Cannabis vs Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is one of the top health concerns for women around the globe. Current treatment options are expensive, painful, and invasive. This often forces patients to make very difficult decisions in regards to their health. Fortunately, a wealth of new evidence has shown that there are several ways that cannabis can help fight the disease and even save lives.

ing causes of death in women. On average, 1 in 8 women will develop the disease in their lifetime. In men, this number drops to 1 in 1,000. In some cases, breast cancer is genetic. In others, environmental factors are thought to play a major part in the development of the disease. While breast cancer rates have been slowly declining since 2000, last year alone a little over 40,000 women were expected to die from the disease.

Last year, the National Cancer Institute (ran by the U.S. government) made headlines after it updated its website to include positive information about marijuana’s anti-cancer effects. The site now summarizes several studies that link the compounds found in marijuana to a reduction in tumor size, the actual death of cancer cells in animal models, and the treatment of symptoms related to chemotherapy.

But, with all the claims that cannabis can help a variety of illnesses, why are people so convinced about cancer? It just so happens that cannabinoids, molecules like psychoactive THC, have a unique ability to interact with a much larger system in our bodies–the endocannabinoid system.

The endocannabinoid system and cancer

The endocannabinoid system is like a giant communication highway in your body. It’s made up of a series of cell receptors called cannabinoid receptors and the corresponding molecules that attach to them, known as endocannabinoids. It is through the endocannabinoid system that our brain and different parts of our bodies send messages to each other to help maintain an optimum state of health.

Research from 2012 found that CB2 receptors are overexpressed in tumor cells. The CB2 receptor is one of the primary cannabinoid receptors in the body, and imbalances pertaining to the cell receptor and its corresponding endocannabinoids may play a role in the development of a wide range of illnesses. In 2011, Israeli researchers found that:

responsible for many things. Not only does it regulate things like cognitive thought, metabolism, mood, appetite, and sleep, but it also plays a key role in maintaining the overall health of our cells. This is where cancer comes in. Cancer is a disease caused by mutations in the DNA of certain cells. Turns out, the endocannabinoid system is a therapeutic target for stopping the progression of cancer and potentially eliminating tumors altogether.

Cannabis  slows tumor growth in breast cancer
Cancer is caused when, for some reason, cells in a certain section of your body mutate and stop following the normal cycle of cell life and death. This is why scientists call cancer cells immortal. DNA in normal cells programs them to only live so long. In cancer cells, DNA is changed and the cells no longer die. Instead, they just continue to grow and divide, eventually creating tumors.

Recent research has found that the active compounds in cannabis put an end to this process. In a way, they help return the body to a more balanced state by re-activating programmed cell death. In the science world, this phenomenon is known as apoptosis. Different cannabinoids, however, help fight cancer in different ways.

CBD

In 2011, a group of Israeli researchers found that CBD inhibited the development of breast cancer tumors. The exact way it does this remains unknown, but the scientists did find that CBD helped facilitate apoptosis. The compound also fought tumor cells by helping them self-destruct. This is process is known as autophagy. When a cell in your body has been damaged due to things like stress or malnutrition, those cells will auto-digest themselves and die.

The Israeli research found that CBD targets breast cancer cells by facilitating both apoptosis and autophagy. This means that the cannabinoid helps the body kill cancer cells more effectively by assisting its own natural processes.

But that’s not all. Once cancer cells take hold in the body, they continue to divide and make more of themselves. Eventually, these cells may break away from their original tumor and travel through the bloodstream. This process is known as metastasis, and once it begins, cancer can spread throughout the body.

Oddly enough, metastatic cancer is actually linked to one specific gene–the Id-1 gene. In 2007, researchers from California found that CBD inhibits this gene, turning off the trigger which causes aggressive breast cancer cells to grow like crazy and proliferate.

THC

Non-psychoactive CBD tends to get a lot of credit for its ability to kill cancer cells. But, THC also has potent anti-cancer effects. In 2014, Spanish Dr. Guillermo Velasco, one of the researchers responsible for discovering marijuana’s potent anti-tumor properties.

Several other studies conducted by Velasco and his teammates Manuel Guzman and Christina Sanchez at the Complutense University of Madrid have found that THC causes cancer cells to “commit suicide”, or die via autophagy. Though, THC does this in a different way than CBD. THC helps regulate the cycle of cell life and death by activating cannabinoid receptors which are over-expressed on tumor cells.

