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Cannabis helps alleviate the symptoms of PMS

PMS is a serious issue for women and men alike! Not only does it suck for females but I can’t see guys enjoying cranky girlfriends or wives! It’s an unfortunate part of life that some women have to deal with. But since it happens, we should know how to fend off those painful cramps and cranky attitudes!

Premenstrual syndrome or “PMS” is a female malady that occurs in the days or weeks leading up to menstruation. The symptoms may also occur during the beginning of menstruation. On average, they generally show up roughly 5 to 11 days before a woman starts her period. However, experiences differ between women and suffer from symptoms ranging from mild to severe.

The symptoms of PMS are often physical, behavioral and mental/emotional.

Studies have shown that up to 85% of women suffer from at least one of the symptoms this disorder may bring.

The wide variety of symptoms can include mood swings, sadness, difficulty concentrating, anger, fatigue, insomnia, sleeping too much, irritability, depression, stress, increased emotional sensitivity, and changes in libido. Physical symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle include headaches, bloating, lower back pain, abdominal cramps, constipation/diarrhea, swelling or tenderness in the breasts, and joint or muscle pain. Cannabis has proven to be effective at minimizing all of these symptoms.

The exact cause of PMS is unknown, but it seems to be related to the fluctuating levels of hormones that occur in preparation for menstruation. Women who suffer PMS likely have different hormonal changes than women who do not.

Cannabis has not been shown to aid in restoring normal hormone levels, therefore, it probably cannot treat the most often hypothesized cause of premenstrual syndrome, but nonetheless, as said, it can help with most of the symptoms.

Cannabis has been used as a cramp relieving substance since the 1800s, it was a common medicine used to alleviate menstrual cramps, general pain and anxiety among other ailments. When marijuana was in the worst of the drug war, women were given all sorts of pharmaceutical drugs to “help” them cope with the symptoms of PMS. Doctors were prescribing pharmaceutical painkillers, anti-depressants, and muscle relaxers for the symptoms of the condition and ALL of those pills have seriously negative side effects, including addiction and the possibility of overdosing, coupled with the potential of suicidal thoughts. Pain killers can become addictive and do long-term damage to the liver and kidneys. Muscle relaxants, which include valium (diazepam), have similar drawbacks. All anti-depressants (such as Prozac and Zoloft) take several days or even weeks to start working, so relief is not in arm’s reach. Even with the other pill options, pain killers and muscle relaxants take 40-60 minutes to kick in. Cannabis helps these symptoms immediately if smoked or vaped, much sooner than pain killers and muscle relaxants will begin to take effect. Additionally, cannabis is not  physically addictive or harmful to the human body. Some girls get such severe pains that they’re stuck on the couch, curled up in the fetal position. Smoking marijuana or using a vaporizer is an immediate, healthy way to counteract the symptoms brought on by PMS that really has no negative side effects. It’s much easier to get a hold of than most prescription medicines, not to mention much less dangerous.

Cannabis is a well known analgesic, to generally relieve pain, therefore, the mild pain relieving effects may be sufficient to treat premenstrual syndrome pain, such as with the cramps, headaches, joint, back and muscle pain, It is also a well known treatment for headaches. There are some theories that marijuana affects parts of the brain that cause headaches. A study examined the effectiveness of cannabis in treating headaches and pain. In that study, rats given cannabis exhibited reduced activity of nerve cells that transmit pain. Many patients find that marijuana is additionally useful in reducing stress that may be contributing to the headache, providing more effective relief than any one pharmaceutical medication. Keep in mind that cannabis has been shown to help treatment resistant migraines and cluster headaches which are among the most painful headaches a person can experience. However, it is also known to have limited pain relief benefits in some severe cases of pain. For cases of such severe pain, research is indicating that marijuana works well in conjunction with other pain relievers to both increase pain relief and decrease dosages of potentially dangerous pain medications such as opiates.

For problems with constipation or diarrhea associated with PMS, this can be alleviated by cannabis also. Research suggests that cannabis is effective in treating these symptoms in part because it interacts with the endogenous cannabinoid receptors in the digestive tract, which can result in calming spasms, assuaging pain, and improving motility. Cannabis has a long documented history of use in treating Gastro-intestinaI distress.

