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
Matt Kahl is a nationally renowned medical cannabis expert, and an Afghanistan war veteran who now fights for American citizen’s right to use cannabinoid medicine.
Tennessee’s medical cannabis supporters will be extremely grateful to hear that Safe Access Tennessee is bringing him to Nashville to give testimony before the Legislative Task Force on Medical Cannabis on October 26th……….he knows what he’s talking about.
Matt is a veteran of the 101st Airborne Division, 1/506 Infantry Regiment who did two tours to Afghanistan and left once by medevac.
He is now the Executive Director at Veterans for Natural Rights, as well as an Urban Agricultural Representative for the Pesticides Advisory committee at the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
He’s also support for Dad’s for Marijuana International.
Tennessee NORML spoke with Matt, and we asked him to tell us what got him started in medical cannabis activism.
He said, “The drugs the doctors put… Continue reading
I’m reading with interest the various gubernatorial candidates opinions regarding cannabis, both medicinal and recreational. 5 out of 7 favor medicinal, but all oppose recreational. This tells me they all have at least one thing in common; they don’t know the truth about cannabis.
The truth is that right now, at this very moment, there are literally TONS of cannabis for sale here in Tennessee, just as there are in Jeff Sessions’ Alabama, and Chris Christies’ New Jersey, and every other state in the country.
In prohibition states such as Tennessee, cannabis sale and distribution is handled by your friendly neighborhood criminals who run the Black Market. They happily sell to minors, don’t check their wares for purity, and pay no taxes on their billions in profits. The Cartels love prohibition and couldn’t exist without it. All legalization does is change who gets… Continue reading
A survey carried out by Amanda Reiman out of UC Berkley foundsome of the main reasons patients at Berkley Patient Group, a medical marijuana dispensary, took cannabis. The results showed that there was less withdrawal with cannabis compared to other illicit drugs, less adverse effects when taking cannabis compared to other drugs, and it provided them with the best symptom management for their various medical conditions.
If patients are choosing cannabis for better symptom relief qualities, then it is clear that access to medical marijuana could prevent some problematic addictions in the long run. Cannabis, however, might prove effective at helping people heal from their already present addictions as well.
Cannabis Quells Symptoms
Some states are looking to cannabis to help rid them of their growing heroin addiction problems. Maine is considering adding opioid and heroin addiction to the list of conditions that apply for medical marijuana. Since one… Continue reading
The Joint Committee on Medical Cannabis met for the first time Thursday to discuss what options the legislature has to legalize medical marijuana in the next session.
A panel made up of state representatives and senators listened to testimony from law enforcement, Tennessee Department of Health staff, various doctors, and experts. The committee was requested by House Speaker Beth Harwell, among other lawmakers, like state representative Jeremy Faison.
“I feel like it’s the same arguments that we’ve heard historically. I feel like the deeper we get into this over the next couple of months, the arguments have no foundation,” said Faison. “When it comes just to the strict use of the medical grade cannabis, it’s a great benefit all the way around for the state.”
The room was packed at Tennessee Tower with supporters and opponents, plus people who have a direct interest. Stacie Mathes has been wanting… Continue reading
The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators will hold meetings with Memphis City Council members as well as area press to rally support in favor of marijuana decriminalization.
“We have made criminal justice reform a caucus priority and this is a perfect example of the kind of issue that needs to be discussed,” Black Caucus Chairwoman Brenda Gilmore said. “Statistics have shown that the impact of these low level drug offenses hits harder on poor and minority communities, saddling many with crippling criminal records and lessening their chances of employment, housing and other areas of life.”
The black caucus, along with Councilman Berlin Boyd, will hold a press conference at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 in the Hall of Mayors at Memphis City Hall to advocate for decriminalization. The day’s agenda also includes meetings with the Commercial Appeal editorial board, individual meetings with the Memphis City Council members and a… Continue reading