Marijuana Users Are Healthier Than Nonusers

A recent study published in the Journal of American Medicine has shows marijuana users are healthier than nonusers. This is exciting results for marijuana advocates. Along with the huge list of marijuana benefits listed below, marijuana actually helps to reduce weight. This might not make much sense at first. Appetite may develop after smoking pot, and the end result is called “the munchies”. After smoking, this state is inevitable and overeating is a definite consequence.


This is mainly due to the THC content, which sends signals to the brain that trigger the release of certain hormones. These hormones tell your body that you need to eat, regardless of the fact that you may have just eaten. To add to this, marijuana actually increases sense of touch, taste and smell, so the food tastes even better and is even harder to resist. By controlling the release of insulin, marijuana regulates metabolism in a way that promotes weight reduction, despite the fact that marijuana users may still consume more calories. This really is the best of both worlds, you eat more but actually lose weight because of a quicker metabolism.

The study was quite large, consisting of over 4,600 people. Previous research had shown that marijuana users had lower instances of diabetes and obesity. But this is the first study of its kind to establish a relationship between insulin and marijuana consumption. Studies show insulin is a key hormone linked to heart disease and metabolism.

In addition to weight loss, the study found that marijuana users in general are healthier than their nonsmoking counterparts. Most of the key variables indicate health is better for marijuana users than nonusers. Marijuana users have smaller waist to hip ratios, lower blood sugar, higher levels of HDL (“Good”) cholesterol and a lower risk of insulin resistance. The most pronounced results were in those who smoked regularly. In other words, marijuana could soon be up there with fruit and vegetables in terms of health and wellbeing.

Marijuana Health Benefits


The findings of this study should not come as such as surprise, given the numerous health benefits associated with marijuana. Studies suggest that marijuana consumption increases creativity and problem-solving skills, and even helps focus in certain areas. The component that gives cannabis its health benefits is THC, which works on the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for emotional processing, sleep and cognition.

The health benefits of marijuana are endless. Cannabis shows to alleviate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, depression, glaucoma, schizophrenia, insomnia, bi-polar and more. It helps to regulate metabolism and weight, by controlling the release of insulin. Not to mention the fact that it also happens to be a superfood. The leaves of the marijuana plant are full of beneficial compounds and vitamins. All leafy greens have the same characteristic of being full of vitamins which are incredibly beneficial. The biggest superfoods on the planet are usually green – Kale, Spinach, Spirulina, Marine Phytoplankton.

Cannabis research is making it a top superfoods across the web. Cannabis is used as a supreme muscle relaxant for athletes after sporting events, or to help them to get a restorative sleep. There is a large variety of topical cannabis products being release on the market as legalization continues.

How does Marijuana Work?

When marijuana is heated the THC rises in the form of smoke or vapor. THC is an element that gives the euphoric highs that cannabis is renowned for. Cannabis above 23% is judged to be of a high THC content. The range is generally from 19% to 23%. With the ongoing marijuana legalization, expect to see many THC infused products with a variety of benefits.

There is a large difference between vaporization and combustion. When marijuana is combusted, plant matter and filter paper is turned to smoke, and all the harmful chemicals from these substances end up being in your system. Numerous scientific studies indicate that vaporization is healthier than combustion. Materials heat to a lower temperature, which means that only the essential oils containing the THC and other compounds gets released. Chemicals get left behind as the heat is not strong enough to release them to gas.


Cannabinoid receptors can be found throughout the body and play a role in practically all bodily functions, including sleep, appetite, mood, emotions, immune function, fertility and reproduction, hunger, temperature, memory, pain, pleasure and motor control. Endocannabinoids are chemical messengers that tell these receptors when to start and stop functioning. With many neurological disorders, endocannabinoids can help to get things moving again.

The Wonders of Marijuana

Research indicates the effects of marijuana on health are overwhelmingly positive. That said, it is still important to use responsibly. Excessive consumption, just like anything else, will result in unfavorable consequences. The real danger lies for children and young adults who might overuse. Marijuana has become one of the most illegitimately criticized foods in the world. The fact of the matter is that it does lower motivation, and there is a possible link between lower IQ and cannabis consumption.

It is also worth noting that while marijuana is generally good for neurological disorders, there are going to be instances where it will produce adverse effects. But if you are avoiding cannabis because you might put on weight, then you are doing so for the wrong reason.

