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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All About Hepatitis C


Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes liver inflammation, sometimes leading to serious liver damage.

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Symptoms

In the early stages of this disease it’s considered ‘silent’ meaning there are little to no symptoms present. As the disease progresses, however, and the liver becomes damaged, there symptoms are present:

  • Bleeding easily
  • Bruising easily
  • Fatigue
  • Poor appetite
  • Jaundice
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Itchy skin
  • Excess fluid in the abdomen
  • Swelling in your legs
  • Weight loss
  • Confusion, drowsiness and slurred speech
  • Spiderlike blood vessels on your skin

Causes of Hepatitis C

The hep C virus (HCV) spreads through contaminated blood either from birth, coming in contact with infected blood, sharing needles or something similar.

Prognosis

The prognosis for this disease is pretty good ! Many patients are able to manage their symptoms or they’re able to get a liver transplant if it comes to that. HCV sometimes leads to cirrhosis but usually takes between 20 to 30 years to get to that point.

Medical Marijuana and Hepatitis C

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

  • 2006 report suggested that marijuana might help these patients complete the full regimen, treating the liver and symptoms both.
  • Also, additional research has shown that the activation of CB2 receptors in the liver actually inhibits or even reverses the fibrogenesis that characterizes liver damage, which has encouraged scientists to focus on clarifying the function of these receptors, as well as demonstrating outcomes among patients with liver damage.
  • In one review of the available science, marijuana users showed a decreased prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. 
  • A study in Liver International suggested that drinkers who used cannabis had significantly lower odds of developing liver disease.
  • And a French study focusing on patients with both HCV and HIV showed that regular pot use was associated with a lower risk of fatty liver disease for these patients.

Marijuana strains that help with eye pressure include:

  • Lavender: This indica-dominant strain is very potent with an average THC level around 27 percent. This uber-relaxing strain has a strong body high, making it very effective for nausea, anxiety and depression relief.
  • Blueberry Diesel: This hybrid strain is 50/50, combining the best qualities of both. This typically has a slightly lower potency than some other popular strains, it still provides a very relaxing experience and is helpful to increase appetite, relieve nausea and ease pain.
  • Blue Dream: This sativa is described as energetic and creative while still giving a body high, relieving pain and paving the path to a restful night of sleep. Excellent for relieving nausea, Blue Dream also helps relieve stress and anxiety.

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All About Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of different eye conditions that damage the optic nerve. The optic nerve is one of the most vital parts of the eye for good vision. The damage is usually caused by extremely high pressure in the eye.

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Symptoms

The two types of glaucoma are open-angle and acute angle-closure. In open-angle glaucoma there are blindspots in both eyes. This means you either don’t have central vision or peripheral vision. In the advanced stages patients develop tunnel vision.

In acute angle-closure vision patients suffer from severe headaches, chronic eye pain and blurred vision. They also experience nausea and vomiting as well as eye redness.

Causes of Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the result of damage to the optic nerve. As the damage causes the nerve to progressively break down it leads to progressive blindness. The increased eye pressure is due to fluid build up and the moves around the eye. Glaucoma tends to run in families so it’s believed that genetics play a part in the disease.

Prognosis

With proper treatment eye sight can be salvaged some and blindness can be slowed. Much of it depends on the stage that the glaucoma is detected at.

Medical Marijuana and Glaucoma

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. MM helps take some of the pressure off the eye and relieves nausea and vomiting. Additionally:

  • This 1971 study found that ingestion of cannabis lowers lower intraocular pressure by 25-30%.
  • Opthamologists say smoking can lead to unstable intraocular pressure, thereby increasing the risk of permanent vision loss. So it’s best to ingest it by other means.

Marijuana strains that help with eye pressure include:

  • Rollex OG Kush: This indica-dominant strain relieves headaches associated with acute angle glaucoma to make the day more manageable.
  • LAPD: 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 while relieving pain.
  • Santa Sativa: This sativa gives pain relief and cuts down on any nausea caused by glaucoma. The nausea and vomiting causes a loss of appetite as well which this strain brings back.

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All About Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a neuro disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia, often shortened to just fibro, amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain and spinal cord process painful and non-painful signals.

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Symptoms

There are three primary symptoms of fibro and they are:

  • Widespread pain: The pain associated with fibro often is described as a constant dull ache that has lasted for at least three months. To be considered widespread, the pain must occur on both sides of your body and above and below your waist. It’s typically triggered after a traumatic physical occurrence such as surgery or pregnancy.
  • Fatigue: People with fibromyalgia often awaken tired even after sleeping for more than 8 hours. Getting restful sleep is difficult due to the pain feeling “crushing” when they lay down. Patients with fibro also often have restless leg syndrome and/or sleep apnea.
  • Cognitive difficulties: “Fibro fog” impairs the patient’s ability to focus, pay attention and concentrate on mental tasks.

Fibro often is accompanied with other conditions, such as:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Migraine and other types of headaches
  • Interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Postural tachycardia syndrome

Causes of Fibromyalgia

Many medical professionals and researchers believe that repeated nerve stimulation causes the brain and spinal cord of people with fibro to change. The change involves abnormal increases in levels of certain chemicals in the brain that signal pain. Additionally, the brain’s pain receptors seem to develop a sensitization to pain which is why they can overreact to painful and non-painful signals.

