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Cannabis: The Story Behind 4/20, Its Origin, And Medical Uses in Today’s Time

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Every year, on April 20th, pot smokers and cannabis lovers all over the world gather to celebrate their connection to the herbs but do you know how this tradition got started? How did 420 become a universally recognized counterculture symbol, and how did the day 4/20 the “International Day of Cannabis”?

Well, there are many rumors that different state reasons but here is an interesting one we have for you. Basically, a story that emerged in the 90s claimed that 420 was actually the police code for “the marijuana arrest in progress.” In order to mess with the police, the stoners decided to take that term and make 4/20 that is April 20th, the smoker’ celebration, gathering with fellow smokers and lighting up at 4:20 in the afternoon.

However, it turned out that 420 wasn’t actually the arrest code, so we know this one was definitely a myth.

Cannabis Medicinal Uses

Cannabis is winning the hearts of many all across the globe, for both its recreational purposes and for the therapeutic benefits, it has to offer.

It was banned until July 14th when Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed a law Bill 2238, which legalized the medicinal use of a certain type of cannabis extracts. Missouri joined ten other states which also passed similar laws in the past years, following the case of the girl Charlotte.

Charlotte is a young girl who suffered from an extreme and extremely rare form of epilepsy. When no other treatment worked for her, her parents turned to medical marijuana. They tracked down growers, developed with a special strain that is very rich in cannabidiol (also known as CBD) and almost totally free of THC, the major psychoactive ingredient. The medicine was named “Charlotte’s Web,” in Charlotte’s honor. The idea was that Charlotte would be treated for her condition without getting high.

And the treatment worked. She went from having 300 seizures every week to having only a few episodes per month.

However, of the millions of patients nationwide, less than 10 percent are being treated for epilepsy. And in most cases, states only approve hemp oil for the treatment of seizures. Meaning more than 90 percent of patients who could have benefited from medicinal marijuana don’t get to.

Even in Missouri, patients who have seizure disorders must first try at least three other treatments before they are approved for hemp oil. Drugs like Zarontin, cause nausea and vomiting, and Felbatol, causes weight loss, insomnia, depression, and even bone marrow and liver failure.

As of the moment, there is no cure for Fibromyalgia, and it is extremely difficult to treat the symptoms safely. However, there is growing evidence that medical cannabis can be quite helpful for treating symptoms of Fibromyalgia. For details:

Studies show that the way cannabis influences women and their physiological and psychological condition is different from that of men.

Firstly, the herb influences the estrogen levels to regulate emotional stability among women. Women also experience fluctuations in their levels during menstruation. It also helps decrease anxiety and stress, which is why, during these cycles, you experience emotional stress, as the levels of it in the body deplete. Also, the estrogen hormones present in women enhances the effects of THC, so women need less cannabis to feel its euphoric effect.

Secondly, women easily develop more tolerance than men to cannabis over time. So that was all that we had for you. Visit the links and get more details on each topic.

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