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Autism, also referred to by its full medical name of autism spectrum disorder, affects a jaw-dropping one out of every 45 children in the United States, according to a new government survey recommendation for doctors published by Autism Speaks.

This is a rather drastic increase in previous surveys’ estimates of 1 in 68 children. But while there is an ongoing debate about just how many people may be struggling with a diagnosis of autism, what is clear is that the autism is a significant source of concern for families today. What is also clear is that too little is still known about how to reduce the risk and reliably treat the effects of autism.In this post, learn what the research says about the use of doctors medical marijuana recommendation and information in California medical marijuana and online renewed cards of marijuana medical and cultivation license for treating autism spectrum disorder.

Medical Marijuana for Autism

Autism

As with any promising new medical marijuana evaluations card medical and medicating in California marijuana recommendable, in order to fully understand the potential for using medical marijuana for autism treatment, it is first essential to understand what autism is and how it affects the person.

According to the Autism Society, there is nothing simple about autism. Rather, because autism is characterized as a “spectrum” health condition, no two cases of autism are likely to ever be exactly alike. Symptoms appear along with a spectrum from mild to severe. As well, there is a spectrum of symptoms that can but may not always manifest.

Autism symptoms of patients can begin to appear as early as 12 months of age, according to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The earlier the signs and symptoms of autism are detected and marijuana medical evaluation card medical and treatment in California medical marijuana is initiated, the less severe the full expression of the condition is likely to be.

However, some children experience what is called “regression autism,” which may not manifest until the age of 24 months. Here, the child begins to exhibit the symptoms in a type of pattern researchers call “regression,” meaning former skills with language, speech, social interaction, play and facial expressions seem to be progressively “unlearned.” Researchers in their doctor’s medical marijuana recommendations and information are not sure why this happens and why it happens in only some children. They also do not yet understand how to determine which children are most at risk of regression autism.

The major early signs and symptoms of autism onset includes these, as reported by the Autism Science Foundation:– Lack of eye contact.– Repetitive body movements (rocking, flapping arms, et al).– Unusual forms of play, such as meticulously lining up toys in a row.– Ceasing to respond to their own name.– Inability to or difficulty with following a gaze or pointing finger to connect with its object/source (this is called “joint attention”).

In children whose autism is not detected until later, the most common signs include these:

– Poor social skills and social anxiety.– Unusual or a-typical patterns of communication.– The difficulty with mental flexibility.– Challenges with empathy.– Emotional limitations (such as interpreting jokes literally).– The difficulty with forming and keeping relationships.– Limited ability to make small talk or chit-chat.– Intolerance for change to routine.– A-typical hobbies, such as memorizing facts or statistics.– Difficulty making future plans.

Because not all of these symptoms may manifest a doctor’s medical marijuana recommendation in any one case of autism, and symptoms of patients may appear at different ages, and because some cases of autism are more severe than other cases, it is an ongoing challenge to both diagnose and treat autism on such a highly individualized basis.

Medical Marijuana Autism Treatment

Medical marijuana autism treatment

In some states such as New Jersey, marijuana medical autism medical evaluation and medicating options in California marijuana recommendable like renewed plastic ID medical card online and cultivation license may be on the near horizon (as early as 2018), as reported by Philly.comBut with renewed medical marijuana card online and cultivation license of 420 Evaluations medical card medical in California medical use still considered a state-by-state issue, how quickly such legislation and doctor’s medical marijuana recommendation can be proposed, passed and enacted across the nation will, for now, be left up to the jurisdiction of each state.

However, with growing anecdotal (personal experience-based) evidence flowing in from parents and carers of California marijuana recommendable, stating that use of medical marijuana recommendable offers help, medical recommended, information and relief to their loved ones with autism, the medical and research community is now sitting up and taking notice as well.

For instance, the Chicago Tribune reported on one family’s story of using medical cannabis in cookie form to curb their autistic son’s daily violent outbursts. Reading their story, it is clear why many neurologists and scientific autism researchers say such powerful anecdotes should not be discounted or ignored.

Marijuana Treatment for Autism

Marijuana autism treatment

Perhaps there would be an argument to delay or simply not pursue marijuana medical treatment for autism if other existing medical evaluation treatments were able to provide some level of uniform relief for individual autism patients in California medical marijuana.