Author Bio – John Levy is the author of this post. He is a blogger for Pot Valet, a leading company to provide marijuana delivery service in Santa Barbara. He has 5 years of experience in the Cannabis industry and loves to share useful information about cannabis and related products.

A First In Boston, Medical Marijuana For Sale

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As it always seems to be, the east coast is delayed in it’s implementing of medical cannabis laws. Take for example Massachusetts. They have been preparing for their dispensaries to open for years now, since 2012, making patients wait and wait to get their hands on their medicine. There have been seven dispensaries to open their doors in Massachusetts. However, none have been located in one of the most popular cities on the east coast. But now, finally, there is hope for the patients in the bustling city of Boston. A medical marijuana dispensary known (fittingly) as Patriot Care, has finally opened it’s doors and is open for business at 21 Milk St.

The dispensary hadn’t even opened yet but it had more than 200 state-certified patients ready to come in and purchase pot. They had preregistered with Patriot care and the heads of the company said that they were bracing themselves to take on at least 150 customers a day. “We’re proud to be here,” said Robert Mayerson, the chief executive at Patriot. “We’re taking a space vacant for ten years and bringing economic vitality back to it.” The building is even equipped to handle disabled patients that have issues with stairs, boasting a chairlift that brings you up the four stairs to the dispensary door. Patriot Care, who has another location in Lowell, has been distributing coupons for their Boston store opening and have been complimented on how professional they’ve been about the opening. “I am excited for patients,” said Nichole Snow, executive director of the Massachusetts Patients Advocacy Alliance. “It’s been a long time coming.”

When Patriot Care announced that it wanted to open a store on Milk St, there were problems right from the start. Boston police were worried about the on-street drug dealing while the residents that live in the area were fearful for the status of their neighborhood, hoping that their once-dangerous area would be once again become unsafe. Other businesses also raised questions as to if the area would remain secure and the idea of increased traffic was brought up as well. All of these concerns mounted against Patriot Care and delayed their opening for a good while. Now, some anxieties have eased but there are still some people who are concerned. “The devil is in the details and we probably need a good three to six month track record to know how this will work out,” said Rishi Shukla, co-founder of the Downtown Boston Residents’ Association. “Patriot Care, to their credit, has made some concessions for safety and police,” Shukla said. “ They agreed to a police detail during business hours and making sure there aren’t lines out the door.”

Again, the east coast is far behind the west in regards to cannabis (and basically everything else, sorry guys, it’s true, I live on the east coast, but we do have better pizza). But with abiding dispensaries such as Patriot Care beginning to open their doors and show people that cannabis isn’t a terrible business, we can surely hope to sure more stores opening up in other states that have passed medical marijuana laws but have not implemented them yet.

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Will Ohio Legalize a Marijuana Monopoly

Will Ohio Legalize a Marijuana Monopoly


As we continue to watch the emergence of new legal marijuana markets across the United States, it’s instructive to look at another so-called vice: gambling. Where games of chance were once relegated to Nevada and Atlantic City, NJ, it’s now hard to find any state that doesn’t have some form of gambling, be it riverboat casinos, tribal casinos, or just a state lottery.

One place gambling took hold recently is Ohio. In 2009, the state passed a constitutional amendment known as Issue 3 that legalized gaming, with a catch. The organizers of that initiative pushed to make legal “only one casino facility at a specifically designated location within each of the cities of Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo.”

The casino initiative was bankrolled mostly by Penn National Gaming, Inc., a company that runs twenty casinos nationwide including, unsurprisingly, the four constitutionally-mandated casinos in Ohio. For their investment of $32 million, Penn National now has a constitutional monopoly on casino gambling in America’s seventh-largest state. In the first two full years of operation (2013-2014), those four casinos had adjusted gross revenue (gamblers’ losses minus promotional costs) of $1.5 billion.

Now it seems that a group called Responsible Ohions for Cannabis is taking a page from the casino playbook and attempting to write a marijuana monopoly into the state constitution. Lydia Bolander, a spokesperson for the group, told the Columbus Dispatch that they will “pursue a ballot initiative in 2015 to give voters the opportunity to let adults 21 and older use marijuana for medical and personal use.”

But like the casino amendment, wealthy backers would be writing in their properties as the 10 sites that would be approved statewide for marijuana cultivation for sale. Once those 10 growers are locked in, nobody else in the state could cultivate and sell cannabis legally. (Technically, that makes them a cartel, not a monopoly, but the difference would be negligible.)

