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Donavon Vizina on Treating Acute Myeloid Leukemia with Cannabis Oil



Donavon Vizina is a 39 year old man living in Eunice, Louisiana. Donavon was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in July 2013.  He has been using cannabis oil for a year to cure his cancer. Donavon has been in remission since January 2015.

Abbi: What made you decide to use medical cannabis?

Donavon: Well, I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in July 2013. They said that my only options were to do chemo or get a transplant. I got a call from my friend in Oregon who told me about cannabis oil and said she could help with me cancer if done correctly. I figured I had nothing else to lose.

Abbi: Do you live in a state/location where medical cannabis is legal?

Donavon: No, I live in Louisiana, so we have to do everything behind everybody’s back.

Abbi: What sort of treatment did you seek before turning to cannabis?

Donavon: I started chemo in 2013 and did 6 days of it and then went into remission. I went back to do another 7 days, then another 6 days of a different type of chemo that gave me a mutation. They said the only other thing I could was to have a transplant.

Abbi: Was this treatment helping or hurting you?

Donavon: It helped when I was first diagnosed in 2013 but then when the cancer came back in 2015 it did nothing but hurt. It killed my bone marrow and gave me bone marrow damage.

Abbi: Did you speak with your doctor about using medical cannabis?

Donavon: I mentioned natural treatments but I wasn’t specific on what exactly I was using. I wanted the hardcore proof to confront him and say look, it did work and it’s something he should look into.

Abbi: How long have you been using medical cannabis?

Donavon: I’ve been using it for a little over a year and have had no problems whatsoever.

Abbi: How has your condition improved?

Donavon: My counts have risen 46,000 points even after my doctor said it wouldn’t rise. It actually killed my cancer in 6 days. I was getting blood work and it actually showed. I brought my medical records to prove to it and it showed every count getting better, and at the same my blast was dropping. My cancer was dying and all the other cells in my body were getting better. We brought it up with my doctor and he just kind of brushed it off. I wanted him to know that this is how I treated myself when western medicine failed me and that cannabis has changed my life. I’m in better shape and I don’t have to worry about it anymore. Everyday that goes by I’m getting better. I’m jogging and am maintaining a good diet.

Abbi: Is there anything you think people should know who are thinking about using and/or are hesitant to trying medical cannabis?

Donavon: It goes great with chemotherapy. You don’t have to give up on your western medicine. But when you have nowhere else to turn, why not use this. You have nothing to lose. We need to get people to understand that it can work, and it will work, and we just need to get it out there. My mother hated cannabis all her life and now she’s seeing that it helps me and she loves it. We just need to educate people.

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  1. Md ejaz shamim

    February 18, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Refactory multiple myeloma very aggressive and killed myeloma cell by pomalid how i use ,it works or not ???

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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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