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Study: Nearly 1 in 5 Rheumatologic Patients Use Medical Cannabis

According to a newly released study, a considerable amount of those with rheumatologic diseases (which includes diseases such as fibromyalgia and lupus) consume marijuana on a regular basis as a means of dealing with the symptoms of their ailment. The study, titled Cannabis use assessment and its impact on pain in rheumatologic diseases: A systematic review and meta-analysis, was published in the journal Rheumatology and was epublished ahead of print by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

For the study researchers in France conducted a meta-analysis (an analysis of numerous pieces of peer-reviewed, scientific literature) of studies which examined marijuana use among those with rheumatologic disease. They found that 17% – nearly 1 in 5 – of patients with these type of diseases regularly use marijuana. Marijuana use was most common among fibromyalgia patients. Most marijuana consumers in this group used the plant to ease pain.

“In this meta-analysis, we found that one in six patients suffering from rheumatologic disease actively consumes cannabis, reducing in pain reduction”, states the study. “A favorable effect of cannabis on pain in our meta-analysis reinforces the idea that cannabis could be used for analgesic purposes.”

Below is the study’s abstract in its entirety:

Objectives: Despite classic analgesic or effective treatments in rheumatic diseases, such as synthetic DMARDs in RA, patients remain in pain and often turn to non-prescribed pharmacological alternatives, such as cannabis self-therapeutic use. However, this medical use of cannabis has not been thoroughly studied.

Methods: We performed a systematic literature review up to June 2020. The incidence of cannabis consumption was calculated by metaproportion. Differences between cannabis users and non-users were expressed as standardized mean differences using the inverse-variance method. We also assessed the effects of cannabis on pain.

Results: A total of 2900 patients reported cannabis consumption in a sample of 10 873 patients [incidence 40.4% (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.28, 0.54)], and 15.3% (95% CI: 0.07, 0.27) specified that they were currently taking cannabis. Cannabis use was higher in the four fibromyalgia studies [68.2% (95% CI: 0.41, 0.90), n = 611] compared with seven articles concerning RA or lupus [26.0% (95% CI: 0.14, 0.41), n = 8168]. Cannabis consumption was associated with a decrease in pain intensity [VAS pain at baseline 8.2 (2.9) vs 5.6 (3.5) mm over time; pooled effect size -1.75 (95% CI: -2.75, -0.76)]. Cannabis users were younger [58.4 (11.4) vs 63.6 (12.1) years; P <0.001], more often smokers [OR 2.91 (95% CI: 1.84, 4.60)] or unemployed [OR 2.40 (95% CI: 1.31, 4.40)], and had higher pain intensity [5.0 (2.4) vs 4.1(2.6) mm; P <0.001] than non-users.

Conclusion: Nearly 20% of patients suffering from rheumatologic diseases actively consume cannabis, with an improvement in pain. The issue of cannabis use in the management of these patients should be addressed during medical consultation, essentially with cannabis-based standardized pharmaceutical products.

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Why Is Your Vape Tank Leaking And How To Stop It?

A vape tank is one of the crucial components of a vape device. The tank is a particular area within the device that holds your vape juice.

A wick (or several wicks) connects the tank to the heating chamber. When you turn on your vape device, the coils located within the heating chamber generate heat, which in turn heats the e-liquid in the tank through a wick (or wicks).

As the e-juice heats up, it produces clouds of vapor inside the tank. You then suck into your vaporizer through the mouthpiece to draw the vapor from the tank to your mouth or directly into your lungs. Evidently, the tank is an irreplaceable component of a vaporizer. Therefore, it’s essential to clean and maintain it regularly to prevent it from getting damaged.

However, cases of leaking vape tanks aren’t unheard of. But what causes these leaks, and how can you prevent them?

This post shall attempt to shed more light on that.

Why Is a Leaking Vape Tank Such a Terrible Thing?