Unfortunately, to date, many parents and carers find themselves turning to renew medical marijuana card online and cultivation license of 420 Evaluations cannabis card medical when all other medications and doctors medical marijuana recommendations and information – even connecting with so-named “celebrity treatment professionals” – have failed to produce the hoped-for positive outcomes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there is currently no medication that can treat the core autism symptoms or the expression of autism itself.The only available medicating, Risperidone, that has been approved and medical recommended and information for treating autism, is used to treat irritability and comes with the possibility of powerful side effects such as weight gain and sluggishness.

Other medications such as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are not FDA-approved to treat autism but are often prescribed anyway to treat different autism symptoms of patients. These medications may be able to produce positive progress with limiting symptoms of patients such as anxiety, depression, social and schedule rigidity, self-comfort through repetitive movements, inability to make eye contact and aggression towards self and others.

Depending on the individual, anti-convulsants, anti-psychotics, anti-anxiety medications, tricyclics, stimulants and similar other medications may be prescribed by 420 Evaluations, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Unfortunately, while a medication may work well for one autistic individual with a particular symptom, prescribing that same medicating for the same symptom in another individual may fail to produce any positive progress.For this reason, medical recommended use of marijuana medical to treat autism is an option many parents and carers in California marijuana recommendable are increasingly asking and advocating for renewed medical card online and cultivation license within their states.

Cannabis Treatment for Autism

Cannabis treatment for autism

The CDC reports that as many as one-third of all parents and carers of individuals with autism may have already sought out alternative or complementary treatments when mainstream medical approaches have not worked. As many as 10 percents of all families may currently be using a treatment that falls outside what mainstream medicine is willing to prescribe.

Medical cannabis medicating for autism of 420 Evaluations in California medical marijuana is one such medical evaluation and treatment, as reported by none other than Forbes magazine.

A desperate parent who wants to find relief for their child is often unwilling to let any obstacle stand in the way of achieving their goal. Forbes reports how, upon seeing how medical cannabis-based medication of 420 Evaluations cannabis card medical provides relief for patients with similarly serious medical conditions such as epilepsy, for example, parents become willing to try marijuana medical for treating autism as well.

In some particularly severe cases, these parents’ willingness has paid off in notable ways. One child who received hemp oil in the form of a mouth spray spoke his first words after being completely unable to speak. A mother whose severely autistic son was non-responsive to all other treatments saves cannabis founded a nonprofit, The Unconventional Foundation for Autism, to promote medical cannabis’ positive potential for treating severely autistic children in California medical marijuana. There is even now a specific cannabis strain, Joey’s Strain, named after her son!Determined, persistent parents are leading the charge to obtain access to autism medical evaluation and treatment using renewed medical card online and cultivation license of 420 Evaluations medical card around the nation, with their advocacy work being reported on by high-profile news sources such as CNN Money and Good Morning America.

Cannabis Cures Autism

Medical cannabis treatment for autism

While, to date, insufficient research exists to say for sure that cannabis cures autism, it is becoming more and more clear how much medical cannabis use can help these patients and their loved ones make progress where nothing else has worked.

Recently, the IB Times reported on the changing position of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) regarding use of medical cannabis of 420 Evaluations cannabis card medical for very sick children. For those young patients who have not found help or relief through more mainstream medical marijuana evaluation medicating, the AAP now advocates for prescribing renewed medical marijuana card online and cultivation license in these cases.

With new strains of cannabis such as Joey’s Strain and Charlotte’s Web, which was named after the young patient it helped, Charlotte, parents, and carers have new options for medical cannabis high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is significant because the use of these new strains that have been developed for children by medical cannabis experts offer all of the medicinal benefits without imparting the psychoactive effects that have so long contributed to a bias against medicinal marijuana.Clearly, there is tremendous demand from parents and carers already for access to these and other newer medicinally-focused strains, the Denver Post states. Autism is not considered curable, but it is clear use of medicinal cannabis can open the door to a higher quality of life for both autism patients and their loved ones.

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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?

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 Affects Cancer

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

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

Marijuana Can Relieve 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

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

Choose marijuana for treating breast cancer

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_status2. Web-site cancer.gov An article “Cannabis PDQ”URL: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/hp/cannabis-pdq3. Web-site cancer.gov An article “Cannabis PDQ” Section 7.URL: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/hp/cannabis-pdq#section/_74. 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.html5. 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-cancer6. 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/

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How does marijuana affect on blood pressure

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  • 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?

    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

    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?

