Medicinal

Medicinal

Medicinal Cannabis Focus : Cannabis for Crohns Disease

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We’ve teamed up with Piff Advisor to run a series on ISMOKE about the many medicinal benefits of cannabis, and this week the focus is on Cannabis for Crohns Disease.

It’s great to tell people that cannabis is a Medicine, but sometimes it’s hard to back yourself up without having some proper evidence available to support the cause.

Cannabis and Dreaming – Do You Remember Your Dreams?

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I read this excellent article on Leafly today about cannabis and dreaming, and it got me thinking about my own experience with dreaming (or lack thereof) since I became a regular cannabis user 8 years ago.

Since Curing His Cancer with Cannabis Rick Simpson Has Helped over 5000

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After Healing His Own Cancer with Cannabis, Self-Taught Doctor Helped over 5000 Patients

“I always tell people – Cannabis will cure you, and you will see that at present, it is the best cure there is in the world!”

Rick Simpson, one of the world’s cannabis icons and activists for legalisation of marijuana, has healed more than 5000 people with cannabis oil – after he was diagnosed with the most severe skin cancer in 2002 and cured the dreaded disease using hemp oil.

Medical Cannabis for Asthma

Medicinal Cannabis is being used to treat a whole range of medical conditions, one of them being Medical Cannabis for asthma.

As counterintuitive as it sounds vaping or even smoking some strains of cannabis has been shown to help relieve asthma symptoms in patients. Whilst this information is nothing new, we wanted to share the beneficial effects of medical cannabis for asthma sufferers.

Whoopi Goldberg Launching Cannabis Products to Help Women Deal with Menstrual Pain

Comedian and actress Whoopi Goldberg is the latest celebrity to endorse and invest in Medical Marijuana in the US.

Inspired by her own lifetime of difficult periods, Goldberg has teamed up with founder of Om Edibles, Maya Elisabeth, to create a line of Medical Marijuana products aimed at helping women treat menstrual pain.

Cannabis, Asperger’s Syndrome and Me – Breaking the taboo

Asperger’s Syndrome. As a seven year old, I had no idea what this meant. All I was told was this meant I was special. I thought differently and acted differently from the other kids. It made me unique. However being unique has a downside, I stuck out like a sore thumb. Being acutely aware of this, growing up I was reserved as a child, I barely spoke a word to anyone, I wouldn’t interact with the other kids in a normal way, and I singled myself out. It was almost like I was denying my true self. In retrospect, it was possibly the worst decisions of my life, it made me feel like I should go along with the crowd, like I needed approval from other people.

Cannabis is The Future

Here is a great Tedx talk called: “The Chaos of Cannabis”  by Jahan Peston Jamas. Jahan’s goal is to change the stereotypes of cannabis and give you a new perspective on the thousands of uses for the cannabis plant including housing, food, healthcare, medicine, textiles and more.

How Long After Smoking Does THC Stay In Your System?

Today we’d like to do our best to answer a question we get asked a lot – how long does Cannabis stay in your system?

The Rise of Cannabis in Modern Medicine

Over the last 5-10 years cannabis has been coming into the global spotlight more and more, with campaigns for its legalisation growing at a massive rate. Many US states have made it state law that it may be prescribed by doctors for a wide variety of ailments, and others have even made it legal or decriminalised its possession for recreational use. Conversely, state law has yet to catch up with this entirely and it is still a federal felony to grow or possess cannabis. As this movement has grown in the US, other countries around the world have seen this as an opportunity to relax their own legislation on cannabis and drugs in general. Some countries have even gone as far as to decriminalise the possession of all drugs. With this tide of change in the legal status and cultural perception of drugs and, in particular, cannabis use, it does not seem unlikely that the UK government may soon follow suit and reap the social and economic advantages of the legalisation of drugs, such as the availability of medicinal cannabis.

The numerous medicinal properties of cannabis have been known for many years in various subcultures who use it as a ‘herb’ rather than a drug or narcotic substance. With this change in cultural perception it is becoming possible for the scientific community to openly delve into this once forbidden plant and verify the claims that many have made of its healing properties over the years.

Making Peace With Cannabis

A U.N. report says the use and potency of cannabis is on the rise in the U.S.

We found an excellent TED-ex talk by Zachary Walsh covering the cannabis plant, its medicinal value and much more.

I know what you’re thinking – Cannabis on TED? Videos like this show how far the world (particularly across the Atlantic) has come in the last few years towards better attitudes and even fact-based views on Cannabis.

