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HIVA BUZZ PROBABLY SAVED MY LIFE!
My name is Maxime and I have a story to tell you, a story about how Shiva buzz, saved me.
First you have to know that this is not a publicity stunt. Everything that is written is true, and I’m doing this on my own. Why am I taking the time to write this letter..? Of course to thanks Shiva buzz, but they are other reasons. The first one is that people must know about Shiva Buzz and his owner Jimmy. Why? Because of his wish to help those who suffer, the best he can. It’s not every day, that we see a man, a businessman, who sees himself in other people. In other words, he “feels” the suffering in the other person, well, that’s how I see him. This is real Empathy and Compassion here, and we don’t see that often enough. That’s for the first reason. Now my story...
Recently, because of unexpected events concerning my health, I did not contact shiva buzz since the last 2 months, for my medicine( I’m suffering of chronic pain) because now, all of my money is going to big pharma. For treating my diabetes.( Buying blood test stripes, 4 boxes a month, at 92$ per box ! ) The government insurance has stop paying those (now there is a limit of 3000 test stripes per year paid by the gov... long story). After 2 months without any purchase at Shiva, worried...? Jimmy, the owner of Shiva, contacted me by e-mail, asking me if everything was ok. (wow!) Here I must stop to tell you that; A couples of days before he contacted me...I had no life anymore... only worries, pain, and I was exhausted... Suicide began to seem my only way to end all of this physical and mental suffering. The diabetes (sugar blood level gone wild) the pain (a diabetic neuropathy, it gives me sensations of intense burning in the hands and feet, sometimes for minutes, others for hours, those times I wish they had cut off my hand and feet) But I did not talk about my suicidal thoughts to Jimmy, I just mentioned a kind of depression, I told him my story with more details like, now that I don’t have cannabis to treat my pain I had to go back with a lot of Dilaudid 35 mg per day. (5 times stronger than morphine) It is less effective than cannabis, it’s addictive, and it changes my moods, my energy, my joie de vivre is gone with that sh...t .
Dilaudid kills maybe 40 to 50% of the pain, cannabis 70 to 90% with concentrates. So; after telling all that, and more to Jimmy, he kindly offered me to pay for my medicine the time I get back on my feet. 1 Week later I received 5 grams of shatter of an amazing quality! For Free! To help me with this awful pain. My friends... I was flabbergasted. . Even more incredible...I almost don’t know him, except that I’m a new regular customer and we exchanged a little by e-mails and that’s it. (During those times of exchanges, I sent him a proof of my opïoids prescription and the huge amount of it, by telling him that cannabis was allowing me to reduce and even stop taking opïoids, these slow killers.) Here you have to remember that this is not a publicity and I’m doing this on my own. We can clearly see the vocation of the man behind Shiva buzz. A dispensary with a mission of compassion, helping others with their diseases: Chronic pain, PTSD,
March 19 2019
sleeping disorder, depression etc . Of course a doctor’s note is always better. They sell quality product at the lowest prices I’ve seen on the net. Of course they have plenty of choice for recreational cannabis, but is in it reassuring to have a real Dispensary where greed and profit is not the first motivation. I think Shiva buzz and his mission should receive our gratitude admiration and support...Well, they have mine for sure.
Thanks to Jimmy and Shiva buzz. Maxime Lefebvre
Misinformation has overshadowed the cannabis plant ever since its gradual prohibition during the early- and mid-1900s. Nearly a century of negative propaganda has kept generations of Americans in the dark about the benefits of cannabis. Instead of cannabis facts we got cannabis lies and misinformation.
Shedding some light on this misunderstood plant is well past due! Here, we dispel some of the most common myths that our patients ask us about in clinic.
Cannabis smoke isn’t exactly healthy, but it’s never been scientifically associated with serious lung ailments.
Medical professionals frequently cite myth #1 to dismiss cannabis as an unsafe tool for medical use.
However, research led by Dr. Donald Tashkin at UCLA has shown that cannabis does not increase risk for serious lung diseases such as lung cancer, emphysema, and respiratory infection compared to nonsmokers – even despite evidence that cannabis smoke does contain some nasty carcinogens and combustion byproducts. Theories for this finding are based on the anti-cancer effects of the cannabis plant’s phytocannabinoids.
