Best Medical Marijuana Strains for Pain Relief and Anxiety

By: med_admin Published: November 20, 2018

MMJ DoctorsOne of the most popular reasons people seek out medical marijuana is to deal with various types of pain. From chronic pain to inflammation, migraine headaches, injury, sore muscles, neuropathy, arthritis, or fibromyalgia, consumers are discovering the many ways medical marijuana can provide pain relief. But what is the best strains for pain relief? Anxiety is another problem people are finding relief for with certain strains of medical marijuana. There are many strains and hybrids available, so how do you know which is the best medical strain for anxiety or any other symptoms you are feeling? The level of success you achieve in pain relief depends on the type of pain you are experiencing, the intensity, and your own body’s physiology. This article will help answer the question of which medical marijuana strains are the best for pain relief and anxiety.

Pain relief can be achieved from smoking, ingesting, or topically applying cannabis or cannabis infused products. Smokers experience an almost immediate effect that peaks usually within 10 to 30 minutes and dissipates over the next hour or two, while those who consume cannabis infused edibles experience a more intense, longer lasting effect that can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to appear, depending on the individual’s metabolism.

For those who want the therapeutic benefits of marijuana and are looking for the best medical strains for anxiety without the psychoactive (“high”) effect, topical applications such as cannabis infused lotions, oils, salves, ointments, and balms provide effective localized pain relief for painful chronic conditions such as arthritis pain, as well as acute pain caused by injury, strain, or overworked muscles. These topical products are absorbed through the skin and work by binding to a network of CB2 receptors found throughout the body which are activated by naturally occurring endocannabinoids or by cannabis compounds such as THC and CBD. A topical containing THC will not produce the intense high that takes place when smoking or ingesting cannabis. Topicals are most often chosen as the best strains for pain relief and feature various blends of essential oils designed to enhance and complement the pain relieving effects of cannabis.

There are hundreds of cannabis strains that help relieve both physical pain and anxiety. In this article we will list the top cannabis strains that are the top strains for pain relief, and the best medical strains for anxiety.

Let’s start with pain relief:
1. ACDC. For generalized pain, this is one of the most effective painkilling strains available due to its combination of CBD and THC cannabinoids.
2. Blackberry Kush. THC is dominant in this sweet, berry-flavored strain that evokes a blissful euphoria while eliminating feelings of physical pain.
3. Harlequin. For those who wish to relieve physical pain while remaining mentally sharp, this high-CBD strain is a great option for daytime treatment of inflammatory pain. Its uplifting effect works far better than heavier, more intoxicating choices.
4. Blue Widow. This cross between Blueberry and White Widow is another great choice for treating pain caused by inflammation.
5. Purple Arrow. For headaches including migraines, this strain offers quick relief without heavily sedating effects.
6. Blueberry Headband. This strain offers focused headache relief with effects that are felt in the crown of the head.
7. Redwood Kush. This strain is heavy with THC and offers relief from muscle cramping, relaxing mental and physical tension.
8. Dynamite is another high-THC strain that relieves pain and cramping but is also known to cause increased hunger.
9. Mazar I Sharif is a landrace strain that does well in relieving acute pain as with injury. Because of its high cannabinoid content this strain attacks stubborn pain with efficacy.
10. Cataract Kush is an extremely effective hybrid cross between LA Confidential and OG Kush, and is one of the best strains for pain relief.

