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5 Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow In Your Backyard

Miles Schneiderman, YES! Magazine | June 4, 2015 8:42 am

At its core, most of medicine is still herbology  , according to Dr. Jenn Dazey, naturopathic physician at Bastyr University’s Department of Botanical Medicine. And growing your own medicinal garden is easier than it might seem. In fact, you might already have one. Many common culinary herbs have a long history as traditional medicines.

1. Common Sage: Salvia officinalis


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Use it for
: Cooling and drying body functions because of its phytosterols. This property makes sage useful in treating high fevers, diarrhea, and excessive sweating or phlegm, as well as throat inflammation, asthma, and bronchitis.

How: Dry and eat the leaves, or brew them fresh in a tea. For all medicinal infusions, make sure to cover the tea with a lid for at least ten minutes before drinking to avoid the evaporation of critical ingredients.

Grow it:
Sage is a perennial that thrives in hot, dry climates but will grow in some milder conditions. Plant it in sandy soil in a sunny spot.
Interesting to note: Some studies show sage tea is effective for treating diabetes patients.

2. Peppermint: Mentha piperita


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Use it for: Relieving gastrointestinal problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, dyspepsia, colonic spasms, and gastric emptying disorders. Peppermint calms intestinal muscles and improves bile flow.

How:
The best medical use of peppermint comes from extracting the essential oil. Crush the leaves, pack them into a lidded jar, and cover them with vodka. Leave the jar to steep, shaking occasionally; the longer it steeps, the stronger the extract. Strain out the leaves, leaving only the extract behind.

Grow it: Peppermint will grow almost anywhere, but thrives in partial shade and in rich, moist soils.

Interesting to note: Like all mints, the primary active ingredient of peppermint is menthol, which is why peppermint tea is an effective decongestant and expectorant. It can also soothe coughing and sore throats.

3. Catnip: Nepeta cataria   


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Use it for: Treating common psychological problems such as insomnia, anxiety, and addiction. It’s also a natural sedative for children, particularly when they are sick, as it helps soothe the stomach and relax the body.

How: Dry leaves and mix with honey for eating, or brew in a tea.

Grow it: Catnip is a perennial that prefers rich, well-drained soil or loam and will grow in full sun or partial shade.

Interesting to note:  Catnip can also be used as an insect repellant, although Dr. Dazey recommends avoiding it if you are planning to enter forests or jungles populated by large cats.

Agelbert NOTE: Catnip grows in a flower pot just fine. Catnip is GREAT for lowering your blood pressure. Also, I eat the leaves off the plant and they taste great. It is also known as lemon catnip. It is good in salads too! 

4. Rosemary: Rosmarinus officinalis



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Use it for: Increasing capillary circulation and antioxidant levels. Its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases of the heart and blood.

How:
The most effective way of using it as a medicinal herb is brewing it in a tea.

Grow it: Somewhere warm and humid. Rosemary thrives in dry, well-drained soil and fails in extreme cold. In climates with heavy winters, plant it in a container that can be moved indoors.

Interesting to note:  The carn osic acid active in rosemary helps protect against cellular and brain damage inflicted by free radicals. This makes it an effective preventative for headaches, memory loss, strokes, and neurological degeneration. Research is being conducted on rosemary’s potential use in the treatment of conditions like Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease.

5. Hyssop: Hyssopus officinalis



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Use it for:
Treating cuts, scra pes, and bruises. With its natural antiseptic properties, hyssop is effective for skin abrasions.

How: Dice the leaves by hand or in a food processor to use in a poultice. Alternatively, boil the leaves and soak bandages in the strained mixture.
Grow it: Hyssop is a perennial, drought-resistant plant. It grows best in warm, dry climates with well-drained soil and full sun exposure.

Interesting to note:  Hyssop has many other medical uses that date back to ancient times, though accounts differ on whether the hyssop we use today is the same plant referenced in the Bible’s Psalm 51. 


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Herb Can Treat Over a Dozen Conditions

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Marijuana can be added to all sorts of treats, from lollipops to muffins to candy bars — even sodas. Adults tend to overdose on edibles due to the delay in their effect, which has made some individuals fairly ill. Symptoms of THC overdose typically include anxiety, sweating, rapid heart rate, nausea, and dilated pupils. If you purchase marijuana edibles, please make sure to keep them out of the reach of children and pets, as well as adhering to the recommended dose.

