. As both receptor positive and receptor negative breast cancers have been shown to respond to treatments with medicinal marijuana, more and more research has been conducted to determine if it can be used to treat breast cancer. Some users have found treatment with a concentrated oil made of high-grade cannabis is an effective treatment when used post-surgery or in addition to treatments like chemotherapy. Proponents believe [4]the only reason that cancer would not respond to cannabinoid treatments is that a high enough grade or dose was not being used. This oil version of ingested therapy is the most popular, but additional research must be done to determine which delivery method is most effective for treating breast cancer. Why People with Breast Cancer are Choosing Cannabis as a Treatment People are choosing marijuana as a medical treatment with increasing frequency as it becomes more acceptable. Although popularity may have something to do with why more individuals with breast cancer are trying cannabis, there are numerous benefits that make it a growing choice for breast cancer patients. The primary motivator behind many who choose to add cannabis to their treatment plan is its ability to reduce common side effects of other treatments. Marijuana can help improve mood, reduce stress, combat pain from tumor growth and surgery, improve appetite, and reduce nausea and vomiting associated with treatments like chemotherapy. This makes treatments easier to manage, allowing doctors to more aggressively attack the cancer. The other reason so many breast cancer sufferers are trying cannabis as a treatment its recently documented ability to inhibit cancer cells. Even agressive breast cancers [5] have shown improvement when treated with marijuana. It can reduce cell growth, prevent tumors from diverting nutrients from healthy tissues, inhibit the spread of cancer, and trigger the death of cancerous cells. All while leaving surrounding healthy tissues unaffected. This is where cannabis treatments really differ from other common cancer therapies, which typically do harm to healthy tissues or disrupt other bodily systems. Marijuana attacks cancer cells while promoting overall health. This is why it is becoming a preferred treatment for breast cancer patients. Although a breast cancer diagnosis can be devastating, advances in our knowledge and use of medicinal marijuana leaves some hope. Breast cancer may have estrogen and progesterone receptors or it may not. Determining if a patient has ER or PR breast cancer has been an important first step in developing a cancer treatment plan. Adding cannabis to your cancer treatment plan can provide some benefit regardless of if your cancer is ER/PR negative or if the breast cancer PR positive. Inhaling or ingesting medical marijuana card online у as a cancer treatment can help with side effects or aid in reducing tumor size and spread. Because of its proven effectiveness, marijuana is being used by more and more breast cancer patients. References 1. Web-site breastcanser.gov An article “Hormone Status” URL: http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/diagnosis/hormone_status 2. Web-site cancer.gov An article “Cannabis PDQ” URL: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/hp/cannabis-pdq 3. Web-site cancer.gov An article “Cannabis PDQ” Section 7. URL: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/hp/cannabis-pdq#section/_7 4. Web-site Live Saving Natural Cures and Natural Remedies An article “Cannabis oil as a breast cancer treatment estrogen positive.” URL: http://www.life-saving-naturalcures-and-naturalremedies.com/cannabis-oil-as-a-breast-cancer-treatment-estrogen-positive.html 5. Web-site medicaljane.com An article “Cannabis may treat agressive forms of breat cancer” URL: https://www.medicaljane.com/2013/10/17/study-cannabis-may-treat-aggressive-forms-of-breast-cancer 6. Web-site usatoday.com An article “Three drugs that come from marijuana” URL: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2014/03/17/three-drugs-that-come-from-marijuana/6531291/
  4. Table of contents What is High Blood Pressure? Current Treatments for High Blood Pressure Does Marijuana Help with High Blood Pressure? Marijuana and Blood Pressure Treatment Plans Why are People Turning to Medical Marijuana for High Blood Pressure? High blood pressure is a leading cause of and contributor to death worldwide. It causes a variety of medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States. Even with the risk of death and increase in other health problems associated with high blood pressure, the number of people with this serious medical condition has been increasing steadily over the last several decades. As the problem reaches epidemic proportions, new solutions are needed to successfully treat the problem and reduce the impact of this worldwide health risk. Some patients believe that medical marijuana is the answer. To understand how marijuana can treat high blood pressure you must understand the condition, the current medical treatments for it, and how medical marijuana card online can be used to lower blood pressure. What is High Blood Pressure? Blood pressure is a term used to describe the measurement of the force of the blood moving through the body’s circulatory system. When blood pressure reaches the high range, it can be indicative of medical issues, and it puts an individual at a greater risk for cardiovascular problems and other serious health concerns like stroke and heart failure. According to a global study reported on by Medical News Today, high blood pressure is one of the greatest risk factors for death worldwide. The study also uncovered an unsettling increase in the number of deaths caused by high blood pressure in recent years. