A Different Way of Healing
Medical Cannabis Issue
A Growing Industry
An overview on the
cannabis industry and how
it continues to grow.
A Visual Guide to Terpenes
A closer look on the many
Methods of Consumption
An overview on the many different ways to
use and consume cannabis.
Cannabis 101: The Lowdown
on Medical Cannabis
The basics on the medicinal
properties of cannabis.
Descriptions and reviews on the
most popular strains!
Myth vs. Fact:
What you think is true
about marijuana, and what
is actually true.
Cannabis Changed My Life!
Providing some new perspectives
with medical cannabis patient
A Different Way of Healing
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Marijuana, ganja, bud, weed, maryjane, devil’s lettuce: the various
names that taught Americans that cannabis is bad. For decades,
cannabis has had a bad connotation in society, especially in law
enforcement and the medical field. Cannabis is not new; it has been around
for ages. It’s been used in ancient tribes for rituals and medicine. Victorian
women used to infuse it with wine.
A medical cannabis patient is not just a typical hippy. Many people that
choose cannabis as their medicine are just your average, hard-working
citizens that have families and responsibilities. Looking at someone, you
may not think that they use cannabis daily. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for
someone who is chronically ill to turn to cannabis as medicine. Eventually,
the side effects of some dangerous prescription drugs take a toll on our
bodies. Many who are tired of taking multiple pills a day are in search of a
more natural way to heal. You may find that we all experience chronic illness
at some point in our lives.
Many who do not know much about medical cannabis might become
overwhelmed when reading about it. When it comes to the science behind
the medicine, there’s a lot to learn! In our feature story, we go over the basic
compounds, CBD and THC. We will educate you on how they work together
in harmony. We also break down the difference between indica and sativa,
the two subspecies of the cannabis genus.
We also provide a visual guide on terpenes. Terpenes are cannabinoids in
cannabis just like CBD and THC. They are flavorful cannabinoids that secrete
distinct smells, as well as provide certain relieving effects for the patient.
Knowledge on terpenes is important for choosing what strains help certain
ailments. Our visual guide should help break down this complicated subject.
In addition, we will explore the different methods of consumption, and the
proper tools that are used in the process. With this we will also provide inside
stories and testimonials from the patients themselves. We will also give
insight on the cannabis industry as a whole.
Please note: this editorial is not for diagnostic treatment. If you or a loved
one is considering starting a journey with medical cannabis, please consult
a medical cannabis doctor and educate yourself on the laws for medical
cannabis in your state.
There’s so much to learn from the medical cannabis issue of Remedy: A
Different Way of Healing. I hope you find this editorial fun and educational!
Welcome All Relief-Seekers!
The Lowdown on Medical Cannabis
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THC & CBD
Sativa vs. Indica
Herbalists say that for every poisonous plant, there’s
another with an antidote not far away. That kind
of balance between opposites is everywhere in
nature—and that may help to explain the interplay
between THC and CBD, the two most plentiful
compounds in the marijuana plant. Although these
two substances appear to have opposing effects,
in combination each affects the action of the other
to keep the marijuana high from spinning out of
control— and create some potent healing benefits.
THC: Marijuana’s Most Famous Compound
THC (officially known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is
the most prevalent of more than one hundred compounds
found in the marijuana plant. It’s followed closely by
cannabidiol, or CBD. Separately and together, these two
compounds are the cannabis ingredients to be most closely
studied for their applications in treating a wide range of
health conditions ranging from cancer to PTSD.
THC isn’t just good for a good time as it also has potent
healing properties. The endocannabinoid system is a
vast network of natural cannabinoid receptors that occur
throughout the body. These receptors can be filled by
cannabinoids manufactured by the body itself, or by
introducing cannabis from outside sources like smoking
or consuming it.
The body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors are abundant in the
brain, organs and tissues, and THC binds with them in
ways that are nearly identical to natural endocannabinoids
such as anandamide and 2-AG. That means THC can be
beneficial in treating a wide range of health conditions
affecting both body and mind—especially when it’s
accompanied by CBD
CBD Works In Many Ways
CBD is the second most common compound found in
cannabis, and although it lacks the psychoactive properties
of THC, many studies have found that it has numerous
whole body health benefits, such as reducing inflammation
and boosting immune system functions. Available in forms
such as oil concentrates, edibles and even skin creams and
ointments, CBD can help reduce chronic pain, ease the
symptoms of autoimmune disorders and migraines, and
reduce the nausea associated with cancer treatment.
While THC binds directly with the body’s own
endocannabinoid receptors in the brain, central nervous
system and other organs and tissues, CBD works in more
mysterious ways. Whether it’s the raw plant form known
as CBDA or the extracted version CBD, this compound
doesn’t directly bind with either of the body’s cannabinoid
receptors. Rather, it either enhances or inhibits the activity
of a long list of other receptors and channels that affect
processes ranging from the proliferation of cells (particularly
cancer cells) to the uptake of the calming neurotransmitter
How CBD Works In The Body
With more than 1,000 strains of cannabis having been
bred during the past several decades, it is critical that
patients are aware of the different types of efficacy
available to them in terms of cannabis medicine.
Some varieties of cannabis are most appropriate
for particular diseases and ailments, but not others.
Choosing the right strain is critical to ensuring that
patients receive the best therapy possible.
Know Your Cannabis Subspecies
Cannabis is a species of flowering herb that is split
into three subspecies: Indica, sativa, and ruderalis.
