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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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Beta-Caryophyllene – Cannabis in a pill

Beta-Caryophyllene; The Cannabinoid You May Have Been Waiting For

It’s no secret that Big Pharma likes things to come neatly in pill form, and marijuana is no exception. The  alternative world has embraced whole foods diets and whole foods medicine.  Marijuana, totally unprocessed, has the power to heal us from so many troubles;  physical, psychological and emotional. But what about those in need of a weed that won’t get them high?  For example, truck drivers who suffer from arthritis, or school teachers with muscular dystrophy.

Until recently, only synthetic products were available to ease their pain.  Drugs like Marinol are produced in a laboratory and distributed at high cost.  There are so many reasons why this is disappointing.  First of all, weed is a plant, that is one of the factors that makes weed so dear to us.  You can heal yourself with a seed, soil, sunlight and a little water.  Taking that freedom away from us and handing it over to the large medical industry is a loss of freedom. But what can we do?  Only they have the technology to create the medicine.

Two recent events have liberated high-free weed for the people.  One is an Israeli strain of bud which can be grown just like any other bud.  The “rafael” strain of weed is low THC high CBD.  One could theoretically obtain seeds and grow.

The second event is the discovery of an entirely new cannabinoid – Beta-Caryophyllene (BCP).  BCP is not unique to Cannabis sativa, it can be found in the essential oils of many grocery store plants like rosemary, black pepper and cloves.  It is also present, of course, in marijuana and hops.

BCP has been around for a long time.  It was first synthesized in the 1960’s.  Seven years ago BCP was found to be a cannabinoid by Swiss and German researchers.  This led to the discovery that BCP works specifically on CB2 cannabinoid pathways, the pathways that don’t get you high.  CB1 receptor pathways, those which, when activated cause psycho-active effects, are not at all effected by BCP.

CB2 selective cannabinoids have been the goal of scientists for a long time now.  Many do now exist and are used for patients with inflammatory diseases such as bladder cystitis, HIV- associated dementia, arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

In many cases the naturally occurring version of a compound is significantly more effective than its synthetic counterparts.  Mostly likely Beta-Caryophyllene is no exception.   Whether or not this fact is recognized by the pharmaceutical industry, hard science backs it up.  So the next time you need to treat yourself with CB2 selective cannabinoids, you can head straight to your local grocer.

 

 

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