4 Ways Medical Marijuana Can Help People

Doctor writing prescription for medical marijuana

Doctor writing prescription for medical marijuana

Many have said that marijuana contains elements that can aid our bodies in many ways. Though we still don’t know much about the drug, and federal testing has been difficult due to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) deeming it a Schedule I drug. This categorizes it alongside harsh drugs like heroin and LSD. 

 

While there are still about six states which have marijuana fully illegal, others are starting to open up to the idea of at least legalizing medical marijuana. Because of this, more medical marijuana dispensaries are beginning to pop up across the country. If you are interested in seeing your state’s laws on marijuana, this is a great resource. 

 

What We Know

As of right now, the FDA has only approved the use of medical marijuana for those who suffer from two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. 

 

However, many universities and researchers are doing their best to study the drug in states where the drug is legal. They have seen many benefits to using marijuana for medical reasons to treat several issues many Americans face. These include a number of ailments that cause chronic pain like peripheral neuropathy (nerve pain from diabetes), cancer, chemotherapy, muscle and joint problems and so much more. A study from 2019 also showed that many seniors turn to cannabis to find relief from arthritis and even back pain. 

 

What is Medical Marijuana?

Just as there are many different strains and parts of the cannabis plant, there are many different forms of medical marijuana. Including derivatives of marijuana and synthetic versions. The synthetic forms typically do not give the high feeling traditional marijuana gives, but still gives its health benefits. 

 

One form of medical marijuana is made up of Marinol, a synthetic form of the delta-9-THC compound found in the marijuana plant naturally. Marinol is typically prescribed to those who have a lack of appetite, vomiting or nausea due to AIDS or cancer, or from the treatment of these conditions. Marinol is only prescribed to those with severe conditions, like those mentioned above. 

 

Those who do take Marinol can sometimes feel some of the effects traditional recreational marijuana gives such as joy or euphoria, however, it also has its downsides. Marinol can also cause things like upset stomach, paranoia, drowsiness, and unusual thoughts. 

 

Senior woman with arthritis pain holding hand

4 Ways Medical Marijuana May Help You

There are many health benefits we have discussed to marijuana and its properties, but what kind of things can it actually treat? There are a number of conditions that marijuana is said to help with, such as an appetite stimulant, pain reliever, anti-convulsant, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory and much more. 

 

Although the FDA has only approved the use of medical marijuana for rare forms of severe epilepsy as discussed above, many researchers have found it helps with many other conditions. Some of which include, chronic pain, glaucoma, IBS, and more. 

 

 

 Pain Relief

 

Many people have turned to marijuana for pain relief. Whether from a disease like cancer or arthritis pain, marijuana has been shown to help many find healing without the use of prescription drugs. 

 

One study done by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that participants favored an indica strain from a sativa. As we know, indica strains to give more feelings of calmness and relaxation, while a sativa promotes more energy and a boost in mood. 

 

In this study, they found that those who preferred an indica strain found help with things like headaches, joint pain, spasticity, and neuropathy. One thing to note with this study is that there was no controlled setting. People were able to use as much or as little marijuana for their pain as they felt necessary and simply reported back their findings.

 

 

Appetite Stimulant

 

It is known that cancer and AIDS patients go through an increased weight loss and loss of tissue due to their illnesses. Though a controversial subject, medical marijuana has shown many ways in which it can help those with these diseases. Not only helping with pain relief, depression, and anxiety but also an increase in weight gain. 

 

The use of oral, or smoking, medical marijuana has been used to help treat anorexia in AIDS patients and shown to be the quickest way to get the THC into the system and increase in appetite. A soluble or edible substance, as many know, tends to take longer for the liver to digest which can take hours for it to kick in. 

 

 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

 

The first to connect IBS with medical marijuana was researcher Ethan B. Russo. While there is not much research to back up a direct link between using medical marijuana to help with IBS, many, like Russo, think that it can. 

 

Russo theorized that IBS and other health conditions were direct results of a deficiency in the cannabinoid chemicals that our own bodies produce. He also pointed out that IBS is often seen alongside other health conditions such as migraine headaches and fibromyalgia, which Russo theorized may also involve the endocannabinoid system in the body. 