The editorial board of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer isn’t sanguine about the proposed initiative’s chances. “If the marijuana amendment arrives as advertised, it would be anti-competitive in the extreme,” write the editors, adding, “creating an anti-competitive constitutional monopoly aimed at enriching a tiny number of landowners seems like the exact wrong way to go about any conceivable [marijuana] legalization.”

Meanwhile, the Ohio Rights Group, led by president John Pardee, continues in its fight to bring medical marijuana to the Buckeye State. Pardee’s group is underfunded and disorganized, failing to gather even a third of the signatures necessary to put its Ohio Cannabis Rights Act on the ballot in 2014. “I’m against creating a constitutional monopoly,” Pardee told the Plain-Dealer, but unfortunately it seems the investors in marijuana reform in Ohio want it that way.

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Congress Effectively Ends The Federal Ban On Medical Marijuana


Congress Effectively Ends The Federal Ban On Medical Marijuana


It seems the controversial $1.1T spending bill that is preventing the U.S. government from shutting down is chock full of surprises. As you may know, much to the dismay of marijuana activists and lovers of democracy everywhere, the bill smacked down Washington DCs referendum that legalized recreational marijuana in the nation’s capital. What you may have missed (because those shifty politicians are doing everything under the table) is that the bill also quietly, but effectively lifted the federal ban on medical marijuana.

In the depths of the 1,603-page document is a provision that prohibits federal agents from raiding retail medical cannabis operations in states that have legalized medical cannabis. The passage represents “the first time in decades that the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana,” the measure’s co-author, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, told the LA Times.

Though President Obama has generally favored this approach policy-wise, the passage of the bill also ensures that the next president can’t backtrack and begin busting medical cannabis operations.

The full text of the measure reads as such:

“Sec. 538. None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin, to prevent such States from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana. Sec. 539. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used in contravention of section 7606 (“Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research”) of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-79) by the Department of Justice or the Drug Enforcement Administration.”

Important to note is that this legislation is fully in light of the fact that marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug with “no medical uses” by federal standards. Seeing as how logically this does not work, this folks, must represent the beginning of the end for marijuana prohibition — especially from the point of view of Congress.

Now that there will be little threat of backlash from the federal government, it’s time to lobby your state for the legalization of medical marijuana if you live in one of the 18 states where it is outrageously outlawed. No excuses. Onwards and upwards to completely legal, recreational and medical marijuana for all!

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Medical Marijuana For Children

Medical Marijuana For Children


The youth of Illinois may be prohibited from smoking weed, but once the state’s medical marijuana program goes into effect at the beginning of the year, children will be allowed to consume cannabis orally, according to emergency regulations published earlier this week by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Despite some controversy, Illinois state medical marijuana regulators will allow children under the age of 18 to have access to edible forms of cannabis, as long as they have permission from a parent or guardian, a prescription from a primary care physician, and the recommendation of a secondary doctor. This means kids in the Land of Lincoln who are suffering from debilitating conditions, such as epilepsy and muscular dystrophy, will be permitted to consume THC-infused foods, candies and liquids, but not smoke raw cannabis like adults.

While the rules may seen like a fair trade in order to ensure sick kids are provided with effective medicine, some physicians still remain apprehensive about treating adult patients with cannabis, much less children, which could make obtaining medical marijuana exceptionally difficult. Dan Linn, executive director of Illinois NORML, recently told The Associated Press that forcing children to provide two doctor recommendations was “an unneeded burden standing between these patients and the medicine they need.”

A recent report from The Chicago Tribune indicates that, unlike adults, children will not be forced to submit fingerprints before they are granted permission to use medical marijuana. However, the state is requiring patients under the age of 18 to present photographs. Underage patients will also pay a $100 annual fee to participate in the state’s medical marijuana program, which is a few bucks cheaper than it is for adult patients, who are also required to pay a $25 caregiver fee.

The regulations also require a medical marijuana advisory board, which has not yet been appointed, to include at least one parent of a patient under the age of 18. Some believe this will keep the medical marijuana program operating in the best interest of underage patients.

Although state officials said they would reveal the recipients of the 21 permits for cultivation centers and 60 permits for dispensaries before the end of the year, that announcement has not yet been made. There is speculation, however, the prevailing businesses will be published sometime later next week.

