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Dana Dwight On Treating Interstitial Cystitis With CBD Oil



Dana Dwight On Treating Interstitial Cystitis With CBD Oil
This article was written by Erin McDonald and originally appeared in

MMJ Patient: Dana Dwight, Fillmore, CA

When you start experiencing symptoms and side effects from the medications that were prescribed to you to help the symptoms you already have… you know there is an issue at hand. This is the interview of a woman who suffered from years of vicious pharmaceutical cycles and finally had enough and switched to medical marijuana and CBD oils to bring her back to living life in a way of consciousness instead of comatose.

What medical condition have you been struggling with?

I was diagnosed with cancer at age 29. Then 2 years later I was diagnosed with severe interstitial cystitis, an inflammation disorder, which is something I am still currently experiencing symptoms from, like psoriasis.

How long have you been experiencing your medical condition?

Since I was 19 years old I had the symptoms of interstitial cystitis, but when I’d go into the doctor’s office I was told that because of the blood in my urine it must be a UTI and so I was prescribed antibiotics and sent on my way. I continued to be misdiagnosed for the next 12 years until I was finally sent to a specialist at UCSD Medical Center where I was then officially diagnosed with severe interstitial cystitis. But because I had been misdiagnosed for all those years and been prescribed antibiotics monthly or even sometimes, bi-monthly, I now had a compromised immune system. It’s a vicious cycle, honestly. When you take antibiotics that often and that regularly, it creates a candida build-up which creates its own host of medical problems, which is something I am still learning about as time goes on. In my particular case, the candida overgrowth aggravated my interstitial cystitis, which would cause a flare-up. This went on for years and years. Dana Dwight on treating interstitial cystitis with CBD oil

But because I had been misdiagnosed for all those years and been prescribed antibiotics monthly or even sometimes, bi-monthly, I now had a compromised immune system.

What do you believe caused this medical condition?

The cause of interstitial cystitis is unknown. It is not a very well-known disorder, but it’s starting to get more recognition and there are more and more patients being diagnosed with this today as we become more aware of its existence.

What medications have you been taking that was prescribed to you by your doctor?

At the age of 19, I was prescribed a type of birth control which they don’t prescribe anymore, which caused me to hemorrhage. When I was diagnosed with cancer, they gave me hormone therapy for about 7 years, which they also don’t prescribe anymore because of its relation to breast cancer. So, now I also have lumps in my breasts that we are closely monitoring. I have been prescribed all sorts of medications ranging across the board – anything from pain and allergy medications to anti-depressants.

What side effects did you experience from the prescribed medication by your doctor?

When I was diagnosed with severe interstitial cystitis, I was prescribed some really super heavy-duty medications that had nothing to do with my condition; it had to do with trying to make me sleep longer so that, in theory, the longer I slept, the more urine my bladder would be able to hold. It was a very strange theory, but the bottom line was that the medications they were prescribing me literally confined me to my bed and put me in a comatose state where I could hardly even get out of bed. I was having sleep paralysis, where I would wake up in the morning and my body wouldn’t be in conjunction with my mind; my mind would be awake and my body would still be asleep, a sort of entrapment. It was really horrible and all due to the medications I had been prescribed. It was then that I decided that I wanted my life back, after years on medications that were only increasing the number of symptoms I was experiencing.

In terms of pain medications, they consistently made me feel nauseous. So, when I was faced with pain, I had to decide which was the greater of two evils: the pain or the nausea. When the pain became so excruciating that it drove me to take the pain medications, I would eventually start vomiting, which would ensue a never ending cycle that would eventually land me in the hospital for dehydration where I was hooked up to IV fluids.

When I was prescribed anti-depressants I suffered from an array of severe side-effects. They made me anorexic and not want to eat. I was extremely thin, could not eat, experienced hair loss, accompanied by a lot of nausea. When I went back to my doctor and expressed to him that I no longer wanted to take them, he told me that there was no chance of me successfully getting off of them. Most people who try become suicidal and have horrible withdrawals. I became really upset because when they had prescribed these meds to me, they had never told me that they had intended this to be a lifetime prescription and when you miss even one dose, you have very severe side effects. I desperately wanted to get off of them and that’s when I pursued alternative medicine.