 

While much research is still needed and being done, some studies have looked at the effectiveness of Midinol, a synthetic form of medical marijuana that we discussed earlier in this post.  

 

 

Inflammation

 

Both cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) have been proven to alleviate inflammation brought about by inflammatory related pain conditions. CBD and THC also help to prevent inflammation by reducing the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines.

 

There are a number of ways in which you can use medical marijuana to help relieve inflammation. The quickest way to feel quick relief is from smoking or vaping marijuana. However, if smoking isn’t your thing you can always try edibles, solubles, patches, or topicals. Edibles can take longer to kick in but patches can quickly enter your bloodstream through your skin. Topicals are also a great alternative as they can target a direct area to alleviate inflammation pain, are long lasting and are non-psychoactive. 

 

While research is still needed to determine exactly how medical marijuana can help to treat a variety of illnesses and pains more in depth, we do see a lot of benefits from the drug already. If you are in need of relief, visit your local medical marijuana dispensary and talk to our staff to see how marijuana can help you. 

Must-Have Marijuana Accessories for the Cannabis Connoisseur

Marijuana glass pipe with marijuana grinder and lighter and other accessories

Marijuana glass pipe with marijuana grinder and lighter and other accessories

Whether you are a cannabis connoisseur or a marijuana master, having the right marijuana accessories is always a must. But what types of accessories does one need and where can you find them? 

 

Let’s go over some of the must-have items you need to have ready in your marijuana arsenal. 

 

Accessories for Smoking

When it comes to smoking marijuana there are a number of accessories you need, even just for the actual smoking itself. But, there are also plenty of other accessories that you could use to go along with them. 

 

Ashtray

An ashtray is definitely needed when it comes to smoking. Whether you are smoking a joint or pipe, it’s a necessity. No one wants to have roaches discarded throughout their house or ashes on their coffee table, and you can’t and don’t always want to have to smoke outside. So having a handy ashtray in prime smoking locations is a must. Plus you can pick your style and show off some flair when it comes to choosing an ashtray. You can go for something subtle and minimalistic or flashy and decorative to add a little extra pizazz to your living room decor.

 

Bong

Bongs are a fun change of pace when it comes to smoking. Some even say that taking a hit from a bong hits harder and faster than smoking. But as we all know, marijuana affects people differently. A bong is great for anyone who doesn’t like the harsh burning feeling you get when smoking a joint or from a pipe. With a bong, the water creates a vapor in the chamber which is what you inhale, and not by breathing in straight from the flower itself and getting that scorched feeling in the back of your throat. So if you are looking for something a little less harsh, a bong is a great accessory to have.

 

Multiple marijuana glass pipes in weed shop

Glass Pipe

If you like smoking joints and don’t want to invest in a bong, a glass pipe is a good alternative, or just a great piece to add to your collection. Glass pipes are used to smoke dried marijuana products and make for a smoother hit than that from a joint. 

 

Owning a glass pipe is also nice because you won’t have to worry about buying papers all of the time when you want to smoke. All you need is some good cleaning supplies, which we will discuss soon. Plus, glass pipes come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Mini pipes are great for a quick one-hit session to yourself with easy cleanup, or you can go all out and get fun pipes that look like an elephant. The possibilities are endless when it comes to glass pipes and make for a great conversation. 

 

Grinder

If you are smoking, you definitely need a grinder in your accessory toolbox. A grinder is used to grind down the flower and break down the buds into hash that can be used for smoking joints, pipes, and more. Grinders can be either manual or electric, similar to a coffee grinder. You can also get grinders that have a screen or filter inside that help to keep all of the larger bits out of the smaller, ground-up bits that are used for smoking. 

 

Accessories for Vaping

 

Vaporizer

A vaporizer is a great way to get high without the toxic and carcinogenic properties that come with smoking a joint or from a pipe. Vaporizers heat marijuana to the point that only the cannabinoids are released, making for a cleaner and healthier smoke session compared to that of a joint.