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Brave Mykayla’s Leukemia Fight

Brave Mykayla’s Leukemia Fight

The photograph of the little girl and her mother outside of a building, where the little girl is holding a sign that reads “cannabis cured my cancer” is famous in the stoner community. This little girl has been a cannabis patient for over a year now, as part of her treatment for an aggressive form of leukemia. She was diagnosed in July of 2012 and her father put her on a dose of cannabis. MyKayla gets a small amount of concentrated THC in pill form every day, along with her required chemotherapy treatment.

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The amount of improvement shown by this brave little girl is incredible. While some doctors credit her improved health to the chemo, the girl’s father and his girlfriend believe in the power of the plant. MyKayla uses the CBD to help her cope with the awful effects of the chemo. I believe that a child, especially, should be allowed (under doctor supervision) to be allowed to ingest cannabis to help with cancer and like illnesses. Chemotherapy is a severe way to treat cancer. Killing the good cells as well as the bad seems slightly futile to me. A child should be able to have a childhood, rather than spending it hooked up to machines and on a regimen of nasty pills.

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If cannabis continues to assist in the remission of cancer patients, then people will no longer be able to deny it’s ability to cure. There are other child patients that are benefiting from cannabis use, like Landon Riddle, a young boy in Colorado Springs. But, like Landon, MyKayla hasn’t improved without some speed bumps. Both children’s parents had CPS called on them when the cannabis treatment began. There are still some people that need convincing that replacing chemo with cannabis is an extremely positive thing.

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We should all understand that if we are diagnosed with any type of cancer we are faced as an individual with some significant decisions.  We will have to choose a cancer specialist, a hospital to be treated at, and how to cope with your family & friends while dealing with your treatment, but no one should have to decide on treating his/her Cancer by taking painful chemo therapy treatments while there is proven treatments through Marijuana that is pain free and efficient.  Cannabis becomes a more believable cure every day and not just for cancer. As the patients using cannabis improve, the cause becomes more legitimate. We’re not just ranting protesters. There are facts to back up our statements and it’s time that people start to listen.

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If children like MyKayla and Landon are getting help from cannabis, then it is possible that it’ll work for everyone. Curing cancer would be a huge win and would save so many lives, not to mention a lot of money. People would be able to live normal lives, even if they were going through chemo. Cannabis helps the patient to eat, sleep, and feel more healthy than without it. People will start to believe in the power of cannabis, whether they support it or not. Facts can’t be denied for long.

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What Is THC CBD and CBN

What Is THC CBD and CBN – Stoner Guide


To be one with Cannabis Sativa means that you know her inside and out, you know how she makes you feel and just how she goes about doing it.

MJ is filled with wonderful little things inside of it that make it the wonderful super plant that it is. Without these special ingredients people from all over the world may not even know her name. THC, CBD, AND CBN are just three of these ingredients that  work together as brothers in this marijuana thing. They use teamwork to strategically get smokers and high and happy through a series of checks and balances. Depending on the percentages of these three things, determines how your high will be felt, how long, and how strong it will feel.



THC is the main psychoactive active ingredient in Cannabis Sativa. THC or tetrahydrocannibinol is what gets you high, the higher amount of THC your bud has, the higher you’ll be.  This snazzy little ingredient is all of our best friend, and without her there would be no rocketships to the moon.



Cannabidiol or CBD acts like a booster for the THC, it can increase it’s effects but can also work to decrease them as well, all depending on the percentages in the ganja. A high THC content mixed with low CBD levels is a winning combination for a strong and potent high that’ll have you loving your trip to the sky. CBD is a psychoactive ingredient meaning that it has a wide range of medicinal issues that it works great for, including schizophrenia, other persoanality disorders, and epilepsy. CBD is also said to increase your reaction time and alertness, without this little guy things in Mary’s life would be a lot more boring.



Cannabinol aka CBN is what is produced when the THC begins to break down and become older. This is all part of the oxidation process, when this is happening the user often feels “sluggish” or stuck as the high is coming down. Couch lock isn’t just another reason to be lazy, but actually  the active ingredients inside MJ doing their thing and pretty much making you glue your buns to the seat and eat all those donuts….it’s science!