Whether you suffer from an anxiety disorder or are just searching for a way to relieve the anxiety and stress of everyday life, the best medical strains for anxiety include:
1. Harlequin. This marijuana strain is known to effectively reduce or relieve anxiety while producing a clear head, with medical patients reporting an increased feeling of alertness following consumption. The high levels of CBD present in Harlequin provide relaxation without sedation, making it a good choice for people looking for anxiety relief without a psychoactive high.
2. Harle-Tsu. This strain is known for its strong anxiety relieving properties and extremely high levels of CBD to THC (20 to 1). Widely recognized for producing relaxed and focused feelings, while reducing stress levels.
3. ACDC. Also effective for pain relief, this strain is recognized as one of the highest CBD strains available. Like Harle-Tsu, this strain also has a 20:1 CBD to THC ratio, offering patients reduced anxiety with very little, if any, psychoactivity. Patients report feeling relaxed and happy after consuming this sativa-dominant strain.
4. CBD Shark. This 80% indica-dominant strain has an equal ratio of CBD to THC. This strain is well-balanced, recognized for producing happy and relaxing effects and is one of the best medical strains for anxiety on the market. This strain is a good choice for people who have anxiety as well as pain, as the THC present can produce both pain relief and sleep-inducing effects.
5. Canna-Tsu. This hybrid comes from a cross between Cannatonic and Sour Tsunami and is very effective in reducing anxiety due to higher levels of CBD. With a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC, some psychoactivity is possible. Known to produce calming effects and mental clarity, Canna-Tsu offers consumers anti-inflammatory effects as well.
6. Haoma. This 70% indica strain offers both calming and stress-relieving effects. Higher levels of CBD help to reduce anxiety. Because Haoma is an indica strain, it’s a logical choice for those with anxiety who also need help falling asleep.
7. Cannatonic. The high CBD, low THC strain is known for its uplifting and relaxing qualities with little to no psychoactive effects. Cannatonic is well known as one of the top marijuana strains for reducing anxiety as well inflammation.
8. Trident. This high CBD strain helps patients stay mentally focused while producing relaxing effects. Trident is very effective at helping people focus better and control their anxiety. Most people report feeling a more cerebral effect with this marijuana strain.
9. Sour Tsunami. This is a cannabis strain specifically grown for its high CBD content and highly sought after for its medicinal properties. This sativa-dominant hybrid can help relieve anxiety and may also help ease painful physical conditions and help combat inflammation because of its moderate levels of THC.
10. Valentine X. This is a 50/50 hybrid strain that is a CBD dominant variant of ACDC. Patients report feelings of deep relaxation, representing significant relief for those suffering from anxiety. Valentine X can also help ease fatigue, inflammation, and seizures.

Whether you’re looking for the best medical strains for anxiety, if you’re in the Colorado Springs area, Medical Alternatives Clinic is here to help you with all your medical marijuana needs. If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of the medical marijuana experts at our facility, please visit our online portal. We offer convenient same day appointments for current and prospective medical marijuana patients and we can help you get your MMJ Red Card in three days or less! If you have any questions about the proper application of medical marijuana for your situation, please contact us at (719) 246-0393 or email us your questions at hello@medicalalternativesclinics.com. Reach out to any of our Medical Marijuana Doctors in Colorado Springs to begin the process today.

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What do I need to bring for my medical marijuana appointment?

By: Admin Published: November 17, 2018

For your appointment you will need the following:

  1. Colorado Driver’s License OR regular Colorado ID (both can be obtained at the DMV). Temp cards are acceptable.
  2. Cash or Card to process payment for doctor’s visit
  3. Card to process state registration application fee
  4. If required, medical records (typically a diagnosis of your qualifying condition)
  5. If you are a RENEWING patient and have previously registered on the state website, make sure you can access your account – have your username and password ready
    • If you lost your username and password, we can still help you recover your account, but you will need to have access to the email account you used to register with initially
  6. If you are a NEW patient, prior to your visit, please please create an account with the Medical Marijuana Registry by following these steps. This will expedite your visit!
  7. If you are having any type of issues with your account, we can still help you but you will need to help us by having access to your email address; whether on your own device or ours so that we may help you with the states online registration process. If you cannot your email, we will not be able to help you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to create an account and register with the Medical Marijuana Registry

By: Admin Published: October 29, 2018

Below are the steps to create an account and register with the Medical Marijuana Registry in order to obtain a Medical Marijuana Card (Red Card) online:

1. First step is to go to the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry home page: https://medicalmarijuana.colorado.gov

2. Click on “Patient and Physician Registration”

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3. Enter your First and Last Name, email address, create a Username, and then click “Register”

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4. After you click “Register”, you will receive an email with a temporary password (code). Go to your email and copy the code.

