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Cannabis Oil: What’s the Hype?

Posted By: Dr. Singh

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court allowed patients using medical marijuana to legally alter their dried cannabis into oils. Before this point, it was considered unlawful as the previous regulations only allowed the vaporization of dried cannabis.

Since the ruling, more waves have been made in the medical marijuana industry, and some insurance companies may even be on board with actually covering cannabis oil, due to its ability to be concentrated into consecutive doses in the form of pills, therefore leading to doses being more regulated and consistent.

With all the hype currently going around about cannabis oils, you may be curious as to just what it is, and what the benefits of using oils are.

What is cannabis oil?

Cannabis oil is the oil derived from cannabinoids that have been extracted from the cannabis plant. Unlike straight THC and CBD oils you can find in some dispensaries, cannabis oil differs because it contains all of the necessary medical properties, including both THC and CBD. The oil is very concentrated making it more potent, therefore less is required to achieve the desired effect.

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How Genetics Play a Role in Chronic Pain

Posted By: Dr. Singh

The topic of chronic pain is a sensitive subject. Currently, 1 in 5 Canadians report suffering from chronic pain. Chronic pain costs the Canadian economy $50-$60 billion annually, and is the number one reason for seeking health care. Many cases are linked to traumatic experiences, such as a physical or occupational trauma, or psychological distress; however not everyone who develops chronic pain can link it to a specific event.

It’s a difficult ailment to diagnose and treat because the only person who can truly experience the level of discomfort associated with their pain is the individual themselves. Chronic pain has insinuated to be heritable in some cases, and research indicates that a genetic predisposition may be to blame.

Our genes also play a large role in our resistance to various medications and the efficacy of various treatment methods. With recent genetic advances, we may be able to hone in on precisely what genes are most responsible for chronic pain, and therefore identify different, more operative treatments surrounding them.

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Apollo Makes Significant Waves in the Medical Marijuana Industry

Posted By: Dr. Singh

Since the launch of the organization in 2013, Apollo Applied Research has distinguished ourselves as a leading clinic, providing innovative pain management approaches to patients through our Medical Cannabis treatment program.

The study, which launched March 2015, has seen a dramatic involvement, with hundreds of patients on board to help shape the future of medical marijuana research. Patients are reporting not only a reduction in pain score, but as well a reduction in opioid medication use. This is a huge step with medical marijuana use as a treatment for chronic pain.

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Survey Suggests Marijuana Helps Best at Easing Fibromyalgia Pain

Posted By: Dr. Singh

Recently, an online study with over 1,300 fibromyalgia patients was conducted by the National Pain Foundation and National Pain Report. In this study, patients were asked a series of questions related to their pain scores, quality of life, and opinions on a variety of FDA approved drugs for treating fibromyalgia.

The three drugs – Cymbalta, Lyrica and Savella – generate billions of dollars in annual sales for Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Forest Laboratories and other drug makers. The goal of the survey was to conclude which of the drugs associated with fibro pain treatment worked best, including medical marijuana. Regardless of the reputation for the top three pharmaceuticals, most patients as suggested in the survey, indicated they don’t work.

The National Institutes of Health estimates that 5 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is characterized by deep tissue pain, fatigue, headaches, depression, and lack of sleep. It’s a misunderstood condition, and there is currently no cure.

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Managing Chronic Pain and Depression Through Proper Nutrition

Posted By: Dr. Singh

It’s no surprise that when we eat well, we feel better about ourselves too. Our bodies require nutrients and vitamins in order to function to the best of its ability and make us feel and look our best. One of the many issues with chronic pain, is that sometimes, the effort required to make these types of meals outweighs the benefits.

What good is a meal if you’ve exhausted all of your strength into just making it? We tend to eat poorly because we’d rather spend the little effort our pain allows us to have into other aspects of our lives.

It’s not always easy to remember, but eating well is crucial to the management of your pain and depression; even making a few small changes to your diet can make a world of difference. Optimise your body’s natural ability to improve your mood and lessen depression by increasing your body’s own natural anti-depressants.

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Cannabis Usage Linked to Lower Stroke Risk

Posted By: Dr. Singh

In light of Stroke Month, let’s delve into cannabinoid research, and its effect on stroke prevention and treatment.

Many studies have been done on the effects of cannabis use, and the link to stroke risk. As part of The Stroke Prevention in Young Adults Study, researchers from the University of Maryland assessed past marijuana users among 751 stroke cases and 813 controls.

The study ran for 16 years, and the results presented that those who has used marijuana were less likely to suffer a stroke. Only 28.8% of stroke patients reported marijuana use, which is statistically significant.

The results were later shared at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting. Although the results were substantial, more large scale studies are required before a concrete link can be proven.

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Tips When Visiting a New Doctor

Posted By: Dr. Singh

Seeing a new doctor in which you are not familiar with can be an intimidating and uncomfortable experience. Health is a personal issue, therefore addressing concerns with a stranger can make people feel more closed off, potentially leading to misdiagnosis or not fully getting the treatment that would work best.

If you are visiting a new doctor in regards to your chronic pain, there are certain things that need to be addressed in order for them to treat you in the most lucrative way possible.

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Living with Chronic Pain

Posted By: Dr. Singh

…But Living with Joy Anyway

When living day to day with a chronic illness or pain, it can be difficult sometimes to see the silver lining and stay positive. When the weight of your condition is constantly at the focal point of your mind, it’s understandable that there will be some days when you feel like you want to fall apart, but the key to living with joy while be affected by a chronic illness is to not let those low moments consume you.

It’s normal to find yourself saturated in your pity party, in fact, do it for as long as you need to; but discouraging as it may get at times, you need to understand that you can’t live there. While mourning the loss of health, working on sustaining a healthy, positive, and determined mindset is the first step in overcoming the challenges you’ve been served. Read on

Medical vs. Recreational

What’s the difference?

Posted By: Dr. Singh

Marijuana is ranked by the WHO as the most popular recreational drug worldwide. Alongside this title has developed a negative stigma about the safety of the drug. Unfortunately, with it being such a largely distributed street drug, altering and lacing have made the overall safety of marijuana ambiguous.

What some may not fully understand is just how different recreational marijuana is as opposed to specially formulated, controlled cannabis; but what are some of the main focal points that need to be touched on? Read on

How to Help Someone Living With Chronic Pain

Posted By: Dr. Singh

Having a friend or loved one suffer from chronic pain is never pleasant or agreeable. Most people in pain don’t want to feel victimized by their condition and keep their needs and appeals to themselves. This may make you feel helpless, like there’s nothing you can do to ease their anguish.

Although you can’t yourself rid them of their pain, there are things you can do to make their day that much brighter. Here are 5 easy ways you can help someone living with pain.

1. Don’t Take Personal Offense

When you’re in chronic pain, it is mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting. Even though their personality may change and they may seem more moody or irritable, that person is still the person they were before the pain took over. They may seem jaded or distant due to their discomfort, but just hang through. There will be better days when they are back to their normal selves again.

With that being said, if someone in pain tends to flake out on plans often at the last minute, don’t take it to heart. They can’t predict the times they may not even be able to get out of bed in the morning. Don’t just expect them to stay home and not include them in plans, but don’t get upset if their body at certain times doesn’t allow them to follow through. Read on


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