 

There are also three types of vaporizers on the market today that you can pick up from your local weed shop. Vape pens and portable vaporizers are a popular version as they can be discreet and used anywhere. There is also a larger version that is not exactly portable but makes for a great vape session with high-quality vapor. 

 

Battery and Case

It goes without saying that if you get a vaporizer, especially a vape pen, you will definitely want to invest in an extra battery and case. Though some vape pens can use a USB charger, it all depends on your pen. Be sure to do your research and always have these accessories handy. 

 

Cleaning Accessories

As we mentioned before, when it comes to owning a pipe or bong, having the proper cleaning supplies is a must. Especially for those who smoke daily, you want to make sure you keep your pipes and bongs clean so that you don’t end up getting sick or create a clog in your piece that is hard to clean. 

 

For heavy consumers, it is best practice to clean your glass pipe every one or two days. For others who only smoke now and then, it’s best to clean your glass pipe after each use so that you have a clean pipe the next time you go to smoke. Cleaning with fresh water helps to create a tastier and more pleasant experience. But be sure to let your pipe dry completely before storing it. If you don’t clean your pipes often, you could develop bacteria, microorganisms, and or a slimy biofilm. 

 

Good Brushes and Cleaners

Aside from just using water, it would also be a smart idea to invest in a cleaning kit that includes a variety of brushes designed specifically to get into the hard to reach areas that marijuana can accumulate in your pipe or bong. Some kits also include specially formulated cleaners to keep your glass pipe in top shape. 

 

Other Thoughtful Accessories

When it comes to smoking marijuana, no matter how you do it, there are a number of other accessories that everyone should consider. 

 

Eye Drops

If you plan on going out in public and don’t want to draw any extra attention, eye drops are a good accessory to have on hand. Because THC lowers blood pressure in the body, this causes capillaries and blood vessels to dilate creating red eyes. You can always choose an eye drop solution you think is best, but there are also some eye drops that are specifically formulated to treat red eyes due to smoking weed. 

 

Storage Containers

To keep your marijuana safe, fresh, and mask the smell, having good storage is important. It also helps to keep out moisture that could create mold and ruin your stash. Mason jars make for great containers, but you can also find specially designed containers at your local weed shop. 

 

Conclusion

When it comes to marijuana, having the right accessories is a must. We hope our list helps you to find some solutions to your cannabis needs. Be sure to stop by your local From The Earth weed shop to pick up any of these accessories to add to your cannabis kit!

What You Need to Know About CBD Oil in Beauty Products

CBD oil, marijuana leaves and CBD tinctures, CBD beauty products

CBD oil, marijuana leaves and CBD tinctures, CBD beauty products

Walking down the beauty aisles at any retail store you will start to notice CBD taking over the shelves. Thanks to the loosed regulations in the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD oil, so long as it is extracted from an industrial hemp-based plant, labeled correctly, and has lower than 0.3 percent THC, is legal to use. 

 

One of the most asked questions about CBD beauty products, or anything containing CBD in general, is “will it get me high?” The answer is no. Because these products are to have lower than 0.3 percent THC, you cannot get high from CBD infused products. THC is the cannabinoid that, in high percentages, will produce euphoric properties and creates a head high. CBD, the other main cannabinoid, has more health benefits and calming effects.

 

Thanks to the loosened laws and the latest scientific studies coming out about CBD and how it can offer many health benefits, CBD is here for beauty, and you should be too. 

Woman smelling Papa & Barkley calming balm at From The Earth

Everyone is on the CBD Beauty Product Train

 

Many celebrities have fallen in love with CBD beauty products. The beautiful and funny Melissa McCarthy applied CBD oil to her feet while getting ready for the 2019 Oscars. Not only to alleviate some of the stressfulness that comes with preparing for the Oscars, but also to remove any discomfort from her feet from the heels she wore that night. 

 

McCarthy is not the only celeb rocking CBD beauty products on the red carpet. Other superstar celebrities like Selena Gomez, Margot Robbie, Mandy Moore, and Michelle Williams have also used CBD products on their feet, calves and ankles to help ease the pain of wearing heels, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

 

Even the Oscar afterparty included some CBD beauty products for everyone to enjoy. From curated CBD goodies to a vape lounge, cannabis made a statement at the Oscars. 