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension or HBP, contributes to many of the leading causes of death. It increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, vision loss, heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, kidney failure, sexual dysfunction, peripheral artery disease, angina, and a variety of other health problems. One of the biggest problems with HBP is its lack of symptoms. The American Heart Association states that blood pressure problems often go undiagnosed and may not cause any symptoms until they reach the level of a hypertensive crisis or other medical emergencies. The signs of high blood pressure include: Blood pressure reading above 140 systolic or 90 diastolic May have no obvious symptoms Facial flushing Blood spots in eyes Dizziness Headaches Nosebleeds Fainting The Center for Disease Control estimates that one in three or roughly 75 million adults in the United States has high blood pressure. Their statistics show that more than 360,000 deaths were caused by high blood pressure and related factors in the U.S. alone in 2013. The number of deaths and the number of Americans with HBP have increased steadily with current numbers reaching an all-time high. Current Treatments for High Blood Pressure High blood pressure is considered a condition that requires treatment because of its likelihood of it causing serious medical problems up to and including death. A standard treatment plan for high blood pressure involves a multi-pronged approach including medical options and lifestyle changes. In many cases, multiple prescription medications are recommended to properly treat HBP. This can include diuretics, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, and various types of muscle relaxers designed to target the cardiovascular system. For many patients with high blood pressure, a future full of a variety of prescription medications and their associated costs is the only recognized medical treatment for their condition. Additional therapies are recommended in conjunction with traditional prescription medications. The American Heart Association suggests that healthy lifestyle changes are necessary to increase the success of medical treatment plans. This includes eating a well-balanced diet, reducing sodium or salt intake, limiting alcohol, getting regular exercise, and reaching or maintaining a healthy weight. While these lifestyle changes may be difficult, they are a fundamental part of bringing blood pressure within a healthy range. In fact, most patients using medications alone do not have their high blood pressure controlled. This indicates that lifestyle factors may play a large role in blood pressure and the success of any treatment for HBP or hypertension. Does Marijuana Help with High Blood Pressure? As with many other conditions, the research into marijuana and its potential effect on high blood pressure has been limited by current federal regulations. Even with limited research, several studies have helped answer the question – how does marijuana affect blood pressure? The results have been promising, with several studies showing marijuana or its key components helping to reduce blood pressure. In fact, medical marijuana card online is widely recognized for being able to reduce blood pressure, with lowered blood pressure listed as a potential side effect of cannabis use. Blood pressure increases were seen in study participants that abstained from using cannabis when compared with lower blood pressure readings during periods of cannabis use in a study reviewed and approved by the John Hopkins Medicine Institutional Review Board. A Canadian study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology determined that moderate levels of THC, which is a key cannabinoid found in marijuana, were capable of reducing blood pressure in hypertensive lab rats. A University of Houston study also reported a marked decrease in blood pressure when THC was administered intravenously. Their research indicated that marijuana works within the sympathetic nervous system to control blood pressure and heart rate. To fully understand the connection between marijuana and high blood pressure, research must also determine the answer to another key question – can marijuana raise your blood pressure? Some reports of blood pressure increases or cardiovascular issues after marijuana use have been observed, but the science suggests that any blood pressure increase experienced during or after cannabis use is mitigated with continued use. Prolonged, regular use was shown to have the most significant and long-lasting decrease in blood pressure. Marijuana and Blood Pressure Treatment Plans Current research and reports from individual cannabis users indicate that adding marijuana as part of a blood pressure treatment plan could help lower blood pressure. Marijuana offers a variety of benefits, including reducing stress, improving sleep quality and eliminating insomnia, and offering pain-relief for chronic and neurological pain conditions. With continued use, these factors could be kept under control, which could offer a long-term improvement in blood pressure numbers. Several factors should be considered when ingesting or smoking marijuana and high blood pressure are combined. First, THC was the primary component of cannabis tested in blood pressure studies, suggesting that a high-THC strain may be the most beneficial for lowering blood pressure. Inhalation or vaporizing remains the most widely-recognized and effective way to dose with medical marijuana, but other options are available, including edibles, oils, and tinctures. For