Marijuana has been increasingly growing as a topic of conversation.
As marijuana use has become more mainstream, the narrative surrounding marijuana and those who use it has shifted. Researchers and psychologists are starting to uncover a number of benefits provided by the compounds found in marijuana, and many of the myths surrounding the drug are now being busted.
One myth commonly uttered by marijuana detractors is that it is a gateway drug. Research, instead, has found that this is not true, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Marijuana use is on the rise, and more than 50 million Americans currently use marijuana on a monthly or yearly basis. Support for recreational marijuana use is also growing, but the debate is still split amongst Americans with only 62% of polled Americans supporting the legalization of marijuana. Still, despite this controversy, the rates at which medical and recreational marijuana are being legalized is booming across the globe and throughout America. Currently, 11 U.S. states have legalized recreational marijuana, and numerous countries have either decriminalized or legalized marijuana use including Portugal, Spain, and Canada.
Additionally, more than 20 U.S. states have broadly legalized medical marijuana. With marijuana statistics like these, it’s no surprise why doing research on marijuana is so popular among scientists today.
8 Surprising Medical Uses for Marijuana
Thanks, in part, to the rise in the demand for marijuana legalization, researchers and scientists have turned their attention to the medical benefits of marijuana. Surprisingly, the list of benefits marijuana and its compounds provide is seemingly ever-growing. The following is a list of the top 10 medical benefits of marijuana use.
Marijuana Offers Pain Relief
It’s no secret the America is in the midst of an opioid crisis. According to the CDC, more than 100 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, and nearly 48,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose in 2017. Research and anecdotal evidence has shown that marijuana can be used for pain relief, and doctors and scientists are finding ways to use medical marijuana to alleviate various forms of chronic pain by adjusting doses and strains of marijuana. As medical marijuana become a more normalized and utilized form of pain management, rates of opioid use and abuse could potentially go down, decreasing the number of opioid deaths in America each year.
A Fatal Overdose of Marijuana isn’t likely
Unlike opioids and other hard drugs that kill hundreds of Americans every day, marijuana can’t be fatally overdosed on. Actually, it’s best to say that it’s highly implausible that anyone will fatally overdose on unlaced marijuana. This fact makes it a safer choice than most other drugs and alcohol.
Marijuana has been shown to relieve the effects of Multiple Sclerosis
A research study conducted at the University of California, San Diego, and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that participants who were treated with marijuana suffered muscles spasms due to MS at a 33% decrease in score as measured by the Ashworth scale which measures spasticity. This decrease in score was in comparison to participants who received the placebo. Additionally, 50% of the participants who received the marijuana treatment reported a decrease in perceived pain. In other words, half of the treated participants reported feeling less pain.
Military vets report that marijuana helps alleviates their symptoms from PTSD
A growing number of military veterans are asserting that marijuana use is helping them to cope with and lessen the symptoms of PTSD. Thousands of vets have reported that using marijuana has helped them cope with PTSD-related depression, anxiety, and nightmares. Their claims are not unfounded as marijuana research is moving closer towards showing a correlation between marijuana use and a decrease in PTSD symptoms.
A compound present in Marijuana can slow and stop cancer cells from growing
Studies and scientific researchers are showing a link between various forms of marijuana use and cancer treatment. Cannabidiol, a chemical compound that is prominent in marijuana, has been found to successfully be able to stop and slow down the spread of cancer cells. This study was published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, and the study was performed on cells rather than people. Scientists are hopeful that the results will be successfully replicated upon further research on humans. Because they recommend that more research be done first, the American Cancer Society do not support marijuana as form a cancer treatment, but the option to use medical marijuana is available for cancer patients following an informed discussion with their doctor or healthcare provider.
Studies show that marijuana can decrease the effects of severe forms of Epilepsy
Numerous studies have shown the beneficial effects the chemical compounds active in marijuana have on the severe symptoms of epilepsy. In fact, the results of those studies were so conclusive that in 2018 the FDA approved a drug that is comprised of an ingredient active in marijuana. The purpose of the drug is to treat rare and severe forms of epilepsy such as Dravet Syndrome. The compound present in marijuana that combats epilepsy improves the lives of its users by minimizing the number of seizures they have to endure on a daily basis as well as lessening or removing their other symptoms altogether.
