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Wednesday, 23 June 2010 16:27

Medical Marijuana and Cancer Treatment

Medical Marijuana and Cancer TreatmentMedical marijuana is a very effective method of cancer treatment. If you think it might help, you should see a marijuana doctor. If medical marijuana is the best cancer treatment for you, your marijuana doctor can prescribe it. A cancer treatment like chemo-therapy can have wide-ranging, unpleasant side-effects that your marijuana doctor will diagnose and treat with marijuana.

A harsh cancer treatment might affect you in two main ways. Your marijuana doctor will confirm that either chemo-therapy or radiation may cause a physical ailment like upset stomach, which medical marijuana can relieve. A cancer treatment might also cause depression, which can be more effectively treated by medical marijuana than an anti-depressant. These are effects that your marijuana doctor can treat effectively and inexpensively.

It’s very important to keep a positive frame of mind during your battle against cancer. Depression slows recovery from the disease. Your doctor knows that marijuana can often put the will to live back in a cancer patient. Harsh chemicals will remain in your body longer than natural marijuana. Some chemicals can remain in your system for weeks. Marijuana leaves the system after a few days.

To get marijuana, you’ll first need to try other methods of relief. If they have no effect or seem too harsh, your physician can prescribe medical marijuana for your cancer treatments. Marijuana can be smoked, eaten in baked goods, or even added to a spaghetti sauce. There are marijuana recipes online for marijuana butter for baking and marijuana oil for cooking. The marijuana dispensaries sell brownies and cookies. Eating it lasts longer than smoking marijuana, but the effect is not as intense. Try the different ways of taking your marijuana. It doesn’t matter how you take your treatment. Medical marijuana is effective in any form. It will not lose its potency when cooked, nor is it stronger when smoked.

A little medical marijuana goes a long way when dealing with the side effects of cancer treatment. Your doctor can keep you in the loop as far as new developments and methods of delivery. Marijuana will take the edge off your treatment. Find a good physician to get the right prescription for your treatment.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010 15:45

Medical Marijuana and Epilepsy

Epilepsy, Epileptic Seizures and Medical MarijuanaMarijuana is becoming more and more increasingly popular for medicinal use. Medical marijuana has even been called by somet researchers as the "21st Centuries miracle drug." There are many reasons why people may prefer using marijuana instead of prescription drugs for epileptic seizures including cost, side effects, and better results.

Medical marijuana has been proven time and time again that it is very beneficial for medical use, especially to those who suffer from epilepsy. Epilepsy is a condition in which cells of the brain function improperly causing an excitement of the cells and then a seizure. When one has epilepsy, the seizure can occur spontaneously at any given time. The ability to drive or even work may be affected. Some researchers think that bright or flashing lights may bring on an epileptic episode, while others state that seizures are from damage to the temporal lobe. Either way, epilepsy can be a serious condition, and almost always needs treatment.

Until recently, physicians generally treated epilepsy by prescription medications. These medicines include Tegretol, Dilantin, Klonopin, Mysoline, and Zarontin. The side effects of these popular prescription medications are absolutely terrible. Side effects include anemia, headache, hair loss, depression, psychosis, gum swelling, impotence, and even loss of one's libido. Sure you are getting treatment for the seizures, however with these medications you are simply trading one problem for another. This is the reason that sufferers, along with researchers are looking more into the idea of marijuana as a safe medical practice.

The idea of medical marijuana has dated way back into the early 19th century. The fact that this drug has amazing therapeutic qualities has been avoided until recently. The drug is still frowned upon today, however as its beneficial use is investigated marijuana is slightly increasing in popularity among doctors as well as patients. Researchers have stated that epileptic patients who have used medical marijuana have noticed great benefits from the drug use. Marijuana using patients complain of far less headaches, and even less seizure activity. Many investigating physicians also state that the use of medicinal marijuana along with prescription barbiturates can completely control epilepsy, with no symptoms at all.

To experience the great benefits that medical marijuana produces, many people who suffer from epilepsy go as far as to obtain marijuana illegally. If you are fortunate enough to live in one of the few legal states, be sure to contact us at 1-800MedicalMarijuana.com and talk to one of our knowledgeable staff members or make an appointment for an evaluation depending on what state you're in.

