There are more than 100 different kinds of arthritis that affect over 54 million adults in the United States. By 2040, the CDC estimates that there will be 78 million people living with arthritis.
All the different forms of arthritis share one thing in common: inflammation which affects the joints. The severity of pain that arthritis brings about so serious that the rheumatoid arthritis drug market alone is expected to hit $38.5 billion by the end of 2017. There are over 800 different kinds of pharmaceutical drugs that have been developed to treat arthritis and its symptoms alone, ranging from over-the-counter analgesics to opioids, hormones, uric acid drugs, corticosteroids, and so much more. Some of these drugs help reduce the swelling caused by inflammation while others only provide mild relief from the pain. But just like all kinds of pharmaceutical drugs, arthritis medications come with their… Continue reading
Often, Tennessee is number two in marijuana production only because it’s only bested by the much larger western state of California. Occasionally, we fall in at number three behind our enterprising cousins to the north in Kentucky.
In simple terms, the state of Tennessee is producing a lot of marijuana every year. And we are producing a lot of marijuana, every year, in spite of 80 years of prohibition and The War On Drugs, in spite of the U.S. becoming Incarceration Nation, where we have more people in prison than any other nation on earth. In spite of all this, people just keep growing and using marijuana.
The marijuana that is grown in Tennessee right now is being illegally produced, of… Continue reading
80% of Tennesseans think cannabis, in some form, should be legal. That’s according to a May 2017 poll by Vanderbilt University.
Will 2018 be the year lawmakers approve medical cannabis?
Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell talked to FOX13 in her Belle Meade home recently. She says she didn’t “think it was a wise move” to legalize any form of marijuana last year.
The Republican now says she’s “open” to change.
Harwell told us, “This is a plant that God has given us…as opposed to a synthetic drug.”
To say this is a change of heart is an understatement. We asked her what changed her mind. Harwell says, “It’s personal now.”
She says, “My sister did have an accident in a yoga stand and broke her back. She was given opioids and knew if she took those she’d become addicted to them.”
Harwell would not identify her sister, only saying she… Continue reading
Medical cannabis for pain and anxiety – Big Pharma and Big Booze are worried.
There’s no argument. Many studies show marijuana (cannabis) cuts the unbearable neuropathic pain of diabetes.
But the benefits of medical cannabis extend to many other areas… and now threaten some very large campaign contributors, namely manufacturers of opioids, benzodiazepines and alcohol.
An early warning sign was the the 2014 survey by the National Pain Foundation that asked over 1300 fibromyalgia patients to rate the effectiveness of the 3 FDA approved drugs. They also asked about medical marijuana.
The results were not encouraging for Big Pharma.
Although the FDA approved fibromyalgia drugs generate huge sales for Pfizer, Eli Lilly and Forest Laboratories, more than half the patients who tried their drugs found them totally worthless…. no help at all. In contrast, more than 50% of the patients who tried… Continue reading
Colorado’s chief medical officer told CBC Radio’s “Island Morning” host Matt Rainnie this morning that marijuana legalization hasn’t had a negative effect in his state.
When scientists set out to study the effects that cannabis has on the brain, they made an exciting discovery. They discovered a system within the human body that had previously been relatively unknown. It became known as the Endocannabinoid System, taking its name both from the term cannabis and its active ingredients, cannabinoids.
WHAT IS THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM?
But what exactly is the endocannabinoid system? There’s a lot of science-y stuff, so we’ll try and break it down into layman’s terms.
At its most basic, the endocannabinoid system is a communications system in the brain and other parts of our body. As you could imagine, this system affects many important functions. It has an impact on how one moves, feels, and reacts. It also reacts in response to the presence of cannabinoid compounds like CBD or THC.
HOW DOES ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM WORK?
The endocannabinoid system essentially… Continue reading
CBD has come into the spot light throughout 2017 being acknowledged for its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to help several intractable diseases. It has become so popular that it is now being used and researched for several conditions such as irritable bowel diseases and pain relief.
What is CBD?
CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of the natural cannabinoids found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. Unlike THC, which is known to produce a psychoactive effect, CBD does not cause a high and has, therefore, become classed as a medical compound that can treat a variety of diseases.
According to a recent study in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, it was found that CBD possess unique healing properties;
- Antiemetic – Reduces nausea and vomiting
- Anticonvulsant – Suppresses seizure activity
- Antipsychotic – Combats psychosis disorders
- Anti-inflammatory – Combats inflammatory disorders
- Anti-oxidant – Combats neurodegenerative disorders
- Anti-tumoral/Anti-cancer – Combats tumor and cancer… Continue reading