It should be noted though that Dr. Tashkin’s research did identify some negative outcomes for long-term cannabis smokers. Specifically, long-time cannabis smokers did have more chronic bronchitis than nonsmokers – that is, they experienced irritated airways, sore throat, wheezing, and cough. But these ill effects are reversible and non-life threatening. Cannabis smokers experiencing these side effects should decrease or eliminate smoking of cannabis and try gentler administration methods, such as vaporization, tinctures, or edibles.
Believe it or not, cannabis can actually help people break addictions to harder substances.
The first step in debunking myth #2 is to define the term addiction.
Addiction is the compulsive seeking and use of a substance despite harmful consequences such as failure to meet work, social, or family obligations. An addiction dominates a person’s life at the expense of all else.
Studies suggest that 9% of cannabis users become addicted to the plant. Many informed parties feel this statistic is likely inflated because it counts individuals who have completed court-ordered addiction treatment for their cannabis use in order to avoid stiffer penalties.
The reality is most cannabis users are not compulsively driven to use the plant, and can stop using cannabis whenever they want. But in stopping, they may experience recurrence of the symptoms for which they have routinely used cannabis. Chronic conditions typically require long-term symptom management and associated long-time use of cannabis should not be mistaken for addiction.
Cannabis is actually good for the brain because it acts as both neurogenerative and neuroprotective agent.
Myth #3 can probably be touted as the preeminent parental and/or authoritarian argument against cannabis use.
Contrary to this popular misbelief, the study of cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors in the brain have revealed the astounding truth that cannabinoids are neuroregenerative. This means that rather than killing neurons in the brain, phytocannabinoids actually play a role in building new ones.
Cannabinoids are also neuroprotective, protecting brain cells neurodegenerative disease and after brain injuries caused by stroke, concussion and other head trauma.
However, there are some caveats to consider.
The endocannabinoid system is finely tuned, particularly in the developing child and adolescent brain. Careful and responsible use of cannabis is therefore especially imperative in this population, and we recommend seeking a clinician’s care for all minors who may benefit from cannabis.
And many minors can benefit – in our clinical experience, younger patients (and their parents) report their cannabis medicine does not cause the sedating and vegetative effects they often experience from their use of prescription anti-epileptics and anti-psychotics.
And while clinical studies on the cognitive effects of long-term cannabis use continue to show inconsistent or conflicting results overall, findings in a review of studies whose subjects reported chronic and heavy cannabis use suggest an association between chronic and heavy use and deficits in cognitive functions such as decision making, concept formation and planning after periods of abstinence of 3 weeks or more.
What constitutes “chronic and heavy” cannabis use in many of these studies, however, is not clearly defined. As always, we recommend using the lowest effective dose to minimize such potential, unwanted side effects.
Too many physicians blame schizophrenic relapses on cannabis without actually diving deeper.
This harmful myth involves a classic statistical error – if you’ve ever taken a statistics course, you will likely recall that correlation is not causation!
Indeed, cannabis has not been shown to cause schizophrenia. But many people with mental illnesses, schizophrenia included, are known to self-medicate and self-soothe with cannabis. Thus, studies may show increased cannabis use amongst those with mental health conditions, but this does not prove a causal link between the plant and the illness.
We should be careful here not to ignore possible side effects of cannabis – specifically high-THC cannabis – which could include anxiety, paranoia, and psychotic symptoms when used in high doses or in susceptible individuals. But let’s also not forget – the phytocannabinoid CBD is known to be anti-psychotic, and has been used successfully to help manage schizophrenia.
The gateway myth is another good example of why we must always question the evidence behind any claim.
In debunking myth #5, it is important to distinguish between the concepts of a gateway drug and an exposure opportunity – because this is yet another example of clever propaganda against the plant.
As a result of its prohibition, cannabis has long been forced into the illicit drug trade. In this market, exposure to truly illicit, harmful, and addictive drugs is often unavoidable. It can only be expected that with repeated exposure and pressure, some individuals initially seeking only cannabis may have ultimately experimented with and possibly become habitual users of illicit drugs. But this problem is the making of a poorly designed system, not of the cannabis plant itself.
Another consideration against this myth refers back to the discussion of myth #4 – correlation is not causation. Individuals who use one illicit drug to self-medicate are more likely to use other substances, both legal and illegal, to self-medicate as well. Users of a “hard” drug often also use alcohol, tobacco and cannabis, but cannabis cannot be labeled as the cause of their other substance use.
