I started to struggle

Back in the 1980s, the “Just Say No” advertising campaign was targeted at recreational drugs. The slogan was first introduced by Nancy Reagan. She was the First Lady at the time, but she saw an opportunity to bring awareness to children, combat peer pressure and earn an understanding of why they use drugs. The actual “Just Say No” slogan was created by advertising executives. Once during a visit to an Elementary School in Oakland, California, she was asked by a young girl what to do if she was offered drugs and she answered, “Just say no.”  All of sudden, there was a big war on drugs, which included marijuana. And then marijuana was lumped in with harmful, addictive substances such as LSD, cocaine and heroin. As Nancy Reagan traveled throughout the US, she appeared on talk shows and made announcements. She got media attention and she stirred up something similar to a witch hunt. The phrase “Just Say No” became very popular in American culture, and the medicinal benefits of marijuana were forgotten about. Later, Nancy Reagan expanded her mission internationally. She got the Girl Scouts, Kiwanis Club and the National Federation of Parents for a Drug-Free Youth involved. The First Lady’s campaign may have done some great things and she raised awareness, however she has also drawn criticism. Her approach reduced the solution to drug abuse to nothing but a catch phrase. Two studies show that those who participated in the DARE programs were even more likely to smoke cigarettes or use alcohol. The now inflated fears caused by “Just Say No” resulted in mass incarcerations. Plus, they also hindered youth from getting accurate information about dealing with drug abuse. There was also a certain stigma associated with anyone who was addicted. And this led to people hiding their problems instead of seeking help. Medicinal marijuana is still struggling to overcome these prejudices today.

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Natural health products

Some people insist that marijuana is a gateway to stronger drugs. And some law enforcement agencies still focus on marijuana. But then opiates are largely ignored. As cannabis legalization expands across the country, researchers continue to explore the potential of cannabinoid therapy, though. Certain recent studies indicate that cannabis may prove really helpful against a wide variety of addictions. Over 21 million Americans are currently affected by addiction. Addiction to alcohol, illicit drugs, & prescription drugs can cost the public approximately $740 billion dollars every year. Plus, the number of accidental deaths by overdose has more than tripled in the last fifteen years. Although many argue that replacing someone’s dependence on a single substance for another is not an effective treatment, addiction to marijuana is somewhat rare. This natural substance is far less addictive than cigarettes. And according to the DEA, nobody has ever died from a marijuana overdose! Cannabinoid therapy offers the potential of lowering certain rates of addiction. Cannabis has already reduced the number of overdose deaths. In 2014, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the states with offered legal cannabis had nearly 25% fewer opioid overdose-related deaths reported. Plus there was also a decline in the number of prescriptions filled to treat depression with: psychosis, anxiety, seizures, nausea, sleep disorders & spasticity. But, medical marijuana has already saved the Medicare program millions of dollars. Legalizing marijuana nationwide offers a potential savings of approximately $475 million! While the cost savings is a great benefit, the legalization of marijuana is saving lives, too. There is hope for millions of people suffering from addiction & for their families.  

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I’m feeling great now!

The therapeutic benefits of cannabis have been proven by lots of scientific studies and multiple personal success stories. Cannabis is now demonstrating effectiveness in treating everything from Alzheimer’s to arthritis to chronic pain, anxiety and cancerous tumors. The legalization of marijuana for medical purposes has spread across more than half of the country, too. Concern has been raised that regular and prolonged use of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, could lead to psychological or some cognitive troubles.  Fortunately, though, cannabidiol (CBD) provides a safeguard against the adverse side effects of THC. See, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis. And a university team has verified that equal proportions of CBD and THC prevented the emergence of all behavioral deficits. In the study, injections of THC were given to a group of adolescent and young adult mice. Another group of mice were given only CBD. And a final group of mice acquired equal dosage of both THC and CBD. The first group showed problems with their memory and increased anxiety. The other group demonstrated no cognitive changes at all, but the other group, those that acquired the combination of THC and CBD, also showed no signs of cognitive abnormalities. That CBD protects against bad side effects caused by THC is legitimately fantastic news.  CBD is found in marijuana and in hemp, and it is legitimately abundant. It’s a safe, natural, effective medicine. It also offers successful treatment of neurological disorders. Natural strains of cannabis have close ratios of THC and CBD. Over the years, the plant has simply been bred by growers for greater potency, diminishing the amount of CBD in it. But now growers are concentrating on CBD-rich strains of cannabis.