Yet another study published in 2014 found that high doses of THC significantly reduced the size of breast cancer tumors in mice. It did this by activating two less-frequently discussed cannabinoid receptors, the CB2 receptor and the GPR55 receptor.

Several other studies conducted by Velasco and his teammates Manuel Guzman and Christina Sanchez at the Complutense University of Madrid have found that THC causes cancer cells to “commit suicide”, or die via autophagy. Though, THC does this in a different way than CBD. THC helps regulate the cycle of cell life and death by activating cannabinoid receptors which are over-expressed on tumor cells.

Yet another study published in 2014 found that high doses of THC significantly reduced the size of breast cancer tumors in mice. It did this by activating two less-frequently discussed cannabinoid receptors, the CB2 receptor and the GPR55 receptor.

Source : Stoner Cook Book

Sour cream Cannabutter coffee cake

Ingredients :

2 sticks strong cannabutter, room temperature

2½ cups sugar, divided into 2 cups and ½ cup

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups (1 pint) sour cream

1 tablespoon vanilla

2 cups all purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup walnuts, chopped

1 cup chocolate chips

1 tablespoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground cardamom

Baking spray

Method :

Heat oven to 250

1. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.

2. In a small bowl, mix 1/2 cup of the sugar with the walnuts, chocolate chips, cinnamon and cardamom. Set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and 2 cups of sugar. Add eggs, blending well, then the sour cream and vanilla.

4. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt.

5. Fold the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture, and beat until just blended. Do not overbeat.

6. Pour one-third of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with half of the nut/chocolate mixture. Repeat. Then add remaining batter.

7. Bake until the center of the cake is set, about 50-60 minutes. A cake tester or toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean. Oven temps can vary quite a bit, so please check for doneness after 45 minutes, it’s a bummer if this delicious cake is overcooked.

Enjoy

Source : Cannabist

Hemp Mocha Smoothie

Ingredients:
1/4 cup raw cashews (soaked in water overnight or at least 4hrs)
1 – 1 1/2 cups unsweetened soy milk (or almond, 2%, whole, etc.)
1 medium frozen banana
2 chopped medjool dates*
3 tablespoons hemp seeds
2 – 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds
2-3 teaspoons pure maple syrup
2-4 teaspoons instant coffee grounds
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups ice
Pinch of salt
Method :
Rinse and drain soaked cashews. (Leave them in a bowl on the counter before you go to bed.)
Add 1 cup milk to the blender, followed by the soaked cashews, banana, chopped dates, hemp seeds, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, chia seeds, 2 teaspoons maple syrup, 2 teaspoons coffee, vanilla, ice, and a pinch of salt.
Blend working to high, scraping the sides as needed until fully smooth. Add more milk as needed to thin out to desired consistency.
Taste, and add more cocoa or coffee for a stronger flavor and more maple for sweetness.
Pour into 1 or 2 glasses, or store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Stir/shake before drinking.
Enjoy
Source : Craftsy

Studies Prove that Cannabis Juice Replaces Several Medications.

 

Although it may seem out of the ordinary and hard to believe to some people and they may be uninformed, but Cannabis has numerous medicinal and health related propertied that benefit countless individuals. Psychiatric studies in Germany revealed revealed that once the cannabinoid is activated it releases healthy antioxidants that are very beneficial to the body’s metabolism. Antioxidants cleanse the body naturally by boosting the efficiency of mitochondria and removing dead blood cells from the body.
Cannabis has also proven to be an effective treatment for cancer patients, and over 20 individual studies performed that support these conclusions. Nobody can deny the fact that several cancer medications have severely adverse effects on thousands of patients across the globe each and every year. While many plant-based diets are used in treating several chronic diseases, it’s high time and long overdue that we change our perception about the use of cannabis and remove any stigma attached to it.

The pharmaceutical companies, the government, and the uninformed, reckless media are responsible for the distorted, inaccurate, ignorant, and sometimes even arrogant views of the past regarding Cannabis that were forced onto the citizens of America and other countries. This is done intentionally in an effort to promote their personal agenda and preserve the pharmaceutical industry. This becomes even more evident when you take into consideration its many uses and their extraordinary results.

Cannabinoids have been proven o shrink cancer cells and help restore the body’s immune system. Thousands of individuals are currently experiencing the favorable effects of hemp as a cancer treatment that takes effect in a short period of time. The treatments are not applied by inhaling the cannabis smoke, but by consuming the oil of the plant in a special diet. Burning cannabis causes oxidation, which changes its therapeutic properties and is not healthy.