You’ve probably read tons of articles encouraging you to close all the water taps properly before leaving your house. The same logic applies to dripping vape tanks. While it might be convenient to ignore the tiny droplets falling off your vape tank, it may only be a matter of time before the entire e-juice drains away. This means you’ll be incurring extra costs in refilling your vape tank sooner than you should.

But even if you don’t give enough thought to the financial implications, just picture the kind of embarrassment that a leaking vape tank can cause you. Imagine you’re making an important presentation then all of a sudden, you realize your crotch is all drenched up in the liquid. You’ll have to stop your presentation midway and embark on the difficult task of convincing everyone that you didn’t just empty your bladder.

So, whether you look at it from a financial or public relations point of view, a dripping tank is the last thing any vaper wants to deal with. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to handle leaking vape tanks. You just need to establish the cause of the leak so that you can adopt the right solution.

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Possible Reasons Why Your Vape Tank Is Leaking and How to Fix the Problem

1. Overfilling the tank

Most vape tanks feature a central tube extending from the coil up to the mouthpiece. If you overfill the tank, you’ll most certainly get liquid in this tube, and that will cause leaks. To avoid getting any vape liquid in the central tube, always fill the tank while tilted. That way, the vape juice runs all the way down the inside of the plastic or glass and stays away from the central tube.

As the tank fills up, you can straighten it gradually to avoid spills. If you accidentally get liquid inside the central tube, remove it before your next vaping session.

2. Loosely-screwed components

Another possible cause of a leaking vape tank is the loosely-screwed components of your vape device. In such cases, leaks will mostly occur where the coils meet with the atomizer base or where the coils meet the tank.

The easiest solution here is to screw these components tightly. And while you’re at it, avoid cross-threading (a situation where the threads of the various components you’re trying to screw together end up misaligned). Cross-threading can cause an imperfect seal.

Another thing to avoid is over-tightening the components of your vape device. Over-tightening can damage your O-rings, resulting in leaks. On the same breath, always ensure that the O-rings are properly installed and replace them as soon as they’re worn out.

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3. Mismatching the resistance coils with the vape juice

Unknown to many vapers, the different resistance coils work well when matched with specific types of e-juices.

Generally, higher resistance coils produce less vapor and more throat hit. Such coils require a stronger draw, which makes them suited to e-liquids with a higher concentration of the thinner propylene glycol (PG). On the contrary, sub-ohm coils produce more vapor and less throat hit. These coils have more open airflow and present little resistance when you’re drawing, making them ideal for vaping e-juices with a higher concentration of the thicker vegetable glycerin (VG).

4. Poor use, maintenance, and storage

How you use, maintain, or store your vaporizer can also contribute to vape tank leaks. For instance, leaving your vaporizer in a horizontal or slanting position can cause the vape juice to escape from the tank through the juice holes located in the coils. Also, vaping using numerous short draws increases condensation, which in turn could cause leaks. To reduce condensation, you should consider long puffs.

It’s also advisable to inhale slowly and softly as opposed to firmly and sharply. Other best practices for reducing vape tank leaks include;

  • Increase your power setting to prevent the amount of e-liquid from getting pulled to the coil for vaporization
  • Add extra wicking material
  • Invest in leak-resistant e-cigs
  • Replace the tank if required

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Having a leaking vape tank is the surest way to lose your precious e-juice and incur additional expenses on unnecessary refills. Thankfully, there are numerous tips you can implement to address this problem. Most importantly, remember to regularly clean and maintain your vaporizer to keep all its components in crisp condition.

Reference Links

https://www.vaporfi.com/learn/e-cigarette-parts.html

https://hippievaporizer.com/blogs/blog/how-to-take-care-of-your-vape-pen-cleaning-and-maintenance-tips

https://www.totallywicked-eliquid.co.uk/vaped/why-is-my-vape-tank-leaking-how-to-fix-it/

https://www.ecigarettedirect.co.uk/ashtray-blog/2015/11/clearomiser-leaking-fixes.html

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Utah Lawmakers Consider Medical Marijuana Expansion

Legislation to significantly expand Utah’s restrictive medical marijuana program will soon be introduced in the state’s legislature, according to a recent report by Fox 13.

