Marijuana and Angina Pectoris

on Monday, 03 March 2014. Posted in Medical Marijuana

Angina pectoris is the result of myocardial ischemia caused by an imbalance between myocardial blood supply and oxygen demand. Ischemia can be referred to as a restriction in blood supply to certain tissues, which can cause a shortage of both oxygen and glucose, two vital component that absolutely necessary for cellular metabolism. Ischemia is generally caused be problems with the blood vessels, and can result in damage or dysfunction of bodily tissues. The main cause of angina pectoris is coronary artery disease which is normally attributed to atherosclerosis of the arteries feeding the heart.

Approximately 9.8 million Americans are estimated to suffer from Angina Pectoris annually, with 500,00 new cases of it occurring every year. Statistics also showed that an 18% of coronary attacks are preceded by Angina Pectoris. An additional 195,000 silent first myorcardial infarctions are estimated to occur each year.

Angina Pectoris is commonly associated with severe pain and deprivation of oxygen. Although there is a weak relationship between the severity of pain and degree of oxygen deprivation associated in the heart muscle, Angina Pectoris can be an extremely serious condition that can result to death if not treated properly. Patients who suffer from average to severe cases of Angina Pectoris have an increased percentage of death of around 60% before the age of 55. However, patients who are seeking an alternative treatment for Angina Pectoris is opted to the use of cannabis to remedy and find alleviation of the symptoms associated with Angina Pectoris.

Cannabinoids, a group of terpenophenolic compounds present in Cannabis or better known as marijuana, cause positive effects on the body in reference to those who suffer from cardiac complications such as one brought about by Angina Pectoris when ingested. Patients suffering from Angina Pectoris and uses medical marijuana to relieve its symptoms may experience relief from pain and an overall feeling of calmness and well-being. With the relief from pain brought about by medical marijuana, patients suffering from Angina Pectoris feel better and are less pressured or tensed. This feeling of non-pressure causes the patients to feel better. Thus, oxygen demand and blood supply are regulated and eventually cardiovascular problems are more or less avoided and eliminated.

Medical marijuana is well-known to alleviate pain and create a general feeling of wellness. With these properties there is no doubt that medical marijuana indeed helps in the assuagement of the symptoms associated with Angina Pectoris.

Medical Marijuana for Alopecia Areata

on Thursday, 27 February 2014. Posted in Medical Marijuana

Alopecia is the loss of hair that is caused by different reasons which includes the damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections.

There are two main types of alopecia, namely Alopecia Areata and Androgenetic Allopecia. Alopecia Areata is a type of hair loss that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, which is where hair growth begins.

The hair falls off in round patches and the damage to the follicle is usually not permanent. Alopecia Areata is most common in people younger than 20, but children and adults of any age may be affected. Women and men are affected equally. On the other hand Androgenetic Alopecia is a kind of hair loss that is inherited. Hair on the head thins and falls of. About 60% of people with this type of Alopecia are men. Unlike Alopecia Areata, Angrogenetic Alopecia is permanent.

Although not too many people have heard about it, the fact is that Alopecia Areate is a very common and specific autoimmune disease that is brought about by genetics, autoimmunity and cytokines.

Unfortunately, there is no definite cure for Alopecia Areata. Still, medical professionals and patients suffering from Alopecia Areata have resorted to alternative methods of minimizing the negative physical effects of Alopecia Areata, specifically the hair loss. So while there is no cure for Alopecia Areata itself, some patients found out that some specific medications approved for other purposes can help hair grow back.

As stated earlier, Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disease. As such, it can be generally treated with the same medications usually used to treat other autoimmune diseases. Medical marijuana, as supported by various medical researches has been noted to strengthen the immune system of a user. In cases of Alopecia Areata specifically caused by autoimmune factors, medical marijuana is a great help in building up and restoring the immune system. Other studies attribute this effect as well to the appetite-stimulant property of medical marijuana. A patient who eats better gains more nutrients, thus, immune system is stronger to fight of diseases. The patients regain better health and well-being. With the reversion to better health and balanced immune system which enables the body to function normall. This includes the body's ability to gain back the lost follicles and aid in hair growth. Indeed, medical marijuana is a no-risk alternative treatment for Alopecia Areata.