Ruderalis plants are small and yield relatively little
medicine; what they do provide lacks potency and is
generally not appealing to patients. Because of this,
ruderalis strains are typically avoided by breeders
and cultivators; the focus of the medical cannabis
community is on indica and sativa strains. Indica and
sativa plants differ not only in their physiological
effects, but also in their appearance. Indica plants are
short and stocky, featuring leaves that are broad and
“chunky.” Sativa plants tend to be taller and skinnier
and may even be lanky in appearance, with leaves that
are thin and pointed.
The most important difference between these two
subspecies of cannabis, however, is in their medical
effects and how they influence energy levels and
productivity. Indicas tend to decrease energy and
are better for consumption in the evening or at night,
after the conclusion of the day’s work and activities.
Potent indica strains may give some patients what is
called “couchlock,” a condition in which they become
so relaxed that they can barely get up from the sofa.
Sativas, on the other hand, are uplifting and cerebral,
enhancing creativity and productivity. Indicas provide
what has been called a “body high,” while sativas
deliver more of a “mind high.” Unfortunately, sativa
plants require longer to grow and yield less medicine
(flowers) than indica varieties. This is why indica strains
have traditionally dominated those available on the
black market, where there is no concern for patient
need and the sole focus is profit. The fact that patients
are given no choice of subspecies or strain when
purchasing from the black market is a major reason
it should be avoided. Patients should never trust or
consume cannabis medicine without knowing its exact
strain and that it was properly grown, dried, cured,
and laboratory tested for purity and contamination.
Modern cultivators of medical cannabis purposefully
breed and grow a wide spectrum of strains within
both the indica and sativa categories for the purpose
of making available the right medicine for a particular
patient’s unique combination of disease, preference,
and lifestyle. Often, patients must maintain jobs or
family responsibilities that demand a particular energy
level and can’t tolerate the sedative properties of
many indicas. Other times, patients must seek the
most potent non-opiate painkiller possible. Given
the choice of chronic pain or the mellowing effects
of a strong indica of a particular strain known for its
medical benefits, most patients will choose the latter.
In terms of particular ailments, sativa strains tend to
be better for psychological disorders like depression,
PTSD, and anxiety. Indicas are often the best for pain
and inflammation and, thus, are beneficial for patients
with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and cancer. However,
because so many diseases are accompanied by side
effects like depression and insomnia, a patient must
consider treating both their core disease and also
its daily symptoms. In the end, each patient will favor
multiple strains that will likely fall within the categories
of sativa, hybrid, and indica.
When it comes to aroma, indica strains tend to emit
musty, earthy, and skunky odors, while sativas smell
sweet, fruity, or spicy. This difference in aroma is the
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Cathy Jordan of Florida — Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)
Cannabis Changed My Life: Testimonials
I used to be a hairdresser from New Castle, DE, but
now I’m a medical marijuana patient & activist, living
near Tampa, FL.
I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
(ALS or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”) in 1986 (I was 36),
was told by my doctor not to smoke anything,
Catherine Adaberry of Missouri — Breast Cancer
Catherine developed breast cancer in 2002. She
was in her 40’s. No one in her family had ever
dealt with the disease. It was a difficult time for
her and her loved ones. She underwent surgery
and considerable chemotherapy and radiation
treatments. “Physically, it took quite a toll on me…
I was very sick.”
She had heard that cannabis could help
with those battling cancer. A member of her
extended family had dealt with brain cancer. He
used cannabis and attributed his prolonged life
to his use of cannabis.
With the chemo, Catherine didn’t want to eat.
She just didn’t have an appetite. She was a
nervous wreck. “I would smoke and I could
eat. I would smoke and I could sleep. With the
radiation, it was the same thing.”
“There’s just so much stress with having cancer.
I mean, your hair falls out. You don’t feel good. I
had grand babies during that time and I couldn’t
hold them. I was an emotional wreck. It helped.
So many pills…you don’t want to take another
pill. It was so much better just to smoke, to eat,
to smoke, and to sleep.”
She lived in Sheldon and would have to travel to
treatment in Kansas City or Joplin. When she was
undergoing chemotherapy, she would spend
the night there. It was stressful having to carry
cannabis with her. But it was necessary, because
it helped her through the treatments.
She would tell others who were also battling
standard advice for a new ALS patient, suffered
typical deterioration of my body over the next two
years and prepared for my death – ALS is a terminal
illness and I probably had only another year or two.
Then, in 1989, standing on a beach in Sarasota, FL,
I was passed a “joint” and said “Why not?” After
just a few puffs, I had a wonderful feeling – that my
disease had stopped! I’ve been smoking ever since
– for twenty-one years now, and I think I’m aging
quite well, thank you.
Cannabis works for me by drying up my saliva (ALS
patients often drown in their own fluids), helping
me cough and stimulating my lungs through its
Science now shows that Cannabis is actually a
neuroprotectant, treating auto-immune conditions
like ALS and MS by suppressing “excito-toxicity” and
the over-production of glutamate. Also, Cannabis
has long been known to have an anti-inflammatory
effect and inflammation is now believed to play an
important role in ALS.
cancer about cannabis. “It helps with your
stomach. Your stomach is just in knots all the
time. It does help. It helped me a lot.”
These days, she’s doing well. But she still talks to
people about cannabis; those diagnosed with
cancer. If they can’t eat or can’t sleep,
“I know it will help them.”
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