Asthma, Breathing Issues Natural Treatments Including Medical Marijuana

2E17E3B3-7D03-4D4A-BD45-2C73DC3792CFExacerbated by poor air quality, environmental pollution, and allergies to dust, animals, and certain foods Asthma is the leading serious, chronic illness affecting four percent of the US population. Like other allergic conditions, including hay fever, and eczema, asthma often runs in families. Researchers believe America’s high rates of asthma are a result of a marked decrease in Vitamin C in our diet. This is partly due to unsustainable farming practices which deplete our food of nutrients and partly insufficient high Vitamin C foods in our diets. Studies have shown a correlation between wheezing and a diet lacking in fruits and vegetables. People who eat a diet high in fresh organic produce have been shown to have the healthiest lung function.

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What’s the Differences Between Hemp and Marijuana

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Hemp and marijuana are two popular names for the cannabis plant.

Cannabis and Hemp are often used interchangeably, but they are different! Hemp refers to the variety of the plant that doesn’t have the psychoactive effect. Cannabis plants that contain less than 1% THC (the cannibinoid that causes the “high” feeling) are technically Hemp. Cannabis is thought to be one of the oldest domestic crops. It is bred for use in making fabrics, rope, fiber, oils, ointments, fiber, and any use not for intoxication is Hemp. People have grown many varieties of Hemp throughout history for medical and industrial use.

Marijuana is recognized for its psychoactive use and has been bred for religious and medical purposes throughout history. Marijuana is a slang term used for Hemp strains bred specifically for their psychoactive properties. Scientists believe the separation of the cannabis gene led to two district different types of cannabis plants. The two species (or subspecies) of cannabis are known as Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa.

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Medical Marijuana Weight Loss Strains

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Trying to shed some weight? You might be surprised by this weight loss tip; Start using cannabis. While cannabis has long been known for its appetite inducing effects, research is now indicating that it can actually help lower BMI and reduce obesity. In fact, states with medical cannabis laws have even seen a 2-6 percent reduction in obesity rates. So how does cannabis pull off this weight loss trick? And more importantly, how can we harness its power for our own weight loss goals?

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Cannabis Infused Homemade Gummy Candy

The flavoring possibilities are endless for these candies. Just pair your favorite super strength flavor with a corresponding food color for a rainbow of colors and flavors.Other classic flavors to try: Orange, Lemon, Grape & Cherry. For a slightly more gourmet gumdrop – try flavors like Pear, Peach, Blackberry, or Mango. Flavors such as Bubble Gum, Cotton Candy & Tropical Punch are always a hit with the kiddos. 


RECIPE TIP:  Tart & Sour, a blend of citric acid and malic acid, adds a touch of tang that enhances the taste of fruit flavors.  To create a sour flavor, add 1-1/2 teaspoons.

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Natural Arthritis Treatments Including Medical Marijuana

Did you know, Arthritis affects 80% of people over 50 in the United States? It is the leading cause of disability and the number one crippling disease in America. And that doesn’t include those, like me, suffering from one or more of the arthritis, like diseases including gout, bursitis, tendinitis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid arthritis and many more. My experience with arthritis-like disease, unfortunately didn’t wait till my 50’s, it began after an severe auto accident in my 30’s. I was well on my way to a degree in Holistic Medicine, so I resisted using prescription medication, as much as possible. I have successfully treated my conditions, after the acute onset, with diet, supplements, and other natural treatments. Read on if you want to know how to treat your arthritis and/or arthritis-like disease naturally.

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Study: Marijuana Associated With Decreased Migraine Frequency By: Paul Armentano

Cannabis administration is associated with decreased migraine headache frequency, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Pharmacotherapy.

Investigators at the University of Colorado, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences retrospectively assessed cannabis’ effects on monthly migraine headache frequency in a group of 121 adults. Study participants had a primary diagnosis of migraine headache, had been recommended cannabis by a physician for migraine treatment and had participated in at least one follow up medical visit.

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Veterans’ grass-roots movement shares health benefits of marijuana By: Jen Christensen, CNN

To get away from the memories of war in Afghanistan — the violence, the unexpected danger, the rush of adrenaline and the hypervigilance that can come with post-traumatic stress disorder — Aaron Newsomstarted gardening.

