The use of cannabis has sparked worldwide controversy since many years ago. With its recent legalization in countries like Canada and some states in the US, however, it has stirred many interests in terms of recreational and medical uses across the globe. While the medical field has seen its many benefits and potentials, the average consumers also have many options at their disposal for recreational use. That is where vaping comes into play and has now become increasingly popular among many new weed users.
Evidently, vaping has become a viable option for cannabis use. If you’ve just started to vape cannabis, below are the several tips for your guide and reference so that you will have the best vaping experience.
Types of cannabis vaporizers
There is a wide range of cannabis vaporizers available in the market. Below are the three main types:
Choose the right vaporizer and material
It is essential to choose the right vaporizer for your needs and the right material for your new vape. Consider the following valuable information:
Your usage considerations
It’s worth knowing that vaping is different from smoking or ingesting cannabis in some other forms. Take note of the following:
For a satisfying vaping experience, it is important to know what you are buying because concentrates with THC will have psychoactive effects, while CBD oil won’t.
Keep in mind that you have to try different strengths, types, and materials to see what works best for you and your needs. As you begin your vaping journey, consider the valuable information outlined above so that you will make decisions that are best for you and your vaping experience!
Did you know that an estimated 3 million Americans have glaucoma? Of the 3 million, only half of them know that they have the condition!
Glaucoma is a condition that causes gradual - yet significant - vision loss. It can even cause debilitating pain and irreversible blindness.
There are medications and surgeries that can prevent permanent damage caused by glaucoma. But treatment, for many patients, is something that they'll have to endure the rest of their lives.
However, there is hope. Research continues to show that medical marijuana has beneficial effects on glaucoma. And now more than ever, glaucoma patients are using medical marijuana in states where it is legal.
If you suffer from glaucoma, medical marijuana may be a viable treatment option for you. In this article, we'll explore 7 facts you need to know about marijuana and glaucoma.
Let's get started!
The onset of glaucoma is gradual and occurs when pressure forms against the eye's optic nerve. This type of pressure is often referred to as IOP, or intraocular pressure.
Millions of nerve cells make up the optic nerve, which connects to the retina. It transfers visual information from the retina to the brain. It's found in the back of the eye and transfers this information through nerve pulses.
If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to complete blindness. Glaucoma can also cause redness, tunnel vision, pain, and frequent visual glares.
There is no glaucoma cure as of right now. But there are medications and surgeries that can reduce optic pressure. However, treatment for glaucoma needs to begin as soon as possible.
People normally experience loss of peripheral vision before their vision gets worse. When pressure builds on the optic nerve, it damages the exterior nerve fibers. This is what causes peripheral vision loss.
As the disease progresses, this damage spreads throughout the eye. Some people don't experience any symptoms at all!
Treatment for glaucoma generally focuses on draining the eye. But not every case of glaucoma is the same.
In fact, there are several types of glaucoma. Below we'll outline three of the major types.
This type of glaucoma causes slow, gradual damage to the optic nerve. As this happens, a person gradually loses eyesight - often before they realize it.
With open-angle glaucoma, one eye is normally more affected than the other. The cause is not known, but risks are higher if it runs in the family.
This is a less common form of glaucoma. Unlike open-angle glaucoma, this type forms at a rapid rate.
Closed-angle glaucoma occurs when pressure builds between the lens and the iris. When this occurs, fluid builds up and causes the iris to press against the eye's drainage system.
Closed-angle glaucoma is an emergency that requires treatment right away.
This is a rare, genetic form of glaucoma that affects 1 in every 10,000 infants. It can also develop between 3 months of age and age 3.
In cases congenital glaucoma, eye fluid doesn't circulate around the eye like normal. The eye is not able to drain this fluid, and as a result, a buildup of pressure occurs.
80-90% of children can avoid vision problems if caught and treated early.
Surgery is often used to treat serious cases of glaucoma. But medicated eye drops are the most common form of treatment for open-angle glaucoma.
These eye drops can contain a variety of medications. Some medications work to drain the eye and reduce intraocular pressure. Others work to decrease the production of fluid that increases IOP.
However, most of these medications can cause adverse side effects.
For example, some beta-blocking medications can cause fatigue and low blood pressure. Beta-blockers can also cause depression and decreased libido.
Other medications can contain cholinergic agents. Their side effects include slow heartbeat, cramping, and muscle weakness. In serious cases, they can cause weak breathing, nausea, and even cardiac arrest.
Glaucoma medications are effective. However, their undesirable side effects have made people seek out natural glaucoma treatment. And that's where medical cannabis comes in.
But how does marijuana help glaucoma exactly?
Studies have shown that marijuana can reduce intraocular pressure by up to 30%. In 1971, a study showed that patients who smoked marijuana experienced a 25-30% decrease in IOP. The reduction in intraocular pressure about 3-4 hours.
This study, in particular, demonstrates the correlation between marijuana and glaucoma. But the study also reveals that glaucoma patients need to consume it every few hours.
Marijuana is traditionally believed to only have psychoactive effects. This would seem problematic in regards to treatment for glaucoma.
