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Is CBG The Ultimate Cannabinoid?

The Next Generation of Medicinal Cannabis: High-CBG Strains

Cannabigerol (CBG) happens to be responsible for most of marijuana’s medical effects, CBG works behind the scenes, which scientists have only recently started to investigate.

Cannabigerol, a small non-psychoactive component of cannabis, shows significant promise as a treatment for glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, colon cancer, Huntington’s Disease, skin diseases, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, antidepressant, etc, etc,  but its mostly unavailable in the medical marijuana market.

All the major cannabinoids in marijuana come from cannabigerol (CBG); THC and CBD – the two most common chemicals in marijuana – and other minor cannabinoids all begin as CBG. CBG is non-psychoactive and is quickly converted to other cannabinoids by enzymes in the cannabis plant, which explains the low concentration of CBG in most strains. CBG gets turned into THC, CBD or CBC almost soon as it gets made. Since it’s the precursor for the major compounds, very little of is left over in mature flowers.

Besides its role in forming other cannabinoids, CBG has a number of important medical effects of its own.
CBG inhibits the uptake of a chemical in our brain called GABA – something CBD also does. “When GABA [uptake] is inhibited, you actually have muscle relaxation and you have anti-anxiety effects, so it appears to promote similar effects that CBD has. It also appears to have anti-depressant and some modest anti-fungal properties.”

Just recently in January 2015,
( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25252936 ) researchers discovered that CBG had neuroprotective effects in mice with Huntington’s Disease, a disease characterized by the degeneration of nerve cells in the brain. CBG improved motor skill deficiencies significantly and preserved neurons against toxicity.

In 2014, a study was conducted into the effect of CBG on cancer. The study revealed that cannabigerol can prevent the progression of cancer cells formed in the colon. CBG slowed down progression of colon cancer in mice. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25269802 ). Another new study published in a recent issue of the journal Phytomedicine, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabis-based medicines may provide a cure for colon cancer.

Evidence also suggests it has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects as well. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2823359/ Cannabigerol is perhaps most widely recognized as an anti-inflammatory cannabinoid.

It’s been known since at least the ‘80s that CBG can help treat glaucoma by relieving interocular pressure. Researchers writing for Experimental Eye Research gave rats and cats CBN and CBG, finding that chronic administration of these cannabinoids lowers ocular tension considerably.

Medical marijuana patients have access to high-THC and high-CBD cannabis, but what about high-CBG strains? They are rare, but they exist. Narrow-leafleted drug strains from the Indian-subcontinent, were found to have slightly higher levels of CBG than others. Relatively high amounts of CBG can be extracted from budding plants about three-quarters of the way through flowering. Testing of industrial hemp has found much higher levels of cannabigerol (CBG) than most strains of cannabis.

CBG-only strains will soon be as available is CBD cannabis. Hybridization between different types of strains will allow patients to use medicinal cannabis tailored to their needs and preferences in a way people only can dream of today.

 

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Roger’s Bud Facts

Here are some interesting facts about marijuana you may not have known:

In 1876, the Sultan of Turkey gave marijuana to the United States as a gift. By 1880, Turkish smoking parlors were opened all over the northeastern U.S. – http://brainz.org/420-milestones-history-marijuana/

A pot smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response. – http://dangerousminds.net/comments/how_much_pot_would_it_take_to_kill_you

Research has found that THC (the main active component of marijuana), has a growth-inhibiting effect on the cancer cells in liver. – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21475304

THC and CBD, marijuana’s primary cannabinoids, are both cancer killers.

Research has found that smoking cannabis/pot in your teens can lead to a decline in I.Q., but similar effects were not seen in those who started smoking as adults. – http://www.nature.com/news/drop-in-iq-linked-to-heavy-teenage-cannabis-use-1.11278

In 2008, a British man was sentenced to four years in jail in Dubai after Customs officers found 0.003 grams (0.0001 ounces) of cannabis in a cigarette stub stuck on the sole of one his shoes.

A recent study proved that cannabis aids both lung and breast cancer-and does not cause any form of cancer. It only cures.

In Bhutan, marijuana grows wild and is more common than regular grass. However, virtually no one smokes it. Instead it is the number one source of feed for pigs. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXJwNSkdTH0&feature=youtu.be&t=4m11s

Studies have proven that the high from cannabis is very comparable to that of a runners high.

There are four people in the US who not only can get legal marijuana, but the federal government sends it to them, free. – http://nowiknow.com/license-to-toke/

he first two drafts of the United States Declaration of Independence were written on hemp paper.Before its ban, hemp was a common cash crop for family farms in early America.

The NBA does not test athletes for marijuana use in the off season.