The proposal, which is being put forth by Representative Ray Ward and Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers – both Republicans – would allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana for up to 15 patients without having to go through hours of specialized training. If a doctor does go through said training, they can help up to 275 patients at any given time.

“We want to make the barrier to entry on the part of providers, prescribers, lower,” says Representative Ward.

As FOX 13 reported last year, qualifying patients still struggle across Utah to find doctors willing to recommend medical marijuana. For example, some doctors don’t want to go through so much paperwork and licensing for a handful of patients, while others are uneasy about recommending cannabis.

“This bottleneck that we have here, it is forcing patients to go outside and try to doctor shop which was never the intention,” said Desiree Hennessy, the head of the Utah Patients Coalition, which sponsored Proposition 2 that legalized medical marijuana in Utah.

According to Fox 13, “In addition to allowing physicians to recommend for up to 15 patients, it also allows them to refer a patient directly to a medical cannabis dispensary (Utah calls them “pharmacies”).”

“The cannabis pharmacy can, at the physician’s discretion, delegate the responsibility to the pharmacist to get the patient on the system and make recommendations on dosage,” Sen. Vickers, R-Cedar City, told FOX 13.

“I would rather we have a large number of providers who are willing to participate in the program not because they are a pot specialty clinic,” he said.

“But the bill would also add cannabis to Utah’s controlled substances database, where all prescriptions for things like opioids are kept” states Fox 13. “Physicians and pharmacies can look at it to ensure that someone isn’t doctor shopping for pills, but so can law enforcement.”

That concerns Hennessy.

“I have heard from a lot of those patients,” she told FOX 13. “I worry like they do that this is something, do officers have to have a warrant to look at that? Is this common knowledge?”

Hennessy said she expected the legislation would have safeguards in place that require police to get a warrant to look at the database. Sen. Vickers said discussions about the controlled substances database has been emotional, but he supported adding cannabis to it — as did Rep. Ward.

“I regard that as a huge step in the right direction. I mean, we have said over and over again if this is a medicine, let’s treat it like a medicine,” said Rep. Ward. “And I would just invoke that over and over and over again. Other controlled substances are in the controlled substances database.”

The bill is set to be heard before the Interim Health & Human Services Committee on Wednesday.

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Gallup Poll: Record-Breaking 68% of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana

According to a new Gallup poll, Americans are more likely now than at any point in the past five decades to support the legalization of marijuana in the U.S. The 68% of U.S. adults who currently support legalizing marijuana marks a 2% increase from the same time last year: It’s 4% higher than in 2017.

Gallup first measured the public’s views of marijuana legalization in 1969, when 12% of Americans backed it; by 1977, support had more than doubled to 28%. It did not exceed 30% until 2000 but has risen steeply in the two decades since then, and is now twice what it was in 2001 and 2003.

According to Gallup, the latest data are from Sept. 30-Oct. 15 poll, conducted before the election that saw marijuana legalization proposals on the ballot in several states. Voters in all of these states — Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota — authorized the legal use of recreational marijuana in the Nov. 3 election. They join 11 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing pot for recreational purposes. Additionally, “voters in Mississippi and South Dakota join 33 states and the District of Columbia in passing laws legalizing or decriminalizing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.”

According to a Gallup news release, majorities of most demographic subgroups of Americans support legalizing marijuana, “including by gender, age, education and household income. Yet there is considerable variation in the extent of support within each group, as men, younger adults, college graduates and those in households with incomes of at least $100,000 are more likely than their counterparts to favor legalization.”

Most politically left-leaning and middle-of-the-road Americans remain supportive of legalizing marijuana, while less than half of those who lean right favor it.” Over eight in 10 Democrats and liberals, and more than seven in 10 independents and moderates, back legalization, but just under half of Republicans and conservatives do.”