Glaucoma patients would have to consume marijuana many times per day. Then, they'd have to experience its psychoactive effects after each application, right?
Cannabis contains over 100 known chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. And not all of them have the same effects.
THC is a chemical compound that makes up a large portion of the cannabis plant. It's responsible for the psychoactive effects that people experience when they consume marijuana.
But then there's something known as CBD. This non-psychoactive cannabinoid has the same medicinal effects as THC on glaucoma. But it doesn't create the psychoactive effects that occur with THC.
Because of its non-psychoactive effects, CBD oil and strains are highly sought out. Now more than ever, it's possible to extract CBD from the cannabis plant and to grow strains that only contain it.
CBD is not only helpful in reducing intraocular pressure. As a cannabinoid, it functions as a natural pain reliever. This has to do with something known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is a basic physiological system that all humans have. It's comprised of naturally occurring cannabinoid receptors found in the nervous system.
Neurotransmitters, known as endocannabinoids, bind to cannabinoid receptors and function as signals. These signals let our brains know when we experience external damage, for example. In response, we experience pain or inflammation.
So, what does this all have to do with the treatment of glaucoma?
Open-angle glaucoma is not known to cause pain. But with closed-angle glaucoma, eye pain and redness accompany rapid vision loss.
Surgery is almost always needed for treating closed-angle glaucoma. But CBD eye drops can not only regulate a patient's intraocular pressure post-surgery. They can also help with reducing the pain that a patient may experience.
Glaucoma is a serious condition that is a leading cause of blindness in the United States. There are various medicines out there that can help to treat it. But these medications often cause adverse, even debilitating, side effects.
There is not yet a glaucoma cure. But the connection between marijuana and glaucoma is clear. Marijuana may be able to function as a natural treatment that doesn't cause undesirable side effects.
CBD eye drops are spurring a lot of hope for the glaucoma community. If you're interested to learn more about CBD oil and eye drops, contact us today!
On June 13, 2016, a woman by the name of Jennifer Gray posted a YouTube video of her twelve year old dog, a pug. In this video, when Lilly the pug attempted to walk, she had to drag her posterior across the carpet because she had such severe arthritis she could not stand up to walk properly. It was a heart wrenching sight for any dog lover to see. Obviously too, the dog was not happy but doing the best she could. Happily, Jennifer posted another video of her pug after six weeks of being on CBD oil. Amazingly, Lilly's arthritis was doing MUCH better and Lilly was happily walking around and wagging her tail!
The internet has dramatically changed how we communicate and share information. When the internet first began, it was just text because the connection speed was just too slow to offer anything more. However, within a few years, our connection speeds got fast enough for us to share pictures but not fast enough to share video.... but oh how times changed in a short amount of time! Most of us now have access to high speed internet. We also now have cheap ways to take home videos built into many of our consumer end electronic devices. It's 2016 and almost anyone can throw a video of their dog online and almost anyone can view that video, like the videos Jennifer Gray so graciously posted of her dog Lilly on YouTube (thank you Lilly!).
There's an old expression: "Seeing is believing!" As humans, we use many forms of evidence and rationale to decide whether or not something is true. Visual evidence, especially video evidence, is especially convincing because it allows us to see some before our very eyes. We can see movement and a whole sequence of actions. This is why online video evidence is so convincing when someone is researching questions like, "Can CBD oil help my dog?" "Can CBD oil help my dog's arthritis?" Can CBD oil help my dog's seizures?" "Can CBD oil reduce my dog's anxiety?" "Can CBD oil help my dog's skin rashes?" "Can CBD oil help my dog with cancer?"
While dogs don't speak human languages like English, Spanish, and French, they certainly communicate things to use through their body language and behavior. There's also happy barks, sad barks, and "I'm in pain" barks and moans. As dog lovers, we know the difference and the messages our dogs send us are plainly understood. Online videos helps us evaluate the effectiveness of CBD oil when other dog people are nice enough to share their videos of their own dogs with us. We can also reciprocate in kind.
Now, if there was only one online video, or two online videos, or three online videos showing how dogs improve, often dramatically so, after taking taking CBD oil, we might be tempted to think that it's somehow a hoax, or at least consider that possibility... we might think that it was at least theoretically possible that Lilly the pug was trained to drag her posterior across the carpet in a pitiful way and there was some unknown ulterior motive for her human to post that video online (unlikely for sure!).... but alas, we see that there are now hundreds, if not thousands, of such evidentiary videos and personal testimonials online, most of them on webpages or social media pages where the person is not selling anything and does not have any financial gain for doing so. They are just posting personal videos because they are so happy their dog is now doing better after taking CBD oil. Many dog people also share how much more expensive drugs prescribed by their vet did not work while CBD oil did work.
According to YouTube videos posted by a man with the username, "peaceloveandpitbulls," his ten year old pitbull, Shorty, was diagnosed with lymphoma on March 14, 2015. All the lymph nodes on Shorty's body were hugely swollen and the vet gave Shorty eight weeks to live. As of a video posted on June 23, 2016, Shorty is still alive, and not only that, he seems very happy, active, and glad to be alive! Other videos between those times show Shorty actively swimming laps (chasing a pole) in the swimming pool after his diagnosis and after the CBD oil had improved his condition. Obviously, this is an amazing story and there are many more like it online and documented through video. CBD oil is being used to help many sick dogs and puppies. The documentation of this is building very quickly!
