Highlights from MJ Biz Daily's Navigating the CBD Maze with James Henry SF Co-Founder

The James Henry Team wanted to share highlights from one of the world’s largest cannabis conferences at Marijuana Business Daily’s MJ Biz Conference - Las Vegas. This event highlights B2B innovation and education for cannabis business professionals and curious business owners from around the world. The growing support for cannabis legalization and normalization continues as MJ Business Daily reports a record number of attendees with over 27,000 registered participants.

Our very own co-founders were in attendance at the conference with John Henry - COO, James Henry SF participating in an interesting panel discussion that filled a conference room at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Navigating the CBD Maze. The panel discussion focused on sharing legality, efficacy, consumption methods, and other relevant information on both hemp and cannabis CBD products and applications. James Henry SF was honored to participate on the panel with EBB & Flow Farms and Herba Prima Co-Founder/CEO Amy Pascal and East Fork Cultivars Education & Partnership Manager Anna Symonds, both from the Oregon market. The panel was moderated by Marijuana Business Daily’s John Schroyer who asked a series of questions that allowed the panelists to explain full spectrum extracts and isolates, hemp-derived vs cannabis-derived extracts, promising business opportunities for the growing CBD markets, their views on CBD for pets, and more. Guests eagerly listened to the various expertise and advice which included cultivation experiences as well as extraction experiences. Here’s what John had to say about the panel:

It was an honor to share experiences and perspectives on the rise of CBD across the country. While there are plenty of business opportunities, the real power is in helping people learn about the benefits of CBD and how effective use can mean the difference between an average individual, or a patient, and a better quality of life. There are thousands of stories from all demographics where a CBD-enriched endocannabinoid system yields faster recovery times from fatigue, relief from nausea, anxiety, dry skin, and many other common and chronic inconveniences.

For entrepreneurs and businesses looking to participate in the CBD cultivation and product industry, we all have a responsibility to the patients and consumers that re looking for relief from something when they purchase our products. It’s up to us to navigate the local regulatory landscapes in addition to the true science behind developing products that are effective and/or supplemental. But we must always remember the purpose via the quality and care we place into our products and businesses.

Lastly, it was a great pleasure ot participate on the panel with other great entrepreneurs and industry professionals with Marijuana Business Daily. As this was my second year attending, it was an honor to return as a guest speaker at the largest cannabis event in the world!

Cannabis and the Entourage Effect

Cannabis is one of the most complex plants that produce a synergistic effect when consumed with its 113+ cannabinoids, 200+ terpenes, and 100+ natural compounds. All of these elements interact to produce synergistic effects that create relief from pain, anxiety, insomnia, and more. Cannabis is said to be polypharmaceutical producing the entourage effect, or the combined effect of all components in marijuana that work together to produce an effect that is superior to specific cannabis extracts, such as pure THC or pure CBD.

The importance of full spectrum cannabinoid products sparks conversations that are less often discussed, but very important and useful in understanding the therapeutic and medicinal characteristics of cannabis consumption. This understanding enables patients and consumers to utilize cannabis in innovative ways that help reduce and eliminate (for some) the use of OTC and pharmaceutical pills/ointments that may possess undesirable side effects.

Understanding How Cannabis’s Entourage Effect Works

Various ratios of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds create references to identify many cannabis strains/varieties. Extractors and processors mimic and manipulate these combinations to produce products with education that are targeted for specific reliefs. THC and CBD are the primary cannabinoids that the body uses to achieve therapeutic and medicinal benefits. Alone, these cannabinoids may not create much of an enjoyable experience. THC may induce anxiety in some and CBD, as an antagonist of THC, may not create much of an effect at all. Combined at various ratios, THC and CBD work together in an attempt to create a balanced environment for the body’s endocannabinoid system. If we consider THC and CBD as the foundations for therapeutic benefits from cannabis, terpenes would be the construction engineers building the experiences. Terpenes help regulate and maximize the benefits of consuming THC and CBD both therapeutically and medicinally.

How To Use This Information

Some studies have shown that full-spectrum extracts produce 330% more activity than THC alone. This tells us that full-spectrum cannabinoid products are more beneficial than singularly isolated cannabis compounds alone. For example, a cancer patient ingesting isolated THC may benefit from the THC killing cancer cells by causing cell apoptosis, but the patient may not enjoy the euphoric activity that accompanies THC effects. However, if the same patient utilizes full-spectrum cannabinoid products, then the euphoria from the THC is better regulated by the presence of CBD and other terpenes/compounds that are noted to produce a calming effect. A more common explanation is determining sativa, indica, and other information about cannabis products to determine best situations for use; indica properties may create feelings of lethargy and lack of motivation for some consumers during the day while creating a space of clarity and organized thoughts for patients seeking relief from ADD/ADHD symptoms.