the greatest success when including medical marijuana card online as part of a blood pressure treatment plan, consistency is key. Several of the above-mentioned research studies found, when trying to determine does marijuana lower blood pressure, that some individuals may see an initial increase in heart rate when using cannabis for first few times. Although heart rate and blood pressure are separate cardiovascular measurements, increases in heart rate can cause increases in blood pressure. The opposite was seen, however, with prolonged use. Prolonged administration was recognized as offering the most long-term benefit for blood pressure numbers and provided the greatest decreases in blood pressure. It is also important to note that continuing to implement and stick to the healthy lifestyle changes for improving blood pressure recommended by the American Heart Association and Center for Disease Control. Why are People Turning to Medical Marijuana for High Blood Pressure? Even before more recent research began to ask is marijuana good for blood pressure, many patients were already using it as part of their treatment plan. This occurs for a variety of reasons. The most startling reason is that over 50% of people with high blood pressure do not have their condition under control with current medical treatments. This is key concern because of the dangers of high blood pressure, the increased risk of death from the condition, and the detriment to overall health. Not only are current medications not effective for everyone, but many of these prescriptions carry a risk of negative side effects. Common side effects of blood pressure medications include problems ranging from diarrhea and nausea to dizziness and headache and can even increase feelings of nervousness. For many, marijuana’s effectiveness and the problems associated with current treatments have been enough to make the switch to cannabis for high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a very serious health risk affecting a large percentage of the population across the globe. It carries an increased risk of numerous medical problems and is considered a leading cause of death. Current medical treatments focus on prescription pills to treat the problem, but more than half of patients with HBP are unable to control it with these treatment options. Studies conducted to determine how marijuana and one of its primary components affect blood pressure have shown that it can aid in reducing blood pressure and that with regular use it could contribute to keeping blood pressure numbers under control. This benefit has many patients turning to medical marijuana to treat their blood pressure.
  5. People who experience ADHD symptoms can find normal daily tasks challenging. Finding relief from their symptoms can be quite the challenge too. Modern treatment methods often leave something to be desired for these patients, resulting in frequent medication changes, unfortunate side effects, and symptoms that still are not well controlled. This has caused individuals with ADHD to search for a better solution. That solution may have been found in medical marijuana. Once you understand what ADHD is, review how it is treated, and peruse the available research on cannabis as an ADHD treatment, you will understand how to improve your ADHD symptoms and with the use of medical marijuana. What is ADHD? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ADHD is one of the most common of all neurodevelopmental disorders. ADHD refers to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, a condition that affects the brain, causing issues with functioning, development, and behavior control. It is still occasionally referred to as ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder. It generally starts to present during childhood but commonly continues into adulthood. Its exact cause is unknown although medical professionals have identified various risk factors that may increase the likelihood of developing ADHD. Individuals with the condition may experience a variety of mental and behavioral issues, which can affect their ability to function in professional settings like school or work. It can even cause issues with normal day to day activities. Symptoms of ADHD include: Inattention – individuals may overlook details, avoid or dislike tasks that require focus, easily lose things, make careless mistakes, and have problems organizing thoughts, items, and tasks. Hyperactivity – individuals may move constantly, move without realizing it, rush around, have trouble remaining seated, talk excessively, and feel restless. Impulsivity – individuals may have trouble delaying gratification, blurt things or speak out of turn, have trouble controlling impulses, and complete actions without thinking about them first. The CDC currently recognizes three types of ADHD. The type is based on the predominant symptoms, including predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive, and the combined presentation where both types of symptoms are experienced equally. Regardless of the type of ADHD, its symptoms can pose many challenges for the person with ADHD and those around them. It is estimated that between five and eleven percent of American children have ADHD according to reports from Healthline, which compared numbers from the American Psychiatric Association and the CDC. These numbers have increased in recent years, with more and more children and adults being diagnosed with ADHD each year. Treatments for ADHD With the increasing numbers of cases, finding a suitable treatment for ADHD is a key focus. There is no known cure for ADHD or ADD, so treatments are currently focused on minimizing