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I reduce anxiety this way

Anxiety is a normal reaction to difficult situations. However, for those who suffer from anxiety disorders, their fears as well as their worries don’t diminish when the issue goes away. In most cases, their anxiety tends to escalate over time as well as gradually start to interfere with daily life. The National Institute of Mental Health has concluded that anxiety disorder is the most prevalent mental illness in the United States. Panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorders, and phobias are all the result of abnormalities in the brain. They currently affect forty million adults. Symptoms include shortness of breath, increase of heart rate, nausea, some chest pain, trembling, tingling, choking, lightheadedness, and a total loss of control. The medications most often used to treat symptoms of anxiety as well as panic attacks have been linked to an extensive list of adverse side effects, too. These include dizziness, headaches, fatigue, weight fluctuation, sexual dysfunction, and often long-term damage of the heart, lungs as well as kidneys. But fortunately, a safe, natural alternative treatment is showing a lot of success. This treatment is CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. It works on the cellular level as well as provides a calm and very serene feeling. It interfaces with the natural endocannabinoid systems (ECS) which manage a number of the body’s capacities. This includes mood as well as stress recuperation. CBD also affects a neurotransmitter called GABA. This sends messages among brain cells. Introducing CBD lessens anxiety, quiets the sensory system, and it assists with rest as well as unwinding the muscles. Plus, CBD does not cause a high sensation, either. It contains none of the psychoactive effects of THC. It inhibits dopamine release, boosts the serotonin receptors, and it reduces hypothalamic activity.

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My problems got worse

In 1930, Congress established a Federal Bureau of Narcotics and then they put Harry Anslinger in charge. This was right after the catastrophe of prohibition, but the population refused to give up alcohol. Congress hated to admit defeat. They needed a new enemy to fight, marijuana was the ideal target. Harry Anslinger told the public that there was 100,000 marijuana smokers among them and most of these were Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos plus entertainers. He pointed the finger at marijuana for their wild jazz plus their swing tunes. He then further warned the public that marijuana caused white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes! Crazy! The Great Depression had instilled a fantastic resentment against foreigners plus it bred racism. People were actually influenced. And so the bad connotations with marijuana began.  Where once cannabis was embraced for its medicinal properties, it was now being accused of inciting violence. Then by 1936, laws restricting marijuana were put in place across the country. Medicines such as aspirin and morphine took over as painkillers. A year later, Congress put the Marijuana Tax Act in place, still allowing physicians plus pharmacists to prescribe marijuana, but taxing it so that it became cost prohibitive. In the mid to late sixties, as young people objected to the establishment, our government once again held marijuana to blame for their refusal to conform, and unfortunately, these mistaken beliefs have stuck around. They still color people’s perceptions today. But gradually, however, as cannabis is proven effective in the treatment of multiple illnesses, I think that awareness plus acceptance is on the rise.

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The cost of cannabis

An estimated three hundred thousand people in the this country suffer from MS, but I didn’t know much about this debilitating & progressive disease until our sister was diagnosed with it. My sister Sheila was twenty-seven when she found out why she had numbness & tingling in her extremities. MS is a disease of the nervous system that affects the brain & spinal cord. My sister properly deals with sensory & vision problems, balance problems, fatigue & tremors, but there is currently not a known cure for MS. If left untreated, it can lead to paralysis, epilepsy & mental & emotional problems.  She has tried different kinds of medications to slow the progression, prevent relapse & control symptoms. She has been on antidepressants, anxiolytics & muscle relaxants but they have caused her nausea, vomiting, back pain & flu-like symptoms. And if she continues taking these prescriptions, she’s looking at potential liver & nerve problems, hair loss & more. I have researched the chance of treatment with cannabinoids for her. More & more studies are proving that cannabinoids are very effective at inhibiting inflammation, reducing spasticity, controlling neuropathic pain, & even addressing the other symptoms associated with MS. Plus there are very minimal side effects. Now Sheila is noticing an amazing improvement in her health & well-being through using a combination of THC & CBD. These many cannabinoids work together to combat her symptoms; while THC kills proinflammatory cells, CBD suppresses the function of the white blood cells which cause serious inflammation. Plus, the CBD lessens the psychoactive effects of THC. That way, my sister isn’t dealing with any high sensation.

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We’re switching what we do

I suffer a lot from arthritis pain in my joints. And I’m not alone in this situation.  Over fifty million Americans deal with the pain & limitations of arthritis. In certain severe cases, surgery is sometimes proposed. I was trying to avoid this and just make do with physical therapy & medications! Unfortunately, it’s been found that long-term use of analgesics, corticosteroids, NSAIDs & DMARDs can result in awful side effects. By using them I was looking at an increased risk of heart attack & strokes and even the possibilities of ulcers & cataracts. It made me worry about blood sugar levels, high blood pressure & injury to my liver and kidneys. The medication often caused nausea & headaches for me, too. As the problems & pain worsened, I started feeling depressed.  My quality of life was not relaxing. About three years ago, I came across an article that totally changed everything; it was talking about THC, the most regular cannabinoid. It has the ability to influence how pain is perceived by the brain. It acts on CB1 receptors & produces anti-inflammatory effects on the body. I wanted to try cannabinoids to relieve my pain however I was a bit concerned about the ‘high’ associated with it. With further research l found that CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, stimulates the receptors in the brain that are in charge of pain & inflammation. They also deactivate the enzyme that metabolizes THC. In other words, combining CBD with THC could give me all the benefits but no disadvantages. I have seen an amazing reduction in pain & stiffness since switching from conventional medication to cannabis oral spray. I take it at night & each day. I now sleep better & I also have started exercising.