What type of alternative medicine have you tried aside from your doctor’s recommendation?

I have turned to cannabis, as well as other holistic herbs, but cannabis has had the greatest success with me. It has given me my life back. It helps me disassociate myself from the pain of the disorders, so that I can focus on other areas of my life and still be productive despite the pain.

I have also tried CBD oils; if you take them at night before you go to sleep, you sleep much more soundly and wake up feeling more rested. Though, you simply have to ensure that you are purchasing high-quality CBD oils.

How long have you been using the alternative medicine?

I have been using cannabis medically for over 20 years. I’ve used it for my nausea and my appetite; I can eat now, I’ve gained weight and have a healthier-looking figure. About 2 years ago I was introduced to CBD oils from reading an ebook called Battle to Prove Cancer is Curable by Rick Simpson; which I’ve followed and used his guidance since then. More recently, I have been trying more herbal medications. I have been learning more about candida and what herbs to take for candida cleansing which has been helpful as well.

I have been using cannabis medically for over 20 years.

How have you felt since you started using the alternative medicine? Compared to your prescribed medications?

I feel like I’m alive now. I am able to function and get things done; I’m happier, my quality of life is way better! The cocktail of pharmaceuticals I was on really took that from me and made me comatose. But cannabis gave what was mine, back to me, and I feel alive again!

Do you think you will continue with using alternative medicine?

Yes, I do! It has worked for me and that is why I will continue using them for the rest of my life!

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DISCLAIMER: The statements in this article are true experiences and real life medical scenarios of the patient. The shared results may not work for you as it varies based on each individual immune system reaction. The information regarding alternative medicine(s) mentioned herein have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult with a medical doctor prior to starting a new relief program such as mentioned in this article. The information herein is not a recommendation, suggestion, or medical advice to simulate the patient’s relief program. This article was published for testimonial purposes only.

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Five Ways Cannabis Affects Sleep



Five Ways Cannabis Affects Sleep

Medical patients often suffer from not sleeping well. We dug into recent studies to see if cannabis improves sleep. Here are five things you should know:

THC boosts melatonin

The psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, THC has been shown to dramatically increase melatonin production, causing a spike up to four thousand times that of baseline levels. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that regulates circadian rhythm and sleep.

Increase slow-wave sleep

According to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of San Diego, THC increases the third and fourth stages of the sleep cycle, also known as ‘slow-wave sleep’ (SWS). Increased SWS has been linked to an increased reduction of beta-amyloid, the harmful neural protein associated with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, and other memory loss conditions.

Reduce REM

While cannabis is known for increasing SWS, it also reduces the fifth phase of sleep, commonly known as rapid eye movement (REM). Less REM means having less dreams, but there is yet to be any evidence of negative effects.

Treat sleep apnea

Cannabis’ sleep-inducing properties are an excellent natural remedy for those suffering from sleep apnea. This helps them to fall and stay asleep easier and with less interruption.

Reduce RBD in Parkinson’s Disease

By using a high-CBD cannabis before bed, you can lessen REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD) effects such as tremors, violent movements, and nightmares. High-CBD cannabis has been found to be more effective than Levodopa, a prescription drug commonly prescribed to patients with Parkinson’s and onset-RBD.

More Information

Melatonin and marijuana (Lissoni, P., Resentini, M., and Fraschini, F. “Effects of Tetrahydrocannabinol on Melatonin Secretion in Man.”)
Cannabinoids for medical use (Journal of American Medical Association)
Effect of drugs on sleep (National Center for Biotechnology Information)
THC effects on sleep & sleep during withdrawal (Europe PMC)
How Cannabis can help RBD in Parkinson’s (

Has cannabis had an affect on your quality of sleep? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Grow Medicinal Marijuana At Home With A Grow Box



Grow Medicinal Marijuana At Home With A Grow Box

Growing your own medicinal marijuana is a liberating experience. You control all the variables. You know exactly what is in the bud you are smoking. grow box is a discreet and easy way to grow marijuana indoors at home, freeing yourself from dependence on both doctor and dispensary.

Gain independence with a grow box

A grow box is like a tiny, camouflaged green house. It is a self-contained unit with soil or hydroponic growing medium, lights, filters and pumps. Just add seeds, electricity and voila! You are growing your own medicinal marijuana.