the effects of symptoms. ADHD is most commonly treated with prescription medications. This often requires trial and error with dosing amounts and medication combinations to find symptom relief, which differs for each individual. Stimulant medications are most commonly prescribed. They act to increase levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, which are the body’s natural hormones that affect thinking and attention. Unfortunately, stimulant medications come with a variety of risks and side effects. These risks and side effects include high blood pressure, increased heart rate and stress on the heart, increased anxiety, lack of appetite, sleep problems, tics or repetitive movements or sounds, personality changes, irritability, and head or stomach aches. The severity of these side effects often leads to medication changes or additions of other medicines like non-stimulant ADHD medications and antidepressants. Like many prescription medications, these may also come with the potential for side effects. Additional treatments may be recommended in conjunction with prescription medications. Behavioral therapy, special education and training, and established routines are also important in treating ADHD patients. These non-medication methods are designed to help individuals cope with ADD or ADHD symptoms. Marijuana and ADHD Studies Early research on using medical cannabis for ADHD symptoms began after research indicated many ADHD patients were self-medicating with marijuana. With users indicating the drug improved their focus and helped them control their symptoms, more and more emphasis was put on answering the question – does weed help ADD? Studies have linked ADHD to low dopamine levels. Dopamine is an essential hormone that is necessary for motivation, focus, and reward feelings. Insufficient levels of dopamine are believed to be part of the reason ADHD patients have trouble focusing and staying on task. Stimulants are often used to treat ADHD because stimulants can help increase dopamine levels. The reason that medical marijuana may be a viable treatment solution is because of the way research has determined it can affect dopamine. Studies have shown that cannabis can increase dopamine by working with the body’s endocannabinoid system to increase the release of the hormone and reduce its breakdown. Additionally, Dr. David Bearman has suggested in a variety of articles and published papers that certain compounds found in cannabis can benefit ADD and ADHD patients. He specifically indicates that a THC ADHD treatment could stimulate dopamine receptor sites which will help with improving focus, reducing overwhelming sensory input, and reducing hyperactivity and impulsivity. This means that THC and other cannabis compounds could have a promising impact on the symptoms associated with ADHD. Many medical research studies have been conducted to determine the effects of cannabis on ADHD. A study conducted by the Institute of Legal and Traffic Medicine in Heidelberg Germany found that certain individuals with a high level of ADHD symptoms when sober saw improvements in symptoms, including improved attention and reduced hyperactivity, when high blood plasma levels of THC were achieved. Additionally, all ADHD patients in the German study reported some level of symptom improvement when using cannabis. Formal studies still need more attention though as most reports linking marijuana and ADHD improvements still come from individuals. In fact, approximately 25% of people in one online study indicated they believed cannabis could help ADHD sufferers. Marijuana ADHD Treatment When considering using medical marijuana as an ADHD treatment, it is important to know how to use it for the greatest benefit. Current medical research indicates that THC is one of the compounds found in cannabis that is most beneficial for patients with ADHD. This suggests that high-THC strains will be most effective for the treatment of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. When using marijuana for ADD treatment, smoking or vaporizing is still considered to be the most effective way to ingest medical cannabis, although oils and tinctures have been shown to provide promising results too. Medical marijuana can be used in much the same way as current prescription ADHD treatments. Taken daily, it can help to keep symptoms under control. There is an added benefit to using cannabis as a treatment, however. It offers the option to increase your dose or add an additional dose before tasks that are particularly challenging for those with ADHD. You may have to check with your medical professional or local laws to answer the questions of can you get medical weed for ADD legally in your area. Why are People Turning to Marijuana to Treat ADHD? Even though the connection between medical marijuana and the treatment of ADHD has not been conclusively determined, many people are turning to this alternative treatment on their own. There are a variety of reasons that ADHD patients are making the switch, including improvements in symptom control and a reduction in the negative side effects associated with most current prescription ADHD treatments. Many patients have indicated that they found greater symptom relief from marijuana than they do with traditional medicines alone. Marijuana’s ability to improve dopamine production and delay its destruction helps improve dopamine levels in two ways, which may make it more effective than other medications that only increase dopamine in one way. The reduction in negative side effects is also a big draw. Individuals who have experienced issues with some of the more severe side effects of ADHD stimulant medications