Source : Worthy to know

Environmental and Economic Benefits of Hemp

Scientific name is “cannabis sativa.” For thousands of years hemp was used to make dozens of commercial products like paper, rope, canvas, and textiles. In fact, the very name “canvas” comes from the Dutch word meaning cannabis, which is marijuana. That’s correct, real canvas is made from marijuana!

Many years ago hemp/marijuana was unjustly banned. However, hemp has recently been rediscoverd as a plant that has enormous environmental, economic, and commercial potential. What follows are some fascinating facts about hemp/marijuana – facts that will shock most people:

The potential of hemp for paper production is enormous. According to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, one acre of hemp can produce 4 times more paper than one acre of trees! All types of paper products can be produced from hemp: newsprint, computer paper, stationary, cardboard, envelopes, toilet paper, even tampons.

FACT: THERE IS NO TREE OR PLANT SPECIES ON EARTH CAPABLE OF PRODUCING AS MUCH PAPER PER ACRE AS HEMP! HEMP IS NUMBER ONE!

Paper production from hemp would eliminate the need to chop down BILLIONS of trees! MILLIONS of acres of forests and huge areas of wildlife habitat could be preserved.

Trees must grow for 20 to 50 years after planting before they can be harvested for commercial use. Within 4 months after it is planted, hemp grows 10 to 20 feet tall and it is ready for harvesting! Hemp can be grown on most farmland throughout the U.S., where forests require large tracts of land available in few locations. Substituting hemp for trees would save forests and wildlife habitats and would eliminate erosion of topsoil due to logging. Reduction of topsoil erosion would also reduce pollution of lakes/rivers/streams.

Fewer caustic and toxic chemicals are used to make paper from hemp than are used to make paper from trees – LESS POLLUTION!

Hemp can also be substituted for cotton to make textiles. Hemp fiber is 10 times stronger than cotton and can be used to make all types of clothing. Cotton grows only in warm climates and requires enormous amounts of water. Hemp requires little water and grows in all 50 states! There are now many stores in the U.S. that sell hemp-derived products such as clothing, paper, cheese, soap, ice cream, cosmetics, and hemp oil. Demand for these products – not even in existence in 1992 – is growing rapidly.

Hemp naturally repels weed growth and hemp has few insect enemies. Few insect enemies and no weed problems means hemp requires NO HERBICIDES and FEW or NO PESTICIDES!

Cotton requires enormous pesticide use. 50% of all pesticides used in the U.S. are used on cotton. Substituting hemp for cotton would drastically reduce pesticide usage!

Hemp produces twice as much fiber per acre as cotton! An area of land only 25 miles by 25 miles square (the size of a typical U.S. county) planted with hemp can produce enough fiber in one year to make 100 MILLION pair of denim jeans! A wide variety of clothing made from 100% hemp (pants, denim jeans, jackets, shoes, dresses, shorts, hats) is now available.

Building materials that substitute for wood can be made from hemp. These wood-like building materials are stronger than wood and can be manufactured cheaper than wood from trees. Using these hemp- derived building materials would reduce building costs and save even more trees!

Hemp seeds are a source of nutritious high-protien oil that can be used for human and animal consumption. Hemp oil is NOT intoxicating. Extracting protein from hemp is less expensive than extracting protein from soybeans. Hemp protein can be processed and flavored in any way soybean protein can. Hemp oil can also be used to make highly nutritious tofu, butter, cheese, salad oils, and other foods. Hemp oil can also be used to produce paint, varnish, ink, lubricating oils, and plastic susbstitues. Because 50% of the weight of a mature hemp plant is seeds, hemp could become a significant source for these products.

Most hemp-derived products are NONTOXIC, BIODEGRADABLE, and RENEWABLE!

Unlike virtually all hemp substitutes, growing hemp requires very little effort and very few resources. Most substitutes for hemp (sisal, kenaf, sugar cane) grow in limited geographical areas and none have the paper/fiber potential of hemp. Hemp can be grown in all 50 states!

Unlike many crops, hemp puts little strain on the soil and requires only moderate amounts of fertilizer. Less fertilizer use results in less runoff into waterways and groundwater; therefore, less water pollution.

Hemp produces more biomass than any plant that can be grown in the U.S. This biomass can be converted to fuel in the form of clean-burning alcohol, or no-sulphur man-made coal. Hemp has more potential as a clean and renewable energy source than any crop on earth! It is estimated that if hemp was widely grown in the U.S. for fuel/energy, it could supply 100% of all U.S. energy needs!