Seeing IS believing!
If you want to see these types of videos, showing how CBD oil is helping dogs all over the country, just go to YouTube, Facebook, and other online places where ordinary people post home videos and do some keyword searches.
If you need help in knowing how much CBD oil and which CBD oil product we offer is best for your dog, please shoot us an email or give us a call. We're happy to help and we love helping dogs with our products.
[et_pb_section fb_built="1" admin_label="section" _builder_version="3.22"][et_pb_row admin_label="row" _builder_version="3.25" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"][et_pb_column type="4_4" _builder_version="3.25" custom_padding="|||" custom_padding__hover="|||"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" _builder_version="4.0.6" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat" hover_enabled="0"]The Chinese word for the cannabis (hemp) plant, going back to at least 2700 BC, was "Ma." It is and was pronounced Má, the same way we pronounce an affectionate term for mother. It seems particularly fitting that the Chinese word for cannabis is the same word in English for one that gives life!
Cannabis was so revered in the early Chinese cultures, that a compound word, dama (pronounced dàmá), was used to refer to medicinal qualities of cannabis. The "da" portion means big or great so the "da" in the compound word, dama, was to emphasize the great strength that cannabis exhibited in curing ailments.
In early China, civilizations sprung up on the great rivers like the Hwang-Ho. Cannabis grew wild everywhere in these areas but it is known from archeological evidence that cannabis was grown in China as far back as 10,000 years BC! It is thought that initially is was prized primarily for the strong and relatively easy to grow fiber it produced, replacing animal furs for clothing. Whole fields of cannabis were planted to use in bow and arrows for defensive armies. It wasn't long before it was discovered that cannnabis seeds (hemp seeds) were an excellent food source. It is thought that once cannabis was ingested on a regular basis, it's medicinal qualities were also discovered as people tried to consume other parts of the plant.
In about 2737 BC, a Chinese emperor by the name of Shen-Nung developed the first written compendium of medicines, a pharmacopeia, derived mostly from plants but also from minerals and animals. Legend has it that Shen-Nung was quite a colorful shaman (priest doctor) who was determined to find medicines, rather than depend on magic, to cure his patients. He used himself as a human guinea pig to test potential medicines, some of which were poisonous and he could have died from taking.
One of the top medicines listed in Shen-Nung's medical compendium was "ma," or cannabis. He and other early Chinese doctors treasured for its "yin and yang" quality, a concept first introduced by another emperor, Fu Hsi, several decades before. It was thought that cannabis brought balance back to the body. It was historically used to treat many diseases. Interestingly, many sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases still use cannabis to self-care for their illness. The compendium described in detail which parts of the cannabis plant had medicinal qualities and which parts were poisonous.
Shen-Nung is still an honored legend of a man in China. He is often referred to as the Father of Chinese Medicine much in the same way as Hippocrates of Kos, the famous Greek physician, is called the Father of Modern Medicine. Some drug stores in China still offer discounts on certain days in honor of Shen-Nung. He is so renown for his herbal remedies, including cannabis still used today in Chinese medicine, he is often depicted wearing a sheaf of green leaves.
Shen-Nung's compendium of medicines became known as the Pen Ts'ao (Pen Ts’ao Kang Mu), which is loosely translated to "The Herbal." Later iterations of this compendium because known as the Materia Medica. In the sixteenth century AD, Li Shi Chen, extensively rewrote the Pen Ts'ao using language that was easier to understand. He also removed known poisons from the list of herbals and added new herbals that had been discovered over the centuries. Cannabis remained as one of the most important medicinal plants in this newer version.
In the 1600's, during the Manchu Dynasty, western civilizations began again to have diplomatic ties with China. It is during this time that western medicine gain access to the wisdom of Chinese medicine as Chinese textbooks were translated into western languages and circulated among university trained western physicians. In fact, it is thought this is how western medicine first began to fully learn about the medicinal value of cannabis which was used extensively in western medicine until the early 1900s when pharmaceutical companies began lobbying to have it banned.
Some historians believe the Chinese may have been the very first culture to use cannabis in medicinal ways, although its usage did spread to other early cultures. Certainly, the oldest stash of medical cannabis was discovered in the tomb of a Chinese shaman. The radio carbon dating estimated the tomb was laid about 700 BC. This amazing discovery was reported in the Journal of Experimental Botany.
Interestingly, acupuncture, another prominent technique developed by the Chinese, and still used widely today, is now thought to stimulate the endocannabinoid system in much the same way that cannabinoids like CBD found CBD oil do! The world is beginning to realize that modern western medicine does not have a monopoly on how to cure disease. Holistic approaches, like those developed by the ancient Chinese, including the use of cannabis, still seem to work very well, if not better, than many of the western medicine techniques. In fact, it is odd to think that anyone would actually discount a remedy that was used for thousands of years and is still use by many as a home remedy today.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]