It’s very important to understand that all of the compounds found in cannabis work together to provide healing and relief. When purchasing cannabis products, try to select products that contain full-spectrum extracts to ensure a synergistic balance and maximize the many benefits of cannabis consumption. One may find very similar pricing to achieve what some refer to as more bang for your buck. Easy ways to identify these products include verbiage that says full-spectrum or strain-specific or targeted/proprietary blend and similar. If all else fails, don’t be afraid to ask your budtender or research the product before purchasing.

Universities are Teaching Cannabis

Class is in session, and if you are matriculating in the upcoming years, expect to see medical cannabis in the curriculum. With multiple states coming online to legalize medical cannabis it is no surprise that accredited universities are now adding cannabis to their curriculum. The science in medical cannabis can’t be ignored due to the amount of documented research and case studies that prove it’s medicinal benefits. The beauty of the university's movement to add cannabis to their curriculum is that all of its medical findings can now be explored in a trusted academic setting.

Why Should We Further Cannabis Research?

There are many cases where the medicinal properties of cannabis have reversed and/or cured chronic health conditions that over 133,000,000 Americans may be facing. Dr. Jeff Chen, the head of UCLA cannabis research, and his team of 40 are part of this ever so growing number of intellects and scholars who are invested in the research based on empirical data. Many universities and medical platforms are studying cannabis and its positive response to receptors within the human body. The messaging seems to be the same with all researchers,

"Cannabis may represent a cheap, safe, and effective alternative to certain pharmaceutical drugs for certain diseases" – Dr. Jeff Chen of UCLA.

JamesHenry believes that this research will allow everyone to review the findings and make an informed decision when it comes to their health.

Where Is Cannabis Headed?

States who have legalized marijuana have noticed a decrease in prescription drugs, crime, 911 calls and homicide. The vast information regarding the health benefits of cannabis is causing a ripple effect, and soon, this new paradigm, proven with academia science, will be known as fact. Thanks to modern technology and medical science, information can be shared and explored across the globe with one click of a button.

Universities with Cannabis Education/Research

  • University of Washington

  • University of California Davis (UC Davis)

  • Oregon State

  • Dunlap-Stone University

  • University of Vermont

  • Ohio State University

  • Northern Michigan University

  • Hofstra

  • Harvard University

  • Denver University

  • Cloverleaf University

  • Vanderbilt University

  • UCLA

  • University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

  • LSU Louisiana State University

  • Southern University

  • Oaksterdam

What is the Economic Growth of Cannabis?

We’ve explored all of the positive effects that cannabis can have on the human body and overall health benefits, now let’s dive deeper into another little secret. This wonder of a plant has been estimated to bring in $70 Billion dollars by 2021. In its infant stage, there has never been another industry to have had projections like these.

The fact that universities are adding cannabis to their curriculum says a lot about our advancement in the direction of medicine. Here at JamesHenry, we encourage one another to learn from history.

A great historical philosopher once said “Let Thy Food be Thy Medicine.”

And we plan to do just that. At James Henry SF we provide you with the education and the tools to make informed decisions on your medicine of choice.

The Rise of Integrative Cannabinoid Medicine

The Knox Family And Integrative Cannabinoid Medicine

Many are fascinated by the Schedule I drug that is being utilized by an increasing number of peers, medical professionals, and legislatures who find it a viable solution for many chronic aches, illnesses, and therapeutic reliefs. It’s from these reliefs that the term Integrative Cannabinoid Medicine has been coined, which is the use of cannabis to cure ailments and disease. Because of this new perception of cannabis, now both patients and doctors can focus on the preventive and therapeutic aspects of its consumption for health & wellness.

Meet the Knox Family

The Knox family of medical professionals have been shaking the medical cannabis space in an encouraging way for many years. With their compassion and medical expertise, the Knox Family has boldly created a solution to the often criticized 5-10 minute medical marijuana consultation by incorporating primary care into the recommendation process. Their segment on Megyn Kelly shares a heartwarming testimony with worried parents and an infant affected by an inoperable brain tumor.

As a solution, the American Cannabinoid Clinics, co-founded by Dr. Rachel Knox, helped this family when conventional cancer treatment and medicine had failed. The Knox Family and their American Cannabinoid Clinics are giving more and more families hope in cannabis as an effective solution to treat many ailments and illnesses. Check out the link to this amazing interview and get to know the Knox Family of integrative cannabinoid medicine. And as more families realize the power in cannabis, it’s important to ensure that experienced physicians are found that can properly educate and inform patients on how, when and what types of cannabis and products can help balance, regulate and repair the body’s endocannabinoid system for physiological optimization. Click here to schedule a visit or consultation with the American Cannabinoid Clinics.

Knox Family Medicine Values on Cannabis

Thanks to both their advocacy and medical expertise, the Knox family has helped persons from all backgrounds and beliefs, teaching them how to responsibly use cannabis for illness, therapy, and healing.

Dr. Rachel Knox

“We call what we do in the clinics integrative cannabinoid medicine because we know that cannabis is not the thing that’s helping people heal. It is a tool that helps the body really heal itself.”