Cannabis is the largest cash crop in the U.S., exceeding corn and wheat combined – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cash_crop#United_States

Although cannabis is illegal in Australia, there’s a town in New South Wales revolving almost only around weed selling and weed tourism where cannabis is both sold and grown openly. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nimbin,_New_South_Wales

In North Korea, distribution, possession and consumption of cannabis is very legal, and is recommended as a healthier alternative to tobacco. “Visitors tell stories of marijuana plants growing freely by roadsides.” – http://bigbudsmag.com/communist-cannabis-is-north-korea-a-legal-marijuana-state/

Marijuana seeds are a source of all amino acids. They are one of only a handful of substances that man can sustain off indefinitely with no other food and provide all known amino acids. – https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Marijuana_Cultivation/Fundamentals/Parts_of_the_Plant#Seeds

The University of Mississippi operates the United States’ only legal marijuana farm, on behalf of the government. – http://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat.php/Number/12037857

US, Canadian and Australian consumption of cannabis per capita is more than double that of the Dutch, despite it being legal in Netherlands. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annual_cannabis_use_by_country

Cannabis grew rampantly in Brooklyn around 1951 before being eradicated by the Sanitation Department – http://brooklynology.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/post/2011/01/28/White-Wings-and-Dream-Stuff.aspx

Marijuana triggers neurogenesis. Layman’s terms: It leads to brain cell growth.

42% of people in Canada have tried marijuana at least once.

There is zero evidence that marijuana causes significant lung damage.

Marijuana has been in an “official” state of prohibition since 1937-s Marijuana Tax Act (in the United States). Because, among other reasons, it made white women desire black men.

Colorado and Washington legalized cannabis for recreational use this past October. They have estimated tax revenues of over $550 Million from this legalization.

Over the last decade, the NYPD has spent 1 Million Hours Making 440,000 Marijuana Arrests.

The last four presidents, including Barack Obama, have all admitted to smoking cannabis.

Since Nixon declared the “War On Drugs” in 1971, over a trillion dollars have been spent on it. It takes the average person under an hour to find drugs in a new city.

BEER & MARIJUANA are cousins: beer’s hops are in the
same family of flowering plants as marijuana.

Study after study has found that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and tobacco.

Legalizing marijuana would generate $8.7 billion in federal and state tax revenue per year.

Marijuana has been legal for personal use in Alaska since 1975, and it’s still legal today.

The “SEX Party” in Australia is looking to legalize marijuana, euthanasia, censorship, abortion, and tax the church.

A Marijuana-derived compound forces cancer cells to freeze and prevents them from spreading.

George Washington grew Marijuana in his farm.

Medicinal Marijuana is Considered Kosher in Some Cases by Judaism.

MARIJUANA is legal and is not even classified as a drug in North Korea.

California was the first U.S. state that banned Marijuana a century ago.
Uruguay became, in 2013, the first country in the world to make it legal to grow, sell and consume marijuana.

In the U.S., a sentence of life in prison without parole was given for trying to sell US$10 of marijuana to an undercover officer.

In 1949, the U.S. Military created a synthetic version of Marijuana called “Dimethylheptylpyran.” Just 1 mg can have effects lasting for 3 days.

Legal marijuana is the fastest-growing industry in the U.S. in 2015.

The U.S. government’s “official expert” on Marijuana from 1938 to 1962 once testified in court, under oath, that he had smoked marijuana and it turned him into a bat.

The first recorded use of Marijuana was in China, over 4700 years ago.

789 grams of 2,700-year-old marijuana were found in a Chinese tomb in 2008.

In India, it is not uncommon to consume marijuana in milkshake form.

Bob Marley was buried with his red Gibson guitar, a Bible open to Psalms 23 and a bud of marijuana.

The first arrest for Marijuana possession and selling in the U.S. occurred in Denver, Colorado on October 2, 1937.

In the Netherlands, there are dozens of public facilities where you can bring recreational drugs including marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy to test if they are safe.

Marijuana is the most common illegal drug used in the United States. Approximately 100 million Americans have tried marijuana at least once, and more than 25 million have smoked it in the last year.

Worldwide, it is estimated that about 162 million adults use marijuana at least once per year, and 22.5 million use the drug daily.

The first e-commerce transaction to take place on the Internet was the sale of cannabis – http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/apr/19/online-high-net-drugs-deal
In Colorado, medical marijuana dispensaries outnumber Starbucks locations 3 to 1 – http://cannabisnews.com/news/25/thread25864.shtml
Carl Sagan wrote a paper under the pseudonym Mr. X advocating for Marijuana use. His identity as Mr. X was not revealed until after his death – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/31/carl-sagan-marijuana_n_3367112.html

After Tupac was cremated, his ashes were mixed with marijuana and smoked by members of his hip-hop group, Outlawz. – http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/young-outlawz-admit-smoking-tupac-shakur-ashes-mixed-marijuana-1996-article-1.950906

Cigarettes Kill 443,000 people a year-in the United States Alone. Vending machines kill 10 people a year. That’s 443,010 more than cannabis has ever killed.

Rastafarians are legally allowed to possess marijuana in Italy due to it being a ‘sacrament’ to the religion. – http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/07/10/us-italy-marijuana-

After alcohol, marijuana is the most popular recreational or mood-altering drug used worldwide.

Just under 40% of high school students in the U.S. report using marijuana at least once in their life, and 20% report using it regularly.

There are over 200 slang terms for marijuana in the popular vernacular. Some of the more common nicknames include pot, grass, weed, hash, and ganja.

The cannabis plant can grow in nearly any environment and averages one to two inches of growth per day and up to 18 feet total in ideal conditions.

Cannabis seeds were used as a food source in China as early as 6000 B.C.

The first recorded use of marijuana as a medicinal drug occurred in 2737 B.C. by Chinese emperor Shen Nung. The emperor documented the drug’s effectiveness in treating the pains of rheumatism and gout.