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The list of conditions this plant can treat continues to grow. One of the newest entries, mental disorders, includes PTSD as well as seizure disorders. All added to the astonishing list that includes cancer, obesity, pain, insomnia, MS, and even arthritis


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Florida officials are predicting that a strain of low-potency (i.e. low THC) marijuana should finally be available for medical purposes later this year. Legislators in 2014 voted to legalize a strain of marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web (low THC, but HIGH CBD) to treat epilepsy.

Agelbert NOTE: There is a LOT more to CBD than treatment for epilepsy. It's anti-inflammatory properties alone have a potential to eliminate the knee jerk (immune system suppressing), over use of steroids in the treatment of inflammation.  ;D


5 Must-Know Facts About Cannabidiol (CBD)


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CBD, or cannabidiol, is quickly changing the debate surrounding the use of marijuana as a medicine.

Most people have heard of a chemical called THC, which is the ingredient in marijuana that gets users high. But recently, attention has shifted to another compound in marijuana called CBD — and for good reason.

Because while doctors  can’t seem to look past certain side effects of THC, CBD doesn’t appear to present that problem. On the other hand, evidence of CBD’s medical benefits continues to grow.

Here are five facts that you should know about this unique compound:


1. CBD is a key ingredient in cannabis

CBD is one of over 60 compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. Of these compounds, CBD and THC are usually present in the highest concentrations, and are therefore the most recognized and studied.

CBD and THC levels tend to vary among different plants. Marijuana grown for recreational purposes often contains more THC than CBD.

However, by using selective breeding techniques, cannabis breeders have managed to create varieties with high levels of CBD and next to zero levels of THC. These strains are rare but have become more popular in recent years (Charlotte's Web is one of them).

2. CBD is non-psychoactive


Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high. While this makes CBD a poor choice for recreational users, it gives the chemical a significant advantage as a medicine, since health professionals prefer treatments with minimal side effects.

CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same pathways as THC. These pathways, called CB1 receptors, are highly concentrated in the brain and are responsible for the mind-altering effects of THC.

A 2011 review published in Current Drug Safety concludes that CBD “does not interfere with several psychomotor and psychological functions.” The authors add that several studies suggest that CBD is “well tolerated and safe” even at high doses.

3. CBD has a wide range of medical benefits


Although CBD and THC act on different pathways of the body, they seem to have many of the same medical benefits. According to a 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, studies have found CBD to possess the following medical properties:

Medical Properties of CBD

Effects

Antiemetic: Reduces nausea and vomiting
Anticonvulsant: Suppresses seizure activity
Antipsychotic: Combats psychosis disorders
Anti-inflammatory: Combats inflammatory disorders
Anti-oxidant: Combats neurodegenerative disorders
Anti-tumoral/Anti-cancer: Combats tumor and cancer cells
Anxiolytic/Anti-depressant: Combats anxiety and depression disorders

Unfortunately, most of this evidence comes from animals, since very few studies on CBD have been carried out in human patients.  ::)

But a pharmaceutical version of CBD was recently developed by a drug company based in the UK. The company, GW Pharmaceuticals, is now funding clinical trials on CBD as a treatment for schizophrenia and certain types of epilepsy.

Likewise, a team of researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center, led by Dr. Sean McAllister, has stated that they hope to begin trials on CBD as a breast cancer therapy.

4. CBD reduces the negative effects of THC

CBD seems to offer natural protection against the marijuana high. Numerous studies suggest that CBD acts to reduce the intoxicating effects of THC, such as memory impairment and paranoia.

CBD also appears to counteract the sleep-inducing effects of THC, which may explain why some strains of cannabis are known to increase alertness.

Both CBD and THC have been found to present no risk of lethal overdose. However, to reduce potential side effects, medical users may be better off using cannabis with higher levels of CBD.

5. CBD is still illegal

Even though CBD shows much promise as a medicine, it remains illegal in many parts of the world. CBD is classified as a Schedule I drug in the United States and a Schedule II drug in Canada.

On the other hand, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a request to trial a pharmaceutical version of CBD in children with rare forms of epilepsy. The drug is made by GW Pharmaceuticals and is called Epidiolex.

According to the company, the drug consists of “more than 98 percent CBD, trace quantities of some other cannabinoids, and zero THC.” GW Pharmaceuticals makes another cannabis-based drug called Sativex, which has been approved in over 24 countries for treating multiple sclerosis.

A patent awarded to the U.S. Health and Human Services in 2003 (US6630507) also covers the use of CBD as a treatment for various neurodegenerative and inflammatory disorders.


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Agelbert NOTE: I think Charlotte's Web is a better deal than some FDA patent, don't you? Even the Floridian Government, not exactly known for logical thinking, agrees! 