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5.Copy the code by selecting it and hitting Ctrl+C. Then click on “Click here”

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6. Enter your Username and paste in the code from the email (hit Ctrl+V)

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7. Enter your code again, and then create a NEW password

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8. Once logged into your account, you can now start the application process.

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CBD Benefits for Cancer Treatment

By: med_admin Published: October 24, 2018

CBD BenefitsIn the world of cancer treatment, the relative newcomer is medical marijuana, although cannabis has been used in herbal remedies to treat a variety of physical symptoms of illness for many centuries. In America, however, marijuana is still listed as a Schedule 1 controlled substance by the federal government, and not currently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for any medical use, although cannabis is legal to treat medical conditions under state laws in over half the country. A pharmaceutical form of THC known as Dronabinol, and a man-made cannabinoid drug known as Nabilone are currently approved by the FDA to treat some medical conditions.

Our bodies house a specialized lipid signaling system called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which helps regulate a variety of bodily functions including sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response (1). Our bodies produce endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system. Many people engage in medical marijuana, given there are several benefits of CBD and cannabis. The reason they are used to treat adverse physical symptoms is that the over 100 biologically active components in marijuana, chemical compounds known as cannabinoids, work with the cannabinoid receptors in the body to relieve pain, ease symptoms of illness such as nausea and vomiting, and increase appetite. Using CBD oil for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy helps to mitigate the pain. The health benefits of cannabinoids are a welcome relief from the often debilitating side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Studies have shown that one of the active compounds in cannabis, Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, may help reduce chronic pain by reducing inflammation. Another benefit of CBD is that it’s not psychoactive, which means it does not produce the effect of being “high” that is associated with another compound, Tetrahydrocannabinol, known as THC. This quality makes CBD appealing to those individuals who are seeking pain relief and respite from other negative symptoms without the mind-altering effects of marijuana or opioid drugs.

CBD oil is one method of enjoying the much sought after CBD benefits in a topical application. This healing oil is made by extracting the CBD compound from the cannabis plant and diluting it by combining it with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, avocado oil, or hemp seed oil. CBD oil is rapidly gaining momentum in the health and wellness world, with some scientific studies confirming it may help relieve conditions like chronic pain and anxiety. Some cancer patients use CBD oil to help ease the physical pain caused by cancer and various treatments without the high that accompanies THC.

There are several ways cannabis & CBD can help cancer patients and ease discomfort for patients undergoing treatment:
• Ease Nausea and Vomiting
• Reduce Inflammation
• Decrease Neuropathic Pain
• Prevent Weight Loss by Increasing Appetite
• Reduce Anxiety and Depression
• Promote Emotional Health

If you are interested and would like to schedule a medical marijuana consultation with one of the experts at our facility, please contact our MMJ clinics in Colorado Springs or Pueblo. If you have any questions about the proper application of medical marijuana for your situation, please contact us at (719) 246-0393 or email us your questions at: hello@medicalalternativesclinics.com. We offer convenient same day appointments for current and prospective medical marijuana patients and we can help you get your MMJ Red Card in three days or less!

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CBD A New Treatment For Schizophrenia

By: med_admin Published: September 14, 2018

Medical Marijuana DoctorsSchizophrenia is a mental illness affecting approximately 3.5 million Americans, three quarters of whom are between 16 and 25 years of age. This illness is marked by paranoid delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech patterns, catatonic behavior, and other symptoms. It has been discovered that CBD, cannabidiol, is a great treatment for schizophrenia. Studies show that fifty percent of individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia have received no treatment whatsoever. Of those diagnosed, treatment and associated costs are estimated to be between $32.5 and $65 billion annually. The news is not all bad, however; studies indicate that 25% of those with schizophrenia recover completely, and 50% are improved over a 10-year period. Unfortunately, 25% do not improve over time.