Marijuana’s effects on teenage girls’ brain is much more serious than the very moderate effects on the teenage male – http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0166432811004360
During Prohibition, Pharmacies sold “Medicinal Whiskey,” much like today’s Medicinal Marijuana. – http://coloradorestlessnative.blogspot.ca/2010/01/medicinal-whiskey-and-loophole.html
The word “canvas” is derived from the word “cannabis” because canvas used to be made from hemp fiber. – http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=canvas

The first law in the American colonies regarding marijuana was a 1619 law that actually required farmers to grow the hemp plant. Once harvested, hemp was useful for clothing, sails, and rope.

Marijuana production and trafficking make up the world’s largest drug market and the substance can be grown in almost every country. The United Nations Office on Drug and Crimes (UNODC) has data on 172 countries and territories known to grow marijuana.

Paraguay is believed to be the world’s largest producer of marijuana.

According to the UNODC, there are several countries worldwide where greater than 8% of the population are said to use marijuana. Among those countries are the United States, Canada, England, Spain, France, South Africa, and New Zealand.

From 1850 to 1942, marijuana was listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia as a useful medicine for nausea, rheumatism, and labor pains and was easily obtained at the local general store or pharmacy.

In 2003, Canada became the first country in the world to offer medical marijuana to pain-suffering patients.

Legalization would save Canada an estimated $14 billion per year.

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References

Abel, Ernest L. 1980. Marihuana: The First Twelve Thousand Years. New York, NY: Plenum Press.

Booth, Martin. 2003. Cannabis: A History. London, England: Doubleday.

Chapkis, Wendy and Richard Webb. 2008. Dying to Get High: Marijuana as Medicine. New York, NY: New York University Press.

Leggett, Ted. “Why Should We Care about Cannabis?” United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Accessed: November 29, 2008.

Robinson, Rowan. 1996. The Great Book of Hemp: The Complete Guide to the Environmental, Commercial, and Medicinal Uses of the World’s Most Extraordinary Plant. Rochester, VT: Park Street Press.

U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy. “Marijuana Facts & Figures.” Accessed: February 10, 2009.

World Drug Report 2008. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Accessed: December 2, 2008

 

Will Canada soon legalize recreational marijuana?

The ignorance of the Canadian Prime Minister

Marijuana is “infinitely worse” than tobacco and its use should be widely discouraged in Canada, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, the Canadian Prime Minister, says. The remarks came during a recent federal leaders’ debate, in which Harper clashed with Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau over the issue of legalization. The Prime minister is vehemently opposed to the idea, saying that regulating its sale in the same way as cigarettes or alcohol would do nothing to keep it out of the hands of kids.

The Liberals support legalization;  Trudeau, the Liberal leader, argued during the debate that if marijuana were legal and regulated, young people would be less able to easily get the drug than they are currently. When asked how the Conservatives square that position with the fact medicinal marijuana is currently used by thousands of Canadians to treat a variety of causes, Ignorant Harper said there’s overwhelming evidence about the drug’s long-term effects. Trudeau went on to accuse the Prime Minister of implementing  anti-marijuana policies that allow the drug to fund “criminal organizations, street gangs and gun-runners.“It is our intention to stop Mr. Harper’s failed approach on marijuana,” Trudeau added.

Canadian propaganda

Last year, Health Canada kicked off an anti-marijuana ad campaign saying the drug was responsible for lower IQs, a statement derived from two separate studies whose conclusions have since been challenged and debunked. The Prime Minister also often links  marijuana use to increased risks of mental health issues, such as psychosis and schizophrenia, but medical research on that is divided as well. Harper likened what the government is trying to do with marijuana to its tobacco control strategy. “We’ve spent a couple of generations trying to reduce the use of tobacco in Canada with a lot of success,” he said. “Tobacco is a product that does a lot of damage — marijuana is infinitely worse and is something we do not want to encourage.” The Canadian Cancer Society notes that while 85 per cent of lung cancers can be directly linked to smoking, evidence is still needed to know whether there’s a similar cancer risk posed by smoking marijuana, at this point it is believed that marijuana is not a risk for lung cancer and their is no evidence as of yet that it is a risk. The health minister said that she was skeptical that the government can keep marijuana out of the hands of children. “We know that our experience with alcohol says otherwise,“. She also repeated the  oft-used claim that should the Liberal plan succeed, marijuana will be available for sale in corner stores. However, Trudeau said he was not “comfortable” with the idea”. “At this point, I don’t think corner stores necessarily are rigorous enough at checking ID to make me comfortable with that as an option,” he said. The Liberals will legalize marijuana and an elected Liberal government would begin working to legalize and regulate marijuana “right away,” Justin Trudeau says. “The Liberal Party is committed to legalizing and regulating marijuana,” Trudeau said, The Liberal Party Leader declined to set a firm timeline for legalization, but vowed to make it an early priority if elected on Oct. 19. He said legalizing marijuana would fix a “failed system” and help “remove the criminal element” linked to the drug. Trudeau said legalization could happen anywhere from a month to “a year or two” into a Liberal government, but he would make sure the process gets underway shortly after taking power. Trudeau has voiced his support for relaxing marijuana laws in the past, but he has largely stayed away from addressing the issue during the election campaign.

