Helpful Information | Cannabis Cultivation
The cultivation of cannabis is highly regulated and consistently evolving. At Dakine 420, we believe the responsible, ethical use of cannabis and hemp provides society with many useful products and enhances people’s lives. Dakine 420 is dedicated to strict compliance with existing laws and peaceful advocacy for legislative change. We want to educate and empower you by putting legal and regulatory information at your fingertips. We want our customers and their gardens to be safe, happy and healthy. We have compiled some helpful information below to get you started.
Medical Uses | Medical Marijuana
Although there are many conditions for which medical cannabis is being used, here is a brief outline of those conditions covered by the Medical Cannabis Law in the state of Colorado. It allows for eight medical conditions in which patients can use cannabis: Cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, muscle spasms, seizures, severe pain, severe nausea and cachexia.
With Seizure Disorders, there are some rare childhood seizure disorders where medical cannabis can make a truly dramatic difference. Dravet Syndrome is one rare, severe form of intractable epilepsy, which cannot be controlled by standard prescriptions. What makes this condition even more difficult is that the first seizures usually start before the age of one.
With Dravet Syndrome a special strain of cannabis is now being used, which is low in THC, the compound in marijuana that’s psychoactive. It is instead high in cannabidiol, or CBD, which is not psychoactive but has powerful medicinal impacts. Scientists speculate that in some types of seizures the CBD quiets the seizure-causing excessive electrical and chemical activity in the brain.
Doose Syndrome is another poorly understood childhood epilepsy. After years of suffering dozens of daily seizures, some young patients have gone many months without a seizure when treated with cannabis. They also have experienced an improved appetite, normal sleep patterns, and an overall better level of health.
Glaucoma is another condition where some success has been found using medical cannabis. Here the jury is still out, however, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation. So far the high dose of medical cannabis necessary to produce a clinically relevant effect on intra-ocular pressure requires administration as often as every three hours. Newer prescriptions appear to be safer and more effective than medical cannabis in lowering intra-ocular pressure. Most research utilizing medical cannabis for glaucoma occurred before the development of modern drugs with fewer side effects. The Glaucoma Research Foundation is continuing to monitor relevant medical cannabis research, and perhaps there will be other breakthroughs.
Muscle Spasms: Multiple dozens of trials on human subjects point towards cannabis being useful in treating a variety of spastic conditions. This includes cases where conventional treatments have failed.
Nausea: Cannabis is effective at reducing nausea, including from chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Most often only a small amount of cannabis is necessary to achieve this effect.
HIV: Effective for treating wasting syndrome in AIDS patients–the appetite loss, nausea, pain, and anxiety are all improved by cannabis. Significantly reduced neuropathic pain intensity in HIV-associated polyneuropathy has been observed.
Cancer: Over twenty major studies in the past nine years have shown that cannabinoids exhibit some degree of cancer cell fighting capacities, including in melanoma; and lung, brain, and breast cancer. There can also be a reduction in depression and an increase in appetite.
Cachexia: This is the loss of body mass due to metabolic disorders, a loss that cannot be reversed through just additional calories and nutrition. Cannabis can promote an increase in body fat in some cases, but not a significant increase in lean muscle mass. This augmentation of body fat is a useful but insufficient response.
Severe Pain: Cannabinoids can bind to the nerves that regulate pain throughout the body, and either block or reduce the pain response. There are both analgesic and anti-inflammatory responses, without the major side effects and eventual dangers of opioid drugs.
Lobby Group Contacts
Marijuana Policy Project:
P.O. Box 77492
Washington, D.C. 20013
FEDERAL POLICIES DEPARTMENT
STATE POLICIES DEPARTMENT
STATE CAMPAIGNS DEPARTMENT
NORML: National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
NORML and the NORML Foundation
1100 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 483-5500
Fax: (202) 483-0057
PO Box 1581
Gresham Oregon 97030
Drug Policy Alliance:
DPA Office of Legal Affairs
|Los Angeles, CA
3470 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 618
Los Angeles, CA 90010
|San Francisco, CA
131 10th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
District of Columbia
DPA Office of National Affairs
16 W. Front St., Suite 101A
343 East Alameda
Link for Details by State
For information regarding medical marijuana laws and regulations in your state, just click on the link below.
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