Mortality

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How to Reduce the Risks of Using Cannabis

Despite the documents and stories about how our ancestors incorporate marijuana in medical practices, there are still a huge number of people being doubtful of its efficiency. Of course, we are talking about our health here so it is just natural to weigh down the pros and cons of using Cannabis. And while we have read its potential therapeutic properties in many medical books, we cannot also erase the fact that Cannabis comes with many health risks. An incorrect dosage of medical marijuana can get you high and addicted.

So, how should we use Cannabis then? Let’s face it, Cannabis has a huge potential to treat as many illnesses. But we are too afraid to get dose of our own actions that is why we remain hesitant towards it. The Do’s and Don’ts below will help us reduce the health risks when using Cannabis.

The Don’ts:

  #1 Don’t use Cannabis if you have a history of substance abuse

Individuals with history of substance abuse have lower toxicity level and higher risks of experiencing the side effects compared to people who have not tried using any substance before. As much as possible, refrain from using Cannabis specifically THC since it is the most psychoactive component of marijuana.

#2 Don’t use synthetic Cannabis

Synthetic Cannabis is very dangerous yet it gets increasingly popular in some areas of United States nowadays. Most of the synthetic Cannabis are manufactured outside the country and contains substances that might have not been medically approved; which could poison or harm your health.

#3 Don’t take alcohol and Cannabis together

Alcohol alone can give you the high. If mixed with Cannabis, the effect will be enhanced. The toxicity of both substances will stay longer in the body. Aside from that, your organs will also work double time as an effect of the substances — heart beating extra fast, liver functioning more than the usual; which can result to damage to these organs.

#5 Don’t drive or operate any machine while being high

The toxicity of Cannabis will stay in our system for as long as 6 hours depending on the dosage we take. Remember, toxicity brought by Cannabis slows down your reflexes and other senses.

The Do’s:

#1 Do use the right balance of Cannabis

You know that THC causes you the high while CBD has zero psychoactive effects. To minimize the risks, opt for a low-THC substance or better yet, go for a combination of both components.

#2 Do choose edible Cannabis than smoking it

Smoking Cannabis exposed you to higher risks of respiratory illnesses especially when you practice risky inhalation process. If you can’t prevent smoking it, then better use bong or any smoking device to filter your weed.

#3 Do clean your equipment

In whatever you do, always practice proper hygiene. Don’t forget to clean up your equipment before and after using Cannabis. Aside from the bad taste dirty equipment gives to your marijuana, there are also contaminants that might put your healthy at more risks.

#4 Use Cannabis in moderation

If possible, delay using it to keep yourself from its possible health risks; specifically, before adulthood. Aside from that, individuals who started using Cannabis for recreational purposes at an early age also developed addiction to the substance earlier.

Dystonia – CBD

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Cannabis And Its Promising Effects on Dystonia

Contrary to what some people believe, Dystonia is not a normal condition due to aging. In fact, Dystonia can affect, anyone can experience Dystonia regardless of age and race. More than 250,000 Americans are diagnosed with Dystonia in 2018 and is considered as third of the most common movement disorder in the United States. So, what really is Dystonia?

Dystonia and its Signs and Symptoms

Dystonia is medical condition that primarily affects one or more muscles. It is characterized by uncontrollable muscle contractions which is noticeable through the person’s slow repetitive movements or his/her abnormal posture. Since it is a neurological disorder, individuals with Dystonia may experience tremors. Dystonia can occur to any muscles in the body such as cervix for cervical dystonia.
In many cases, Dystonia doesn’t have a cause. Others believe it is genetically inherited. Below are the factors that might trigger Dystonia:

  1. Brain Trauma
  2. Stroke
  3. Brain Tumor
  4. Oxygen deprivation
  5. Meningitis
  6. Lead or carbon monoxide poisoning
  7. Side effects of drug abuse

Individuals with history of the abovementioned factors should watch out for the following symptoms:

  1. Foot cramp or a dragging leg
  2. Handwriting problem that worsen over time
  3. Involuntarily pulling of the neck
  4. Speech difficulties
  5. Involuntary blinking

Once you experience the symptoms mentioned above, visit your doctor right away for a thorough check up.

Treatment for Dystonia

There are different types of treatment used for Dystonia depending on its severity. Worse case uses deep brain stimulation wherein an electrode is implanted in a certain area in the brain to help regulate the muscular contractions. While some opt for prescribed medications, there are also some who are hopeful with the use of Cannabis or medical marijuana to treat the symptoms of Dystonia.