Marijuana has dozens of proven medicinal uses. Marijuana is more effective, less toxic, and less expensive than alternative synthetic medicines currently used. A recent poll revealed that over 50% of U.S. physicians would prescribe marijuana to their patients if it was legally available. People who suffer from arthritis, AIDS, rheumatism, leukimia, multiple sclerosis, cancer, glauocoma, and other ailments can benefit from marijuana as medicine. But because of our insane marijuana laws, people in need of this medicine are denied it. Marijuana is classified by the U.S. government as a dangerous drug with no medicinal value, a classification that is absolutely ludicrous! Marijuana is widely accepted by the medical community as having numerous proven medicinal uses – it is NOT a dangerous drug.

Hemp for rope, lubricating oil, shoe material, and other materials was in such short supply during World War II that the U.S. government temporarily re-legalized hemp so U.S. farmers could grow it for the war effort. Hemp helped us win World War II! Hemp was a common crop that was grown legally in the U.S. for commercial use until 1937.

Hemp was NOT banned because it was a harmful drug. Hemp was banned because it was a competitive threat to the wood products industry and newly developed synthetic fibers that were patentable, and therefore more profitable than hemp. Corporations that profited from the demise of hemp propagated a smear campaign against hemp by claiming that marijuana use was a major drug problem (it was not) and that marijuana use caused people to become extremely violent – another falsehood. Unfortunately, these false claims went unchallenged and Congress outlawed hemp in 1937. Unfortunately, millions of Americans still believe the lies spread about marijuana/hemp.

On the eve of marijuana prohibition in the U.S., two articles about hemp appeared in major U.S. magazines. They were:

“The Most Profitable And Desireable Crop That Can Be Grown” From: Mechanical Engineering, February 26, 1937

“New Billion Dollar Crop” From: Popular Mechanics, February 1938

These articles reveal that hemp was on the verge of becoming a super crop because of new hemp processing technologies that were recently developed. Unfortunately, the potential of hemp was never reaped because of marijuana prohibition.

Hemp is legally grown for commercial use throughout much of Europe, India, China, Russia, Ukraine. In 1994 the Canadian government approved one experimental hemp field – its first legal hemp crop in 40 years. In 1995, there will be 11 government-approved hemp fields in Canada! If the U.S. does not legalize hemp for commercial use, a significant economic and environmental opportunity will be lost; the benefits will be reaped only by our economic competitors.

>Literally millions of wild hemp plants grow throughout the entire Midwest today. Wild hemp, like hemp grown for commercial use, is USELESS as an intoxicant. It makes no sense to ban growing a plant that has enormous economic and environmental potential, grows naturally by the millions, and is impossible to exterminate. But yet, our draconian drug laws state that one acre of hemp grown on a person’s property can result in the owner being sentenced to DEATH! That’s correct, the DEATH PENALTY exists for growing one acre of nonintoxicating weeds!

U.S. Presidents and founding fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp, used hemp products, and were hemp advocates. Today’s political leaders–as well as the public that favors marijuana prohibition–would treat George Washington and Thomas Jefferson with disdain, brand them criminals, and throw them in prison!

FACT: NO TREE OR PLANT SPECIES ON EARTH HAS THE COMMERCIAL, ECONOMIC, AND ENVIRONMENTAL POTENTIAL OF HEMP. OVER 30,000 KNOWN PRODUCTS CAN BE PRODUCED FROM HEMP!

What is the marijuana industry doing to reduce its carbon footprint?

While it might be all natural, it turns out that toking the green isn’t all that green. Especially if it’s grown indoors. A new study by Evan Mills, an energy analyst at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, examines the carbon footprint of the indoor marijuana industry. The results might kill your buzz if you’re an environmentalist:

The analysis performed in this study finds that indoor Cannabis production results in energy expenditures of $5 billion each year, with electricity use equivalent to that of 2 million average U.S. homes. This corresponds to 1% of national electricity consumption or 2% of that in households. The yearly greenhouse-gas pollution (carbon dioxide, CO2 ) from the electricity plus associated transportation fuels equals that of 3 million cars. Energy costs constitute a quarter of wholesale value.
California, the mecca of medical marijuana, is by far the worst offender. There, the indoor pot industry is responsible for about 3 percent of the entire state’s electricity use, or about 8 percent of all household use.
Some of the biggest growing facilities have a carbon footprint on par with many industrial medical and technology operations. According to Mills, a typical indoor marijuana growing facility has “lighting as intense as that found in an operating room (500-times more than needed for reading), 6-times the air-change rate of a bio-tech laboratory and 60-times that of a home, and the electric power intensity of a data center.”
Crunching the numbers, the report uncovers some other mind-blowing stats:
A single joint represents 2 pounds of CO2 emissions, an amount equal to running a 100-watt light bulb for 17 hours.
Each four-by-four-foot production module doubles the electricity use of an average U.S. home. The added electricity use is equivalent to running about 30 refrigerators.
Processed marijuana results in 3000-times its weight in CO2 emissions.
For off-grid production, it requires 70 gallons of diesel fuel to produce one indoor Cannabis plant, or 140 gallons with smaller, less-efficient gasoline generators.

Source : Cannabist 

How To Make Cannabis-Infused Butter

Ingredients:

1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1/2 ounce cannabis (ground or raw)
2 cups water
Metal strainer
Medium pan

Method :

1. Add water and butter to pan over medium heat. Make sure there is enough water to create a layer between the butter and the bottom of the pan. Use extra water if necessary.
2. Add cannabis to pan and mix thoroughly.
3. Simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching. If mixture starts to boil, reduce heat.

4. Allow pan to cool before straining into bowl or container.
5. Place mixture in fridge overnight. The butter will separate from the water and rise to the top.
6. Once butter has risen to top, remove from fridge. Peel off the chunks with a fork or knife and place in separate container.

make edibles! When it comes to dosing, it’s best to start with small amounts and move up gradually. Any extra cannabutter can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 months.

Enjoy

Source Leaf Science

Hemp Tea Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon cannabutter
1 tea cup
1 tea bag

Method :

1. Add the 1 tsp. of cannabutter and tea bag to the cup.
2. Boil the water and pour it in.
3. Let the cannabutter fully dissolve.
4. Remove the tea bag, add milk (optional), and consume.

Enjoy

Fibromyalgia: Is Cannabis The Best Treatment?

Prescription drugs when it comes to fibromyalgia relief. This phenomenon isn’t surprising; researchers have been pushing for cannabis-based therapies for the disease for over the past 12 years. Luckily, there are now more options than ever for patients hoping to kick narcotics and find relief in a more natural and effective way.

What Is Fibromyalgia?
For decades, fibromyalgia (FM) patients have gotten the run-around from the medical community. Ten years ago, medical professionals were still arguing over whether or not fibromyalgia actually exists. Fortunately, most of them have now come to their senses. Also known as myofascial pain syndrome, the precise cause of fibromyalgia has yet to be found.

While the primary trait is seemingly unexplained and often debilitating pain, the illness actually comes with a wide variety of symptoms that range from:

Chronic pain with specific tender points
Widespread stiffness in the muscles
Headaches
Fatigue
Sleep Disturbances
Irritable Bowl Syndrom (IBS)
Depression and Low Mood
The Endocannabinoid System and Fibromyalgia

There’s something interesting about the series of symptoms listed above. These are the exact same symptoms that doctors like Ethan Russo have discussed time and time again in endocannabinoid research. Dr. Ethan Russo is a neurologist and pharmacologist. He is currently the Medical Director of Phytecs, a company that develops medicines, cosmetics, and lifestyle products that incorporate cannabinoid medicines. Cannabinoids are compounds found in the marijuana plant that take the place of endocannabinoids in our bodies.

In the early 2000s, Russo suggested that fibromyalgia may actually be a part of a larger disease called Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD). You can think of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) as a giant communication network in your body. Different chemicals known as “endocannabinoids” attach to receptors on your cells, telling them what to do. The ECS links certain parts of your brain to corresponding body parts, so a disruption or chemical imbalance in the endocannabinoid system means that these communication signals get disrupted.

The result can be an array of symptoms, including:

Pain
Mood issues
Sleep problems
Gastrointestinal issues
Muscle spasticity
Here’s a brief summary of research suggesting that the endocannabinoid system may play a part in fibromyalgia:

Study 1: Is CECD A Thing?

Russo first proposed the concept of CECD in 2003. In his paper, he links IBS, migraine, and fibromyalgia. He concludes that these conditions “display common clinical, biochemical and pathophysiological patterns that suggest an underlying clinical endocannabinoid deficiency that may be suitably treated with cannabinoid medicines”.