    Medical Marijuana for 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?

    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.

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    AndrewCalifornian
     posted • Apr 14, 2017, 4:12 am

    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?

    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

    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

    ADHD researches

    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

    Marijuana and ADHD

    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?

    People treat themselves with marijuana

    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.

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    AndrewCalifornian
     posted • Apr 6, 2017, 3:27 am

    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 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.

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    AndrewCalifornian
     posted • Mar 21, 2017, 3:33 am

    Epilepsy is a serious medical condition affecting approximately one percent of the United State’s population. Many individuals with epilepsy suffer from severe seizures, which may not respond to available treatments. Recent attention has turned to using medical marijuana and its derivatives to treat epilepsy and other seizure disorders. Newsworthy cases have turned up in recent years showing even children can benefit from using medical marijuana to treat epilepsy. Understanding epilepsy, current medical treatments, and how marijuana could help can provide insight on whether medical marijuana is an appropriate treatment for your epileptic seizures.

    What is Epilepsy?

    Epilepsy

    Epilepsy is a neurological or brain disorder that causes issues with neuron signaling in the brain. Its most common and widely recognized symptom is seizures, which can range in severity from causing a person to appear dazed to an episode of violent total-body muscle spasms. An individual’s epileptic disorder may have no known cause or may have been caused by illnesses, injuries, or abnormal development that affects the brain. Due to the severity of seizures and the potential impact on day to day life, most individuals with epilepsy or seizure disorders require treatment to manage their condition. Even with medical treatment, many individuals suffer symptoms severe enough to prevent them from being able to drive a car or complete other activities and affect their ability to learn at school or perform in the workplace.

    Epileptic seizures generally fall into one of two broad categories – partial seizures, which affect a specific area of the brain, and generalized seizures, which occur over the entire service of the brain. Within each of these categories are various types of seizures. The wide variety of seizure types result in a variety of epilepsy symptoms. Symptoms can include:

    • Various types of seizures
    • Staring into space
    • Violent muscle spasms
    • Strange sensations
    • Hearing, seeing, or smelling things that others do not
    • Abnormal emotional response
    • Behavior changes
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Memory gaps, blackouts, or memory loss
    • Unusual clumsiness
    • Repeated movements
    • Sudden sleepiness or frequent sleepiness
    • Trouble swallowing

    The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that greater than 4.3 million adults and 750,000 children in America have been diagnosed with some form of epilepsy or seizure disorder. With this large number of people affected and the severity of the impact seizures can have, additional emphasis must be put on finding a more effective treatment or a cure for this disorder.

    Treatments for Epilepsy

    There is currently no medical cure for epilepsy, Treatments for Epilepsyhowever, a variety of treatments exist for controlling the symptoms of epilepsy and preventing seizures. Common medical treatments include medications designed to prevent seizures, surgical intervention in the brain, or implanted devices like vagus nerve stimulators. With the variety of types of epilepsy, treatment plans must be tailored to the individual and may require a combination of therapies to successfully control the condition. Unfortunately, approximately one-third of all epilepsy patients have a form that does not respond to conventional treatments, according to the Epilepsy Foundation. Even when medication is able to control seizures, all anti-seizure medications require a risk-benefit analysis to determine if their benefits outweigh the associated side effects. Finding this balance can be very challenging for many patients, especially children.

    In addition to conventional medical treatments, many patients have found other methods for improving epilepsy symptoms and reducing seizures. Many organizations, including the CDC and the Epilepsy Foundation, recommend certain dietary or nutritional changes may aid in controlling symptoms and allow epilepsy patients to reduce seizures. John Hopkins Medicine has even created a modified version of the Atkins diet to support epileptic patients. Another non-traditional treatment for epilepsy that has received quite a bit of attention in recent years is the use of medical marijuana. Although even a medical marijuana card online remains illegal at the federal level preventing medical research on its benefits as a drug, many individual cases of successful treatment of seizure disorders with various forms of medical cannabis has shown that marijuana helps seizures.

    Medical Marijuana for Seizure Control

    With roughly 30% of all cases of epilepsy Medical Marijuana for Seizure Controlclassified as untreatable, the push to find an alternative therapy led some individuals to try marijuana as a treatment. These stories of personal success with the use of medical marijuana as a treatment and claims that marijuana cures seizures resulted in several scientific studies to determine the validity of these claims. In 2013, the story of an eight year old girl in Colorado who was able to control her epilepsy with an unconventional, cannabis-based treatment known as Charlotte’s Web drew public attention. This was one of the first times that medical marijuana was directly, publicly credited with controlling a previously uncontrollable form of epilepsy. Since that time, additional research has been used to determine if marijuana cures epilepsy.

