Medical marijuana for cancer patients

Medical marijuana for cancer patients

Medical marijuana for cancer patients

Marijuana, or also known as cannabis, has always been a subject of controversy, especially in the field of traditional medicine, since in recent years a wide variety of options have emerged for consuming the plant and obtaining benefits in the body, especially in people suffering from cancer.

Chemical compounds of Marijuana 

First of all, it is important to understand its origin and natural composition, which is why we will now talk about the plant and then the benefits that certain components bring to the health of many people.

The main chemical compound that predominates in the cannabis plant is tetrahydrocannabinol, known by the acronym THC. However, the plant is home to more than 400 different chemical compounds among which we find 66 cannabinoids different from THC, some of the most representative being the following:

Cannabidiol or CBD. It has an anxiolytic and relaxing effect.

Cannabinol or CBN. Its consumption usually implies a reduction of the heart rate and some anticonvulsive effects. It has hardly any psychoactive action.

Tetrahydrocannabivarin THCV

Cannabigerol or CBG. It does not have psychoactive properties of any kind but it does have important antibiotic properties. It also serves to reduce intraocular pressure.

Cannabicromene or CBC. It has anti-inflammatory and sedative effects.

All these chemical components of cannabis cause different effects from THC but they all have one thing in common: they act directly on our central nervous system when we consume them.

Medical use of CBD for cancer patients

Medical use of CBD for cancer patients 

However, the use of cannabidiol, in the form of an extract or oil of CBD, has gained much attention in recent years because of its potential therapeutic properties, especially for the management of the complications and symptoms inherent in different types of cancer. 

In the United States, the use of medical marijuana is legal in 33 states. 

“Cannabidiol offers hope for a non-toxic therapy that can treat aggressive forms of cancer without any of the side effects of chemotherapy,” says McAllister, who is seeking support for clinical trials of the marijuana compound in breast cancer patients. Cannabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ®)–Health Professional Version

While marijuana becomes a topic of discussion because of its chemical components and recreational use, it is clear that on a medical level its properties are promising, even in very advanced cancer cases, not only for treatment but also for prevention.

Its use in traditional medicine is resonating more and more and is being studied to obtain more precise results and to start applying them in certain types of cancer and treatments. If there is one thing that is indisputable, it is that within the medical scientific community, the discovery of the anti-tumour properties of cannabinoids is being increasingly recognised as a seminal advance in cancer therapy.

Medical marijuana, everything you need to use it 100%

Medical marijuana, everything you need to use it 100%

The benefits of the therapeutic use of marijuana are well known. Although prohibition makes it difficult to conduct scientific studies on medical marijuana, there are more and more that corroborate its usefulness for different pathologies.

The benefits of the therapeutic use of marijuana are well known. Although prohibition makes it difficult to carry out scientific studies on medical marijuana, there are more and more that corroborate its usefulness for different pathologies.

Furthermore, although they cannot be used as the results of a scientific study, we have the experiences and testimonies of many patients who claim to have been able to alleviate the effects of their illnesses thanks to Cannabis.

Medical marijuana, everything you need to use it 100%
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Medical marijuana: a brief history

Cannabis is recognized as one of the first plants cultivated and used by man. In fact there is evidence of its use in China 4,000 years before Christ.

During the 19th century it was introduced into Western medicine by the French psychiatrist Jacques-Joseph Moreau and the Irish doctor William B. O’Shaughnessy.

During the 20th century, the prohibition of the use of Cannabis, both recreational and medicinal, is materialized. The persecution of Cannabis begins in the USA with the publication in 1937 of the Marijuana Tax Act and extends throughout the planet with the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.

Medical marijuana: the cannabinoids

It is the cannabinoids, substances present in the resin of Cannabis, that provide the medicinal effects of marijuana. Possible therapeutic benefits of terpenes and flavonoids (odorous and taste substances) are also currently being studied.

Of the cannabinoids, THC was the most studied, as it is responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana. Many therapeutic applications for CBD are also known today.

For this reason many of the most sought-after strains of marijuana currently for medical use are known to have a 1:1 ratio. These varieties produce plants that contain similar percentages of THC as CBD.

Synthetic cannabinoids, such as Nabilone (Cesamet) in the case of THC, have been manufactured. But it seems that for many diseases, it is the combination of all cannabinoids in the plant that produces the medicinal effect.