Friday, 28 May 2010 16:53

Medical Marijuana And Crohn's Disease

Crohn's DiseaseThe controversy surrounding the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes has been re-ignited recently by the emergence of marijuana dispensaries and physicians that advocate the utilization of the drug to relieve physical ailments that are often associated with serious illnesses such as cancer, glaucoma, and Crohn's disease.

In the case of Crohn's disease, the benefits of medical marijuana has been shown to greatly improve the symptoms and side effects of this incurable digestive system disorder. One of the most profound findings regarding the use of marijuana to treat this disease is its effectiveness in reducing the inflamation of the affected section(s) of the bowel and intestine. The main symptom of Crohn's disease is the negative consequences that coexist with the actual inflamation. Researchers have isolated a specific compound found in marijuana known as beta-caryophyllene, which is suspected of having anti-inflamatory properties. The benefits of beta-caryophyllene as an anti-inflamatory shows much promise in relieving many of the agonizing symptoms commonly experienced by Crohn's sufferers.

Another important positive aspect of the use of medical marijuana in the treatment of Crohn's disease is its effect on appetite. The properties in marijuana help ease nausea as well stimulate the appetite of patients with this ailment. One of the most troublesome symptoms of Crohn's is a loss of weight due to the decrease in appetite of patients.

Marijuana, when used to treat the symptoms of Crohn's disease, has been found to reduce loose bowel movements in many patients. Diarrhea is a very serious concern for patients battling this ailment. Limiting the amount of loose stool in patients with Crohn's is a constant battle. While there are other medications that can be used to bulk up the bowel movements, marijuana has far less adverse side effects than traditional pharmacological remedies.

An unfortunate psychological toll often accompanies this intestinal illness. Depression is rather common in Crohn's sufferers due to its chronic, and often times debilitating physical symptoms. Medical marijuana has created a marked improvement in mood and affect in relation to patient's emotional state of being.

While both sides of the medical marijuana debate have good talking points in reference to their individual opinions and research, there is little doubt that the stigma of marijuana use lingers in respect to conventional medicine. However, Crohn's disease symptoms do show improvement with its monitored use.

Thursday, 13 May 2010 15:57

Medical Marijuana and Alzheimer's

Several research studies have been performed to gauge the effectiveness of cannabis to treat Alzheimer's patients. Results have been mixed, but seem to lean toward proving that there is a beneficial impact on Alzheimer's from marijuana use. The researchers who did not find sufficient support for marijuana's chemical treatment of the disease itself admitted that the medication does at least provide relaxation and comfort for patients who suffer from Alzheimer's, and may be a beneficial treatment of the symptoms if not the root problem.

The Science Behind the Claims

The THC that comprises the active ingredient of cannabis has been shown to have a direct impact on the formation of protein deposits in the brain, which can cause some Alzheimer's symptoms. The problem with definitively linking marijuana to Alzheimer's treatment is that doctors are still unsure about the initial causes of Alzheimer's in the first place. Extensive studies have proven that cannabis can reduce the brain's protein deposits far more effectively than the Alzheimer's medications that are currently being prescribed. Doctors are excited about the fact that marijuana could treat the cause of Alzheimer's as well as provide relief from its more debilitating symptoms.

Early Marijuana Dosages More Effective

Some doctors have begun to release research that shows that cannabis can protect the brain from forming Alzheimer's if it is used earlier in life. The THC in marijuana can help the brain retain memory function if Alzheimer's is diagnosed early enough. It helps memory receptors in the brain to remain healthy for a longer period of time after the initial onset of Alzheimer's. While this does not indicate that THC is an Alzheimer's cure, it does imply that the more devastating effects of the disease can be delayed in patients who use marijuana.

Marijuana Provides Comfort for Alzheimer's Sufferers

Doctors who do not support the therapeutic effectiveness of cannabis for Alzheimer's patients do support the use of marijuana to ease patient's symptoms. Medical Marijuana can help patients feel more comfortable and sleep better at night. It also reduces the occurrence of depression in Alzheimer's patients, which can help patients maintain a higher level of brain function because they don't lose hope. These doctors don't believe that marijuana treats the illness directly, but they do find that it is a powerful way to keep patients functioning for a longer period of time after the initial onset of Alzheimer's disease.