Recent studies have shown positive results towards CBD effects on Dystonia. We cannot deny the purpose Cannabis had served in the ancient medicine. CBD has been used in the olden times in treating several illnesses because of its anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, antioxidant and neuroprotective properties. With these medicinal properties, there is a big possibility that medical marijuana can reduce the symptoms of Dystonia or prevent the involuntary contractions of the muscles.

Many scientists and experts are hopeful for this controversial plant since it can be obtained naturally in the surroundings. In fact, people who are living in the states of America where the use of medical marijuana is already legalized, it will be easier for them to grow their own Cannabis and process its essential oil for Dystonia.  See? You only need to have sufficient space and a good Cannabis processing equipment; and you can start growing your own medical marijuana.

Replacement of Medications – Grow Your Own Cannabis

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Benefits of Using Cannabis Replacement of Medication

The public is always having a debate on the effects of Cannabis. Yes, it is great help especially to those patients who are having an illness that can be cured or somehow healed through the use of cannabis. But what are the effects of cannabis when it comes to the psychomotor skills of the users especially in driving? Is it like an alcohol that is always a cause of accident on the road? Or cannabis users are more careful in driving since their system is more heightened and sensitive because of cannabis?

One of the reasons why some states are hesitant to legalized the use of medical marijuana in their area is because of the incidents is possibly cause. We all know that Cannabis, when abused or taken in high dosages, can impair a lot of our senses. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of Cannabis, is the one responsible for the “high” or the psychoactive effects it gives to the users. When taken, THC may cause the elation, anxiety, nausea, hallucination, panic attack, and other. When taking THC or other synthetic versions of this component such as Marinol, it is important not to operate or drive any vehicle especially when you are still high.

Mixing Cannabis with alcohol is more dangerous. Both are psychoactive substances so if ever they will be taken at the same time, its psychoactive effects will be more enhanced. In case you are looking for a real booze, make sure to steer away from driving too.

Another component of Cannabis that is getting increasingly popular is CBD. It features the same therapeutic components as THC, however, it has zero psychoactive effects. Another good thing about CBD is that it works in concert with THC. It alleviates the psychoactive effects of THC and at the same, boosts its therapeutic effects; making THC more effective in treating illnesses. The popularity CBD for pain relief, and it’s anti-inflammatory properties is well known.

A study was once conducted to test the CTT (Computerized Transmission Tomography) and DAT of cannabis users. The study found out that actual driving ability do show that psychomotor skills are mildly impaired at high dosage of cannabis especially when it is taken by inexperience users. However, those seasoned users who are more familiar with the effects of cannabis generally shows less impairment and in fact, in some cases, expert says that seasoned users under the influenced of cannabis have increased psychomotor skills. All other studies indicate that the cannabis have minimal effects on the psychomotor skills of the users compared to the effects of alcohol or some other medications.

Psychomotor skills are definitely not affected by the use of cannabis. It does not trigger any road accidents. In fact, cannabis users are more sensitive, to the point that that they are very careful in driving. So, road accidents are not purely cause by cannabis – some are because of negligence and carelessness.

Asthma – Grow Your Own Cannabis

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Is Cannabis A Good Alternative In Treating Asthma?

Asthma is a condition that makes some people uncomfortable. When you have asthma, your airways get narrow and will swell and produce extra mucus. Due to this, you will find it hard to breath and develops asthma symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and sometimes, shortness of breath. Some people have asthma while some don’t. You start to wonder what causes asthma. Well, there are no accurate reasons on what exactly causes asthma.

Factors That May Cause Asthma

Health experts are still exploring as to what causes asthma and they have enlisted some factors that play an important role why a person develops asthma.

Here are the lists of possible causes:

  • Genetics. Asthma is hereditary which means, if your parents have asthma, then you are most likely to inherit the condition too. Asthma tens to run in families but it doesn’t mean that you should have asthma – it’s just that your risk on having it is higher.
  • Allergies. Some people develop allergies and certain allergies are always link to people who have asthma.
  • Environment. When you are exposed to certain allergens or irritants when you are still at a young age, your immune system can get weakened and often times, it has been linked to developing asthma. The same thing applies when you are already an adult and you are exposed to certain chemicals in your workplace – you are still at higher risk of developing adult onset asthma.
  • Respiratory Infections. When you have certain respiratory infections when you were an infant, you may have damaged lung tissue and lung inflammation. This damage can impact your lungs in the long run making you at risk for developing asthma.

It is important that you know the possible causes of asthma so you can avoid it and minimize your risk of developing it later on.

