@scareyjones, THP Staff
.Cannabis is reaching a higher volume of respect and acknowledgement in many medical fields. The cannabinoids in the therapeutic flower have started to replace many over the counter and prescribed medications such as opioids, acetaminophen (Tylenol) and alprazolam (Xanax). So it begs the question, how does cannabis measure up against sexual enhancing drugs that many rely on? And what part of the plant is going to determine and alter your mood?
Joe C, THP Contributor
Most vape pens aren’t what I would characterize as “smooth”. The dose pen™by dosist is the exception.
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.
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.
Last year a high profile pro-gamer admitted to using Adderall, an ADHD drug, during competition to give his team an extra edge. As a result, the Electronic Sports League decided to use the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of prohibited substances and begin drug testing players to even the playing field. Adderall is obviously prohibited, but another “drug” on the list is marijuana.
It is proven that cannabis can greatly enhance the experience of one’s workout regime and overall exercising experience so choosing the best method of doing so is important. Vaporizing is less harsh on the lungs and body, as vaporizers utilize one of two heating styles; convection or conduction, to produce an effective high with little to no exhalation of smoke.
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.
According to the 2007 documentary Gulf War Syndrome: Killing Our Own, 400,000 veterans have been affected with Gulf War Syndrome, an illness which includes a long list of symptoms such as: fatigue, persistent headaches, muscle aches/pains, neurological symptoms, cognitive dysfunction, depression, anxiety, insomnia, skin rashes, unusual hair loss, bronchitis, and more. Gulf War Syndrome affected over half of the soldiers who returned home from The Gulf War, but those soldiers were denied treatment. A PR campaign was designed to confuse scientists and make the public believe that the symptoms veterans were experiencing were stress induced and similar to PTSD. During The Gulf Wars, soldiers were given chemical suits for protection; however, those same suits were determined to be ineffective in 1988.
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.