New York Medical MarijuanaAfter years of talk and proposals, this might be the year medical marijuana comes to New York.

Since 1997, Manhattan Assemblyman Richard Gottried has been pushing for medical marijuana. He would get it on a bill, but it would never pass. However, the state’s legislature is more open to the idea due to the poor economy.

New York, like many states, is in a financial crisis. Governor David Patterson is constantly telling New Yorkers that the state may run out of money. He went as far as to hold residents’ tax refunds due to the lack of funds. The current budget proposal includes medical marijuana as a way to bring more income to the state. The state legislature sees dollar signs with not only the licenses for the dispensaries and producers ($15 million), but a tax on the medical marijuana itself. In New York State, prescriptions are not subject to tax, yet medical marijuana would be. Multiple reports state that medical marijuana would bring in $500 million a year. It would not fix the state’s budget problems, but it might be too much for the law makers to reject.

Although the details of the bill can change, it seems that New York will have strict rules when it comes to patients and producers of medical marijuana. Practitioners will only be able to prescribe it to patients with “serious medical conditions.” Patients that get the prescriptions can have no more than 2.5 ounces at any time. They cannot grow it either. Only producers with a licence will be allowed to grow the herb. Despite the restrictions, advocates still believe thousands of New York patients would benefit from medical marijuana. These advocates are not alone. A recent Quinnipiac Poll found 71% of New York State voters think medical marijuana is a “good idea.”

New York has its share of people opposed to making medical marijuana legal. Some Republican State Senators are not going to vote for it. The New York State Conservative Party issued a statement: “Calling marijuana ‘medicine’ in the belief that it will produce revenue is an ill-conceived idea that will ultimately harm all New Yorkers.” Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, also came out against legalizing marijuana. “It may very well lead to greater use of stronger drugs.”

While the state legislature decides whether to make medical marijuana an option for New Yorkers, Showtime’s Nurse Jackie weighs in on the fight. In a recent episode titled Apple Bong, Jackie (played by Edie Falco) is assisting a doctor with a stage three lymphoma patient. The patient is vomiting due to the chemotherapy. Jackie begins to go over all the usual medications (Zofran, Eloxy, etc.) with the patient. However, that patient has either tried all of them and stopped them due to the side effects or cannot take them due to an underlying condition. None of them gave him any relief. The patient even asks Jackie “is it worth it.” Jackie then asks if the patient tried pot to the dismay of the straight-laced doctor. The doctor wants the patient to try another (legal) prescription that may work. He then reprimands Jackie for suggesting an illegal drug when there are “perfectly viable medications.” Jackie tells him that if the patient lived in another state the patient would be able to “get a prescription for medical marijuana, so he could at least try it.” The doctor’s retort: “He does not live in another state. He lives in New York.”

Jackie eventually gets the patient to try marijuana via an apple bong. The weak patient immediately perks up and says “I’m actually hungry.” She later brings the patient home-made cookies with marijuana in them, along with the recipe she used and the dealer’s phone number. This episode is a must watch for anybody still on the fence regarding medical marijuana.

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Chronic Back Pain | Medical MarijuanaMany people in the world suffer from chronic back pain. In fact, back pain is one of the most common ailments seen by doctors. Chronic back pain is most common in people between the ages of 30 and 50, and is caused by the deterioration of the body caused by the aging process, as well as by the lack of healthy exercise in people of this age group. Chronic ailments like back pain can often be attributed to diseases such as arthritis, as well as to less serious problems such as pinched nerves.

Averages of half the people who experience chronic back pain have had some type of traumatic injury, like an auto accident. However, nearly fifty percent of chronic back pain sufferers have no known injury to cite as an obvious cause of their pain. As with most injuries, patients who suffer from chronic back pain will often undergo some type of examination, such as having X-rays, CT scans, or other similar evaluations. In many of these cases, however, there is never any cause found to explain why the patient is suffering from this type of pain.

