All About Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injuries can be caused by many different things, mainly different types of blows to the head. It can also come from some type of jolt such as getting shaken too hard. TBI’s are mostly closed head injuries however it can happen from a penetrative blow too.

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Symptoms

TBI’s and concussions have similar symptoms. Pay close attention as there are a variety of symptoms that mimic other diseases and illnesses as well. One of the main indications that it may be a TBI is when they vague symptoms are accompanied by anger that seems to have no real source. They’re as follows:

  • Bothered by light or noise
  • Feeling tired, no energy
  • Headaches
  • Attention or concentration problems
  • Irritability or easily angered
  • Anxiety and Nervousness

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury

As mentioned, several different things can cause a TBI. A fall is the most common cause with over half all cases relating to them. Other causes include motor vehicle crashes, bodily assault, and as result of a firearm related injury.

Prognosis

If you are exhibiting signs of moderate or severe TBI should receive medical attention as soon as possible. There isn’t much that can be done to reverse the initial brain damage caused by trauma. Medical providers try to stabilize an individual with TBI and focus on preventing further injury. Medical professionals will also check heart functions, followed by a full body assessment.

Medical Marijuana and TBI

Much of the research around medical marijuana — including CBD and THC compounds — has focused around its use in the short-term aftermath of the injury, when the brain is at its most vulnerable. Research results have been promising in the field. One Israeli research team suggested that the endocannabinoid 2-AG, naturally released by the body, could help protect the brain. The anti-inflammatory compound is released in higher amounts after trauma, as a kind of self-protective mechanism. Medical marijuana may reduce hospital visits in patients with spinal cord disease. Additional research shows potential:

  • A Pediatric Research study in 2011 showed that CBD reduced seizures, brain edema, and motor skills for injured newborn pigs.
  • As published in the Journal of Pharmacy School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, University of Maryland.
  • Medical marijuana may aid in the reduction of hospital visits for patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries.

Medical Marijuana and Traumatic Brain Injury

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. MM helps ease the anxiety and frustration that comes along with memory loss amongst other things. Additionally:

  • 2002 study on rats and mice concluded that these neuroprotective agents could counteract the negative effects of a traumatic brain injury, including symptoms like swelling. 
  • Another research project conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health further highlighted THC’s and CBD’s neuroprotective qualities when the brain is exposed to toxic levels of glutamate, a neurotransmitter responsible for memory and learning.
  • In a human study, a 2018 study found medical marijuana reduced chronic pain and dizziness associated with a concussion in a majority of patients

Marijuana strains that help with CTE symptoms include:

  • The Black: This indica-dominant strain helps with brain spasticity, slowing the progression of the disease. It can also help relieve migraines associated with the disease.
  • Cannatonic: This hybrid strain is 50/50, combining the best qualities of both. It helps with inflammation and swelling in the brain.
  • Bay 11: This is a potent sativa to help with brain spasticity as well. It’s excellent for daytime relief as it won’t leave the patients couch locked.

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All About Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is type of an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes inflammation and ulcers, which are sores, inside the digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis (UC) affects the lining of the colon and rectum. Symptoms usually develop over time, rather than suddenly.

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Symptoms

The symptoms of UC are similar to those of other digestive disorders.

  • Diarrhea, often with blood or pus
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Rectal pain
  • Rectal bleeding, passing small amount of blood with stool
  • Urgency to defecate
  • Inability to defecate despite urgency
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

Types

Medical professionals classify varying types of ulcerative colitis according to its location in the body. These are the main types listed below:

Ulcerative proctitis is the type of UC Inflammation that is confined to the area closest to the anus (rectum). Bleeding from the rectum may be one of the only signifiers of this type of UC.

Proctosigmoiditis is Inflammation located near the rectum and sigmoid colon which is the lower end of the colon. Signs and symptoms include bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps and pain, and an inability to move the bowels in spite of the urge to do so.

Left-sided colitis which is Inflammation extending from the rectum up through the sigmoid and descending colon. Signs and symptoms include bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and pain on the left side, and urgency to defecate.

Pancolitis is the type of UC that often affects the entire colon and causes bouts of bloody diarrhea that may be severe, abdominal cramps and pain, fatigue, and significant weight loss.