Dr. Rachel Knox is an international contributor to the medical cannabis community has spoken at the United Nations’ 4th Annual Power of Collaboration Global Summit in 2017 on the efficacy and science of whole plant (cannabis) medicine and holding a seat on the Oregon Cannabis Commission as Commissioner & Vice Chair. As a co-founder of The CannaMD’s and the American Cannabinoid Clinics, Dr. Rachel Knox still makes a great deal of time for patients seeking relevant and experienced cannabinoid care.

Dr. Janice Knox

“All these people are either failed conventional medicine, or conventional medicine had failed them.”

Dr. Janice Knox’s frequently states that her introduction to cannabis-curious consumers was shocking as she was greeted with a wide variety of patients, professionals, and parenting consumers of whom were very different than those that she was expecting to be in search of cannabis’ euphoric high. Her story is amazing as she mentions how her surprise experiences have compelled her to learn and study the endocannabinoid system with its response to phytocannabinoid introduction/supplementation.

Dr. Jessica Knox

“...look at the changes that are happening in these patients; that in a [traditional] primary care clinic, we just weren’t seeing with our own patients.”

Dr. Jessica Knox often recalls her introduction to medicinal cannabis with her sister, Dr. Rachel Knox. When Dr.’s David and Janice Knox would share the success of cannabinoid medicine with their daughters, neither member of the family imagined the clinics that they would govern to provide real comprehensive care while incorporating cannabis-derived treatment options.

Dr. David Knox

“More conventional thought is that cannabis could be used as a last resort, but I really firmly believe there’s a number of conditions that it should be your first resort.”

Dr. David Knox is a firm believer in starting with cannabis as a first resort. Dr. David Knox routinely counsels patients on how to utilize cannabis and cannabis-derived products to help optimize the endocannabinoid system without achieving the often recreationally sought euphoric high.

Are Doctors Allowed to Prescribe Cannabis in 2018?

The direct response to this question is a short, sweet and legal no, doctors cannot prescribe cannabis. In our efforts to keep readers engaged and informed, it’s important to discuss that doctors legally cannot prescribe cannabis. However, if you live in a state where safe access to medical cannabis is available, doctors are allowed to evaluate patients for state-qualifying medical conditions to sign approval, or recommendation, for an issued medical cannabis card that will allow you to access various products to help with those qualifying conditions. In states such as California, a state-issued medical marijuana card can help ease high tax burdens associated with cannabis sales. As a reference, some adult-users are paying taxes as high as 34.5% for cannabis sales transactions. If you reside in the state of California, tell our lawmakers to lower the cannabis use and sales taxes!

Preventing and Overcoming Colon Cancer

Colon Cancer Awareness Month: Schedule Your Screening

In our efforts to acknowledge and support Colon Cancer Awareness Month, it’s important to discuss that doctors are unclear as to what directly causes cancer of the colon beyond identifying cell abnormalities that clump together causing noncancerous adenomatous polyps and/or tumors in the final portion of the digestive tract. Colorectal cancer represented 8% of new cancer patients in the U.S. last year. In 2017, this percentage was an estimated 135.4k new cases and 50.2k deaths.

While it may be extremely difficult to determine what causes colon cancer, researchers and doctors suggest that DNA (hereditary factors) and dietary habits (specifically, those high in fat and low in fiber) can greatly increase the risk of developing colon cancer with men (46%) at a higher rate than women (35%). These risks are even higher in persons with a family history of colon cancer or rectal cancer. Screening should commence at age 50 for persons with no family history or symptoms of colorectal cancer and as early as age 30 for persons that have a family history and/or other contributing risk factors.

Prevention and Treatment

Prevention

Dr. Olga Obie urges everyone to take more control of their health by knowing their family health history to help inform/guide both self and doctor’s diagnosis, preventing sickness and disease through healthy, organic eating, and focusing on preventative self-care. With this, the American Institute for Cancer Research states that small choices in our daily eating and activity habits could prevent nearly half the new cases of colon cancer each year. Age, weight, and excessive body fat increase risk. In addition, it is recommended to limit alcohol and red meat intake while avoiding processed meats altogether. Foods that contain garlic and that are high in fiber have been shown to reduce dietary risks; 10g of fiber per day reduces the risk of colorectal cancer by 10%. Being active for 30 minutes per day also helps reduce risks while improving weight and mood hormonal balance.

Treatment

Treatments for colon cancer are extensive, ranging from minimally invasive surgery to remove cancerous polyps from the colon wall for early-stage detection to partial colectomy and radiation/chemotherapy for more advanced and invasive cases of colon cancer. Most often, a combination of surgery and radiation/chemotherapy occurs. However, overall health condition may complicate and/or limit options for treatment. The most important prevention factors are the easiest: prevention and early detection. A healthy lifestyle with proper diet, fitness and health screening routines can prevent a great deal of sickness and disease.

Cannabis As A Treatment

The National Cancer Institute has demonstrated in mice studies that endogenous cannabinoid system signaling is likely to provide intrinsic protection against colonic inflammation. This suggests phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids may be very useful at preventing and treating colorectal cancer. At James Henry SF, we truly believe that cannabis should be considered as a primary treatment option for all cancer patients.

