QUALIFYING CONDITIONS

Click on a qualifying condition to learn about the symptoms that medical cannabis can help alleviate.

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Symptoms include and may be managed with the help of medical cannabis:

  • Insomnia
  • Mood disorder, including depression, anxiety, agitation, irritability
  • Poor appetite/weight loss
  • Pain

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Small dosages of THC dosages have shown benefits in cell trials:

  • Reducing amyloid beta production and abnormal accumulation
  • Enhancing brain mitochondrial function
  • Controlling brain microglia and prevent immune system over activation

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Medical cannabis aids in the following for patients suffering from ALS:

  • Alleviates pain
  • Reduces depression and anxiety
  • Reduces muscle spasms
  • Improves insomnia
  • Stimulates appetite and increases enjoyment of eating
  • Reduces excessive saliva

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Antioxidant properties: help decrease nerve tissue damage from free radicals. Neuroprotective: CBD & THC decrease glutamate release, sparing neurons from excitoxicity and cell death.

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  • Stimulates appetite and increases enjoyment of eating
  • Reduces nausea
  • Increases energy and physical activity levels
  • Improves mood/improves depression associated with cachexia

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Cachexia is the loss of lean body mass due to an increase in metabolism in the presence of raised levels of inflammatory mediators, called cytokines.

THC and CBD are able to reduce the body’s inflammatory response through their interactions with the endocannabinoid system, which helps regulate the immune system. The endocannabinoid system is a signaling system responsible for regulating food intake. Cannabinoids interact with this system to improve appetite, stemming the loss of lean body mass. The effects of cachexia are best treated with extracts of the whole cannabis plant. Appetite stimulation requires a small dose of cannabis. Varieties of cannabis that are high in beta-caryophyllene should stimulate appetite and may be beneficial in interfering with immunological responses.

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Cannabis medicines are successful in treating nausea and vomiting, which results from chemotherapy treatment in patients suffering from cancer. Cannabinoids can do the following for patients with cancer:

  • stimulate appetite
  • encourage sleep
  • reduce anxiety and depression
  • contribute significantly to quality of life
  • Reduces pain associated with cancer and its treatments

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Cannabinoids should not be substituted for more proven conventional cancer treatments but can be used as co-treatment. Cannabinoids stimulate the endocannabinoid system stimulating appetite and reducing the risk of developing cachexia. CBD interacts with serotonin releasing receptors and wen given in relatively small doses has been shown to help alleviate both nausea and vomiting.

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  • Relieves nausea and ill feelings
  • Relieves pain

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Medical cannabis can offer relief to patients who do not respond or are resistant to conventional IBD treatment. Cannabinoids are known to improve inflammation, which is the heart of Crohn’s disease. Activity at the CB1 and CB2 receptors aids in reducing nausea associated with Crohn’s. High beta-caryophyllene cultivars, such as cookies, aid in providing relief for inflammatory conditions and diarrhea.

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Medical Cannabis can help with the following for patients suffering from fibromyalgia:

  • Reduce pain (including nociceptive and neuropathic pain)
  • Muscle relaxant, reducing muscle stiffness and pain
  • Lower inflammation (including myofascial inflammation, which may play a role in fibromyalgia)
  • Improve mood: enhances relaxation, improve anxiety and depression, increase feelings of well-being
  • Improve insomnia
  • Improve nausea

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Endocannabinoid system involved in multiple processes known or theorized to be deficient in fibromyalgia: pain processing, energy metabolism, immune function, sleep, stress response, memory, autonomic nervous system, temperature regulation. Medical cannabis has abilities to block mechanisms of spinal, peripheral, and gastrointestinal pain.

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Glaucoma is one of the most common medical conditions treated with medicinal cannabis. There is no cure for glaucoma, but patients can combine medical cannabis with traditional glaucoma drugs to create an effective treatment plan.

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Medical cannabis can lower intraocular pressure (IOP), a key contributor to glaucoma.

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The use of medical cannabis to decrease side effects from pharmaceutical treatments for patients with Hepatitis C is very common. Decreasing nausea helps improve quality of life in these patients.

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Cannabis cannot cure an infection of Hepatitis C. However, THCV may be helpful in protecting the liver from additional damage and CBD and beta-caryophyllene may help reduce inflammation.

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Medical Cannabis is used to treat the following symptoms for patients with HIV:

  • nausea
  • appetite loss
  • pain
  • anxiety

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The key for effective dosage is to use the smallest effective dose for the symptom being treated and our healthcare professionals can help you find the perfect dosage to help combat and alleviate symptoms with our products offered.

