Throughout the past two decades the above title has caused quite the controversy, raised many different questions and has created a ripple effect throughout the medical and cannabis industries. Since its opening in 2013, The Higher Path has been hit by a beautiful wave of pride that is washing away the stigma and shame of using cannabis to help kids. Many of our patients come in proudly now, looking to help their children with the many different products we carry. The questions are always where to start, what to use and how to dose.
A new finding just released on Pubmed presented a study recently performed in London providing preliminary evidence for whether cannabis can be used to treat patients with ADHD, potentially opening the door for a new way to treat adults and kids.
Imagine that you are home, getting your beautiful, perfectly healthy 3 month old child out of the bath when out of nowhere their eyes begin to flicker—they’re having a seizure. This nightmarish scenario became a reality for the parents of Charlotte Figi, a little girl who began having seizures at the tender age of 3 months old. At first, doctors didn’t want to call Charlotte’s condition epilepsy & told her parents that she would likely outgrow the seizures. Unfortunately, Charlotte’s seizures didn’t go away…they increased in frequency.
All living vertebrates have an endocannabinoid system that regulates and maintains homeostasis. We even have endogenous cannabinoids, or cannabinoids that are naturally produced in our bodies, such as anandamide and adenosine, that are almost identical to the phytocannabinoids, or plant cannabinoids tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). These phytocannabinoids fit into the same receptors in our endocannabinoid (EC) systems.
The Higher Path carries a wide array of edibles, but some offer a high amount of sugar and fat content that might not be functional to someone who is looking to medicate while on a diet or has diabetes. We try to carry a large amount of edibles that are scrumptious, healthy and most importantly guilt-free, so you can medicate while nurturing your body’s vitality with wholesome ingredients.
Cannabinoid pharmacology has made leaps and bounds following the discovery of cannabinoid receptors. Research is finally exploring how cannabinoid signaling affects complex systems behind the immune system. While the main pharmacological functions of the endocannabinoid system includes neuromodulation, motor function, cognition, emotional responses, homeostasis and motivation, this system plays an important role in our nervous system, immune system and microcirculation.
If there is one thread that is strung throughout humanity and continues through us all, it is the constant human need to survive. For most, eating is a natural and easy part of this instinct to survive. For some, like me, eating can be one of the most difficult battles we face. Anorexia and bulimia are emotional disorders that cause an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat or purging recently eaten meals. Years of this behavior only increase the stress caused by the sight of food.
Drug withdrawals can be debilitating to both the individual overcoming addiction and their families. Most addictions start with over the counter prescription drugs, like Oxycodon and Vicodin—in 2013 1.8 million Americans were classified as having a prescription drug abuse disorder. Overdose deaths involving opioid prescriptions have quadrupled since 1999 and from the years of 1999 to 2014 the death toll hit over 165,000. According the National Institute of Health, people who start drug treatment programs often relapse after the first six months and/or become addicted to the medicines used to treat those drug withdrawals like Benzodiazepines and Methadone. 46 Americans die everyday from overdose of opioids with most of them being over the counter prescriptions, which has some states even declaring a “state of emergency” because of this opioid epidemic.
There’s a big difference between marijuana and hemp—though they’re both green and come from the same species of cannabis plant, the former contains high levels of the psychoactive substance, THC. Hemp contains little to no THC, and as such, has no recreational value. Hemp protein powder is made by separating and grinding the tiny seeds of the hemp plant. These nutty-tasting seeds are rich in oil, enzymes and protein, making them suitable for vegetarians, vegans or individuals who can’t tolerate dairy products.
Music and cannabis go hand in hand with one another. Some of the most prominent artists and musicians have relied on cannabis for centuries and continue to do so to this day. Musicians are often victims of physical pain and discomfort that may result in Repetitive Strain Injuries due to sitting in awkward positions for long amounts of time, holding heavy equipment and so on. While it’s easy for any musician to become used to physical pain or discomfort, letting these injuries continue will have long term damaging effects.