Views of legalization also differ greatly depending on frequency of attendance at religious services. “A slim majority of those who say they attend weekly oppose legalization. Yet, about three in five of those who attend nearly weekly or monthly, and about four in five who attend less frequently, favor legalizing marijuana.”

The 83% of Democrats and 72% of independents who prefer legalization are the highest readings in the trend for both groups, but Republicans’ current 48% is down slightly from slim majorities in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

The “bottom line” of this polling data, according to Gallup, is:

Since 2012, when Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, there has been a slow trickle of states that have followed suit. Over that period, Americans’ support for marijuana legalization has risen 20 points to a record-high 68%. This measure has enjoyed majority support from the public since 2013. Additionally, Gallup data from earlier this year find that 70% of U.S. adults now consider smoking marijuana to be morally acceptable, marking a five-percentage-point uptick in one year.

The trajectory of the public’s support for the legalization of marijuana has coincided with an increasing number of states approving it. It is not entirely clear whether the shift in public opinion has caused the change in many state laws or vice versa. Given recent trends, more states are likely to legalize recreational marijuana in the future. Considering the high level of public support for such a measure, a change in federal policy could even occur.

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5 Benefits of CBD Oil For Sciatica Nerve Pain

Do you struggle with pain from your buttocks down to your leg? If so, you should consult a doctor as you may be experiencing sciatica.

Sciatica can be quite debilitating for most people as it may impede them from perform daily activities properly. You might have it if you’re feeling numbness or tingling on one of your legs. Worse, sciatica nerve pain could be a minor nuisance or a major problem as its intensity varies. Thankfully, there are several ways you could treat this ailment yourself. There are numerous home remedies you can find online.

Alternatively, you may be able to leverage CBD oil products. Aside from alleviating sciatica nerve pain, they can also brings various health benefits. However, please consult your doctor if the aches last for more than a week or if the pain intensifies.

What Is Sciatica?

Sciatica is the pain a person feels from their sciatic nerves that extend along the length of their legs. Specifically, it originates from one or more spinal nerve roots found in the sacral and/or lumbar spine.

Typically, it persists on one side of the body, but some may feel it spread to other parts. For example, a person may feel numbness on one part and numbness on another. You might feel the leg pain intensifying whenever you sneeze or cough. Sitting for extended periods may also exacerbate the symptoms.

Causes Of Sciatica

Various reasons could cause sciatica. Your spinal nerves could be strained, causing sciatica nerve pain. You might also be working certain jobs, eating specific foods, or lacking essential vitamins that might be causing sciatica.

Nerve Compression

If one of your spinal disks bulge, it is referred to as herniated discs. This could irritate your sciatic nerve root, causing the onset of sciatica. Aside from directly compressing your sciatic nerve, herniated disks could spill hyaluronic acid or fibronectin fragments on it. These are chemical irritants that could cause sciatica nerve pain.

Moreover, spinal stenosis and foraminal stenosis could cause sciatic nerve pain as well. This is when the intervertebral opening shrinks, straining the sciatic nerve. Another cause of sciatica could be one of your vertebra slipping over another. Worse, one of the spinal disks could completely dislocate, directly compressing the sciatic nerve.

Physical And Occupational Causes

You’re particularly at risk from sciatica if you’re overweight or obese. Women are more likely to contract it, but men are hospitalized more frequently. Additionally, you might not be taking sufficient amounts of vitamin B12. This is a crucial vitamin that maintains overall nerve health, especially for elderly folks. Lastly, you might be working specific jobs that put you at a higher risk of sciatica. These are roles that involve bending down often, such as truck drivers and machine workers.

Symptoms Of Sciatica

Sciatica pain typically concentrates on one affected leg part. If you have sciatica, you may experience a burning sensation or excruciating pain running through your leg. As we’ve mentioned, coughing or sneezing may worsen the symptoms, and it may spread to other leg parts.

