The History of Marijuana

Likely originating in Central Asia, the cannabis plant may have been one of the first plants cultivated by humans. In addition to its psychoactive charms, cannabis gave early growers nutritious seeds to eat and useful fibers for rope.

Our ancestors even discovered some of the medicinal benefits of cannabis. The ancient Chinese deity Shennong, or “God Farmer,” recommended that cultivators grow “hemp elixir” to treat the sick. Cannabis has a particularly rich history in India, where it has been used for thousands of years as a spiritual aid.

Even as great societies of metal and stone formed, cannabis remained an indispensable crop. Ancient Rome, for instance, wouldn’t have been the sea power it was without using strong hemp sails and ropes. The British and Spanish, too, powered their world-spanning empires with hemp riggings. Our first president, George Washington, was even known to grow cannabis.

As we mentioned, early civilizations were quick to discover the psychoactive effects of marijuana. Mexico, in particular, emerged as a major cultivator of psychoactive strains in the early 1900s, and that cannabis wafted over the border into the United States. Then, in 1937, the US passed the Marijuana Tax Act, which effectively criminalized the drug. And in 1970 the Controlled Substances Act branded cannabis as a Schedule I drug, increasing the severity of punishments for being found with it.

As with the prohibition of alcohol, banning the consumption of cannabis just drove the drug underground. Which brings us to the legend of Northern California, a longstanding mecca of cannabis production. Over the last few decades, cultivators have hidden themselves in the wildlands, producing nearly 75 percent of the domestically grown cannabis consumed in the US. Growers here have selected plant generation after plant generation for high THC content, to the point where you can now regularly find flower with 25, even 30 percent THC, whereas a few decades ago the average was around 5 percent.

While Northern California’s growers were proving themselves masters of cannabis cultivation, the plant remained—and, to a large degree, still remains—mysterious, because, until recently, it has been extremely difficult for researchers to study a Schedule I drug. Until 2016, the DEA claimed a monopoly on the official supply of research cannabis, licensing a single farm at the University of Mississippi that produced an odd strain of marijuana that looks nothing like what’s out on the market.

That regulatory wall, though, is crumbling, and science is rejoicing.

CANNABIS GLOSSARY

Cannabinoids
Compounds that bind to receptors in the human body’s endocannabinoid system, producing both psychoactive effects, in the case of THC, and non-psychoactive effects, in the case of CBD.

Chemotype
The distinct chemical makeup of an individual cannabis plant, which varies both because of genetics and because of environmental factors. Researchers are now experimenting with how to tweak light and soil composition to express or suppress certain chemical components.

Hemp
A variety of the cannabis plant that contains vanishingly small amounts of THC. Its’ extremely strong fibers have many uses, even today.

Marinol
A synthetic form of THC used to treat ailments like nausea and low appetite. Its’ cousin is Sativex, which also includes a dose of CBD that may help offset the psychoactive effects of THC.

Terpenes
A family of compounds that give cannabis its unique smell. However, terpenes are not limited to the cannabis plant—citrus plants have them, as well. Many plants use these volatile compounds to ward off insects.

The Entourage Effect
The anecdotal, though increasingly data-backed, theory that different compounds in cannabis contribute to the body high that the plant produces. Research shows, for instance, that while THC alone can lead to paranoia, pairing it with CBD tends to attenuate the psychoactivity.

10 Best Dab Pens On the Market Now

The 10 Best Dab Pens Available on the Market 2019

Dab pens have become a very popular tool for smoking cannabis because of the convenience they offer. Dabbing is one of the best ways to vape because the way that wax pens vaporize concentrates is easy on the throat and lungs.

Vape handles are the easiest way to enjoy hash oil and hemp on the go. The compact and sleek design helps in discreet evaporation, unlike the distracting qualities of large vaporous products that emit smoke and smell.

For beginners, using the wrong cannabis dosage is a serious problem because anything higher than the required amount can lead to dramatic results. Vape pens allow you to control the dosage with each inhalation.

Using the Vape handle is as easy as screwing the handle cover onto its body. One touch of a button, the user can breathe instantly.

10 Best Dab Pens Available Now

Cloud Pen 3.0 Vaporizer

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All-in-one discreet wax vaporizer that supports dry herb material. You can mix different tastes. This is one of the best versatile wax vaporizers on the market.