A Stable Solution for Motion Sickness

on Monday, 24 February 2014. Posted in Medical Marijuana

Motion sickness is a term used to describe a variety of symptoms arising from motion or simulated motions. Technical description of motion sickness is that it is a condition where disagreement between the visually perceived movement and the vestibular system, a part of the inner ear, sense of movement. Depending on the cause the common types of motion sickness are sea sickness, car sickness and airsickness. In the case or airsickness, this arises as a person feels the motion but cannot actually see it.

Common symptoms or telltale signs of motion sickness are nausea, vomiting, dizziness. On some occasions, sweating may occur as well as other symptoms. It has been said that vomiting as a response to motion sickness is part of the body's defense mechanism. This happens when a person gets too drunk due to excessive alcohol intake this creates a spinning sensation and vomiting is the body's way of expelling the poison, the excess alcohol. As motion sickness caused by conflict between vision and balance, in the case of looking outside a ship's window while aboard it, the inner ear perceives the motion and transmits it to the brain, however the eye sends signals to the brain that everything is still. Because of this conflict the brain concludes that there is hallucination caused by neurotoxins thus triggering the vomiting to expel the supposed poison.

When experiencing motion sickness during travelling, the common suggestion is to minimize head and body movement, avoiding sudden stops and jerks, keeping the head still, focus on a distant stationary object on the horizon, getting fresh air if possible, not to overeat, avoiding greasy, spicy and alcohol and staying calm. Available medications to manage this are taking medicines which usually contains dimenhydrinate. Antihistamines can also be used although slightly effective. Ginger is also touted to manage motion sickness. This can be taken either by sucking or sipping ginger tea. Alternative treatments are the wearing of acupressure bands and the use medical marijuana.

Marijuana as a medication is nothing new. The use of the cannabis plant and its derivatives for medicinal purposes is documented in both western and eastern cultures and history. There are records to indicate that this has been used by the ancient Chinese in their traditional medical rituals as well as in cultures in ancient Egypt and other early cultures.

Medical marijuana helps in managing motion sickness as it has a calming effect thereby reducing the stress experienced during travelling. Available methods for medical marijuana is either be taking a pill or through inhalation, like smoking. Taking the pill though may take some time for the body to ingest and as such its effects may not be immediately experienced. Also, a person already experiencing nausea or vomiting finds it hard to swallow, thus inhalation seems to be preferred form of intake.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA: An Alternative Treatment for Bipolar Disorders

on Thursday, 20 February 2014. Posted in Medical Marijuana

Bipolar Disorders are medical conditions where individuals experience the extremes of mood polarity. Traditionally, it is also known as manic-depressive disorder or mood swings. According to the Psychodynamic Theory, faulty family dynamics during early life are responsible for manic behaviors in later life.

However, according to Biological Theory, episodes of manic disorder are caused by the related level of excessive level of body's neurotransmitter which is norephineprine, serotonin and dopamine. A related biochemical theory views manic-depressive illness as an imbalance between cholinergic (increased activity in depression) and nonadrenergic (increased activity in mania) systems.

Characterized by debilitating mood swings, the only consistency to the effects of Bipolar Disorder is its potential to devastate and cripple an afflicted individual's long term well-being and capacity to form and maintain long lasting relationships. At one moment, an individual suffering from bipolar disorder could feel euphoric; at times, even inclined to reckless behaviors; at another, they could feel overwhelmed by the deepest depression and at the precipice of suicide.

In recent years, the severity and scope of this mental illness has begun to be fully appreciated by the public and the medical establishment has devised a range of treatments and drugs to combat its effects, from Lithium to Risperidone and others. As with other medications prescribed for mental illness, there are a number of potential side-effects and some dispute the degree of efficacy in certain individuals.

The Netherlands National Institute of Mental Health conducted a study to discover the link between marijuana use and mood disorders (including bipolar disorder). The researches goal was to discover if a significant number of those who went on to develop mood disorders had previously used marijuana.