Ways to Treat Asthma

Asthma treatment can be oral or intravenous.  Some are used to buying medications prescribed by their physicians to treat their asthma symptoms such as corticosteroids, montelukast, zafirlukast, and many more. There are also some people who would prefer home remedies for asthma as they find it safer from unwanted side effects.

If you are leaving in one of the many parts of the United States where growing Cannabis is legal, then you might have also heard of eating cannabis for asthma treatment. Though there is still no medical evidence that cannabis indeed cures asthma, there are still many who found relief in medical marijuana in treating their illness.

Many CBD asthma study being conducted that shows some compounds in cannabis can contribute to relieving certain symptoms in asthma. With this, many people with asthma who live in areas where Cannabis growing is legal, choose to grow their own Cannabis as it is a great way to save on their asthma treatment costs. Growing your own Cannabis is cheaper compared to buying it over the market and it is easy to grow too.

Pruritus

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The Role of Cannabinoids in Treating Pruritus

And who says Cannabis are only for treating the health conditions of our internal organs? Skin experts today are also looking for the role of Cannabinoids in dermatology especially in treating itchiness or pruritus.
Pruritus or itchy skin can be a real hassle and a constant battle to many. We may think that skin itchiness is just an ordinary condition that doesn’t need to fret on.  However, when the itchiness continues that we sometimes scuff our skin due to the nonstop scratching, then this is no longer an ordinary itch.

Causes and Symptoms of Pruritus

Identifying the cause of your pruritus involves a series of physical exams and may take some time to get the exact result. Possible causes of your itchiness could be the following:

  • Skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, scabies, and insect bites and hives.
  • Underlying illnesses such as liver problem, kidney disease, iron deficiency anemia, thyroid problems and cancers like multiple myeloma and lymphoma.
  • Nervous System illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes, pinched nerves and shingles.
  • Psychological effects from anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression.
  • Allergies from substances
  • Pregnancy

Symptoms of pruritus includes redness, bumps and blisters, scaly skin or dry and cracked skin. Sometimes, the itchiness may last for only a day. However, if you continuously scratch the affected, the itchiness will get worse and may break you skin.

Can you treat Pruritus with Cannabis?

The recent studies on medical marijuana shows the role of Cannabinoids in Dermatology. The study may not have the expected result; however, it is promising enough to give hope to individuals with pruritus. Cannabis are known to possess impressive anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties which makes it a great potential for treating several dermatological conditions. In fact, many pharmaceutical companies in other countries have been working to develop the best Cannabinoid eczema cream.

Currently, there are 29 states who have legalized the use of Cannabis for medical purposes. And it wouldn’t be surprising if this number will increase in the future. This is also a good news to people who have always believed in the medicinal properties of Cannabis. If they lived in the states where Cannabis is legal, they can choose to grow their own Cannabis and even process their own CBD oil for contact dermatitis. Growing your own Cannabis offers many advantages. First, you can be sure that your own medical marijuana is free from chemicals and other contaminants that may affect the efficiency of the plant. Aside from that, growing your own medical marijuana and then processing your own CBD oil is way cheaper compared to buying the oil in the black market. You just need to have enough space to grow the plant, a good Cannabis processing equipment to process your own CBD oil, and knowledge on how to do it properly. The third requirement is not hard to acquire as there are many How To’s you could find in the internet. You could also contact us for a FREE assistance with regards to Cannabis growing as well as CBD oil processing.

History of Medical Cannabis

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Cannabis in Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a medical system, as you might have guessed, that originated in ancient China thousands of years ago. The system has progressed and evolved over the many years of its existence and implementation – and utilizes such techniques as acupuncture, dietary restrictions and therapy, tai chi, qigong, and “feng” or “wind” treatments in order to sustain a healthy and optimized body and mind.

While in many respects, Traditional Chinese Medicine is rooted in an ancient past, it still finds a high level of popularity not just in China, but throughout the world. Millions of people from all countries are opting for the treatments of TCM, which differ in a notably more “holistic” way by taking a philosophical approach to health. These methods view the mind and body as a part of the surrounding universe and aim to achieve a harmonic balance between opposing forces, more commonly referred to as yin and yang.

Herbs have also traditionally played a large role in Chinese medicine – and there are a seemingly unlimited variety of them, all with different applications and effects (such as the Reishi mushroom, Red Ginseng, and Ginger). But right up there with the best of the herbs sits Cannabis, which in addition to its numerous health applications, has a rich history in manufacturing and agriculture.

New studies and research are revealing just how deeply cannabis is rooted in traditional Chinese medicine. In this article, we’ll explore the everything from the origins to cannabis hemp production to the historical use of (CBD containing) cannabis in Chinese medicine.

