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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.

    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 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

    What Are the Effects of Cannabinol (CBN) in Marijuana?

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Aug 31, 2015 4:20:00 PM

     

    Cannabinol (CBN) does not have the most illustrious reputation among the cannabinoids, largely because CBN is what you get when you let your marijuana get too old, leave it out in the sun and heat, or overcook your edibles. It’s known for making users sleepy without much of a high, so it’s not great for parties. Unlike cannabinoids CBD, CBC, THC, and THCV, which develop directly from their precursor cannabinoid, CBG, a marijuana sample’s CBN level is not determined primarily by the strain involved. Rather, CBN naturally occurs as product of THC exposed to light and heat. 

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    Topical Cannabis Soothes Skin and Muscles

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Aug 19, 2015 10:06:39 AM

    As research into the medical benefits of cannabis expands, it is being embraced as a treatment for quite a few medical conditions – uses that have hundreds, if not thousands, of years of history on their side. Topical cannabis can be used from everything to skin irritation to muscle inflammation. Could it be right for you?

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    Medical Marijuana Now Comes in a Patch

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Aug 17, 2015 9:23:20 AM


    For medical marijuana patients treating persistent conditions like pain, glaucoma, joint disorders, epilepsy, and PTSD, it can be difficult to maintain a constant level of relief. Smoking or vaping delivers nearly immediate effects, but they are relatively short lived. Edibles provide relief for longer periods, but they can also take an hour or more to kick in, and they deliver somewhat different effects as a result of their trip through the digestive tract. 
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    Topics: medical marijuana, cannabinoids

    Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing – The Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Aug 7, 2015 9:00:00 AM

     

    What is synthetic marijuana?

    Synthetic marijuana (which, despite its name, is NOT marijuana at all) has been making headlines across the nation as emergency room visits for serious reactions to the drug have spiked in recent months. Synthetic marijuana, known by names such as Spice, K2, fake weed, herbal incense, Scooby Snax, and others, consists of plant material that is sprayed with a variety of chemicals that, in some ways, mimic the effects of marijuana. However, the synthetic cannabinoids used in producing these products bind much more strongly to the CB1 and CB2 receptors, which researchers believe accounts for its much more intense and highly dangerous effects.

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    What Is the Endocannabinoid System?

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Aug 3, 2015 10:45:00 AM

    “Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favor compared with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life.” – Thomas Edison [1]

     

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    Topics: medical marijuana, cannabinoids

    Cannabichromene (CBC): Another Cannabinoid Gets Researchers' Attention

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Jun 17, 2015 12:00:00 PM

    Although it is the second most prevalent cannabinoid in some marijuana strains, cannabichromene is one of the least understood cannabinoids that has been investigated so far. Like THC and CBD, CBC derives from the transformation of cannabigerol (CBG), the first cannabinoid that a marijuana plant produces. Also like its sister cannabinoids, CBC seems to offer several medical benefits. What sets cannabichromene apart, however, is that its action does not seem to involve the known cannabinoid receptors, suggesting that CBC operates outside the endocannabinoid system.[1] Researchers are not yet sure precisely how this unusual compound exerts its influence.

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    THC, THCA, and THCV… Oh My!

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Jun 4, 2015 10:00:00 AM

    Gone are the old, simple days when the only component of marijuana we talked about was THC. Not only are we discussing the benefits of CBD, CBG, terpenes, and more, but we also have multiple THCs to think about. To help you sort it all out, here are the basics on THC, THCA, and THCV.

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    Topics: cannabinoids