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair has said, in the past, that he supports decriminalizing marijuana. However, he has not committed to legalizing it.

How Marijuana became illegal in Canada

Cannabis was added to the Confidential Restricted List in 1923 under the Narcotics Drug Act Amendment Bill after a vague reference to a “new drug” during a late night session of the House of Commons on April 23, 1923. Historians usually point to the 1922 publication of Emily Murphy’s “The Black Candle” as the inspiration for the addition. Murphy was a member of the “Women’s right to vote movement” and police magistrate (justice of the peace) who wrote a series of articles in Maclean’s magazine under the pen-name “Janey Canuck,” which formed the basis of her book. She uses numerous anecdotes culled mostly from anti-drug reformers and police to make her arguments, which make strong links between drugs and race and the threat this poses to white women. One  chapter is entitled “Marahuana – A New Menace”, and makes the claim that the only ways out of cannabis addiction are insanity, death, or abandonment.

Medical marijuana in Canada

Since July 2001, Cannabis is legal to possess, consume, or grow for medicinal purposes under certain conditions within the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations issued by Health Canada. Canada was the first country in the world to legalize medical marijuana. The cultivation of the hemp plant of the genus Cannabis is currently legal in Canada for seed, grain and fiber production only under licenses issued by Health Canada.

Regarding the use of weed recreationally, in a country where alcohol, tobacco, refined sugar, and even personal beliefs are enshrined in law… marijuana has no business being  outlawed. Trudeau is showing that he has a new Canadian vision for the 21st century. The old days of religious driven ethics and policies are dying out with the 65+ generation and its about time. It is time to legalize and regulate pot. It would generate tons of revenue, create numerous small businesses and jobs and significantly reduce costs to the public. One Canadian citizen says, “I hate feeling like a criminal, because I enjoy relaxing after a hard days work. I have never enjoyed drinking, I don’t smoke cigarettes. I should be able to have a “Pause, for the Cause” once in a while, in the privacy of my own home. But the government would rather lock me up instead”.

Public Opinion

Since 2003, public opinion polls have found most Canadians agree with decriminalizing marijuana use for recreational purposes., “The use of marijuana should be decriminalized”. A 2015 poll conducted by Forum Research showed that 68% of Canadians are in favor of relaxing cannabis regulations.

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Marijuana could help prevent and treat the killer Diabetes

Marijuana May Help With Diabetes

Are you Fat ?

Americans have become fat, plain and simply, fat. Between the 1960s and the 2000s, Americans grew, on the average, an inch taller and 24 pounds heavier. The average American man today weights 194 pounds and the average woman 165 pounds. The growing girth has led to the creation of special-sized ambulances, operating tables and coffins as well as bigger seats on planes and trains. Almost a third of American children and teens are overweight.

Obesity in America: It’s Getting Worse

Nearly two-thirds of adult Americans are overweight or obese, just plain fat. Unhealthy, diets and decreased physical activity, the prevalence of obesity in the United States has more than doubled over the past four decades.

Previous studies have found lower prevalence rates of obesity and diabetes in marijuana users, participants who reported using marijuana in the past month had:

=16 percent lower fasting insulin levels
=17 percent lower levels of insulin resistance
=higher levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C)
=smaller waist circumference

Could Marijuana Help in Weight Loss?

The American Journal of Epidemiology has found that obesity rates are lowered by roughly one third in those who smoke weed just three times weekly with findings concluding that 22% of those who did not smoke marijuana were obese, compared with just 14% of the regular marijuana smokers. Perhaps marijuana smokers are cognizant of the fact that smoking causes the munchies and so they act accordingly—maybe allowing some extra indulgence while “high” but reverting to a more healthful lifestyle in between “sessions.”

Evidence shows that cannabis can have the following benefits for diabetes patients:

stabilizing blood sugars (confirmed via “a large body of        anecdotal evidence building among diabetes sufferers”)
-anti-inflammatory action that may help quell some of the arterial inflammation common in diabetes
-“neuroprotective” effects that help thwart inflammation of nerves and reduce the pain of neuropathy by activating receptors in the body and brain -“anti-spasmodic agents” help relieve muscle cramps and the pain of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders – weed acts as a “vasodilator” to help keep blood vessels open and improve circulation.

contributes to lower blood pressure over time, which is vital for diabetics substituting cannabis butter and oil in foods, “benefits cardiac and arterial health in general”
-it can also be used to make topical creams to relieve neuropathic pain and tingling in hands and feet
-finally, cannabis helps still diabetic “restless leg syndrome” (RLS), so the patient can sleep better: “it is recommended that patients use a vaporizer or smoked cannabis to aid in falling asleep.”


Netherlands named healthiest country in the world

The Netherlands has been seen as a bastion for the cannabis smoker for a very long time. It is where tourists, students, medical users and anyone looking for a bit of enlightenment make a pilgrimage to in order to sample  some of the wonders of marijuana. But did you know that weed is not technically legal there? Through loopholes in law and by public consensus, the governing body of the Netherlands operates under a policy of tolerance. This means anything that is classified as a “soft drug” by the government, (which cannabis is), doesn’t involve the pursuit of individual prosecutions for personal possession, Personal use is tolerated.
And the U.S. didn’t even make the top 20. The Netherlands came out on top because of low diabetes rates.