Part 1: Cannabis (Hemp) in Chinese Agriculture

Cannabis has a long a varied history with humans since the dawg of the agricultural revolution over 12,000 years ago. In fact, the celebrated physicist, Carl Sagan, once proposed the possibility that marijuana may have actually been world’s first agricultural crop, leading to the development of civilization itself. New findings have given evidence that hemp may have been first cultivated nearly 9000 years ago in a civilization in current day Taiwan. The fibrous and hardy plant was first used to make everything from rope, to parchment, to textiles.

While cannabis and hemp come from the same plant (Cannabis Sativa) the cultivation methods and strain (subspecies) of Cannabis determine whether or not your plant is colloquial cannabis (the type of cannabis that provides psychoactive effects and contains THC) or industrial hemp, the kinds used textiles and parchment.

It is generally agreed that the Chinese were one of the first civilizations to master agricultural hemp, as referenced from early Chinese records. From 5000 BC and 200 AD, the Qin and Han dynasties developed advanced techniques of hemp sowing, cultivation, and processing. According to Cannabis in Chinese Medicine [Frontiers in Pharmacology], “The prominence of hemp in ancient Chinese culture is referenced in numerous records during the Warring States Period (475-221 BC), including philosophical works by Confucius, Xinxi, Zhuangzi, and Mozi, as well as the Classic of Poetry.”

The sixth century agricultural text, known as Essential Techniques for the Welfare of the People (by Qi Min Yao Shu) highlights various techniques for the cultivation of hemp in great detail. It even goes into numerous, step by step fertilization techniques – and exists as the first recorded document of its type in Chinese history. There are even specific Chinese characters that present early knowledge of the dioecious (flora gender specificities) of cannabis. Interestly enough, this text also demonstrates that the Chinese knew that removing the male organs of the plant upon flowering would result in a lack of seeds, but it seems it was not necessarily deliberate.

Simply put, the Chinese knew what they were doing when it came to hemp cultivation. The crop may have been, in its own way, as important as rice.

Part 2: An Overview of CBD usage in Chinese Medicine

It wouldn’t be until roughly 4000-5000 years ago that the Chinese first started using cannabis for medical related issues. Cannabis includes the compound CBD (cannabinol) which for thousands of years has been used to treat chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, depression and many other conditions. Some of the earliest documented medical usage was in 2700 BC when the great Emperor Shen Neng of China used hemp seeds to treat chronic pain and gastrointestinal issues.

Some of the most comprehensive mentions of medicinal cannabis in Chinese medical literature is in the The Divine Farmer’s Materia Medica, first published around 150 AD. The book was written with the support of the legendary emperor, agriculturalist, and herbalist, Shennong, and is still referenced today. The book has whole sections dedicated to the benefits of medicinal cannabis, citing that it can aid optical health, lethargy, mood, and a “quickening” of the blood. It was also seen as something that could benefit the health of the heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, and spleen. With such a variety of applications, the Chinese saw cannabis as something of a panacea, with wildly far reaching benefits.

In the book “Illustrated Analysis of Medicinal Substances”, author Yang Huating adds additional discussion based on the Divine Farmer’s claims about cannabis. CBD acts as both an anti-inflammatory and can slightly thin the blood of a patient, which interprets the notion of “blood quickening.” On this basis, he recommended it for wide range of other ailments, such as menstrual issues, itching, convulsions, dry cough, and headaches.

The book also jovially mentions that smoking colloquial (THC containing) cannabis can cause one to “see ghosts and run about frantically.” Sounds like someone smoked a bit too much. It should be noted that CBD, found in industrial hemp, has no psychoactive effects, unlike THC (the chemical that gets you “stoned” in marijuana). This means that taking the compound, which has no health risks or addictive potential, will not cause a change in your perception of reality.

Part 3: Cannabis as an Anesthetic in Chinese Medicine

Surgery was particularly terrible in the olden times. Pain was a part of life, and an agonizing certainty for patients.  Early surgical practices implemented numerous ways to dull the pain, ranging from ether, to nitrous oxide, to opiates – and most commonly used was alcohol.

Famed Chinese physician, Hua Tuo who lived under the reign of the Eastern Han Dynasty around 150 AD, was known for and most famous for his abilities in acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal medicine, and medical Daoyin exercises. He was also a pioneer in new surgical techniques and early anesthesia. He created a formula called Ma Fei San, which he used as a pain killer for those undergoing surgery. While the specific formula has been lost, other writings of his note that it contained cannabis seed extract and datura (a hallucinogenic drug).