A St. Johns County nursery could be home to the state-sanctioned strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web, which lawmakers approved last year to help children with epileptic seizures and people suffering from severe muscle spasms or cancer.


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Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
« Reply #18 on: September 03, 2015, 12:28:12 am »

State looks to grow hemp at medical marijuana dispensaries

Sarah Olsen Aug. 27 2015, 7:07 pm 6 Comments

State officials are asking lawmakers to allow marijuana dispensaries to grow hemp plants and produce and sell therapeutic hemp oil.

The dispensaries want to sell the oil as a treatment for children who suffer from seizures and other neurological symptoms, according to Lindsay Wells, marijuana program administrator at the Department of Public Safety.

Wells and Jeffrey Wallin, director of the Vermont Crime Information Center, are asking lawmakers to change existing state statutes to allow dispensaries to grow hemp.

At a hearing Thursday, members of the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules learned the difference between hemp, marijuana and cannabis. Cannabis refers to the three different varieties of plants that produce marijuana and hemp.

Hemp contains less than 0.3 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol at dry weight, while marijuana has more than 0.3 percent THC, Wells said. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that produces its euphoric effect. Hemp contains more of the compound cannabidiol (CBD), which helps with certain medical treatments.

Medical marijuana grown by the dispensaries to treat pain, nausea and other conditions contains a higher level of THC than hemp.

Hemp for this purpose must be grown outside, unlike medical marijuana, Wallin said, and farm production of the plant for hemp oil requires a lot of acreage, he said.

State officials want lawmakers to consider allowing dispensaries to grow hemp behind fences to deter people from stealing the plants.

Despite the lower THC levels in hemp, it is still listed as an illegal drug under the controlled substance act of 1970. Jonathan Page, a University of British Columbia botanist, said in a statement Wednesday that knowledge about hemp is lacking because of its status as a controlled substance.

A person cannot get high from smoking hemp because the THC levels are too low to produce an altered state of consciousness, according to a 1998 report for the North American Industrial Hemp Council.

The proposed rule was submitted to LCAR on May 10 and a hearing was held June 19. The public comment period for the proposed rule ended July 26.

The LCAR board members voted to postpone their decision on the rule until their next meeting, Sept. 10.

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William Hays
August 28, 2015 at 8:47 pm
Let them grow hemp on arable land. Better than covering the fields with “black billboards”.
 
John Cisar
August 29, 2015 at 9:22 pm
Smacks of cronyism. Vermont State officials want to bless medical marijuana company owners with a privilege of a politically-sanctioned monopoly backed by a threat of prison for unlicensed competitors. It’s very nice when the state threatens to toss the competition into a cage for you eh? When hemp legalization does come (n0t if), these businessmen will have a first-to-market advantage over every other farmer, and will be quick to lobby the legislature to hyper regulate the hemp industry, so as to raise the cost of entering the hemp cultivation market and discourage competition.

Joel Bedard
August 30, 2015 at 11:00 am
Actually, it smacks of ignorance. CBD derived from hemp is not in their jurisdiction. It is already legally available in all 50 states and does not fall under the purview of the Medical Marijuana Registry. Hemp research, cultivation and processing belongs to the Agency of Agriculture, and there it shall remain. 

 
Fred Woogmaster
August 30, 2015 at 6:06 am
Hemp – a controlled substance, how absurd!

It could be kale, I suppose – or Brussels sprouts, depending on who wished to stifle what competition.

Let’s (Vermont) challenge that classification. A robust hemp crop could fund our entire public safety operation. Hemp is an amazingly strong fiber with multiple uses and purposes.

Smoking hemp does not get one “high” –
it gets one a major headache. Lift the veil of ignorance. Legalize and control cannabis; make use of its valuable qualities. 


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Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2015, 01:09:13 am »
This is the BEST video on Cannabis that I have ever seen because it so thorough, informative and eye opening in regard to the amazing amount of phytochemicals in this plant species. This is a keeper!   


Dr. James Duke on the potential of cannabis medicine

Posted on October 16, 2015 by wordpress   

Jim Duke – “Better Living Through Phytochemistry” – with Potentilla recta, Cinquefoil – The Green Farmacy Garden’s legal representative of Cannabis sativa as displayed in the Glaucoma plot of his garden.

If this is your first exposure to Dr. Duke, we strongly recommend you take some time to dig deeper into his work and career.