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Four Health Issues That Marijuana Helps

Four Health Issues That Marijuana Helps

 An Initiative To Legalize Marijuana In California To Appear On Nov. Ballot

The most talked about disease that cannabis helps with is definitely cancer. However, the plant treats multiple afflictions that people suffer from. Not only that but cannabis is far healthier for people as compared to the drugs made for treatment. With cannabis being a natural way to benefit lives. it makes sense that we should be using it to treat these ten awful health problems.

1. Cancer


This is the big one. Cancer has effected more people that is necessary. The treatment for it is painful and some sufferers don’t even survive that. If marijuana can help cancer patients (whether it be a complete cure or at least assistance to the dreaded chemotherapy), it should definitely be accessible for them.

2. Tourette’s Syndrome


Since marijuana allows muscles to relax and the user to think more slowly, those who have Tourette’s greatly benefit from marijuana. Their speech improves greatly after smoking and you can literally see their bodies unwind. Cannabis has a much longer lasting effect of the symptoms of Tourette’s as well, as compared to the placebo in a study done at Hanover Medical College in Germany.

3. Seizures


This is being proven again and again in younger patients who have severe seizures. If the cannabis ingested is high in CBD, rather than THC, it seems to completely eradicate the symptoms from daily life. While it’s not perfect yet, it seems that CBD will be able to help hundreds if not thousands of seizure sufferers.



Especially in young children, ADD and ADHD are a big problem. Some argue that this disease is just kids being kids but whatever the case, medicines that are used to treat this affliction should not be given to kids. Adderall, Concerta, and Ritalin are all extremely powerful drugs that have scary effects on even the adults that take them, sometimes causing death. These drugs shouldn’t be given to adults, forget giving it to kids. Marijuana has a calming effect on those that suffer from ADD and ADHD, without the loss of appetite and sped up heartbeat from the prescription pills.

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Are Sexy Stoners A Help Or Hinder For Medical Marijuana?

Are Sexy Stoners A Help Or Hinder For Medical Marijuana?

Shuffling through the social media webpages associated with marijuana, one will see the incredibly large amount of scantily clad ladies.


Sometimes the girls will have some cannabis related accessory in the picture and sometimes, there won’t be. Of course these girls are a beacon of attraction for male smokers all over the place but they also could be a direct weapon against the fight to legalize medical marijuana.

It is common knowledge in the mass media world that sex sells. It is an iconic topic that people utilize to sell products, promote music, and just because it looks good. Girls like this are empowering to other girls and sometimes promote the acceptance of all body types, which would obviously be a really great message to send with cannabis. Not only are we trying to help people by allowing this plant, but we promote positive self images and acceptance. Companies also benefit from these pages because a cute stoner girl’s page attracts attention and is a good use of product placement. Whether or not the girls realize that they’re a marketing utensil, it does benefit the small, start up companies that may have fizzled out if it had not been for female promotion via social media.


Although it does seem like this kind of provocative advertising may seem like an awesome idea, keep in mind that there are still people that are going to attempt to use this as a weapon. Just the other day, I was on Instagram and saw a risqué photo with a comment reading “If you’re wondering why medical marijuana isn’t taken seriously, here’s the reason”. After reading that, you have to admit that there is another side to the advertising idea of using naked women. A very negative side that people may try to use against the cause if they find it. You don’t see Zoloft being promoted by girls in bikinis, so it stands to be argued that girls in bikinis could be viewed as negative publicity for medical marijuana.


Social media is a tool that can be used to an extreme benefit for those who know what’s it capable of. Some of these pretty stoner ladies promote such a positive image, like the stoners who promote healthy living and exercise. However, there is a difference between promotion and pornography. Knowing where to draw the line is extremely important. While there are some photos on Instagram that manage to keep it classy while showing skin, there are others that may possibly be used as a weapon against our cause. Of course, it’s up to the person behind the username to differentiate a positive message verses a negative one.

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Why Private Marijuana Clubs Are Likely In Seattle’s Future

Why Private Marijuana Clubs Are Likely In Seattle’s Future

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 17th 2013 by THCFinder

Owners of the medical marijuana collective Have a Heart, which has three storefronts in Seattle, recently opened what might become the model for future private marijuana clubs for recreational use in Seattle.

Have a Heart’s storefront in the University District has a café where medical marijuana patients can consume cannabis – indoors, in a comfortable groovy atmosphere.

Co-owner Ryan Kunkel opened the café because, he said, he’d heard too many stories of how some of the medical marijuana patients from out of town were smoking marijuana in their cars, out on the street or in parks.