are especially likely to turn to alternatives like cannabis. Some of the more severe side effects include heart disease, physical tics that could become permanent, and personality changes. Fortunately, marijuana does not present side effects that are this severe. Generally, cannabis users find that there are few side effects associated with its medical use. Additionally, marijuana may help individuals with some of the side effects of their medication, including improving appetite and reducing issues with sleep. This makes cannabis an effective addition to your current treatment plan as well as an alternative therapy. ADHD is a serious condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It can make normal tasks like paying attention in school or remembering important errands exceedingly difficult for individuals with the condition. The severity of ADHD symptoms makes treatment a necessity for most people. Unfortunately, current treatments can be ineffective and create a variety of negative side effects. Recent research has begun looking at medical marijuana as a viable treatment option for ADHD and ADD sufferers. Cannabis can increase dopamine levels, which improves associated symptoms. It also has fewer side effects and can be more effective for some individuals. Many people are turning to marijuana to treat their ADHD because of these benefits.
  6. For the millions of American’s suffering with the condition, fibromyalgia and its often severe symptoms affect their quality of life every single day. The condition can make it difficult to complete basic tasks, maintain relationships, and hold a job. Even more unfortunate, there is no cure for the disorder, and available treatments often fall short of providing the relief these patients need. This is why medical marijuana has been considered as a possible treatment for fibromyalgia. Understanding the condition, how it is typically treated, and how cannabis might help, will provide greater insight on how medical marijuana can make a difference from fibromyalgia patients. What is Fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is an often misunderstood medical condition that causes chronic pain throughout the body along with other related symptoms. Those with the condition often experience pain, tingling, and tenderness with no obvious cause. They can also experience mental and gastrointestinal symptoms. Many individuals with the condition require complex treatment plans, and some are unresponsive to current medical treatments. Fibromyalgia occurs more commonly in women and in those who have had certain infections, injuries, or emotional trauma. There may also be a genetic component to the condition, as it is more likely in families where one or more members have fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, the exact cause of fibromyalgia has yet to be determined. Individuals with fibromyalgia may experience a wide range of symptoms. The most common symptoms of fibromyalgia include: Pain and/or tenderness throughout the body Trouble sleeping or irregular sleep patterns Fatigue Nausea Irritable bowels and other gastrointestinal issues Irregular appetite Temperature sensitivity Morning stiffness Joint stiffness Headaches Painful menstrual periods Tingling feelings, especially in hands or feet Cognitive and memory issues Mood changes Depression and anxiety Vision problems It is estimated by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases that more than five million Americans are affected by fibromyalgia, making the disorder a significant one in the United States. Many individuals with the condition do not experience the relief they need from treatments to conduct normal activities, making it difficult to maintain a role in the workforce and affecting personal relationships. Current Treatments for Fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia is known for being difficult to treat, and there is currently no cure for the condition. An estimated 35 to 40 percent of people with fibromyalgia do not find relief from conventional medications and treatments. Even when treatment is possible, it requires a multipronged approach to provide symptom relief. Many patients require multiple medications along with specialized diets, exercise plans, and other lifestyle changes. Some common medication-based treatments include antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, fibromyalgia medications, opioid painkillers, or extremely expensive growth hormones. These medications each address separate symptoms, requiring the use of more than one prescription for most patients. Additional medications to address nausea, insomnia, and other symptoms of fibromyalgia may also be needed depending on the patient and their unique symptoms. While many find relief with these medications, for those whose fibromyalgia is not responsive treatment current medication fall short. Other therapies to address muscle weakness, aid in pain management, and improve mental state are often recommended as part of a fibromyalgia treatment plan to tackle symptoms that are not corrected with traditional medication. This can range from working with a physical therapist to acupuncture to restrictive diets and costly supplements. Reduced stress and improved sleep may also improve fibromyalgia symptoms. Even with these options, many patients still have been unable to find relief. This is what lead some patients and medical practitioners to suggest that fibromyalgia and medical cannabis might make sense together. As reported by CNN, some patients have found medical marijuana to provide greater relief from fibromyalgia symptoms than a combination of other therapies. Medical Marijuana