More more information:


A short bio of Dr. Duke

Dr. Duke’s most popular book: The Green Pharmacy

Other books by Dr. Duke (short list)

Dr. Duke’s web site

A recent article on the medical potential of cannabis by Dr. Duke

Dr. Duke’s Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases


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Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
« Reply #20 on: November 09, 2015, 03:18:11 am »
Mexico’s Supreme Court Rules That Smoking Pot Is a Fundamental Human Right   ;D 

Posted on Nov 6, 2015


Mexico gets it, Doc. When are you gringos going to get civilized?


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Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
« Reply #21 on: February 20, 2016, 05:22:05 pm »

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I had the pleasure of working with Matt Birmingham as an assistant U.S. attorney when he was in the trenches with the drug task force as an investigator. Together with other officers, we put together many different drug cases and obtained many convictions of those involved in serious distribution and trafficking matters.

At the same time, as with Keith Flynn, I came from a law enforcement background, serving as a Vermont State Police patrol commander and know full well the conflicts he and others in the ranks are experiencing. Since leaving government service a few years ago, I then became involved in researching and writing on historical matters from a legal perspective and it has shined a lot of light on these particular conflicts that so many of us are experiencing.

In working on Vermont’s 19th century opium epidemic project (see past VtDigger articles) it became clear to me that that was a product of the alcohol prohibition movement that began in 1852 (Vermont was the second state to do so, and the only one maintaining it as law for the next fifty years). People not inclined to break the law during those decades by consuming alcohol then moved over to opium and morphine, resulting in a huge addiction problem by 1900; much of which was brought about by the medical profession enabling so many patients to consume the drugs in an unregulated atmosphere.

Bottom line, prohibition does not work. It did not in the 1800s and it did not in the 1900s and there is no reason to think that it will work now. As much as it might force those in the law enforcement field to swallow hard, legalization, or decriminalization as some call it, is simply inevitable. The issue then will be the strict regulation of these substances and that is where we need to put our focus. I respect Matt’s and other officers’ position, but this is something that is simply going to happen and he needs to push hard for the tools that will allow for effective enforcement, not trying to stop the approaching flood. Otherwise, they will be swallowed up and their effectiveness impaired. 



Joel Davidson 
While I am one of those, who in my many years in law enforcement aggressively pursued marijuana growers and users not only because of the department goals, but because it was actually fun. Trying to catch the “bad” guys, turning informants, executing search warrants, that’s what police work is all about. These cases were a learning tool for officers and troopers that wanted to refine their investigative skills. We were all aware of the target rich environment and in some cases the environment was too rich with targets. Several instances where VSP were providing security for concerts, directives came out to the troops to tone down or eliminate marijuana enforcement at the event. I noticed a marked decrease in problems at those events. I think everyone knows the effects marijuana has on the human body and that there are many legal substances out there that are much more harmful and problematic than marijuana. For instance most domestic violence incidents typically involve alcohol, prescription drug abuse, stimulant abuse but almost never marijuana use alone.

Impaired operation of a motor vehicle is another story. While alcohol may be the most widely seen culprit in impaired operation of motor vehicles, studies indicate a large percentage of DUI operation involves more than one substance causing impairment. It is difficult to determine since the investigating officer usually only needs the breath alcohol test for prosecution and therefore no additional tests (blood, saliva, urine) are taken. Even in cases where blood is taken the tests are usually limited to the likely impairing substances or class of drugs due to costs of testing. Impaired operation is a public risk that not only needs enforcement but much more training of officers, in order to recognize and legally request testing. Some years ago, I recommended mandatory training in “Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)” as part of a career development model for the Vermont State Police. This training provides tools (dexterity and observations) for the officer to help determine the cause of impaired operation and document information needed by the drug recognition experts (DREs).

I consider alcohol a much greater threat to public safety than marijuana. I also think that the true gateway drugs are prescription drugs, especially the opiate class.

When legislators make decisions that involve money, they are often biased by the promise of big revenue to put toward new programs that are seen as beneficial to many. There are serious concerns with the burden of regulating marijuana use if it is legalized but the real question is, “does it really need regulation?”, ”will that regulation cost more than the revenue?”, and “will regulation overwhelm the resources of the regulating agency?”.

Looking back on my career, responding to incidents I would prefer to deal with someone under the influence of marijuana than alcohol or any number of narcotics, prescription or illegal.

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Charles Schatz of Bel Air, Md., holds a sign demanding the use of marijuana for medical cases as he joins dozens of protesters on April 2 in front of the White House.

A group of more than 50 physicians, including a former surgeon general and faculty members at some of the nation's leading medical schools, has formed the first national organization of doctors to call on states and the federal government to legalize and regulate the use of marijuana in the interest of public health.

