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Colorado Medical Marijuana Types: A Brief Understanding

Staff CMM - Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Throughout the next several blogs, readers will be informed on several different strains of marijuana available at many medical marijuana dispensaries as well as what the different strains are used for.

Purple Kush is a Grade A Indica strain with an earthy taste and fruity smell. Some consider it to have a rather skunky smell. However, it has a smooth taste and is very potent. Purple Kush is mainly used for insomnia, pain relief, depression, anxiety and nausea. Negative effects can include making the user easily tired as well as producing a very ‘stony’ high.

Cinderella 99 (C99) is a Grade A Sativa strain with a rather fruity taste and smell, reminiscent of lemon haze. The flavor is very lemony and the smoke is considered clean and smooth. Cinderella 99 is extremely potent, providing an instant high. Cinderella 99 is used mainly for daytime use, stress and depression.

Bedrock is a Grade C+ Hybrid (Sativa dominant) strain with dark undertones. It has a fruity smell and taste with what seems to be almost a pinch of mocha. Bedrock is used mainly for stress, mild depression and anxiety. Negative effects are minimal, as this strain is quite mild.

Recent Research Shows Medical Marijuana Benefits

Staff CMM - Saturday, July 28, 2012

In recent studies presented in ‘The Open Neurology Journal’ by the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, conclusions have been drawn as to the actual benefit of marijuana in medical situations. Currently, medical marijuana uses are classified with the government as 'not tenable.' The study states that this federal classification, along with many of the political obstructions associated with it are considered a detrimental obstacle to marijuana’s medical process. Over the past ten years, the CMCR has conducted 13 studies showing the benefits of marijuana for a variety of serious illnesses including HIV, cancer, Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. The drug has proven beneficial to those afflicted with these and a variety of other illnesses in controlling and easing pain, reducing vomiting and nausea and increasing appetite in those suffering from these illnesses as well as from the side effects of chemotherapy and has proven to provide patients with long-term pain relief. The Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research aims to change the government’s classification of the drug with its findings.

Understanding Medical Marijuana Strains

Staff CMM - Tuesday, May 08, 2012
For those patients who are new to the medical marijuana arena, getting a better understanding of marijuana strains can be a big help. Basically, there are two types of strains; the cannabis Sativa strains, which tend to present a lighter feeling and the cannabis Indica strains, which tends to offer a heavier, more stoned feeling. Depending on the patient’s medical needs, experimenting with the strains until one is found that will offer relief from symptoms may be the way to go. The Sativa strains tend to be of a taller variety, while the Indica strains are shorter and more compact. Both strains offer a very wide variety of hybrids to choose from and evaluating the various strains can help the patient find the appropriate medical marijuana to cope with their chronic condition. Patients should seek the professional opinion of someone at a medical marijuana dispensary to help them sort through the various strains and hybrids for a better understanding of what is available.

Common Side Effects of Marijuana

Todd Davis - Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Medicinal marijuana in Colorado has plenty of medical benefit; mostly in the form of pain relief. Although the medicinal properties are legitimate, one cannot deny that all treatment comes with side effects. Compared to other, harsher pharmaceutical drugs, medical cannabis actually has acceptable effects. Most people know about the common short term effects like dry mouth, sort term memory loss, red eye, and drowsiness. It should be known, however, that medical marijuana does have effects that are longer lasting and less well known. Many users experience paranoia, this effect can become inflated for the common user, sometimes leading to social withdrawal and anxiety. Although drowsiness is a common short term effect, cannabis can actually cause heightened blood pressure and brain activity, leading to sleep deprivation effects. Effects such as euphoria can be a positive experience, but some chronic medicinal marijuana users may experience a dulled sense of time and space; causing tardiness and other unsavory social effects. Colorado medical marijuana has a plethora of positive uses and medical benefits. In contrast, it is not without side effect and consequence. A potential medicinal cannabis patient should weigh the risk with a qualified physician when choosing the proper treatment.

