Beth Schwartz – Editor
There’s no question, cannabis does a body good. Although because cannabis is a Schedule I drug and federally illegal, research is sparse. But we do know anecdotally that it works. Cannabis contains hundreds of cannabinoids which directly impact how well your body functions. With the most prominent being CBD and THC, cannabinoids help to keep your body’s endocannabinoid system [ECS] in homeostasis offering beneficial effects. Here is a brief sampling of what cannabis can do for specific diseases and conditions.
• Regulates and Prevents Diabetes
With its ability to regulate insulin and manage caloric intake efficiently, cannabis can help regulate and prevent diabetes. Research conducted by the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis (AAMC) has linked cannabis to stabilized blood sugars, lower blood pressure, and improved blood circulation.
Research conducted on CBD has shown that it can help control seizures with many ongoing studies seeking to determine the effect cannabis has on individuals with epilepsy.
• Mends Bones
Cannabidiol has been linked to helping heal broken bones and quickening the process. According to Bone Research Laboratory in Tel Aviv, it also helps strengthen the bone in the process
• Provides Relief for Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis leads to painful muscle contractions and cannabis can help reduce that pain.
• Helps with ADHD/ADD
Individuals with ADHD and ADD have trouble focusing and tend to have problems with cognitive performance and concentration. Cannabis has shown promise in promoting focus and is considered a safer alternative to Adderall and Ritalin.
• Fights Cancer
One of the biggest medical benefits of cannabis is alleviation of side effects from cancer treatments. There is a good amount of evidence that shows cannabinoids can help fight certain types of cancer.
• Helps Treat Depression and Alleviate Anxiety
The compounds in cannabis can help in stabilizing moods which can ease depression. Taken in monitored dosage and in the proper way, cannabis can help alleviate anxiety and calm users down.
• Shows Promise in Autism Treatment
Cannabis is known to calm users down and control their mood, helping children with autism who experience frequent violent mood swings.
• Slows Development of Alzheimer’s Disease
Cannabinoids contain anti-inflammatories that fight the brain inflammation that leads to Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive degeneration.
• Deals with Pain Linked to Arthritis
The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, commonly found in creams, salves and balms, help arthritis sufferers deal with pain.
• Helps with PTSD Symptoms
PTSD doesn’t just affect veterans but any individual who goes through a trauma. Cannabis helps control the fight or flight response, preventing it from going into overdrive.
As more research is conducted, cannabis has the potential to be a natural cure-all for many ailments and conditions. It truly can do a body good.
Educate with a more informed understanding of the benefits of medicinal cannabis
When we decided to start Elevate Nevada it was a result of a wholehearted belief that an instrumental component of the medicinal cannabis debate was missing from the overall discussion. The stigma of cannabis was preventing people, who are/were suffering with major diseases or general illness, from learning about and trying marijuana alternatives that would aid in healing their bodies in an all-natural way.
We believed the market was missing a forum for discovering the positive aspects of medicinal cannabis. We wanted to create this publication to better educate the community about medicinal marijuana as another option to combat pain and illness — specifically an option that is all-natural and removes the toxicity of pharmaceuticals from the equation. In today’s world, doctors prescribe medicinal cannabis as a treatment for everything from sleeping disorders, aches and pains to PTSD and the effects of medical treatments such as chemotherapy.
With Elevate Nevada we endeavor to create a resource that presents the educational aspects of medicinal cannabis — a subject that is rapidly gaining interest in Nevada. This interest stems from the fact that as of this year, state law allows for legal dispensaries as well as the cultivation and testing of cannabis for treating medical conditions.
Our motivation to start Elevate Nevada also came from personal experience. Several of the Elevate team had family members who suffered from diseases and could have experienced great relief if medicinal cannabis had been legal and available to them. When you care about someone and are watching them suffer, every option is on the table and so we wanted to create a forum for people to investigate the option of medicinal cannabis and make informed decisions for the sake of their loved ones.
We hope you leave this site educated and with a more informed understanding of the benefits of medicinal cannabis.
Guy Bertuzzi – Publisher
Socrates so sagely said: “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new.”
Change is here and I honestly never thought I would see cannabis, marijuana, dope, weed, pot, grass or whatever you like to call it become legal in my lifetime. But here we are Nevada–breaking ground and building the new.
For the people who are still on the fence or on the other side of the fence about the legalization of cannabis, this is your chance to understand, educate yourself, explore and learn the powers of the healing properties of this plant. Even though we use verbiage like recreational and adult-use, cannabis is still preventative medicine. Just in the last few weeks I have experienced its medicinal benefits.
In my recent travels around the state getting to know people in the industry, I was lucky enough to meet Marina and Jackie from CBD for Life, which is a line of cannabidiol (CBD) infused pain management and beauty products. elevate editor Beth Schwartz swears by CBD for Life products, remember the line from our January 2016 cover? Beth was so delighted with the results of CBD her enthusiasm resulted in the headline: “Forget smoking cannabis, we should be smearing it all over our bodies.” It was my turn to try the wonders of CBD topicals and golly gee whiz Beth was onto something. (Editor’s note: Just shaking my head over here.)
I decided to try it for an issue that has plagued me my whole life from when I was 13 years old and chunks of my scalp were falling out. Kids were making fun of me and teasing me that I had lice. I didn’t have lice, it was the beginning of a lifelong battle with psoriasis, which is on several areas of my body including my elbows and hands.
Until recently people would ask me why I had white paint on my elbows, that’s how severe psoriasis affects me. I was telling Jackie about my psoriasis and how it makes me feel a little insecure, and because I had tried everything I was doubtful anything, including CBD, would work. Jackie instructed me to loofah my problem areas and use CBD for Life’s face and body cleanser and lotion several times a day. She was right! My psoriasis looks better than it ever has–well, there’s really not much to see anymore just fresh pink skin. CBD doesn’t cure it, but you cannot see the flaky white skin, or traces of psoriasis on my hands or elbows right now.
Because it was such a transformative experience for me, I just sent my dad some Pure CBD for Life Rub for his arthritis, and he reported back, after being doubtful, that it is indeed helping. So, whatever your feelings are on Nevada’s laws and the legalization of cannabis, keep an open mind. Stop fighting the old and focus on the new because, and I hope you don’t, someday you or someone you love may need the healing benefits of cannabis.