Cannabinoids, the active ingredients in cannabis, can also temper the mood swings, depression, anxiety and the emotional sensitivities associated with PMS, weed with high levels of the cannabinoids CBD and CBG as well as moderate levels of THC is helpful in this area. But to what extent can marijuana actually help people who are struggling with  anxiety? It does exert an effect on stress levels through the endocannabinoid system, which regulates pain and appetite. THC interacts with anandamide, which is a neurotransmitter, creating a happy, relaxed feeling, as well as sleepliness. Sleepiness is a known side effect of marijuana, especially of the Kush strains, so it is likely to help people who respond positively to it fall asleep, fall back to sleep and stay asleep. Since not getting enough sleep can increase and even cause emotional and psychological symptoms, getting enough sleep can control other symptoms of premenstrual  syndrome through allowing sufferers to get a good night’s sleep.

It is said chocolate is good for PMS and what will make you eat more chocolate than pot? PMS and chocolate cravings go together like peanut butter and jelly or fireworks and the 4th of July. There is a good reason why women with PMS go out in a blizzard to get chocolate or eat a dinner of melted chocolate on a chocolate brownie sitting on chocolate ice cream. The chocolate was making them feel better. This improvement in mood is due to chocolate’s substantial sugar content and, to a small extent, the caffeine-like ingredient is also contains. Because chocolate has a creamy texture, we are unaware of how much sugar it contains and it contains alot. When sugar is eaten without protein, the body responds by making new serotonin in the brain and serotonin among other things contributes to feelings of well being and happiness. So, we know weed gives us the munchies! After she smokes a bowl, give her lots of chocolate!

Marijuana can help women with PMS live a near-normal life without the side effects of prescription drugs normally used to treat this condition. Cannabis is a safe, effective, time-honored remedy that can ease the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. It has also been found to be  beneficial in easing symptoms of PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) also, a more severe form of PMS that affects about 5% of women and causes symptoms like severe menstrual pain, clinical depression and chronic anxiety among other very serious symptoms..

So, ladies, next time you need some relief, smoke a reefer. And for all the guys out there that cower from their PMSing girlfriends, just bring her a bushel of bud, bring her a silly movie, some chocolate, and roll her the best blunt she’s ever smoked!
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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

 

Marijuana helps with Stress

Stress Kills You

Here are some alarming stress statistics, 44% adults feel more stressed than they did 5 years ago, 1 in 5 adults experience ‘extreme stress’ causing shaking, heart palpitations, depression. Work stress causes 10% of strokes. Stress is the basic cause of 60% of all human illness and disease. 3 out of 4 doctor’s visits are for stress-related ailments. Stress increases your risk of heart disease by 40%, heart attack by 25%, and stroke by 50%. 40% of stressed people overeat or eat unhealthy foods. 44% lose sleep every night. Stress related ailments cost Americans $300 billion every year in medical bills and lost production. So it seems stress is a serious problem. If It feels like stress Is killing you, that’s because it is. When you feel ‘frazzled’, so do your organs and cells.
Marijuana and its derivatives have profound effects on a wide variety of behavioral and neural functions, ranging from feeding and metabolism to pain and cognition.

Stress Kills Brain Cells – The endocannabinoid system

Stress is a killer—at least for brain cells. A new study shows that a single socially stressful situation can reduce the production of endocannabinoids in the brain, reducing production of newly created neurons in the hippocampus, the brain region involved in memory and emotion. Although most of the brain stops growing by adulthood, new nerve cells are continually generated in the hippocampus, where they are essential for learning. Scientists have long known that chronic stress can inhibit this process by which neurons are generated and lead to depression. Stress shrinks the brain. Chronic stress leads to depression. Marijuana’s cannabinoids can replenish this shortfall of endocannabinoids, therefore, no depression.