There are likely many factors that lead to these changes, including:

  • Genetics: Since fibro tends to run in families, there are reasons to believe that genetic mutations make you more susceptible the disorder.
  • Infections: Some illnesses appear to trigger or aggravate fibro.
  • Physical or emotional events: Fibro can sometimes be triggered by a physical event, such as a car accident, surgery or pregnancy. Prolonged psychological stress may also trigger the condition such as lifelong anxiety and depression.

Prognosis

The overall mortality is not increased in patients with fibro, and it is not an organ-threatening disease. However, many patients with fibro continue to suffer from long-term widespread pain since there is no cure.

Medical Marijuana and Fibromyalgia

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. MM has been used to treat epilepsy and stop seizures for at least a century. Additionally:

  • “One recent study found that the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) appears to be helpful in treating epileptic seizures in children. The researchers observed that for children with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and dissociative seizures, those given a treatment of oral CBD experienced a significant reduction in the frequency of their seizures compared to those taking a placebo; nearly 40 percent of those taking CBD had their seizure frequency reduced by 50 percent or more.
  • Separately, a recent evaluation of combination CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabis oil also saw a significant drop in seizure frequency among children with Dravet syndrome, with seizure frequency reduced by an average of 70 percent over the course of the 20-week study period.” (Analytical Cannabis Co) 

Marijuana strains that help with associated proteins and anxiety include:

  • Granddaddy Purple: This indica strain relieves anxiety and promotes a good night’s sleep along with helping with muscle stiffness and pain. Patients say it gives the body a dreamy feeling in low doses that is great for relaxing when it’s not time for bed yet.
  • Tahoe OG: This hybrid strain is 30/70 in indicas favor, combining the best qualities of both. It relaxes your mind, eases your pain and helps you get to sleep.
  • Harlequin: This potent sativa has a higher CBD content and helps patients have both less pain and less anxiety without so many psychoactive effects.

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All About Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a chronic disease that causes unprovoked, seizures regularly. A seizure is defined a sudden rush of electrical activity in the brain that causes uncontrollable shaking. There are two main types of seizures, general and focal. Generalized seizures affect the whole brain. Focal, or partial seizures, affect just one part of the brain. Each type has several subtypes and we’ll discuss a few.

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Symptoms

Simple partial epileptic seizures don’t involve a loss of consciousness. However, symptoms do include distorted taste, smell, sight, hearing and touch as well as dizziness, tingling and twitching. Complex seizures involve either a loss of awareness or a loss of consciousness. Other symptoms include staring blankly, performing repetitive movements and/or unresponsiveness.

Tonic seizures only involve muscle stiffness while atonic seizures lead to loss of muscle control where the main danger is falling and hitting your head. Clonic seizures cause repeated, jerky muscle movements in the face, neck and arms.

Causes of Epilepsy

For over 60% of people with epilepsy the cause can’t be determined. In the other close to 40% it seems to mostly be heredity. There is a list of things, however, that we know can lead to seizures and those include:

  • traumatic brain injuries
  • scarring on the brain after a brain injury (called post-traumatic epilepsy)
  • grave illness or very high fever (over 105 degrees)
  • stroke (which is a leading cause of epilepsy in people over age 35)
  • other vascular diseases
  • lack of oxygen to the brain
  • brain tumors or cysts
  • dementia or Alzheimer’s
  • maternal drug use, prenatal injury, brain malformation, or lack of oxygen at birth
  • infectious diseases such as AIDS and meningitis
  • genetic or developmental disorders or neurological diseases

Prognosis

Looking through your medical history and symptoms will help your doctor decide which tests will be helpful to run. You’ll probably have a neurological examination to test your motor abilities and mental functioning first. In order to diagnose epilepsy, other conditions that cause seizures have to be ruled out.

Medical Marijuana and Epilepsy

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. MM has been used to treat epilepsy and stop seizures for at least a century. Additionally:

  • “One recent study found that the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) appears to be helpful in treating epileptic seizures in children. The researchers observed that for children with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and dissociative seizures, those given a treatment of oral CBD experienced a significant reduction in the frequency of their seizures compared to those taking a placebo; nearly 40 percent of those taking CBD had their seizure frequency reduced by 50 percent or more.
  • Separately, a recent evaluation of combination CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabis oil also saw a significant drop in seizure frequency among children with Dravet syndrome, with seizure frequency reduced by an average of 70 percent over the course of the 20-week study period.” (Analytical Cannabis Co) 

Marijuana strains that help with associated proteins and anxiety include:

  • Mud Bite: This indica-dominant strain relieves anxiety and promotes a good night’s sleep along with helping with muscle stiffness.
  • Double Stuffed Sorbet: 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 fatigue since seizures can be very exhausting.
  • Robert Plant: This potent sativa gives patients a head rush and many claim that it has helped them have seizures less frequency. The results on this one are purely anecdotal but seem to be reliable.