Specific cases of abdominal operations were recorded in his journal and official biography. Once, a patient was suffering from severe abdominal pain for over ten days and had delapdation of the hair (likely appendicitis) came to seek his aid. Hua Tuo would diagnose him with having deterioration of the abdomen and had him drink the CBD containing Ma Fei Dan drink to dull the pain during the operation. Upon passing out, the doctor then cut into his abdomen and removed the damaged organ, sutured and plastered him back up, and gave him an herbal tea. The patient would see a full recovery in roughly 100 days, over which he was directed to ingest a tea containing a hemp oil extract.

Another journal entry would recall the story of general Guan Yu, who suffered a severe injury sustained from a poisoned arrow during a battle. Hua Tuo advised the general to drink the Ma Fei San and undergo the surgery. The general, noted as being rather stubborn and proud, denied the anesthetic, opting to play a board game to distract his mind from the pain. Hua Tuo cleaned his flesh down to the bone, but the general was unable to remain calm during the painful surgery (turns out that board games are not effective as anesthetics). He would slyly apply the serum to the general’s wound, sedating him just enough to finish the operation successfully.

While the Ma Fei San recipe has been lost, it goes to show CBD’s effectiveness at treating pain and inducing a calm state of mind. Hua Tuo has been dead for thousands of years, but his works are still referenced and taught as an important influencer of early Chinese medicine.

Part 4: Cannabis (CBD) for Pain Relief in Chinese Medicine

During the 6th century AD, a document aptly titled “Additional Records of Famous Physicians” was added to the Divine Farmer’s Materia Medica. Additional medical applications of cannabis were added by the author Tao Hongjing, stating that the plant can be used to “break accumulations, relieve impediment, and disperse pus.” In Chinese medicine, impediment syndrome refers to a set of conditions characterized by joint and muscle stiffness and chronic pain. Basically, what we’d refer to as arthritis today. It has become well known and well documented in modern medicine that the CBD in cannabis has anti-inflammatory properties.

Inflammation happens when the body floods an area with white blood cells. It does this as a defensive mechanism to increase blood flow to a damaged or infected area. In some inflammatory diseases, however, the body’s defense system (the immune system) triggers a response when there are no foreign substances to fight off. With these diseases, called autoimmune disorders, the body’s (normally protective) immune system causes damage to its own tissues. The body responds as if normal tissues are infected or as if there is some sort of infectious pathogen (like a virus, or bacterial growth) in the area. In the case of arthritis, the body is literally attacking its own joints on a false alarm. The result can extremely painful and debilitating.

Of course, at the time the Chinese, nor anyone of any era of medicine predating the 1800’s (when red and white blood cells were first discovered), had any conception of the root cause of chronic pain. Nor did they know that the anti inflammatory properties of cannabis were attributed to the CBD which it contained. However, they knew that cannabis worked; that it, simply put, made patients healthier and feel better.

Another record of cannabis in the treatment of pain is referenced in Physician Su Song’s, “Materia Medica”, printed in 1070 AD. The text gives a strong recommendation to sufferers of chronic pain to ingest cannabis seed wine, stating that “by 10 servings the suffering will be alleviated; its effect cannot be surpassed.” There are countless CDB related products on the market. More than a single person could hope to try in a lifetime. But I have yet to see wine – and I hope that I don’t have to wait too long for this idea to come into fruition as a CBD product of modern usage.

Part 5: Cannabis for Mental Illness in Chinese Medicine

The various psychoactive effects of marijuana were recognized fairy early into the first century and ever since there have been increasing mentions of its use as a treatment for mental illness. Celebrated Chinese physician, Sun Simiao, in his 17th century book, “The Compendium of Materia Medica”, he lists cannabis as a reliable treatment for depression, or “wind-withdrawal” and the “100 diseases” as he refers to it.

The meaning of “wind” (or feng) in Chinese medicine is a term that borders on the line of holistic and real physiological and psychological medicine. The knowledge of feng is extremely widespread throughout many of the Asian countries and popular to a level that even the needle point of an acupuncture needle, in English, translates to “grasping the wind.” As I refer to it throughout this article, it should be noted that “wind / feng” relates to the following ailments:

  • diseases involving symptoms appearing in different parts of the body at different times: early stage rheumatism involving differing joints or skin rashes that appear in different places;
  • diseases involving loss of movement: stroke, paralysis, tetany, and coma;
  • various pain, numbness, and spastic syndromes, sometimes referred to as bi syndromes, including headache, toothache, limb numbness, tendon spasms, arthritis, deep bone pain;
  • diseases that are acute: common cold, influenza, sinus infection, skin eruption, sore throat, cough, eye disorders; and
  • diseases that affect the surface of the body (skin or flesh, rather than viscera): chronic eczema, leprosy, scrofula, hair loss.