Kandypens Prism

KandyPens - Prism Vaporizer

It has such features as ultra-compact design that made of medical grade electro-plated stainless-steel construction. One of the best options to date.

Mig Vapor Wasp

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This is a simple and well-design pen with eGo-style battery. It is made for use with waxy concentrates.

Yocan Magneto

Yocan Magneto Complete Kit Vaporizer - Greenery Map

It has an internal storage container. The top cover can be removed using a magnetic connection, and the coil covers have a built-in tool. Magneto uses miracle style ceramic coils but is also compatible with strong and durable Quartz Elite coils.

Vaporite Pearl Vaporizer

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This is an affordable and portable pen designed for CBD Oils, but, you can use it for all of your other waxy oils, too.

Cloud V Platinum Vaporizer

Cloud V Platinum Vaporizer - Greenery Map

It’s one of the best options offered on the market and 7-time “Best Product” Award Winner by High Times Magazine. It has various features, and its Cloud V’s new model of the Platinum Vaporizer has improved heating capacity and slimmer design.

Dr. Dabber Ghost Vaporizer

Dr Dabber Ghost Vaporizer - Greenery Map

Thanks to this pen, you can produce THC vapor with the ultra-convenient device that also has 5-click safety lock system.  

KandyPens Galaxy Vaporizer

KandyPens Galaxy Dab Pen Vaporizer - Greenery Map

This is the most innovative vape pen on the market. It has different designs, colors, and potent 90% THC concentrate. It is also made of quartz crystal atomizer and dual titanium coils.

Yocan Evolve

Yocan Evolve Dab Pen - Greenery Map

It has a smooth, short body. It uses dual coil quartz guns and a 650 mAh durable battery. The coils heat up quickly, creating powerful steam streams.

CBDfx Vaporous

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This is a simple but smartpen. It is very thin and light, but it produces a rather powerful layer. This mini wax pen is designed to ensure uniform evaporation of concentrates using an efficient airflow system.

Not every user buying cannabis seeds wants to smoke grown grass using traditional burning methods. Some prefer safer methods, such as vaping, where health risks are greatly reduced, along with other irritants.

The Benefits of Hemp Oil

The Benefits of Hemp Oil
People have used different types of oil as a natural medicinal treatment for thousands of years. It is well known that oil has a variety of uses in cosmetics and in food, offering many nutrients and other positive properties. Cannabis has various benefits for our health as well, so the combination of hemp and oil can have even more impact on our bodies. The therapeutic effect of hemp oil has even been confirmed by modern clinical studies. Scientists have identified a lot of its healing effects and a whole list of diseases and ailments in which the use of cannabis oil is not only advisable, but completely necessary. Hemp oil contains the maximum amount of unsaturated fatty acids, compared with other known oils. Hemp oil contains vitamins – A, B1, B2, B6, E, K, O. It also contains various trace elements and amino acids. Recent studies have shown that the oil contains carotene, chlorophyll and tannins in sufficient quantities. Chlorophyll itself is a substance with anti-tumor properties. There are several types of cannabis oils, such as CBD and hemp oil. CBD oil is derived from the Cannabis sativa plant and is known scientifically as cannabidiol. CBD is one of 120 known chemical compounds embedded in marijuana plants. The main difference is that CBD oil contains Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the primary psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. Today, some drugs stores offer hemp oil tincture for purchase.

How do I Make it?

In order to make hemp oil at home, stir fry the hemp seeds on a low heat, stirring regularly, until they start to burst. This stage requires close attention – if you overcook the seeds, the oil will turn out with a bitter aftertaste.

What Health Benefits Does Hemp Oil Offer?

Treatment of Oncological Diseases

You can use hemp oil in the complex therapy of cancer patients to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy. Because it contains THC, hemp oil can be used as a potential cure for brain cancer. Laboratory studies conducted in 2008 by a team of scientists from Spain, France, and Italy showed that THC causes the death of human glioma cells by provoking their autophagy (self-eating). The study showed that using the same biochemical processes, THC can destroy various types of cancer. It has also been proven that cannabinoids can use different mechanisms, inhibiting cell growth, causing their death and prohibiting the spread of metastases. Interestingly, cannabinoids do not affect healthy cells and can even protect them from cell death. The effect of THC on the malignant cells comes from the real-life experience of people who have successfully defeated cancer with cannabis products. This includes patients who completely cured skin cancer by simply spreading oil on the affected areas, as well as others who recovered from a severe head injury using hemp oil.

