A Happy New Year and A New Beginning

A new year is upon us and with it comes new possibilities. This year we will discover even more miraculous properties of cannabis. From cancers to other ailments we already know the capabilities that cannabinoids possess. We have seen two states move forward beyond medical needs and legalize for recreational use. With that comes the hope that it will make it easier for patients to obtain the necessary strains they require.
We need to keep in mind that it is not simply using cannabis but using it correctly that will achieve desired results. As we have discussed before each strain possess different compounds or cannabinoids. We have already seen 3 strains genetically mapped, discovering a variety of previously unknown compounds and it will be exciting to see more added to the list.
We have seen so many advances in the delivery methods used for patients. We are no longer only left with smoking. For patients there are very real solutions.
We have seen countless stories of patients who were unable to eat, unable to control their shaking or seizures who have taken only a small amount of cannabis and have been able to control their symptoms. We have also seen in studies where cannabis has slowed or stopped cancer growth. It is no longer deniable that cannabis has real medical use.
I am hopeful that with the advancement of Washington and Colorado’s legislation as well as the other states that have set up medical provisions that we will continue to see the path cleared for all states and ultimately all patients to have access to not only cannabis but quality and variety of strains. Individualized care is key and will only come about for the masses if it becomes legally available. We have suffered for too long. We have lost too many loved ones unnecessarily. Now is the time to act! Call, e-mail or write your representatives and urge them to work towards the common goal of providing for all a safe natural alternative to big Pharma’s poison.

Individualized Treatments: Key To Cannabis’ Success

With so many new scientific discoveries published for the world to see many patients are now gaining a better understanding of how cannabis actually helps them.  Millions of patients have found relief in cannabis for a wide range of afflictions with millions more that have found relaxation.  Cannabis has been used for medicinal, religious and recreation purposes for thousands of years.  But it wasn’t until the 60s when the endocannabinoid system was discovered that we really began to understand the effects.  In 2011 the genetics of the cannabis plant was mapped with that we found that it was not just a plant but a complex world filled with compounds that have many applications.

Patients now have the option of learning what compounds exist in the cannabis plant and how that can help them personally.  Currently there are companies one in particular, GW Pharmaceuticalsthat is seeking FDA approval of a new drug that contains actual cannabinoids, not synthetic, which is currently approved and on the market.  Their mouth spray contains a blend of cannabinoids that they have found to commonly bring relief.

The problem is now that patients are armed with more in-dept information of not only their illness but of cannabis and its compounds they are no longer happy with a “one size fits all” treatment.  Why and how cannabis interacts with our system is becoming more widely known.  With this comes the knowledge that when using cannabis the key to its success is using the right mix of compounds.  Many studies point to the fact that you can not just isolate THC or just CBD but  that its the correct balance of multiple compounds that achieves the desired effect.  This is important to keep in mind when researching your ailment.  Looking for strains that match up with your needs can be very tricky so it is recommended that you seek help when undertaking this.

This is just one more reason why legalization is important.  In states that have legalized medical use of cannabis, dispensaries have flourished.  This allows first-time patients to be guided through the process with experienced patients and experts.  This also allows for supervision of a professional doctor instead of just yourself.  Dispensaries offer a wide array of strain choices within sativa, indica and hybrid varieties.  Professionals also help with choosing the right delivery method for you.

Cannabis use has come a long way since the casual days of the 60s.  Today patients are faced with many choices from natural buds,concentrates, tinctures, edibles and more.  In the states that have passed medical use laws patients standards have been raised.  Gone are the days when people were satisfied with whatever the guy on the corner had that day, no questions asked.  Today patients can inquire about anything from if a bud is organic to what the percentage of THC, CBD or CBN a product contains.

Many dispensaries are now testing their products to not only raise industry standards but to educate patients and promote their best buds.  In today’s market we see dispensaries competing for business giving patients the best selection.  Patients are becoming more educated on the differences between not only the strains but the major compound contents.  With the database of knowledge on individual strains and their compounds becoming not only ever increasing but more accessible it is only a matter of time before we have a better grasp to really start helping patients.

One of the largest shortfalls of today’s medical community is individualized care.  Many times patients are quickly shuffled through their appointment with their doctor trying out different therapies that have worked for other patients.  We do not have the availability of affordable technology to scan or sequence every patients illness or cancer.  Someday we will have wide-spread use of technology that allows doctors to give patients exactly what their bodies need.  Gone will be the days when doctors guess if a medication will work or kill you.  We know today that the technology exists to DNA sequence a cancerous tumor.  We already know that if we have the right combination of cannabis compounds it can shrink a tumor.  Think of all the loved ones that we could save with the right individualized care.

Today’s medications can cause many side effects including respiratory failure, liver damage and even death.  Many times patients are left with the option of doctors guessing which medication will be most helpful with the least damage and many times are prescribed more medication later on to combat damaged caused by previous treatments.  Cannabis has been praised for its forgiving window for patients in regards to damage from side effects.  Common knowledge of no reported overdoses or deaths from cannabis is another appealing factor.  Many have discovered that the benefits of cannabis outweigh the non-lethal side effects and have stopped taking all other medications.