Since World War II, generations of veterans have found healing in horticulture. Digging in the dirt did that for Newsom, but the Marine, who served in an attack helicopter squadron, wanted more. He wanted to share this healing feeling with service members who may never even touch a spade, and he had an idea.

In addition to the public gardening he was doing in Santa Cruz County, California, Newsom kept a secret garden in his home. “I grew medical cannabis for myself in my spare bedroom. I didn’t tell anyone for at least a year,” he said. “When I finally told my mom and dad, with my dad being so conservative, I thought they’d freak out, but they were both totally supportive, because I was growing it for the right reasons.”
Newsom, 35, felt that the plant was a good replacement for the opiods and other drugs the Department of Veterans Affairs doctors put him on for PTSD and severe arthritis. “On those drugs, it wasn’t the quality of life that I wanted,” Newsom said. “With medical cannabis, I had such great success. I could regulate myself and my hypervigilance, and I was able to get off those other pills.”
IMG_7608A friend he met through the nonprofit Farmer Veteran Coalition, fellow veteran Jason Sweatt, shared an enthusiasm for cannabis. When the two met Vietnam veterans hanging out at the VFW, it sparked an idea. Some of the veterans were disabled, and though they also felt that cannabis could help deal with their health issues, most had limited income.
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“Cannabis is quite expensive, so we knew we could help them out: giving them what we grew,” Newsom said. “And then they told friends who were vets, who told their friends who were vets, and it grew from there.”
In 2011, after Newsom had gone back to Cabrillo College to finish a degree in horticulture science, he and Sweatt made their giveaway official, creating the Santa Cruz Veterans Alliance. Today, members of the alliance grow marijuana, process it and sell it at the group’s successful dispensaries. Ten percent of everything it cultivates goes to its Veteran Compassion Program, which offers free weed to veterans who have a doctors’ recommendation. (Doctors can only make a recommendation and aren’t allowed to prescribe cannabis or cannabis/hemp derived CBD products because they are illegal according to federal law.)
The alliance is working on its 12th California dispensary license. It says it’s been able to help about 800 vets through the giveaway program. It also employs them in positions such as cultivation, processing and sales; 95% of the veterans it’s hired are on service-connected disability.
Their group is part of a unique movement of vets who are trying to help themselves get through the challenges that come with going to war and living with the consequences.
Veterans disproportionately struggle with mental problems and chronic pain, studies show, and the majority of veterans who have been surveyed say they’d like medical cannabis to be a federally legal treatment option.IMG_7610
In the absence of that option, counseling works for some. Doctors prescribe a mix of opioids and psychotropics for others. But the drugs don’t always work or, in some cases, make problems worse. Veterans are 10 times more likely to abuse opioids than the general population, according to former VA secretary Robert McDonald.
Roughly 20 veterans kill themselves each day, 2016 VA research found, and there’s emerging evidence of a link to chronic pain. Increasing doses of opioids was also tied to increased suicide risk for veterans, according to a study.
Many vets see medical marijuana as a viable option, and the science, while limited, is starting to show promise in combating nerve pain. Researchers are also looking into its impact on PTSD and chronic pain. But some vets don’t want to wait for clinical trials. About 22% now use cannabis to treat physical or mental conditions, according to a recent American Legion survey.
However, the VA cannot advise vets to try medical marijuana, nor can it help them get it because it’s federally prohibited.
Vets also have to pay for it out of pocket, even in states like California where medical marijuana has been legal for more than two decades. At the federal level, it’s illegal and listed as a Schedule I drug, considered to have no medical value, meaning it’s not covered by veterans benefits or regular insurance.
It probably won’t be covered any time soon. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has shown a dislikeof the drug. The most recent head of the VA, Dr. David Shulkin, said during last year’s State of the VA speech that “there may be some evidence that (medical marijuana) is beginning to be helpful,” but he was recently fired.IMG_7609
In the absence of federal action, veterans in this grass-roots movement act with urgency.