Cardiovascular System Health

Hemp oil contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, and in an optimally useful ratio, and phytosterols. Hemp oil has a hypocholesterolemic effect, i.e. reduces the level of harmful cholesterol in the blood and helps cleanse the blood vessels of cholesterol plaques.

Blood Health

Hemp oil contains chlorophyll, iron, zinc, which are directly involved in the synthesis of blood cells. This product is recommended to include in the diet of patients with anemia.

Respiratory and Digestive Health

The use of hemp oil in effective in the complex therapy of respiratory and asthmatic infections of the upper and lower respiratory tract. Regular consumption of hemp oil in food has a beneficial effect on the digestive tract as a whole. It has a light analgesic, sedative, wound healing and anti-inflammatory action.

Musculoskeletal Health

Hemp oil has an anti-inflammatory, soothing, mild analgesic effect.

Healthy Skin, Hair, and Nails

Studies have shown that regular use of hemp oil (2 tablespoons daily before meals) has a positive impact. After 2-3 weeks you will begin to see healthy, soft skin and strong nails. Your hair will also delight you with a healthy shine and fast growth. Hemp oil moisturizes the skin well without clogging pores. It has the highest penetrating ability, therefore it is an ideal oil for massage. Natural antioxidants, like those found in hemp oil, prevent premature aging of the skin. Essential fatty acids contribute to healthy and supple skin, hair, and nails. They supply every cell of the skin with oxygen, clean the arteries, strengthen the immune system, and prevent viruses and other threats to the immune system. Fatty acids can only be obtained from outside sources, as they are not produced by the body. Hemp oil quickly restores the broken lipid barrier, thereby soothing dry, flaky and irritated skin. It has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin, clearing redness and swelling. One of its components, alpha-linolenic acid, gives it a high regenerating properties, helping to limit the loss of moisture from the skin surface. A recent Canadian study has shown that it has a wide range of ultraviolet protection for the skin, has a regenerating effect on the skin already affected by the sun, and also contributes to the restoration of muscles damaged after exercise.

Hemp Oil in Food

Hemp oil is a vegetable-origin fat obtained by hot pressing or cold pressing from hemp seeds. Historically, over time, it has been completely replaced by sunflower oil, and then olive oil, but recently manufacturers have introduced high-quality hemp oil to the market. It has a light green tint, delicate, pleasant aroma and slightly sour taste. Hemp seeds are used for cooking hemp porridge, as well as additives to other cereals. There are also some recipes for fried hemp seeds. The taste of the seeds is very bright and nutty. Therefore, before cooking, they are soaked and then boiled. You can also pass the seeds through a meat grinder or blender. You can also cook hemp milk, or even hemp cookies or hemp caramel.

Obesity and Healthy Weight

The balanced content of polyunsaturated fatty acids in hemp oil contributes to the treatment and prevention of diseases of the cardiovascular and nervous system and obesity. Working in conjunction with THC, CBD limits some of the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol on the body. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health polls, researchers found that women who consume cannabis daily have a BMI by an average of 3.1% lower than non-consuming women. For men, the difference is slightly smaller, about 2.7%, but still in favor of cannabis users. Researchers believe that their findings may help eliminate stereotypes associated with marijuana and increased appetite. The 2013 papers published in the American Journal of Medicine have shown that cannabis inhibits the growth of fat deposits, changing the rate of insulin production in the body and speeding up metabolic functions, as in a well -established mechanism. Even earlier studies in 2011 also showed a positive relationship between cannabis use and lower weight.

How to Choose

The color of hemp oil can vary from light yellow to dark saturated green (which indicates a high content of chlorophyll). Its’ taste is neutral, with nutty notes. Something to keep in mind is that the lower the spin temperature, the greater the benefit.

How to Store

It is also important to properly store hemp oil as it can lose its healthy properties if it is not kept correctly. To preserve the nutritional properties, it should be kept in the refrigerator, in a bottle of dark glass, with a tight-fitting lid. Photo Credit: The Complete Herbal Guide

Medical Marijuana: Just What the Doctor Ordered

Cannabis to Treat Chronic Ailments

Whether you are suffering from chronic pain, depression, ADHD, or a host of other issues, Greenery Map can help you find the best medical marijuana strain for your needs.