 

Why Buy Beauty Products with CBD?

 

CBD has many benefits to our skin and body. It contains many vitamins like vitamins A, D, and E, along with fatty acids and anti-inflammation properties. These fatty acids are also found naturally in our bodies, which makes using CBD beauty products even more efficient. 

 

The anti-inflammation properties CBD beauty products provide can help our skin in many different ways. From helping to heal dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema and it even fights against signs of aging and acne. This is one reason why some of the most popular CBD beauty products are lotions, creams, and serums. 

 

These body lotions and creams are also great for massages, whether that be after a hard workout or for pleasure. The CBD properties target the area in which you applied the cream to and help to ease and relax the muscles quickly. Topicals are the perfect form of CBD beauty product that you can easily add into your daily skincare routine. Plus, you can use it as much or as little as you want throughout the day with no major side effects. 

What Types of CBD Beauty Products are there?

 

When it comes to beauty products in general, there are tons of things out there for you to try and get your hands on. The same can be said for CBD beauty products. If there’s a beauty product, there’s likely a version of that product that contains CBD. 

 

As mentioned before, some of the most popular items are lotions and creams. You can find many of these CBD beauty products at retail stores or even your local dispensaries. You might even catch yourself picking up a few other things to help you wind down while using some of your new CBD beauty products. Some popular brands include Papa & Barkley, Vertly, Kush Queen, and Care by Design.

 

Papa & Barkley have a variety of different versions of their CBD relief product. You can choose to get a balm or lotion, or even drops (tincture), capsules, or oils. Their 1:1 Repair Cream is specifically designed to help with sensitive areas like your face and neck. It also uses the whole plant profile to provide a full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytonutrients. The Papa & Barkley 1:1 Repair Cream uses natural ingredients to help rejuvenate your skin and keep it looking healthy and youthful.

 

If you are looking for the perfect way to unwind after a long day, try a Kush Queen bath bomb. They describe their bath bombs as using “organic essential oils and cannabinoids to create effect-specific full-body experiences.” 

 

Vertly is another popular CBD beauty product brand that offers many things like face serums, bath salts, relief lotion, and even lip butter. Their lip butter includes full spectrum Hemp Extracts to help “you feel great knowing you’re absorbing a little bit of Hemp Extract with every swipe of Vertly on your lips.”

 

Are you someone who has uncomfortable dry skin? Cannuka CBD Healing Skin Balm might be the wonder balm you have been looking for. Cannuka’s blend of Manuka honey, CBD, and other natural ingredients create a calming and moisturizing protective layer for your skin. Add it in as part of your nightly routine or whenever you feel your skin is needing a little extra moisture. Cannuka also has other skincare products you can use alongside its healing balm that all contain CBD. From the Cannuka Hydrating Lip Balm to the Cannuka Harmonizing Face Cream, you can have your entire skincare routine include CBD for an overall calming feeling. While CBD beauty products are great for their calming effects, as we have discussed, they also include many other benefits for our skin. CBD is great for reducing inflammation which can cause dry skin, acne, and wrinkles. 

 

The next time you are shopping for new skincare products, want to try to heal your skin, or are just looking for a nice lotion for a calming nightly skincare routine, consider a product that contains CBD. 

 

How are Cannabis and Religion Connected?

Young marijuana plant growing in the sunlight
Young marijuana plant growing in the sunlight

When you really sit and think about it, it’s no wonder that people of certain religions have used cannabis in their rituals. Cannabis and religion go hand in hand when it comes to finding a spiritual awakening. Many religions have used cannabis for its psychoactive properties, some 16th-century texts even mentioning “seeking to see ghosts.”

But how do different religions use cannabis in their religious practices? How did it all start? 

Cannabis in Ancient and Modern Day China

About 20 years ago, farmers in China discovered a mummified corpse. The man seemed to be of high social status as he was well dressed and had with him many possessions including a harp, archery equipment and a few other items that lead researchers to believe that the man may have been a shaman. Also found with the man was 789g of dried cannabis. 