Marijuana may stop or lessen nightmares caused by PTSD or Nightmare Disorder
Though the research on marijuana’s effect on nightmares and sleep in general is in its infancy, the prospects so far are in favor of marijuana being able to stop or decrease the frequency of nightmares for military vets and citizens with PTSD as well as for sufferers of Nightmare Disorder (ND).
Marijuana can heal the brain from trauma
Early research on mice show that marijuana helps the brain protect itself from trauma and damage. Harvard professor Lester Grinspoon wrote an open letter to Roger S. Goodell, Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL), urging him to explore marijuana’s effects on the brain and its possible ability to combat the NFL’s staggering rate of brain damage and abuse suffered by its professional athletes. As evidenced by this list of marijuana statistics, marijuana use comes with a host of potential benefits. As doctors, scientists, and researcher explore more about this complex drug, more of its secrets and positive benefits will be uncovered. Marijuana use is on the rise, and as more and more people continue to try it, it’s important to remember that at the end of the day, it is still a drug and its use should be done with care. Marijuana can react with people’s bodies differently, and some people have even reported having an allergic reaction to the drug. It is a plant, after all. While most allergic reactions to marijuana are minor, some people may suffer more adverse effects from the drug. Caution is recommended when using.
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If you enjoy marijuana, you have probably experienced a variety of “high” feelings with this leafy and herbaceous plant. You can attest that no one experience is the same, and the herb itself can make you feel so different; cerebral — mind-affecting with euphoric emotions and behavior, body high — relaxed muscles, lackadaisical, etc.
As far as we know, there is evidence of cannabis from as far back as 2900 BC in China, and is said to be accredited to “The Chinese Emperor Fu Hsi,” who stated that the popular medicine of his people, possessed both yin and yang qualities.
Although, it wasn’t until 1990 that the Senior Investigator at the National Institute of Mental Health, Miles Herkenham, and his team, discovered the cannabinoid receptor system, which detailed the pharmacological effects of cannabinoids.
This discovery exposed that the THC in marijuana binds with the cannabinoid receptors in the brain. The psychoactive cannabinoid is the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and the non-psychoactive cannabinoid, CBD. From hints of pines and blueberries, to a pungent earthy aroma, a zesty citrus zing, to a slight diesel-like after-taste, the flavor body of cannabis adds considerably to the cerebral experience. But what exactly causes the distinct difference in taste and aroma from one bud to the next? Organic compounds called terpenes.
So that’s all really interesting, right? But what are “Terps,” “Terpenes” and “Terpenoids“? Terpenes are hydrocarbons, which the only elements present are carbon and hydrogen; whereas, terpenoids have been denatured by oxidation (drying and curing the flowers) or chemically modified.
Terpenes are essential oils secreted by the same pot plant glands that produce THC and CBD during flowering. Over 100 terpenes have been identified so far, each with its own unique flavor, smell and medicinal properties. From migraines, to glaucoma, muscle strain, asthma, menstrual cramps, cancer, depression, stress or gallstones, there’s most certainly a terp to assist in treatment in most any ailment.
Naturally found in a variety of fruits and veggies, herbs and spices, these compounds are what affect the flavor profile and aroma of a bud. Knowing how climate, fertilizer and soil type alters their characteristics, can give you more control over the flavor of your cannabis crop too.
Types Of Terps
Alpha Bisabolol has recently been shown to induce apoptosis in models of leukemia, and can enhance skin absorption of certain molecules. It also has strong wound healing abilities, and natural deodorant replacement capabilities. Surprisingly, this is also the floral, herb-like terp that gives chamomile its soft, fragrant flavor. But, come 4:20 tea time, you prefer a bowl to a cup, then delight your senses as you light up an Alpha Bisabolol scented strain such as Ghost OG. This terpene fights bacteria, heals wounds and soothes inflammation.
