California Marijuana Is Not Safe to Smoke California marijuana tax and tracking systems behind schedule Contaminated Medical Marijuana Believed To Have Killed California Cancer Patient California marijuana would fail Oregon’s standards, study finds California marijuana industry is a ‘$25 billion opportunity’ A legal snafu made medical marijuana tax-free in California for 2017 Stanford University: No Marijuana on Campus California marijuana company beats police raid California to become the center of cannabis culture Vacant California prison could be turned into marijuana production site Medical Marijuana draws parents to U.S. for their children’s treatments Just say yes: Some California law enforcement leaders support legalizing recreational marijuana California voters get chance to fully legalize marijuana So, something interesting happens to marijuana after it’s legal Feds drop suit to shut down Harborside in big win for marijuana industry California’s revving up to rein in medical marijuana Runner’s High: athletes use marijuana to improve their training California’s Adult Use Of Marijuana Act (AUMA) Endorsed By Congressman Rohrabacher BILL WOULD BAN SMOKING—INCLUDING MEDICAL MARIJUANA– AT PUBLIC COLLEGES IN CALIFORNIA Monterey County starts granting marijuana business permits. Momentum to legalize marijuana in California is growing California- Marijuana Is Smelling More Like Big Business DEA Will Decide Whether To Reschedule Marijuana Marijuana Helps Arthritis – Doctors Santa Ana’s black market for Marijuana Using Medical Marijuana for Fibromyalgia Support for marijuana legalization hits all-time high Advantis Corp. Delivers to California Medical Marijuana Business Marijuana farmer pays $100,000 for water violation 10,000 Marijuana Plants Found in Monster LA Drug Bust New study finds increased prevalence of marijuana use disorders in U.S. This Marijuana grower lost his crop due to a California wildfire Women take the lead in growing marijuana industry in California Marketing Marijuana California police charged with stealing snacks during marijuana dispensary raid Guide to California’s Cannabis Laws Troubled desert towns seek tax bonanza with marijuana farms Stop Pot 2016 Campaign Questionable Stock Pitched As California Marijuana Legalization ‘Campaign Donation’ CALIFORNIA: Momentum to legalize pot this year KUSH Donates $1 Million to Fund 2016 Marijuana Initiative Humboldt County Approves Marijuana Rules California marijuana opposition promises a buzzkill California Governor Signs Emergency Bill to Fix Marijuana Regulations One of California’s pot legalization initiatives has the green that counts BHO fire season sweeps through California Over 2,000 marijuana plants seized in Shasta County Former Facebook president Sean Parker donates $1 million to California marijuana Will Marijuana Become California’s Next Big Ag Crop? Cash-only marijuana dispensaries flood California tax office Surgeon general calls for marijuana acceptance Trailer Full Of Garbage Bags – 1600 Pounds of Marijuana Pulled Over, Says CHP Investors, stars rush to desert city Adelanto for marijuana growing Roseanne Barr invests in Santa Ana weed shop

Using Medical Marijuana for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia medical marijuana

By Ginevra Liptan, MD

Editor’s Note: Ginevra Liptan, MD is both a fibromyalgia patient and physician specialist. Her new book The FibroManual: A Complete Fibromyalgia Treatment Guide for You…And Your Doctor releases May 3, 2016.

My last blog post examined the current legal and medical status of using marijuana as medicine. But how about specifically for treating fibromyalgia symptoms?

Many of my fibromyalgia patients report that medical marijuana/cannabis reduces their pain and improves sleep. A study of 28 fibromyalgia patients reported that two hours after use of cannabis they had a significant reduction of pain and stiffness.

The use of cannabis to relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia is not new. Around 2000 BC, the Chinese Emperor Shen-Nun described marijuana’s ability to diminish pain and inflammation and noted that it “undoes rheumatism” (an antiquated term for fibromyalgia). Fast forward to the U.S. in the early 1900s and we find medicinal cannabis extracts marketed by Merck, Bristol-Meyers, and Eli Lilly, among other pharmaceutical companies, along with medical textbooks listing numerous indications for cannabis including joint and muscle pain.

But then cannabis use was outlawed in 1936. All access for medical purposes was lost until 1996, when California became the first state in U.S. to legalize medical marijuana use. So now we find ourselves about 60 years behind in medical understanding of the cannabis plant.

We do know that the two primary active ingredients of cannabis are THC and CBD (cannabidiol). THC is a strong analgesic (pain reliever) and is also strong anti-inflammatory—in fact, it is 20 times stronger than aspirin! THC is responsible for the psychoactive effects or “high” of cannabis. CBD also has some pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, along with strong anti-anxiety and muscle relaxation effects. CBD has the effect of lowering the psychoactive effects of THC, so cannabis with equal amounts of CBD to THC tend to be the most medicinally effective by providing desired pain relief with less of the undesirable “high.”

But we currently don’t have any standardized medication options beyond the two THC- only prescription medications, dronabinol and nabilone, which are expensive and tend to cause lots of side effects. Pharmaceutical companies are now racing to better find ways to produce standardized ingredients and dosing of cannabis.

Read the Rest

Copyright 2016 www.mymarijuananews.com