The group — which is announcing its formation Monday, under the name Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR) — is endorsing the legalization of marijuana for adult recreational use, a break from the position of the American Medical Association, the largest organization of doctors in the country. DFCR argues that the prohibition and criminalization of marijuana use does more harm to the public than good. Citing hundreds of thousands of annual marijuana arrests, racial and economic disparities in marijuana enforcement, and the role of prohibition in keeping marijuana prices high and lucrative to violent drug dealers, the physicians say that creating a legal and regulated marijuana market is the best way to ensure public safety, combat the illicit drug trade and roll back the negative consequences of strict enforcement policies on disadvantaged communities.

The emergence of the group comes at a crucial moment in the national debate over marijuana legalization. More than 60 percent of the public now says that it supports marijuana legalization. Support for allowing medical use of marijuana with doctors' supervision is closer to 90 percent. Over 35 million Americans use marijuana recreationally each year, according to the latest federal statistics. Research organizations, medical groups and even many national lawmakers have called on federal authorities to revisit policies toward marijuana that have remained essentially unchanged for nearly 50 years.

"You don't have to be pro-marijuana to be opposed to its prohibition," DFCR founder and board president David L. Nathan said in an interview. Nathan is an associate professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University and a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He's quick to point out that his group does not advocate for the use of marijuana: While researchers generally agree that marijuana use is less harmful to individuals and society than the use of other common drugs, like alcohol and tobacco, about 9 percent of people who begin using as adults become dependent on the drug, and heavy use can be especially harmful to the developing brains of adolescents.

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Rather, Nathan says, the best way to manage those risks is to bring use of the drug, as well as the associated commerce in it, out into the open via regulation. "Doctors should affirmatively support this," he said. "If you’re going to make something against the law, the health consequences of that use have to be so bad to make it worth creating criminal consequences. That was never true of marijuana. It was banned in 1937 over the objections of the American Medical Association (AMA)."

Indeed, in 1937, the AMA objected to the overly strict regulation of marijuana, as it was then used as a treatment for a number of medical conditions. The Association was worried that prohibition of marijuana would "deprive the public of the benefits of a drug that on further research may prove to be of substantial value."

After the passage of the "Marihuana Tax Act," marijuana "just wasn't that well-known among doctors," Nathan said. Many doctors were unaware that the drug essentially outlawed by the Marihuana Tax Act was the same substance they knew as "cannabis," which they used to treat a variety of ailments from corns to poor appetite. In subsequent years, physicians were just as susceptible to lurid media reports about the supposed dangers of marijuana use and the "Reefer Madness" era as anyone else.

Like most mainstream medical groups, the AMA is now opposed to the outright legalization of marijuana, calling it a "dangerous drug" and "a public health concern." But the group's stance has evolved in recent years. It recently added language to its position statements calling for "the modification of state and federal laws to emphasize public health based strategies," rather than punitive, incarceration-based measures. The group now encourages research into the drug, and has called on federal authorities to make it easier to do so.

Doctors often find themselves acting as mediators between patients who want access to marijuana for medical purposes, and a federal bureaucracy that still considers the drug illegal for all purposes.

"Physicians are put in the awkward position with respect to individuals who ask for a marijuana recommendation, but otherwise would be perfectly happy purchasing the drug in a retail environment," Nathan said. "We believe that the best way to improve the situation is to enact full legalization with smart regulation. That would more clearly separate medical from personal use."
Products made with marijuana are displayed for sale at a licensed medical cannabis dispensary in Canton, Ill.

Not all medical professionals are happy about relaxing attitudes toward what they see as a dangerous, addictive drug. The notion of doctors advocating for marijuana legalization is "totally idiotic," said Robert DuPont, who served as the first director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and as the second White House drug czar, in an interview. "The idea that we cannot manage the health problems related to marijuana because it's illegal, that doctors are somehow inhibited from dealing with marijuana use and marijuana problems, is completely wrong."

"The idea that legalizing is going to stop the illegal market is equally stupid," he added.

DuPont thinks that the current legal status of marijuana is sufficient to address the risks associated with marijuana use, and that punitive measures for drug sellers and users can be a powerful tool for helping at-risk people get treatment. "The criminal justice system is a wonderful vehicle for getting people into treatment and recovery," he said.

Other physicians would like to see marijuana use decriminalized, but would not go so far as to make the drug completely legal for adult recreational use. Peter Friedmann, an addiction-medicine physician at University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate Health, notes that we already have two legal psychoactive drugs — alcohol and tobacco. "What is the problem for which having a third class of legal drug is the answer?" he questioned.