Scientists were able to analyze the marijuana and could prove it to be so as it was very well preserved and contained THC. However, no pipes or any other clues were found in the tomb with the shaman to prove that it was to be smoked. Some researchers mentioned that it could have been for use in the afterlife as a “medicine or for visionary purposes.” 

As mentioned previously, cannabis has long been used for its mind altering properties. Taoists, those who practice Taoism, an ancient Chinese practice, have been known to use cannabis as an incense. They use it to help guide them on their spiritual journey beyond the mortal plane. 

Man in India smoking marijuana with chillum

Cannabis in India

Cannabis has long been found in India and has been used for centuries in religion. Dating as far back to 2000 B.C., the sacred Hindu text The Vedas, mentions cannabis as one of the five sacred plants. It was said to have a guardian angel who lived in it’s leaves.  

In the Hindu tradition, there are three types of cannabis preparation that are commonly used, even to this day. The first is known as bhang, which is typically made using nuts, spices and sugar and combined with cannabis and boiled in milk. 

Bhang is said to be associated with the god Shiva. According to legend, Shiva was wandering in the hot sun in a field after a family dispute. Tired from the heat and the altercation with his family, he fell asleep under a leafy plant. When he woke up, his curiosity got the better of him and he decided to sample the leaves from the plant. Feeling instantly rejuvenated, he decided that was his favorite food. 

The second preparation of cannabis is called ganga. This form is stronger than bhang and is made from the flower and upper leaves of the female plant and then smoked. Charas is the third preparation and is also stronger than bhang. Also known as “black gold” or “finger hash”, it is made from extracted resin from an almost-mature flower bud by rolling it in your palms. The resin is then smoked in a pipe called a chillum, and is usually shared between two to five people. 

Rastafarianism and Cannabis

When one first thinks of a Rastafarian they may go straight to a stereotype of a Rasta sitting somewhere with a big joint in his mouth listening to Bob Marley and just living life. However, Rastafarianism is far from that. 

Rastafarianism follows the text of the Old Testament. They believe that marijuana is mentioned various times throughout the Bible and interpret it as such. For instance, “eat every herb of the land” is interpreted as all herbs including marijuana, and God put them there for man to use. 

Rastafarians only smoke marijuana during ceremonies, known as reasonings, to bring them closer to Jah (God). Reasonings are very meaningful ceremonies that can include deep meditation, prayer, debates, and other discussions. 

Rastaman began using cannabis in their religious practices as early as the late 1800s. One of the most popular Rastaman is Bob Marley, though what you may not know is that he did not see a purpose in smoking marijuana recreationally. He saw himself as a holy person, as most Rastafarians do, and saw cannabis as a holy rite which opened the door to help him get closer to his creativity. 

How Do Religions Use Cannabis in Ceremonies and not Recreational Use?

An interesting thought one might have is how and why most religions who use cannabis for their religious practices and ceremonies only use it for that, and no recreational use outside of their practices. There are a few things to keep in mind when thinking about this. 

One is that cannabis is always used in some sort of ritual, meditation, or other religious ceremony to bring one closer to a higher power. The second is that it is never mentioned to be used outside of these religious rituals, you only use them to be closer to a divine being, nothing else. It’s all about context and how others around you view it and how you see it yourself. 

Conclusion

Many religions use cannabis in their religious practices, the ones we have mentioned, and many more beyond that. Cannabis has been around for centuries and has brought us closer to a higher power. Whether that be through smoking with a pipe or burning it as incense, or even ingesting it in a mixture or drink. We all seek to find peace and tranquility through our meditation practices and religious ceremonies, and cannabis is here to help us reach our peak and communicate with our divine beings.

How to Cook with Cannabis

Hand stirring cookie dough with chocolate chips and marijuana leaves around bowl
Hand stirring cookie dough with chocolate chips and marijuana leaves around bowl

Before we hop into how you can cook with cannabis and somethings you want to consider when doing so, it’s first good to know why you might want to try making edibles. Sure you may have tried a bunch of other cannabis forms like vaping, topicals, and blunts, but when your body digests a cannabis-infused edible, you get a completely different experience. 

