Huntington’s Disease drug seems to work!

In what is hopefully the second piece of good news tonight, the Guardian reports a trial of a drug that seems to be effective against Huntington’s Disease . IONIS-HTTRx blocks the RNA that the Huntington’s gene produces. No RNA means no nerve-killing protein. This aborts the brain damage that the Huntington’s gene causes in susceptible people.

Roche will take this drug to market.

So finally a real ray of hope for Huntington’s. Go science. Support science. Vote to fund science.


how to unclog vaporizers

A few of our patients have had problems with their vapes clogging. Here are a couple approaches from YouTube on how to clear these. YMMV etc, but worth a try.



So these tricks will hopefully get you vaping again.


Med Marijuana for PTSD is now in New York !

Gov. Cuomo just  signed the bill that allows people with PTSD to get medical marijuana in NY State !

This is huge.  Now folks suffering PTSD from military service, law enforcement, fire fighting, or life traumas can benefit from medical marijuana. We know that THC and CBD can be effective to help sleep, decrease anxiety and decrease pain in folks suffering PTSD. Now these really useful medicines are available to NY residents. Strong work, the NYS Gov and Legislature!

Why not give us a call and see how we can help you live your life better?


Schizophrenia and Multiple Sclerosis link?

Here is some info in the cool but unproven but wow if it turns out to be true category.  The Guardian reports   a trial underway in Great Britain treating schizophrenia with an antibody currently being used to treat Multiple Sclerosis.  The idea is that microglial cells in the brain can get out of control and cause or contribute to what we call schizophrenia.

This is a Really Big Deal because current treatment still targets the dopamine system and has at best middling results in this debilitating disease. So let us all Watch This Space.

Endometriosis and medical marijuana

Endometriosis can be really debilitating.  The presence of otherwise normal uterine tissue growing in places it shouldn’t can cause abdominal pain, nausea, and general feelings of blah-ness.

It turns out that the nerves that bring pain back from these islands of endometrial cells have  CB1 and CB2 receptors all over them, and that the pain signals can get shut down by medical marijuana ,  which hits these receptors.

So THC and CBD, medical marijuana, may be useful to decrease the symptoms of endometriosis.  Mary Larussa, FNP, is a womens’ health expert as well as a medical marijuana guru.  Why not get her involved to see if this safe medicine can help you ?



Dysmenorrhea and medical marijuana

There is a huge interest in medical marijuana for treatment of dysmenorrhea.  This is a really common and really debilitating condition that robs young women of many days every year.

What sense does it make to treat dysmenorrhea with medical marijuana? Well, a  lot of the problems with dysmenorrhea pain, nausea, and general malaise seem to be mediated by prostaglandins.  This much is pretty well worked out.

Folks have been using medical marijuana to treat dysmenorrhea for a long time (Whoopie Goldberg has a whole line of products for this !). So is there science that can explain these empirical benefits? There sure is.

THC has been shown to  decrease prostalandins in experimental models.  CBD has a well known anti-inflammatory effect on the CB2 system.

One major benefit of using medical marijuana for dysmenorrhea is that the treatment may be episodic: you start the medical marijuana a few days before your period and stop it a couple days after.

Mary LaRussa, FNP,  is a womens’ health guru who has real expertise in both womens’ health and medical marijuana. She can tune medical marijuana to your own individual needs. Why not give her a call?

Lyme Disease and Medical Marijuana

A lot of people in NY state have Lyme Disease and a lot of these people are suffering.  Lyme disease may be under-diagnosed and under-treated in areas like ours where it is endemic.

One big component of the daily problems that folks with Lyme have is chronic pain and trouble functioning day to day.  A big component of this can be the auto-immune response that the Lyme spirochete can kick off.  Your body attacks itself, thinking that your normal tissues are the enemy.

We know that THC and CBD interact with the CB2 receptors in our immune system to tamp down this auto-immune response.  Our own experience in Multiple Sclerosis and Crohns disease, both auto-immune diseases, has led us to reach out to the community of people suffering from Lyme disease.

Lyme disease needs a multi-pronged attack: antibiotics, supplements, and lifestyle changes all can contribute to living better.  Lowering our body’s auto-immune response with medical marijuana may be an important part of this overall plan.


How to start your medical marijuana

Here are a couple tips on starting your medical marijuana.  If you have not tried  THC or CBD, or if you have not tried a particular way to take THC or CBD (like by mouth instead of inhaled), there are a couple things to be aware of:

  • THC: the first couple of times you take your THC,  you might feel anxious. If this does not go away in a couple of days, call us.  Sometimes the experience you get with THC gets interpreted by your brain as anxiety and once your brain gets used to it, it’s OK. If anxiety on taking THC is really bad or if it lasts more than a couple days, stop the THC and call us.
  • CBD: the first couple of times you take CBD, you might get diarrhea.  If this does not go away in a couple days, stop your CBD and call us.

So go LOW and SLOW to start both THC and CBD.

CBD vape for $45. For real.

Here is an inexpensive choice to try CBD vaping. It’s the Juju Royale Irie Stick, with 100 mg CBD in a disposable vape pen. As of blogpost writing, they were doing a 2-for-1 sale.

This is sold out of  a place in WA state which has been a reliable source of online CBD products for some of our patients.  Here’s the link.

Obligatory Disclaimer:

We make no representation as to the reliability or quality of the products from the companies mentioned in this blogpost.  We cannot recommend any of these companies or products.  You have to do your own research and decide for yourself whether this is for you.

What is vaping?

Here is some info for beginners to vaping.

A lot of med marijuana can be given through a vape pen, which is a device that takes a small amount of liquid, turns it into a vapor, then allows you to inhale this vapor in order to get the medicine into your lungs and bloodstream.

Here are some videos culled from YouTube that may help.

Basics: what is a vape pen? How do they work?


How do I inhale without coughing?

TL;DR: keep inhaling air after your hit.