Those statistics may change over the coming years with medical marijuana doctors recommending CBD treatment options for schizophrenia as a viable option for many individuals. The psychiatric research journal JAMA Psychiatry has just published a study titled “Effect of Cannabidiol on Medial Temporal, Mid-brain, and Striatal Dysfunction in People at Clinical High Risk of Psychosis,” which suggests the calming properties of cannabidiol could have antipsychotic effects for those at high risk of psychosis. Building on previous research which identified the regions of the brain affected in individuals with psychosis and other findings which demonstrated CBD’s therapeutic effects, the results of this new study gives hopes to millions of people suffering from the debilitating effects of schizophrenia.

Much research has been done regarding the calming effects of cannabis when dealing with anxiety, and a large amount of anecdotal evidence is also available on the subject. Another study done recently by the University of New Mexico’s Department of Psychology in conjunction with its Department of Economics found that cannabidoil can be an effective treatment for schizophrenia, both alone and/or in conjunction with other medications. Study authors wrote, ‘A review of the literature shows that phytocannabinoid consumption may be a safe and effective treatment option for schizophrenia as a primary or adjunctive therapy.’

Currently, pharmaceutical medications are the standard recommended course of treatment for schizophrenia, but with the new information emerging from the scientific community as to the efficacy of CBD in treating schizophrenia, there may be a paradigm shift forthcoming. As stated by a medical marijuana doctor stated, “Emerging research suggests that Cannabis can be used as a treatment for schizophrenia within a broader etiological perspective that focuses on environmental, autoimmune, and neuroinflammatory causes of the disorder, offering a fresh start and newfound hope for those suffering from this debilitating and poorly understood disease.” The study goes on to state that “A review of the literature suggests that CBD in particular may be a safe and effective treatment option for schizophrenia as a primary or adjunctive therapy, supporting both inflammatory causes of schizophrenia…” With more and more states passing laws to decriminalize medical and recreational use of marijuana and mental health facilities closing their doors across the country, this research could help spur the medical community to promote a less expensive, more readily available treatment option for millions of people currently suffering from schizophrenia and associated symptoms.

If you suffer from schizophrenia and believe CBD may want to be your treatment option of choice schedule an appointment with one of the medical marijuana doctors at our facility, please visit our online portal. If you have any questions about the proper application of medical marijuana for your situation, please contact us at (719) 246-0393 or email us your questions at hello@medicalalternativesclinics.com. We offer convenient same day appointments for current and prospective medical marijuana patients, and we can help you get your MMJ Red Card in three days or less! Get in touch with any of our Medical Marijuana Doctors in Colorado Springs to start the process.

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Cannabis Consumption: Health Benefits & Implications

By: Admin Published: September 5, 2018

CBD oil hemp productsEating, vaping, smoking, applying topically; these are just a few of the ways that people can ingest cannabis, better known as marijuana. But, which is the most beneficial way to consume this multi-faceted hemp plant? This article seeks to uncover some of the ways that cannabis can be used, and the benefits these methods provide users.

Medical professionals are increasingly touting the benefits of cannabis, which has been shown to help with everything from sleep and pain, to anxiety and nausea. Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, a cannabis plant derivative, which is low in THC and high in CBD, offers relief for these types of medical conditions, without any of the psychoactive side-effects.

Products like vaping pens discreetly allow users to ingest pre-measured doses of cannabis concentrates, often butane hash oil (BHO) or distillate, without the harmful effects of smoking the cannabis plant. Cannabis smoke is filled with some of the same chemicals as tobacco, including ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, and formaldehyde, which are cancer causing carcinogens. However, there is no evidence that smoking cannabis leads to lung cancer, unlike cigarettes. THC capsules, known as cannacaps, also provide a safer alternative to smoking cannabis, because like vaping pens, the doses are pre-measured. Cannacaps can be used to treat a number of ailments, like sleep. The primary benefit of using cannacaps is the duration of THC’s effects.

