Cannabis Salve, Cannabinoids and possibly other healing Effective (and Totally Non-High-Bestowing) Medicated Balms
Northwest Marijuana Guide
- Welcome to Our Pot Guide, Ya Hippie!
- Meet the New Pot Adviser
- A Few Little Pot Districts
- If the Feds Sue, What Happens to Our New Pot Law?
- Where Will We Deposit Pot Taxes?
- Canna-Rx: The Whole Foods of Medical Marijuana
- Don’t Let the Bullshit Wisdom of Teenagers Rule Your Pot-Smoking Life
- Don’t Smoke Pot: A Review of Handheld Vaporizers
- How Not to Talk to a Medical Marijuana Patient
- Cannabis Calendar: Things to Do with Pot in 2013
Behind the counters buzz the marijuana sommeliers, lorded over by Shawn Coleri, the man who hatched the dream of Canna-Rx. At the center of this dream: medical marijuana “medibles,” made not with cannabis-infused butter (which can taste to some like rancid ass) but with hash oil, which is extracted not with the typical heavy solvents but with pure alcohol, a more time-consuming process resulting in a thick, dark, molasses-smelling syrup that packs a punch. Coleri and his friends soon began injecting their oil into a variety of products: cookies, lollipops, tinctures, and, the reason for my visit, topical salves.
To understand the chasm between medical marijuana and getting stoned, there’s no better tool than cannabis-infused salves. As I learned once again after smearing Canna-Rx’s mint-scented hash-oil salve on my aching lower back, topical MMJ is an absolutely lousy way to get high—simply put, it doesn’t work—but it’s a perfectly brilliant way to relieve muscle pain. This fact was confirmed by all those I shared my Canna-Rx samples with, from a colleague with chronic foot pain to a friend with “some weird back thing,” who praised the balm’s speedy effectiveness at imparting physical relief while noting the absolute lack of anything close to a feeling of stoned-ness. (According to Coleri, his salves have worked wonders for folks with rheumatoid arthritis.)
In addition to benignly extracted hash oil and a “closed-loop system” of growing plants without pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides, Canna-Rx is devoted to one more thing: good strong dosages, aimed at the specific needs of regular MMJ users rather than high-seeking dabblers. “Eat no more than half and put the rest in the freezer,” said Scoleri as he handed me a hash-oil-infused brownie the size of an eight-track tape. “Come back soon.”
The hemp salve is a universal healing preparation with multiple effects. It is combining the effects of an antibiotic ointment with the effects of a salve efficiently relieving arthritic and rheumatism pains. Among others, it has proven to be extremely efficient for the treatment of burns (even of 2nd degree), certain types of eczemas, psoriasis and fungus. *Just pay attention to one thing – the salve should never be used on fresh bleeding wounds!
A doctor’s note on Cannabis Salve:
Cannabinoids and possibly other healing components of the plant are absorbed directly through the skin; the anti-inflammatory properties are outstanding, reducing recovery time from injuries and promoting healing of lesions. Topical cannabis has also been used by my lupus patients and rheumatoid arthritis patients to increase the function of joints and decrease nodule formation. – Frank Lucido, MD
Some background and uses list from Hemp Info:
Cannabis can be used for the fabrication of various medicinal preparations. One of the most powerful hemp preparations is the hemp [cannabis/marijuana] salve. Its efficiency was proven already in the 50s at the Olomouc University Hospital, where Prof. Jan Kabelik carried out his famous research on the antibacterial effects of cannabis indica.
About the history of hemp salve
One of the hospital pathologists cut his finger during an autopsy, bacteria resistant to antibiotics infected the wound and it seemed that an amputation was going to be inevitable. Then someone had the idea to ask for help Prof. Kabelik, who was known for his research on the medicinal use of cannabis. [Recommended: Integral text of the Study – PDF] He applied his hemp salve and two days later the wound was already healing and the amputation was avoided.
Due to the fact that in my country is the preparation of medicines on the basis of cannabis illegal, it was not possible to make any official analyses or clinical experiments. So I had to collect the testimonies of my friends and many other persons, who over the years used this salve for the treatment of their diseases and health problems. The hemp salve is a universal healing preparation with multiple effects. It is combining the effects of an antibiotic ointment with the effects of a salve efficiently relieving arthritic and rheumatism pains. Among others, it has proven to be extremely efficient for the treatment of burns (even of 2nd degree), certain types of eczemas, psoriasis and fungus. *Just pay attention to one thing – the salve should never be used on fresh bleeding wounds!
Some healing or relieving effects of the salve
- anti-inflammatory effects
- analgesic effects
- relaxing effects on muscles and other body tissues
- muciparous decongesting effects
- regenerative effects on body tissues
Which diseases the salve heals or relieves as a complementary medicine
- all kinds of superficial wounds, cuts, acne pimples, furuncles, nail incarnations, corns, certain nail fungus
- ragged commissure of lips, fever blisters, herpes
- certain types of dermatitis (including atopical) and psoriasis
- rheumatism and arthritic pains (up to the 2nd degree of arthritis)
- torticollis, back pains, muscular pains and cramps, sprains and other contusions
- phlebitis, venous ulcerations
- menstruation pains
- cold and sore throat, bronchitis
- asthmatic problems with breathing
- chronical inflammation of larynx (application in the form of a Priessnitz compress)
- migraine, head pains
Non-psychoactive cannabinoids: healing properties
Research on the anti-inflammatory effects of topical cannabis
Scientists have long suspected that marijuana, used for recreational purposes and to help fight chronic pain, nausea and even some mental disorders like anxiety and depression, also had anti-inflammatory effects in the body.
Now they think they know why.
In a study published in the current issue of the journal Science, researchers show exactly how they think that works, elucidating how the body’s own cannabinoids, compounds that are similar to the ones found in marijuana, reduce inflammation.
Mice had a harder time healing from wounds caused by ear tags used to identify them when researchers blocked their internal cannabinoids, said Dr. Meliha Karsak, lead author and scientist in molecular neurobiology at the University of Bonn in Germany. Cannabinoids are involved in many of the body’s daily functions, scientists believe, but they’re still trying to figure out how.
Mice also healed faster from skin allergies with topical THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana and other plants, she said.
Dr. Frank Lucido, a Berkeley physician who was not involved in the study but regularly recommends medical marijuana, said the plant’s anti-inflammatory effects didn’t surprise him. He has had patients who say their psoriasis, an immune disease that affects the skin and joints, and asthma get better when they smoke marijuana.
In the 1980s, scientists discovered receptors in the body that respond to active compounds in cannabis, Karsak said. Once activated with THC and other chemicals from marijuana, the receptors had effects downstream, for instance changing a person’s mood and perception. Since then, two main receptors have been studied: One is more prevalent in the central nervous system, the other in the periphery.
The one in the periphery seems to respond to cannabinoids in inflammation and is found in cells of the immune system, said Dr. Donald Abrams, a San Francisco General Hospital physician who has studied the effects of marijuana use in HIV patients.
“Most people have believed for some time that the cannabinoid system is involved in modulating the immune system,” he said.
We also recommend looking at this recipe for ideas. ( The Holy Anointing Oil used by Jesus is incredibly powerful, perhaps some of the ingredients actually increase absorption. )
Medicated Cannabis Salve (and other Cannabis recipes)
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