    The Epilepsy Foundation indicates that cannabidiol or CBD, a cannabinoid found in marijuana, has shown some positive effects on the body and indicates it could have a beneficial effect on seizures in some individuals. They also reported on multiple studies that have shown an improvement in seizure occurrence for patients who were undergoing treatment with CBD. A study conducted by Orrin Devinksy, a New York University Longone Medical Center neurologist, demonstrated that patients undergoing CBD treatments experienced an average of 36.5 percent improvement in seizure occurrences, with two percent of individuals in the study becoming seizure free. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has even approved the use of a drug called Epidiolex, which is an 99 percent CBD oil, for use in some epilepsy centers for patients who do not respond to other treatments.

    What is most significant in studies and cases like these is that individuals who saw improvement in seizures and other symptoms while using CBD included people that were unresponsive to other conventional treatments. This is a major point for those who are dissatisfied with available treatments or do not find the relief they need. The way medical marijuana improves epilepsy is not fully understood, however. The body’s endocannabinoid system provides anti-seizure support by regulating the nervous system, and it appears that the cannabinoids in medical marijuana may be able to do the same. More research is needed to determine exactly how medical marijuana reduces seizures and other symptoms, but the link between CBDs and seizures has been made evident.

    Medical Marijuana for Seizures in Children

    Some of the patients who struggle the most with Treating childrenconventional epilepsy treatments are children. Treatment methods that use CBD to treat seizures could be very beneficial for treating these children. The reduction in side effects and the ability to control seizure types that other medications provide little or no relief for makes using medical marijuana to treat children with seizures an option that requires more focus. Orrin Devinsky of the CBD study suggests that the risk of using CBD to treat a child with an otherwise untreatable form of epilepsy carries a low to moderate risk and offers the benefit of greater symptom improvement. Still, little research has been directed at how CBD treatments could affect children. Many parents with epileptic children have turned to CBD treatments and the number of reports continue to grow showing individual cases of children experiencing symptom improvement with CBD.

    Why are People Turning to Marijuana to Treat Epileptic Seizures?

    Although more research may be needed to Cannabis Prescriptionsdetermine how marijuana reduces seizures and what the long-term effects of using it as an anti-seizure medication are, many people are turning to medical marijuana as an epilepsy treatment. One of the main reasons that many individuals are using marijuana as a treatment is that it has been shown to work when no other treatments have. For individuals who have forms of epilepsy that are untreatable with conventional medications, cannabis offers new hope. Its ability to reduce seizures and in some cases eliminate them has been well documented by those who have found relief when nothing else worked.

    Another common reason some people use medical marijuana as a seizure treatment is the lower risk of side effects and less serious side effects associated with cannabis-based treatments when compared to conventional medicines. Common side effects of anti-seizure medications include fatigue, vision changes, nausea and vomiting, depression, lack of appetite, hyperactivity, headache, and even drooling. In some cases, these side effects are so severe that patients are unable to continue taking the medication. The risk of side effects with medical marijuana are not as well documented, but in the medical studies were considered insignificant. The most common side effect with CBD oil was diarrhea, which was attributed to the ingestion of an oil-based medication as it also appeared in patients who took the placebo.

    As you can see, the research shows that medical marijuana could be a powerful treatment for many epilepsy patients. The evidence of marijuana causing seizures to reduce in frequency and severity continues to grow. For the large number of epileptics who cannot be treated using conventional methods, medical cannabis holds an even greater promise.