CBD For Sciatica Nerve Pain

Cannabidiol (CBD) could potentially help you with sciatica for many reasons. Aside from alleviating the aches, it adds other benefits to your overall health.

Treats Multiple Kinds Of Pain

First, it could treat the many types of pain emanating from sciatica. CBD binds to the receptors of your endocannabinoid system. This part of the body maintains several bodily functions such as pain perception and mood regulation.

People have taken NSAID drugs to treat sciatica nerve pain. It only deals with one type of problem, but CBD oil could alleviate several.

Boosts Topical Opioid Effects

If you’re already taking opioids for sciatica nerve pain, then CBD oil might just improve their effects. A study found that CBD for pain could help opioids block pain further. Moreover, it allows patients to avoid becoming dependent on harmful narcotics.

Reduces Anxiety And Sleeplessness

Your sciatica nerve pains may have kept you up several nights. As a result, you may have suffered extreme anxiety, adding to your sciatica struggles. You could use CBD oil to experience soothing effects that might help you sleep soundly again.

Alleviates Anxiety And Depression

In turn, you may just get rid of the anxiety caused by the nerve condition. If your sciatica turned out significantly worse, you might have even experienced depression. Fortunately, CBD products might just help with the depression as well.

Enhances Other Vital Functions

As we’ve discussed, CBD oil doesn’t just help with sciatica nerve pain. It may also improve your other bodily functions since it associates with the central nervous system. The other benefits of CBD include busting acne and improving digestion.

Conclusion

Again, we highly recommend consulting a physician if your sciatica nerve pain worsens. You might need more medical interventions, such as physical therapy. More importantly, your condition could be another similar nerve condition, such as cauda equina syndrome.

Please note that this website is intended for reference and educational purposes only. The contents within are not meant to replace medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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5 Plants You Can Grow at Home for Your Health and Well-Being

It’s important to look after yourself, both physically and mentally. In times like these when a pandemic dominates the Earth, it can be challenging to remain positive. It’s also affected how people live their day to day lives, with lockdowns happening around the world limiting people’s access to gyms or being able to go out for long walks or runs. However, although COVID-19 has changed lives dramatically, it has also never been more important to look after your health and well-being to get through these trying times. If you’re looking for a project that will benefit you in this way, consider growing some of these plants at home.

1. Lavender

Lavender is not only beautiful to look at but it has the most enchanting aroma. It’s also easy to grow in pots, so for those who don’t have a large garden you can still enjoy this stunning flower if you have a smaller yard or balcony. Lavender is famous for its ability to relax people and is why it’s often used in bathing products, candles, and linen sprays. If you require some tranquillity, try growing some lavender at home.

2. Marijuana

This might not be for everyone, but marijuana has numerous benefits when it comes to health and well-being, which is why it has been used for holistic treatments for centuries. Now that marijuana is legal in the majority of states for medicinal and recreational use, you can grow some at home and use it to help with anxiety, depression, or just to have a good time if that’s your thing! You can find out more about how to grow marijuana at home at ilovegrowingmarijuana. Just make sure you check the laws of your state first before you get started.

3. Rosemary

Rosemary is another natural remedy that has been used throughout the years, and it’s considered to help enhance people’s memories and help boost your immune system. It also has a lovely, calming scent which can help reduce your stress in a similar way to lavender. If you’re not too worried about all of the above, why not grow it just to use for cooking? There’s nothing better than using fresh herbs when making a delicious meal, and if you love to cook rosemary should be included in your kitchen garden already!

4. Aloe Vera

As this plant is a succubus it shouldn’t take a pro-gardener to look after it, making it ideal for growing at home. It does best in direct sunlight, and you need to give it a good helping of water, although not too frequently. Aloe Vera has been used most commonly to treat sunburn as it is incredibly soothing for the skin. You can harvest the gel from the plant yourself and apply to sore and irritated skin. It can also help with digestion, acne, and is good for your oral health.