While there are many over the counter medicines that can partially lessen the amount of pain that a patient has, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, these medicines also increase the possibility of other physical ailments, particularly upset stomach and ulcerous conditions. Many prescription medicines can also lower the amount of pain, but most of these also have adverse side effects. Some potential side effects include the potential for addiction to pain medications. It is these concerns which have caused many physicians to consider the use of medical marijuana as a way to treat chronic back pain. Scientists began studying the possible uses of medical cannabis in 1975, when a major study in the use of THC to reduce the suffering of cancer patients was performed. This study revealed that the use of medical marijuana significantly lowered pain levels in patients who suffer from constant pain, without any significant adverse side effects. Several other studies have been made, using marijuana to treat chronic pain, and the results have all been remarkably similar. There have been no negative side effects like those associated with prolonged use of OTC medicines or prescribed medicines, such as nausea, ulcers, and addiction. In fact, the only side effect that patients involved in these various studies have reported in an increase in appetite.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis in the hands.  Medical Marijuana can help alleviate pain.The fight is on in this country over the widespread use of medical marijuana. There are many doctors and studies that have concluded that marijuana can help people overcome many common and uncommon ailments. Certain conditions like depression, insomnia and chronic pain. These are some of the less serious conditions that people are using cannabis for. Some of the more serious conditions include cataracts, cancer and arthritis. One specific type of arthritis that marijuana has been especially helpful in treating is the recurring and ever-worsening rheumatoid arthritis. Patients who have been unable to find any sort of relief are finally able to ease the pain using medical marijuana.

Despite the studies, there are still many people that will fight marijuana use for medical reasons tooth and nail because of moral objections. You see, marijuana has been branded, unreasonably, as a gateway drug meaning if someone starts using it, they will soon begin to try other types of drugs. However, there is no scientific evidence that proves that fact at all. On the other hand, there is extensive scientific evidence that proves that marijuana can be immensely helpful with rheumatoid arthritis. People suffering from this condition can find relief through the use of medical cannabis if their state permits.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a severe type of arthritis where a person's immune system literally begins eating away at all of a person's joints. It can start with minor pain in the pinky or forefinger and spread quickly throughout the body to the knees, shoulders, elbows and hips. There are people with this type of arthritis that on some days are unable to get out of bed because the pain is so severe. Up to now, only pain killers and anit-inflammatory medications were able to make that terrible pain subside. However, both of those drugs, when taken over a long period of time, have many health consequences. On the other hand, medical marijuana has been proven to help this condition the way no other medication has been able to do. This is because it lowers the body's response to the disease and naturally reduces the painful inflammation.

People who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis can only use medical cannabis if their state has permitted such use. There are many states where this is still not permissible and no matter if you were given the prescription by a doctor, you are still not able to use it in an area where it is considered a narcotic.

Medical Marijuana can help with nausea caused by chemotherapy for cancer patientsIt can shake a person to their very core to receive a diagnosis of cancer. No one can really be thoroughly prepared for the path that they are now on as they make numerous visits to hospitals, specialists and radiology centers. In addition, the medicine and treatments that patients are given can have devastating effects on eating habits, body weight and overall health. As a result, scientists continue to study solutions for nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite in addition to many other side effects.

Some anticancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, can cause stomach issues. Many of the medications affect the stomach lining while other drugs trigger portions of the brain that control dizziness, nausea and vomiting. While patients almost always receive anti-emetics, or medicine to prevent this sickness, there isn't one type or dosage amount that works for everyone. In fact, there are many patients that are still afflicted with these side effects regardless of the anti-emetic medication.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010 18:14

Denver Medical Marijuana

Some Thoughts About Medical Marijuana in the Community

Medical Marijuana and the Community

Since the passage of legislation legalizing medical marijuana in Denver, Colorado, many false statements and assumptions have polluted the landscape of medical marijuana debate. Do medical marijuana dispensaries increase crime in their surrounding neighborhood? Do users of medical marijuana pose a crime risk? Does medical marijuana actually help patients? These are all questions that have solid answers based on legitimate science and statistics that any person with an interest in the debate has access to.

Pain Management Therapy StaffWhile the legal arguments against medical marijuana continue to cause controversy, over 76 million people suffer daily from chronic pain caused by cancer, HIV, back, neck and spinal cord injuries, arthritis, and other degenerative joint and tissue disorders as well as countless other diseases or disorders. Traditional ways to manage chronic pain don’t always work, but fortunately in 14 states this alternative option is available. There are many strong supporters of the use of cannabis for helping patients with chronic pain, not to mention numerous studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of marijuana as a pain reliever. It has also been shown that marijuana helps reduce even the perception of pain.

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