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    Epilepsy is a serious medical condition affecting approximately one percent of the United State’s population. Many individuals with epilepsy suffer from severe seizures, which may not respond to available treatments. Recent attention has turned to using medical marijuana and its derivatives to treat epilepsy and other seizure disorders. Newsworthy cases have turned up in recent years showing even children can benefit from using medical marijuana to treat epilepsy. Understanding epilepsy, current medical treatments, and how marijuana could help can provide insight on whether medical marijuana is an appropriate treatment for your epileptic seizures.
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    Staring into space
    Violent muscle spasms
    Strange sensations
    Hearing, seeing, or smelling things that others do not
    Abnormal emotional response
    Behavior changes
    Loss of consciousness
    Memory gaps, blackouts, or memory loss
    Unusual clumsiness
    Repeated movements
    Sudden sleepiness or frequent sleepiness
    Trouble swallowing
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    [B]Medical Marijuana for Seizure Control[/B]
    With roughly 30% of all cases of epilepsy Medical Marijuana for Seizure Controlclassified as untreatable, the push to find an alternative therapy led some individuals to try marijuana as a treatment. These stories of personal success with the use of medical marijuana as a treatment and claims that marijuana cures seizures resulted in several scientific studies to determine the validity of these claims. In 2013, the story of an eight year old girl in Colorado who was able to control her epilepsy with an unconventional, cannabis-based treatment known as Charlotte’s Web drew public attention. This was one of the first times that medical marijuana was directly, publicly credited with controlling a previously uncontrollable form of epilepsy. Since that time, additional research has been used to determine if marijuana cures epilepsy.
    The [URL="http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/treating-seizures-and-epilepsy/other-treatment-approaches/medical-marijuana-and-epilepsy"]Epilepsy Foundation[/URL] indicates that cannabidiol or CBD, a cannabinoid found in marijuana, has shown some positive effects on the body and indicates it could have a beneficial effect on seizures in some individuals. They also reported on multiple studies that have shown an improvement in seizure occurrence for patients who were undergoing treatment with CBD. A study conducted by Orrin Devinksy, a New York University Longone Medical Center neurologist, demonstrated that patients undergoing CBD treatments experienced an average of [URL="https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/can-cannabis-treat-epileptic-seizures/"]36.5 percent[/URL] improvement in seizure occurrences, with two percent of individuals in the study becoming seizure free. [URL="http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/treating-seizures-and-epilepsy/other-treatment-approaches/medical-marijuana-and-epilepsy"]The U.S. Food and Drug Administration[/URL] (FDA) has even approved the use of a drug called Epidiolex, which is an 99 percent CBD oil, for use in some epilepsy centers for patients who do not respond to other treatments.
    What is most significant in studies and cases like these is that individuals who saw improvement in seizures and other symptoms while using CBD included people that were unresponsive to other conventional treatments. This is a major point for those who are dissatisfied with available treatments or do not find the relief they need. The way medical marijuana improves epilepsy is not fully understood, however. The body’s endocannabinoid system provides [URL="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4911937/"]anti-seizure support[/URL] by regulating the nervous system, and it appears that the cannabinoids in medical marijuana may be able to do the same. More research is needed to determine exactly how medical marijuana reduces seizures and other symptoms, but the link between CBDs and seizures has been made evident.
    Medical Marijuana for Seizures in Children
    Some of the patients who struggle the most with Treating childrenconventional epilepsy treatments are children. Treatment methods that use CBD to treat seizures could be very beneficial for treating these children. The reduction in side effects and the ability to control seizure types that other medications provide little or no relief for makes using medical marijuana to treat children with seizures an option that requires more focus. Orrin Devinsky of the CBD study suggests that the risk of using CBD to treat a child with an otherwise untreatable form of epilepsy carries [URL="https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/can-cannabis-treat-epileptic-seizures/"]a low to moderate risk[/URL] and offers the benefit of greater symptom improvement. Still, little research has been directed at how CBD treatments could affect children. Many parents with epileptic children have turned to CBD treatments and the number of reports continue to grow showing individual cases of children experiencing symptom improvement with CBD.
    Why are People Turning to Marijuana to Treat Epileptic Seizures?
    Although more research may be needed to Cannabis Prescriptionsdetermine how marijuana reduces seizures and what the long-term effects of using it as an anti-seizure medication are, many people are turning to medical marijuana as an epilepsy treatment. One of the main reasons that many individuals are using marijuana as a treatment is that it has been shown to work when no other treatments have. For individuals who have forms of epilepsy that are untreatable with conventional medications, cannabis offers new hope. Its ability to reduce seizures and in some cases eliminate them has been well documented by those who have found relief when nothing else worked.
    Another common reason some people use medical marijuana as a seizure treatment is the lower risk of side effects and less serious side effects associated with cannabis-based treatments when compared to conventional medicines. [URL="http://www.webmd.com/epilepsy/medications-treat-seizures#1"]Common side effects of anti-seizure medications include[/URL] fatigue, vision changes, nausea and vomiting, depression, lack of appetite, hyperactivity, headache, and even drooling. In some cases, these side effects are so severe that patients are unable to continue taking the medication. The risk of side effects with medical marijuana are not as well documented, but in the medical studies were considered insignificant. The most common side effect with [URL="http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/treating-seizures-and-epilepsy/other-treatment-approaches/medical-marijuana-and-epilepsy"]CBD oil[/URL] was diarrhea, which was attributed to the ingestion of an oil-based medication as it also appeared in patients who took the placebo.
    As you can see, the research shows that medical marijuana could be a powerful treatment for many epilepsy patients. The evidence of marijuana causing seizures to reduce in frequency and severity continues to grow. For the large number of epileptics who cannot be treated using conventional methods, medical cannabis holds an even greater promise.