Now legal in nearly 40 states, medical marijuana is changing the way that we manage our health. As a population, we have become more aware of what we are putting in our bodies, so the demand for natural medicine is higher than ever. Thus, more people are turning to cannabis than ever before.

With a growing population of marijuana users, the need for cannabis education increases, too. Enter Greenery Map, your one-stop-shop for cannabis information. Greenery Map was created to help bridge the gap between consumers and cannabis knowledge.

In just a few simple steps, app users can find the best strains to treat their symptoms. Once a strain is selected, key information on uses and potential negative effects is presented. Then, users connected with nearby dispensaries that carry the product they need.

Watch this video to see how Greenery Map helped one patient find the best strain to manage his Parkinson’s Disease.

How to Pack and Smoke a Bowl of Cannabis

How to Pack and Smoke a Bowl of Cannabis

One of the quintessential lessons in consuming cannabis is learning how to pack a bowl. Most find this to be much easier than rolling a joint. Whether you are packing a pipe for yourself or a group of your friends, here are the key fundamentals that will help you optimize smoking a bowl.

Pipes used for cannabis come in all shapes and sizes. They have been adapted from traditional tobacco pipes.

Cannabis pipes have a few key features. First, there’s the bowl where your marijuana goes. There’s also an airtight channel that delivers air to the mouthpiece, and some pipes also have a secondary air channel, known as the carb. The carb is used to manipulate the airflow from the bowl to the mouthpiece. You may want to use a screen to stop the flower from being inhaled through the mouthpiece. If you don’t have a pack of pipe screens you can use the screen from a faucet or a paperclip. We caution you from using an aluminum can tab because they are coated with chemicals.

Pipe Screens: How to Pack and Smoke a Bowl of Cannabis

Items Needed to Pack and Smoke a Bowl

In order to smoke, you are going to need the cannabis flower, something to light the cannabis, and, of course, a pipe.

A standard lighter is the most traditional way to light your cannabis, but there are a variety of other options on the market, too. Hemp wicks, glass wands, vaporizers and other devices are more effective at controlling the heat applied to your flower.

Regardless of what you choose, your goal is to heat the cannabis flower to a point where it will vaporize, delivering the cannabinoids and flavor, while eliminating combustion smoke. Using an alternative heating device instead of a lighter will give you a lighter, more controlled hit.

Breaking Down the Flower

Remember to break down the marijuana a little bit to make sure that you get an even burn that will still allow for air to pass through freely. You don’t need a grinder, but it does make the job easier. Just be sure not to grind your marijuana too finely.

Packing the Bowl

  1. Take your pipe and add the pipe screen/water faucet screen/paperclip to the bottom of the bowl.
  2. Add your cannabis to the bowl. When adding the weed to the bowl, the bottom should be packed lighter than the top, providing a more even burn and a “cherry” in the bowl.
  3. Light the flower using a heat source, like a lighter, to light a corner of the cannabis in the bowl.

Share your tips and tricks for smoking a bowl in the comments below!

How to Roll a Joint

How to Roll a Joint - How to Consume Cannabis

There are a number of different ways to roll a joint and every cannabis user should learn how to roll a joint. Regardless of the technique that you choose to use, make sure that your creation burns smoothly and evenly.

Rolling a Joint: What Do Supplies Do I Need?

You are going to need the following rolling supplies:

  • The Cannabis flower that you want to smoke
  • Business cards or thin cardboard
  • Rolling papers
  • Crutch
  • Cannabis grinder
  • Pen, pencil, or anything of similar shape.

Step One: The Shake – Grind

To create the shake you want to break down your cannabis into shake using a grinder. You can also grind the flower down by hand, knife, scissors, or any number of other breakdown methods. Make sure the consistency is even. Remove any stems or other lumps. If the shake is 100% cannabis then make sure your material is absolutely dry.

Step Two: Creating the Filter

Next, you need to create the crutch/filter. To create the filter grab a business card. To start with a few folds at the end of the cardboard like an accordion, then roll the material to the thickness of your joint.

The filter helps to keep the shake from falling out of the end of the joint in your mouth when you smoke.

The shape of the joint is determined by how you distribute the mix over the papers. Use long papers. Most Joints are cone-shaped. Cones tend to smoke more smoothly than straight joints but are slightly harder to roll.

