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Cannabis temporarily relieves PTSD symptoms

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PTSD is an abbreviation for Post-traumatic stress disorder, which is an anxiety-related condition. Traumatic experiences cause it in day to day life like military combat. The illness lasts several months or years after witnessing or experiencing a terrifying event. Bed fully recovering, memories of the event may come back accompanied by intense physical and emotional reactions.

Apart from the known strains, cannabis can also be two broad categories; marijuana buds which are rich in CBD, and Hemp buds which are rich in THC. For PTSD, the two work well interchangeably. PTSD patients need both THC and CBD for effective healing.

To best understand how cannabis helps patients with these conditions, you need to know the common symptoms. Flashbacks, severe anxiety, self-destructive behavior, hypervigilance, irritability, and agitation are common symptoms. PTSD is managed using both therapy and medications.

How Cannabis Helps

According to research conducted and published, cannabidiol (CBD) was found to help alleviate stress-related disorders. CBD is the most abundant non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid extracted from cannabis plants.

Purchase cannabidiol from a licensed dispensary for quality purposes. Claims that cannabidiol from marijuana is stronger may be true. What matters the most is the method of extraction. Dispensaries with a good legacy definitely use the right reagents and methods to extract both THC and CBD.

Patients use exposure therapy to deal with learned fears. It involves exposing PTSD patients to their traumatic memories while in a safe place. The treatment aims to desensitize the patient, and the whole process is called extinction.

CBD can enhance extinction. As a result, PTSD patients deal with learned fears. Direct ingestion of CBD helps disrupt memory reconsolidation. The primary reason for doing this is to avoid strengthening long term memories.

Some states that did not allow the use of cannabis by PTSD patients are beginning legalization for the sake of these patients. For example, Andrew Cuomo, New York governor, granted firefighters, war veterans, and police officers suffering from this condition access to cannabis.

The New York governor highlighted how veterans who have PTSD were having a difficult time. In his speech, he cited the importance of cannabis. He was making these comments at a veterans parade. The medical community determined how important cannabis was as compared to most therapies.

How to Control Learned Fear

According to research, fear learning significantly contributes to anxiety pathologies, PTSD included. A learned fear triggers flight or fight reflexes at times. For instance, a soldier who has come one on one with a bag containing IED could panic if he came across a similar bag.

Adrenaline gets out of control, and stress levels go up in such scenarios. The brain chemistry gets disrupted and immediate change in behavior. PTSD patients suffer from an endocannabinoid deficiency. Luckily, the space left by endocannabinoids is easily filled by cannabinoids from cannabis.

Conclusion

PTSD patients from states where cannabis is illegal are missing out a lot. From past research, cannabis compounds, both psychoactive and non-psychoactive, have proven to be useful. The most exciting part is how it works without leaving behind any side effects.

The method of cannabis consumption does not really matter. Tinctures, CBD oil, smoking, and Vaporizing all work well. What varies is the time taken before kicking in.

For some states, the already conducted research is not enough to legalize it for medical use. This has given scientists sleepless nights to get definite answers on the relationship between PTSD and cannabis.

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Jay Z Launches Monogram, His Own Weed Line

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Jay-Z attends 2020 Roc Nation THE BRUNCH on January 25, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Erik Voake/Getty Images for Roc Nation

Just like Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross and other famous rappers, Jay Z ventured into the Marijuana business. 

Partnering with Caliva, a California based cannabis company, Jay announced Monogram (his cannabis line) on Friday 23rd October. Jay Z entered into a partnership with Caliva in 2019, gaining the title chief brand strategist. 

To entertain his customers and celebrate his Monogram launch, Queen B’s husband created a song playlist titled ‘sounds from the Grow Room’. 

It includes songs like “Legalize it” and songs from artists like Stevie Wonder, Rihanna, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and more. Weed smokers will enjoy the playlist for sure. Even non-smokers. 

You can find it on the monogram website. Speaking of which, the advertising was carefully thought about. The slogan, “Refining standards, redefining growth,” starts readers off, after the playlist that is.

 The page says it has “…assembled a board of cannabis experts who grade and select every flower by hand.” 

The Monogram flower according to the website ,”is grown in small batches allowing every plant to receive personalised attention” from their expert growers. Caliva is yet to confirm the availability of the ‘holy herb’.

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New Zealand To Vote On Cannabis Legalization Saturday, October 17

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On Saturday, New Zealand voters will decide on a nationwide referendum that would legalize the possession and use of cannabis by those of 20 years of age and above. 

