• Seizures

    #010: Role of Cannabinoids in Seizure Disorder — Part 2

    In the second episode of this two-part series on epilepsy and seizure disorder, I focus on epilepsy and seizure disorders in women and children. I talk about current treatments, drug side effects, and current FDA approved cannabis-based products for epilepsy in children. Anytime you have drugs that cause a great deal of side effects, you will have a population that will not be compliant when taking their medicine. I talk about the different side effects, from mild headaches to more serious bone loss, and how that affects a patient’s compliance. For women, treating epilepsy and seizure disorders is especially difficult. Estrogen has been shown to have a seizure activating effect,…

  • Seizures

    #009: Role of Cannabinoids in Seizure Disorder — Part 1

    The Ancient Greeks believed that seizures and epilepsies were a curse from the gods, but today we understand a little bit more about how the body really works. In today’s episode, I talk about what epilepsy is, what a seizure is, and some of the ways we can treat seizures. A seizure is an increase or surge in the electrical activities in the brain. If you have one seizure, then you just have had a seizure. If you have recurring seizures, then that’s epilepsy. The difference between the two is important because it may impact how you are treated by a doctor. There are many possible causes for seizure, including:…

  • Migraines

    #011: The Role of Cannabinoids in the Management of Migraines

    Many people assume that a headache is a migraine. But they are experienced in different parts of the body and often have different triggers. I talk about the conventional treatments for migraine headaches, some common triggers for migraines, and explore a few ways that cannabinoids could help migraine sufferers. It’s unclear what causes migraines. It could be a number of factors, like genetics, environmental factors, or a genetic imbalance. Even not getting enough sleep could cause migraines. Identifying and removing the triggers for headaches and migraines are the best way to begin addressing this problem. Like I always say, you should start slow and go slow when looking for a…

  • Parkinson's Disease

    #012: Role of Cannabinoids in Management of Parkinson’s Disease

    One day you look over at grandpa and you see that he shakes just a little even as he’s sitting still. You might wonder, “What could be the matter with him?”. In this episode I talk about Parkinson’s disease, including its symptoms, the current drug regimens recommended by doctors, and how cannabis could help patients control some of their symptoms. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, and while we don’t know exactly what causes it, we have some good ideas. One of the most noticeable symptoms of Parkinson’s disease is tremors in the hand, but these could progress onto other parts of the body.…

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

    #014: Role of Cannabinoids in Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks the joints and the lining of the joints. As the lining of the joint starts to wear off, a patient will start feeling pain. As the disease progresses, it can attack and damage other organs too.There is really no cure for this disease, but we can manage the signs and symptoms of it. Unmanaged RA can lead to even greater health problems, so it’s important to not ignore the signs and symptoms of the disease. I talk about the risk factors around it. Some factors can be managed or minimized, like obesity, but others, like gender, cannot be controlled for.…

  • Terpenes

    #015: Let’s Talk Terpenes – MYRCENE

    In the cannabinoid space, I really believe that education is the key. That’s why I started this show to provide evidence-based materials about cannabinoids so that you can make educated decisions about the products you put in your body. Initially, we thought that terpenes were simply the fragrance of a plant, and maybe they also helped to ward off a predatory attack on the plant. We identify terpenes by their smells. For example, lavender, lemon, ginger, and garlic are all identified and described differently based on their scent. But there’s even more to terpenes than their smell. Studies have shown that 30% of smoked cannabis contains terpenes. Today I’m focusing…

  • Obesity

    #016: Role of Cannabinoids in Management of Obesity

    When we approach obesity, we need to realize that it’s a disease and should be treated as a medical condition. Obesity isn’t just having a little extra fat around your belly. The criteria for obesity is anyone with a body mass index (BMI) of over 30. As a serious medical condition, being obese increases the chances of other diseases such as:   Diabetes Uterine and prostate Cancer Heart disease Infertility High Cholesterol Osteoarthritis Osteoporosis It is important to address the issue of obesity before it shortens the quality or length of a patient’s life. So what are the causes of obesity? Sometimes it’s genetics, a person’s environment, or their finances.…

  • Diabetes

    #017: Role of Cannabinoids in Management of Diabetes

    The most simple explanation for diabetes is that it affects how our body processes glucose. Because it’s also considered a metabolic disorder, it also affects how our body processes fats and proteins. Whether someone has type 1, where their pancreas does not make any insulin, or type 2, where their body doesn’t make enough insulin, a diabetic patient has to monitor the sugar levels in their body to protect against long-term damage. For type 2 diabetes, there are risk factors more than just being overweight. Your age, genetics, cholesterol levels, and a BMI greater than 25 all play a role, but so can whether you’re a woman who’s given birth…

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