Their findings revealed that there was indeed a link between marijuana use and the onset of bipolar disorder as well as anxiety disorder. What the study could not conclude was why there was a link. It appeared that the researchers may have set up the study with the intent to prove whether marijuana use could trigger bipolar disorder. They were unable to prove conclusively that marijuana use could trigger bipolar disorder. It may in fact be that some people with bipolar symptoms had been in fact using marijuana as a way to "self medicate".

It is difficult to say for certain. There does not appear to be any scientific proof at this time that marijuana use can alleviate symptoms of bipolar disorder. There is, however, some anecdotal evidence that it may. There are some reports that people suffering from bipolar disorders use marijuana in order to help alleviate mania and other reports that marijuana use can help with the symptoms of depression in those suffering from bipolar disorder.

Same study was also conducted in 2007 at University of Louisville, School of Medicine. The most subjective feedback of the study regarding the use of marijuana to treat Bipolar Disorder is positive for those who suffer the disease. The authors of the same study found that marijuana use was associated with a reduction in the number of days on which users reported feeling depressed, however it was associated with an increase in the number of days reported as hypo-manic.

While this doesn't suggest that Marijuana use in and of itself ultimately addresses all aspects of Bipolar Disorder, it does appear that medicinal marijuana may effectively reduce and alleviate the symptoms of depression that sufferers are prone to experiencing.

Insofar as this study implies that medical marijuana has indeed a potential as an alternative treatment for the depression symptoms of Bipolar disorder, it has been suggested that risk of suicide may be reduced as a consequence.

It seems that the best that can be said about the efficacy of marijuana as an alternative treatment for Bipolar Disorder is that it reduces the severity and frequency of bouts of depression. It also warrants further study for possible other impacts that medical marijuana may bring on the long term mood improvement of those who suffer from this mental illness.

Your Home and Marijuana, Good Spots to Smoke

on Monday, 17 February 2014. Posted in Marijuana Smoking

Part of keeping your house clean when you're using marijuana should be proactive. That means not smoking in places where you're going to create a mess that you're going to have to clean up in a location where cleaning is going to be difficult and complex.

The Dirt on Marijuana

Marijuana is going to create specific types of messes that you're going to have to clean up when you're done smoking. It will create:

  • Smoke
  • Smell
  • Ash
  • Bud crumbs
  • Dirty accessories

Cleaning pipes and other accessories can be done in different ways, but here are some things to consider about where you should smoke in your home and how to reduce mess.

Avoid Computers and Electronics

Smoking anything at your computer is a bad idea. The ashes get into everything and smoking anything does produce particulate matter that can end up being part of the dust that clogs up your computer. Try to stay away from anything electronic when you smoke and you'll find cleanup a lot easier. If your electronics do become dirty:

  • Clean computer screens only with actual screen cleaner or plain warm water
  • Use canned air to blow ash out of keyboards
  • Clean out your computer's case with canned air

This should get rid of the dust and debris that sometimes collect in electronic gear when you smoke around it.

Use Your Head

Even though you have a legitimate and legal reason to have marijuana doesn't mean that everyone around you is going to be okay with it. If you have nosy neighbors who live nearby, remember that smoking in front of your entryway means that they can probably smell it outside the house.

Marijuana smell seems very faint to people who smoke regularly, but is very strong to those who do not. Be sure you smoke somewhere that windows and doors will not give you away, if necessary. The bathroom with the fan on is usually a good choice in apartments.

If you have an outdoor space where you can smoke without anyone else catching wind of it, this can be very relaxing and keeps you from really having to clean anything at all. Just be careful not to set fires.

Some rooms in your home are a lot easier to clean than others by design. For instance, your kitchen floor is probably easier to clean than your living room floor, because the kitchen floor was laid down with the expectation that things would get spilled on it all the time. Kitchens, utility rooms and other rooms where a mess is part of the design are good places to smoke. If you're comfortable smoking in the house, the living room can be good, but have a tray to catch all the debris from rolling and packing bowls and make sure you have a good ashtray for the ash.

If you put an air filter close to where you smoke and run it while you do smoke, you'll find that the smell diminishes considerably and that some of the smoke particulate gets caught by the filter.

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