Now that the laws in the United States are changing to allow the use of marijuana for medical reasons

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To smoke or not to smoke, that is the question

From an infused breakfast to perfectly rolled joints, how you ingest marijuana will alter how the medicine affects your body & mind

The Many Methods of Madness

Smoking: Roll it, light it, hit it

Smoke the dried flowers from a pipe, water bong, or cigarette

  • Pros
    • Minimally processed
    • Instant effect
    • Easy to regulate dose
  • Cons
    • Smoke can be harmful to lungs
    • Not recommended for people with pulmonary damage


Vaporizing: For the sophisticated user in all of us

  • Heats the cannabis just below the combustion point so the plant doesn’t burn
    • Pros
      • Easier on lungs than smoking
      • Delivers clean inhalation
      • Less smell than smoking
    • Cons
      • Vaporizers can be expensive
      • Equipment needs to be cared for & maintained

Tinctures: Like the village herbalist used to make

  • Grain alcohol extracts active compounds for a potent liquid solution
    • Pros
      • Easy to judge amounts
      • Great for small doses
      • Preferred method for children
    • Cons
      • Requires a lot of cannabis
      • Can be very expensive for high doses

But how does it work?

  • A Match Made In Nature: Cannabinoids Are Produced in the Body & Also Found in Cannabis Plants
  • The Endocannabinoid System
  • Network of receptors in the body that bind with cannabinoids
  • CB1 & CB2: 2 main receptors control where compounds activate throughout body

80+ Cannabinoids Are Found In Marijuana Plants

  • THC: delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol
    • Most abundant cannabinoid in marijuana
    • Binds to CB1 receptors in the brain & reproductive organs
    • Produces a psychoactive effect by releasing dopamine in the brain
    • Getting “high” is a sense of euphoria & well-being
    • Good for
      • Moderating pain

CBD: cannabidiol

  • 2nd most abundant cannabinoid
  • Binds to CB2 receptors in the immune system
  • Non-psychoactive, reduces mental effects of THC, & has more medicinal properties
    • High CBD & THC amounts create a clear head high
    • Low CBD levels will produce a hazier, foggy feeling
  • Good for
    • Inflammation
    • Migraines
    • Arthritis
    • Muscle spasms
    • Epilepsy
    • Shown promise at fighting cancer cells

92% of patients agree that medical cannabis works for them

  • Why The Grass Is Always Greener
    • Epilepsy: Cannabis may help reduce seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy
      • <.3% THC is in the cannabis tincture given to epileptic children with severe childhood epilepsy
      • 60% of children achieved 50+% reduction in number of seizures
      • 10% became seizure free
    • Chronic pain: Helps relieve physical discomfort of diseases like arthritis, fibromyalgia, & spinal cord injuries
      • 5% THC & 2.5 grams/day given to test groups
      • Cannabis user’s symptoms improved “significantly” quicker than control group
      • No adverse effects on kidney, liver, or hormonal function
    • Depression: Replenishes endocannabinoid levels that are depleted from chronic stress
      • 75% reduction of PTSD symptoms
      • States where medical cannabis is legal see a dip in male suicide rates
        • 11% ages 20-29
        • 9% ages 30-39
    • Cancer: Early tests indicate cannabis may destroy the walls of cancer cells & aid current cancer treatments
      • CBD shown to inhibit cell growth of human carcinoma breast cells
      • Supports chemotherapy by reducing nausea, pain, indigestion, & increasing appetite

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