“You had your average suburban housewives who need to medicate, so they were doing it in their minivans,” he said. “After I heard more stories like that, I thought, ‘This is crazy.’ We needed to make a place for them to use it.”

So, Kunkel and co. decided to open a cafe-style club for medical marijuana members of its cooperative. You can get a variety of espresso and also “dabs” in the dab bar, those would be hash oil concentrates inhaled from a vaporizing device.

“Patients can go upstairs, take their dab and come down here to hang out,” Kunkel said, sitting on one of the half-dozen comfy couches in the café area, where vaporizing is also allowed.

Kunkel et al. believe they are solidly within a grey zone of the legal system because they only allow vaporizing inside, thus circumventing the state laws against smoking indoors.

And, only members of the collective can get in to use the space, so it is technically a private club … they believe.

When recreational pot is available, where will it be used?

Seattle is looking for some remedy to keep tourists and apartment dwellers from taking their chances on the civil violation front and clouding up the city streets and parks with marijuana smoke.

Entrepreneurs like Kunkel are likely to test the boundaries of the law to open private clubs for recreational use. And, it seems the city of Seattle will be open to that sort of thing.

Medical Marijuana For Kids

Medical Marijuana For Kids – Why I Give Cannabis To My 7-Year-Old

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, July, 18th 2013 by THCFinder

With news stories and opinion pieces popping up daily about medical marijuana legalization, dad Brandon Krenzler and his 7-year-old daughter, MyKayla Comstock, appeared on HuffPost Live this week to discuss what happens when a minor needs the drug.

MyKayla has Leukemia and started taking it shortly after she was diagnosed. Currently, medical marijuana is legal in 18 states and in Washington D.C. However, as Valerie Vande Panne wrote in the Boston Globe, many parents are afraid to ask their children’s doctors for the drug, despite support from lawmakers.

In a heartbreaking piece, HuffPost blogger Suzanne Leigh, a mother who lost her own child to cancer, spoke about some of the anxiety she felt around the issue. Ultimately, Leigh decided to buy marijuana for her 11-year-old, but she knew other moms and dads who would never consider using it to help their children with cancer.

In the clip above, Krenzler says that when MyKayla was first diagnosed, cancer affected her in ways that were “terrifying.”

“She was very sick, she was in a lot of pain … she was basically experiencing everything you wouldn’t want your daughter to experience,” he says.

MyKayla adds that she was “really tired” all of the time. But now, she feels better.

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Medical Marijuana May Be An Alternative Option For Controlling Pain

Medical Marijuana May Be An Alternative Option For Controlling Pain


HOUGHTON – For patients with chronic conditions, ongoing disease management is an important part of maintaining health and controlling negative side effects of a disease. Disease management can include diet, exercise, medication and, for some patients, medical marijuana.

“It has a lot of components that are good for pain,” said Dr. Robert Townsend, an osteopathic physician with over 20 years experience. “For patients with chronic pain it can be a substitute for narcotics or used to reduce narcotics in pain management. I found that patients using medical marijuana required less narcotics than those who were not.”

Townsend, who has never personally used marijuana, began working with it as a way of reducing narcotic dependency while managing chronic pain. He found that patients who incorporated medical marijuana into their disease management were able to manage symptoms while eliminating or severely reducing the use of addictive narcotics.

Different strains of medical marijuana are shown at Northern Specialty Health in Houghton. Northern Specialty Health works with many different strains of medical marijuana with both indica and sativa characteristics.

Based on Michigan Medical Marijuana Act passed in 2008, patients deemed eligible for medical marijuana must have been diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition. Specific conditions listed in the act include cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome, hepatitis C, ALS, Chrohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s and nail patella. Patients whose chronic illnesses or the treatment of those illnesses result in certain side effects such as severe pain, nausea and seizures are also eligible to apply for a medical marijuana card. According to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, as of May 31 there are 128,441 active registered qualified medical marijuana patients.

“I use it a lot with patients with Crohn’s disease. I have never seen healthier Crohn’s patients than when they are using medical marijuana,” said Townsend. “It gets people off handfuls of Vicodin and other painkillers. I’ve seen it stop seizures in front of me. It’s very impressive stuff. It can also be used to treat glaucoma and nausea resulting from chemotherapy and other drugs. It can help patients tolerate anxiety medications better because the associated nausea is reduced so they’re able to keep taking those anxiety meds comfortably.”