Cannabis oil sprays are beneficial alternatives, because they can be delivered orally, usually sublingually; providing a fast-acting dose of CBD. Sprays contain different ratios of THC and CBD and a variety of flavors so they can be used for recreational or medical purposes. These sprays come in a variety of strengths and have been known to benefit some asthmatics, who are unable to inhale cannabis for the necessary medical effects.

Other cannabis products such as drinks infused with cannabis provides users with much needed relief from ailments, and drinks like tea can be produced with or without the THC psychoactive component. THC and CBD topical creams are also being used for pain management. These topical ointments and creams are gaining in popularity among older users, because of the medicinal effects for relieving pain without any of the psychoactive effects.

Cannabutter is a key ingredient found in many edible cannabis recipes. Cannabutter offers an easy and tasty way to ingest cannabis properties like THC and CBD, without the harmful effects of smoking. Cannabutter should always be kept refrigerated. If, edibles, vaping, or smoking do not meet your needs, there is always soaking. Soaking in bath salts laced with THC offers users a great way to relax and soothe aching muscles and joints, without any of the psychoactive effects.

According to medical researchers, CBD does produce significant changes in the body, and some researchers have gone on to suggest that CBD has definite health medical benefits. CBD produces effects in the body by attaching to certain receptors. The body produces certain cannabinoids naturally, and also has two receptors called the CB1 and CB2 receptors.

CB1 receptors are present throughout the body. The brain’s CB1 receptors control coordination, movement, pain, emotions, mood, thinking, even appetite and memories. CB2 receptors are more focused on the immune system, also affecting inflammation and pain. However, current studies show that CBD does not directly attach to CB1 and CB2 receptors when introduced to the body. Rather, the body appears to use more of its own cannabinoids.

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Microdosing Cannabinoids Provides Health Benefits People Want!

By: med_admin Published: August 23, 2018

Find a medical marijuana doctorAs the use and acceptance of medical marijuana continues to become more widespread, new products and methods of consumption are being introduced. Microdosing is a consumption technique that is becoming increasingly popular among medical marijuana users due to the health benefits of microdosing cannabinoids. It involves taking low doses of cannabis throughout the day to allow the user to experience the natural pain relieving and anxiety relieving benefits of cannabinoids like CBD while avoiding the intoxicating effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which can interfere with daily life activities.

This low dose marijuana consumption strategy is quickly becoming mainstream for several reasons including microdosing for anxiety purposes. CBD does not produce the “high” that THC does, therefore maintaining a low level of this cannabinoid in one’s system can alleviate pain, discomfort, anxiety, and other physical and emotional symptoms without compromising focus or inhibiting the ability to work, drive, study, and carry out other normal daily activities.

When THC is consumed in large enough doses, euphoric effects can result in:

• Slower response time
• Impaired coordination and body movement
• Impaired perception
• Altered sensory awareness
• Impaired memory

By taking small doses of marijuana throughout the day through microdosing, a medical marijuana user who requires the effects which THC produces can maintain low enough levels of THC in their systems to effectively avoid the intoxicating side effects which could markedly alter mood, mindset, and/or physical senses. By limiting the intoxicating side effects, a user is able to take full advantage of the health benefits that cannabinoids have to offer. A recent study revealed that medical marijuana patients are finding microdosing beneficial for reducing anxiety and stress. Other studies have shown that different strains of marijuana can assist with alleviating feelings of depression, managing OCD, and improving eating disorders.

Studies conducted in 2012 surprisingly showed that patients with advanced forms of cancer actually experienced a greater reduction in pain using a lower dose of THC as compared to treating their symptoms using medium and high doses of this cannabinoid. A separate study found that patients with PTSD-associated insomnia, nightmares, and chronic pain saw significant relief of their symptoms using low doses of a synthetic cannabinoid. How THC affects a person is influenced by their liver metabolism, body fat percentage, individual genetics of cannabinoid receptors, and personal tolerance levels.