Along with Myrcene and alpha-humulene, beta-pinene is one of the terpenes that make hops and herb such a complementary experience. To imagine the flavor, think of a stroll through the forest of Tahoe on a drizzly late afternoon, the scent that comes to mind is the same smell that you’ll enjoy when smoking this terp. But more than just pleasing your nose and palate, this terpene also has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and asthma combatting properties. It also increases alertness and can counteract such emotions as anxiety and feelings of stress.
Body going through some inner turmoil? Then take a time out and settle down for some downtime with Borneol. This terpene is known to act as an effective pain reliever and bronchodilator, as well as also having antiseptic and anti-insomnia qualities. Dose yourself with a DOPE variety such as Skywalker OG which contains high levels of this minty, camphor-like terpene. Interestingly, this terp is also what is commonly used in acupuncture practices.
To imagine what hops-flavored Caryophyllene tastes like, bring to mind your favorite brand of beer and brew mentally on that for a while. This terp is found in full power in popular pot strains like OG Kush. Because of this particular strain’s sky-high levels of Caryophllene, it is a marijuana magic worker for depression, PTSD, anxiety, migraines, muscle and joint stress and nausea. This is one potent medicinal terpene as prescribed by Dr. Mary Jane herself.
In need of a bit of brain stimulation, or just an extra cerebral zing?Cineole is the terpene for the job. This luscious mix of spice and mint will get your neurons up and firing while possibly sparking memories of your pop’s Old Spice aftershave in the background. You’ll feel revved up and ready to go in no time. On the medical marijuana side, Cineole is the perfect pot partner for your anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antiviral and antinociceptive needs.
Delta 3 Carene
In need of a primo anti-inflammatory? Delta 3 Carene is a terp known for its soothing, anti-inflammatory properties. If you’ve hurt yourself to the extent of an involuntary tear or two, don’t worry; Delta 3 Carene dries tears (and other body fluids) right up; taking just one hit will have you manned up in no time. Other than in a variety of cannabis strains, this earthy-flavored terp can also be found naturally in rosemary.
Ever found yourself wondering why koala bears always look so dopey, and pondered where you could get some of that? Their lazy nature is a direct result of their eucalyptus rich diet. Eucalyptol is the primary terpene found in the eucalyptus leaves that koala bears are so fond of munching all day long. This spicy terp is more often used in cooking, but medicinally it can also be applied to gums or skin, and can also be found in cough suppressants and mouthwashes. To get your own dose of eucalyptol, light up a joint of Silver Haze.
As its name suggests, this terpene is a zesty citrus twist of flavors. It is found in tropical marijuana varieties like Pineapple Express, andJack Herer. Both these citrus strains are known for their depression-fighting qualities as a result of their high limonene count. This terpcan also treat bronchitis, combat cancer and help out in weight loss. Limonene is a typical terp used in medical creams and skin ointments. If you’re looking for a magical drop of marijuana medicine, this is the terp to keep an out eye for.
Ever been on a complete sugar high? Think Willy Wonka meets fields of lavender, and this sweet sensation is what you can expect from Linalool. Not only can this sugar and spice-flavored terpene be found in your favorite weed but it is also in certain species of fungi, mint, flowers and cinnamon. Bad day and feeling stressed? The relaxed effect of Linalool is great for treating anxiety and depression. It also has been attributed to have antiseptic properties for clearing one’s completion and providing a rejuvenating quality to your well-being and skin.
If you’ve ever fallen asleep after smoking a spliff ofBlue Dream, then you’ve been lullabied by Myrcene. This terp is well-known as an anti-insomnia warrior. In fact, it is anti- a lot of things: antibacterial, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative and anti-spasmodic. Unsurprisingly, because of its sedating side effects, this terp makes a perfect marijuana pain reliever. Mother Nature manufactures myrcene in mangos, bay, thyme, parsley, sweet basil and hops. Ever heard the urban legend that munching a mango before smoking increases the high? This terpene is responsible for that popular pothead tale.
This forest fragrancedterp smells like an earthy mix of pines and cloves. It’s often found in soaps and perfumes because of its olfactory pleasing sensation. Not surprisingly then, its woody scent appeals also to the seasoned pot smoker and can be savored when smoking varieties such as Jack Herer and other Jack crossbreeds. Studies have found cannabis extracted Terpineol to have antioxidant properties which carry an array of health benefits as well as being a trusted cancer-fighting ally.
