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    The Nature’s Gift Shop blog is a valuable resource to keep you informed and up to date on legal developments, medical research, and other stories from the expanding universe of legal marijuana in Colorado and throughout the U.S.

    Hydro or Soil for Your Indoor Cannabis Garden? (Part 2)

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Nov 10, 2015 10:46:48 AM

    When you set up your indoor cannabis garden, you need to decide between growing your plants in soil or a hydroponic medium. In this 2-part series, we’re examining the advantages and disadvantages of each to help you make a decision you’ll be happy with. This article focuses on hydroponic systems.

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    Topics: growing cannabis

    Hydro or Soil for Your Indoor Cannabis Garden? (Part 1)

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Oct 30, 2015 5:21:11 PM

    When you set up an indoor garden to grow your own marijuana, one of the first critical choices you will have to make is whether to grow your plants in soil or hydroponically. The debate over which is better is decades old, and each grower has individual preferences. In this 2-part series, we’ll look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of each method so you can make an informed decision before you go shopping for a growing medium.

     

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    Topics: growing cannabis

    Can Marijuana Enhance Your Sex Life?

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Oct 28, 2015 11:21:46 AM

     

    Cannabis and sex have a long history together. Over 3000 years ago, the plant was being used in India, the Middle East, and Northern Africa for a variety of purposes, including increasing libido and sexual pleasure. Tantric sex rituals have incorporated the drinking of bhang, a preparation of marijuana and milk, for over a millennium. Today, as rapidly expanding legalization in the U.S. brings about greater acceptance of marijuana use, more Americans are starting to incorporate it into their sex lives in various forms. Some studies, however, have indicated that pot can have a negative affect on sexual function. So, what’s the deal?

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    Cannabinoids May Help Treat Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Oct 25, 2015 9:00:00 AM

     

    MRSA Superbugs

    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, commonly known as MRSA, includes 18 separate organisms that have been designated as “superbugs” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) because of their resistance to certain types of antibiotics. The CDC estimates that over 75,000 Americans per year experience invasive MRSA infections,[1] which result in an estimated mortality rate of 20%.[2]

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    Topics: medical marijuana

    How to Begin Your Cannabis Grow Part 2: Clones

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Oct 23, 2015 4:00:00 PM

     

     

    If you’re planning on growing your own marijuana, you must first consider the advantages and disadvantages of two growing methods: growing from clones and growing from seeds. Which is better? What are the differences between them? In this two-part series, we’re discussing the pros and cons of each to help you make an educated decision when it comes time to purchase your supplies to grow your own cannabis.

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    Topics: growing cannabis

    How to Begin Your Cannabis Grow Part 1: Seeds

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Oct 21, 2015 11:00:00 AM

     

    When planning your marijuana garden, one of the first things you must consider is whether you will grow from clones or from seeds. In this two-part series, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of each to help you make an educated decision that fits your needs, preferences, and level of growing experience.

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    Topics: growing cannabis

    Can Cannabinoids in Marijuana Cure Brain Cancer?

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Oct 19, 2015 10:58:37 AM

    Promising new research suggests that active compounds in marijuana can dramatically slow the growth of and even shrink gliomas, a common type of cancerous brain tumor. This could be an important step in reducing or eliminating many fatal brain cancers.

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    Topics: medical marijuana, cannabinoids

    Medical Marijuana for Stress and Depression

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Oct 13, 2015 8:00:00 AM

    Depression is a debilitating condition that interferes with a sufferer’s ability to enjoy and engage with life, often making it difficult to keep a job, care for children, or carry on healthy relationships. Stress and depression are intertwined; chronic stress elevates cortisol (the “stress hormone”) and reduces neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, increasing a person’s risk for developing severe depression as well as other physical and psychological symptoms.[1] Research has revealed a few ways in which cannabis can help to alleviate stress and depression.

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    Topics: medical marijuana, cannabinoids

    Using Cannabis for Pain – Part 2: Medical Marijuana Preparations

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Oct 5, 2015 8:00:00 AM

    Many patients today are turning to cannabis for relief from chronic or recurring pain. The availability of this safe and effective alternative to opioids has proven to decrease overdose deaths and emergency room visits.[1] Patients can benefit even further, however, when they understand what cannabis products provide the most effective relief from their pain. In the first part of this series, we discussed the pain-reducing capacity of different components of marijuana. Today’s article will look at how different cannabis preparations can provide specific types of pain relief.

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    Topics: medical marijuana, edibles, concentrates

    Using Cannabis for Pain – Part 1: Cannabinoid Profiles

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Oct 2, 2015 4:22:29 PM

     

    A Safer Alternative for Pain

    sativa_drawingPain is one of the most common complaints that patients treat with medical marijuana. Patients with access to cannabis have a much safer option for pain control than those who are limited to drugs frequently prescribed for this purpose. According to Consumer Reports, opioids are responsible for 17,000 deaths per year in the U.S., and 80,000 Americans visit the ER annually due to acetaminophen toxicity.[1] A study published the same year in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that states in which patients have access to legal medical marijuana have an average of 24.8% fewer deaths from opioid overdose, and death rates generally decline over time after implementation of state medical marijuana programs.[2] For these reasons, cannabis is a great option to explore for those who experience chronic pain. Patients can often either partially or completely replace other, more harmful drugs with a natural and non-addictive herbal remedy.

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    Topics: medical marijuana, cannabinoids