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5. Chili Peppers

Another plant that can be used to create delicious dinners as well as promote good health is the chili pepper. It contains plenty of vitamins and capsaicin which helps boost metabolism, as well as other compounds that promote good health.

These 5 plants are all easy to grow at home and can enhance your health and well-being, why not give them a try?

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5 Things You Need to Know Before Vaping CBD Oil

Over the years, the approach towards cannabis has changed significantly. It has been legalized in many countries already, mainly for its medicinal uses, and the access to products for recreational use gets easier year by year. The authorities look more favorably at hemp-derived CBD products, mainly due to their non-toxic and non-psychoactive properties.

Besides the ever so popular joints, edibles, and tinctures, vaping CBD oil is another way of cannabis consumption. If you’ve never tried it before, this article is for you! We’ll answer some of the most popular questions regarding this method. If you want to learn more about vaping CBD oil, keep on reading.

What Is CBD Oil?

Traditionally used as an oral tincture, CBD oil contains MCT oil, which is derived from coconuts and is not suitable for inhalation. However, there are two types of CBD oil for inhalation, which include:

  • CBD vape juice, also known as the CBD distillate. Even though it doesn’t contain any oil, it’s sometimes referred to as “CBD vape oil.” It’s made with food-grade ingredients, and it shouldn’t contain anything other than PG, VG, CBD extract, cannabinoids, and terpenes. Otherwise, it won’t be suitable for inhalation.
  • CBD cartridges, which are slim, disposable tanks containing CBD e-juice or pure CBD distillate. You can vape them easily by connecting them to a standard 510 battery.

If you want to have the best experience, remember to purchase all products from reputable CBD oil distributors. This way, you can be sure about their quality, as well as ingredients used in the production.

Is It Legal?

The legal status of cannabis in the United States alone is quite complex. However, The Hemp Farming Act decriminalized CBD made from hemp, which has been federally legal since 2018. These regulations include hemp and CBD oil, which are legal in all 50 states. Keep in mind, though, that not all hemp extracts and CBD in all its forms are legal. If you’re unsure about the product you want to use, check your state’s guidelines in regards to its legality.

Which Dose Is the Best?

When it comes to CBD, it’s definitely not a “one size fits all” product. That’s why people experience different effects, depending on their body weight, metabolism, and the endocannabinoid system, which is unique to every person.

A good rule of thumb in finding your own dosage is to start low and then increase gradually. Typically, a CBD vape cartridge contains about 100 mg of CBD. You should be able to consume between 1 and 2 mg with each puff. Start with the minimal dosage (1-2 mg) and wait about 6 hours until your next one. Try not to increase it by more than 5 mg at once. Pay attention to the way you feel – stick to the dosage that provides you with the most positive effects.

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Can Vaping CBD Oil Make You High?

CBD is a non-psychoactive compound. As such, it won’t make you high, as opposed to products containing THC. The THC-free vaping liquids only contain trace amounts of THC – up to 0.3%. If you’re concerned about failing a drug test, you have nothing to worry about in the case of CBD vaping oil.

You may wonder why you should use CBD oil then if it doesn’t make you high. Vaping enthusiasts praise it for its calming properties. Among many benefits, CBD oil is known to reduce anxiety and sometimes even relieve pain. Many people enjoy vaping CBD before sleep, as it helps them chill out and relax.

Are There Any Side Effects?

CBD is considered to be relatively safe and non-toxic to humans, although there’s the undeniable need for more extensive research. There are few documented side effects of CBD, which include mild fatigue or drowsiness; there are also rare examples of people experiencing changes in appetite and weight or having diarrhea.

More importantly, research shows that you can’t overdose on CBD. Cannabidiol has never induced lethal consequences, and its non-psychoactive nature makes it even more user-friendly.

The Bottom Line

While there are many ways of CBD consumption, vaping is by far the trendiest. If you’re already familiar with CBD products and you know how this substance works on you, vaping CBD oil is another way for you to chill out and relax.