Studies conducted in 2012 surprisingly showed that patients with advanced forms of cancer actually experienced a greater reduction in pain using a lower dose of THC as compared to treating their symptoms using medium and high doses of this cannabinoid. A separate study found that patients with PTSD-associated insomnia, nightmares, and chronic pain saw significant relief of their symptoms using low doses of a synthetic cannabinoid. How THC affects a person is influenced by their liver metabolism, body fat percentage, individual genetics of cannabinoid receptors, and personal tolerance levels.

If you’re interested in trying this low dose technique and want to experience the health benefits cannabinoids have to offer, the key is to begin slowly. Start with a very low dose, monitor the effects, and increase your intake very gradually as needed. The goal is to find the microdose that produces minimal noticeable effects. If you’re a medical marijuana patient, there are various modes of consumption and products from which to choose. Many medical marijuana experts recommend marijuana tinctures, oils, and edibles because of their precise THC levels, allowing for more exact dosing. When consuming marijuana through edibles, the effects may take up to an hour to be noticeable depending on how quickly the edible is digested.

Smoking or vaping marijuana is another popular form of microdosing for anxiety, although it is more difficult to control the level of THC consumed due to factors such as the type of marijuana used. Indica strains usually produce sedative properties, while sativa strains can be more energizing. When using inhalation methods consumers should keep in mind that the effects will likely be felt in just a few minutes. Therefore, it is best to take just one draw or puff, wait five to 10 minutes, and then take another draw or puff only if necessary to feel the effects.

If you have questions about the proper application of medical marijuana for your situation or want to know more about all the health benefits of cannabinoids, please contact Medical Alternatives Clinics at (719) 246-0393 or email us your questions at: hello@medicalalternativesclinics.com. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please visit our online portal. We offer convenient same day appointments for current and prospective medical marijuana patients and we can help you get your MMJ Red Card in three days or less!

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Easier to Find a Medical Marijuana Doctor Due to Global Legalization

By: med_admin Published: August 17, 2018

Find a medical marijuana doctorJoining a wave of global legalization encompassing countries such as Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, and 30 states in the US, the United Kingdom Home Office recently announced its legalization of cannabis products for medical purposes. The new ruling signals the UK’s acknowledgement that cannabis has potential medical use and will allow doctors to begin prescribing it to patients in need. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) recently published a report on findings regarding the medical benefits and safety of marijuana, concluding that cannabis is effective in the treatment efforts of a range of medical conditions and is “relatively safe.” With the legalization around the world, it becomes easier for travelers or locals alike to find a medical marijuana doctor in more countries.

The UN drug committee surveyed 953 cannabis patients throughout 31 different countries to gather the information for their report. The committee found that marijuana is a “relatively safe drug,” noting that millions of people are already using it across the globe for various therapeutic purposes. As of now, cannabis is broadly prohibited under international drug treaties dating back to 1961, but the committee’s report could easily change that leading to more of a global legalization. The most common use for cannabis is in the treatment of anxiety, back pain, cancer, depression, sleep disorders, multiple sclerosis, and post-injury pain. The committee cited “a wealth of preclinical literature” that indicates cannabinoids “reduce cancer cell proliferation” and inhibit “cancer cell migration and angiogenesis in numerous cancer cell types.”

The WHO report pointed out that research into the therapeutic potential and safety of cannabis is sadly inadequate, as widespread prohibition of the plant has made it extremely difficult for researchers to conduct clinical trials, noting that “Barriers to research in the USA include the difficulty of navigating through several federal agencies (including the aforementioned DEA, FDA), as well as research ethics boards and local and state oversight concerns. There are also issues related to quality, quantity, and kind of product available from the current single federal source of cannabis for research use and the lack of adequate funding sources.”