Step Three: Fill Rolling Paper with Cannabis

How to Roll a Joint - How to Consume Cannabis

Now grab the crutch/filter and start filling the rolling paper with the cannabis shake. Once you have filled the paper with approximately a half to a gram you can start to form and shape the joint. 

Step Four: Roll it

This can be the tricky part. Pick everything up and start rolling gentle in the middle, rolling outward. You want to pinch the paper in your fingertips and roll it. Let your thumbs do most of the work and give support and pressure with your forefingers. You should start to feel the mix firming inside the paper. 

You might want to start rolling it on the crutch/filter side since it helps guide the paper as it guides the roll. Once you work your way down the rest of the seam by sealing the joint. 

Step Five: Pack It and Seal It.

Grab the pen/pencil and pack the end of the joint. This will help the joint burn even. Once you have it packed tight twist the paper to seal it. 

Step Six: Smoke it

How to Roll a Joint - Greenery Map

Now you have a joint ready to smoke. There are an unlimited amount of ways to roll a joint. You can change the amount of cannabis in the joint, change the shape of the joints, and even change the type of paper that you roll the joint with. 

Share your favorite techniques for rolling a joint. 


The 10 Best Cannabis Indica Strains Now

10 Best Cannabis Indica Strains Now

Cannabis Indica is one of the most popular types of marijuana used by people worldwide. Indica is known for the ‘body high’ putting the user in a relaxed physical and mental state. Many people use it before bed, to meditate, or to just relieve anxiety and relax.

Indica is also used by people that are looking to treat nausea, headaches, seizures, migraines, muscle spasms, and chronic pain. It produces high levels of THC and low levels of CBD, which, on average, gives the user a psychoactive experience when compared to cannabis sativa.

About Indica

It was named by Jean-Baptiste Lamarck in 1785 when he published a description on this second species of cannabis that grows in and around India. C. Indica is a broad-leafed plant that is relatively short, conical, with dense branches as compared to Sativa.

What is Indica Used for?

While there is still a debate on whether marijuana is medicine, since the legalization of cannabis, scientists have started taking more interest. Indica has been found to relieve the symptoms of the following:

  • Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Anxiety disorders such as PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
    • OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder)
    • panic attacks
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Arthritis
  • PMS
  • Inflammation
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Epilepsy

The Best Indica Strains

Often, Indica strains are used to treat symptoms like depression, insomnia, muscle spasms, and chronic pain. Here are some of the best strains for treating these ailments.

Purple Kush

First, Purple Kush, which originates from Hindu Kush and Afghani strains. This is one of the best Indica strains, mainly because it has a 100% Indica genetics. It has beautiful purple tones and a pleasant earthy-sweet tastes, and is known to create a highly pleasant and slow body high, with THC levels ranging from 16-27%. It treats insomnia, muscle spasms, and chronic pain.

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

This is one of the most popular strains for use for insomnia and, as such, has won a number of awards. Northern Lights is also used to treat anxiety and depression. The THC levels range between 16-26%.

Granddaddy Purple

Granddaddy Purple

This is a cross between Purple Urkle and Big Bud which creates an enjoyable fruity aroma. Granddaddy Purple provides effects that can be felt in both body and mind as physical relaxation and euphoria. The THC levels are between 17-27% and it is used to treat relief from chronic pain, stress, appetite loss, and insomnia.

Afghani

AfghanI Cannabis

This strain, one of the earliest varieties of indica, provides an earthy aroma with a hint of sweetness. The THC levels in Afghani range between 15-20% and it is used to treat severe stress, physical pain, and insomnia disorder.

Blueberry Kush

This Indica strain has an earthy aroma with berry notes. Blueberry Kush is a hybrid of Blueberry and OG Kush. The THC ranges between 17-24% and it is used to treat pain and insomnia.

Skywalker OG

Skywalker OG is a hybrid between Skywalker and OG Kush with THC levels between 20-26%. It used to treat the strongest anxiety and stress, where most users feel a head high and tingly body.

Platinum Kush

The Platinum Kush is 90% of Indica dominance with purple hues and bright orange leaves. With THC levels ranging from 13-17%, it will give you a slow and pleasant body buzz. The aromas are fruity with hashy notes.