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Growing cannabis plants

A large percentage of Americans age 65 & older suffer from Alzheimer’s disease; That adds up to over four million people already diagnosed with it and the at-risk population continues to grow quickly. Without intervention, this chronic neurodegenerative brain disorder is predicted to impact over sixteen million people in this country in a few short years. At this time, there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Treatment has largely just been focused on controlling the symptoms. But unfortunately, the commonly prescribed medications result in numerous adverse side effects. These include nausea, vomiting, indigestions, reduced appetite, chest pain & cramps.  Some of the long-term issues can include convulsions, stroke, heart, liver & even kidney complications. But recent studies show that elements found in the cannabis sativa plant are helpful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s & HIV dementia. Certain cannabinoids have the capability to remove the buildup of senile plaques & inhibit the inflammatory process that speeds up the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. In one four-month study, numerous patients afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease were given cannabis oil and the dramatic results indicated a significant decrease in delusions, agitations, irritability, apathy, sleep & caregiver distress. Mice with advanced Alzheimer’s disease demonstrated that a combination of THC & CBD decreased memory impairment. The research continues, but success stories offer hope for patients & for their family members. Now, people are taking advantage of a natural remedy that causes no adverse side-effects. Plus it’s far less expensive than conventional medications.  With the legalization of medical marijuana, more & more people are finally getting the help they need. Plus, this safe & effective treatment also offers potential for some preventative measures.

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I experienced a few highs

The cultivation of marijuana is not new; marijuana was used for pottery, food, rope and medicine even back in the stone age, however ancient Chinese medical text references the plant in the treatment of gout, rheumatism, and malaria. It was also used as an anesthetic for surgeries, too. And the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans relied on the marijuana plant in a wide variety of ways. Because of this, the planting and harvesting of cannabis eventually spread throughout Asia, the Middle East, African and India, and then the rest of the world. British colonies took advantage of hemp to produce textiles and as medicine, too. It is widely believed that Napoleon came back to France from Egypt in the 1677’s with some marijuana. Both George WA and Thomas Jefferson grew some sort of hemp on their plantations. Then by the mid eighteen hundreds, marijuana was considered a mainstream remedy.  And so it’s surprising that this rise in acceptance came to a sudden halt. Many people just know that this was the result of proven research and drawback side effects. But really, the prohibition of cannabis originates in greed, racism and cultural warfare. It dates back to the Great Depression. In 1929, there was a growing fear and resentment toward foreigners. That’s because Randolph Hearst was making his money in the paper business. As hemp gave a cheaper and more readily available alternative, he sought to discredit marijuana. Suddenly, the newspaper he owned and operated often carried frequent stories blaming marijuana for Mexican guys losing their minds and committing murder. And then there were stories of marijuana causing men to become violent and rape women. Unfortunately, these fabrications were enough to turn popular opinion against marijuana.

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This marijuana does good things

Although medical marijuana continues to receive acceptance, everyone are not regular with the terminology.  People may be confused by references to cannabinoids, CBD plus THC, plus aren’t aware of the many possibilities for consumption.  A lot of people don’t realize that it isn’t necessary to experience a high when using it. Cannabis flowers naturally secretes cannabinoids. These are a chemical compound, however the cannabinoids replicate compounds that the body naturally produces. They bind to identifiable endocannabinoid receptor sites located throughout your brain plus your body.  The receptor sites in the brain are known as CB1. And then those in the body are referred to as CB2. These many endocannabinoid receptors can manage a broad range of vital biological functions! Because the CB1 plus CB2 receptors are found throughout the brain and in the body, the benefits of all types of cannabinoids is nearly limitless. There are over 100 cannabinoids gave by the stalks, seeds plus flowers of cannabis plants, but recently the synergistic effect of employing many cannabinoids in combination has begun to be studied. We are now starting to realize that the interaction of unusual types of cannabinoids offers greater effectiveness of treatment with fewer side effects. CBD or Cannabidiol is actually the most abundant of all cannabinoids, and the potential it has in treating neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, is nothing short of amazing. CBD is also being used now to reduce and sometimes to even eliminate seizures in people who suffer from refractory epilepsy disorders. Because CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, people don’t get high using it. It’s an ideal option for children, and it’s now being studied in conjunction with THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) to counteract the side effects it has.