There are two categories of medical marijuana – cannabis indica and cannabis sativa. Within these categories are various of strains of marijuana, each which can produce different results.

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Blunts Vs Joints

Blunts Vs Joints

Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, July, 5th 2013 by THCFinder

Blunts Vs Joints


It’s time to smoke and time has officially run out, you have to make a decision and now! So which will it be blunts or joints?

This age old question seems to be the only thing that separates the pot head generation. What is it that makes blunt lovers run to the Philies when it’s four twenty, or doobie lovers pull out the rolling papers whenever there’s Mary around? So many deciding factors to look into when choosing the smoking apparatus of your choice, is there really one that’s better than the other? Let’s take a look at some of their features that really get us going.



Blunts are a strong feel good smoke that have gangsta appeal, yet also the allure of a classic black and white film.

The aromatic scents that can be produced from a blunt are purely hypnotic, they tickle nostrils and taste sweet. There’s nothing in the world that could be more precise and perfect than the moment that you place that lit fat Swisher to your lips. Blunts are slow burning and can last extra long depending on your rolling techniques, this makes for longer sessions and more time playing amongst the clouds. These guys are also perfect for packing lots and lots of medicinal dank herb into without the worry of tearing….fatty’s here we come.



Joints are calm, cool, and collected, and they always will be.

They’re great for a quick smoke on the go, and are easy to pre-roll and take with you wherever you go. Doobies have always been the choice for the health concious smoker because there are less harmful chemicals involved when smoking. There are plenty of all natural rolling papers that the smoker can buy for a complely natural toke. Many smokers like lighting their joints with a hemp wick, making sure they’re not inhaling any harmful carcinogens, this is a major plus for medical marijuana patients.  Joint lovers swear by the clean smoke and natural taste that allow them to completely taste their Kush rather than any artificial flavors.


All of these reasons and more add to the factors that lead you one way or another at the head shop counter. No matter what you’re style is the main focus is to get higher than you thought you ever could, and to smile while doing it, happy blunts and doobs stoners!

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Difference Between Indica Sativa Hybrid

Difference Between Indica Sativa Hybrid

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 5th 2013 by THCFinder


Mary Jane is a beautiful and indepth lady that comes in three main clasifications, Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid.

Depending on which one of these you have the pleasure of feasting on determines what kind of high ride you’ll experience. Some strains make you feel more upbeat while others slow you down a bit, this all has to do with it’s indica, sativa, or hybrid classification.



Indica strains have a very mellow feel to them. They have the potential to chill out the vibe of the entire room, most often felt in the form of a nice body buzz. Muscles begin to relax and stress completely leaves the equation as an option. Medical marijuana patients that have issues with insomnia will often be prescribed heavy indica strains to help them get to sleep and stay sleep, it’s really no match for the chill vibes that this bud brings to the table. Arthritis patients and people suffering from other muscle ailments benefit from indicas as well, that body buzz isn’t just making you feel insanely good for no reason, but it’s also pain relieving as well. When you’re in the mood to do nothing but let the smooth THC tides wash over you, inhale deep because that’s what’s to follow.



Sativa is the kind of tree you want if you’re looking for a jump start kind of high, these strains are good for any kinds of outdoor activites, or any instance where you’d want to be more active or alert. Saitva’s are known for taking your toasty-ness straight to the brain and giving you a very intense head high. These rides are often paried with a face numbing “mask” like feeling that likes to start at your eyes and work its way through all the canals of your brain….and gut busting giggles. The climax of a sativa high will have you more on the hyped up side, wanting to do nothing more than love the world and be free.



The best of both worlds is what you’ll get with a hybrid. These are strains that are both Indica and Sativa. Hybrids can either be indica or sativa domianat, meaning that one percentage is higher than the other. Some hybrids are so well bred together that the percentages can be pretty close to equal. The advantage to this is that you get to feel both kinds of exciting highs with just one bowl. What you usually end up with is a unique high special to both parents where you’ll experience a head high accompalnied by a smooth body vibe as well. With tons upon tons of Mary Jane to smoke the hybridds list is pretty long, and just waiting for you to explore her.

Now that you’ve got the 411 on what you’ve been smoking, it’s time to get to the 420 and feel what all the talk is about.

Difference Between Indica Sativa Hybrid