Surprise Vote in Congress Protects Medical Marijuana From Federal Interference

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by Chris Moore

 

Even though 29 U.S. states and D.C. have legalized medical cannabis in various forms, the country’s expanding pot industry has remained on uncertain footing due to the ongoing federal prohibition of marijuana. However state-legal canna-businesses can now breathe a temporary sigh of relief, as a new budget amendment proposed by Republican Rep. David Joyce is likely to protect them until the end of next year. As Joyce himself tweeted yesterday:
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CENSORED! YouTube Begins Banning Videos About CBD Oil Saying It’s ‘Harmful’

 

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YouTube has ramped up their censorship campaign and this time, they are coming after CBD ( cannabidiol) oil. Channels which discuss CBD oil will be banned because according to YouTube, it “poses a risk of serious physical harm or death.”

Mike Adams, otherwise known as The Health Ranger on YouTube has now been permanently banned. The Natural News channel is for a second time, gone.  The reason? According to Adams, YouTube claimed a 43-second video he posted about the compassionate healing potential of CBD oil was subjecting viewers to “risk of serious physical harm or death.” Rather than allowing the issuance of three strikes before banning a channel, YouTube permanently banned our channel with a single strike (click here to see screenshots.)

YouTube now considers videos that talk about natural medicine and saving lives from cancer to be “harmful” and “dangerous.” Really. That’s what YouTube has now become: an enemy of natural medicine and healing.

This is the same YouTube that openly allows children of all ages to view a violent depiction of a deadly massacre because it’s part of a hate-based music video from “Childish Gambino” called This is America. Meanwhile, Paul Joseph Watson’s video that brilliantly exposes the narrative of violence and hate that infuses the music video has been shadowbanned by YouTube to make sure no one sees it. That’s right: The video depicting mass murder in a black church is not banned, but a video criticizing that video gets effectively banned. -Natural News

The censorship is only getting worse, and it’s affecting those critical of the official narrative, whether it be on violence, gun ownership, mass shootings, or Western medicine.  Hopefully, we can all stand together soon and speak against all censorship of any kind for any reason.  Free speech isn’t just a constitutional right, it’s a fundamental human right.

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Cannabinoid Medicine – The Rebirth of nature with Dr. Uma Dhanabalan

By: Mike Robinson, Dir. of Communications, AACM
Reprinted with permission from Dr David Bearman

Marijuana movers and shakers are making tremendous gains towards stabilizing an industry that has been on the brink for close to a decade. In fact, 2018 may very well go down in history as the year cannabis come to age across the nation.

Dr. Uma V.A. Dhanabalan, MD, MPH, FAAFP, MRO is a highly respected physician trained in Family Medicine and Occupational & Environmental Medicine. She’s a Cannabis Therapeutics Specialist, providing Medical Marijuana authorizations. As well she’s a Diplomat certfied as a Cannabinoid Medicine Specialist by the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine (AACM). Her passion is in educating the public about cannabis and endocannabinoid system. She has an array of patients from age 18 to 96, with various medical conditions, who are using medical marijuana for treatment of their illnesses. Dr Dhanabalan states “Cannabis is Not an Entrance drug, it is an Exit drug for pharmaceuticals and narcotics.”

One of her patients is the well known Bob Lobel, who’s still no stranger to the media. Of course, the 74-year-old was a sportscasting icon for WBZ-TV for three decades, but, in the last few years, journalists have been pointing the mic back at him to hear his commentary on a completely different beat, medicinal marijuana. Lobel has become an unexpected supporter of it in Massachusetts since 2015, when he quit prescription opioids in favor of cannabis to ease his chronic pain. He appeared at “The Doc and Jocks,” a panel at the New England Cannabis Convention in March. He and former pro athletes, like Jim McMahon of the NFL, discussed cannabis and it’s role in managing pain. Lobel is also starting work on a Cannabis themed podcast. “Bob Lobel’s New England POTcast! Dr. Uma Dhanabalan, being Lobel’s physician, lead the panel. Known to her patients as simply “Dr. Uma,” she runs a practice in Natick specializing in medical cannabis, and she’s also starting a nonprofit called Dr. Uma CARE (Choice, Alternative, Research, and Education).

Retail Cannabis Dispensaries open in the state as early as this summer, and recreational license applications have started. Dr. Uma has concerns, “We don’t give people the education they need early on to tell them there are other options. Even now, it’s still not taught to all doctors, and this leads to stigma. Stigma then leads to misinformation.” She went on to talk about the Opioid Epidemic that has America and the world’s attention as well as regulatory authorities who are continually changing prescribing laws to attempt to stop the surge in overdose deaths despite the legalization of Cannabis. The alarming statistics show that illicit street drugs have taken a back seat to Rx medication overdose deaths (51% are Rx related, 49% are illicit drug/heroin) in this irrefutable fight to save lives. “Studies have shown that the United States, the world’s population, uses 80% of the global supply of opioid A new report has put that use in perspective, pinpointing drugs. how Americans’ dependence on the drugs has become a national problem” Dr. Uma says and she goes on with her passion regarding this subject, “I truly believe doctors right now are very miserable, because they don’t get to practice medicine. In family medicine, we had seven or eight minutes allotted to spend with patients.  As a physician, we’re bombarded with [the phrase] “evidence-based medicine.” I’ve asked this question: “What part of zero [deaths] is not evident?” [Cannabis] was prescribed in this country from 1850 to 1942. It’s because of politics and racism that cannabis is stigmatized today, not because of evidence-based medicine. Without a doubt Dr. Uma cares about people and she shows it in her public appearances and in every conversation I’ve personally had with her.

