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Medical Marijuana – How CBD Oil Can Help Treat Depression

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Depression is a mental problem that has impaired the lives of millions of people. Aside from eliciting a gloomy and lazy mood, this psychological disorder is the primary driver of most suicides in the United States and across the world, including some of the notable personalities. This condition caught the media spotlight after the tragic deaths of comedian Robin Williams, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, and just recently, Prodigy vocalist Keith Flint. Despite their fame, these celebrities still succumbed to severe bouts of depression that had been haunting them from since they were younger.

So, what is this disease that is creeping the U.S. and the rest of the world? And are the available treatments such as CBD oil and other medications can successfully save the patients from this condition? This article aims to explain the nature of this mental disease that has led millions of people to claim their lives.

What is Depression?

Dr. Stephen Ilardi, one of the foremost experts in this disease, said in a TED talk that there are two meanings of the word depression. One definition, which is the more commonly accepted, is a severe form of sadness. This mood usually triggered after setbacks and disappointments in life. This “type” of depression often last for a short while, typically after the person outlasts his or her emotions.

The other meaning, which is the more misunderstood and deadly one, is the one used by medical professionals. Formally named as Major Depressive Disorder, this “type’ is the one linked to suicides and devastating life habits. This serious mental disorder that impacts not only the emotions, thoughts, and behavior of an individual but also leads to a gamut of physical problems. Under this disease, a person may have difficulty doing everyday daily activities and, in severe conditions, feel like his or her life is no longer worth living.

This crippling condition can have mild or severe forms of the following symptoms:

  • Feeling gloomy or having a sad mood for long stretches
  • Loss of passion or satisfaction in activities that he or she once enjoyed
  • Loss or gain in weight not related to dieting
  • Sleep problems like having a hard time getting asleep or sleeping too much
  • Loss of energy or intensifying fatigue
  • Increase in physical activity without apparent use (such as hand-wringing or pacing)
  • Slowed movements and speech that are observable by others
  • An intense feeling of worthlessness or guilt
  • Having trouble thinking, concentrating or making decisions
  • Recurring thoughts of suicide or death

If not treated promptly, clinical can lead to much-reduced quality of life coupled with health problems such as:

  • Chronic pain
  • Inflammation
  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • Loss of sexual drive
  • Migraines

CBD Oil in Treating Depression

Depression, according to Ilardi, is a “disease of civilization.” The significant change from being a hunter-gatherer to a post-industrial person has caused a range of diseases caused by inflammation. These ailments have been killing many people nowadays – diabetes, heart and cardiovascular disease, allergies, asthma, obesity, different forms of cancer, and depression. For Dr. Ilardi, depression treatment should be treated by a change in lifestyle, not just by psychotherapy and medication. Embracing a new way of life can dramatically improve depressive person chances of cure.

Part of the lifestyle change that Dr. Ilardi suggests is the use of supplements such as Omega 3 fatty acids. Aside from this supplement, patients suffering from depression can also take CBD capsules and other products. This substance has the following properties that can treat this mental disease:

  • Beats inflammation – Research studies have revealed the cannabidiol’s anti-inflammatory property. This cannabinoid can interact with GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid), serotonin, and specific types of neurotransmitters linked to pain.
  • Boosts mood and relieves stress – CBD’s capacity to influence the production of serotonin and other types of neurotransmitters can also improve a person’s mood and reduce his or her stress levels.

With the help of psychologists, doctors, as well as receptive and open-minded patients, depression can be defeated. The use of CBD products can be instrumental in helping those who have lost hope in life regain their drive and passion for living.

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Columbia Care Kicks Off First Cannabis Credit Card

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Columbia Care Cannabis Credit Card

Columbia Care announced the launch of its National Credit program with its CNC Card.

The medical marijuana company licensed to operate in the U.S. and 15 jurisdictions in the European Union said the launch of the card follows a successful test run in New York in the second half of 2018. The introduction of the card led to an 18% increase in the number of in-store purchases. Moreover, the card also helped boost repeat visits and home delivery orders.

With the card, people in the U.S. can now get a credit card for buying medical cannabis.

From New York, the Columbia Care will offer the program to its Delaware and Pennsylvania markets. Later, the company’s Illinois and Arizona customers can apply for the card. The firm aims to expand the reach of its program to all its locations by the end of 2019.

Cannabis Credit Card

Available initially only at Columbia Care dispensaries, the firm is looking into opportunities for expanding the availability of the card across the country through targeted partnerships.

Nicholas Vita, CEO of Columbia Care, said the firm aims on expanding the cannabis market in the country. Through the launching of the first cannabis credit card in the country, the company allows consumers and participants in the industry to purchase cannabis products.

He also said the card would act as a starting point of the company’s nationwide growth initiatives, including home delivery, the launching of an e-commerce site, and automatic fulfillment.