If you’re a CBD enthusiast and you’re just starting out your vaping adventure, keep in mind that CBD oil is just one of the available options. You can also vaporize CBD concentrates and CBD hemp flowers. Just remember to purchase quality products from a reliable source and whatever you do, make sure it’s legal

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Study: CBD Cream Effective in Treating Symptoms of Back Pain

Newly released research shows that those with chronic back pain may want to seriously considering using CBD cream to treat their symptoms.

A study published in the Journal of Opioid Management, and epublished by the National Institute of Health, has found that hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) cream is directly associated with pain-relieving effects in study participants who have chronic back pain.

For the case report researchers used commercially sold and transdermal formulation of CBD – specifically they used Baskin Essentials Body Wellness Cream – in two individuals. Both individuals with chronic back pain reported experiencing “significant symptom and pain relief” just minutes or hours after using the CBD cream. The study found that these pain-reliving effects lasted between eight and ten hours.

The study concludes by stating that “This case series suggests that CBD may have antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects on opioid-naive patients with neuropathic and radicular pain”, noting that “we believe further investigation is warranted to see if these products have a role in the treatment of acute and chronic pain.”

The full abstract of the study can be found below:

Objective: Two patient case reports are presented describing the use of cannabidiol (CBD) for the symptomatic relief of a lumbar compression fracture and in the mitigation of thoracic discomfort and dysesthesia secondary to a surgically resected meningioma.

Discussion: CBD appears to have antisnociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects on opioid-naive patients with neuro-pathic and radicular pain. Of note, the patients in this case series used the same CBD cream: Baskin Essentials Body Wellness Cream (400 mg CBD per two oz.) Conclusion: Hemp-derived CBD in a transdermal cream provided significant symptom and pain relief for the patients described in this case series. Based on these results, we believe further investigation is warranted to see if CBD-containing products should have a more prominent role in the treatment of acute and chronic pain.

The study’s affiliations can be found below:

Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Portsmouth Anesthesia Associates, Ports-mouth, Virginia.
Department of Chemistry, University of California, San Diego, California.
Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, California.
Department of Anesthesiology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, Shreve-port, Louisiana.
Department of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Or-leans, Louisiana.

According to a study published earlier this year in the European Journal of Pain, delivering a precise doses of THC via a specialized inhaler is associated with pain mitigation in patients with chronic pain. The study is titled Pharmacokinetics, efficacy, and safety of a novel selective-dose cannabis inhaler in patients with chronic pain: A randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial.

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Meditation with cannabis

Meditation comes with a great set of benefits. It relaxes the body, boosts the focus and immune system and reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety, lowers the blood pressure, just to name a few. It contributes to the well-being and health of those who practice it.

But, this is easier said than done. Why is this?

The main rule of meditation is to not only to relax but also to be present to yourself in a poised way. To meditate, you need to forget about your troubles and be in the present moment, put away the anxieties, and only by repeatedly practicing meditation you can progressively clear your mind otherwise none of it will work.

People are highly stressed today. They struggle to let go of negative or depressing thoughts and anxiety. When they sit down to meditate, their mind wanders to obligations, problems, and worries. This is why cannabis meditation is so popular. Thanks to its calming effects, one smoke can bring you into a conducive meditative state.

Why You Should Meditate

Meditation has a positive impact on different things. Starting from your sleep to your problem-solving abilities to your immune response,to remain calm under stressful situations, this is a great tool for bettering your health.

When it comes to stress reduction, experts are hard-pressed to find a technique that shows better results than meditation. People all across the world take their time to use different techniques, stress relieving oils and energy increasing kratom strains to relieve the tension and boost their well-being. This has been going on for ages and its popularity grows every day.

Why Weed?

For many people, meditation is difficult. They struggle with chronic pain that prevents them to relax or are too stressed out. Observing your thoughts through meditation does not come easy.

Science shows that cannabis clears the mind and gets it into the right mode. The densely populated cannabinoid receptors in the human brain i.e. the CB1 receptors, are responsible for the excitation and inhibition response of people. As part of the endocannabinoid system, these promote balance in the brain.