When asked about the resistance coming from governments regarding the legalization of Cannabis she responded “It’s getting better because the patients are speaking out. I always say, “reach one, teach ten,” and doggone it, my patients are doing their job. They’re slowly starting to feel more comfortable – it is getting de-stigmatized.” From my own kowledge as the Director of Communications for The American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine, Dr. Uma has seen well over 4,000 Cannabis patients, making her one of the highest ranking diplomats within the Academy itself. I get excited just speaking with her about the future of Cannabinoid Medicine and her non stop work to legitimize the very medicine I use and my daughter does as well. When asked about other doctors not having the knowledge pateints like myself and millions of others need them to have, her response has been rather bold, “It’s no longer ignorance — it’s arrogance. If you choose not to be a part of it, that’s fine! But you cannot alienate the patients that want to learn about this and want to use this.” And she’s 100% correct. Having a history of over a dozen previous Cannabis ‘Cards’ given after Dr. recommendations for medicinal use in multiple stated, I’ve found that my primary care and other doctors have been clueless about cannabis as medicine. That is, until I went to see the famed Dr. David Bearman, the V.P./Founder of The American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine so I could have an expert in charge of my vast medical files related to cannabis recovery. As a patient I believe that we cheat ourselves by going to the ‘low cost’ pot doctor that spends 10 minutes with us. If we’re willing to spend several hundred a month on the product why not spent 200 bucks or so on a Cannabinoid Medicine Specialist appointment?

Dr. Uma is very passionate about stopping the deaths related to Rx overdoses and the opioid epidemic. I could write all day about her accomplishments that are changing the world one person at a time in some cases and other times millions with her continual public appearances. “Cannabis is not for everyone, yet it should be a first line option NOT the last resort” she says, “Open Your Hearts, Open Your Minds, Safety 1st, Do NO Harm!!!!”

Above, Dr. Uma Dhanabalan was at The Georgia State Capitol speaking with legislators about whole plant medicine awhile back and stopped to do what she does best – touch the heart and soul of patients around the world.

You just have to love Dr. Uma!

– Mike Robinson, Medicinal Cannabis Patient & Director of Communications, The American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine, for Dr. David Bearman – Executive V.P./Founder

No Brainer: CBD and THC for Head Injuries

From projectcbd.org

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of death worldwide in individuals under the age of 45. Triggered by concussions from car accidents, falls, violent contact sports, explosives or by gunshot and stab wounds, TBI affects 1.7 million Americans annually. It is the most commonly identified cause of epilepsy among adults.

The social and economic costs of TBI are considerable given that many who survive severe head injuries suffer permanent behavioral and neurological impairment that adversely impacts learning and memory and often requires long term rehabilitation. An estimated 4 million to 6 million Americans are on disability because of TBI. Even so-called mild cases of TBI can result in post-traumatic seizures, refractory cognitive deficits, and lower life expectancy.

Treatment modalities for TBI are limited with few satisfactory pharmaceutical options available. Surgical intervention, which entails the removal of parts of the skull to reduce intracranial pressure, is an emergency, life-saving measure, and the aftermath can be gruesome.

But hope is on the horizon, thanks in part to U.S. government-sponsored scientific research – and to extensive anecdotal accounts from medical marijuana patients – which highlight the potential of cannabinoid-based therapies for TBI.

The patent

In 1998, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published a groundbreaking report on the neuroprotective properties of cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), two major components of marijuana. Co-authored by a team of researchers (AJ Hampson, M Grimaldi, D Wink and Nobel laureate J Axelrod) at the National Institutes of Mental Health, this preclinical study on rats would form the basis of a U.S. government-held patent on “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.”

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The patent indicates that CBD and THC were found “to have particular application as neuroprotectants … in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke or trauma.” These plant cannabinoids were also deemed useful for treating other neurodegenerative conditions, “such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.”

Whereas TBI results from an external blow to the skull, a stroke is caused internally by an arterial blockage or rupture. But TBI and stroke share many of the same pathological features and aberrant molecular mechanisms.