Later on, during the Qing Dynasty, the 16th century text “Reaching the Course of Materia Medica, author Ben Jing Feng Yuan states that the cannabis  flower treats 120 different types of malign wind, as well as itching. He also indicates that it will treat lack of free flow during menstrual cycles. In general, “malign wind” is referred to as being depression, mania, or other abnormal mental conditions, all which these early physicians helped alleviate through the use of CBD containing cannabis.

Lastly, written in the book “Pharmacology”  in 1905 by Sheng Yao Xue, the physician documents his use of cannabis to treat agitation, hysteria, spasmodic cough, and nerve pain. Following this book 30 years later, writer Yao Wi Ti Kao highlights in his book, “Illustrated Analysis of Medicine”, adds many new arguments for cannabis in relation to wind withdrawal, which overlaps with epilepsy and seizures, in addition to many other mental illnesses and erratic behaviors. This is quite interesting, as modern day medicine has shown CBD to be one of the most effective natural treatments for epilepsy. There is a great deal of overlap through all of these texts with the modern uses of of CBD for psychological issues, such as mental health, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Part 6: Cannabis is Modern Day Chinese Culture

China is nearly 6000 years old and has one of the most rich and varied histories of all of the great civilizations of the world. While marijuana was made illegal in 1985, hemp, one of the most important crops to ever be utilized in Chinese culture, continues to thrive in a billion dollar industry.

In 2017, Chinese hemp sales totalled $1.1 billion dollars, making us a third of the global market, with sales expected to grow to 1.5 billion by 2020. 83% of the sales were made up of textile and fabric production. It is forecasted that hemp CBD products will exceed $230 million usd by 2020. Chinese CBD products are in high demand by neighboring countries, Japan and South Korea. Both countries have a high relative spending for wellness and cosmetics and may further catapult China’s burgeoning CBD and hemp market.

China has a well documented history with opium and some other highly hallucinogenic based plants like datura. By the late 19th century, the country had gone from receiving 200 chests of opium annually, to being of the largest domestic producers in the world. Simply put, the Chinese loved their opium and addiction ravaged their population until the 1950s. However, recent research reveals there is “little to no evidence that cannabis was ever abused or prohibited in China prior to the first documented seizure of imported cannabis products in 1936 in Xinjiang.” Opium, on the other hand, was well known to be highly addictive. It is pretty clear that, at least in most regions, cannabis was simply part of everyday life for the Chinese people, in and outside of medicinal practices, and had been that way for thousands upon thousands of years.

Despite recreational cannabis being illegal, usage amongst the Chinese youth is on the rise, despite the harsh penalties for possessing it. Regardless, China remains one of the leaders in hemp and CBD production – and there is no doubt that they led the world, for thousands of years, in the exploration of the plant’s medicinal benefits. With an incredible foundation of knowledge already written it would be irresponsible to no consider their work as a reference point for future work and research into CBD use.

Conclusion

It is no secret to the world that cannabinoids such as CBD and THC have attracted increased attention regarding their value in the practice of modern medicine – and their popularity extends well beyond the meager grasp of western pharmacology and culture. Yet despite given China’s rich past in cannabis as both a cash crop, a medicine, and a recreational herb, it is wild to behold just how little research has been done to truly explore this history. There is a wealth, literally thousands upon thousands of years, of untranslated documentation that point towards the holistic benefits of cannabis, but it has not been until just recently that the academic community has begun to shine a light on the subject.  The use of cannabis as both a fiber and a food crop in ancient China, combined with its extensive use in medicine, makes these ancient historical records particularly valuable.

CBD is, without a doubt, one of the most wide reaching drugs available in the world. How many other substances have been reported as having such a variety of applications? Water, perhaps, might have it beat, if not simply because our cells need it to live. Throughout the world, the medical benefits of CBD are becoming more and more known everyday – and I suspect that we are hardly a horizon’s distance from a future where CBD is as readily available as the most popular of OTC drugs.

Glaucoma

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Cannabis: Can It Be A Natural Cure For Glaucoma?

According to World Health’s Organization, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness globally. More than 3 million Americans are diagnosed with glaucoma today; and at least 2.7 million of these are 40 years and older, being affected with open-angle glaucoma. Glaucoma is definitely a serious condition that causes great threat to many people. However, one question that you might be itching to ask right not is, can you really use Cannabis as a natural cure for glaucoma?