Causes of Ulcerative Colitis

There is no exact cause of ulcerative colitis. Previously, diet and stress were suspected. Doctors know that these factors may aggravate but do not cause ulcerative colitis. One possible cause is a malfunction in the immune system. When your immune system tries to aggressively fight off an invading virus or bacterium, an abnormal immune response causes the immune system to attack the cells in the digestive tract, too. Heredity also seems to play a role in that ulcerative colitis is more common in people who have family members with the disease. However, most people with ulcerative colitis don’t have this family history. Risk factors include: age, heredity, and race or ethnicity.

Prognosis

Endoscopic procedures with tissue biopsy are the only way to definitively diagnose ulcerative colitis. The following test could help identify UC and the type present in the body: blood tests, stool studies, colonoscopy, and a flexible sigmoidoscopy.

Medical Marijuana and Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis treatment usually involves either drug therapy or surgery. Anti-Inflammatory drugs and Immune Suppressants may be required depending on the severity of your UC. Several categories of drugs may be effective in treating ulcerative colitis. The type you take will depend on the severity of your condition. These are a few Marijuana Strains that could assist with UC.

Marijuana strains that help with pain associated from UC include:

  • Medicine Man: This indica-dominant strain lives up to its name by delivering potent pain relief with high levels of THC.
  • Hog’s Breath: This hybrid strain is 50/50, combining the best qualities of both. It is known for its potency against pain and anxiety.
  • Jean Guy: This is a potent sativa has high THC content and energizing effects. A great one to start your day cramp-free.

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All About Spinal Cord Disease

Spinal Cord Disease is any disease that causes deterioration and/or damage to the spinal cord, such as tumors, hematoma, and vertebral fractures, etc. The spinal cord has bundles of nerve endings that travel from the base of the neck to the lower back. Any of these four spinal cord areas could potentially be impacted by Spinal Cord Disorder: Cervical, Lumbar, Thoracic, and Sacral.

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Symptoms

As mentioned, there are many different spinal cord diseases, so the symptoms may very. These are just a few symptoms that may indicate that something is wrong with the spine.

  • Spinal cord fracture
  • Tumors in spinal cord area
  • Weakened muscles
  • Paralysis of muscles or limbs
  • Loss of sensation
  • Difficulty controlling bladder and bowel function

Causes of Spinal Cord Disease

With there being many different kinds of spinal cord diseases, there are also many different causes. Some of them are caused by viruses or bacteria. Others are resulting from an injury. At any rate, always be sure that your doctor is explaining things in a way you can understand.

Prognosis

Physicians make the diagnosis on symptoms such as those listed above and results of a physical examination and imaging tests, such as magnetic resonance imaging.

Medical Marijuana and Spinal Cord Disease

The condition causing the spinal cord disease is corrected if possible, in many cases physical rehabilitation is necessary to regain as much function as possible.  Medical marijuana eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. MM helps most with all the different types of pain associated with this disease. Additionally:

  • After a spinal cord injury in the acute phase, researchers have discovered that cannabis can stimulate a neuroprotective response, helping activate two important sectors CB1 and CB2, which helps promote spontaneous recovery. These findings were discovered in a 2012 study in Spain.
  • A study conducted at the Switzerland Centre for Spinal Cord Injury in 2001 discovered that cannabis if inserted rectally, could make a huge impact on a person’s daily muscle spasticity. In this study, the patients who took the medicine orally did not see the same response. Sadly, no further research has been done on this SCI side-effect.
  • Medical marijuana may reduce hospital visits in patients with spinal cord disease.

Marijuana strains that help with associated pain include:

  • ACDC: This Sativa-dominant strain helps you relax and is perfect for pain sufferers.
  • Northern Lights: This Indica strain is great for pain relief and relaxation. It is one of the most popular Indica strains winning global recognition.  
  • Harlequin: This sativa-domiant high CBD strain is one of the most popular Sativa’s for pain relief. It’s very soothing and you will begin to feel the pain relief quickly.

All About Sickle Cell

Sickle Cell is an inherited red blood cell disorder where there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout your body. The gene is most prevalent amongst patients of African descent. It’s easily diagnosed with a simple blood test.

