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WHAT I am a cannabis blogger

For a guy who needs spell check and has not been known to be the greatest writer of all time, I am going to begin blogging about cannabis, the big “M” marijuana, weed, spliff, ganja, and weed for a start.  I hope to bring reason, understanding, fun, reviews of product, medical updates from around the world and so much more. It is important to remove the stigma around marijuana. I am not a doctor, but in my, and only my humble opinion……facts to follow another day,Marijuana is not a gateway drug, if you are looking for a gateway drug, look no further than alcohol….what you say, alcohol a drug? Alcohol is classed as a depressant, meaning that it slows down vital functions—resulting in slurred speech, unsteady movement, disturbed perceptions and an inability to react quickly. Last time I checked, there are millions of people in rehab for alcohol, drunk driving, violent behavior, and inhibitions lost, yet we serve it up in bars, restaurants and venues around the globe  People who smoke, vape and or ingest marijuana like to chill out, hang with friends and perhaps eat a piece of pie. So, come one folks, lets be honest, you can not tell me that the green is evil. Have you heard it helps people with epilepsy, Parkinson, glaucoma,   and so much more. Why would we deprive children, yes children who use this plant.  We are only at the beginning of understanding marijuana and its  medical benefits. The epilepsy association web site states the following” individual reports of children with refractory (or intractable) epilepsy who have tried cannabis, usually with high ratios of cannabidiol to THC, have reported marked improvements in seizure frequency, including a report describing the results of a girl with Dravet syndrome. Now this is NOT meant to be a medical recommendation, always consult your medical professional. Ask others about their personal experiences, and if you have had a positive experience, let me know, and let others know. There is no shame.

Peace out for now.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder eased by THC

Marijuana Found to be  a Powerful Drug for Easing PTSD

Marijuana has been found to be therapeutic for those suffering from PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  PTSD is a type of severe anxiety disorder following a traumatic event.  The most common association with PTSD is war veterans who witnessed atrocities in the battle field, but PTSD can afflict those who suffer any sort of trauma such as rape, witnessing a murder or suicide, and bystanders to violence of any kind.  What defines PTSD is not the type of trauma that occurred, but rather the resulting symptoms.

Currently, the drugs available for treating PTSD are highly addictive.  War veterans, the population most commonly treated with anti-PTSD drugs, are facing increasingly high rates of substance abuse and addiction.

More and more vets are turning to Cannabis to treat their crippling symptoms without the awful side effects of addictive medications.

An Israeli research team, including Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the discoverer of endogenous cannabinoid anandamide, found that  Δ9-THC is successful in easing symptoms of Post-traumatic stress disorder when orally administered.  This is likely because PTSD patients are found to have a decreased level of anandamides, an endogenous cannabinoid neurotransmitter, and phyto-genic cannabinoids help restore the natural balance.  PTSD patients treated with Δ9-THC found an increase in sleep quality, a decrease in nightmares, and a decrease in overall symptom severity.

More and more states are adding PTSD as qualifying condition for medical marijuana. Among them Michigan, Nevada, Connecticut, California, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Oregon.

Israel’s Haifa University has had great success with using synthetic marijuana to preventing the onset of PTSD following a traumatic event.  “The findings of our study suggest that the connectivity within the brain’s fear circuit changes following trauma, and the administration of cannabinoids (synthetic marijuana) prevents this change from happening,” the researchers at Haifa’s Department of Psychology said in a press release.

Israel is a hothouse of marijuana research because of lenient policy.  There are no restrictions on marijuana research in Israel as there are in the United States.  But PTSD  also receives special attention at Israeli research centers because of its relevance to Israeli life.  Nearly 9% of Israelis suffer from PTSD, many of them combat soldiers or civilians exposed to terror attacks and rocket barrages.

Those who suffer from PTSD often experience in influx of symptoms due to “trauma reminders”.  A trauma reminder is something that simulates the original traumatic event.  For example, someone who was present at a shooting or bombing, may react strongly to a sudden loud noise.  The Haifa study found that in rats, inserting cannabinoids into the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex discontinued the effect of trauma reminders.  In other words, PTSD victims are spared the painful psychological replay of the original traumatic event when hearing or seeing a trigger of the event.  The relevance of the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex is their role in creating and storing traumatic memories.  More human research is needed, but this likely constitutes a preventative therapy for those who have just been through a traumatic event.

 

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