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Introduction

The Medicinal History of Cannabis

Since before recorded history, humans have interacted with the cannabis plant, using it as medicine from as far back as early 2700 B.C. Historical records show it being used to treat gout, rheumatism, malaria and poor memory in ancient China. Anxiety patients in ancient India called it bhang and considered it a holy plant. In the Middle Ages, it was popular in both Europe and the Middle East and was used to treat tumors, cough and jaundice. It took until the late 1700’s to bring medical cannabis to the west when William O’Shaughnessy, an Irish doctor working for the British East India Company, started touting the benefits of cannabis to treat rheumatism and nausea in England and America.

How it Works

The extraordinary Endocannabinoid System

In the late 1990’s, scientists discovered that humans generate their own internal "cannabis"....technically called the human endocannabinoid system or ECS. In simple terms, it’s the part of the body that helps to regulate other systems. Through something scientists call a “retrograde biofeedback loop” cannabis helps move the body toward a constant state of equilibirum, or homeostasis.

When one system starts overreacting, our body actually makes it’s own cannabinoids or “endocannabinoids” in an effort to stop the overreaction and bring the body back to balance. The endocannabinoids travel backwards across synapses to tell the offending neurons that are going into overdrive, “not so much, not so much”. This helps to calm the overreaction and bring the system back to balance.

Cannabinoids like those found in cannabis can often help. Today medical cannabis is used to quiet symptoms of inflammation and ease shakes and seizures. It’s saved the vision of glaucoma patients and allowed sufferers of PTSD to get some mental rest. It’s helped cancer patients keep food down and ease chronic pain. Medical cannabis is now available in 29 States and it’s being proposed in more all the time.

LEARNING ABOUT

Maryland’s allowable symptoms

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is pain that has lasted for more than 12 weeks and can persist for months or even years. Persistent and disabling pain can have numerous causes. Cannabis, whether smoked, vaporized or ingested, has been show to successfully treat chronic pain, while also allowing the patient to avoid many of the problems commonly associated with opiate medications.

Anorexia

Anorexia is characterized by weight loss, or difficulty maintaining appropriate body weight for height & age, and a distorted body image. For some people, food can cause anxiety and fear. Anorexia affects people of all ages, gender, and races. Medical cannabis can be used as an appetite stimulant to alleviate symptoms of anorexia and improve quality of life.

Cachexia

Cachexia is a “wasting” disorder that causes extreme weight loss and muscle wasting, and can include loss of body fat. This syndrome affects people who are in the late stages of serious diseases, such as cancer or HIV/AIDS. Diseases that make it difficult to eat often cause this symptom, and cannabis is used as an appetite stimulant to induce the desire to eat.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a condition in which a nerve in the eye is damaged, reducing side vision. One cause of nerve damage is the inability of the eye to drain fluid, causing a buildup of pressure. The increased pressure can damage the nerve that transmits images to the brain. Cannabis has been shown to protect the nerve and reduce the pressure, thereby allowing images to transmit more efficiently.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event that results in psychologic trauma. When someone has PTSD, they feel under threat or at risk even when there is no obvious danger. Cannabis has been shown to help patients manage their symptoms and is effective in lessening the emotional impact of the trauma.

Wasting Syndrome

Wasting Syndrome is a serious side effect of many debilitating diseases in which muscle and fat tissue “waste” away. It's generally characterized by the involuntary loss of more than 10% of overall body weight. You can also experience prolonged periods of fever, diarrhea and/or weakness. Medical cannabis has been shown to increase appetite to help patients gain weight and increase strength.

Nausea/Vomiting

When you are ill with a serious disease, it is important to be able to take in nutrition to help with healing. Some disease cause severe nausea and it is impossible to eat without vomiting. Medical cannabis has been shown to help alleviate nausea and help patients get the nutrition needed to heal.

Seizures

Seizures are symptoms of a brain problem. They happen because of sudden, abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Most seizures vary in duration and cause no lasting harm. However, it is a medical emergency if seizures last longer than 5 minutes or if a patient does not wake up between seizures. Medical cannabis has been shown to markedly reduce seizure activity.

Muscle Spasms

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating neurogenerative autoimmune disease that effects the brain, spinal cord and the optic nerve (eye). Painful cramping, spasms, muscle spasticity, limb tremors, fatigue and incontinence are all symptoms of MS that have been shown to be alleviated by cannabis. Cannabis is also effective for other diseases that cause muscle spasms, such as Parkinson’s.

We can help

Salvera. A Partner in Health.

Each day, we learn more and more about how cannabis can improve the quality of our lives and alleviate symptoms that are causing us to limit our activities and relationships. We have learned that cannabis works well with our natural endocannabinoid system to get the best results. We believe that every patient deserves support and assistance from an educated medical professional and/or care specialist that will provide guidance and information on the most effective cannabis treatments available.

Follow-up is also important, and our staff will remain in contact with you throughout your treatment to assure that you are getting the best results possible, all while maintaining your confidentiality. When you come to Salvera, you become part of a healthcare family that will work together to provide you with resources, products and information on appropriate ways to use the medication in order to attain your optimum level of health.