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12 Sep 2019

My brother has multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a degenerative disease affecting the brain and spinal cord; it generally causes problems with vision, balance, and muscle control. My brother’s body was deteriorating, but none of the medications his doctors recommended seemed to help. While researching the disease on his own, however, he discovered that stem cell transplants have been successfully used to halt the progression of the disease. He was unable to undergo the procedure in the US; he eventually [ ... ]

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08 Sep 2019
What's the Vaping Scare About and Why Is It Happening?

What are e-cigarettes?

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are all the rage. Since their introduction in 2003, e-cigarette use (vaping) has mushroomed: as of 2018, more than 10 million people globally vape.

Wikipedia describes an e-cigarette as follows:

An electronic cigarette or e-cigarette is a handheld battery-powered vaporizer that simulates smoking … but without burning tobacco. Using an e-cigarette is known as "vaping" and the user is referred to as a "vaper." Instead of cigarette [ ... ]

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18 Jul 2019

Emerald Health, a Canadian cannabis pharmaceutical company, is developing what could be a “holy grail” treatment for sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Myelin is a sheath around nerve cells – a layer of protective insulation – that helps nerves smoothly conduct signals. MS causes this sheath to degrade. This demyelination prevents nerves from smoothly conducting impulses, causing pain and other serious problems for sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and other demyelinating diseases or [ ... ]

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12 Jun 2019

Miscellaneous Information about Cannabis and Sleep

Low-doses of CBD have a stimulating effect, while high-doses of CBD have a sedating effect.[1] So if you use CBD for sleep, make sure you take a high enough dose.

Sleep problems are often multifaceted. The best solution — THC, CBD, or both — depends on the cause of your problem.

Cannabis and Sleep Cycles

During the course of an eight-hour sleep period, a healthy sleeper should cycle through the different sleep stages every 90 minutes or [ ... ]

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25 May 2019

Outstanding podcast on cannabis in nursing homes from The Brave New Weed: https://www.bravenewweed.com/all-episodes/ep54
The relevant discussion starts at about 22:20. Issues discussed include:

The pioneering use of cannabis in nursing homes in Israel, with a clinic just now opening in Beverly Hills. The use of THC in micro doses — less than 1 mg (“standard” doses are about 10 mg) The majority of patients do not experience any psychoactive effects Cannabis is effective for about 95% of [ ... ]

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22 May 2019

1. Cannabinoid receptors and neurotransmitters are upregulated in tumor tissue.[1], [2]

Studies show that cancer cells contain more cannabinoid receptors and endocannabinoids. In other words, tumors are sensitive to (one might even say our bodies are looking for) cannabinoids.

2. Cannabis addresses both cancer causes as well as its symptoms. Cannabis not only hinders the growth and metastasis of tumors, but it has been shown to actually shrink tumors.[1], [3]

Studies show cannabis prevents [ ... ]

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