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Meet America’s Most Patented “Useless” Substance: The Government’s Staggering Hypocrisy on Cannabis

The medical cannabis advocacy community is standing on the brink a new era, loaded with more unknowns than it has faced in literally decades. Which makes this moment, as much as any, an appropriate moment to examine laughably self-contradictory government pronouncements and actions related to medical use of marijuana.
Self-Contradictory Pronouncement #1: Cannabis Has No Known Medical Value On August 11, 2016, in the waning days of the Obama administration, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) declined to remove cannabis from Schedule 1, where it has languished since the Nixon Administration. Schedule 1 substances are deemed by the Food and Drug Administration to have no medical use. To support this (apparently foregone) conclusion, the DEA cited an evaluation by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
“[T]he drug’s chemistry, according to DEA and HHS, “the drug’s chemistry is not known and reproducible; there are no adequate safety studies; there are no adequate and well..

THC-A and CBD-A: What are the Benefits?

As much as we might be tempted to speak in terms of competing substances when it comes to the healing properties of marijuana, the truth is that what makes cannabis so remarkable on so many fronts is the synergy that appears to occur between all the substances within it.
Since visionary cannabinoid researcher Raphael Mechoulam began writing about the “Entourage Effect” of cannabis in the mid-nineties, science has been learning more and more about how each molecular component of the cannabis plant works together for healing on a multitude of levels. This is true for the state one finds these substances as well. THC-A and CBD-A are both found in the natural, raw, live cannabis plant. And recent research is discovering that both have powerful properties of their own when it comes to treating disease, especially cancer.
What are THC-A and CBD-A?
Cannabidolic Acid (CBD-A) and Tetrahydrocannabonolic Acid (THC-A) are similar in a lot of ways. Both are acid-based substances found in the ra..

Oral Cannabis Study Grant Offers New Hope For Fibromyalgia Patients

It may seem difficult to believe today, but as recently as 1990, fibromyalgia didn’t exist.
That was the year the Multi-center Criteria Committee of the American College of Rheumatology met and officially designated the disorder. The constellation of symptoms that characterize this painful and debilitating soft-tissue disorder include:
A history of widespread pain throughout the muscles and connective tissues (tendons and ligaments) that has lasted more than three months. Pain occurs throughout all four quadrants of the body (above and below the waist, on both sides). There are tender or “trigger” points that are especially sensitive to pressure (initially there were 18 spots, but as of 2010, diagnosis no longer requires these tender points). Symptoms of fibromyalgia may also include sleep disorders, bowel disturbances, fatigue, and cognitive impairment (“fibro fog”). Fibromyalgia sufferers tend to be overwhelmingly female (80-90 percent) and of childbearing age, but men, children, a..

Can Cannabis Replace Synthetic Opioids in Treating Addiction?

Despite harsh laws enforced by the “War on Drugs,” drug abuse is still a major issue in the United States. Even more worrying is the number of accidental deaths caused by drug overdoses every year. In fact, in 2014, there were 47,055 accidental deaths from drug overdoses in the US, making it the highest cause of accidental death in the country. An even more revealing fact is that 18,893 of those deaths were related to opioid pain reliever prescriptions.
It’s clear that there is an effort being made to help opioid addicts recover, but we may be looking in the wrong direction. After all, if nearly half the overdose deaths are caused by the drugs that are meant to cure an opioid addict, then there is clearly something amiss.
The studies Instead, Zach Walsh, an associate professor of psychology at the University of British Colombia, suggests that cannabis may be the answer we’re searching for. Walsh and his team reviewed 60 different studies on medical and non-medical use of cannabis. Wh..

The Effects of Cannabis on Your Heart and Brain

Studying the effects of cannabis as both a health-protective element and treatment for many illnesses and conditions is a stepping stone for the future of medicine. While heavily contested by some, cannabis is severely put under scrutiny by researchers and specialists in all medical fields and the conclusions are staggering.
More than just a “recreational drug,” cannabis is considered a superfood containing over 400 compounds, including terpenes, which are researched for their positive effects on alleviating symptoms of respiratory conditions, pain, inflammatory diseases, cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease. Today we will take a look at the cannabis effects on your heart and brain as a protective and curative compound.
The Heart Cannabis Has a Protective Effect on the Heart Its cardioprotective role has been observed in mice. A 2013 study published in the Journal of Biochemical Pharmacology showed that the administration of small amounts of cannabis to mice resulted in a significant ..