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Symptoms

  • Periods of pain that can last a few hours to a few days
  • Blood clots
  • Swelling in hands and feet
  • Joint pain that resembles arthritis
  • Chronic neuropathic pain (nerve pain)
  • Life-threatening infections
  • Anemia (decrease in red blood cells)

Anemia is the most common symptom of sickle cell. In fact, many people refer to it as sickle cell anemia.

Causes of Sickle Cell

People with sickle cell anemia inherit the disease, which means that the disease is passed on to them by their parents as part of their genetic makeup. Parents can’t give sickle cell to their kids unless they both have the faulty hemoglobin in their red blood cells.

Prognosis

People who have sickle cell disease have a reduced life expectancy. Some people with the disease can remain without symptoms for years, while others do not survive beyond infancy or early childhood. New treatments for SCD are improving life expectancy and quality of life.

Medical Marijuana and Sickle Cell

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. MM helps most with all the different types of pain associated with this disease. Additionally:

Marijuana strains that help with associated pain include:

  • Blueberry Kush: This indica-dominant strain is as a mood enhancer, this strain can help someone most when the pain is so much that they can’t even sleep.
  • White Widow: This hybrid strain is 50/50 and delivers pain relief without the drowsiness. 
  • Jack Herrer: This sativa-dominant strain is pine scented and helps deliver a clear mind along with the pain relief.

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All About PTSD

PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress disorder. We hear about this most when it comes to veterans and active soldiers but any traumatic experience can turn into PTSD including having many people close to you die violently, sexual assault, hearing gunshots on a regular basis and living in a home filled with chaos. It’s natural to feel afraid after a traumatic situation. The problem is when your body continues to respond to that event as if it’s fresh for an extended period of time.

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Symptoms

According to the DSM-5 (the diagnostic manual for mental health professionals), to be diagnosed with PTSD you have to exhibit at least six of the following symptoms:

  1. At least one re-experiencing symptom
    • Flashbacks: reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating
    • Bad dreams
    • Frightening thoughts
  2. At least one avoidance symptom
    • Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the experience
    • Avoiding thoughts or feelings related to the traumatic event
  3. At least two arousal and reactivity symptoms
    • Being easily startled
    • Feeling tense or “on edge”
    • Having difficulty sleeping, and/or having angry outbursts
  4. At least two cognition and mood symptoms
    • Trouble remembering key features of the traumatic event
    • Negative thoughts about oneself or the world
    • Distorted feelings like guilt or blame
    • Loss of interest in enjoyable activities

Causes of PTSD

Not everyone who lives through a traumatic event will develop PTSD. As a matter of fact most people recover quickly and without any intervention. There’s some risk factors that play a part in whether or not it does develop. Risk factors include “living through dangerous events and traumas, getting hurt, seeing people hurt or killed, childhood trauma, feeling horror and having little to no social support.”

Prognosis

In the past, the prognosis for PTSD was pretty grim. These days we understand a lot more about it and the prognosis is good for these patients with both treatment and therapy. Now, there’s also EDMR therapy as an option.

Medical Marijuana and PTSD

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. MM helps ease the anxiety and depression in patients. It can also help with both insomnia and fatigue as well as appetite. Additionally:

  • One study, from researchers at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, looked at how cannabis use impacts the amygdala response of those dealing with trauma related anxiety, such as PTSD.
  • A second study, from researchers at Brazil’s Federal University of Parana, explored another potential way that cannabis could help those with PTSD – extinguishing the intensity associated with memories of their trauma.
  • Previous research has shown that cannabis has the potential to reduce anxiety, or even prevent heightened anxiety in threatening situations.

Marijuana strains that help with associated proteins and anxiety include:

  • Pennywise: This indica-dominant strain is as a mood and focus enhancer, this strain can help someone suffering from symptoms of PTSD.
  • ACDC: This hybrid strain is 50/50, ACDC is said to help elevate the mood of those dealing with feelings of depression. 
  • Harlequin: This sativa-dominant strain is also CBD rich which is helpful because in some patients, too much THC just causes even more anxiety.

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All About HIV/AIDS

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It’s a virus that attacks cells that help the body fight infection, making a person more vulnerable to other infections and diseases. If left untreated, it turns into AIDS. AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.