According to information disclosed by Canna Research Laboratories, the differences between the characteristics of the main cannabinoids present in marijuana

Cannabigerol (CBG)

  • The first cannabinoid produced by the plant
  • Precursor of CBD and TCH.
  • Non-psychoactive.
  • Predominantly soporific.
  • Cannabidiol (CBD)

It is created by degradation of the CBG.

  • Precursor of THC.
  • Slightly psychoactive.
  • Suppresses feelings of fear and panic.
  • Reduces the effect of THC

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

  • It’s created by CBD degradation.
  • CBN precursor.
  • Main psychoactive component of marijuana.
  • Its effects can be: relaxants, stimulants or hallucinogens and raise the pulse

Cannabinol (CBN)

  • It is created by degradation of THC.
  • Present in poorly preserved plants or cut too late.
  • Slightly psychoactive.
  • Relaxing.

When cannabinoids are in the plant it has an acid form, a bud does not contain THC but THCA, which is much less powerful.

The difference is that THCA has a tail composed of a carbon molecule, which must be lost to become THC. This is known as decarboxylation. The easiest way is to heat it up to a certain level. This is easily done with cannabis that’s smoked, steamed or cooked.

If, for example, you want to consume the buds directly, without burning or cooking them, it is recommended that you leave them in a bain-marie for two hours to decarboxylate them, transform the THCA into THC and thus achieve the same effect using a smaller amount of marijuana.

Marijuana Growing Guide for Beginners - Part 1

Marijuana Growing Guide for Beginners – Part 1

The beginner’s guide to growing marijuana is simply a general review of the first steps and concepts you should learn to take in order to obtain a quality harvest without much effort, but above all without much knowledge on the subject.

We have created this post mainly thinking about people who would like to start growing, but don’t know very well where to start or what the steps are when it comes to growing. In this way and in a very simple way, everyone can learn to cultivate without being an expert in the field.

Now we are going to take the first steps, so take a pen and paper and make notes on the most important aspects.

Outdoor cultivation or indoor cultivation

The first choice you should make is the type of crop you are going to grow, indoor or outdoor seeds. Since this choice will directly condition the marijuana seed you must grow. In the market there are varieties designed specifically for indoor cultivation and the same goes for outdoor cultivation, which is why it is so important.

Marijuana seeds for indoor cultivation

The most recommended genetics for indoor cultivation are usually 100% Indica strains, hybrids with a high percentage of Indica or hybrids with a high percentage of Sativa developed for optimal indoor cultivation. Indica varieties are usually chosen, as they are the fastest flowering. Sativa varieties can be grown indoors, although it is necessary to have previous experience.

Outdoor Marijuana Seeds

The most recommended genetics for outdoor cultivation as a rule, are plants (regardless of the percentage of sativa / indica) of great resistance to attack by pests and fungi. Since in this type of crop plants are continuously exposed to the weather and any insect that passes through the area.

On the other hand you can also grow most of the genetics that exist on the market, although they have been developed specifically for indoor cultivation. In this type of crop can be grown sativa varieties without having the same disadvantages as indoors, but will have to arm themselves with patience, since the flowering period of these is usually more than 10 weeks. So they are usually ready for harvest from April.

What variety of marijuana to plant?

The second choice you should make is which variety of marijuana you want to grow, which will depend on your needs and where you are going to plant it. There are thousands of varieties of marijuana on the market and each one has different characteristics and a different way of growing it.

What variety of marijuana to plant?

In this aspect you can differentiate between, medical marijuana varieties and recreational marijuana varieties. Within these you can find auto-flowering plants, which flower automatically after a certain time of growth. And non-auto-flowering or photo-dependent plants, which flower when the number of hours they receive decreases with the arrival of autumn.

There are two versions of marijuana on the market that encompass all the others, we mean the regular marijuana varieties and the feminized marijuana varieties. Regular plants are characterized by producing both male and female plants. This fact can slow them down a lot in cultivation and lose valuable time for nothing. Feminized plants produce 99% female plants, so if you are looking for a variety to grow, the first thing you should choose is a feminized variety. This will save you time and money.

What are marijuana seeds and how are they classified?

What are marijuana seeds and how are they classified?

Marijuana cultivation has become a widespread practice in various parts of the world, where production for recreational or medicinal purposes is encouraged. The self-consumption and commercialization of cannabis for these purposes has increased in countries like Uruguay, Holland, Colombia or Mexico.

Even the Charrúa nation became in 2014 the first country in the world to legalize and establish a regulation for the production, distribution and consumption of marijuana, which opened the debate on crops.