Those individuals that have had to support and celebrate family, friends & loved ones battling traditional radiation and chemotherapy treatments will attest to the harsh side effects of treatment options for cancer patients. These harsh treatments sometimes can’t be avoided but in other cases, radiation and chemotherapy can be either avoided altogether or supplemented with cannabis (under a qualified physician’s guidance that understands cannabinoid therapies) to help reduce harsh side effects of nausea, pain, appetite loss and more. Cannabis treatment can also simultaneously destroy tumor cells with THC, repair and build healthy new cells with CBD, and improve the overall quality of healing with its naturally bioavailable compounds. James Henry SF implores all of our patients, consumers and readers to consult informed physicians on cannabinoid therapy as an effective treatment against cancer and other medical concerns. Remember to schedule your screening today!

The Human Endocannabinoid System Produces Cannabinoids

Our body creates endogenous cannabinoids to promote a homeostasis environment in the body. The irony is that cannabis is federally illegal, yet the body creates the same cannabinoids as the cannabis plant, referred to as endocannabinoids.

Another shocker is that the human body also has many cannabinoid/THC receptors in major organs, such as the brain, gonads, glands, liver, heart, kidney and spleen. Let us not forget cannabinoid receptors are also found in your immune system. The underlying question is: why do we have THC receptors if cannabis plants have no benefits? Dr. Donald Abrams, chief of hematology/oncology at San Francisco General Hospital and leading medical marijuana researcher stated that the human body actually produces its own endogenous cannabinoids, chemicals formerly known and associated with the cannabis plant. These cannabinoids bind to receptors throughout the body that regulate memory, cognition, motor coordination, movement, appetite, and emotions. Scientific research has been done on both animals and humans alike with the same results proving the body benefits from self-produced cannabinoids.

What is The Endocannabinoid System?

The “endocannabinoid system” was first identified by research scientists back in the early 1990’s. Located in our brains and throughout our bodies, the system is comprised of both cell receptors and the chemicals that bind to those receptors. Some of the most primitive creatures on earth have an endocannabinoid system, as it’s the most widespread receptor system within the human body. As such, it regulates important physiologic pathways in the human body, such as cardiovascular activity, gastrointestinal activity, maintenance of bone mass, protection of neurons, pain perception, hormonal regulation, metabolism control, inflammatory reactions, immune function, and inhibition of tumors cells. The varying pathways affected in the human body helps explain why cannabis has so many different effects on people.

Two categories of receptors make up the cannabinoid receptor system:

  1. CB1 receptors – these receptors are mostly found in the brain, spinal cord and organs, such as the heart, uterus, small intestine, testis, liver, and peripheral cells

  2. CB2 receptors – these receptors are mostly found on cells of the immune system, including T-cells, B-cells and macrophages, and the spleen

What are Cannabinoids and Where Do They Come From?

Cannabinoids, located within the marijuana plant, are the chemical compounds that contain medical and euphoric properties. THC and CBD, the two main cannabinoids, bind to distinct receptors in order to regulate a natural state in the body.

These cannabinoids can be found in three different areas:

  1. Endocannabinoids – these cannabinoids are naturally produced by the body on demand, commonly as a response to injury

  2. Synthetic cannabinoids – these cannabinoids are considered artificial, as they are produced in a lab setting

  3. Phytocannabinoids – these cannabinoids are also naturally produced, they are created by the cannabis plant. Including TCH and cannabidiol, there are more than 113 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant

The interaction between cannabinoids and receptors work in a lock and key like fashion. In this dynamic, the receptor serves the role of the lock and the cannabinoid molecule is the key. A brain and body reaction is triggered when the cannabinoid molecule attaches to the receptor on the cell wall.

Let’s take the area of the brain that controls memories as an example, the amygdala. Memory is affected when cannabinoids bind to receptors on the amygdala. In this case, for those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), memories are affected, as the triggering of the cannabinoid receptor changes brain function.

Source: http://www.canna-centers.com/cannabis-science

The Body Produces Cannabinoids to Promote a Healthy Balance

Whether you are curious about cannabis or are a cannabis enthusiast, the fact is that nature doesn’t make mistakes when it comes to how the body regulates itself. Cannabinoids are vital to our overall health and wellness and are key to aiding our body. This function of regulation allows the cells to maintain optimum levels of performance. Almost every animal has an endocannabinoid system that provides the same homeostasis function. When the body lacks endocannabinoids, the medical term is clinical endocannabinoid deficiency. This deficiency comes with ailments such as IBS, migraines, and fibromyalgia. At the 2016 Cannabis Health Summit Dr. Suni Aggarwal lectured about how endocannabinoids play a role in regulating:

·  Mood

·  Appetite

·  Memory

·  Inflammation

·  Pain perception

·  Muscle tone and movement

·  Extinction of traumatic memory

·  Protection of nerves and brain tissue

·  Bone growth

·  Tumor regulation

·  Baby breast-feeding reward

·  Stress management

·  Eye pressure

·  Gastrointestinal motility

·  Seizure activity

·  And many others

Whether you’re a cannabis enthusiast or are against usage of the plant, the facts are clear: the body naturally produces the same cannabinoids found in cannabis to promote a homeostasis environment.