In the UK, cannabis was previously listed as a Schedule 1 drug under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001, a category reserved for substances thought to have no therapeutic value. In a press release published July 26, 2018, Home Secretary Sajid Javid said, “Recent cases involving sick children made it clear to me that our position on cannabis-related medicinal products was not satisfactory. Following advice from two sets of independent advisors, I have taken the decision to reschedule cannabis-derived medicinal products – meaning they will be available on prescription.” The country’s National Health Service will cover its cost. “This will help patients with an exceptional clinical need,” Javid stated.

The next step involves the UK’s Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) developing a clear definition for cannabis-derived medicinal products, with those approved products then being rescheduled. Once these definitions are released, the Home Office and DHSC will put forth additional frameworks and guidelines for their dispensation by qualified clinicians, with the expectation that these products will be available to the citizens of the UK deemed to have an exceptional clinical need by the fall of 2018.

If you live in the United States and would like to schedule an appointment or are wondering where to find a medical marijuana doctor, please visit our online portal. If you have any questions about the proper application of medical marijuana for your situation, please contact Medical Alternatives Clinics at (719) 246-0393 or email us your questions at: hello@medicalalternativesclinics.com. We offer convenient same day appointments for current and prospective medical marijuana patients and we can help you get your MMJ Red Card in three days or less!

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Why Is Medical Marijuana Healthy?

By: med_admin Published: July 26, 2018

medical-alternatives-clinics-healthy marijuana factsOnce thought to be a demon drug, marijuana is now almost thought of as a miracle cure for many health issues. Medical marijuana is a plant-based medicine from the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica species with three major active compounds: THC, CBD, and CBN. With groups like the American Legion writing letters to President Trump advocating removing cannabis from the list of Schedule I controlled substances so that scientific medical research can be done that might support the use of marijuana in a medical environment, the tide of thought is turning, and medical marijuana is gaining acceptance in the minds of many people across America.

With 68% of more than 60 peer-reviewed research studies examining the benefits of medical marijuana finding benefits in using medical marijuana to treat pain and illness, there is solid scientific evidence of the health benefits of medical marijuana. Most research has been conducted on the non-psychoactive compound CBD. Many believe there is also enough compelling anecdotal evidence to support the health benefits of medical marijuana in treating adults with medical issues such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI), PTSD, cancer, and chronic pain, anxiety, depression, arthritis, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, eating disorders, nausea, muscle spasms, insomnia, and inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s, to name just a few.

Other health benefits include improved immune function, neuroplasticity, regulating mood and emotion, increased vascular health and improved digestive function. Research is limited, but the most promising areas of research appear to be in the use of CBD for neuroprotection. Because marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I substance by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), quantifiable, scientific research is difficult to conduct.

There are over 80 compounds in marijuana, with two of them receiving the most attention; THC and CBD. CBD is highly sought after for its pain relieving properties and has been studied for its ability to relieve symptoms of epilepsy in children and adults. Seniors enjoy relief from chronic arthritis pain with topical application of lotions and creams containing CBD. Many veterans report relief of their physical and emotional issues including depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts with continued use of medical marijuana. Parents of children who suffer from autism have found relief through the use of medical marijuana, and cancer patients categorically state that medical marijuana offers relief from the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Pet owners have also turned to cannabis products to provide healthy, effective pain relief for their family pets and help their bodies perform at the optimum level possible.

Gottlieb emphasized that this is only the first cannabinoid approved by the FDA. He hopes this is the first of many advances for treatments like CBD providing medical marijuana product developers cooperate with government drug development programs, stating further:

For recommendations on which medical marijuana products may be best for your situation, contact Medical Alternatives Clinic today at (719) 246-0393 in Colorado Springs, or email us at hello@medicalalternativesclinics.com with your questions, or to request an appointment. We are here to assist you in any way we can and will provide you with a copy of any paperwork necessary for your records.