Under certain circumstances, cannabis activity is not punishable by law. However, in other places, penalties can be very stiff.

The stages for growing marijuana include adapting the environment for plant growth, flowering, drying and tasting. The yield and optimal qualities of the crop will depend on the care given to it from the beginning.

That is to say, from the choice of the seed, special attention must be paid to ensure that each phase of development is carried out efficiently. There is a wide variety of seeds available on the market to obtain various types of cannabis.

What are marijuana seeds and how are they classified?

Sexual reproduction

There are companies like GeaSeeds, which through its portal has specimens of marijuana seeds, feminized seeds and autoflowering seeds. On the website we can find marijuana seed banks like Auto Amnesia, Jack Orange, Sperm Whale, Train Wreck, Lima Haze and everything related to Cannabis.

When asked what marijuana seeds are, it is important to explain that they are the form of sexual reproduction of cannabis. Marijuana produces male and female plants alike.

The former have the capacity to generate pollen, while the latter, being egg producers, are fertilized due to the pollen that has been produced. Over time, the cannabis seed is born and then forms a new specimen.

Experts in the field say that, due to genetic inheritance, the “parents” chosen must be strong and healthy, which will allow for high-quality progeny.

Hybrids and family crosses

A large percentage of the marijuana seeds are hybrids obtained from crosses between the major cannabis families. These include Indica, Sativa and Ruderalis.

In the world of marijuana cultivation there are still pure specimens that have not been crossed with others. These are known as purebreds. There are also other varieties that have been crossed only between themselves, known as IBL or InBrided Line.

In general, there are 3 types of seeds: regular, feminized and autoflowering. The regular ones are the traditional ones, which are used to produce both male and female plants.

Feminized seeds have been genetically manipulated so that they can only produce female plants, which has been a major advance in the industry, as it allows growers to save time and space.

As for the autoflowering plants, they are crossed with the Ruderalis family, so they do not depend on the photoperiod to flower. These specimens enter the phase once they reach maturity.

Cannabis use has reached such a level that it is common to hold special events where companies dedicated to this sector showcase their advances in the cultivation and production of cannabis.

One of the most renowned events is the Spannabis Barcelona Fair, which will be held at the Fira de Cornellá on 9, 10 and 11 March. More information about Spannabis can be found on the GeaSeeds website.

The seeds exhibit particular characteristics that, depending on their type, can be more or less dark and vary in size. The appearance of the seed is the main indicator to know if it is a quality specimen.

A good cannabis crop starts with choosing quality seeds, so you have to know how to identify them and get an optimal harvest.

What are the best outdoor marijuana seeds?

What are the best outdoor marijuana seeds?

This is a question every grower has asked himself at one time or another, especially as the outdoor growing season approaches. There are numerous online listings of the varieties best suited for different types of crops and purposes such as: Heavyweight seeds, Green House seeds, Haute Genetique, Hero seeds. Today we want to show you some of the best varieties to grow outdoors, based on their resistance, their speed of growth and the climatic zone in which they will grow.

The importance of climate to choose your outdoor seeds

Cannabis is a fairly hardy plant that adapts very well to almost all kinds of conditions. Marijuana plants can be found in everything from the tropics to the Russian steppes, Africa, India and Australia. This incredible ability to adapt is what will help us choose the best marijuana variety to grow in your geographical area.

When choosing seeds to grow outdoors, it is essential to take into account the type of climate, and choose varieties whose origin comes from similar climatic zones. In this way, the plants will be in growing conditions as close as possible to their ideal environment. The more sativa varieties, of tropical origin, will be difficult to adapt to the climatic conditions of continental areas, due to their longer flowering period.

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The best seeds to grow in cold climates

If you live in cold climatic zones, where summers are short, our recommendation is to choose seeds from Indica and Indica-dominant hybrids, with a fast flowering cycle. Another good option is auto-flowering seeds, which are becoming increasingly popular due to their extremely short growing cycle.

In this way we get the plants ready to harvest before the first frosts, avoiding the spoiling of the buds that are not yet mature. Another important aspect to consider is choosing seed varieties that are particularly resistant to moisture and cold, to prevent the appearance of fungi.

Some of the best varieties of marijuana to grow outdoors in cold climates are

Some of the best varieties of marijuana to grow outdoors in cold climates are

A.M.S (Green House Seeds), Anti Mold Strain is the meaning of its acronym in English. It is a very vigorous plant, native to Switzerland, which has adapted over generations to the humidity and cold continental, acquiring a huge resistance to attack by fungi. Compact in appearance, branched out and sweet in taste, it is very easy to grow. 