Still, he points out that there's a lot of diversity in the medical field. "People are of their time and of their culture and doctors are no different," he said. "There are physicians who are Republicans, Democrats, Independents — they pretty much they reflect the population. There are all kinds. The fact that there's a group of physicians now coming out in favor of cannabis legalization as the only effective way to regulate, it is no surprise."

Much of the discussion around marijuana legalization, among doctors and the general public alike, hinges on different assessments of the same data showing the risks and benefits of changing marijuana laws. Groups like the AMA are concerned that legalization would lead to more widespread use of the drug, which would invariably mean greater prevalence of the negative health consequences associated with its use, like dependency and some mental illnesses that may be exacerbated by the drug's use.

But groups who favor legalization, like DFCR, point out that negative outcomes arise from the current system of prohibition, too. They say that the presence of a large black market, the stigmatization of individual users, and the potentially life-ruining effects of a marijuana conviction, are steep prices to pay for the nominal reduction in overall use that comes with prohibition.

In 2011, the California Medical Association, which represents 40,000 doctors in the state, became the first doctors' group to call for the full legalization of marijuana. They recently went a step further, explicitly endorsing a measure to appear on the ballot this November that would legalize marijuana and create a commercial market for it in the state.

"Medical marijuana should be strictly regulated like medicine to ensure safe and appropriate use by patients with legitimate health conditions and adult-use marijuana should be regulated like alcohol," the group's president said in a February statement.

DFCR hopes to make a similar case among doctors at the national level, and to win over skeptics like DuPont and Friedmann. "We want to build a group of physicians who are going to be out in the public making the case for marijuana legalization to physicians, medical associations and the public at large," Nathan said.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/04/15/more-and-more-doctors-want-to-make-marijuana-legal/

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Monastic medicine: medieval herbalism meets modern science

July 29, 2016 By Medievalists.net

Monastic medicine: medieval herbalism meets modern science

By Susan Watt and Eleanor Hayes

Science in School, Issue 27 (2013)



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Introduction: Most people think of herbal medicine as a distinctly ‘alternative’ option – something that you might try for a cough or cold that won’t budge, but not for life-threatening illnesses.

Medical historian Dr Johannes Mayer, however, takes it all much more seriously: he believes that the herbal remedies described in medieval texts can provide excellent starting points for highly effective modern treatments, even for diseases such as cancer  :o.

And he is not alone, as his work has already attracted the attention (and funding!) of pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline.

Read it all for your health AND your pocketbook. 

http://www.medievalists.n...ism-meets-modern-science/

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Monastic medicine: medieval herbalism meets modern science

July 29, 2016 By Medievalists.net

Monastic medicine: medieval herbalism meets modern science

By Susan Watt and Eleanor Hayes

Science in School, Issue 27 (2013)



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Introduction: Most people think of herbal medicine as a distinctly ‘alternative’ option – something that you might try for a cough or cold that won’t budge, but not for life-threatening illnesses.

Medical historian Dr Johannes Mayer, however, takes it all much more seriously: he believes that the herbal remedies described in medieval texts can provide excellent starting points for highly effective modern treatments, even for diseases such as cancer  :o.

And he is not alone, as his work has already attracted the attention (and funding!) of pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline.

Read it all for your health AND your pocketbook. 

http://www.medievalists.net/2016/07/29/monastic-medicine-medieval-herbalism-meets-modern-science/


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I'll be all over this one like a cheap suit.     

You are very welcome. Glad to be of service.       
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A strain of low-potency (i.e. low THC) marijuana should NOW be available for medical purposes in Florida. Legislators in 2014 voted to legalize a strain of marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web (low THC, but HIGH CBD) to treat epilepsy.

Agelbert NOTE: There is a LOT more to CBD than treatment for epilepsy. It's anti-inflammatory properties alone have a potential to eliminate the knee jerk (immune system suppressing), over use of steroids in the treatment of inflammation.  ;D


5 Must-Know Facts About Cannabidiol (CBD)


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CBD, or cannabidiol, is quickly changing the debate surrounding the use of marijuana as a medicine.

Most people have heard of a chemical called THC, which is the ingredient in marijuana that gets users high. But recently, attention has shifted to another compound in marijuana called CBD — and for good reason.

Because while doctors  can’t seem to look past certain side effects of THC, CBD doesn’t appear to present that problem. On the other hand, evidence of CBD’s medical benefits continues to grow.