Choose the right marijuana strain for you

There are two important considerations when choosing a strain of medicinal marijuana to grow yourself:

Your Medical Requirements – Are you looking for a powerful sedative effect to help with your insomnia or a functional day-time smoke to relieve pain and lighten anxiety?

Your Growing Space – Choose small, bushy strains like Indica or hybrid seeds instead of a tall, leggy Sativa. For your first grow an auto-flowering marijuana variety is the best choice because they require very little care or expertise.

Grow enough marijuana to meet your needs

Grow boxes are available in all sizes. Several surveys in the UK, Canada and the US suggest that most medicinal marijuana patients use 1-3 grams per day, or about 2 ½ pounds per year.

Even the tiny PC Grow Box, which holds just two small plants, can produce two pounds of dried bud per year. The compact SuperBox allows you to grow 8 plants at once with annual yields of 7 pounds or more.

Grow your medicinal marijuana under lights

Marijuana grows best under lights that mimic natural sunlight. There are three common types of grow lights used in the cultivation of marijuana:

  • Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)
  • High Intensity Discharge Lights (HIDs)
  • Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

Most grow boxes use either CFL or full spectrum LED grow lights. HIDs don’t work well in the enclosed space of a grow box because they get too hot.

While you can grow small amounts of marijuana successfully using CFLs, high quality LED grow lights save electricity and produce the highest yields.

Obtain higher yields using hydroponics

A hydroponic system doesn’t use soil. Growing hydroponic marijuana is not as complex as it may sound.

Many grow boxes come with a simple hydroponic system already set-up. You simply add nutrients, which often come with the grow box, and water. You can even choose to grow marijuana with organic nutrients.

Grow marijuana naturally in soil

Some people prefer to grow marijuana as naturally as possible. The Earth Cab grow box series is one style of grow box designed for soil.

Grow a continuous supply of medicinal marijuana

Once you get started you don’t need new seeds for each growing cycle. You can propagate new marijuana plants by taking cuttings, called clones, of your favorite existing plant.

A dual chamber grow box has a special space for making clones. These grow boxes allow you to produce a constant supply of fresh buds.

Find the perfect grow box for your situation

For the many medicinal growers discretion is essential. Look for a specially designed stealth grow box.

You can also choose a fully automated grow box that allows you to leave town for two weeks and come home to healthy plants.

Use this detailed review of the best grow boxes of 2015 to find the perfect set-up for you.

Grow medicinal marijuana at home with a grow box

Are you considering growing at home? Let us know why in the comments below!

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How Edibles Are Made



How Edibles Are Made

Since there are so many manufacturers throughout the US, cannabis-infused foods are produced in a variety of different ways. Read up on how your favorite edibles are made and learn how to make your own medicinal treats:

They’re usually made with trim

Trim contains the leftover leaf matter from the cannabis flower that growers usually throw away. It’s less potent than bud, but it’s full of trichomes and can be used in large quantities to produce a stronger effect.

Cannabis is decarboxylated

Decarboxylation activates THC and other cannabinoids to result in a more potent product. To achieve this, cannabis needs to be heated either through smoking, vaping, or baking. The flower is typically cooked for a long time over low heat before it’s used to make edibles. Eating raw cannabis won’t have a very strong effect, and it won’t taste good.

Cannabinoids are extracted

Edibles are infused with highly concentrated cannabis extracts. Depending on the extraction method, edibles can contain either tinctures, canna oil, or cannabutter. If you’re wondering how a specific edible was made, ask your budtender or contact the manufacturer.

Canna oil and cannabutter are common

THC is fat soluble, so cannabis is often cooked with oil or butter. When heated, the activated cannabinoids absorb into these ingredients. Check out this recipe for cannabis cooking oil and this one for cannabis-infused butter. Or try making cannabis coconut oil.

Tinctures are used in hard candies

Some edibles don’t go through a baking or cooking process, so tinctures are added instead of flower. Tinctures are liquid cannabis extracts made from a solvent like alcohol, vinegar, or glycerol. Rather than passing through the digestive system like cannabinoids in most edibles, these are absorbed by the body and can result in a quicker effect.

Have you ever made your own edibles? Tell us in the comments below.

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