Cannabinoids, Endocannabinoids and Stress

Endocannabinoids are chemicals in the brain that are quite similar to the chemicals known as cannabinoids in marijuana. Endocannabinoids are involved in appetite, memory, mood, and pain sensations. They’re also involved in the psychoactive effects that weed has on us, as well as brain functions like cognition, behavior, and emotions. Among its various functions, the endocannabinoid system naturally regulates anxiety and stress levels. It does this through the release of chemicals that belong to the same class of chemicals found in marijuana: (endo)cannabinoids. In small doses, weed high in the cannabinoid CBD’s, relieves anxiety. Marijuana can act as a sedative and improves mood by reducing anxiety. The natural endocannabinoid system regulates anxiety and the response to stress by dampening signals in the brain. Marijuana regulates both anxiety and the body’s fight-or-flight response. When a person is exposed to chronic stress, or severe emotional trauma, there can be a reduction in the production of natural endocannabinoids. When this happens, anxiety levels tend to increase. Using marijuana can reduce this anxiety because the effect of its cannabinoids on the cannabinoid receptors in your body makes up for the reduction in the production of natural endocannabinoids.

Weed has a calming and relaxing effect

Most common reason people use cannabis is rooted in its ability to reduce feelings of stress, tension, and anxiety. Significant numbers of people may be self-medicating with weed in an attempt to reduce excessive anxiety. Weed is not dangerous as is alcohol, and it’s a peaceful drug: It has a calming and relaxing effect that must be associated with decreased anxiety.

A new study highlights the drug’s potential anxiety relief effects. Researchers at Vanderbilt University discovered cannabinoid receptors in an emotional hub of the brain in mice, which monitors anxiety as well as the flight-or-fight response. The authors state this is the first time that cannabinoid receptors have been found in the amygdala, the amygdala is an almond shaped mass of cells located deep within the temporal lobe of the brain. It is involved in many of our emotions and motivations, particularly those that are related to survival. The amygdala is involved in the processing of emotions such as fear, anger, and pleasure. It “could be highly important for understanding how cannabis exerts its behavioral effects,” Dr. Sachin Patel, senior author of the study, said in a press release. “We know where the receptors are, we know their function, we know how these neurons make their own cannabinoids,” Patel continues. “Now can we see how that system is affected by stress. It might fundamentally change our understanding of cellular communication in the amygdala, which has shown in research to perform a primary role in the processing of memory, decision-making, and emotional reactions.”

The use of cannabis in the treatment of anxiety disorders such as chronic stress was first described by ancient Indian medical literature, which said that cannabis helped its user to be “delivered from all worries and care” (Da Orta 1563). Regular marijuana users report that marijuana helps to reduce their anxiety levels. Studies show that the endocannabinoid system – the body’s natural cannabinoid system – plays a major role in regulating anxiety as well as the growth of new brain cells (neurogenesis), which is believed to improve anxiety levels.

On the other hand, paranoia and anxiety attacks are some of most commonly reported side-effects of marijuana use, especially in new and infrequent users. Indeed, studies have revealed a complex link between cannabinoids and anxiety, suggesting that marijuana’s effect on anxiety depends on both the dosage taken as well as the type of cannabinoids that are present. Today’s marijuana strains were bred to have very high levels of THC with low levels of CBD and CBG, thus the anxiety and paranoia. The weed we use today is not like the leaf of the sixties. Users who claim they get paranoid when they smoke weed would tell a different story if they smoked a reefer with high levels of CBD’s . Most studies involve pure THC which fail to accurately portray the effects of marijuana on anxiety, since cannabis contains over 60 different cannabinoid compounds. Studies have found CBD to play a major role in regulating anxiety and have even suggested that it may be a more effective treatment than THC for anxiety disorders. The first study (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6285406) to document CBD’s effect on anxiety was published in 1982. The study found that CBD could block the anxiety provoked by THC among 8 healthy test subjects, implying that CBD-rich marijuana strains may be a better option for relieving anxiety.

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– The Endocannabinoid System and the Brain
Annual Review of Psychology
Vol. 64: 21-47 (Volume publication date January 2013)
First published online as a Review in Advance on July 12, 2012
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-psych-113011-143739

– http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6285406

– http://www.cell.com/neuron/abstract/S0896-6273%2814%2900017-8

– http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140306142803.htm

– Cannabinoids Ameliorate Impairments Induced by Chronic Stress to Synaptic Plasticity and Short-Term Memory http://www.nature.com/npp/journal/v38/n8/full/npp201351a.html

– Cannabinoid Receptor Activation Prevents the Effects of Chronic Mild Stress on Emotional Learning and LTP in a Rat Model of Depression http://www.nature.com/npp/journal/v39/n4/abs/npp2013292a.html