Girl Scout Cookies

This hybrid strain is 60:40 Indica and Sativa and it gives off a sweet and earthy aroma. The THC Level ranges from 20-28%, making it one of the strongest strains. It gives a relaxing high with a euphoric feeling that is used to treat severe pain, depression, nausea, and appetite loss.

G-13

This Hybrid strain with 70% Indica 30% sativa. The THC levels are typically 22-24% and it is used to treat chronic pain, appetite, nausea, and seizures. The strain gives off an orange aroma. The high for G-13 is a focused and creative high to start followed by a couch-locked state of mind.

Bubba Kush

Bubba Kush: 10 Best Cannabis Strains

This Indica strain is of Afghani descent but the genetic origin is not known. Bubba Kush THC levels range from 15-22% with chocolaty notes with a hint of coffee. This strain is used for chronic pain, muscle relaxant, depression, and insomnia.

If you have experience with any of these strains listed above let us know.

Mexican Cannabis Market Brought to You by CannaMexico and CannabiSalud

Mexican Cannabis Market Brought to You by CannaMexico and CannabiSalud

Latin American region plays an essential role in the cannabis market. Uruguay is one of the first countries that legalized medical marijuana, and it is no surprise that the leading cannabis conferences are held in Mexico, CannaMexico, and CannabiSalud.

According to Fundacion CANNA, CannabiSalud 2018 “was the second symposium for health professionals that brought together leading researchers, doctors and health caregivers, non-profit organisations, activists and companies with their Mexican counterparts who are interested to participate in developing knowledge and practice of medicinal cannabis and to create a Mexican pharmaceutical industry based on cannabis.”

The conference consisted of various lectures, meetups, panels, and discussions, where were covered different topics, including the history of cannabis, types of products, genomics, regulation, the endocannabinoid system, research and even aspects of plant chemistry and its role in human medical treatments.

Most of the discussions were focused on a positive impact of medical cannabis such as cancer, autism, chronic pain, epilepsy, psychosis and a wide variety of other chronic conditions.

Mexico has a long-lasting history of the cannabis market. This country is involved in the illegal production of cannabis and has a more negative reputation in the case of marijuana consumption. As Mexico is in a process of regulating cannabis research, and already made steps forward, legalizing medical marijuana, CannabiSalud enables obtain knowledge about cannabis, and its positive impact on health.

CannaMexico is a second large Cannabis Conference in Mexico and represents an International Summit focused on showing the potential of the Cannabis industry in Mexico. The main goal of the conference is to provide information on legal regulations, market opportunities, medical advances, innovation, and wellness, according to the official website.

Here are the presentation and the main focus of the CannaMexico World Summit 2019.

In December 2016, the Mexican Senate approved the legalization of the use of marijuana for medical purposes. President Enrique Peña Nieto, who had previously declared his negative attitude towards the legalization of marijuana, then spoke in favor of the possibility of its legalization for medical purposes. Today, Mexico is one of the pro-marijuana legalization countries in the world arena.

The Supreme Court of Mexico considered two lawsuits from citizens of the country and recognized as legal the use of marijuana for recreational purposes (that is, for recreation and entertainment). Now the country can offer legislation to legalize cannabis.

However, medical treatment is not the main reason for the positive movement toward marijuana. Another significant reason is a long-lasting battle with illegal market of cannabis in Mexico. The Mexican authorities plan to raise $ 100 million through the sale of cannabis. In addition, marijuana legalization is expected to help reduce crime rates in the country by removing part of the drug trafficking from the shadow.

Authorities believe that legalization of marijuana can help to win the battle with the cartels.

8 Facts to Prove the Value of Medical Marijuana

8 Diseases Cannabis Treats

Throughout the years, and especially recently, many studies on the use of medical marijuana have been published. From the research, we’ve learned that cannabis is a pain reliever, helps in the treatment of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and adds value to our health. Here are some facts about the positive impact of marijuana, and how it helps to prevent different diseases.

1. Medical marijuana stops and slows down the development of cancer cells

The most notable positive impact that medical marijuana provides is that it slows down the growth of cancer cells, one of the main reasons why the legalization of cannabis has been such a hot topic. In a study published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, Cannabidiol was found to stop cancer by excluding the Id-1 gene.

Back in 2007, researchers from the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco reported that Cannabidiol could prevent the spread of cancer. Later, the American Cancer Research Association found that cannabis works to slow tumor growth in the brain, chest, and lungs.

