Medical Marijuana: A Treatment For Sleep Apnea?

  Summary: Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that affects up to 25% of men and 9% of women, 70-80% of sufferers remain undiagnosed An ‘apnea’ or ‘hypopnea’ is a pause or decline in breathing during sleep Patients with sleep apnea experience apneas/hypopneas many times throughout the night Symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring, restless … Read moreMedical Marijuana: A Treatment For Sleep Apnea?

Self-Medicating: What Is It?

Summary: Self-medicating is the use of unprescribed drugs or activities for medical treatment Self-medicating can involve drugs like marijuana and alcohol or habits such as gambling and binge-eating Self-medicating is often a sign of undiagnosed symptoms or conditions Professional treatment should be sought when self-medicating is identified – Have you ever heard someone refer … Read moreSelf-Medicating: What Is It?

How Does Marijuana Affect Dopamine?

  Summary: Dopamine is a chemical found in the brain Dopamine is responsible for feelings of happiness and pleasure All substances of abuse cause a release of dopamine THC also causes a release of dopamine During withdrawal, dopamine levels will temporarily decline Long-term cannabis use does not impact overall dopamine levels – Despite all … Read moreHow Does Marijuana Affect Dopamine?

Marijuana For Bipolar Disorder

Summary: Bipolar disorder affects 4% of the population More than half of patients struggle with substance abuse problems Marijuana is the most common substance abused by patients Studies suggest that marijuana may improve learning and memory in bipolar disorder Case reports suggest that marijuana may provide relief from other symptoms as well – Bipolar … Read moreMarijuana For Bipolar Disorder

Marijuana and Terpenes: An Overview

Summary: Terpenes (or terpenoids) are a large group of strong smelling chemicals that are found in many plants, vegetables and fruits Terpenes are responsible for the different smells and tastes of cannabis strains Terpenes make up 1% of cannabis flowers and 10% of trichomes (by weight) Over 200 different terpenes have been identified in cannabis … Read moreMarijuana and Terpenes: An Overview