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    AndrewCalifornian
     posted • Mar 2, 2017, 11:41 pm

    If you are a new medical marijuana patient or have not used a marijuana dispensary to get your medication before, you may have some questions about how dispensaries work and how to choose the right one for your personal needs and preferences. Understanding what a medical cannabis dispensary is, how dispensaries work in our state, and how to go about choosing a dispensary will help you feel more comfortable with the process and make it easier for you to get the important medicine you need from a safe, legitimate provider. The following article will introduce you to dispensaries and offer useful guidelines to help you choose one.What are Medical Marijuana Dispensaries?Marijuana-dispensary.jpg?resize=300%2C22Medical marijuana dispensaries are places where marijuana is distributed for medical use. They are legally allowed under state law in many locations across the United States – spanning the country from California, which was the first state to allow their establishment, all the way to Rhode Island. In states where the medical use of cannabis has been legalized, dispensaries are one of the primary ways that marijuana patients are able to get the medicine they need. Although allowed under state law, the sale or distribution of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Although they may have a variety of names, legitimate medical cannabis dispensaries have a few things in common. They generally have a relationship with local cultivators, offering marijuana that is grown in surrounding areas. They also usually offer a variety of types of cannabis to aid in treating a number of medical conditions, including cancer, arthritis, AIDs, chronic and nerve pain, glaucoma, seizures, colitis, and more. They operate under state and local laws and maintain the regulations and guidelines required by those laws. They provide a safe and secure way to obtain the medical marijuana you need when you need it. These commonalities ensure that marijuana dispensaries are able to remain open and provide this important service to their local patients.Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in CaliforniaCounties-of-California.png?resize=254%2CIn 1996 California passed the Compassionate Use Act, allowing the use of medical marijuana for the treatment of certain medical conditions. A later bill implemented an identification card system for patients and caregivers and included other modifications to the original act. With these laws in place, patients throughout the state were able to grow, use, and transport cannabis for medical purposes. Medical marijuana dispensaries soon followed, providing cannabis to patients under state law. California dispensaries are allowed to dispense cannabis legally by following the collective and cooperative cultivation guidelines established in the state. California requires dispensaries to meet certain guidelines and apply for a license in order to operate. Many individuals, groups, and organizations have opened and continued to operate dispensaries in the state, providing an estimated 16 million ounces of marijuana to California patients annually.To dispense medical marijuana in California, a dispensary must abide by the state’s guidelines, complete the necessary paperwork, and maintain certain standards. First and foremost, California requires dispensaries to maintain a non-profit status and prevents them from cultivating or distributing cannabis for a profit. Additionally, growers and patients must join the dispensary as members, and the dispensary is required to properly regulate membership. Only members who join the collective and present the proper medical marijuana identification card are allowed to buy or sell cannabis. Dispensaries are also required to properly track all marijuana that enters and exits their place of business. These records should be securely maintained. In addition to properly securing their files, medical marijuana dispensaries must also establish proper security practices to protect their product and their members.When joining a medical marijuana collective, you may be required to complete certain tasks. The majority of these tasks are required under state law for the dispensary to remain open. This includes completing a written application, presenting your medical marijuana ID card, allowing your card to be copied, providing your recommending establishment’s name and contact information, and signing a contract agreeing not to illegally distribute or supply the medical cannabis you purchase at the dispensary. If you are not asked to complete all of the tasks, double-check to ensure the dispensary is operating with a proper license. Make sure that you have the proper documentation, identification, and information with you on your first visit to ensure you are able to get your medicine as soon as possible.What to Look for in a Medical Marijuana Dispensary?Looking-for-the-result.jpg?resize=300%2CIf you need cannabis to treat a medical condition, finding a dispensary is one of the easiest ways to get the medicine you need. Although it is possible to cultivate cannabis yourself, growing can be somewhat challenging and requires a commitment of time and resources. A dispensary provides an alternative to the do it yourself option, allowing you to conveniently get the medical marijuana that