2. Marijuana helps slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease

Interestingly, the active ingredient present in marijuana, THC, slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. In a 2006 study led by Kim Jandy of the Scripps Research Institute, researchers found that THC slows down the formation of amyloid plaques by blocking the enzyme in the brain that creates them, as plaques kill brain cells and potentially lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

3. Medical cannabis brings a positive impact on Glaucoma treatment

According to the National Eye Institute, marijuana reduces the pressure inside the eye: “Studies in the early 1970s showed that marijuana reduces intraocular pressure (IOP) in people who have had glaucoma.”

4. Marijuana can control epileptic seizures

A 2003 study published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics found that THC can control seizures by calming the brain cells responsible for controlling excitability and regulating relaxation.

5. Medicinal cannabis helps treat Crohn’s disease

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes pain, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and more. Cannabis consumption significantly reduced the symptoms of Crohn’s disease in 10 out of 11 patients and led to the full rehabilitation of five of the test subjects, according to a recent study in Israel.

6. Marijuana can relieve pain

Various researchers have found that marijuana is a great natural pain reliever. It is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional pain-relieving medications, including opioids.

7. Medical marijuana can help patients manage Parkinson’s disease

Recent studies in Israel show that smoking marijuana noticeably reduces pain and tremors and improves sleep for patients with Parkinson’s disease. In fact, THC actually contributed to the improvement of the patients motor skills.

8. Medicinal marijuana can heal many diseases

With ongoing studies, we will only learn more about the benefits of cannabis and the specific diseases that it can help treat. For example, we’ve learned that marijuana can help with motor skills in Parkinson’s patients, but perhaps it can improve motor skills all around, or in patients suffering from other diseases. With thousands of cannabis strains on the market, it’s likely that one exists to help control whatever it is that you’re looking to treat!

Mexico legalizes marijuana to fight drug trafficking

Mexico Legalizes Marijuana to Fight Drug Trafficking

The elected president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, is considering the possibility of legalizing drugs in order to fight violence in the country. This was stated by Olga Sánchez Cordero, who will occupy the post of Secretary of the Interior of Mexico, reports the electronic version of the newspaper Milenio.

“When we had a meeting about the restructuring of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, he [the elected president] was well aware of all my press conferences and, above all, about my published articles on the decriminalization of drugs.

He told me literally: “Carte blanche, everything that may be necessary, everything that may be necessary to achieve peace in the country, we will start a debate,” said Cordero in an interview.

Sanchez Cordero added that Lopez Obrador admitted that Mexico is immersed in violence, to which the state is currently powerless.

These new regulations consider the following:

  • Give the right to grow and sell marijuana to licensed companies, which in this case will be prohibited from hiring minors
  • To give individuals the right to grow marijuana, for personal use but with some limitations
  • Allow marijuana use in the same public places as tobacco smoking
  • Outlaw the sale of marijuana to a minor

Although this substance is permitted for recreational use in ten states of the United States and the District of Columbia, Mexico still remains the main supplier of illegal marijuana to the North American market. Drug cartels are constantly struggling to control the shipping routes and markets for this and other drugs.

Legalization of marijuana is considered by the new government as a way to mitigate the criminal situation in a country torn by wars between drug trafficking groups.

This issue is related to the legalization of medical marijuana, but also for tourists. Enrique de La Madrid, the Secretary of Tourism of Mexico says that cannabis should be partially legalized at tourist resorts. It has caused another round of discussions about the need to legalize cannabis in the country.

In June 2017, Mexico approved the use of marijuana for medical and scientific purposes for local residents but retained a ban on the use and cultivation of cannabis for personal use. The implementation of pure marijuana will continue to remain outside the law. For now, according to TicToc Bloomberg, Mexico is considering legalizing marijuana in an effort to bring in $100 million in sales and curb violence.

In many other countries, people can use marijuana for medical use and grow plants at home. In particular, marijuana is partially legal in 30 countries of the world, and in 14 countries marijuana is used in medicine. Partial legalization means that the inhabitants of these countries can grow and store a small quantity of hemp.

There are two countries where marijuana is fully legalized, Canada and Uruguay. Partly legalized in the USA, and various Latin American countries like Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela and so on. However, the UK, Europe, Asia, and even Russia are also thinking about its legalization for medical purposes.