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The Complete Guide to Medical Cannabis for Senior Citizens

Who would have thought? Senior citizens are leading the changing the cultural change that has enabled and multiplied the number of medical marijuana dispensaries. Perhaps, they are the baby boomers returning to their habits born of the 1960s and 1970s. Perhaps, they have become better educated about the quality and benefits of medical cannabis. In any case, senior citizens have defined a large and vibrant market. The complete guide to medical cannabis for senior citizens What is medical cannabis? Medical cannabis comes in various s forms. But, they are all derivatives of the cannabis plant with a high content of CBD (cannabidiol). It has little or no presence of THC (∆9- tetrahydrocannabinol), the cannabinoid that creates mind-altering, psychoactive effects. These are only two of approxima...

How to Talk to Loved Ones about the Benefits of Cannabis

When it comes to educating others about the benefits of cannabis, you seem to be talking down or talking up. You might find yourself explaining the good and bad to your kids or helping your elders appreciate what’s in for them. How to talk to the teens You may feel you can’t tell your teens anything that they will listen to or that will change their minds, But, parenting still requires you to have “the talk” about marijuana. Even regular users understand that teens should wait until they are mature enough to make adult decisions. The fact is that most adolescents do not use cannabis, so the argument that “everybody’s doing it” doesn’t hold. And, the fact that sound science indicates that cannabis use can alter the developing adolescent brain. There are the practical issues that some teens ...

Michigan Approves 11 New Conditions for Medical Marijuana Program

Michigan has a relatively strong and active medical marijuana scene. Now, patients in the state will enjoy expanded access with the 11 new qualifying conditions. Michigan’s New Qualifying Medical Conditions Prior to the new expansion, patients in Michigan could qualify for medical marijuana if they had one of several conditions. These included illnesses like PTSD, cancer, glaucoma, HIV, Hepatitis C, ALS, and several others. While that list covered numerous patients in the state, many have been calling for extending access to a larger number of patients. It appears that the state government listened. The new health conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in Michigan are: Arthritis Autism Chronic pain Colitis Inflammatory bowel disease Obsessive-compulsive disorder Parkinson’s Rheumato...

New York Report Says Recreational Marijuana Is A Big Winner

Various moves have built momentum toward cannabis legalization in New York. From Mayor Bill de Blasio telling the New York Police Department to stop arresting people for smoking weed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo encouraging banks to work with cannabis businesses, all signs point toward an embrace of cannabis in the Big Apple. The state’s Health Department continued the trend on Friday. In a report the Health department stated that the “positive effects” of legalization “outweigh the potential negative impacts.” In addition, the report recommends expunging the criminal records of New Yorkers in any cannabis-related convictions. “Numerous NYS agencies and subject matter experts in the fields of public health, mental health, substance use, public safety, transportation, and economics worked in develo...

Tips for Seniors to Stay Safe in the Summer Heat

Summer means gardening, cookouts, and just enjoying the great outdoors, but a heat wave can pose a major threat, especially for seniors. “Seniors won’t have as great an ability to sweat as younger people, and sweat is how you cool yourself, explained William B. Greenough III, MD, a geriatrician and professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. Dehydration may increase the risk of a serious cardiovascular event like a heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure. An Australian study found that during a record-breaking heat wave, there was a significant increase in trips to the emergency room for heat-related illness and dehydration, particularly in those age 75 and older for whom the heat triggered a 13 percent increase in deaths. “It’...

Study Finds Many CBD Products Are Mislabeled

A new study published in the journal Pediatric Neurology Briefs found that many cannabidiol (CBD) products sold online are labeled with the wrong amount of CBD. In some cases, these products have less CBD than the package suggests; in more cases, however, they contain more. The researchers analyzed a total of 84 CBD products that they purchased online and found that 26% contained less CBD than the package suggested, while 43% contained more CBD than the package suggested. According to the study, the products that were most likely to be accurate were CBD oils. The researchers also found that 21% of the sampled products contained THC, the psychoactive cannabis compound responsible for getting users high. Many take CBD products specifically to avoid getting high as CBD does not have psychoact...