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Get to Sleep Faster and More Sound with Cannabis

It’s time to share a few tips on sleeping with cannabis and promoting a better quality of life with sufficient rest. Yes, cannabis does help with inducing and maintaining a good night’s rest, but it’s important to understand what types of cannabis and cannabis products are more suited for these purposes. For example, we definitely wouldn’t recommend our Evening: Social vape pen for a good night’s rest with all of its sativa properties. Instead, we recommend our Weekend: Retreat that contains relaxing indica properties conducive to getting you off to bed at night. But what do you do when vaping or even combusting doesn’t induce the desired counting of sheep at night? We’ll share a few tips below.

Why Do I Need a Minimum 7 Hours of Sleep at Night?

Sleep promotes healthy brain and mood functioning, it regulates energy levels for work and physical activities and promotes overall personal performance such as driving reaction times, social engagement, day-to-day problem solving, etc. Despite all of the positive benefits of sleep,  35% of adults and 68% of high school students experience short sleep duration (<7 hrs) in the United States. In fact, you may fall into this category If you are restless at night or wake up in the middle of the night.  Over the course of the next day, you may find it difficult to maintain energy levels, balanced moods, and productive focuses. These short-term effects are more noticeable today, but can lead to longer-term chronic conditions tomorrow. Lack of sufficient sleep affects children and adults of all backgrounds. In fact, children require sufficient deep sleep to produce the hormones necessary for healthy growth and repair of bones, tissue, and muscle mass. The same hormones promote healthy cell and tissue repair in adults as well.

How Does Cannabis Help With Sleep?

Specifically, indica varieties of cannabis contain specific terpenes that allow the body to experience deeper, euphoric relaxation when combined with the naturally available THC that cannabis plants produce. More common terpenes that are known to possess relaxing and sedative effects are myrcene, linalool, and bisabolol. When selecting cannabis and cannabis products to help with sleep quality, try indica profiles that contain these terpenes.

There are also other cannabinoids that have relaxing and sedative properties to help with good night’s rest. We don’t hear about this cannabinoid too often, but Cannabinol (CBN) is the most sedative cannabinoid known, according to Steep Hill Laboratories. This cannabinoid results from aged or oxidized cannabis and is said to take on similar properties of diazepam, the pharmaceutical reference for Valium. Steep Hill notes that CBN may be an effective substitute for patients and consumers desiring little to no psychoactive effects. The most common products that contain CBN are edibles and tinctures, as aged cannabis is not desired for flower consumption.

Too Much THC Can Inhibit Restful Sleep

While cannabis can help with sleep, it is important to note that studies have shown that frequent use of cannabis has been linked to greater sleep difficulties. The study findings show that while occasional marijuana use doesn't disrupt sleep, heavy (or daily) marijuana use is associated with sleep difficulties. Thus, in the case of cannabis as a sleeping aid, less is more. If you’re a daily cannabis consumer experiencing issues with sleep quality, try consuming more CBD products to help with stress and anxiety while decreasing THC consumption. It’s no secret that cannabis affects individuals very differently. Researchers attribute the variance to both plant and individual genetics. Therefore, figuring which variant is right for you will take some self-experimentation.

Tips For Sleeping With Cannabis

  1. Understand that sleep quality starts well before bedtime. Diet and physical habits both play an important role in promoting healthy sleep. A dark, quiet environment promotes better sleep hygiene. Avoid snacking on potentially disruptive foods prior to bedtime, which means saying no to those feelings of the munchies.

  2. Indica varieties are better for sleep. Look for varieties that contain the following terpenes: myrcene, linalool, and bisabolol. Avoid sativa varieties before bed.

  3. Explore other cannabinoids and ratioed products that combine CBD/THC if euphoric side effects are not desired. If flower or vape consumption is not enough to help with your sleep habits, try CBD:THC tinctures and edibles that are formulated to promote restful sleep. Just be careful not to consume too much.

  4. In addition to exploring other cannabinoids, try exploring other herbal solutions to combine with cannabis as well. Chamomile, lavender, and valerian are all calming and relaxing herbs that promote healthy sleep and make delicious teas. Food-grade lavender oil can be ingested, or try aromatherapy solutions with essential oils and candles.

  5. Lack of sleep affects mood and should be balanced with supplements such as serotonin or 5-HTP. Certain foods are high in tryptophan which the body utilizes to convert into 5-HTP. These foods include turkey, salmon, kiwis, pineapples, and various grains to say a few.

  6. Lastly, relaxing routines prior to bedtime may also help you gain restful slumber. We’ll share with you a relaxing routine with cannabis and cannabis products:

    1. Supplement your diet throughout the day to promote healthy serotonin production and levels. Limit alcohol consumption as this has been proven to negatively affect sleep quality as well. Reduce/eliminate THC consumption during the daytime; try CBD instead. A less stressful daytime makes for an even less stressful nighttime.

