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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.

    Raw Cannabis – Medical Marijuana’s New Frontier

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Dec 17, 2015 9:30:00 AM

    Raw cannabis may be the next frontier in medical marijuana. While the benefits of activated cannabinoids, especially THC and CBD, are becoming better understood, researchers are only beginning to investigate the effects of cannabinoids in their raw, acidic form, such as THCA and CBDA. However, some doctors and their patients claim that raw cannabis can be a powerful medicine as well as a valuable dietary supplement.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Medical Marijuana for Autism

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Sep 3, 2015 9:00:00 AM

    Autism is a growing concern in the United States. Estimates from the Center for Disease Control’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network indicate that 1 in 150 children had autism in 2002; by 2010, the rate had increased to 1 in 68.

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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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    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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