has been recommended to treat your condition without the hassle and wait time associated with growing your own. There are numerous dispensaries in the state of California, which can make choosing which one is right for you a little tricky. Before settling on the first dispensary you see, you will want to carefully consider the following important factors. Make sure the medical cannabis dispensary you choose has:A Legitimate Licenselegacy.jpg?resize=300%2C200&ssl=1Before choosing a medical cannabis dispensary, it is important that you confirm the legitimacy of their license. According to the California Department of Justice, all medical marijuana dispensaries in California must be properly licensed in order to be considered legal in the state. California state law requires a dispensary owner to complete specific steps to get and maintain their license, including maintaining standards, regulating their membership, properly tracking their product, and maintaining other requirements. A medical marijuana dispensary license protects the dispensary and its clients from potential legal issues. If you choose a dispensary that does not have a license you could risk loss of access to your medicine, delays in getting your medicine, or worse, potential legal or criminal repercussions.A Convenient Locationconvenient-location-1.png?resize=300%2C3Another important consideration when choosing the right medical marijuana collective or dispensary is the location. Although state law in California allows the medical use of marijuana and the establishment of marijuana collectives or cooperatives to dispense the medication, certain counties have additional laws that prohibit dispensaries from being established within their county lines. If you live in one of these counties, locating a nearby dispensary may be more difficult. There are a variety of medical marijuana dispensary locator options online. You can use a Google search for medical marijuana dispensaries near me, check out listings on popular sites like Yelp or cannabis-focused Weed Maps or Leafly, or stick to the most popular dispensaries as listed in this article from LA Weekly.A Reasonable Price Structureprice.jpg?resize=300%2C210&ssl=1Pricing is an important consideration when it comes to any purchase – especially those that you have to make on a recurring basis. Your medical cannabis purchases are no different. You will want to find a dispensary that has prices that you find reasonable. Dispensaries are legally allowed to set their own prices. According to California-based law firm ShouseCalifornia, medical marijuana distributors can charge prices they consider reasonable, offer marijuana in exchange for services, or provide it free of charge. This means that medical marijuana dispensaries prices can differ from location to location even for the same quality of product. To find the best price, it may be a good idea to shop around at dispensaries in your area.A Positive Reputationrepuation.jpg?resize=300%2C142&ssl=1As with any product or service provider, user reviews are available for most well-established medical marijuana dispensaries. Before joining a collective, determine if other patients had a positive experience by checking out the ratings and reviews available online. You may also want to take an opportunity to meet the staff and determine if they are friendly and knowledgeable. You want a marijuana dispensary that provides you with a good experience, ensures your needs are met, and can answer any questions you might have. This will ensure you feel comfortable getting your medicine when you need it and can help ensure you get the type of cannabis best suited for your condition and treatment goals.Now that you understand more about what medical marijuana dispensaries are and how they operate in the state of California, you are prepared to choose one where you can obtain the medical cannabis you need to treat your condition. By ensuring the establishment you choose is properly licensed, has a convenient location for you, and offers pricing you can afford, you will be able to join a collective that meets your needs and allows you to continue to provide you with regular access to your medication.

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    AndrewCalifornian
     posted • Feb 17, 2017, 5:33 am

    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.[​IMG]Legalization of Marijuana in the United StatesMarijuana 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.[​IMG]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:AlaskaCaliforniaColoradoMaineMassachusettsNevadaOregonWashingtonWashington DCMedically Legal and Decriminalized:ConnecticutDelawareIllinoisMarylandMinnesotaOhioRhode IslandVermontMedically Legal Only:AlabamaArkansasArizonaFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIowaLouisianaMichiganMontanaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNorth DakotaOklahomaPennsylvaniaTennesseeTexasWisconsinNot Legal:IdahoIndianaKansasKentuckyMississippiMissouriNebraskaNew YorkNorth CarolinaSouth CarolinaUtahVirginiaWest VirginiaWyoming[​IMG]Marijuana Legalization in CaliforniaMedicinal 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.[​IMG]What is Coming for Legal Marijuana in CaliforniaIn 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 243AB 266SB 643The 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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