All of us know someone who has cancer or if you are lucky you may know someone who had cancer and beat it.
There is a lot of evidence that points to the fact that some cancers may be helped or even stopped by medical cannabis. The best ratio for cancer is a 1:1 ratio (eg. 7%THC:7%CBD). It has been proven that some cancers respond better than others, but some 4th stage cancers have responded in a positive way. You can take up to a gram a day. Most 30 ml bottles contain about 5 grams of cannabis. So you need to do some math to figure out how much to take. Always start low and go slow until you build to the amount you feel is helping you. Most people get results with even 500 mg/day (0.5 grams).
Even if it does not cause your cancer to retreat, at least it greatly reduces the pain and anxiety a cancer patient might suffer. There is so much to learn about this plant and how to use it and a lot of it is found out by just experimenting with it.
The THC is the part that actually appears to help kill the cancer cells and research thinks that the CBD keeps the cancer from spreading. There is so much more research to be done to know what all the benefits are and what the best way to consume (smoke, oils, edibles) might be for different types of diseases.
I know one thing for sure, if I was diagnosed with cancer or any other serious disease, I would try it and even if you want to do chemo, radiation and other treatments, it will still help your body to be less anxious, less nauseous, and you will sleep better. Sleeping properly is probably the best thing you can do to help your body heal.
Neuropathy is simply put-nerve pain. If you have ever suffered from this type of pain perhaps you have diabetes, autoimmune disease or something else causing nerve damage. It can cause tingling, numbness, burning or crawling sensations in your body and it can literally “get on your nerves”. It can disrupt your sleep, cause you to drop things (from numbness) or make you stumble when you walk. The amount of energy that it seems to take to keep your nerves humming can actually make you feel fatigued.
Controlling this type of pain with pain medications is what most people try first. They may use Tylenol or ibuprofen or stronger pain meds such as tegretol, gabapentin or lyrica. These drugs can have side effects which are unpleasant. Also, some prescription drugs may become an addiction problem for some people.
Neuropathic pain is one of the hardest types of pain to treat. An alternative to treating this type of pain is to use medical cannabis. High CBD cannabis may help with inflammation, however you may require a “small” amount of THC in order to control this type of pain (THC products are best taken with an equal or greater amount of CBD and consume only at bedtime). Always remember to take very small amounts of CBD/THC containing products and start low (eg. 0.25 ml for 3-5 days and add 0.1 ml every 3 days until you find relief from the pain. It may take a few weeks to get to the correct doseage. There should be little to no psychoactive effects if done correctly. You may have to try different mixtures of cannabis oils to find what works for you. Work with your doctor or cannabis clinic to find the ultimate product.
Cannabis can be smoked, vaped, eaten or taken as an oil. I always feel that the oils are best and easiest to control the exact amount you wish to consume.
Do you take breathing for granted? Most of us do. Many people do not have that luxury and eventually it can rob you of your oxygen and your life. So sad and such a miserable and uncomfortable way to live.
Some people have lung disease such as asthma that can be controlled with medications such as Ventolin and steroids while others have more serious conditions such as lung cancer, emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Sometimes these conditions can leave you “chained” to an oxygen tank 24 hours a day and greatly restricts your life and limits doing even ordinary tasks such as housework and other chores.
Don’t take your breathing for granted. If you smoke cigarettes either cut back or quit. Smoking cannabis is probably also not the best idea, but the THC and CBD found in cannabis and put into either an oil (preferred) or edible form can possibly help with breathing by dialing down inflammation and phlegm production. It may be worth a try?
More research is needed into the promise of cannabis oil for COPD. Patients report improvement of symptoms.
Medical cannabis research is a hot topic around the globe, but still not much is understood about the link between cannabis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Researchers are digging deep into the science of cannabis oil for COPD to find the role that the herb could play in the stopping the development and progression of this terrible disease.
The COPD foundation defines COPD as: “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases. including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory (non-reversible) asthma. This disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness.” Common symptoms include: wheezing, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, persistent coughing, and pain in the chest.
COPD is progressive and there is currently no cure. However, a patient can take a number of measures to control symptoms, slow progression and live a more comfortable life.
Do People Need To Worry About Cannabis Smoke Damaging Lungs?
In the US, medical cannabis is legal in several states and patients use it in the treatment of chronic pain, epilepsy, cancer and HIV/AIDS symptoms among others. However, there is also a rising concern over the effects of smoking cannabis on patients with pulmonary disease. Does cannabis improve or exacerbate symptoms?
THC is known to be a powerful bronchodilator and is effective in the treatment of lung disease, such as asthma. It also reduces the symptoms associated with COPD. Smoking it, though? Not recommended. While cannabis and tobacco smoke are not equally carcinogenic, combusting any organic material results in the production of oxidized hydrocarbons, which can be damaging to delicate lung tissues. Many experts have cautioned against smoking cannabis, especially for people already suffering from COPD.
