Medical cannabis has proven helpful in assisting patients with various diseases, disorders, and maladies since its first uses in ancient times.
With increasing acceptance and legality throughout the United States, México, Latin America, Canada, Europe, and Asia, medical cannabis and cannabis extracts are being recommended by medical professionals along with more traditional treatments. At the root of medical cannabis’ ability to help with difficult, painful symptoms and side effects is the endocannabinoid system and its interaction with the human immune system. An understanding of this interaction is a critical part of understanding how medical cannabis can decrease these symptoms and promote healthy change or homeostasis within the human body and mind.
What is the Immune System & What Does It Do?
As many of you are aware, there were 4 different cannabis legalization polls shared on the Tennessee NORML Facebook page yesterday. Two were from Nashville, one was from East Tennessee and one was a national poll by MSNBC. (All 4 polls are still active and available on our FB page timeline.)
As of 7:45 am on 8/3/17 these are the most current results:
The Wkrn poll is currently at 91.53% for legalization. There were 10,693 yes votes and 483 no votes.
The East Tennessee poll by WLVT 8 is standing at 1,700+ yes votes and 112 no votes.
The MSNBC poll is showing 90% yes votes.
The tide of support for legalization has become a tsunami!!! What do you think about this turn of events, especially the fact that the TN numbers are so similar to the national poll numbers?
Zara Abas has epilepsy and went through seizures multiple times a day throughout her life, despite taking four different prescriptions. A few years ago she tried medical cannabis to combat the seizures on the advice of her doctor. She had never tried marijuana before, but it didn’t take long to see results.
Three days of cannabis and her seizures had stopped completely.
Cannabis was a last result for Abas, who was scared by all the misinformation about the plant, misinformation that made it out to be a hard drug and to be avoided at all costs. Reefer madness is still alive and well, but all’s it takes is a little truth to stop it in its tracks. Abas tried it because it had come down to either brain surgery or try pot first. It was weed for the win.
Now 30 years old, Abas has taken up the cannabis cause… Continue reading
An unlikely pair have teamed up in hopes of swaying President Trump into decriminalizing cannabis across the nation. Roger Stone, a strategist, lobbyist, political consultant and friend of Trump has joined up with Florida attorney John Morgan – who helped to fund and push Amendment 2 to the polls until it passed – to create the U.S. Cannabis Coalition. By creating the organization, the two are able to officially lobby against the government on the issue.
“Medical marijuana is now a consensus issue in the United States,” Stone said. “And recreational marijuana is headed that way.”
John Morgan has been an advocate for medical marijuana and the decriminalization/legalization of cannabis in general for quite some time now. He has been outspoken about the issue for years and has even said that if he were to decide to run for Florida Governor (as many have proposed he should) that decriminalizing cannabis… Continue reading
One of the common questions relevant to the debate on medical marijuana use and legalization is, “How does cannabis affect mental illness?” To understand this question fully, it is necessary to understand some basics about the field of research, to assess the available evidence surrounding this question, and to consider the possible application of marijuana in treating symptoms of mental health conditions.
Many studies have found that people who consume cannabis tend to be more likely to have various types of mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, and psychotic disorders. As a result of these studies, people have incorrectly inferred that marijuana use causes mental illness.
However, this assumption stems from a basic misunderstanding of research results; namely, the fact that correlation does not imply causation. You may have heard this before. So what does it mean, and why does it matter?
Correlation is a link or association that… Continue reading
Researchers in Canada say that smoking cannabis to relieve chronic pain is not only safe, but effective as well. We knew that, but in case you needed scientific evidence, here it is.
The study followed 215 adults (141 of these adults were current users and 58 of them ex-users) who used medical cannabis for an entire year and a control group of 216 chronic pain patients who didn’t use medical cannabis at all.
These participants were patients from seven different clinics in Canada, all suffering from some form of chronic non-cancer pain.
The participants using cannabis received flower that contained 12.5% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis) and were given the option to use the leaf however they see fit: vaping, edibles and smoking were all possible options. Most of the participants chose inhalation or vaporization, presumably because it’s easier.
After the one-year study, patients reported a significant… Continue reading
As cannabis is becoming more and more mainstream, opinion polls show growing support of marijuana legalization in the U.S. and all over the world. Research confirms that cannabis and its derivatives could help us win the war on prescription drugs abuse, relieve PTSD for veterans, soothe epileptic seizures, maintain healthy insulin level, cope with chronic pain, anxiety, and depression.
Still, the stigma persists. Many people see cannabis users as lazy, unsuccessful, and potentially troubled human beings. Where does this dated stereotype come from? We could cast the blame upon television, movies, or newspapers, but we could also act mature and admit our own responsibility for the unfavorable image.
So the questions that have to be answered are: What marijuana enthusiasts do wrong? And more importantly, what can we do differently to look better in the eyes of society?
Firstly, we need to act responsibly. Period. It means no “marijuana is… Continue reading