Cannabis

  1. Watch your high blood pressure go up in smoke

    It’s amazing what a difference a few years can make.

    Not too long ago, a guy like me had to put his reputation on the line to prescribe medicinal cannabis.

    You could be an EXPERT on dozens of diseases and conditions… know entire libraries worth of treatment options… and have a proven track record at the top of your field.

    But once you dash off a cannabis scrip, some nasty naysayers will try to dismiss you as a “pot doc.”

    Today, the tables have turned.

    It’s rapidly becoming one of America’s LEADING treatment options for conditions ranging from pain problems to mood disorders and beyond.

    And now, the latest research reveals how this same treatment… once dismissed, and still often stigmatized… can help with one of today’s top ongoing health problems.

    The FORBIDDEN cure for hypertension

    It’s not just “stoner” stuff anymore.

    New research proves that medicinal cannabis is GENUINE MEDICINE for high blood pressure.

    And if you’re a little older, this new study is for you – because it focused on folks with a mean age of 70 who were given pot prescriptions for the first time.

    After three months, systolic (“top number”) blood pressure dropped by 5 mmHg… while the diastolic fell by 4.5 mmHg.

    Those may not look like huge numbers.

    But that’s about the drop in BP you can expect from many drugs. It’s also in line with the reductions you might experience from going low-salt… getting more fitness… or losing a little weight.

    In other words, medicinal cannabis is about as effective as any of the other mainstream treatment options out there.

    That doesn’t mean it’s a best FIRST choice for blood pressure control.

    I’ve never prescribed it for that myself.

    But that does make BP control a powerful “side benefit” for anyone considering cannabis for the dozens of other conditions where it delivers even bigger benefits.

    It’s a powerful natural remedy for pain, especially chronic pain – and, unlike opioid drugs, it’s totally non-addictive. (Also unlike opioids, I’ve never met a single person who’s had any kind of serious “overdose” reaction on medicinal cannabis.)

    It’s also a powerful natural relaxant, can chase off anxiety and stress, ease the tremors of Parkinson’s diseases, and fight the often debilitating side effects of cancer treatment… just to name a few benefits.

    Now, it’s confirmed that it can cut your blood pressure while doing all that.

    No WONDER the mainstream fears this stuff!

    If you’re canna-curious yourself, there are really only two problems at this moment, which may or may not be problems at all: the law… and the stigma.

    Both are rapidly changing

    Many states have decriminalized and/or legalized it. As those laws change, and more people feel the benefits for themselves, the stigma is going up in smoke too.

    If you think it might help you, check your local laws and then speak to your doctor.

  2. PROVEN: Cannabis WORKS for chronic pain

    The mainstream has spent the better part of three generations absolutely demonizing cannabis.

    And anyone with the GALL to even try it was dismissed as a pothead… a stoner… and even tossed into the clink.

    Well, my friend, the tables have turned.

    Millions of Americans have DEFIED mainstream health authorities and in many cases even the law.

    They’re TRIED IT for themselves.

    They’ve SEEN and FELT the pain-fighting benefits of cannabis.

    And there’s NO HIDING IT anymore!

    So now the medical mainstream has been forced to issue one of the most humbling corrections of all time.

    They ADMIT it works.

    Even more significantly, they’re putting together guidelines on how to make it work for you – and they pretty much match much of what I’ve told my own patients… even when I was an “outlaw” just for talking about it.

    How to get the PAIN-FIGHTING benefits of cannabis

    An international task force says it’s all true: Cannabis works for pain.

    But most mainstream docs have NO CLUE how to prescribe it or what dosages to use. How could they? Docs have been told for years this stuff’s forbidden!

    So a major panel is cooking up some basic guidelines.

    First, they want docs and patients alike to know the difference.

    CBD: This is cannabis oil with the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) removed. That’s the stuff that gets you “high.” In most cases, the CBD alone will do the trick for pain and is legal in most of the country.

    THC: This is the stuff at the heart of marijuana including marijuana-based treatments such as edibles, and it’s what delivers a “high.” Despite the reputation, it’s NOT addictive or dangerous, and it can work for pain when CBD alone doesn’t cut it.

    The team says either form of cannabis can help with some of the most common forms of pain, including neuropathic, inflammatory, nociplastic and mixed pain.

    And their guidelines cover THREE different situations and doses:

    • For MOST people: Start with CBD at 5mg twice a day. If you’re not getting relief, gradually raise the CBD levels slowly, up to 40mg daily. If you’re STILL not getting relief… or not getting enough relief… then it’s time to break out the THC, starting with 2.5mg per day and working your way up to 40mg per day if needed.
    • For the frail and elderly: If you have special risk factors including age and weakness – and if you’re already fighting off serious health problems, or are taking multiple other meds – you need to be a little more careful. The guidelines recommend just 1mg per day of THC for starters and working your way up slowly from there.
    • For severe pain: For these worst-of-the-worst cases, with no serious complicating factors such as frailty, the guidelines suggest a “rapid protocol.” Take 2.5-5mg of CBD combined with 2.5-5mg of THC, once or twice a day, again working your way up until you find the level where you get the best results.

    CBD is increasingly easy to get; it’s often available in stores and online. But there’s a “buyer beware” elements to it: as with anything else that gets popular quickly, the market is being flooded with shoddy third-rate options.

    Choose something from a maker you TRUST, or speak to a doc if you have any question on the specifics.

    The THC-related products are legal in many places but not everywhere (yet) and in some cases you have to jump through some hoops even when it is.

    Speak to a doctor who practices integrative or functional medicine, or a doc who specializes in medicinal cannabis, to figure out the best legal options for you and how to get them.

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