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Example of a stroke MRI

TBI and stroke are both acute and potentially lethal injuries, involving a primary ischemic insult that interrupts cerebral blood flow and destroys brain tissue. This is followed by a secondary injury cascade that, if unchecked, can ricochet for several weeks or months, resulting in more brain damage, motor impairment and other adverse “downstream” effects, such as poor concentration, irritability, and sleep problems.

Whether the cause is an occluded blood vessel or blunt external force, the initial trauma triggers a complex sequence of molecular events characterized by the massive release of glutamate (an excitatory neurotransmitter) and the overproduction of reactive oxygen species (free radicals) and other inflammatory compounds. Excessive glutamate and oxidative stress, in turn, lead to microvascular injury, blood-brain barrier breakdown, swollen brain tissue, mitochondrial dysfunction, calcium ion imbalance, neurotoxicity and cell death. The secondary injury cascade is associated with the development of many of the neurological deficits observed after a TBI or a stroke.

Cannabinoids to the rescue

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How to Control the Effects of Your Cannabis with Heat

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The high associated with cannabis consumption can take on many forms – and while much of it will depend on which strain is used, there is still a lot you can do to control how your experience turns out. For example, edibles offer an almost entirely different experience compared to smoking, and vaporizing and smoking aren’t even as alike as you might imagine.

In order to understand how you can customize your cannabis consumption experience, you need to take a quick look at some of the different cannabinoids in the plant – each of which offers a different effect. From there, we will take a look at how varying temperatures will activate the different cannabinoids and how we can use that knowledge to our advantage in order to further customize the medicating experience.

Which Cannabinoids Produce Which Effects

Knowing that there are at least 85 different cannabinoids within the cannabis plant, it is amazing that we’ve even been able to narrow down the specific effects. The most well-known cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC, as it is more commonly known), was first discovered by a scientist from Israel in 1964. Without this discovery, we may not have found the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for our body’s reactions to cannabinoids and is thought to help maintain homeostasis.

THC is the cannabinoid that is responsible for most of the psychoactive effects we experience when we consume cannabis. THC causes the “head buzz” associated with marijuana use – things like the ability to focus, energetic and euphoric feelings, as well as the paranoia that can be experienced by some. Sativa strains are often higher in THC, giving them the upbeat and heady effects that make for great daytime use. They often display effects directly related to THC, like the ones just described.

CBD, on the other hand, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that offers the “body high” you experience when using cannabis. It has anti-inflammatory properties, and can lessen anxiety. Indica strains are often higher in CBD than most sativa strains, with a slightly lower THC content, which offers the more sedated, calming and relaxed body and head stoned experience. While they can both be effective individually, THC and CBD appear to work best when paired together.

Other cannabinoids that we know less about include:

  • CBN – the aftermath of THC, known to cause fatigue
  • THCA – before you get THC, you have THCA which is non-psychoactive; when you smoke or vaporize it, it becomes THC
  • THCV – while very similar to THC, it is released at a higher temperature and causes psychoactive effects such as euphoria

Why Temperature Makes a Difference

You may be surprised – especially if you’ve never vaporized cannabis before – at just how much of a difference a change in temperature will make for your cannabis consumption experience. Each of the above mentioned cannabinoids – as well as many other compounds in cannabis such as terpenes, which affect the colors, aromas and flavors of the cannabis – will boil at a different temperature. By vaporizing at a lower or higher temperature, you can control which of the cannabinoids you are releasing when you consume.

Some cannabinoids are very sensitive to heat and will boil at 290-300 degrees fahrenheit. However, others, like THCV for example, will need a much higher temperature in order to reach its “boiling point”. The boiling point is basically the point at which you have to heat the cannabis in order to release that specific cannabinoid. Once you learn which cannabinoids are affected by what temperature, you will gain far more control over each experience.

Terpenes, when compared to certain cannabinoids, have a much higher boiling point – meaning at lower temperatures, you will not get as much full flavor or aroma. However, this can be a good thing if you’re trying to be discrete while you’re out and about. If you are looking for a fuller flavor, then you might just not have the heat turned up quite enough.

At what Temperature Should You Be Vaporizing?

Controlling your experience starts with knowing at which point different cannabinoids will become activated, allowing you to reap all the medicinal benefits with each puff off your vaporizer. THC, for example, has a rather low boiling point and will be released when it reaches 315 degrees fahrenheit.  CBD, on the other hand, is not going to reach its boiling point until at least 356 degrees fahrenheit. Since CBD can counteract and balance THC, the introduction of cannabidiol changes the entire experience. It will slow things down, cause more euphoria and allow you to keep your focus without the racing energy. Temperatures around 330-370 degrees fahrenheit tend to offer the best balance of THC and CBD.

Anyone who uses cannabis for medicinal purposes should be aware of how vaporizing at different heats can affect the outcome of consumption. This can go a long way when it comes to medicating properly, generating the effects that you most desire without having any overly powerful ones (unless, of course, that’s what you’re looking for). Pairing the right strain with just the right heat will offer you the ultimate medicating experience – giving you more control over your cannabis than you probably ever thought you had.