With patients today educated on not only their illness but the available treatment options it is no wonder that they no longer want to accept only what the industry is willing to provide.  Many have taken their health into their own hands.  We have discovered how vital individualized care is when dealing with cannabis and hopefully have sparked interest into other avenues where this can be applied.  It is no longer in the best interest of the nation to rely so heavily on the current industries but instead look for not only natural options but ones that will not do harm.  We can look to the future for the technologies that can one day save us but for today we need to keep our option of being able to choose our own strain combination for ourselves until we all can have individualized care.  To do this we must continue in our fight for legalization.

Why the Prohibition of Cannabis Should End

We are witnessing the emergence of an oppressed part of society.  A community that had repeatedly been laughed at and pushed aside.  But in the last decade we have seen many breakthroughs and milestones reached.   We have also seen a very aggressive push back from the government on the fight for legalization.

The United States was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001 and since then laws and law enforcement agencies have changed.  Many expected changes but we did not expect our liberties to be eroded so much.  We have seen the militarization of local law enforcement increase with urgency.  We have seen the actions of these agencies change.

No community recognizes this more, surprisingly, than the cannabis community.  In 2011 alone thousands received threat letters from the DOJ.  Families, patients and caregivers were violently raided even though they were complying with state law.  Much of the legislation that was aimed at terrorists were actually used on Americans in the War on Drugs.  This costly war that has been going on for decades is not only a complete failure, it has misinformed millions and destroyed society.

They have squandered trillions of tax-payer dollars on this War on Drugs.  They have not only created a black market but allowed it to flourish.  Prohibition of alcohol created the rise in organized crime and prominent figures like Al Capone.  We saw prices go up, prescriptions for alcohol increase and speakeasies or clubs abound.  We have seen the same thing happen for over 75 years with cannabis with more recent increase in doctor recommendations, dispensaries in legal states and the head of a drug cartel listed on Forbes fortune 400 list.

With alcohol prohibition we saw a quicker end but we still saw the devastating effects it had in a short time.  We have had a longer period of time to take a look at the societal, emotional, economic, medical, environmental and many other impacts of prohibition and legalization.  For over 75 years we have seen families torn apart, parents lose children, people lose their wealth, their battle with their illness or their freedom.  We have seen the government tell us how cannabis is just as bad a heroin, worse than tobacco, alcohol and cocaine.  They have told us that cannabis holds no medical value.

With today’s access to information from all over the world and from many different sources many people should quickly see through the many lies of reefer madness.  There are countless medical studies backing up the medical potential of cannabis.  Last year the cannabis plants sativa and indica were genetically mapped enabling science to pinpoint the cannabinoids necessary to start using it as a therapy and cure.

With so much new data discovered, exciting breakthroughs on the horizon and the improved knowledge of society we too will see an end to cannabis prohibition.  Prohibition does not make sense as a policy or as a way to control society.  People are born with God-given free will and should be allowed to exercise it.  2012 can prove to be a momentous year if we make our voices heard.  Contact your representative today in support of legalization, rescheduling and responsible regulation.

How Do You Approach Medicine? Cannabis As A Treatment Option

How each of us approaches medicine is as unique as our life experiences. Some are skeptical of medicine and are reluctant to experiment with many drugs or therapies while others fully embrace medication and are willing to put themselves through many side effects to find the right drug.

When put in a difficult and stressful situation such as being told you have diabetes, heart disease or cancer it can be hard to make a decision.  When given news as well as options at once it can be difficult to remember your values or views on medical therapies.

With the government only allowing therapies and medication that they approve and Doctors being dazzled by the pharmaceutical companies it can be hard to get an unbiased opinion.  Even at home we are bombarded with commercials for the pharmaceutical companies.  With all these opinions being thrown at you it can be hard to come up with an opinion of your own.  Just remember ultimately it is your body.

Cannabis has been proven, not only through individual personal trials but also through medical studies, to process medicinal value.  It helps with nausea, tremors, bipolar disorder, headaches, insomnia and recently found to slow tumor growth in cancer.

Cannabis is no longer just the party drug of the past but recognized by millions as a medicinal plant.  Only recently have people discovered what has been known for thousands of years.  Cannabis can take away a headache, calm tremors, stimulate appetite, mellow anxiety along with hundreds of other uses.

Cannabis can be organically grown with very little if any environmental impact. It can also be at home dropping the price of medication drastically.  Cannabis is all natural organic meaning no chemicals will be entering your body. Finally Cannabis does not have a long list of side effects like many drugs.

Instead of blindly going along with whatever your Doctor recommends do your homework.  Research your ailment, look up treatments, side effects and weigh drug therapies against others.  The easy way is not always the best way and pharmaceuticals are not always the answer.  Cannabis can be a great alternative to conventional medicine in both cost and health. Before reaching for the pill bottle see if cannabis could be right for you.