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Most people are familiar with the healing potential of medical cannabis for people who are already ill. In states where its medicinal use has been legalized, cannabis is prescribed to help with things like relieving the side effects of chemo, reducing chronic pain, and treating anxiety. Some even go as far as to say they’ve cured themselves from cancer or turned around autoimmune diseases.
But what if taking small amounts of cannabis on a regular basis, as if it were just another health supplement, could actually prevent illnesses before they happen? Sounds far fetched, right? But studies show that it might just be true.
Endocannabinoid System Keeps Us in Balance
The reason cannabis is effective for so many conditions is because it interacts with a physiological system called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) — a complex network of receptors that acts like a dimmer switch to all other activity in the body. This means when there is too much or too little activity going on somewhere, the ECS kicks in and brings it back into equilibrium. Our bodies are filled with ECS receptors that are perfect fits both for our own natural chemicals called endocannabinoids and also for the ones coming from plants such as cannabis.
If our ECS is weakened and not functioning properly, introducing plant cannabinoids into our system gives it a helping hand to get on with the job of keeping our system functioning optimally. So if we are in balance, we are less likely to develop disease.
Let’s take a look at some more specific ways that cannabis could prevent us from getting sick.
1. Reducing Chronic Inflammation Lessens Our Chances of Getting Age Related Illnesses
2. A Powerful Antioxidant
3. A Healthy Endocannabinoid System Means a Healthy You
4. CBD Reduces Chronic Anxiety
5. Regulates Blood Sugar Levels
6. Now for the Controversial One — Prevent Cancer?
7. Youthful Skin
8. Protect Your Joints
9. Strengthen Those Bones
10. Reduce Hardcore Prescription Meds
11. Protect Your Brain
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Members of the UK Parliament are warming up to the idea of legalizing medical cannabis use after latest government inquiry.
Similar to the budding relationship between medical cannabis and social acceptance in the United States, the United Kingdom also seems to be on the brink of legalizing the medicinal use of marijuana on a national level.
The much-needed discussion has been reinvigorated in Parliament after members of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Reform released a report claiming that the current refusal to acknowledge the medicinal value of cannabis is “irrational”. The report also called for an end to the unjust criminalization of hundreds of thousands citizens that use cannabis for pain relief.
The chair of this progressive group, Lady Meacher, used the recent medical legalization efforts in the US and throughout the world as evidence that the time has come to do the same throughout the UK. “The findings of our inquiry and review of evidence from across the world are clear. Cannabis works as a medicine for a number of medical conditions. The evidence has been strong enough to persuade a growing number of countries and US states to legalize access to medical cannabis,” she said.
The group’s inquiry examined evidence from 623 patients, medical professionals, and leaders who have spearheaded legal regulation of medical marijuana in other countries. Additionally, they also commissioned the expertise of neurologist Professor Mike Barnes, who concluded in his own report that cannabis helps alleviate a wide range medical conditions, and that list will likely grow once medical cannabis research becomes unchained by the government.
“We analysed over 20,000 scientific and medical reports. The results are clear. Cannabis has a medical benefit for a wide range of conditions. I believe that with greater research, it has the potential to help with an even greater number of conditions. But this research is being stifled by the Government’s current classification of cannabis as having no medical benefit,” said Professor Barnes.
It’s about time that the UK Parliament caught up to the wishes of the public they represent. According to a survey conducted by the pro-medical cannabis campaign group End Our Pain, 68% of UK citizens support doctors being allowed to prescribe cannabis to patients. Now, with Parliament Members claiming that the current restrictions over cannabis are “irrational”, the UK seems bound to legalize the medical use of cannabis any day now.
A city-wide ordinance that will establish an $155 civil infraction for the possession of up to 20 grams of cannabis has been passed by the Port Richey, Florida City Council. The 3 to 2 vote makes Port Richey the first city in Pasco County to pass a cannabis decriminalization ordinance.
Under the new law, police will have the option of issuing an $155 civil citation (ticket) for those caught possessing up to 20 grams of cannabis, rather than arresting them and charging them with a misdemeanor as current law mandates (the misdemeanor carries a punishment of up to a year in jail and/or a maximum fine of up to $1,000).
“That was easier than I thought it was going to be,” Mayor Dale Massad, a supporter of the proposal, said with a smile on his face following the Council’s vote.
The lobbying effort behind the measure was led by Garyn Angel, owner of Magical Butter, a machine designed to easily make cannabis butter, in addition to other things.
The law is essentially identical to ordinances recently passed in Miami-Dade, Florida’s largest county, as well as Broward County, Palm Beach County, Volusia County, Key West, West Palm Beach, Hallandale Beach, Orlando and Tampa.
The vote comes less than two months before voters Florida vote on Amendment 2, which would legalize the medical use of cannabis, including establishing a system of regulated medical cannabis dispensaries and cultivation centers.
Port Richey is a small town with a population of roughly 2,600 residents according to the most recent Census Bureau report.
The Oregon Cannabis Industry is facing both double regulations, and regulatory Uncertainty. While seed-to-sale regulations are becoming the accepted norm in all states which have decriminalized cannabis, the situation in Oregon presents new challenges for industry dispensaries and growers.
That’s because Oregon is regulated by two separate agencies that have control over seed-to-sale and the traceability and packaging of cannabis: the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) that oversees recreational sales and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) that overseas medicinal products.
The reason for the two oversight agencies has to do with timing: recreation was approved first October 2015 when the Oregon Liquor Control Commission approved a set of extensive regulations designed to create a viable, profitable and accountable recreational marijuana industry. The first licensed recreational dispensaries are expected to open in December 2016, while, medicinal products were approved by the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act in November 1998.
To accommodate both medical and recreational dispensaries, Oregon regulators had to make some innovative changes that allowed licensed medical marijuana stores to continue to sell recreational marijuana products, but only until Dec. 31, 2015. Then, on Jan. 1, 2017, medical stores will no longer be able to conduct recreational sales since the new recreational dispensaries will be open for business.
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