The Surprising Story of Medical Marijuana and Epilepsy in Children

Because of the stigma around Cannabis in the UK it’s hard to imagine what the general public – or worse, the government – would say about medicinal cannabis for children.

Well if you’re not so sure yourself, prepare to be convinced by his TED talk by Josh Stanley who has been treating kids with epilepsy using cannabis, after developing a low THC strain they called called Charlotte’s Web.  

Should You Vape or Smoke Your Cannabis?

Ken Miguel of San Jose exhales e-cigarette vapor on Oct. 18, 2013 at The Vape Bar in San Jose. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

A Comparison of Vaporizing versus Smoking

There’s nothing wrong with smoking cannabis. In fact, it’s starting to look like it may do more good than harm due to its medicinal properties.

But what about that†”harm”?†Should we just forget about it entirely?

The health risks of smoking cannabis have nothing to do with the active ingredients, or cannabinoids in the flower – it’s the toxic byproducts of smoke in general.

In other words, it doesn’t matter if you’re burning wood, oregano or marijuana, you’re going to be inhaling toxins if you inhale the smoke.

Why Cannabis Is a Better Pain Medication Than Any Other

A personal tale of legal vs. illegal pain relief

By Graham Neilson

Since an early age I have known pain and agony like most people will never experience in their lifetime. In this article I will attempt to give an insight into the causes of this pain, the medication that doctors have prescribed and the effect this medication has had on my life…….and why I decided to prescribe my own.

What Is The Healthiest Way To Consume Cannabis?

The healthiest way to use medical cannabis is, in a word, vaporizing. This process has its roots in Ancient Egypt. Large flat stones were heated in fires until they were glowing hot before being carefully removed and sprinkled with different types of incense, including cannabis. As there was no burning process, the vapours laden with the pungent (and in the case of cannabis, psychoactive) oils and aromas which were released were far purer and more effective than if the ingredients were burned.

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This principle still holds true today, though luckily there have been many technological advances in the design of vaporizers, and the days of having to heat stones in a wood fire to ingest medical cannabis are over. Sensi Seeds (sensiseeds.com) have a good range of different sized vaporizers, ranging from the highly portable, pocket sized Iolite and Da Vinci vaporizers to the Volcano and Verdamper vaporizers, which may need their own chair or table.

Hashish.

We’re all aware of that hard brick of mysterious brown matter that old hippie sneaks out of his 100% hemp wallet at the back of the pub to roll a ‘cigarette’ with. A lot of us still buy and smoke it while others prefer a good helping of their greens. Thanks to the wonderful thriving technology of today’s world any one of us can purchase an indoor growing kit and plant whatever he/she desires in their home. So naturally the amount of florists in the UK grew and the need for imported goods slowed down. However, it’s still possible to locate some of that brown/black (or if you’re lucky golden) goodness.

The Cannabis plant produces ‘resin glands’ or ‘trichomes’ which contain cannabinoids, the most famous of these being THC. The one we’re all very familiar with. These resin glands then need to be separated from the plant matter it’s self. This can be done using a variety of different ways. In the middle east where hashish is said to have originated they still use traditional hand rubbing techniques to produce ‘Charas’ or ‘Squidgy black’ which is the oldest way to produce Hash. Basically they take a fat bud and rub it between their hands for a long time until the resin glands mount up and cling to their hands as a black and sticky oil (this can take hours and hours). The hash is then scraped off the rubber’s hands and added together to create a ball or block of Charas. This kind of hash can be made at any time of a plant’s life cycle as long as there are visible trichomes, the prime time is during or after peak floral production (approximately two weeks prior to harvest date). The reason hand rubbed hash is always such a dark colour is because when you break a resin glands they begin to oxidize and change in colour to a darker hue. Even the most experienced Charas rubber can only produce about than 5 grams of the finest hash in a day. There’s something to think about every time you pick up an eighth!

The other main type of hash is called ‘Pollen’ It’s not actually the pollen of the plant but again the resin glands. The reason it looks so different to hand rubbed is because it’s gathered up and either beaten with sticks to compress it into a block or compressed via industrial machine presses that achieve that hard brick that you have to dig your fingernails into on a cold day in the park. A good sample of pollen will be a beautiful golden colour that is almost pliable when given a small about of heat (stick it in your sock for 5 minutes to soften her up!). A bad example of pollen hash would be hard to the touch and almost have a slight green colour to it. However this example of ‘bad hash’ is nothing to soap so if you get a slight green tinge to your hash don’t worry. Pollen can achieve a more uplifting high and is more likely to be a Sativa than Charas.