How to renew your medical marijuana card?

By: Admin Published: February 17, 2019

1. Go to the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry login page and to log into your account: https://medicalmarijuana.colorado.gov. If you need to reset your password or recover your username, please follow the steps at How to recover your username and reset your password.

 

2. After you log into your account, click on Pending Renewal. If your card has already expired, the status will say “Expired” instead. Click on Expired.

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3. Scroll towards the bottom of the page and then click on Save & Start Renewal Application

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4. Review all of the information on the application and ensure it is up to date

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5. Towards the bottom check the Issue and Expiration dates of your Colorado ID.

Next, if you have not previously uploaded a picture of your ID, click Browse to do so.

If you’re on a phone or a tablet, after you click Browse, select your device’s Camera App, and take a picture of your ID. Ensure all FOUR corners of your ID are in the picture and it is clear and LEGIBLE. Next, enter your full name, and then, finally, click on Save & Submit Patient Application.

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6. From here you will be taken to the Physician Certification (PC) page. Follow these steps on How to attach the Physician Certification.

 

 

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Cannabis and Psychosis; Is There a Link?

By: med_admin Published: January 25, 2019

Side Effects of MarijuanaPeople have wondered about and debated over the side effects of marijuana use on mental health for many years. From the 1936 film “Reefer Madness” to present day, there have been those who say marijuana has negative effects on mental health, and those who claim marijuana use helps ease stress, anxiety, and depression, therefore having a positive effect on mental health. To date, marijuana studies are mixed on whether an increase in cannabis use coincides with increased rates of schizophrenia and other forms of mental illness. We are a world divided on this issue. What does science say about the long term side effects of marijuana?

In a 2016 document titled “Clearing the Smoke on Cannabis,” The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction maintained that poor mental health is related to chronic cannabis use stating, ‘Studies indicate that chronic cannabis use and an earlier onset of use is associated with an increased risk of developing psychotic symptoms or schizophrenia, particularly among those who might have a pre-existing genetic risk. The relationship between cannabis use and psychosis appears to be stronger in people with a predisposition to psychosis, such as those with a family history.

An increase in the potency of marijuana in the last several decades may be partly to blame, as tetrahydrocannbinol (THC) levels have risen from 1.5 to 28 percent since the 70s. Younger consumers appear to be at a greater risk for negative side effects of marijuana, depending on their age, frequency of use, and the potency of the cannabis they consume. Canada is urging teens to wait until they are in their late teens, opt for low potency cannabis, and avoid daily use.

Some evidence from continued marijuana studies suggest there may be a correlation between cannabis consumption and some psychiatric conditions, including cannabis-induced psychosis (CIP). In a 2014 Indian Journal of Psychiatry paper on the relationship between cannabis and psychosis, the Indian Psychiatric Society stated, ‘Cannabis exposure may be a “component cause” which interacts with other factors that may be a possible cause of schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders, but is neither necessary nor sufficient to do so alone.’ Child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Michael Birnbaum concurs that development of a psychotic illness is multifactorial, stating “It’s never just one thing.”

In 2017, a report commissioned by the National Societies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine which assessed more than 1,000 studies on the subject emphasized how little is known about the health effects of marijuana, going so far as to call the lack of scientific information “a public health risk.” When discussing the long-term side effects of marijuana on the developing brains of adolescents, several studies have shown that cannabis use in teens can be a contributing factor in triggering or increasing the symptoms of psychotic mental illnesses, most notably schizophrenia.

There is strong evidence supporting the claim that heavy consumption of high-potency cannabis beginning at an early age can exacerbate symptoms in youth who are predisposed to developing mental illness, but more marijuana studies need to be done. Much of the concern surrounding habitual youthful marijuana use stems from the fact that the prognosis for schizophrenia sufferers is better the later in life the condition develops.

A policy statement released in 2017 by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry states, “Heavy use during adolescence is associated with increased incidence and worsened course of psychotic, mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders. Furthermore, marijuana’s deleterious side effects on adolescent cognition, behavior, and brain development may have immediate and long-term implications, including increased risk of motor vehicle accidents, sexual victimization, academic failure, lasting decline in intelligence measures, psychopathology, addiction, and psychosocial and occupational impairment.”