The Netherlands has long been at the forefront of offering medical marijuana to its citizens. Medical marijuana was legalized in the Netherlands for use in pharmacies in 2003 and since 2007 several pharmacies have specialized in medical cannabis. They buy medical cannabis in bulk and can therefore  deliver the products for a lower price. Three types of medical cannabis are available through pharmacies: Bedrocan, Bedrobinol and Bediol. In 2005, two years after medical marijuana was legalized in the country, 60% to 70% of Dutch physicians regarded medical cannabis sufficiently socially accepted and would prescribe it if asked for by a patient.

Cannabinoid receptors, located in the brain, are part of the Endocannabinoid system which is involved in a variety of physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory, etc.

Cannabis helps stabilize blood sugar.

Both types of diabetes can be helped by weed. In Type 1 diabetes, a lower fasting level might eliminate the need for an insulin injection at that time. While injections wouldn’t be completely eliminated, it could decrease the number needed per day. For those with Type 2 diabetes, being less resistant to the insulin could help control the advancing of the disease by  improving the body’s ability to manage sugar levels naturally. Marijuana protects from inflammation of nerves Many cannabinoids act primarily to inhibit Hormone-like compounds  (prostaglandins) which are produced by the body and are responsible for inflammation features, such as swelling, pain, stiffness, redness and warmth, several other cannabinoids in addition to THC were able to stimulate the synthesis of prostaglandins in cell culture a group, a physiologically active lipid compounds having diverse hormone-like effects  Marijuana provides powerful anti-oxidant properties.This means that cannabis is an excellent anti-inflammatory that lacks the side effects of common diabetic drug which can have very serious side effect..

Cannabis is also a neuroprotective.

Cannabis is also a neuroprotective. It is believed that much of  problem with the nerves, usually the ‘peripheral nerves‘   comes from the inflammation of nerves caused by glycoproteins in the blood that trigger an immune response. Cannabis helps protect the nerve covering from inflammatory attack. Cannabis also lessens the pain of neuropathy by activating receptors in the body and brain. Some components of cannabis (perhaps cannibidiol) CBD’s act as anti-spasmodic agents similar to the far more toxic anti-convulsants like Neurontin. This action of cannabis helps relieve diabetic muscle cramps and GI upset. Most diabetics learn very early that maintenance of good blood sugar is most easily achieved when patients or their caregivers cook as opposed to eating fast food or prepared foods. Cooking not only provides superior nutrition necessary to treat diabetes but also is a form of physical therapy for diabetic hands that suffer from neuropathy. Cannabis may also be used to make topical creams (mixed with aloe vera and/or emu oil) that can be applied directly to hands and feet affected by neuropathic pain and tingling.

Restless leg syndrome

Night time can be particularly difficult for diabetics. A syndrome known as “restless leg syndrome” (RLS) is common. Cannabis helps still RLS which is otherwise treated with quinine and/or muscle relaxants like Flexaril. For night time it is recommended that patients use a vaporizer or smoked cannabis to aid in falling asleep. If night time hypoglycemia is a problem, then a cannabis cookie can be very helpful. Cannabis cookies are great treatment so long as portion control is exercised.

Two other major actions of cannabis can benefit the diabetic. The first is helping to keep blood vessels open and improving circulation. Cannabis is a vasodilator , the widening of blood vessels.[1] It results from relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, in particular in the large veins, large arteries, and smaller arterioles. and works well to improve blood flow. The second action is how cannabis can reduce blood pressure over time. While cannabis is not generally thought to be an anti-hypertensive and is no replacement for ACE inhibitors, it does contribute to lower blood pressure which is vital in diabetes management.

A diabetes epidemic is underway and it is a very serious situation.

Diabetes is a chronic disease that has spread widely in recent decades and there is as of yet no cure. The numbers of those inflicted is staggering and increasing considerably. In the last ten years alone, those living with diabetes jumped almost 50 percent. Today, diabetes takes more lives than  AIDS and breast cancer combined — claiming the life of 1 Canadian every 30 minutes and a new case of diabetes is diagnosed every 5 minutes. Diabetes currently affects more than 371 million people worldwide and kills around 5 million a year and it is expected to affect more than half a billion people by 2030 and the World Health Organization anticipates that worldwide deaths attributable to diabetes will double by 2030. Without primary prevention, the diabetes epidemic will continue to grow. Diabetes is projected to become one of the world’s main disablers and killers within the next twenty-five years.

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, amputations, heart failure and stroke and causes heart attacks, blood vessel disease, nerve damage, and impotence in men.

Just what is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease in which the body is unable to properly use and store glucose (a form of sugar). Glucose backs up in the bloodstream — causing one’s blood sugar to rise too high. There are two major types of diabetes. In Type 1, the body completely stops producing any insulin, a hormone that enables the body to use glucose found in foods for energy. People with type 1 diabetes must take daily insulin injections to survive. Type 2 diabetes results when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin and/or is unable to use insulin properly. Diabetes can occur in anyone. However, people who have close relatives with the disease are somewhat more likely to develop it. Other risk factors include obesity (Obesity is one of the biggest epidemics in developed countries today), high cholesterol, high blood  pressure, and physical inactivity. The risk of developing diabetes also increases as people grow older. People who are over 40 and overweight are more likely to develop diabetes.