Glaucoma is actually a group of eye conditions that affects and destroys the optic nerve, the part of the eye that plays a very important role for good vision. Aside from being hereditary, glaucoma is also caused by an intense pressure in the eye, also known as intraocular pressure, which hurts your optic nerves. If this pressure continues, this can cause glaucoma and may lead to blindness.

Types of Glaucoma and Their Symptoms

There are two major types of Glaucoma:

#1 Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma

Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma. It starts when your eye does not efficiently drain fluid which results to pressure building up in the eye. The damage in the optic nerve happens slowly and without feeling any pain.

#2 Closed-Angle Glaucoma

Also known as angle-closure glaucoma or narrow-angle glaucoma; this condition happens when the iris is located very close to the drainage angle of the eye; eye pressure builds up when the iris blocks the drainage angle. Closed-angle glaucoma is very dangerous and needs emergency care or else you might lose your vision. Signs of a closed-angle glaucoma includes blurry vision, severe eye pain, headache, nausea, vomiting, and seeing halos or colored rings around lights.

Glaucoma can be diagnosed through vision checkup. Your ophthalmologist will examine your eyes and check your optic nerves. Once you are diagnosed with glaucoma, another test called tonometry will be done to determine the extent of your eye pressure.

Glaucoma Treatments

If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, your treatments will depend on the extent of your condition. Your ophthalmologist may prescribe you with eye drops, laser surgery, or microsurgery to minimize the pressure that is building up in your eye.Many researches were conducted with regards to CBD and glaucoma. CBD is an extract from Cannabis plant, specifically the hemp plant. These researches are showing positive results of using CBD oil for glaucoma treatment. Cannabis plants are believed to help lower the pressure building up in the eye. In fact, a study conducted in 1971 concluded that smoking medical marijuana decreases the build-up of eye pressure by 25%. It might also have a neuroprotective agent which could be the cure for glaucoma soon says new research being conducted by experts.

So what’s the good news? Well, 29 states in United States are now legalizing, in state level, the use of Cannabis for medicinal purposes. So, if you happen to live in any of the 29 states and you have enough space in your backyard, then you can grow your own Cannabis for your glaucoma treatment. Growing you own Cannabis and processing your own CBD oil is a cheaper alternative than buying CBD in the black market which can be very expensive.

Treating Addiction

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Ways to Treat Cannabis Addiction

People who used cannabis has drastically increase since it has been legalized in some states. Some cannabis users are claiming that it is not harmful to their health. This might be true but cannabis can be addictive too. Not physically addictive as the same way with other drugs but the psychological addiction can be so powerful. Did you know that due to society pressure, the use of cannabis can be one of the hardest substances to give up? Worst of all, people who are addicted to it will not feel that they are actually addicted to it already.

Signs of Cannabis Addiction

Apparently, there are signs on how to possibly know that an individual is addicted to cannabis such as craving for it almost all the time, feeling uncomfortable when not high, and mostly, they only hang out with people who also use cannabis. Below are the signs that you are addicted to Cannabis:

  1. You get high for more than 2 hours every day on a regular basis
  2. You become more risk-taker while being high
  3. You crave for Cannabis regularly and you don’t like it if you are not high
  4. You only hang out with Cannabis users
  5. You keep on increasing your doses
  6. You can’t properly perform with your day to day activities

When it becomes harmful to an individual, it is important to find ways to treat cannabis addiction before it can get worse.

Ways to Cope Up with Cannabis Addiction

Like any other drug dependence, treating Cannabis addiction can be expensive. So as much as possible you would like to try the natural ways first before considering getting the help from professionals. Here are the natural ways for cope up with Cannabis addiction:

  1. Detoxing
  2. Acupuncture
  3. Yoga/Meditation
  4. Hydration
  5. Exercise
  6. Family bonding

Cannabis addiction treatment can include treatment with Psychotherapy. This therapy will tackle the psychological aspect of a person’s addiction. The therapy may last for up to 12 weeks. It will help a person understand the addiction and is the best way to stop your cravings and relapses. The entire purpose of this therapy is to help people maintain abstinence and live healthy lifestyle. The most common type of therapy includes:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Contingency Management

It is also recommended to find a support group who can give free advice on how a drug free life can make your life easier. When you decided to seek treatment for your cannabis addiction, get all the help you can get and the most important thing is to remind yourself that you can do it.