    2. Physical activity and exposure to daylight are also important components to consider.

    3. After a nice early dinner, try vaping with our Weekend: Retreat Formulation. If you need more, try a sleep-inducing tincture or edible earlier than later, as consumption prior to bedtime is not as effective.

    4. Once relaxed, but not impaired, a nice hot shower with lavender or eucalyptus body wash is great for taking away more physical stress from the day while incorporating aromatherapy that will also act upon your senses.

    5. Apply your favorite infused topical rub to those achy areas and the bottom of your feet. Put on your favorite pair of socks and you’ll feel lighter on your feet as you start to drift to sleep.

    6. Use a timed insomnia playlist of soft rain, a rolling ocean, and/or other soothing nature sounds.

    7. Try a calming pillow mist to keep the senses in a relaxed state while you dream away.

And there you have it, a recipe for a good night’s sleep. Everybody loves a better slumber. So if you’re up for the challenge, we’d love to hear about your journey to a better rest! Send your stories and updates to info@jameshenrysf.com. Happy sleeping!

Children Are the New Demographic for Medical Cannabis and its Benefits

With talk of the positive effects of cannabis, we welcome in a new demographic of parents who are willing to test the benefits of cannabis to heal their ailing children. Recent studies have found that one in five children, age 3-17, suffer from some form of mental disorder. And according to the Pediatrics Academic Societies, the percentage of children with chronic health conditions is on the rise.

Cannabis And its Cure For ADHD

One of the most common mental health disorders is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). According to the National Institute of Health, ADHD is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. ADHD is most commonly treated with psychostimulants such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta. One of the main irregularities of ADHD is the brain’s shortage of dopamine. And whereas the current medications treat ADHD by giving the brain a surplus of dopamine, they can leave harmful side effects. However, by supplying dopamine, cannabis can be as effective and more in treating hyperactivity, without the negative side effects. Cannabis researcher, Dr. David Bearman writes:

Cannabis appears to treat ADD and ADHD by increasing the availability of dopamine. This then has the same effect but is a different mechanism of action than stimulants like Ritalin (methylphenidate) and dexedrine amphetamine, which act by binding to the dopamine and interfering with the metabolic breakdown of dopamine.”

Dr. Bearman has observed the effectiveness of cannabis in treating ADHD, and some children have already begun to experience its healing properties. Leafly spoke with Antonio Rodriguez, who, at age six, was diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and immediately prescribed a common stimulant medication. “I remember having headaches all the time to the point where I wasn’t able to sleep,” Antonio said. As a side effect, Antonio’s appetite diminished until adding cannabis to his medical routine. That’s when Antonio found that the cannabis was not only treating the medication’s side effects, but it was also improving his  ADD/ADHD symptoms. “For the first time ever, I was in the state where I could really get my mind together.”

Cannabis Is Beneficial In Treating the Symptoms of Autism

Another leading mental disorder affecting the health of children is autism. Serving as one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S., autism is a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication.

According to the National Health Information Survey (NHIS), autism rates for children in 2016 were 1 in 36, the highest ever recorded and an increase from the reported rate of 1 in 45 in the 2014 NHIS survey. Only two medications have been approved by the FDA  to treat the symptoms of autism but are not always effective and carry serious side effects. As an alternative, Dr. Giovanni Martinez reports that cannabis oil has already shown to have positive effects in relieving the symptoms of autism. Dr. Martinez researches the therapeutic possibilities of treating children who have autism with CBD oil and recounts a case in which Kalel Santiago, a mute child with severe autism, began to speak his first words after receiving an oral double-daily dose of hemp oil spray. Dr. Martinez states:

“He started using the product three weeks ago. He was a full non-verbal patient. He only made sounds. The only change in his treatments was the use of CBD. Initially, the child would become so frustrated with his inability to communicate, he would act out and injure himself. But, now that he can express himself, he laughs and enjoys life.”

Kalel Santiago is living proof that cannabis is beneficial. Cannabis oil has not only been used to treat autism and ADHD, but a variety of diseases and conditions, such as anxiety, strokes, cancer, glaucoma, and easing the severity/number of seizures in those with epilepsy.So how do we harness cannabis in order to cure? For starters, James Henry SF’s Day-Time Focus line was inspired by Adderall and offers the benefits of the drug in addressing ADHD without its negative side effects. But in terms of long-term benefit, and as adolescent mental health issues have shown to cost to society as high as $247 billion annually, it is beneficial that we continue to explore, legalize and decriminalize the use of cannabis to treat even more diseases.

How Well Does Your Doctor Know Cannabis?

