vaporizer that has good reviews

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A lot of our patients would like to find a vaporizer that is inexpensive and easy to use. The XEO VOID seems to fit this bill. It’s about $60 online, has great reviews from the vaping community, and seems to be really easy to use. You just stand it up, unscrew the top, and add your vaping oil. Easy.

Vaped THC now way less expensive !

Vireo has just come out with a 1 ml oil product with about 400 mg of THC . This is a “refill” for vape pens, and delivers vaped THC for around 30-35 cents per milligram, way inexpensive  vaped THC in NYS. Last we heard the price was around $130-135.

Here’s a link to the XEO VOID , easy to use vape pen for around $60.

So for under $200, you can get your vape pen and 1 ml of THC vape oil.  So you buy the vape oil, load up the vape pen, and you are good to go. For under 200 bucks. Just sayin’.

 

How to take liquid THC (which tastes horrible)

Here’s a tip from one of our patients who happens to be  a nurse. Nurses are really smart.

Since liquid THC works great but tastes terrible, this is how you take it:

  • take the dropper and put the medicine UNDER your tongue
  • then grab a glass of water and take a drink

That’s it. The water that you sip from the glass washes the liquid THC past your taste buds and it is not nearly as vile tasting.

Nurses Rule ! ! !

 

 

Freeze your capsules !!

So you have THC or CBD in capsule form and one capsule is a little strong for you. What to do? Well , you could go back and buy the liquid and just take fewer ml but that would get expensive.

Here’s a trick: put your capsules in the freezer for an hour or so, then cut the frozen capsules in half (put them back in the freezer). The liquid inside the capsules may just harden enough to let you get away with this.

There is always a way…

Vaping vs oral THC in medical marijuana

TL;DR:

If oral THC is not working, try vaping the THC.

We now have good data on about 150 results and some really interesting stuff is shaking down.

At least five folks get very little results from THC that they take by mouth, but they get GREAT results from THC that they vape. This works out to around 7% of folks who respond to THC at all.

There is an explanation for this.

It turns out that when you inhale THC, you are getting the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol directly into your bloodstream. This is the chemical that your brain/body see when medical marijuana is vaped.

However, when you EAT your THC product, your liver transforms the eaten THC into 11-hydroxy-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol as the predominant chemical that your brain/body see.

And it turns out that about 1/15  folks respond well to vaping delta-9-THC but don’t respond well to  its 11-hydroxy-THC cousin they get from eating THC.

All this stuff is in progress, so Watch This Space.


Cannabinoid deficiency: let’s think about this

Here is an article that brings up a really interesting idea: cannabinoid deficiency as contributing to disease.  Medical marijuana works on the endocannabinoid systems that are everywhere in our bodies.  We know that we get sick when other chemical signaling systems in our bodies are underperforming: Parkinson’s Disease and dopamine systems, depression and serotonin systems.  Sooooo, might an underperforming endocannabinoid system contribute to common health problems like chronic pain, Crohn’s disease?

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So we don’t have any answers yet, but we may be starting to ask the right questions. Watch This Space.

Nausea and the CB1 receptors

We know that medical marijuana can help with chemotherapy related nausea and weight loss.  Here’s an article from British Journal of Pharmacology that helps explain why.

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It turns out that if you hit your brain’s CB1 receptors with THC and make that effect stick around with CBD, you can way decrease chemotherapy related nausea and weight loss.  So we think that both THC and CBD should be tried to prevent chemotherapy related nausea and weight loss.

Chronic pain and medical marijuana: overview

Here is an article with an overview of medical marijuana for chronic pain. Lots of studies are linked to.

Here’s an image from leafscience.com showing the endocannabinoid receptors that THC and CBD modulate.

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In short, both the THC and CBD in medical marijuana can help folks with chronic pain live their lives better. A lot of folks would rather NOT take their opiate pain medicine, if only they could find an effective alternative. I think our NYS legislators need to hear about this, don’t you?

THC, CBD, and the entourage effect

So there are about 500 different chemicals in cannabis (marijuana) plants. The two big ones, THC and CBD, are approved in NY State for Medical Marijuana treatment of patients.  But some really interesting research is going on about how some of the other 498 chemicals in marijuana plants may also help people.

Here’s an article introducing these ideas. Watch This Space !

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Spinal cord injury and medical marijuana

Here’s an article that one member of our community shared with us.

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Balancing the CBD with the THC in medical marijuana seems to be the way to improve pain and spasticity from spinal cord injury, MS, and other problems. It looks like the non-psychoactive CBD is the key player in relieving spasticity and pain here, not so much the psychoactive THC.  With the US Government finally allowing more research to study the effects of medical marijuana on spinal cord injury (SCI), we hope to have better medical marijuana protocols in the system soon. Watch This Space !

If you have SCI and are using medical marijuana, please share your experience with us.

Click here to read the article.