“We all have friends or family who we have lost to suicide or opioid addiction and can’t wait for other help anymore,” said Seth Smith, a veteran and colleague of Newsom’s at the Santa Cruz Veterans Alliance. “Vets are uniquely suited for this. We are accustomed to operating in the gray areas, and cannabis is a big gray area still, although it is starting to become more mainstream. “This is Santa Cruz, surf city. We are used to riding waves out here,” he said.
Other programs include Weed for Warriors and Hero Grown, which advocates for access and acceptance of medical marijuana. Hero Grown also does giveaways in Colorado and has a national program that ships hemp cannabidiol products to vets and first responders across the nation. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the active ingredients in marijuana and is increasingly thought to have wide-ranging health benefits. Veterans Cannabis Group provides free weed for vets and employs them as security for medical marijuana providers. Other foundations are raising money for clinical trials.
At the Santa Cruz Veterans Alliance, visible proof of how welcome the mission is comes on the first Monday of every month, when more than a hundred people typically line up at the Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange No. 503, a local gathering hall. Showing proof of service, a doctor’s recommendation, and a valid California ID, each gets a voucher for free weed from the group’s dispensaries and a lot more.
The monthly meetings have become a fixture for veterans of the Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam and even Korea and World War II. The alliance also brings in groups to talk about other services veterans may need, such as housing, employment assistance and health care.
Smith thinks their mission is vital. “We hope to keep (the marijuana efforts) all sustainable at least until the VA can prescribe it,” he said. “Everyone comes to find relief from everything from anxiety and depression, the PTSD, the lack of sleep and chronic pain, to get over opioid addiction. We’ve seen it all.”
After getting vouchers, veterans stay to talk about their wars, the challenges of everyday life and cannabis itself.
Jai Kadilak, who did tank duty in the Gulf War, has been attending meetings for the past three years. Cannabis has made him feel whole, he said, and the meeting brought back the familiar camaraderie of the war.
“I met a woman there who said her husband never leaves the house except for this one meeting, and they drive in from hours away,” Kadilak said.
Attendees share information unavailable at the VA. They talk about what marijuana strains work best to help sleep or to ease anxiety. There’s advice about edibles and cooking. One man turns cannabis juice into frozen cubes. Others talk about what to take if they don’t want to get high.
Kadilak feels that cannabis is a better option than the “mess of pills” or “combat cocktail” of antipsychotics and opioids the VA put him on when he returned from combat. “I didn’t feel good. I didn’t feel bad. It was like I was just existing,” he said.
Like a lot of guys he knew, Kadilak self-medicated with “quite a bit of beer on a daily basis,” which he knew was dangerous. “It really was rolling the dice with alcohol and pills, and it was a negative result,” he said. Now, as he advocates for compassionate use for other veterans, “there is no doubt about it: This is something that works, and it just can’t go away. It can’t.”
Socrates Rosenfeld agrees. The 36-year-old, who works in the cannabis industry, as CEO of Jane Technologies, an online cannabis marketplace, has also been going to the Santa Cruz Veterans Alliance meetings for the past year and a half.
Growing up, Rosenfeld said, he was as clean-cut as it comes. A West Point grad, an MIT student and an Apache helicopter pilot, he felt like he accomplished a lot, but when he got back from Iraq, the transition to civilian life was challenging.
“You get used to operating at a certain level of intensity over there, with life or death decisions at every turn,” he said. “It’s hard to turn down the volume and live as a civilian sometimes.”
Rosenfeld said he had never touched cannabis before but felt that he had to do something.
“It’s like this thought carousel kept going around and around, and I couldn’t find any way to be present in the moment,” he said.
IMG_7611Cannabis brought calm. “I wouldn’t take an opioid, as the doctors recommended. I didn’t want to feel like a zombie, but cannabis, this brought me a sense of balance, a connectedness to nature and to my loved ones and to myself.”
The Santa Cruz Veterans Alliance meetings have also brought him a connection to other vets who sometimes struggle with the stigma that comes with using marijuana.
“I think that is why SCVA has done such a great job. Being in the group, they are essentially saying, ‘you don’t have to be ashamed or worried about using this. You can find a way to treat whatever you are experiencing in a peaceful, natural and healing way,’ ” Rosenfeld said. “For the veterans’ community that goes through so much, this is really beautiful, and I hope other people learn about it. It’s not just about smoking a joint on 4/20. It’s about accessing a way to heal.

By: Jen Christensen, CNN