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Symptoms

Many patients go undiagnosed of both HIV and AIDS for many years because they believe they’re not feeling any severe symptoms. As a virus, about a month after you contract the disease you just feel flu-like symptoms for a short period of time. It may only last a few days, confusing patients for the actual flu or even allergies.

These symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Rash
  • Night sweats
  • Muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Mouth ulcers

Even more so, some patients get absolutely no symptoms at all. You then enter a period called clinical latency. During this stage typically no symptoms are felt. It can last anywhere from 10 years to 25 years. During this time, however, the virus is still multiplying and you’ll be extremely contagious. Treatment can keep patients in latency virtually forever. But when untreated, the last stage is AIDS.

At this point, the virus will have weakened your immune system beyond repair and even something as minor as a common cold can easily take your life. Symptoms of AIDS include:

  • Rapid weight loss
  • Recurring fever or profuse night sweats
  • Extreme and unexplained tiredness
  • Prolonged swelling of the lymph glands in the armpits, groin, or neck
  • Diarrhea that lasts for more than a week
  • Sores of the mouth, anus, or genitals
  • Pneumonia
  • Red, brown, pink, or purplish blotches on or under the skin or inside the mouth, nose, or eyelids
  • Memory loss, depression, and other neurologic disorders

Causes of HIV

HIV is considered an infection and is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus. You can contract it from contact with infected blood, semen, or vaginal fluids. Most people get the virus by having unprotected sex with someone who is already infected. Another common way of getting it is by sharing drug needles with someone who is infected. This happens because of the transfer of blood.

Prognosis

The prognosis in patients with untreated HIV is pretty bleak. The overall mortality rate is more than 90%. The average time from contraction to death is about 8-10 years. When patients are treated, they’re known now to have the same mortality as the average population where they live.

Medical Marijuana and HIV/AIDS

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. MM helps ease the anxiety and depression in patients. It can also help with both insomnia and fatigue as well as appetite. Additionally:

  • In one study, researchers gave surveys to 565 people with HIV. Most of those who said they use marijuana reported that their nerve pain got better.
  • The FDA has approved the use of dronabinol (Marinol), a THC-containing prescription drug, to stimulate appetite in people with HIV.

Marijuana strains that help with associated proteins and anxiety include:

  • Prevention: This indica-dominant strain relieves anxiety and promotes a good night’s sleep along with after-effects that lessen mood swings in the morning and increase your appetite in time for breakfast.
  • Strawberry Milkshake: This hybrid strain is 50/50, leaving muscles relaxed and politely tranquilizes overactive, racing minds. 
  • Green Crack: This sativa is known for its energetic and cerebral effects. It’s helpful in treating pain and fatigue.

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All About Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disorder, meaning that the neurons gradually get worse over the years. The disease affects predominately dopamine-producing (“dopaminergic”) neurons in a specific area of the brain called substantia nigra.

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Symptoms

The way that symptoms manifest and progress are different from person to person but there are usually symptoms that are more likely present than not. Tremors when resting are almost always present, issues with balance, rigidity and abnormal slowness. Some patients also suffer from muscle cramping and drooling. Involuntary rapid movements are also sometimes present which increases the risk of injury.

Patients with Parkinson’s can also suffer from a plethora of non-motor issues including:

  • Cognitive changes
  • Constipation
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Dandruff
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Lightheadedness
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Sexual issues
  • Insomnia
  • Incontinence
  • Weight loss
  • Unexplained changes in vision

Causes of Parkinson’s

Unfortunately, science has not yet figured out fully how one comes to develop Parkinson’s. However, there’s reason to believe it’s a complex combination of genetics, your environment and your lifestyle that cause the development of the disease.

Interesting fact: Men over age 65 are most likely to get diagnosed.

Prognosis

Parkinson’s disease is not fatal, however, the condition usually worsens significantly after 15 years.