Getting to Know Cannabis

There’s a wealth of information that exists around the benefits of cannabis of which consumers may find fascinating, exciting and confusing all at once. However, despite mixed feelings, consumers are beginning to embrace cannabis. Some are even turning to home cultivation and countertop infused products. But no matter what side of the spectrum you may be on, a common denominator that exists between all thoughts on the matter is that we all have some form of minimal knowledge on the operations of cannabis. However, where cannabis has been controversially argued as having no medicinal benefit and viewed as a hard drug, we are now living in an increasingly acceptable truth, that our own lack of knowledge and understanding towards cannabis is the root of our dilemma. Therefore, and with that being said, who should we turn to for understanding? A common answer for many is our doctors. However, you’d be surprised to know that most doctors are not as educated on the medicinal benefits of cannabis as you’d think.

A Doctor’s Take on Cannabis

For many of us, our medical physicians and practitioners have been the trusted resource for all matters of health and related medical issues. However, when considering cannabis, this resource is not always the easiest to rely upon. In fact, you’d be quite baffled when asking many medical professionals about their formal training on the endocannabinoid system and the use of cannabis in natural and therapeutic care. Dr. David Allen conducted a survey in 2013 that discovered only 13% of medical schools even mentioned the endocannabinoid system. And even though the system’s functioning to act as a biological regulator is critical to our body’s maintenance, this truth is it’s not discussed in the majority of the medical programs around the country.

Integrative Cannabinoid Medicine

Despite this little-known truth, there are some doctors that are aware of the medicinal benefits that cannabis has to offer and practice it through Integrative Cannabinoid Medicine. Integrative cannabinoid medicine is the modern definition of the use of cannabis to cure ailments and disease.

Dr. Janice Knox sits on the board of Doctors For Cannabis Regulation and is one of few medical doctors in the United States that pursues integrative cannabinoid medicine as a medical practice. Dr. Knox shares her experience stating,

“I had the mindset that most people had at the time ― ‘marijuana is a terrible drug, it’s just a drug. I knew nothing about this medicine... I felt so embarrassed as a physician that that’s where I was. So I really made it a point to learn everything that I could about it’”

Her husband, Dr. David Knox, and daughter, Dr. Rachel Knox, are peers amongst her practice and have mentioned that patients seek the benefits of cannabis, CBD, and THC, without the associated euphoric effects.  Dr. Janice Knox and family are recognized for being both familiar and attentive to patients’ medical needs while utilizing the many delivery methods of cannabis in which one can experience relief. These types of interactions are therefore realities, exchanged with mothers, fathers, lawyers, engineers, and a multitude of diverse patients seeking natural relief from many common illnesses and health issues. Dr. Rachel Knox states, “patients should feel comfortable that the doctor they’re talking about cannabis with is knowledgeable about this medicine” and therefore encourages more doctors to do their research. For more information on how the Knox Family is changing the perception of cannabis, visit The Huff Post’s feature by Amanda Duberman. You can also explore their vision of integrative cannabinoid medicine with the American Cannabinoid Clinics here.

Despite the progression of awareness, the status of cannabis as a Schedule I drug has still stifled relevant, widespread research on the comprehensive physiological effects of cannabinoids on the human body. Adversely, the US government has obtained U.S. Patent #6630507 on the said Schedule I drug, documenting the use of the non-psychoactive cannabinoids to protect the brain from damage caused by various diseases. Therefore, the very existence of the patent on cannabis itself is indeed proof, by the U.S. government and the Department of Health and Human Services, that cannabis is indeed beneficial. Regarding such, lawyer Sam Mendez states,

“Naturally, it shows that there is a certain amount of hypocrisy that there is ‘no accepted medical use’ for cannabis according to federal law. And yet here you have the very same government owning a patent for, ostensibly a medical use for marijuana.”

In an effort to overcome such hypocrisy and even with the hindrances Patent #6630507 may produce, we at JamesHenrySF continue to pioneer: continuing support of research, advocacy, learning, and faith in cannabis treatments.

Fighting Cancer with Cananbis

Although there are many speculations around cannabis, THC: CBD ratios and all of cannabis’ health benefits, there is one common fact: cannabis fights cancer cells.  The world renown National Cancer Institute, an agency that is part of the department of health, has acknowledged studies that show cannabis does, in fact, kill cancer cells. No matter what side of the fence you are on regarding this topic, research proves that cannabis can offer multiple levels of help to aid in the battle with cancer.

What is Cancer?

The chart below shows the number of people per state who were diagnosed with cancer in 2017. And according to the National Cancer Institute, 38.6% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer in the US at some point in their lifetime.

So what is cancer? Unlike normal cell growth, cancer is uncontrollable cell division, where cells of the body continue to grow, but don’t die. This is because cancer cells can ignore signals that normally indicate to stop dividing. These cancer cells are then able to persuade the environment that they are in to support them. Because of this persuasion and a new supply of nutrients directed from normal cells to cancerous ones, tumors, or masses of tissue, are able to form.

There are two types of tumors that can result from cancer: benign and malignant.

Benign Tumors

Benign tumors can arise for many reasons: environmental, genetics, diet, stress, infection, etc. It’s very likely that most lumps that people can feel from the outside of their body are benign, such as many breast lumps. Nine out of 10 women harbor benign tissue transformations. Benign Tumors usually:

  • Grow slowly

  • Don’t spread

  • Are not cancerous

  • Won’t transfer to or harm nearby tissues

In order to treat a benign tumor, many doctors just wait it out, as they watch to see whether or not the tumor will spread to any other areas of the body. If so, surgery may be suggested to remove the tumor as it may become malignant.

