1. Update on Vaping

    What had been a series of isolated vaping illnesses became a serious health concern when the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported in mid September that number of vape-related cases had exceeded 500, with eight confirmed deaths. The growth of nicotine vaping, especially among teens, had been a concern for some time; the fact that vaping could cause death became alarming. With no …Read More

  2. The Health Risks of Cartridge Vaporizers (And Why Growing Your Own is Best)

    In the last decade, vaporizers have become a popular alternative to smoking both tobacco and pot. Early adopters of this technology were optimistic that without combustion, vaping substances was a safe choice. However, recent revelations about the potential health risks of vaporizers have challenged this belief and made many question the safety of commercial vape products, such as cannabis cartrid…Read More

  3. The Anti-inflammatory Properties of Cannabis

    Of all the reported healing powers of cannabis, none is more promising than its potential as an anti-inflammatory. Research into the human endocannabinoid system explains how cannabinoids produced within the body activate specialized receptors, reducing the production of pro-inflammatory signaling chemicals, called cytokines. This suggests that plant-based phytocannabinoids introduced to the body,…Read More

  4. The Analgesic Potential of Cannabis

    While some cultures have used cannabis for centuries to relieve pain, it’s only recently, with the legalization of medical marijuana in so many U.S. states, that its potential analgesic (pain relief) properties have become widely known.  Studies on the human endocannabinoid system in 1992 identified the role cannabinoids play in bringing bodily functions back into balance, including reducing an…Read More

  5. Cannabis and Holistic Health

    In the rush to embrace the healing power of cannabis—to use it to fight inflammation, mitigate the effects of chemotherapy—we run the risk of repeating the mistakes of pharma-based medicine, which treats problems in isolation. Instead, many believe we should consider a holistic approach, where a range of solutions are used to address the root cause of problems and create a balanced, healthy li…Read More

  6. Cannabis and Nutrition

    During cannabis prohibition, hardly anyone thought of the nutritional value of weed. More likely, if the issue came up, cannabis was seen as an agent of indulgence—if you ever ate it, it was in something fattening like a fudge brownie, and when you smoked it, it gave you the munchies, leading to binge eating snack foods of dubious value. With the widespread legalization of medical cannabis, that…Read More

  7. It’s Time for a Sensible Approach to CBD

    Google pretty much any combination of words that include “CBD” and you’ll get thousands of sites, many of them cannabis and hemp marketers extolling the virtues of CBD: its ability to treat chronic pain, anxiety, sleep disorders, depression, cancer, and epilepsy, to name just a few. Some of these are careful to let you know that while there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence suggesting the effi…Read More

  8. Are Commercial Vape Cartridges Safe?

    Many cannabis consumers have switched from smoking to vaping, believing that vaping is healthier than smoking. If the concentrate is pure, vaping is safer than smoking, because vaping heats and atomizes the cannabis concentrate at lower temperatures, and so does not release the potentially harmful free radicals that are released through smoking bud. If you’re vaping, you should be aware that not…Read More

  9. Cannabis and the Teen Brain

    If you consume cannabis recreationally, there’s a good chance you started when you were young — research indicates the median age of first consumption is around 17 to 19, and for those who started before adulthood, it’s even younger — closer to 15.  You may also have heard about recent research claiming that cannabis can negatively impact brain development in teens, and cognitive function…Read More