The Best Summer Fun Cities For Seniors

Reaching retirement age doesn’t mean resigning yourself to the rocking chair for the rest of your life! For many, the golden years are their most active and offer a chance to embark upon all those adventures they put on hold while building a career and raising a family when they were younger. We took a look around the US and found these seven cities to be among the very best for chasing your dreams and enjoying your travels as a senior this summer. Anchorage, Alaska The gateway to wild Alaska and its National Parks and the port of call for some of the world’s best cruise ships, Anchorage tops many a senior’s bucket list. The chance to witness moose, bears, and orcas without even leaving city limits makes the friendly Alaska town the perfect base for marveling at some of the world’s natural...

How To Pick The Right CBD Oil

CBD oils are rising in popularity for a simple reason: they work. CBD oil produced from industrial-grade hemp has transformed the way consumers think about health and wellness while offering a viable cannabinoid-based alternative to medical marijuana. In fact, as a testament to the shift in public perception, the Food and Drug Administration recently approved the very first CBD pill. The new drug, Epidiolex, is intended to treat severe forms of epilepsy. This ground-breaking CBD pill is a formulation of cannabidiol derived from cannabis but it doesn’t contain THC. With acceptance for CBD hitting the mainstream, it becomes vital that consumers know what to look for when choosing a CBD oil product, and what differentiates the good from the bad. How can consumers tell whether or not their str...

200 Years Of CBD: A Timeline

200 Years Of CBD: A Timeline Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a botanical compound extracted from cannabis and hemp that betters bodies but doesn’t mess with minds. Here are timeline highlights of CBD’s use, from the crampy queen of the Victorian age two centuries ago to epileptic children in the age of legalization today. 1800s CBD in cannabis relieves Queen Victoria’s menstrual cramps. 1940 CBD is isolated at the University of Illinois. Researchers called CBD “very toxic” and stated “it is not active in cannabis.” Researchers said CBD had no role in the human body and admitted they did not fully understand CBD. 1946 CBD and THC tested on lab animals. Researchers find that while THC induced trance-like effects in rabbits and mice,CBD appeared to produce no observable behavioral effects. 1964 CBD’s...

5 Countries With The Cheapest Cannabis

  5. South Africa In South Africa, the price per gram of marijuana fluctuates around $ 4.45 per gram. This is about half as cheap as the average price per gram of marijuana in states where marijuana is legal and you can enjoy it without risking criminal liability. However, it should be made sure that when buying marijuana in South Africa, it comes from a reliable source, because some reports have shown that dealers add mines to it. rat poison, creating a dangerous drug called “nyope”. 4. Afghanistan Marijuana in Afghanistan has been cultivated for centuries, until 1973, when marijuana and opium became illegal. The average price per gram of marijuana in Afghanistan is about $ 4.35. There are many places to find cannabis fields, but be careful not to hit the area where the w...

Study Finds Hybrid Strains Are Best For Chronic Pain Patients

A new survey published in The Journal of Headache and Pain looks at how patients use medical cannabis for migraines and headaches compared to chronic pain conditions. The results provide new information on the types of strains, “biochemical profiles” of cannabis, patients are using, often in lieu of more traditional pain meds.  “There have been a multitude of studies showing benefit in many forms of chronic pain,” reads the study. “But there have been no studies attempting to differentiate which types and strains of cannabis along with associated compositions of cannabinoids and terpenes may be more effective for certain subsets of pain.” A 2016 Marijuana Business Daily analysis of the most commonly registered conditions for state medical cannabis programs found that over 64% of patients i...

Best Places to Celebrate 4th of July with Cannabis

  Cannabis and the 4th of July are a great combination. Lighting up on our nation’s Independence Day is certainly symbolic, but it’s also great when combined with lounging, enjoying the outdoors, hanging out with friends or just watching some fireworks. Adding cannabis to this mix can be done with ease in states that have legalized recreational marijuana. This list takes into account not only if cannabis is legal in the area, but how entrenched cannabis is in the local scene. Nevada recently legalized cannabis, and enjoying it in that state is legal, but dispensaries are thin on the ground and local law enforcement is still playing catch-up with the new legislation. For folks hoping to fly into Las Vegas and expect the cannabis scene to be as entrenched as San Francisco’s, they should...