Catering to the certain receptors that activate the stimulation that your body is looking forward to is key in your cannabis experience. The right flower will enrich your sought-after cerebral sensations, and stimulate your favored cannabinoid receptors, all with the flavor profiles, medicinal, and therapeutic effects you’re looking for. Terpenes effect grow, down to consumption. It’s easy to compare this whole model to the age of cultivating and harvesting grapes from the vineyards, and even as basic as the types of herbal non-medicated teas you might enjoy throughout your day. Terpenes also play an incredibly important role by providing the plant with natural protection from bacteria and fungus, insects and other environmental stresses.
Terpenes are common constituents of flavorings and fragrances. Terpenes, unlike cannabinoids, are responsible for the aroma of cannabis. The FDA and other agencies have generally recognized terpenes as “safe.” Terpenes act on receptors and neurotransmitters; they are prone to combine with or dissolve in lipids or fats; they act as serotonin uptake inhibitors (similar to antidepressants like Prozac or Zoloft); they enhance norepinephrine activity (similar to tricyclic antidepressants like Elavil); they increase dopamine activity; and they augment GABA (the “downer” neurotransmitter that counters glutamate, the “upper”). However, more specific research is needed for improved accuracy in describing and predicting how terpenes in cannabis can be used medicinally to help treat specific ailments/health conditions. In the meantime, we highly suggest you continue to educate yourself of which terpenes you enjoy and which flowers compliment that.
The City of San Jose was shook to its core this past week with severe flooding throughout the entire community. After one of the wettest Winters in the past decade, everyone was caught off-guard by the torrential down pour and even The Lotus was impacted with blockades and major streets being shut down.
Although The Purple Lotus was able to bounce back in under 24 hours, many citizens are still in distress by having to deal with the leftovers and decay from the flood.
Purple Lotus is partnering with several local community officials to help identify those in direct need of immediate assistance and will be donating a portion of ALL proceeds this week to help those individuals. If you know of community members in need of assistance, please feel free to reach out to us directly and help guide us in bringing this city back on its feet!
Many pets have been taken to and looked after at the San Jose Animal Shelter during the evacuations. The shelter is at 2750 Monterey Road in San Jose.
Evacuation Center Locations
Evergreen Valley High School, 3300 Quimby Rd 95148 Mayfair Community Center – 2039 Krammerer Avenue, San Jose, CA 95116 Shirakawa Community Center – 2072 Lucretia Avenue, San Jose, CA, 29116 Red Cross overnight shelter at James Lick High School (57 N. White Road, San Jose). This shelter is operated with the San Jose Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services and cannot accept pets.
Big Pharma has taken another hit in the war against Cannabis after another major survey was completed by Brightfield Groupand HelloMD. The survey, which included 2,400 CBD users, gives us a deeper understanding of the benefits and overall effectiveness of CBD. The highlight of which is that nearly half of CBD users felt they no longer needed to continue use of traditional medicines after starting with CBD.
“Survey: Nearly Half Of People Who Use Cannabidiol Products Stop Taking Traditional Medicines”
With the endless number of studies and surveys coming to light and backing the effectiveness of CBD, it is becoming increasingly difficult for Big Pharma to stay out of the picture. The Washington Post has even shared shocking statistics about the decrease of prescribed pills in states where Medical Cannabis is available. Pain led the way in decreased doses prescribed followed by Anxiety and Nausea.
The CBD market is no joke, and individuals looking to try these alternatives can find themselves lost in options. In fact, the Hemp Business Journal has estimated the total CBD market to grow to $2.1 billion in consumer sales by 2020, while Matt Karnes of Greenwave Advisors is even more optimistic about, claiming he believes sales could surpass $3 billion by 2021.
Care by Design has been synonymous in the Cannabis Industry with high quality CBD products and comes with a personal touch that has led to them becoming one of the #1 providers of CBD in California. Want to learn more about Care by Design and CBD in general? Visit the Purple Lotus in San Jose and ask one of our world class Bud Tenders how it might be able to help you!