The costs of diabetes is an economic tsunami.

The costs of diabetes is an economic tsunami. People with diabetes cause the highest health care costs. Because of its chronic nature, the severity of its complications and the means required to control them, diabetes is a costly disease, not only for the affected individual and his/her family, but also for the government health authorities. The costs of diabetes affect everyone, everywhere, but they are not only a financial problem. Intangible costs such as pain, anxiety, inconvenience and generally lower quality of life, emotional, physical and financial burden on the entire family are the most difficult to quantify… A University of Chicago study estimates that Americans with diabetes will increase from 24 million people to about 44 million people by 2034, with This is a tremendous costdirect health care costs increasing from $245 billion a year to half a trillion dollars a year. This is a tremendous cost to their economy and a painful reality for millions of Americans.

Immediate action is needed to stem the tide of diabetes and to introduce cost-effective treatment strategies to reverse this trend, this is where marijuana can play a part. Substantial evidence indicates that marijuana may prevent and treat diabetes.

Marijuana may prevent and treat diabetes

Studies have found lower prevalence rates of obesity and diabetes in marijuana users compared with people who have never used marijuana suggesting a relationship between cannabinoids and peripheral metabolic processes. Although marijuana has a well-deserved reputation for increasing appetite via what stoners call “the munchies,” the drug has a two-faced relationship to weight. Cannabis compounds help in controlling blood sugar. Toking up may help marijuana users to stay slim and lower their risk of developing diabetes, cannabis compounds help in controlling blood sugar. In diabetes, high blood sugar levels eventually lead to a variety of metabolic and non-metabolic complications.

Studies have identified higher endocannabinoid levels in diabetics compared to healthy individuals. Endocannabinoids are natural compounds found within all humans that happen to act in a similar way as plant-derived cannabinoids such as THC. Along with cannabinoid receptors, they make up what is known as the endocannabinoid system. Insulin dysfunction is the underlying factor in diabetes as well as the primary target of medical treatment. Interestingly, the presence of cannabinoid receptors has been identified in cells of the pancreas that produce insulin. Marijuana can activate the receptors in the endocannabinoid system in the pancreas to increase insulin production. THC use is also able to preserve insulin levels and lower blood glucose levels because THC demonstrated an incredible ability to counter autoimmune attacks.

Other major actions of marijuana can benefit the diabetic. One is helping to keep blood vessels open and improving circulation. Marijuana has the ability of widening of blood vessels. It results from relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, in particular in the large veins, large arteries, and smaller arterioles. and works well to improve blood flow, marijuana can reduce blood pressure over time. While marijuana is not generally thought to be an anti-hypertensive, it does contribute to lower blood pressure which is vital in diabetes management. Cannabinoids have a therapeutic role in a number of cardiovascular complications that accompany diabetes. Cannabinoids have the ability to regulate vascular inflammation, oxidative stress and atherosclerosis, thus marijuana may be useful in the treatment of these dysfunctions.

Night time can be particularly difficult for diabetics, common to them is a syndrome known as “restless leg syndrome”. Relieving the symptoms of RLS are among the therapeutic applications of marijuana. Medical experts consider this plant as a treatment for this syndrome where it is considered as a neurological disorder and most of its symptoms are associated with  abnormal muscle movements.

Glaucoma is another complication that can arise with diabetes. The general term for glaucoma-related complications is retinopathy. People who have diabetes are 40 percent more likely to contract glaucoma than people without the disease. Glaucoma occurs when pressure builds inside the eye,  eventually cutting off blood flow and damaging the optic nerve. Vision is gradually lost due to the continued pressure and nerve damage. Glaucoma is among the most common medical conditions treated with medicinal marijuana.

Approximately 60-70% of diabetics suffer from some form of nerve damage, which can often lead to a specific type of pain known as neuropathic pain. Marijuana has shown the ability in managing diabetes-related neuropathic pain where pharmaceutical medications fail. Low-doses of vaporized cannabis provide significant improvement for neuropathic pain sufferers. As has been the basis of many of the therapeutic effects of cannabis, the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD-rich cannabis are likely responsible for the observation of cannabis use reducing neuropathic pain. Patients suffering from neuropathic pain may find comfort in marijuana use.

Toking up may help marijuana users to stay slim and lower their risk of developing diabetes, The most likely explanation is that prolonged cannabis use causes the cannabinoid receptors to lose sensitivity and become inactive. This weakening of these cannabinoid receptors, translates into a lower risk for obesity and diabetes because the inactive receptor would be unable to respond to our own cannabis-like molecules, which we know are important in keeping us chubby. While marijuana may initially promote appetite and overeating, in the long run it has the opposite effect because it desensitizes cannabinoid receptors and may even protect against obesity.

So my fat friends, start sparking up!

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Kush And Roger

Kush And Roger

Kush refers to a subset of strains of indica cannabis. The name “Kush” originates from the Hindu-Kush mountains where it was cultivated for thousands of years located in Afghanistan and Northern Pakistan and is the westernmost extension of the Himalayan Mountain Range, perfect for growing Indica.

The area has long been known for its ongoing conflicts as well as its history of marijuana and hashish production. The fertile valleys and hillsides of the Hindu Kush have, for centuries, produced the world’s finest hash. Years of natural and human selection make the most resinous plants have resulted in short, stocky bushes covered with huge, shiny trichomes.