In addition to having a tool for an electronic form of payment, CNC cardholders can also be eligible for other benefits including discounts, cash back affinity programs, educational seminars, privileged access to new products and other exclusive offers.

Cannabis Banking Gaining Steam

Aside from having a cannabis credit card, medical marijuana customers may also enjoy the benefits of banking. Earlier this month, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed legislation that kicks off a three-year pilot program wherein cannabis firms could use an online system in sending and receiving digital currency.

Last month, the California State Senate passed a bill allowing financial institutions to offer products and services dedicated to cannabis financial transactions.

If Gov. Gavin Newsom signs the legislation, around 900 bank branches in the state would be allowed to handle cannabis cash, California Senate Majority Leader Robert Hertzberg said.

The federal government is also working on protecting legitimate cannabis financial transactions. Earlier this month, a U.S. House committee approved a bill that includes a provision that would safeguard banks serving legal marijuana businesses from getting penalized by federal financial regulators.

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Church of England Backs Medical Cannabis Use and Investment

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Church of England Cannabis Investments

The Church of England (CofE) has recently given the green light on the use of medical marijuana and cannabis investment.

The investment arm of CofE, the Church Commissioners of England, said it would lift its self-imposed ban on investing in medical cannabis. This reversal takes place at a time when many significant investment funds remain steadfast on so-called “sin stocks” or companies operating in industries facing legal uncertainties.

The CofE investment arm, which manages the church’s £12.6 billion ($16 billion) portfolios, had previously enforced an investment exclusion policy on cannabis. So far, it has not yet invested in companies related to the sector, Church Commissioners head of responsible investment, Edward Mason, said.

Mason said the change in CofE’s stand comes after it has made a distinction between recreational and medical cannabis. After realizing the potency of the plant’s medicinal properties, the church is content with its proper use for therapeutic reasons.

The UK government legalized medicinal cannabis in October 2018. However, only a fraction of British patients received a medical cannabis prescription, citing difficulty in persuading specialists about marijuana as a right medical option as a primary reason. Other reasons include the problems dispensaries face in obtaining licenses for cannabis-based products as well as the trouble in transporting them once they arrive in the country.

The Duality of Marijuana as an Investment

Like the Church Commissioners of England, other ethical investors are also starting to recognise the dual nature of marijuana as an investment. KLP Fund, an Oslo-based firm with $80 billion in assets, has recently sold its stocks in recreational cannabis. But it retains its stakes in medicinal marijuana

The AP Funds in Sweden also recommended the exclusion of recreational marijuana from its $180-billion portfolio. Like KLP, it said, it will still invest in medical marijuana companies. The Swedish fund referred to the recent guidance of the UN on both ethical investment and narcotics.

The CofE said it will not invest in companies that get more than 10% of their revenue from the sale of recreational marijuana. This rate is the threshold the company uses for the majority of its other ethical exclusions, including tobacco, gambling, pornography, and lenders charging at high interests.

The UK’s church is known for publicly voicing its positions in ethical investment issues. It considers factors such as morality, environmental impact, corporate governance, and social good. It the past, the church has challenged ExxonMobil and Glencore by pressuring executives to improve their policies related to environment preservation.

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VA Restricts Veterans’ Access to Medical Marijuana

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VA's Restriction to Medical Marijuana

Veterans under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system are having difficulty accessing medical marijuana for their medical conditions, says US News. The department has policies in place preventing doctors from prescribing medical cannabis to retired military personnel.

The VA has taken this move because of marijuana’s status as a Schedule I substance. The policy applies even in medical facilities in states with legal medical marijuana. Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medicinal cannabis, 10 of which allows recreational use of the plant.

Marijuana laws in these states allow medicinal application for chronic pain, spasms and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) just to name a few. However, Lt. Col. Doug Distaso of the Air Force has not been able to access the plant for therapeutic purposes due to VA’s restrictions. Instead, Distaso was prescribed a ‘drug cocktail’ which causes him to undergo a ‘medicated stupor.’

Aside from Distaso, there are thousands of veterans experiencing chronic pain and treated using opioids. Moreover, these military personnel also retire from service with PTSD. Reports show that there are at least 20 deaths through suicide recorded every day.

According to the Controlled Substance Act (CSA), the Schedule I list is composed of drugs, substances, and chemicals that have nor currently accepted medicinal use and a high potential for abuse. Marijuana is listed along with heroin, LSD and ecstasy.

The US News reports that the VA has only created two opportunities to discuss cannabis for veteran patients when they request information.

Meanwhile, veteran groups such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, as well as Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America are calling for reforms to VA’s systems. These groups also promote cannabis for pain management and mental health illnesses. They also recognize the plant’s potential to address the opioid epidemic.

 

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