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All About Crohn’s

Crohn’s is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of your digestive tract, which often leads to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. Inflammation that’s caused by Crohn’s can involve different areas of the digestive tract in different people. This inflammation often spreads into the deeper layers of the bowel.

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Symptoms

Crohn’s disease can be both painful and debilitating, and sometimes may lead to life-threatening complications. Symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Blood in your stool
  • Mouth sores
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss
  • Pain or drainage near or around the anus due to inflammation from a tunnel into the skin (fistula)

Causes of Crohn’s

We don’t yet know what the exact cause of Crohn’s disease is but research done has gotten us closer to the answer. At one point doctors and scientists believed diet and stress were the cause, but now doctors know that these factors may exacerbate the disease but not cause it. Several factors, such as heredity and a malfunctioning immune system, likely play a role in its development.

  • Immune system. It’s possible that a virus or bacterium may trigger Crohn’s disease; however, scientists haven’t identified a trigger. When your immune system tries to fight off the invading microorganism, an abnormal immune response causes the immune system to attack the cells in the digestive tract as well.
  • Heredity. Crohn’s is more common in people who have family members with the disease, so it’s likely that it plays a role in making people more susceptible. Most people with Crohn’s disease don’t have a family history of the disease though so this is really just a theory.

Prognosis

Crohn’s disease is a lifelong, chronic condition that varies widely from person to person. There’s currently no cure for the disease. Treatment for Crohn’s disease typically involves a customized program to reduce the inflammation that triggers many symptoms.

Medical Marijuana and Crohn’s

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana (MM) eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. MM helps ease the anxiety and nausea that comes along with the disease in addition to boosting the patient’s mood.

Marijuana strains that help with Crohn’s symptoms 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 CTE

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, better known as CTE, is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in people with a history of repetitive brain damage. It usually occurs in athletes who are playing heavy contact sports. Symptomatic concussions and asymptomatic subconcussive hits to the head are both equally a threat to someone as far as possibly developing CTE.

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Symptoms

The symptoms of CTE can begin sometimes years or even decades after the last brain trauma. Symptoms include:

  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Impaired judgment
  • Impulse control problems
  • Aggression
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidality
  • Parkinsonism
  • Progressive dementia

Causes of CTE

There’s little evidence of what exactly causes this disease. The best available evidence tells us that CTE is caused by repetitive hits to the head sustained over a period of years. This doesn’t happen from just a few hits to the head. Most people diagnosed with CTE suffered hundreds or thousands of head impacts over the course of many years playing contact sports or serving in the military. Also it’s not just concussions, some studies point towards subconcussive impacts, or hits to the head that don’t cause full-blown concussions, as the biggest factor.

Prognosis

Many people who show signs of CTE live healthy and fulfilling lives for years. Regular exercise and good nutrition can help manage symptoms, including pain and stress. CTE can only definitely be diagnosed after death because the indication is deep within the brain tissue.

Medical Marijuana and CTE

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 Cancer

There are many different kinds of cancer that can affect different parts of the body. Cancer is the name given to a collection of related diseases where some of the body’s cells begin to divide without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues.

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How Does Cancer Happen

Cancer can start just about anywhere in the body, which is made up of trillions of cells. Usually, our cells grow and divide to form new cells as the body needs them. When cells get old or suffer damage, they die, and new cells take their place.

When cancer develops, however, this process breaks down and goes differently. As cells become more and more abnormal, old and/or damaged cells survive when they should die, and new cells form when they are not needed. These extra cells can divide without stopping and may form what we call tumors.

Tumors

Most cancers form solid tumors, which are masses of tissue. Cancers in the blood, such as leukemia, generally won’t form a solid tumor.

Cancerous tumors are called malignant, which means they can spread into, or invade, nearby tissues. In addition, as these tumors grow, cancer cells can break off and travel to distant places in the body through the blood or the lymph system and form new tumors far from the original tumor.

Malignant or Benign

Unlike malignant tumors, benign tumors do not spread into, or invade, nearby tissues. Benign tumors can sometimes be pretty large though. When removed, they usually don’t grow back, whereas malignant tumors sometimes do. Unlike most benign tumors elsewhere in the body, benign brain tumors can be life threatening.

Symptoms of Cancer

Cancers can cause many symptoms, but these symptoms are most often caused by illness, injury, or benign tumors. If you have symptoms that don’t get better after a few weeks, see your doctor so that problems can be diagnosed and treated as early as possible. Often, cancer does not cause pain, so do not wait to feel pain before seeing a doctor.

Medical Marijuana and Cancer

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. Marijuana helps slow down the division of cells, helps improve the quality of sleep and helps stimulate the patients appetite,

Marijuana strains that help with associated insomnia and loss of appetite include:

  • OG Kush: This popular indica-dominant strain relieves anxiety, soothes the body and promotes a good night’s sleep to ward of fatigue the following day.
  • Pennywise: This hybrid strain is 50/50, combining the best qualities of both. This strain is also very high in CBD. It offers patients the mental relief they need.
  • Sour Lemon: This sativa strain helps with stress relief and the depression that comes along with chronic illness. It also promotes a healthy appetite and gives an ample amount of energy to fight fatigue.

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