Hindu Kush

The passes across the Hindu Kush have been of great military significance for centuries, providing access to the northern plains of India, once used by Alexander the Great, Timur, and others in their invasions of India. The name ‘Hindu Kush’ itself tells us about the fate of the Hindu’s in this area from about the 13th to 15th century, unlike the Jewish holocaust, the exact toll of the Hindu genocide suggested by the name Hindu Kush is not available. However the number is easily likely to be in millions, millions were slaughtered or died of exposure when travelling into slavehood through the Hindu Best Kush CanadaKush by Muslum conquerers partly to teach a lesson to the future Hindu generations of India and also because of religious prejudice and many Hindu slaves died when they were transported through the Hindu Kush to central Asia because of the harsh climate. ‘Hindu Kush’ in Persian means ‘Hindu Slaughter’ opr ‘Hindu Killer’ means literally ‘Kills the Hindu’. It is significant that it is one of the only place names on earth that reminds us not of the victory of the winners but rather the slaughter of the losers. However, Indians in general, and Hindus in particular are completely oblivious to this tragic genocide because the Government of India does not teach them about Hindu Kush. The Indian government does not want the true history of the Hindu Muslim conflicts during the medieval ages to be taught in schools. Often the official governmental historians brush aside questions such as those that Hindu Kush raises. They argue that the British version is the product of their ‘divide and rule’ policy’ hence their version is not necessarily true. India’s memory is short and partially blames Britain because of resentment over past British colonial rule over them – The British who happened to be the ones who eventually saved them from Muslim rule. Hindus have suffered a terrible Holocaust, probably without parallel in human history, probably, one of the biggest genocides history. There has practically been no serious research on the subject or mention in history books.

How Did Kush Get To Canada?

In the 1960s and early ’70s, bold and brave travelers on the “Hippie Trail”, part of which runs through the Hindu Kush, returned to the US, Canada and Europe with primo seeds and began growing Kush strains in earnest. The indica-dominant genetics, the shortened typical flowering times, allowed Kush to be grown all the way up to Alaska. Because of Kush, “homegrown” was at that time a point of pride, as opposed to now, as a term of derision.

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Kush has become a genetic anchor for many of the strains we know today … much like Skunk #1 was for 2 decades and still has a strong influence today. Kush has also taken on another meaning. The word “Kush” seems to have lost some of its meaning – but those who know can immediately discern that particular lemon-fuel odor and telltale tiny nuggets as the real deal.
In some places, slang for good weed is simply called Kush, used to suggest that the weed being sold is highly potent, rather than to indicate any particular genetic heritage. Here in Ontario, all the dealers tell you it is Kush, when in fact it is obviously not.

Medical Marijuana Kush

Many medical-marijuana dispensaries specialize in carrying as many varieties of Kush as they can get their hands on, and there are literally hundreds to chose from. The Kush strain is popular in the medical marijuana industry and has been used as a patented treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) under the name ‘Sativex’. It’s good for pain, spasms, insomnia, anxiety, appetite, inflammation, glaucoma, relaxing, creativity, nausea, depression, sleep apnea, sex drive, Epilepsy, overactive bladders as well as other benefits, overall a great strain for anything. They say this strain helps “Kush” the pain.
We haven’t had anyone jump way out ahead of the pack in a while in sheer, mind numbing stupidity (at least no one new), so let me introduce you to U.S. Representative Mark Kirk, In the USA, Strains with “Kush” in their name boast such a reputation for potency that Republican Congressman Mark Kirk of Illinois introduced a bill to increase penalties for the distribution of “Kush.” he was heavily influenced by the reputation of Kush at that time, the incredibly ignorant Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced a bill in 2009 to dramatically increase prison sentences for marijuana trafficking offenses if the pot in question had THC levels over 15%, with penalties of up to 25 years in prison for a 1st-time offense. Warning that “kush super-marijuana” was invading the country, a country with a prison population at an embarrassing 25% of the world’s total (that’s the whole world),”Kush is a modified marijuana that delivers up to ten times the THC level of the marijuana we may have seen in the 1960s and 70s,” What a Nut, it just goes to show you that any fool can be a politician. all you have to do is take bribes and pass foolish laws in the land of the prisons.

This Indica Will Put You In-Da-Couch

This is the bud known for its “couch-lock” – a perfect strain for an evening nightcap, but also one capable of changing all your plans when puffed at mid-day. The intense, extremely long-lasting stone aren’t soon forgotten. At marijuana competitions, Many Kush varieties have won prizes for their breeders at our annual pot-tasting festival in Amsterdam each November. From the original Skunks of the 1980s to the Kushage, Vanilla and Kaia Kush of the current era, the strain’s potency and flavor are undeniable. While Haze varieties dominate the sativa category, Kushes traditionally prevail among the indicas. Kush strains have also provided the genetic basis for many perennial winners that don’t have the word “Kush” in their names, such as White Widow, Sensi Star and AK-47. And regarding Hash, much of the best hashish in Holland continues to be made from these Kush strains. The High Times Cannabis Cup is the world’s foremost cannabis festival and they have 6 events each year around the US and in Amsterdamn. These events allows judges from around the world to sample and vote for their favorite marijuana varieties, indica cannabis products that contain the genetic traces of Kush are the predominant winners’.