for Fibromyalgia One of the main reasons that medical marijuana was first considered for fibromyalgia is its known pain-relieving qualities, but marijuana is also able to treat several of the condition’s other symptoms. Medical cannabis can be prescribed to treat a variety of symptoms and conditions, including nausea, muscle spasms, appetite issues, Crohn’s disease and colitis, and several other conditions, all of which can occur with fibromyalgia. This makes the primary benefit of using marijuana as a fibromyalgia treatment its ability to treat multiple symptoms that previously required the use of multiple medications. Fibromyalgia patients may see a benefit in pain relief, nausea and appetite, bowel issues, mental symptoms and mood issues, and insomnia and sleep issues. This is a huge benefit for many patients who are either unable to find relief or who are dealing with a variety of medications to treat their symptoms. Although more research is needed to determine how medical marijuana may be used to treat or even cure fibromyalgia, several research studies have shown promising results when cannabis was used to treat fibromyalgia patients. As a fibromyalgia treatment marijuana was shown to address multiple symptoms, including fibromyalgia pain, muscle and joint stiffness, overall mood, and ability to relax. Some studies and research related to using marijuana to treat fibromyalgia have shown positive results. In one study where symptoms and mood were tracked by individuals with fibromyalgia, a statistically significant reduction in pain and stiffness and an improvement in relaxation and feelings of well-being were reported by the portion of the group that used cannabis as a treatment. Another study from Canada, has shown that a fibromyalgia marijuana treatment improved sleep for patients, which is often one of the most difficult symptoms to overcome. Doctors there have begun prescribing it to patients as a viable treatment. Other medical research has been geared at the use of medical cannabis and synthetic marijuana to treat chronic conditions like fibromyalgia. In the United States, synthetic marijuana medications have been tested extensively and approved for use in treating certain conditions for cancer patients. Treating Fibromyalgia with Medical Marijuana When treating fibromyalgia cannabis can be used a variety of ways. The studies mentioned above and additional research on marijuana’s medicinal properties have shown that two compounds in cannabis seem to be the most beneficial. This includes THC and CBD, which are cannabinoids. These compounds interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which interacts with multiple other systems in the body. For certain medical conditions, a high concentration of either THC or CBD is recommended. Fibromyalgia patients appear to benefit from both compounds, so treatment cannabis strains should contain both. This is because the various symptoms of fibromyalgia are impacted by one or the other. THC assists with certain issues, including sleeping issues and improved mood, while CBD assists with others like pain and spasms. Studies have also looked at the way marijuana is taken when treating fibromyalgia and other similar conditions. Studies have been done using patients who smoked or inhaled marijuana as well as those who took cannabis orally, and both methods were shown to provide similar symptom improvement. Although there are pros and cons to every method of cannabis ingestion, inhaling is generally considered the most effective because it provides relief much faster than other methods. Recent testing has turned to other delivery methods, including a CBD patch which is being looked at for the treatment of fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain. CBD is known for its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory abilities, and the patch may be a better way to absorb key compounds and control dosing while providing relief directly to the area. Why are People Turning to Marijuana to Treat Fibromyalgia Pain? Although additional research is needed to identify how medical marijuana card online may affect fibromyalgia patients, many have already begun using cannabis to treat their symptoms. Some patients report that marijuana has finally provided them the relief they need after traditional medicines failed them. According to these patients, the link between fibromyalgia and weed is a simple one – it works. This is especially important to individuals who have not found relief for some of the most severe symptoms of fibromyalgia. Additionally, the medications often prescribed to treat fibromyalgia symptoms can have severe side effects. Antidepressant medications can cause nausea, weight gain, sexual problems, insomnia, and more. This can actually worsen some of the symptoms of the disease. Addiction is also a problem, especially in cases where the pain is severe enough for opioid pain medications, which have been shown to be highly addictive. Marijuana provides a solution for fibromyalgia symptoms without the harsh side effects. Fibromyalgia is a condition that can be difficult to treat because of the wide array of symptoms it causes. Traditional treatments fall short of providing relief, and a large percentage of patients do not respond to these therapies. Studies using medical marijuana to treat fibromyalgia symptoms have shown promising results, improving pain levels, stiffness, mood, and sleep quality for some patients, including those who were dissatisfied with other medical options. While more research is needed to fully understand how cannabis and fibromyalgia interact, many patients are making the switch and reporting symptom improvements.