The referendum entitled, The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, is going to be one of two ballot questions that will be decided upon in the upcoming October 17 General Election. The election had initially been scheduled for September 19, but delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If the vote for the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill is passed, New Zealand will become the third country worldwide to legalize cannabis at the national level, together with Canada and Uruguay.

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More Than 6.8 Tons Of Weed Concealed In Toilets Seized At The Mexican Border

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The Office of Field Operations officers of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the World Trade Bridge near Laredo, Texas, seized a shipment of toilets that contained about 6.8 tons of marijuana, according to a report on Breaking 911.

As our frontline CBP officers at World Trade Bridge seek to facilitate lawful commerce in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, they maintain a robust enforcement posture and that vigilance and attention to detail resulted in the seizure of more than six and a half tons of marijuana hidden within the commodity,” said Andrew Douglas, the Acting Port Director at the Laredo Port of Entry.

The CBP officers at the cargo facility seized the shipment at the World Trade Bridge on October 2. The toilet shipment containing the weed was in a 2015 Freightliner Tractor coming from Mexico. The drugs were discovered by a sniffer dog and non-intrusive imaging system inspection.

The inspection led to the unearthing of 1,017 packages concealed in commercial toilets, which contained about 13,744 pounds (6.8 tons) of marijuana. The seized marijuana has a street value of approximately $2.7 million.

CBP forwarded the case for further investigation to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HIS) special agents.

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Maine Finally Launches Recreational Weed Industry After Years of Hiccups

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It has been nearly four years since voters approved the legal adult-use of marijuana in the state of Maine. In November 2016, the legalization of cannabis was voted on by those in the state and is now in effect.

The recreational sales of cannabis are set to launch before the end of 2020. The road to legal sales has been long and bumpy, as it has long experienced delays due to issues such as change of administration, and legislative rewrites, with more recent drawbacks, including delays due to COVID-19 that had licenses being issued just a month before the first day of sales.

The industry has also been facing supply-related hiccups complicating the set target of the inaugural day. 

Speaking on the impacts of the pandemic on the economy of the state’s new industry, the director of Maine’s Office of Marijuana Policy expressed prudent optimism over the supply-and-demand reality. This is mainly because the number of stores with issued licenses currently counts to just seven, with more license approvals expected in the coming months.

“The fact that Maine has the distinction of opening during a global health pandemic is going to kind of mitigate the amount of tourists specifically with the launch of the new industry but that’s not to say that moving forward into next summer that individuals won’t travel to Maine for recreational marijuana,” said the director on Friday.

The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act has been given attention at the federal level, and the vote on it is expected to happen before the end of 2020.

The packaging of adult-use cannabis will be required to clearly exhibit information about the product inside, including the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) it contains, and for most products to be childproof. 

Ingesting marijuana before operating a motor vehicle, will fall under similar laws as alcohol consumption. There is still no official way to test the level to which a motorist is under the effect of marijuana other than behavioral clues.

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Medical Marijuana’s Possible Long-Term Benefits for Pets

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Cannabis Sativa is a plant that is widely known by humans for its medical value and recreational purposes. Much research has been carried out, trying to find the impacts of marijuana on humans’ bodies and minds.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the two mainly studied components of marijuana. THC causes psychotropic effects and is also used for recreation purposes while CBD is non-psychotropic and is felt by many investigators to be non-toxic or have limited toxicity.

Like in humans, where CBD is used to reduce pain and manage anxiety, veterinarians, and pet owners agree that marijuana has the same effects on animals.

More so, it has been found that CBD oil given to dogs resulted in fewer seizures, help with joint pain, ease GI distress as well as address mood-related issues such as aggression, anxiety, and stress.

However, despite the advantages, cannabis can also be toxic to pets. This occurs when pets directly ingest marijuana plants, marijuana-infused foods, or passive inhalation of marijuana smoke. With a lot of research focused on humans, there has been a deficiency in resolving pet-related poisoning.

For instance, in Colorado, the frequency of marijuana toxicosis in dogs at two veterinary hospitals increased four times over a 5-year period after legalization.

THC is also much harder to metabolize in pets than humans. This implies another challenge of the uncertainty of the long-term impacts of CBD use in pets.

Despite the risks, there are no regulation laws on CBD products implying that pet owners could be buying marijuana with different levels of components such as THC from what is listed.

The findings set a challenge to the whole field of medicine, with the need for immediate action in order to curb possible worst outcomes in the present and near future.  

As a pet owner, however, you should make sure you consult your veterinarian and marijuana experts on how medical marijuana can help your pet and any possible side effects.

Also Read:Cannabis Consumers Prefer Herbal Marijuana Over Concentrates According To Studies

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