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How I use medical marijuana: vaporizers, science, weed, and cancer

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Excellent info by Michael Backes, medical marijuana R&D expert.

Via BoingBoing:

In this video my good friend Michael Backes, medical marijuana R&D expert and author of the book Cannabis Pharmacy (2014), shares some of his knowledge on the therapeutic power of pot. During my treatment for breast cancer, I learned how powerful medical marijuana truly can be in helping to alleviate some of the serious side effects of cancer treatment, including pain, nausea, and loss of appetite. I was not a pot smoker at the time of my diagnosis, and hadn’t used weed since I was a teen. Backes and my fellow cancer patients shared their experience and knowledge with me, and with the blessing of my oncologist, I found that it could be a very helpful form of relief.

In this video, Backes talks about how to use vaporizers, how to dose correctly for different forms of therapeutic relief, the difference between smoking, edibles, and vaporizers, CBD vs. THC, why the classifications of Indica and Sativa don’t matter as much as most people think, and why temperature is important when vaporizing weed.”

How Medical Marijuana Can Literally Saves Lives

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This is what we’ve been saying. Marijuana is the non-toxic pain medication! The overdose limit for Marijuana would be consuming over 1,000lbs of Marijuana all at once, which is virtually impossible.

Via WashingtonPost:

the JAMA study found solid evidence that marijuana is effective at treating one big condition: chronic pain. The JAMA review found “30% or greater improvement in pain with cannabinoid compared with placebo,” across the 79 studies it surveyed.

A new NBER working paper out today is a helpful reminder of why that finding is so important. Pain management — especially chronic pain management — is a tricky business. Prescription painkillers are highly addictive and deadly — they killed more than 16,000 people in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s’s latest numbers. In the U.S., drug overdoses kill more people than suicide, guns or car crashes. The CDC now calls prescription painkiller abuse an ‘epidemic.‘…” [Continue Reading]

California Scientist Thinks Strain Names Are Fake

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Name matters a little. I typically find kush strains to be my favorite taste wise, but there can be big differences even within the same strain. It all depends on who grew and cured the product. Either way, as Jeffrey Raber points out in this LA Weekly article, all of these strains are going to have similar effects. This really should come as no surprise considering they’re all cannabis. Via LAWeekly:

OG Kush. Skywalker. Pineapple Express. Sour Diesel. Sour Jack.

These are the “strains” that medical marijuana consumers are sold, often at premium prices, with the promise that they’ll do something special for you.

But a foremost cannabis expert, Jeffrey Raber, who holds a PhD. in chemistry from USC, says it’s all BS. Those names don’t mean anything, and a forthcoming study he’s working on will prove it, Raber tells us. In fact …

… he even disputes the commonly held notion that the two polar types of weed, indica and sativa, produce opposing effects — specifically that indica is more of a depressant and sativa is more of an upper…” [Continue Reading]

Marijuana: It Existed Before Voting

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Speaking truth to power!

 

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