Medical Marijuana and Parkinson’s

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. MM helps ease the anxiety and frustration that comes along with memory loss. Additionally:

Marijuana strains that help with associated proteins and anxiety include:

  • Prevention: This indica-dominant strain relieves anxiety and promotes a good night’s sleep along with after-effects that lessen mood swings in the morning.
  • Alien Breath: This hybrid strain is 50/50, combining the best qualities of both. It relaxes your mind and and keeps you energized at the same time as many patients suffer from chronic fatigue.
  • Tesla Tower: This sativa is high in CBD so the patients won’t have so much of a psychoactive effect. This is important because the nature of the disease often leaves these patients disoriented. It’s also great for ridding anxiety and reducing inflammation in the brain.

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All About Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is not a disease or disorder on it’s own. It a symptom of other diseases, disorders or injuries. However, it seems to stick around long after the source literally for no apparent reason. For the pain to be considered chronic, it usually must last more than 6 months at any degree of severity.

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Symptoms

No matter the cause, the symptoms of chronic pain are pretty similar across the board. They often include anxiety and depression, fatigue and poor sleep, including insomnia. Patients often suffer from job loss and disruptions in other areas of their life too due to the chronic pain.

Causes of Chronic Pain

Half of the time chronic pain has an obvious cause like maybe you have cancer or rheumatoid arthritis. Maybe you slipped and fell or had a different type of back injury that left you more sensitive to pain than ever before. These things can stay in place long after you’ve healed. A sprain or a broken bone, even an infection can lead to lifelong or chronic pain.

Other patients have chronic pain that’s not tied to an injury or physical illness. Healthcare providers call this “psychogenic pain” or “psychosomatic pain”. It’s caused by psychological factors such as stress, anxiety and depression. This may look like the disease fibromyalgia. Scientists think this connection comes from low levels of endorphins in the blood. Endorphins are the natural chemicals that trigger positive feelings.

It’s definitely plausible to have several causes of pain that overlap. You could have two different diseases, for example, plus an injury. Or you could have something like migraines and psychogenic pain together.

Prognosis

Chronic pain varies widely in how it affects patients. It’s usually a lifelong ordeal but can be treated effectively so that patients can still live fulfilling lives.

Medical Marijuana and Chronic Pain

Chronic pain cannot be cured but medical marijuana eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. MM is widely known and proven to help relieve pain. Additionally:

  • The results of an online survey, comprising 95 participants, featured in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2014.
  • Another study examined the use of organically grown sativa and indica strains in the treatment of several medical conditions.
  • 2015 review of research on the use of marijuana and cannabinoids for various chronic pain conditions reports that several trials had positive results.
  • research paper from 2016 found that marijuana use for cancer pain led to a 64-percent reduction in opioid use, improved quality of life, and caused fewer medication side effects.
  • Of about 17,000 people with cancer, 70 percent reportedly experienced an improvement in pain and general well-being after marijuana use.
  • People with chronic migraines experienced a decrease in migraine episodes after using the drug.

Marijuana strains that help with chronic pain:

  • Master Kush: This indica-dominant strain relieves anxiety while giving you full body relaxation for a good nights sleep.
  • ACDC: This hybrid strain is CBD dominant, making it excellent for those who need relief on their way to work.
  • Blueberry Headband: This sativa is energizing and helps most with patients who have fatigue as well as pain.

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All About MS

MS, or multiple sclerosis, is a potentially disabling disease that affects the central nervous system. Namely, the brain and spinal cord. With MS, the immune system attacks what’s called the myelin that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually this causes irreversible.

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Symptoms

MS symptoms definitely differ from person to person as well as over the progression of the disease and which nerve fibers are being affected. Symptoms often affect movement, such as:

  • Numbness/weakness in one or more limbs
  • Electric-shock sensations that occur when bending the neck forward
  • Tremors or lack of coordination

Vision problems are common too. Those symptoms include:

  • Partial or complete loss of vision (usually one eye at a time)
  • Eye pain
  • Prolonged double vision
  • Blurry vision

There are some less common symptoms as well:

  • Slurred speech
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Tingling or pain in parts of your body
  • Problems with sexual, bowel and bladder function

Causes of MS

The cause of multiple sclerosis, like many of the other diseases we’ve covered, is unknown. It’s labeled as an autoimmune disease which means something is causing the body to attack itself. This immune system malfunction destroys the fatty substance that coats and protects nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord called the myelin.