What OG Kush Can Do For You!

OG Kush is known to be fairly difficult to grow; producing low yields if not grown correctly. This also makes it a risky investment for growers, which tends to drive down the supply. The debate over the genetics of OG Kush and what exactly ‘OG’ stands for has been a heated topic of discussion for many years. Here is what we do know. Despite that fact, OG Kush is highly sought out for because of its unique taste, scent, look, feel and high, which is definitely not for the feint of heart. The compact buds are almost neon green in color, with heavy crystallization that will leave your fingers extremely sticky after handling. When grown properly, the strain is a delicacy that deserves a spot on every marijuana enthusiast’s wish list. In late 93’ a grower in northern California got his hands on the famous Chemdawg strain. He goes on to say (summarized from Seedfinder), that this was shared with a fellow grower from Sunset Beach who claimed he had a male that was the, “secret ingredient,” for breeding. The male was a cross of Lemon Thai and an Old World Paki Kush (possibly where the ‘Kush’ came from), and was an ideal mix for the Chemdawg. The buds became wildly popular in Los Angeles by ’95.
The urban myth is that the original grower of the new strain was handed a bowl when his friend mentioned that the Kush he was about to smoke was “so good because it was mountain grown.” Upon further inspection, the grower detected the recognizable scent of his own crop and corrected the man by saying, “This Kush isn’t mountain grown, its Ocean Grown Kush, Bro!” From that point on the name Ocean Grown Kush caught on and was shortened to OG Kush over time. Some theries, Some people believe that the ‘OG’ is a memorial to OverGrown.com, which was the world’s largest cannabis grow site until 2006 when they were shut down by the Canadian police for, “illegally distributing seeds.” another theory, Others believe that ‘OG’ stands for, “Original Gangster,” which was a strain from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. It is thought that this is the plant that produced the OG’s that became so famous in southern California, putting the area on the medical marijuana map. The specific genetics of OG Kush will most likely forever remain a mystery, and honestly this is all right with us. The mysterious reputation makes it even more desirable; like a forbidden fruit.

Southern California Kush

Nowhere are Kush strains more prevalent than in Southern California. Many medical-marijuana dispensaries specialize in carrying as many varieties of Kush as they can get their hands on, and there are hundreds to chose from. Pure indicas tend to knock people out, but Sensi’s famous Hindu Kush has a more desirable quality to it, as well as a rich, hashy smoke that enlightens the senses. This strain has a super-short flowering time, coupled with the ablity to start filling out right away for big, fast yields. Great for beginners and experts alike, Hindu Kush is known for its pungent notes of sweetness followed by hints of sandalwood, which distinguish it from the Kush we know and love in the USA.

Pure 100% Indica

Pure Kush is a OG Kush phenotype that medical marijuana patients should know about. Medically used for pain therapy, this Indica provides instant and full-bodied pain relief. Pure Kush is a truly pretty lady. The flowering time indoors is 9 weeks, producing up to 900 grams per square meter (under 1000 Watt of light per square meter). It’s a good plant for SCRoG (growing through a net). Outdoors it finishes by end September, and can produce up to 900 grams per plant (with very large plants). It has a very nutty, sweet flavor, and a stoned couch-locking effect. It is a good plant for beginners. Thd positive effects are a good Body Buzz, Calming, Cerebral Creative Euphoria.Pridominant
relieved symptons are anxiety, depression, pain relief, and sleepiness, but there are many other symptons relieved.

Pure Kush Is Great For Sleep

This strains main purposes seem to be rest and relaxation inducement. One pressing of Pure Kush will last well into the 1 hour range before it’s effects begin to dull. You can expect to get 3 good pressings from one whipful without much drop off between pressings making Pure Kush a wise economic choice. Kush goes a long way, so do not be concerned about its premium price, it is well worth it. Pure Kush is an indica w/ prominent levels of CBD giving the Pure Kush marijuana user with a sedated body-type “stone”. Pure Kush is an effectual treatment for the symptoms of medical conditions like anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia, muscle spasms and tremors. While the presence of CBD in indica’s like this Pure Kush may moderate the “euphoric” effects of THC, these two components do however work in conjunction to treat chronic pain effectively. CBD in indica’s like this Pure Kush also have anti-biotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-psychotic, anti-oxidant, sedative, as well as immunomodulatory properties; and it also works well to relieve convulsions, anxiety, inflammation, and nausea.

CBD Levels In Pure Indica Kush

Pure Kush his an indica w/ prominent levels of CBD giving the Pure Kush marijuana user with a sedated body-type “stone”. Pure Kush is an effectual treatment for the symptoms of medical conditions like anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia, muscle spasms and tremors. While the presence of CBD in indica’s like this Pure Kush may moderate the “euphoric” effects of THC, these two components do however work in conjunction to treat chronic pain effectively. CBD in indica’s like this Pure Kush also have anti-biotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-psychotic, anti-oxidant, sedative, as well as immunomodulatory properties; and it also works well to relieve convulsions, anxiety, inflammation, and nausea.

High THC Levels In Kush

Kush can have a THC content as high as 30%, CBD content of 10%, and CBN content of 10%. As you can see, Kush is the strain to go for all your nedical ails.