Cerebral Effects

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How Cannabis Effects the Brain

Cannabis or popularly known as marijuana is a genus of flowering plant known for its medical and recreational purposes. The use of medical marijuana in treating different illnesses has dated way back since the ancient times. The use of Cannabis was stopped and banned because of the negative weeds effect on the brain especially when abused.  The long term effects of Marijuanas include memory loss, respiratory health problems, schizophrenia, and addiction.

What is CBD and how it affects the brain

Recently, in the state level, about 29 states in the United States have legalized Cannabis growing due to the therapeutic potentials discovered from Cannabidiol or CBD oil. This is an extract from Marijuana plant which has little to zero intoxicating properties.

Many scientific studies were conducted in order to shed more light with regards to medical marijuanas effects on the brain. The CBD oil extracted from hemp contains chemicals that binds cannabinoid receptors in the brain, shows positive response in helping people with anxiety, relieves pain or manages the symptoms of their medical conditions.

Other potential therapeutic effects of CBD oil include:

  1. Ease the symptoms of cancer, HIV/AIDS, arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, and epilepsy
  2. Pain reliever
  3. Reduces the side effects of cancer’s treatment such as Chemotherapy and radiation
  4. Improves appetite
  5. Helps manage the symptoms of certain neurological disorders and PTSD

Should you take CBD for your health conditions?

CBD oil is extracted from hemp which does not produce the “high”. Meaning it is the safest form of medical marijuana since it doesn’t make you addicted. If you want to know more about the medical marijuana, then talk to your physician. They know better about CBD as well as it gateway effect more than anyone else, plus they are already familiar with your medical history too. They can give you better advice on how to use the treatment and where to get it.

Furthermore, if you live in one of the 29 states where growing of Cannabis and the medical use of it is already legal, you might like to consider growing your own Cannabis. This is a cheaper alternative compared to buying the product in the black market. Aside from that, you can also get a good Cannabis processing equipment and learn how to process hemp to produce CBD oil so you can process it yourself.

There are many guides and tips you can get online on how to grow your own Cannabis properly as well as the right way to process a CBD oil. Or you can contact us for FREE assistance; we will guide you from the selection of Cannabis growing equipment to CBD oil processing.

Nutrition

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Cannabis Nutritional Facts

The use of cannabis has become popular especially on places where it is legalized. The reasons of using cannabis may vary from one person to another. While some people use cannabis to get that “high” feeling, some are actually open to using it because of its incredible properties. Cannabis has been used to treat some conditions that may affect both physical and mental health. Because cannabis doesn’t have any dangerous side effects, more and more people consider cannabis as their go to option.

Cannabis Nutritional Values

Apart from its “healing” benefits, cannabis also has essential nutrients. We all know how a human body requires nutrients to be healthy. Eating vegetables, fruits and drinking healthy juices are some of the best way to ensure your body gets the necessary nutrients it needed to function properly. Surprisingly, cannabis also comes with nutritional benefits. So, what are cannabis nutritional facts? Here are the lists of facts:

#1 Cannabis leaf

The leaves of cannabis are a good source of fiber and contains flavonoids, essential amino acids, essential oils, magnesium, calcium, potassium, thiamine, ascorbic acid, beta carotene, folic acid, and phosphorous. Eating it raw and fresh is a great source of complete nutrients; with a perfect 3-1 ratio of Omega 6 and fatty acids. The amino acids in raw Cannabis is also a great source of digestible protein.

#2 Cannabis seeds

Contrary to what everyone believes, cannabis seeds do offer nutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, insoluble fibre, beta carotene, magnesium, calcium, zinc and iron. A 50g serving of hemp hearts, Cannabis seeds without its hard husk, is equivalent to 16g of protein.

  1. Cannabis seeds oil

When seeds are made into Cannabis oil or hemp oi, it will contain the lowest saturated fat which is only about 8% of the total volume. It is also rich in essential fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6, antioxidants, magnesium, calcium, sulfur, phosphorous, iron and zinc.

The Bottom Line

Looking at the interesting nutrition facts of Cannabis, one thing is clear – Cannabis is really something! With the number of nutritional benefits, you could potentially get from it, you will really feel overwhelmed. Aside from consuming Cannabis by eating its edible and gummy form, and smoking it, you can also try juicing. Juicing allows you to consume a concentrated dose of powerful cannabinoids but you don’t get high at all. There are other ways of consuming cannabis – just find something that will work best for you.

The best way to reap these nutritional benefits out of cannabis is through growing your own Cannabis instead of buying it at the market. This way, you can be guaranteed that your Cannabis is free from chemicals and other contaminants that may destroy the nutrients present in it.