Myelin is like the insulation coating on electrical wires. When the protective myelin is damaged and the nerve fiber is exposed, the messages that travel along that nerve fiber may be slowed or blocked. Still, we have no idea why MS develops in some people and not others. We’re sure it has something to do with both the environment and your genetics.

Prognosis

According to Healthline “On average, most people with MS live about seven years less than the general population. Those with MS tend to die from many of the same conditions, such as cancer and heart disease, as people who don’t have the condition. Apart from cases of severe MS, which are rare, the prognosis for longevity is generally good.”

Medical Marijuana and MS

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. MM helps ease the fatigue and the pain associated with MS. Additionally:

  • The National Multiple Sclerosis Society support the use of medical marijuana for people with MS in some instances and where it is lawful.
  • In a study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, researchers gave people with MS either an oral extract of marijuana or a placebo for 12 weeks. The researchers found that people in the marijuana group experienced almost twice as much relief from muscle stiffness.
  • A large 2011 study involved 572 people with MS who took either oral marijuana extract or a placebo. The authors concluded that marijuana extract is an effective treatment for spasticity in people with MS. Spasticity is the continuous contraction of certain muscles, and it is a common symptom of MS.
  • In 2014, a systematic review found strong evidence to support the use of marijuana-based treatments for MS-related muscle problems.
  • 2012 trial looked at the effect of smoking marijuana on the symptoms of MS. The researchers found that smoking marijuana led to more pain reduction than a placebo.
  • In another 2012 study, people with MS who took oral marijuana extract had a more significant reduction in pain than those who received a placebo.

Marijuana strains that help with associated proteins and anxiety include:

  • Russian Assassin: This indica-dominant strain relieves anxiety and promotes a good night’s sleep by alleviating eye and body pain alike.
  • Super Sour Diesel: This hybrid strain has more sativa than indica, combining the best qualities of both. It relaxes your mind and and keeps you energized at the same time as many patients suffer from chronic fatigue.
  • Sojay Haze: This sativa is energizing and helps most with patients who have fatigue as their most dominant system. It gives deep pain relief without putting the patient to sleep.

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All About IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome, commonly called IBS, is a common disorder that affects the large intestine.

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Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of IBS vary but are usually present for a long time. The most common include:

  • Abdominal pain, cramping or bloating that is related to passing a bowel movement
  • Changes in appearance of bowel movement
  • Changes in how often you are having a bowel movement

Severe signs and symptoms include:

  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea at night
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Unexplained vomiting
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Persistent pain that isn’t relieved by passing gas or a bowel movement

Causes of IBS

We don’t get know what causes IBS but there are two things to trigger it: Stress and food. Turns out many people have worse IBS symptoms when they eat or drink certain foods or beverages, including wheat, dairy products, citrus fruits, beans, cabbage, milk and carbonated drinks.

Prognosis

IBS tends to last a lifetime and the symptoms often come and go. Many patients may have long asymptomatic years between periods of severe symptoms. Irritable bowel syndrome does not shorten lifespan or lead to major life threatening complications in most patients.

Medical Marijuana and IBS

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. MM helps ease the nausea and vomiting patients feel along with giving them back their appetite. Additionally:

  • One 2005 study published in the Journal of Molecular Medicine indicated the body’s endocannabinoid system may have beneficial properties for gut tissue.
  • Researchers in 2020 found that IBS-related symptoms including abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, and poor appetite all improved with cannabinoids
  • In a 2017 report titled “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids,” a committee of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine found some gray area with regard to cannabis and IBS, specifically dronabinol, a synthetic marijuana-derived drug used to treat nausea and vomiting.

Marijuana strains that help with associated stomach problems include:

  • Pennywise: This indica-dominant strain is safe for taking through the day, like Blue Dream. You won’t feel a “high” from taking this strain. You’ll feel calm and at peace within yourself.
  • Lemon Jack: This hybrid strain is 50/50, combining the best qualities of both. Its effects are like drinking a strong coffee but without any ill effects on your stomach. Lemon Jack energizes you if your diarrhea has made you feel lethargic.
  • Jean Guy: This sativa is high in CBD so the patients won’t have as much of a psychoactive effect. You feel energized and cramp-free when you take this strain.

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