Spliffkle and Eburnt, THP Contributor
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CannaKids’ mission is to supply goods for adults and children that need holistic relief for serious health conditions. Their focus is to not only supply medical cannabis oil to adults and children, but also to specialize in pediatric cancer. Some of the important benefits of cannabis oil includes protecting your skin, reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep, reducing pain and optimizing digestion.
Cancer. We’ve all been affected by this disease either directly or indirectly, and let me tell you – it’s a bitch. Whether you’re currently battling it, survived it or know someone facing it, it’s an awareness that hovers and won’t go away. One of the most common ways for patients to treat this disease is undergoing chemotherapy. However, a more therapeutic and taboo approach for treating cancer would be medicating with cannabis. Cannabis contains at least 85 different types of cannabinoids, which are active compounds that induce high-like effects. Some of these cannabinoids are known for treating cancer, two of which are THCa and CBD. Lets take a closer look at these cannabinoids and how they could benefit patients with cancer.
If you’re familiar with medical cannabis, you’ve likely heard about its numerous benefits for cancer patients. While our ability to conduct clinical trials on the use of cannabis for the treatment of cancer in the United States is hindered by its’ Schedule 1 drug classification, there are studies being conducted in other countries that are showing promising results. One such study was published in November 2014 in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics and conducted at St. George’s University of London’s Department of Oncology—the study found that the use of cannabinoids, specifically delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), may be useful in treating high-grade gliomas and potentially slow the progression of the disease.
By Gabe S.
It’s widely known nowadays that cannabis can help to inhibit cancer cell growth and even cure it in some cases, but is this true for all types and stages of cancer? Because there is no one type of cancer, as it is constantly mutating by nature, the effectiveness of CBD and THC varies based upon where in the body the cancer is, and what stage it’s in.
By Gabe S.
When buying marijuana flower at a dispensary, it’s not difficult to find something tailor-made for your needs: Sativas for energy and focus, indicas for pain relief and sleep, hybrids for something in between. Try out the same formula for pot-infused edibles, and your options are (for the most part) only distinguished by flavor, with nothing said about how it will treat you. The truth is, cannabis edibles are still miles behind flower when it comes to predicting what kind of effect it will deliver.
You’re walking down the beauty aisle at Whole Foods when to your surprise, you spy a bottle of lotion that appears to have a cannabis leaf on it. Is this for real? Can you actually purchase cannabis beauty products from your local grocery or drug store? Sort of.
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.
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.
With the recent trend of medical marijuana legalization going on across the country, there has been an increase in the awareness of cannabinoids other than the infamous THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). While many people now acknowledge that marijuana has medicinal benefits, they still do not fully understand why or how it helps with certain ailments. While THC may get a lot of the publicity for its euphoric and pain relieving effects, CBD (Cannabidiol) is just starting to be recognized for its amazing medicinal properties as well. In fact, many of the medicinal properties of cannabis are directly related to CBD and how it interacts with its fellow cannabinoid THC.
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.
Rosin is the newest method used for extracting cannabis wax. It is a solventless method that has recently become extremely popular in the cannabis community. The reason people are flocking to this new concentrate style is due to its solventless and clean method during its extraction process. Old practices require heavy duty machinery along with techniques that use light hydrocarbons such as butane and/or propane which usually change the flavor as well as leave unwanted chemical residuals that can mostly, but not entirely be removed using vacuum ovens. For these reasons, it’s no wonder this new solventless technique is taking rise.
Many patients find that smoking a bowl or lighting up a joint of the right strain can be particularly beneficial in combating the symptoms of anxiety & depression, but what about concentrates? Can these potent cannabis extracts provide relief or could they actually make symptoms worse? The answer isn’t so clear cut.
When you look at cannabis you can see that it is covered in crystal resin, known as trichomes. Trichomes hold hundreds of compounds known as cannabinoids and terpenoids. Cannabinoids you might be more familiar with are THC and CBD—these are only two of many important parts working together, helping to create specific effects. The interactions between these compounds have now been labeled “The Entourage Effect.”
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.
Anxiety is a common emotion. Everyone feels anxious now and again: before a big test, facing a tough problem at work, or before making a big decision. However, anxiety disorders are not the same thing as just experiencing the emotion of anxiety. If someone has an anxiety disorder, the fear, worry, and stress they feel is so excessive, constant, and uncontrollable that it can interfere with that person’s ability to live.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a collection of disorders that impact brain development characterized by communication difficulties, social interaction problems and repetitive, sometimes injurious behaviors. Its caused by a combination of genetic mutations and environmental factors.
Schizophrenia is a severe, lifelong mental disorder marked by impaired thinking, emotions and behaviors. It is found in one percent of the general population and in ten percent of people who have a first-degree relative with it. Schizophrenic patients are typically unable to filter outside stimuli and may have enhanced perceptions of sounds, colors and other affects of the environment. If untreated, most schizophrenics withdrawal from interactions with other people, and lose their ability to take care of personal needs such as grooming and eating.
This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to spend some time at Higher Path Boxing with owner Kenny Artis and watched him teach one of his classes. Kenny is a patient here at The Higher Path and it was a real treat to see how cannabis helps him stay in the kind of physical and mental shape he needs to be in to teach his classes throughout the week: “I strongly believe in boxing, it transfers into everything you do in life. It teaches you not to quit, it teaches you technique, it teaches you not to give up on yourself…it teaches you that all things are possible if you just put the time and the work in.”
For years people have been under the impression that “runner’s high”—the feeling of euphoria you experience at the end of a workout—is caused by a release of endorphins. However, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates it is actually a product of endocannabinoids, not endorphins.
Stoked for leg day? Me neither usually. Motivation is a constant struggle when it comes to exercise and is what usually causes the “I'll just go tomorrow” syndrome. A great way to boost your spirits and turn up your pre-workout ritual is some sativa! The great thing about sativa strains are their terpenes and sharp psychoactivity.
An autoimmune disease is defined as “a disease resulting from a disordered immune reaction in which antibodies are produced against one’s own tissues”. There are over 80 different types of autoimmune diseases, some of the most well-known being lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, and psoriasis. There are a variety of reasons why a person might develop an autoimmune disease, but a study conducted by Joseph A. Boscarino of The New York Academy of Medicine indicates that individuals who suffer from PTSD have an increased risk of doing so. This means that many of our veterans are not only having to deal with PTSD when they return from serving, but are also developing autoimmune diseases that have a huge impact on their day to day lives.
It doesn't just fight cancer...
CBD is gaining momentum in the fight against cancer and tumors, but another disease it is helping to fight is Alzheimer’s.