Study 2: An Argument For Cannabinoid Medicine
In 2008, Russo expanded on his original CEDC paper and focused specifically on pain. In this article, he explained that THC reduces the hypersensitivity to pain experienced by both migraine and fibromyalgia patients. THC fills in for our own body’s natural endocannabinoid, anandamide. This is again, strong evidence linking these diseases to the endocannabinoid system.

He argues further that cannabinoid medicines have other side benefits, including anti-nausea, anti-insomnia, and neuroprotective antioxidant properties. These additional benefits may help relieve some of the other symptoms often experienced by fibromyalgia patients.

Study 3: Cannabinoids Improve Wellbeing

Researchers from the University of Manitoba treated fibromyalgia patients with Nabilone, a synthetic cannabinoid. Researchers found that the cannabinoid was well-tolerated and decreased pain. At the 4-week mark in the study, patients saw drastic decreases in tender points and anxiety symptoms. They also saw significant improvements in results from Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaires (FIQ). The FIQ tests for quality of life disturbances like depression, fatigue, interference with work, muscle stiffness, and overall physical functioning.

“This suggests that nabilone is an effective treatment even for those with severe cases of fibromyalgia with marked functional impairment,” write the study authors.

Study 4: CECD Revisited
Ten years after Russo’s first CECD was published, California-based researchers revisited his initial discussion. In their literature review, they confirmed evidence that imbalances in the endocannabinoid system play a role in fibromyalgia, IBS, and chronic migraine. They also suggested that ECS deficiencies may play a key role in a host of other diverse neurological and otherwise seemingly unexplained illnesses.

How Can Cannabis Help?

The list above is only the beginning when it comes to understanding the precise connection between fibromyalgia and the ECS. Only clinical trials and more research will be able to say for sure just how effective cannabis-based medicines can be in treating this illness. In the meantime, there are a few significant ways marijuana can help relieve symptoms:

Sleep
Sleep disturbances are all-too-common for fibromyalgia patients. In fact, some researchers claim that sleep disturbances coupled with tender points are the defining characteristics of the illness. Marijuana not only can help you fall asleep, but night-time medication extends your deep sleep cycle. Getting a good nights’ rest is extremely important for fibromyalgia patients, as too many interruptions increases your likelihood of pain flare-ups the next day.

To ensure that you actually get some sleep, make sure you’re smoking/vaping/eating a heavy indica strain.

Aim for strains like:

Afghan Kush
Grandaddy Purple
Northern Lights
Pain
Via an online survey by the National Pain Foundation and NationalPainReport.com, 62% of cannabis-consuming fibromyalgia patients found the herb “very effective” in relieving pain. This is actually quite amazing because marijuana drastically outperformed common prescription drugs like Cymbalta, Lyrica, and Savella. Only 8-10% of patients reported that these drugs were “very effective” in controlling symptoms.

This isn’t the only research that’s shown marijuana is a powerful painkiller. Several studies have shown that cannabis can either work in tandem with opiates or replace them altogether.

Aim for strains like:

Sour Diesel
Harlequin
Purple Trainwreck
Fun fact: you have cannabinoid receptors in your skin. So, cannabis topicals might be a good addition to ingested or inhaled marijuana. You can gently rub marijuana-infused lotions, balms, or oils onto tender points for additional pain relief.

Muscle Spasticity

Muscle spasms, tightness, and twitching are not uncommon in FM patients. Underneath each trigger point lies a contracted muscle. These trigger points can differ pain to different parts of the body when pressed. Muscle spasms and twitching can also happen a lot at night, interrupting sleep. Fortunately, cannabis can help.

Marijuana’s ability to put an end to muscle spasms came to light via research on Multiple Sclerosis (MS). In a 2011 study, mice injected with a mock form of MS. The injection caused extreme muscle tightness, contractions, and spasticity. After receiving CBD injections, the mice regained mobility and saw a drastic improvement in symptoms. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid.

There is even a marijuana-derived prescription drug out on the market in many countries. The drug, Sativex, contains a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD. While muscle spasms from fibromyalgia may be different from those in MS patients, cannabis can still work wonders on any muscle that seems to have developed a mind of its own.

Aim for strains like:

One to One
White Berry
Cannatonic
Depression
Having any chronic illness is never easy, but feeling constantly fatigued and in pain without explanation can be very taxing. Enjoying a little cannabis is a sure-fire way to put your mind at ease and even a smile on your face. In low doses, psychoactive THC is a potent antidepressant. Other non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD and CBC also have strong mood-lifting properties.

Source : Health Care Plane