  7. 2016 brought many changes to the legal status of marijuana nationwide. Numerous states had marijuana issues on the ballot, and many of the passed new or modified existing marijuana laws. Marijuana is currently legal in several states, including California. It is also medically allowed in even more. By 2018 the commercial sale of cannabis for adult use will begin in California as well, and it is already available in several other states. The growing evidence that cannabis and its compounds can have a beneficial effect on the body and the brain is leading to wider acceptance. Read on to learn more about the legal status of marijuana in the United States, where marijuana is legal, what the law is in California, and what is coming in the future. Legalization of Marijuana in the United States Marijuana was legal in the United States until the Legalization of marijuana1930s. Prior to that time cannabis and hashish were commonly used as and in medical treatments, and the plant was grown commercially on farms for rope making and use in other textiles like canvas. After cannabis was made illegal in the late 30’s, various attempts have been made to change its legal status at both state and federal levels. In fact, 2016 once again saw an attempt to reduce federal restrictions and change the classification, but the Drug Enforcement Administration denied the attempt, and cannabis remains a Schedule 1 controlled substance at the federal level. Schedule 1 drugs are considered the most dangerous with the greatest potential for abuse. While it remains federally illegal, the government does allow each state to create their own marijuana laws, as long as they meet certain guidelines for regulation. In 1996 the first state, California, moved to take advantage of this system, approving the California Compassionate Use Act to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. Lawmakers and voters have continued to discuss cannabis legalization and make changes to its legal status around the U.S. and in many of its territories. These laws include reductions in the penalties or reduced criminalization, decriminalization, medical use only, and recreation use laws around the country. Laws have continued to progress, allowing more and more freedom to use cannabis as a medical treatment, and to study the effects of it and its chemical compounds more thoroughly. Where is Marijuana Legal? Since the first states began to legalize cannabis Where is cannabis legal?over 20 years ago, the number of states where you can legally access marijuana has grown considerably. The 2016 election year saw even more states legalize weed – either entirely or for medicinal purposes. Business Insider indicated that nearly half the states in the U.S. have legalized cannabis in some form. The majority of the states have approved medical use either with or without additional laws to decriminalize possession, while eight states and the Washington DC have voted for complete legalization or both recreational and medicinal use. Even in some states where marijuana remains illegal, the penalties associated with possession have been reduced. Although cannabis may be legal in some form, all states have specific requirements that individuals must follow to have marijuana legally. Certain states that have legalized medical use marijuana only allow CBD. Check your local laws for more information on your state. Below is a list of the current status of marijuana for the each state and the District of Columbia as of the 2016 elections. Please keep in mind marijuana laws may not yet be enacted at this time. Marijuana Legal States: Alaska California Colorado Maine Massachusetts Nevada Oregon Washington Washington DC Medically Legal and Decriminalized: Connecticut Delaware Illinois Maryland Minnesota Ohio Rhode Island Vermont Medically Legal Only: Alabama Arkansas Arizona Florida Georgia Hawaii Iowa Louisiana Michigan Montana New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico North Dakota Oklahoma Pennsylvania Tennessee Texas Wisconsin Not Legal: Idaho Indiana Kansas Kentucky Mississippi Missouri Nebraska New York North Carolina South Carolina Utah Virginia West Virginia Wyoming Marijuana Legalization in California Medicinal marijuana has been legal in Legal marijuana in CaliforniaCalifornia since 1996, but the last couple of years saw some major votes that will change that status of weed in California in the future. To understand what is going on and why marijuana ID cards remain especially important in California we are going to cover the current legal state of cannabis and discuss what is coming in the future. Currently, medical cannabis is legal in the state of California. The Compassionate Use Act got rid of the criminal penalties associated with marijuana use and possession for patients who qualified. Qualified patients required an appropriate