Magnum Auto: One of our best bulk autoflowering varieties, the result of a multi hybrid of sativa dominance, is one of the most productive and resistant autoflowering marijuana plants on the market. With a stimulating and creative effect, is a variety to enjoy any time of day, without fear of suffering the “syndrome of the leverage”. On top of that, thanks to its tropical ancestry, it adapts very well to hot climates.

Industrial Plant (Dinafem): without a doubt, one of the best choices for growing both outdoors and indoors. Its Afghan x Thai genetics, make this plant a super monster producer of buds and trichomes in just 45 – 55 days of flowering. If you don’t know it yet, we guarantee that with just one crop, it will become one of your favorite marijuana varieties.

Amnesia Auto: another of our most prestigious bulk varieties. Especially suitable for outdoor, for its rapid flowering and easy cultivation, ensures a good production of buds with musky aroma in just 70 days.

Frisian Dew (Dutch Passion): born in the north of Holland, this plant develops well in hard and humid climates. It is an ideal seed for growers with little experience, very vigorous and fast harvest. Its peculiar leaves, reminiscent of a duck’s foot, make it more difficult to detect in guerrilla crops. A large percentage of adult plants acquire purple tones. Very easy to grow and manicure, this great variety guarantees you a good production, with a minimum effort.

Marijuana varieties to grow outdoors in warm climates

Psychedelic (Sweet Seeds): this is a plant that is particularly resistant to heat and high humidity. Coming from an unknown cross between an American sativa and a Nepalese indica, the result is a sativa-dominant plant, extremely hardy and easy to grow. Its citrus aroma and flavor with touches of wood and coffee, has captivated thousands of growers.

Jamaican Pearl (Sensi Seeds) is a genuinely sativa Jamaican strain, crossed with an Early Skunk, which is perfectly adapted to hot and humid climates.

Chocolate Skunk (00 Seeds): excellent selection of Critical Mass with aroma and taste of chocolate. Its development branched and compact, make it.

Marijuana Growing Guide for Beginners - Part 2

Marijuana Growing Guide for Beginners – Part 2

Indoor and outdoor marijuana varieties

To make it easier for you we are going to name several strains for indoor cultivation, which are quite easy to grow and need practically no care. For outdoor cultivation we will do the same, we will name several strains of easy cultivation and great resistance to adversity.

5 marijuana seeds for indoor cultivation

Sensi Seeds’ Skunk #1: one of the most cultivated, stable and hardy classics on the market.

S.A.D. by Sweet Seeds: a tasty, powerful and beautiful variety

Tutankhamun from Pyramid seeds: a very powerful, tasty variety that can withstand all types of pruning.

Kritical Bilbo by Genehtik: a fast, very productive, resistant and very tasty variety.

Nebula of Paradise Seeds: very cerebral variety, with typical flavor of sativa.

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Sweet Seeds’ Jack 47: a productive, powerful, resistant and coveted variety.

Power Plant by Dutch Passion: very productive, great adaptability and great vigour.

OG Kush by Humboldt Seeds: a highly resistant, productive and legendary plant.

Super Silver Haze from Green House Seeds: ultra productive and very powerful variety.

LSD of Barney’s Farm: it is a strain of great resistance, aroma and production.

Marijuana Growing Guide for Beginners - Part 2

What substrate should you use?

The substrate should always be of the best possible quality, so try to avoid the use of mixtures of dubious origin or avoid buying in places where they are not specialized in this type of culture. This has to be in accordance with the climatic conditions of the area, because if you live in a place where rains are quite common, you should not grow with a substrate that retains too much humidity. For this reason it is important to study the area and see what it asks for. If you are going to grow indoors the options when choosing the type of substrate are extended, the only thing you should take into account is that it should be of good quality, the rest is a matter of taste.

Remember that if you are going to grow directly in a pot the most recommended is to use quality substrate, without mixing with clay soil. However, if you are growing in direct soil, to avoid making too large an investment in substrate, the best thing to do is to mix the substrate and soil from the same area at 50%. In later years, we can add 50% more quality substrate, this way the medium is improved and reconditioned for cultivation.

In this aspect it is necessary to take into account that the frequency and quantity of the irrigations will also depend on the area where it is cultivated. In rainy areas you will have to water much more carefully and be aware that the substrate more or less dries out in conditions. In temperate zones watering can be applied in a more relaxed way, you just have to make sure that the substrate has lost more than 60% humidity.