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Use of cannabis for chronic pain, neuropathic pain, and painful spasticity is supported by high quality evidence. It has been shown to substantially reduce opioid use, effectively treating pain with fewer side effects, fewer health risks, and lessened addiction potential.

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The endocannabinoid system (with which cannabis interacts) helps to modulate pain signaling throughout the nervous system.  Cannabinoids can relieve pain through a variety of mechanisms:

  • producing anti-inflammatory effects
  • modulation of neurotransmitter release                                                                    
  • stimulating the release of the body’s own natural opioids

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Benefits of medical cannabis for patients with peripheral neuropathy:

  • Reduces neuropathic pain
  • Improves sleep
  • Improved overall function
  • Improved mood, including associated anxiety and depression
  • Reduces muscle spasms

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Plant cannabinoids work by activating or blocking the signaling through CB1 and CB2 receptors in our brain.  Both receptors are important in modulating neuropathic pain. THC stimulates cannabinoid receptors and activates brain reward centers and reduces pain levels. CBD interacts with pain receptors in the brain to exert pain reduction and anti-inflammatory properties.

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Medical cannabis can potentially:

  • Reduce anxiety and increase mood
  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce nightmares and bad memories

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PTSD patients are shown to under produce anandamide, one of the body’s primary natural cannabinoids, resulting in bad memories, anxiety and/or fear. Cannabidiol is shown to reduce stress, fight feelings of anxiety, enhance mood, reduce REM sleep/nightmares. THC reduces sleep latency and improves quality of sleep. CB1 receptors aid in turning off bad memories.

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Medical cannabis is used to reduce seizure severity.  Also, many parents of children with intractable pediatric epilepsy have reported an improvement in their children’s symptoms following medical cannabis use.

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Consultation with our healthcare providers is highly recommended to help determine the right treatment plan for you, as seizures are very complex and there are many different receptors and ion channels in the nervous system that have been linked to the THC’s limited anti-seizure activity.

CBD has been shown to reduce seizure frequency, with CBD oil gaining FDA approval for treatment of severe childhood epilepsy syndromes (Lennox Gas taut and Dravet Syndrome). CBD may act on molecular targets other than cannabinol receptors, particularly related to modulation of calcium and neurotransmitter release (serotonin, glycine, adenosine). CBD for epilepsy should only be used in consultation with an epilepsy specialist, and is not recommended presently to replace FDA anticonvulsants.

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Medical cannabis benefits include:

  • Reduce muscle spasms
  • Reduce muscle pain (myalgia’s)
  • Improve movement and coordination
  • Improve sleep

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Potential treatment opportunities: MS, spinal cord injury, ALS, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, PTSD, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s and numerous others. Endocannabinoid system helps to modulate pain. In addition, cannabis reduces the immune system response to muscle injury and deactivates inflammatory proteins. CBG (cannabigerol) may particularly aid in controlling immune responses and reducing muscle contractions.

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Plant cannabinoids elicit a range of anti-inflammatory responses.  Cannabis can augment or completely replace opioid medications!

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THC and CBD reduce cytokine release from inflammatory cells believed to be responsible for tissue deterioration with patients suffering from arthritis.  THC, coupled with CBD are the cannabinoids that fight pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.

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Various medical cannabis medicines treat acute nausea and medical cannabinoid-based medicines may help in the treatment of anticipatory nausea.

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The sensation of nausea is regulated by the endocannabinoid system and THC reduces nausea through the CB1 receptors. CBD interacts with serotonin releasing receptors, and when given in relatively small doses has been shown to alleviate both nausea and vomiting. CBD can also be effective in easing anxiety, which can help patients manage the angst of chronic nausea.

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Medical cannabis can reduce the frequency of and severity of both motor and vocal tics, lessen obsessive compulsive disorders, and reduce behavioral symptoms (insomnia, aggression, anxiety) which may trigger an increase in tic symptoms. This can be used in conjunction with conventional therapies, or when those prove ineffective or cause adverse side effects.

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THC and CBD have been shown to reduce the intensity and frequency of tics. CBD offers additional benefits regarding obsessive compulsive and behavioral symptoms.

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Medical cannabis benefits include:

  • Reduce pain and nausea
  • Improves sleep
  • Stimulates appetite

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High beta-caryophyllene cultivars, such as cookies, aid in providing relief for inflammatory conditions and diarrhea. THC and CBD interact with cannabinoid receptors to reduce pain and nausea and improve mood.