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The fight for medical marijuana was born out of the struggle for gay rights. Actually, to be more specific, the right for anyone in the United States of America to medicate with marijuana is a direct result of the loving relationship between two gay men.
They found that, in the 17 states with a medical-marijuana law in place by 2013, prescriptions for painkillers and other classes of drugs fell sharply compared with states that did not have a medical-marijuana law. The drops were quite significant: In medical-marijuana states, the average doctor prescribed 265 fewer doses of antidepressants each year, 486 fewer doses of seizure medication, 541 fewer anti-nausea doses and 562 fewer doses of anti-anxiety medication.
After Goldberg announced her entry into the ganjapreneur space earlier this year — her cannabis company Whoopi & Maya makes products specifically for women enduring pains that are often unique to their biological makeup — she received an unlikely call from members of the New Jersey state legislature.
“They wanted to include menstrual cramps in the list of things you can prescribe medical marijuana for,” Goldberg said, “but the governor said that will never happen in New Jersey because our doctors only prescribe marijuana for ‘real’ pain.
“The fact that people think of (women’s health) as a niche market — that he didn’t think of menstrual cramps as ‘real’ pain — tells me that there’s a lot of education to do on this subject.”
80 to 90% of organ transplants are successful. But, what about the other 10 to 20%? There’s no doubt that an getting an organ transplant from a healthy donor can be lifesaving. Yet, in an unfortunate few, the body begins to attack its new part. Preventing the immune system from responding has been a challenge since the procedure was introduced in the 1960s. Surprisingly, there may be a new solution. Research suggests that a little THC improves organ transplant success.
The effects of all these compounds working together and regulating each other will be much different than the effects of any one compound working alone.
This is why synthetic cannabis drugs that are produced use only one compound and almost always reported by patients to lack the effectiveness of whole plant medicine in case studies.
In other words, cannabis is a composition of many different chemicals that work together to produce a faster and better outcome.
First off, similar to plants such as ragweed, cannabis pollen grains are very buoyant, allowing for distribution across many miles, which can increase their effectiveness as an irritant. Though typically only produced by male plants, pollen can also be produced by females that express hermaphroditic male flowers. That there are a variety of preparations of cannabis sativa adds another level of complexity.
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