doctor’s recommendation. Later, California voters enacted the Medical Marijuana Program Act to help offer protection to qualified medical cannabis patients and approved caregivers. This act included the use of ID cards to demonstrate proof of the legal right to purchase, carry, and use medical marijuana. The ID cards can be issued by licensed providers once a medical recommendation for cannabis use has been made. The cards are accepted at dispensaries and can be used to identify legal status in legal or judicial situations. Locations like ours allow you to be medically recommended, receive your ID card, and renew your card all at the same location. The ID cards can protect patients and approved caregivers from arrest when carrying eight ounces or less and allows them to grow up to six mature plants in their own home. In 2016, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act or Proposition 64 was approved in California, taking a huge step forward in marijuana use legalization. This act approves the legal use of marijuana for adults in the state for both medical and recreational purposes. It decriminalizes possession and use of cannabis and looks to establish regulated commercial sale in the future. Much of the legislation related to this act will not take place until 2018, but the act paves the way to decriminalize and legalize cannabis throughout the state of California. It also works in conjunction with other recent marijuana legislation to regulate the way that legal, recreational cannabis will be sold and taxed. What is Coming for Legal Marijuana in California In 2018 the Adult Use of Marijuana Act and the Cannabis Law SystemMedical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, which was approved in 2015, will be fully implemented in California, changing the way marijuana is used and controlled in the state. The Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act is actually a combination of three bills designed to regulate the growing, transportation, manufacture, and sale of medical marijuana. The bills include: AB 243 AB 266 SB 643 The act will establish a regulatory body known as the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation and require licensing. Qualified patients and caregivers with a medical marijuana ID will not be required to license for personal operations under 100 square feet per patient for up to five patients. This addendum emphasizes the importance of medical marijuana ID cards even though possession has been decriminalized. The Adult Use Act’s legal recreational sale of cannabis will also begin January 1, 2018. The new law removes the penalties associated with non-medical use, but the recreational sale does not begin until 2018. It works in conjunction with the regulation act, requiring certain regulations be met. Another key component of the Adult Use Act is the new tax it will impose on marijuana purchases along with an additional tax on weed cultivation. Qualified medical marijuana patients and approved caregivers with appropriate ID cards will be exempt from these additional taxes. This again shows that marijuana ID cards will remain important for medical patients now and in the future. For an excellent breakdown on the ins and outs of the new laws, check out this article from Time Magazine. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law in the United States, although it has been legalized by state governments throughout the country. California was the first states to legalize weed for medical purposes. Currently, patients can receive a doctor’s recommendation for marijuana use and then receive an ID card that allows them to safely purchase and use their marijuana as medication. In the 2016 election, the state also passed a law to decriminalize marijuana and allow the recreational sale of it for adult use starting in 2018. A medical ID card will continue to offer many benefits, including not needing a license to cultivate marijuana in certain situations and being exempt from the recreational marijuana tax.

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Strain Hunters is a series of documentaries aimed at informing the general public about the quest for the preservation of the cannabis plant in the form of particularly vulnerable landraces originating in the poorest areas of the planet.

Cannabis, one of the most ancient plants known to man, used in every civilisation all over the world for medicinal and recreational purposes, is facing a very real threat of extinction. One day these plants could be helpful in developing better medications for the sick and the suffering. We feel it is our duty to preserve as many cannabis landraces in our genetic database, and by breeding them into other well-studied medicinal strains for the sole purpose of scientific research.

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