An edible may take a bit longer for the effects to kick in, sometimes around 30 minutes to a few hours, but when it does, it’s a euphoric feeling. When you ingest an edible it has to pass through your liver which then has to break down and metabolize the delta-9 THC into 11-hydroxy-THC which hits harder than any other form of marijuana.

Another great reason for learning how to make your own cannabis-infused oil for cooking recipes is that you will save money in making your own edibles. If you find that you are always buying premade cannabis items like cookies and candies, why not try making some on your own?

When it comes to cooking with cannabis there are many ways to go about it. You can use tinctures, which is easy, but not as fun, and can get pretty costly down the line if you like to cook with marijuana often. Or you can make your own cannabis-infused oil or butter, which can go a long way. However, there are some things to consider when making your own cannabis-infused oils for cooking. 

Know Your Strain

Like any marijuana item, everything affects you a little differently. So before you get started, think about how you want your final product to affect you or your guests, if you intend to make something to share with others. Do you want something high in CBD for a relaxing feeling? Maybe you want an energetic Sativa to boost your mood and get you feeling more productive? Or are you thinking about curling up on the couch with a sedative-inducing Indica? 

However you are feeling, just make sure you get the strain you want before moving forward with your oil. A good rule of thumb is to pick a strain that has low THC levels, something that you might use to vape that is around 10-15% THC. As for the amount of cannabis you use, an ounce is usually good enough, but it is up to you. 

Also, make sure that the strain you use is a rich terpene profile to get the most health benefits out of your oil. 

Wooden table with rolling pin and cookie dough with marijuana leaf cut out

What Are you Using to Make Your Oil?

When it comes to making the oil or adding your marijuana to your food there are a couple of ways you can go about it. As mentioned previously, an easy way to get what you want is to buy a tincture and add that into your mix. It’s easy to do but can get pricey. 

Making your own oil out of a flower, stems, trims, or flower that has already been vaporized (ABV), is a common way of making your own oil. One big thing to make sure of is that you completely dry out your flower or stems before adding it to your oil. 

You Won’t Know Your Dosage

One downside to making your own edibles and edible oil is that you won’t know the dosage of your final product. Sure, you will know how much marijuana you used to make it, but that doesn’t that mean you know the exact amount of oil that is in each piece. 

You might make a batch of brownies and eat one and not feel a thing while your friend had one and is over the moon. What could have happened? You probably didn’t mix your batter well and the oil was unevenly distributed. When mixing the oil make sure you mix it very, very well. This will help to get an even amount of cannabis oil throughout your mixture and help with even dosages. 

Another thing you can do to test the potency of your oil is to try a little bit before adding it to your mixture. Take a ¼ or ½  a teaspoon for yourself as a personal dose and add it to your food or drink. Sit on it for about an hour and see how it affects you. Then you can use that as a baseline when adding the oil to your mixture for your food. 

Hand adding drops from tincture to pasta

What Type of Oil Are you Mixing With?

The type of oil you mix your cannabis with can make a big difference in taste. You want to aim for a high-fat oil like coconut or canola oil. Just be aware that canola oil has a higher smoking/boiling point than coconut oil. 

When infusing your cannabis with the oil, you want to submerge it in the oil and keep it at a consistent heat. There are many different ways of doing this. Some people like to use a saucepan, and with doing this you have to make sure you keep an eye on it. You don’t want it to get so hot that you scorch your cannabis but you want it to be hot enough for the cannabinoids to infuse with the oil. Use a thermometer and try to keep it around 160-200 degrees Fahrenheit. 

You can also use a slow cooker which has a little less maintenance to it but you always want to keep an eye on it. This is also much easier to set temperature-wise as you can go low and slow. 

Another method is using the oven, also a slow and steady method but requires a little more from you. You want to heat the oven to 245 degrees, cook for about 30 – 40 minutes and stir the buds every 10 minutes. 

Now that you know how to use cannabis to make your own cannabis-infused oil and some things to keep in mind when making it, what will you make first? Don’t forget to stop by your local From The Earth dispenser to pick up a few flowers to get your recipe started. With so many strains, flavors, and degree of potency, you’ll be using cannabis oil for every meal!

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