Malignant Tumors

Malignant tumors can potentially result in death. They are typically formed from unstable, abnormal cells and are able to travel through the bloodstream and circulatory system, as they continue to proliferate. Malignant tumors usually:

  • Grow rapidly

  • Spread

  • Are cancerous

  • Can transfer to or harm nearby tissues

Whereas benign tumors can be addressed by watchful waiting, malignant tumors should be addressed as soon as possible.

Treatments

In order to treat malignant tumors, many people who have had or currently have cancer and know that it is a very difficult condition to endure and fight, turn to chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Chemotherapy Cancer Treatment

Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment that utilizes drugs in order to kill cancer cells. These drugs may be administered through oral consumption or injection. This occurs through a duration of repetitive treatments followed by days of rest. This therapy procedure is referred to as a systemic one, meaning that it can affect the patient's entire body. While chemo drugs affect cancer cells, they also affect normal, healthy cells. This is because chemo drugs can’t decipher between certain characteristics; example being, if a healthy cell (such as a hair cell) divides quickly, the chemo drug will destroy it. This is why many who experience chemo suffer hair and/or appetite loss.

Radiation Therapy for Cancer Treatment

Radiation therapy serves to combat cancer cells through a process of high-energy radiation via X-rays, gamma rays, and charged particles. Radiation therapy seeks to kill cancer cells by damaging their DNA, thereby ceasing their divide and initiating their death. Similar to chemotherapy, radiation therapy is administered through a duration of treatments and also results in the death of healthy cells. Additionally, radiation treatment has been shown to raise the risk of getting another cancer.

Cannabis

After reading the damaging effects on healthy cells from chemotherapy and radiation therapy, you might think “there’s got to be another way.” We’re here to tell you, there is and it’s found through cannabis. In 2003 the US government patented medical cannabis, US Patent #663057, acknowledging cannabis’s medicinal properties.

Cannabis Fights Cancer

The human body has an endocannabinoid system that responds positively to THC and CBD.

THC is a cannabinoid of cannabis. When THC connects to the cannabinoid receptor on the cancer cell, it causes an increase in ceramide synthesis, which drives cell death. The key to the cure is the accumulation of ceramide. Because of this, cannabinoids can impair tumor progression at various levels. As molecular biologist, Dr. Christina Sanchez comments in her research,

“We observed that when we treated these cells [tumor cells] with cannabinoids, THC, the main psychoactive component of cannabis, was killing the cells in our Petri dishes. We were killing the cells.”

This cellular effect can be achieved by taking minute amounts of cannabis oil through a duration of treatments. And though the repetitive nature is similar, unlike chemotherapy and radiation, with cannabis, healthy cells don’t produce ceramide when THC is present, and therefore are not harmed by its presence. In addition, cannabis can be easily administered orally or through inhalation. Oral cannabis can be consumed in the form of baked goods or herbal tea, although cannabis enters the bloodstream more quickly when smoked or vaporized.

Protection from Developing Cancer through Cannabis

Cannabis extract has been used for many years in the treatment of many illnesses, however, the extracted oil from cannabis has done wonders on cancer treatment and has even helped in eliminating the side effects of chemo and radiation therapies. Some of the benefits of cannabis that are crucial for battling cancer are its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  Inflammation is a response by the body’s immune system to injury, bacteria or viruses. And as many chronic inflammatory diseases can increase a person’s cancer risk, cannabis can not only relieve inflammation but cancer it can bring as well. In one study, researchers found that cannabinoids can protect neurons from exposure to glutamate, and compared to the vitamins C and E, cannabis proved to be 30-50% more effective in doing so. Therefore, cannabis has shown its THC and CBD cannabinoids contain antioxidant properties useful in clinical applications. And as the consistent antioxidant intake is beneficial to one's overall well being, this antioxidant-rich plant can serve as a lower risk for cancer.

Here are a few other properties that make cannabis powerful in fighting cancer:

  • Anti-tumor: inhibits the growth of tumors

  • Anti-angiogenic: prevents formation of new blood vessels needed by tumors to grow

  • Anti-metastatic: prevents cancer from spreading to other organs in the body

  • Apoptosis: induces cell to self-destruct on its own

As you can see, the benefits of cannabis in treating cancer are outstanding. A study conducted in Washington, DC showed that a quarter of cancer patients that use cannabis, use it for pain relief and one third use it for enjoyment, but what about using cannabis to actually treat cancer?   Dr. Sanjay Gupta states,

“..it is irresponsible not to provide the best care we can as a medical community, care that could involve marijuana...We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States”

We at James Henry SF want to help change the outlook on cancer and equip you with the tools for better health. We have a lot of work to do, but the work starts with education and awareness. As a call to action to you - help spread the word and in turn, save lives.