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Epidiolex, The First Approved Cannabinoid Based Medicine by the FDA

By: med_admin Published: July 18, 2018

FDA Approved Cannabinoid DrugOn June 25, 2018, the FDA made history by approving Epidiolex, a cannabinoid-based drug, for the treatment of epilepsy in children. As reported by Prevention Magazine, on their website, the FDA approved drug uses a purified form of cannabidiol (CBD) oil to treat two rare and severe forms of epilepsy occurring in pediatric patients ages two and older. In clinical trials, Epidiolex, the first cannabinoid approved by the FDA, was found to reduce seizures in patients with Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and did not result in the harsh side effects of typical epilepsy drugs, which can include blurred vision, nausea, and liver problems. CBD is a derivative of cannabis that does not have psychoactive properties, and therefore does not result in a “high.” The cannabinoid drug Epidiolex is being produced by GW Pharmaceuticals.

Prior to the FDA approval of this cannabinoid-based medicine, an amendment to SB17-017 was passed last year, which allows minors to receive medical marijuana, stipulated that two physicians, one of whom must be a board-certified pediatrician, a board-certified family physician, or a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist who is part of the family’s medical care team, must prescribe medical marijuana for any person under the age of 18, and each of the patient’s parents residing in Colorado must consent to this treatment in writing to the state health department, with one parent consenting in writing to serve as the patient’s primary caregiver.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, made clear in a press conference on the importance of conducting proper research to prove safe and effective medical uses for the active chemicals in marijuana and its components that the FDA approval of the cannabinoid-based medicine Epidiolex does not signal a sweeping legalization of marijuana in general, stating:

“This product approval demonstrates that advancing sound scientific research to investigate ingredients derived from marijuana can lead to important therapies. This new treatment provides new options for patients. This is an important medical advance. But it’s also important to note that this is not an approval of marijuana or all of its components. This is the approval of one specific CBD medication for a specific use. And it was based on well-controlled clinical trials evaluating the use of this compound in the treatment of a specific condition. Moreover, this cannabinoid drug is a purified form of CBD. It’s being delivered to patients in a reliable dosage form and through a reproducible route of delivery to ensure that patients derive the anticipated benefits. This is how sound medical science is advanced.”

Gottlieb emphasized that this is only the first cannabinoid-based medicine approved by the FDA. He hopes this is the first of many advances for treatments like CBD providing medical marijuana product developers cooperate with government drug development programs, stating further:

“Drugs derived from marijuana also are eligible for several programs that are intended to facilitate and expedite development and review of new drugs that address unmet medical needs in the treatment of serious or life-threatening conditions. The FDA will continue to support rigorous scientific research on potential medical treatments using marijuana and its components that seek to be developed through the appropriate scientific channels.”

Although CBD is legal in a majority of the country’s individual states, CBD oil is currently still classified as a Schedule I drug with no medicinal value by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). This means that before the drug’s manufacturer can market it to the public, the DEA will need to change its classification for FDA approved drugs.

FDA approval of cannabinoid-based medicine Epidiolex is welcome news to parents of children across the nation who currently suffer from the debilitating effects of epilepsy and is seen as an indication of good things to come for the future of other marijuana-derived medications becoming available for a variety of illnesses and chronic conditions, including other seizure disorders, chronic pain, and cancer. It is not clear whether insurance companies will step up and cover the cost of this cannabinoid drug or future cannabinoid-derived medications that receive FDA approval. Currently, CBD tinctures can be costly, and parents of children with epilepsy are forced to pay out of pocket to fill their legal prescriptions.

If you have questions about the proper application of medical marijuana for your situation, please contact Medical Alternatives Clinics at (719) 246-0393 or email us your questions at: hello@medicalalternativesclinics.com. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please visit our online portal. We offer convenient same day appointments for current and prospective medical marijuana patients, and we can help you get your MMJ Red Card in three days or less!

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