Here are five facts that you should know about this unique compound:


1. CBD is a key ingredient in cannabis

CBD is one of over 60 compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. Of these compounds, CBD and THC are usually present in the highest concentrations, and are therefore the most recognized and studied.

CBD and THC levels tend to vary among different plants. Marijuana grown for recreational purposes often contains more THC than CBD.

However, by using selective breeding techniques, cannabis breeders have managed to create varieties with high levels of CBD and next to zero levels of THC. These strains are rare but have become more popular in recent years (Charlotte's Web is one of them).

2. CBD is non-psychoactive


Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high. While this makes CBD a poor choice for recreational users, it gives the chemical a significant advantage as a medicine, since health professionals prefer treatments with minimal side effects.

CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same pathways as THC. These pathways, called CB1 receptors, are highly concentrated in the brain and are responsible for the mind-altering effects of THC.

A 2011 review published in Current Drug Safety concludes that CBD “does not interfere with several psychomotor and psychological functions.” The authors add that several studies suggest that CBD is “well tolerated and safe” even at high doses.

3. CBD has a wide range of medical benefits


Although CBD and THC act on different pathways of the body, they seem to have many of the same medical benefits. According to a 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, studies have found CBD to possess the following medical properties:

Medical Properties of CBD

Effects

Antiemetic: Reduces nausea and vomiting
Anticonvulsant: Suppresses seizure activity
Antipsychotic: Combats psychosis disorders
Anti-inflammatory: Combats inflammatory disorders
Anti-oxidant: Combats neurodegenerative disorders
Anti-tumoral/Anti-cancer: Combats tumor and cancer cells
Anxiolytic/Anti-depressant: Combats anxiety and depression disorders

Unfortunately, most of this evidence comes from animals, since very few studies on CBD have been carried out in human patients.  ::)

But a pharmaceutical version of CBD was recently developed by a drug company based in the UK. The company, GW Pharmaceuticals, is now funding clinical trials on CBD as a treatment for schizophrenia and certain types of epilepsy.

Likewise, a team of researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center, led by Dr. Sean McAllister, has stated that they hope to begin trials on CBD as a breast cancer therapy.

4. CBD reduces the negative effects of THC

CBD seems to offer natural protection against the marijuana high. Numerous studies suggest that CBD acts to reduce the intoxicating effects of THC, such as memory impairment and paranoia.

CBD also appears to counteract the sleep-inducing effects of THC, which may explain why some strains of cannabis are known to increase alertness.

Both CBD and THC have been found to present no risk of lethal overdose. However, to reduce potential side effects, medical users may be better off using cannabis with higher levels of CBD.

5. CBD is still illegal

Even though CBD shows much promise as a medicine, it remains illegal in many parts of the world. CBD is classified as a Schedule I drug in the United States and a Schedule II drug in Canada.

On the other hand, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a request to trial a pharmaceutical version of CBD in children with rare forms of epilepsy. The drug is made by GW Pharmaceuticals and is called Epidiolex.

According to the company, the drug consists of “more than 98 percent CBD, trace quantities of some other cannabinoids, and zero THC.” GW Pharmaceuticals makes another cannabis-based drug called Sativex, which has been approved in over 24 countries for treating multiple sclerosis.

A patent awarded to the U.S. Health and Human Services in 2003 (US6630507) also covers the use of CBD as a treatment for various neurodegenerative and inflammatory disorders.


http://www.leafscience.com/2014/02/23/5-must-know-facts-cannabidiol-cbd/
Charlotte's Web

Agelbert NOTE: I think Charlotte's Web is a better deal than some FDA patent, don't you? Even the Floridian Government, not exactly known for logical thinking, agrees!  


A St. Johns County nursery could be home to the state-sanctioned strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web, which lawmakers approved last year to help children with epileptic seizures and people suffering from severe muscle spasms or cancer.
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Cluster of coconuts on a coconut palm

Agelbert NOTE: In the following excellent article and video, one amazing life saving quality of coconuts, that I learned about during my time in the military, is not mentioned. That is, that the only natural fluid than can be placed directly into the human blood stream without deleterious effects is raw coconut milk. During WWII, it often saved the lives of wounded soldiers on a tropical beach because medics would run an IV from a coconut to the soldier to keep his electrolytes balanced and sufficiently hydrated with coconut "milk" (it's really more like flavored water) until more suitable care could be obtained while not under enemy fire.