A study conducted by David Geffen School of Medicine indeed concluded that “smoking cannabis by itself can lead to respiratory symptoms because of injurious effects of the smoke on larger airways.” It also found, however, that smoking cannabis does not lead to the development of COPD.
Is Cannabis Able to Treat COPD?
Managing COPD calls for symptom control and preserving lung function. The symptoms of COPD usually come from airway inflammation and swelling that makes breathing difficult. Conventional, FDA-approved, treatment for COPD includes the use of corticosteroids and other anti-inflammatory agents.
As much as these medications are effective, patients using them may have to grapple with severe side effects such as weight gain, blood sugar imbalance, tolerance, and a decline in sex drive.
Recently, medical research has zeroed in on cannabis as an effective anti inflammatory agent. The compounds in cannabis that are responsible for these therapeutic benefits are called cannabinoids, specifically tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). These cannabinoids can also boost the immune system, providing anti microbial action, pain relief and phlegm reduction, all which will be beneficial for COPD patients.
How Should You Take Cannabis Medicine When You Have COPD?
People everywhere are talking about the opiod epidemic. How did we get to where so many people are dying or being crippled in a catatonic state after becoming addicted to opiods? Opiods latch on to areas of the brain which control pain and emotions and increases the feel good hormone called dopamine (produces feeling of euphoria). As your brain gets used to this feeling, it requires more and more of drug to get the same level of pain control or feel good emotion which eventually leads to dependence and later addiction.
Some people innocently start down this road not realizing that the opiod drug (fentanyl, oxycodone, morphine etc.) prescribed to them by a medical doctor for pain can have this unfortunate possibility.
So what can be done to help or prevent this from occurring? Well, medical cannabis is something that may be used instead of these highly addictive drugs for pain control. As well, it is thought that if you are addicted to opiods, using medical cannabis you may be able to get you off of these drugs or at least reduce the amount taken. We are not talking about cannabis with high THC and thus psychoactive side effects, but high CBD cannabis which may be effective for chronic pain.
Do your due diligence (DD) whenever you are about to take a prescription drug. ALWAYS READ THE PACKAGE INSERT provided with your medication. Be aware of any side effects and talk to your pharmacist or doctor about your concerns.
Baby boomers are the predominant age group right now and they want to enjoy life to it’s fullest. It seems that around age 50 we start to experience more aches and pains and sometimes notice a deterioration of our memory. Sometimes these things can be related to illnesses such as arthritis and dementia or alzeimers. Who wants any of this? When you catch a cold or virus it takes you a long while to kick back. Some people experience high cholesterol and heart issues or stroke. None of this is good news.
I fully believe that if we watch our diet a little more closely (less sugar and more vegetable/fruit or whole foods) then we will be healthier in all aspects. We also need to get a good nights sleep (7-8 hours is recommended). It seems the more we age, the more likely we are to develop insomnia (staying awake at night or finding yourself staring at the clock at 2 a.m.).
A high CBD and low THC medical cannabis is a good way to get a good night sleep. Generally a minimal amount of the product will cause you to sleep much better. If you have pain from arthritis which seems worse at night, it can help that as well. Check your prescriptions you are on and make sure insomnia is not one of the side effects.
Since the legalization of marijuana in Canada last year (2018) people have a lot of questions. First of all cannabis simply refers to either hemp or marijuana. Both contain different amounts of CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (psychoactive part). There are low THC and high CBD available species. That is what I will focus on.
There is a lot of information to be given out and understanding it can get complicated. I will be concentrating on giving you the best, yet simplest information to benefit your health.
The one thing I want you to get from this is to open your mind and understanding and truly learn something. We have all been raised in a world of pharmaceuticals and our first line of action when in pain or sick is to reach for such products (eg. Tylenol for a headache and pharmaceutical pain killers if the pain is more chronic and intense such as arthritis and knee pain). However, over time the side effects from such products can actually make you sicker and sometimes barely manage the pain or get you addicted. Well, high CBD oil, low THC (<1%) in the form of cannabis can actually reduce inflammation and thus pain. Side effects are minimal to none.
This is available in the form of medicinal cannabis and is available through either your medical doctor or cannabis clinics in countries where this is legal. You can be referred by your family physician or you can fill out a self-referral and have the clinic obtain your records from your doctor.
Do you feel it is everybody else’s responsibility to keep you healthy? Restaurants should offer you healthy choices to eat and your doctor should always give you medication that would fix your physical issues. Well, I have news for you……IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBLITY! Only you can control what you put in your body and we need to each take responsibility.
Let’s start today. First of all, start making smart food choices. Today why don’t you try to eat less sugar. I mean the “white” kind, such as cookies, pop, and cake. If you are on medications you can read the pamphlet that comes with the drug and see if some of your problems may be from side effects of these drugs. What can you do about it?
Not all medications can be replaced, but a good example would be anti-anxiety drugs and their many side effects. How about going to your doctor and trying medical cannabis (high in CBD and little to no THC). It is often prescribed for anxiety and depression and minimal side effects.