As a result, weed helps those who try to get into a calm state and beat the pain. It reduces muscle tension, provides a delicious body high, and effectively reduces inflammation. This allows users to get at the optimal concentration required to do meditation exercises or simply sit still in body and mind.

Mixing Weed and Meditation

If you ever find yourself struggling to get rid of the negative thoughts, you can consider lighting up. Many people do this nowadays. Cannabis has this power to focus the mind and relax the body. Combined with some techniques, it makes for a successful health regime.

Many people have the habit of over thinking or negative thinking. They get caught up in unhealthy habits. Stress causes insomnia and leads to poor quality of sleep. It makes people anxious, unfocused, and leads to procrastination. Everyday things can make you live an unhealthy life and worry. Meditation is one grand step toward fixing all this.

Think of cannabis as a medium for high meditation. To slow down and relax, you need calming techniques. To meditate, you need cannabis to relax or let’s say that specific strains of cannabis can be very helpful to help you achieve this meditative and detached and unperturbed and expanded state. Such strains can be the Ethiopian, Lebanese, Turkish, Egyptian, Thai Hill just to name a few.

It goes both ways, actually.

When your state of mind has heightened levels of anxiety and stress, this affects your physical and mental health. Relaxing is your strongest tool and your option to rest and recharge at the same time. While some use cannabis exclusively to help them relax, others take this one step further – they do meditation while high. You can look this high as a heightened state, when your senses are fully alert and amplified.

These two things perfectly complement each other. Cannabis is a vehicle to mentally get you to the right place and relax while still being present to yourself and what is actually going on within yourself. Meditation is an amazing tool to strengthen the effects of cannabis. When cannabinoids in the plants interact with your brain receptors, they produce euphoric and relaxing effects simultaneously.

Meditation with Weed

Incorporating Weed into Meditation Practices

People have different experiences with both weed and meditation. When it comes to mixing these, there is no one solution that fits all. Thankfully, there are numerous quality strains to try out today, and you can always ask for professional medical advice about which suits you the best.

Some general strategies can be applied if you decide to incorporate cannabis into your techniques. Here are some useful tips:

Explore terpenes

Not all weed types are good for meditating. If you want to truly experience great meditation sessions, you need to look for the right terpenes. For example, beta-caryophyllene is ideal if you struggle with discomfort or pain. Linalool is a great terpene for relaxation and stress reduction. Finally, limonene is perfect for boosting focus and improving mood. Explore different terpenes and check their presence in the strains you are considering.

Don’t get too much THC

THC levels can determine how your marijuana experience goes. If you get too many hits or consume a strain with THC that is too high for you, focusing can become impossible. Not to mention, inexperienced users who consume too much THC can face negative effects if they overdo it.

If you decide to take cannabis to meditate, go easy on THC. This is especially important if you have little experience with cannabis. Try strains with lower THC concentration or higher CBD-THC ratio.

Experiment a little

Not every cannabis or meditation technique is right for every person. You need to find what fits you the best, which requires a bit of experimentation. Don’t settle for the first thing you try. Experiment with different types of cannabis and meditation until you find the ones that bring the most benefits to you.

When you experiment with new meditation types, you can test energizing techniques and calming techniques. Try to find a fitting strain. For example, get a more relaxing strain if you are doing sitting meditation. If you do movement-based meditation, get a more energizing strain. Pairing the right techniques and strains can bring ideal benefits.

The Bottom Line

People use different methods and techniques to relax. Some take a stroll in their spare time or hang out with friends. Others get a massage or go on vacation. For many people today, meditation and cannabis are an almost instant, effective, and long-lasting way to beat stress and anxiety. Have you tried mixing the two? The right pairing of weed and meditation techniques can make you more focused, relaxed, and bring you an entire set of health benefits.

written by Tia M., Editor and Contributor at AskGrowers

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