Medical Benefits of Cannabis

Todd Davis - Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Much debate has unfolded surrounding medical marijuana in Colorado. Many question the legitimacy of the industry, yet medicinal cannabis can give relief to a wide variety of patients and ailments. To begin, Colorado medical marijuana has shown to be an affective pain reliever. Medicinal marijuana patients have used the product to dull pain from headaches to muscle spasms. Many cancer patients also use medical cannabis to help with the burning pain of Chemotherapy as well as helping create appetite. Medicinal marijuana has also shown to have anti depressive traits as well. Many patients who have sought medical marijuana in Colorado due to pain have also discovered it helps with the depression often coinciding with pain. Colorado cannabis can be beneficial to so many potential patients, from pain relief to anti depression. In time, the industry hopes to have the opportunity to provide the medical benefit to all those in need.

Colorado Medical Marijuana Users Look to Drug to Manage Chronic Pain

Todd Davis - Tuesday, December 08, 2009

 

For most chronic pain sufferers in Colorado, medical marijuana is the much preferred treatment to deal with painful symptoms. The use of medical marijuana has been shown to greatly reduce pain when alternative forms of treatment have failed. The analgesic properties of cannabinoids found in marijuana can be an effective tool in pain management without the serious side effects that can be experienced with pharmaceutical pain relievers. Another benefit to the use of medical marijuana is the reduction in necessary doses of opioids when used in conjunction with marijuana. While there are side effects to the use of both marijuana and pharmaceutical drugs, the side effects with marijuana were milder in comparison including dizziness, slurred speech, sedation and mental clouding. Side effects of many opioids, including codeine, included rapid or irregular heartbeat, seizures, difficulty urinating and hallucination. For many patients, medical marijuana is a safer, more effective alternative.

 

 

Conditions and Treatments for Medical Marijuana in Colorado, Part Two

Todd Davis - Tuesday, December 08, 2009

  

Glaucoma is caused when natural fluids to the eyeball become blocked and pressure builds, causing optic nerve damage. The use of cannabis for glaucoma treatment in Colorado medical marijuana patients has shown to immediately lower eye pressure and restore sigh without the dangerous side effects of some drugs. While some patients are able to successfully manage their glaucoma symptoms through the use of medical marijuana, other patients are more concerned about the side effects such as damage to the cardiovascular system. For those patients living with severe arthritis pain, medical marijuana has been recommended in reducing inflammation and pain caused by arthritis. In animal trials, medical marijuana was shown to effectively block the progression of arthritis. For patients suffering from severe symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, medical marijuana is a desirable substitute for many drugs prescribed in the traditional medical community.

 

Conditions and Treatments for Medical Marijuana in Colorado, Part One

Todd Davis - Tuesday, December 08, 2009

 

Medical marijuana in Colorado is used for the treatment of a variety of conditions and symptoms. For many users, marijuana reduces the symptoms of more serious diseases and allows patients to lead a somewhat normal life during treatment for such diseases as cancer, glaucoma, arthritis, MS and Fibromyalgia. For cancer patients, the inhalation of cannabis reduces the severe bouts of nausea that accompany chemotherapy treatments. For those patients who cannot keep medication down, smoking marijuana is a preferred alternative for nausea control and allows the patient the ability to continue eating during treatment. For patients with MS, the use of cannabis stops muscle spasms, restores speech and eyesight, helps with bladder control issues and reduces serious tremors. Some patients claim the ability to walk unassisted when using marijuana. Testing for a cannabinoid substitute called THC has been undergoing trial studies to see how it may compare to the actual drug.

Medical Marijuana Use Bodes Ill for Prom Night

Todd Davis - Saturday, August 08, 2009

Medical marijuana in Colorado has found another roadblock. A young Brighton High School student and her boyfriend, who is not a Brighton High School student, were denied access into the Wings Over The Rockies Museum in Denver, where Brighton High’s prom was being held.

According to police officers on duty, there was a prominent marijuana smell present, although searching provided no results. Jason Schweinsberg, who was attending the prom with Brighton High student Sarah Heideman, states he is registered as a Colorado medical marijuana user to manage long-term pain caused by a car crash, but had not used the marijuana since early that morning. Although marijuana use in Colorado is illegal, medical marijuana use is legal for registered users.


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