If You Ever Wind Up On A Desert Island, You Won't Have To Bring Any Medicines
   


With millions of Americans unable to maintain insurance payments, there has been a tremendous surge in interest in natural healing. Even those who are fairly well versed in alternative healing modalities are stunned to learn the latest on a very affordable oil that was used for thousands of years, before the anti-saturated fat campaigns wiped it from our consciousness: Coconut Oil.

Coconut oil has so many health benefits it's hard to know where to begin. This video features Bruce Fife, doctor of neuropathy and author of Coconut Oil Miracle, speaking about the staggering results of cancer research conducted over many decades, showing that mice exposed to cancer via carcinogens ALL got cancer, EXCEPT the ones who had been given coconut oil. It is a very potent anti-cancer remedy that every single person can take for pennies a day.

What is in coconut oil and why is it so powerful? ???  

Coconut oil contains three medium chain fatty acids, lauric, caprylic, and myristic acid. The dominant one is lauric acid, which has potent anti-viral activity, and is in human breast milk. The human body converts lauric acid to a derivative called monolaurin (which can be purchased as a supplement) which is THE substance that protects infants from viral, bacterial, protozoal and other infections. Research done in the early 1980s showed that monolaurin also had a virucidal effects on RNA and DNA viruses, as well as bacteria, yeast and fungi.

Many emerging schools of research today posit that cancer and many other illnesses are fungal based, so maybe that is why coconut oil protects against cancer.

Coconut oil has been credited with the following:

Broad spectrum virucidal that debilitates viruses associated with flu, herpes, and more.

Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.

Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.

Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.

Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.

Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.

Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.

Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.

Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.

Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.

Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.

Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.

Helps protect against osteoporosis.

Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.

Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.

Improves digestion and bowel function.

Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.

Reduces inflammation.

Supports tissue healing and repair.

Supports and aids immune system function.

Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.

Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.

Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.

Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.

Functions as a protective antioxidant.

Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.

Does not deplete the body's antioxidant reserves like other oils do.

Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.

Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).

Reduces epileptic seizures.

Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.

Dissolves kidney stones.

Helps prevent liver disease.

Is lower in calories than all other fats.

Supports thyroid function.

Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.

Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.

Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.

Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.

Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.

Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.

Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.

Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.

Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.

Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

Helps control dandruff.

Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.

Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.

Is completely non-toxic to humans.

--Celia Farber   



Celia Farber is an investigative science reporter and cultural journalist who has written for several magazines including Harper’s, Esquire, Rolling Stone, SPIN and more. She is the author of “Serious Adverse Events: An Uncensored History of AIDS” (Melville House Press/ Random House). Known for bold exposes of the pharmaceutical industry and related media cover ups, Celia Farber shines a spotlight on the very subjects that have been taboo for too long: What is Cancer? Does HIV cause AIDS? Do Vaccinations Cause Brain Damage? And many more...




 Visit her website at www.truthbarrier.com

 This video was produced by Ihealthtube.com


http://www.nextworldtv.co...racle-of-coconut-oil.html

Agelbert NOTE: Note the thickness of the coconut 'white meat' above. As a coconut ripens, the 'milk' inside gradually is absorbed into the meat. So, if you want a lot of liquid, you knock them off a coconut palm after they are full size, but still fairly 'green'. The ideally full coconut has very thin meat that is quite pliable and very tasty (it's only about 1/4 inch thick and is easily spooned out  ;D), unlike the one above that is ideal for making coconut oil (most of the liquid is gone and the meat is about 3/4 to an inch thick and fairly tough - it's REALLY stuck to the wall and you need a strong spoon to work it off).


Coconut palm trees are amazingly salt water tolerant. 

 
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Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
« Reply #28 on: September 24, 2016, 05:16:46 pm »
Not all herbs are created equal.

Some are safe to use every day.

Some should be used in limited ways - for very specific needs only.

Others should only be taken on the advice and under the direction of an experienced practitioner.

More herb basics you may never have heard about before...  8)


Details:

http://plantwisdom.org/he...bs-are-not-created-equal/

 - PlantWisdom.org

Plants are the foundation of human survival...

How much do we really know about them?   ???

Please share this site with friends and colleagues.

 Thanks!

http://www.PlantWisdom.org

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Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
« Reply #29 on: October 15, 2016, 05:43:56 pm »
PlantWisdom.org


Herbology and herb growing
went into major decline in the US during the first several decades of the 20th century.


Doctors stopped using plant-based medicines, makers went out of business, farmers stopped growing medicinal herbs and the public had it drilled into its head that only the products of Big Pharma were worthwhile.   

 Who is going to rebuild all this lost infrastructure and develop the next generation of farmers and informed practitioners? ???

Here's one of the bright beacons for the future.


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