While there may be risks inherent with prolonged, heavy daily consumption of high potency marijuana, there are also many medical applications for cannabis in people of all ages, and there is much more learning to be done regarding the health risks, benefits, and side effects of marijuana use. Rigorous scientific research is difficult to conduct due to restrictions imposed on researchers because of the current government designation of cannabis as a Schedule 1 substance. In the meantime, marijuana use continues to increase due to legalization across the United States and in other countries around the world, with many people touting the positive health benefits of cannabis.

If you’re in the Colorado Springs area, Medical Alternatives is here to help you with all your medical marijuana needs. 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.

If you would like to schedule a medical marijuana consultation an appointment with one of the MMJ experts at our facility, please visit our online portal or contact our MMJ clinics in Colorado Springs or Pueblo. 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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Many Health Benefits of Medical Marijuana, But Why Research Is Necessary!

By: med_admin Published: December 31, 2018

Health Benefits of Medical MarijuanaMany people and groups agree there is a need for further research into cannabis and the possible health benefits of medical marijuana use. From the recreational user to the medical marijuana patient, and the general public to the federal government there are many reasons as to why medical marijuana should be legal. In January 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published a report on marijuana and marijuana by-products focusing on both therapeutic and harmful effects of cannabis. They recommended that further research be done to develop a comprehensive understanding of marijuana’s health effects, and that steps be taken to overcome regulatory barriers which may make it difficult to conduct such research.

Marijuana contains several elements known as cannabinoids. One such element, cannabidiol (CBD) has proven to be a powerful antiemetic that effectively relieves the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy. ProjectCBD.org notes that CBD reduces nausea by interacting with serotonin receptors, and that cannabis can sometimes relieve nausea more effectively than prescription pharmaceuticals. Preclinical studies indicate that the unheated version of CBD known as CBDA is an even more potent antiemetic than CBD. When given in relatively small doses one of the health benefits of medical marijuana has been shown to help alleviate both nausea and vomiting. CBD can also ease anxiety, which can help patients manage the angst of chronic nausea. Clearly, this is one area where further research could be extremely beneficial to individuals suffering from the negative effects of chemotherapy.

An additional reason as to why medical marijuana should be legal is due to the fact that some preliminary studies suggest that cannabis can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Unfortunately, these studies are very few, with no clinical data proving that marijuana could be an effective method to use to stop cancer cells from spreading. This is another vital area of research that could help millions of cancer sufferers should clinical studies prove the efficacy of cannabis in treating cancer.

The available information in the area of heart health is not only controversial, but contradictory. Some studies show that marijuana users are more likely to have higher blood pressure, while others point out that cannabis is also a vasodilator, widening the blood vessels and lowering blood pressure. More research and clinical trials could help the medical community come to a conclusion on this point as to determine if this is potentially one of the multiple health benefits of medical marijuana.

Pregnant women have been known to use cannabis to help alleviate nausea and vomiting commonly known as morning sickness, which affects some gestating mothers all day long, affecting their ability to maintain a healthy diet while pregnant and interfering with activities of daily living. Some critics say that using marijuana while pregnant will adversely affect the developing fetus, however evidence to date shows only a four ounce reduction in birth weight in babies born to mothers who use cannabis while pregnant.

A final reason of this blog as to why medical marijuana should be legalized is because diabetics could potentially benefit from cannabis use as well. According to some proponents, marijuana improves insulin production, therefore preventing adult onset diabetes. Others maintain that cannabis use inhibits insulin production putting people at higher risk of developing diabetes. Clinical trials and in-depth research could help the scientific community come to a definite conclusion.

One thing is clear; there is still plenty of work to be done in terms of further research into cannabis and its health benefits from medical marijuana use. If you’re in the Colorado Springs area, Medical Alternatives is here to help you with all your medical marijuana needs. 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.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of the medical marijuana experts at our facility, please contact our MMJ clinics in Colorado Springs or Pueblo. 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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How to recover your username and reset your password

By: Admin Published: December 28, 2018

Below are the steps to recover your username and/or reset your password to gain access to your online account with the Medical Marijuana Registry system.

If you know your username, and just need to reset the password, skip to step 6.

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

2. Click on “Forgot Username”

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3. Enter the email address you used to register your account

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4. The system will now send you an email containing your Username

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5. Take note of your Username and then go back to the Medical Marijuana Registry home page: https://medicalmarijuana.colorado.gov

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6. Click on “Reset Password or Unlock Account”

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7. Enter the Username

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8. The system will send you an email with a reset code

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9. Take note of the reset code and then click on the blue link

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10. Enter your Username, the reset code, and create your NEW password

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11. You can now use your new password!

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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.

Resources
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