In dry areas it is just the opposite that in rainy areas, you will have to be careful that the substrate does not get too dry, because it is also counterproductive, if necessary you should water as many times as necessary as long as the substrate has lost more than 70% of humidity.

Damp climate 

If you live in an area where rainfall is quite common and the soil is often too wet or waterlogged, you need to work with a substrate rich in coconut fibre and perlite. These components help to oxygenate the mixture and maintain ideal conditions for the roots. You can also fill the bottom of the hole or the base of the pot with clean stones or arlita, these help to keep the base of the roots less waterlogged.

Temperate climate 

In this type of climate, practically any type of substrate can be selected as long as it is of good quality. In this case you only have to take into account the characteristics of the substrate itself and water progressively.

Dry climate 

In this type of climate it is necessary to use substrates enriched with materials that help retain moisture in the environment, such as vermiculite, worm humus and different types of polymers.

The time has come to germinate

Germination is a step prior to the actual start of cultivation, as everything else is just preparation. This moment is vital, so it is very important that the germination of the seed passes in an optimal way.

The different strains of marijuana

The different strains of marijuana

Marijuana strains are pure or hybrid varieties, typically these are either cannabis sativa (marijuana) or indica (putative species), these varieties are created to enhance specific characteristics of the plant, or to differentiate a strain for drug marketing purposes. At Grow Shop Online we know that different seeds are also developed for medicinal purposes; the names are chosen by those who develop them.

The variety of names in some cases reflects the properties of the plants, such as color, taste, smell or origin of the variety. Many of the varieties known as hashish have low cannabinoid content.

Types of varieties

– Single-Strain Clone: The grower can distribute genetically identical clones of the plant. The clone is the only way to reproduce the plant so that they can obtain exactly the same genetic material. However, the conditions under which the plant grows will affect the final product.

– Stable variety seed: Creating a genetically stable variety involves selectively choosing the male and female of the cannabis plant, reproducing them over many generations. The seeds generated will grow into plants that have all the desired characteristics, although some genetic variation may still occur.

– Unstable variety seed: These varieties are produced without many generations of breeding. So they can be produced very fast, the flat ones that grow from these seeds, but they can also have a lot of different characteristics. The grow shop generally does not sell these types of varieties, as they are understood to be disreputable and very unstable.

– Wild varieties: some varieties, such as Colombian and Thai varieties, refer to cannabis plants growing wild in certain regions. Usually these plants are used as the basis for the production of much more specialized varieties such as G-13 or Haze.

The different strains of marijuana

Cannabis species

The two most commonly grown groups of species as mentioned above are Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa, a third species is Cannabis ruderalis, the latter is very small and produces only small amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) but is not commonly developed for industrial, recreational or medical use.

Pure sativas are relatively tall (up to 4.5 meters) with long branches and elongated leaves as well. While the indica species is a much smaller, shrub-like variety, which has wider leaves, they are generally preferred for indoor growing because of their size. An important difference between these two is that sativas flower after the indica, usually taking a month or two to mature.

The effects of these two species are said to be different, but the ratio of THC to cannabidiol (CBD) in most of the more named strains is similar, 100 to 1.

Hybrid plants generally mix different ratios of these three common types. One example is the White Widow plant, which you can find in your online grow shop, they have ancestors that are about 60% Indica and 40% Sativa, that is they come from two pure plants of these types.

Medicinal Varieties

Knowing that there is a variety of medical marijuana seeds can sometimes be confusing to decide which one to grow depending on the condition you want to treat, as different strains can treat different diseases. Whether you try to buy it as part of a club or grow it at home there are hundreds of varieties available, it is difficult to choose as experiences vary from person to person.

When choosing a strain it is important to know how to measure the effects on the body, this is through THC and CBD, in most medicinal use THC is the main ingredient while CBD is a small portion. For example, a plant with a potent strain has 15-19% THC and only 1% CBD; this proportion is critical in how cannabis affects the patient.

Cannabidiol is not a psychoactive ingredient by itself, but it can impact on the medicinal benefits of cannabis and also vary the effects of THC. The effects of the indica strain are sedative, relaxing, and therefore very useful in the treatment of muscle spasms and tremors, as well as chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, among others.

In Grow Shop Online we know that the sativa strain gives energy, its varieties are effective in the treatment of nausea (caused by chemotherapy treatments), stimulate appetite, reduce migraine, depression and other symptoms.