In contrast to the typical conception of a gateway drug, our clinical experience has shown that cannabis may be a gateway medicine to other natural remedies and holistic lifestyles. For many cannabis users, this plant is just one of many natural tools they use to maximize their wellness and often times avoid harder substances.
Anybody who calls medical cannabis a joke needs to do a bit of research and open themselves up to the facts.
Myth #6 may be the most frustrating myth we routinely encounter. In just five words, this myth devalues and disparages patients with very real afflictions desperately seeking help.
It also devalues the open-minded and well-meaning clinicians who do their best to aid these patients, and it flies in the face of scientific evidence around this extremely powerful plant with healing potential even beyond our current understanding.
The relief provided by cannabis is very serious and extremely real. Most cannabis patients are not merely seeking to get high under the guise of a medical affliction – instead, they are searching for relief and finding it with cannabis, sometimes as a last, desperate resort.
Indeed, more than one million registered cannabis patients have seen improvement in seizures, autism, cancer, chronic pain, muscle spasms, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and more with cannabis. And those are just the people in legal states who are actually registered.
The increasing availability of non-psychoactive or non-euphoric products along with proper education will continue to drive progress in finally dispelling myth #6.
We do not intend to diminish the value of the plant’s psychoactive or euphoric effects with this statement – these effects are incredibly necessary and therapeutic at certain times and for certain people!
But we do understand that the non-psychoactive properties of cannabis, and the ability to utilize these properties without becoming high, will likely be the drivers of broader acceptance of cannabis as a medicine. And with broader acceptance and education we also hope to see better cannabis access and better cannabis therapies.
Cannabis and ADD/ADHD
In the eyes of popular culture, cannabis consumers aren’t exactly models of concentration and cognitive performance. So when a small group of researchers began exploring cannabis as alternative treatment for attention deficit disorders, there was of course some scoffing and skepticism. Nevertheless, with so many medical marijuana patients swearing by its ability to promote focus in place of prescription stimulants, these doctors sought to take a closer look at the scientific basis of this counterintuitive phenomenon.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, better known as ADHD, is a controversial diagnosis marked by distractibility, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Adults are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, or ADD, which lacks this hyperactivity characteristic, but is similar in other ways to ADHD. More than one in 10 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, a figure that has grown exponentially in the last 50 years. Since 1957, doctors have been treating ADD/ADHD patients with psychostimulants like Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta.
Antonio Rodriguez, diagnosed with ADD/ADHD at age six, had been among the masses prescribed stimulant medications. “I remember having headaches all the time to the point where I wasn’t able to sleep,” Antonio said, adding that his appetite was also nonexistent until treating with cannabis; and not only was cannabis lifting the stimulant side effects, it improved Antonio’s ADD/ADHD symptoms. “For the first time ever, I was in the state where I could really get my mind together.”
Having only been taught the dangers of using cannabis, Antonio was cautious about trying it for the first time. “I got scared about the whole ‘addiction’ side of cannabis,” Antonio said. “I was waiting for the moment my body asked me for weed, but it never happened.”
For those coming from an anti-cannabis background, explaining its therapeutic properties to friends and family can be difficult. This was no less true for Antonio, despite the fact that his performance in school had won him college acceptance with a scholarship. The reality is, there’s far too little research on cannabis and ADD/ADHD to know exactly how the two interact. Still, the data and results emerging from initial investigations show that there is more digging to be done.
One main physiological irregularity of ADD/ADHD is the brain’s shortage of dopamine, a chemical neurotransmitter involved in cognitive processes like memory and attention. Medications like Adderall and Ritalin stimulate dopamine, thereby promoting concentration, but come with a myriad of unpleasant side effects and withdrawal symptoms.
Dr. David Bearman, a figurehead of cannabis research, has studied the relationship between the cannabinoid system and ADHD and discovered potential therapeutic value as cannabinoids interact with the brain’s dopamine management systems.
“Cannabis appears to treat ADD and ADHD by increasing the availability of dopamine,” Dr. Bearman wrote. “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.”
Put simply, the compounds found in cannabis, called cannabinoids, could potentially correct the dopamine deficiency observed in ADD/ADHD patients if dosed appropriately and administered safely. Even in its raw form, cannabis is able to provide the mental slowdown necessary for concentration in many patients. Boring and arduous tasks become more manageable, and mood swings tend to level out. But why?
“The most accepted theory about ADHD rests on the fact that about 70 percent of the brain’s function is to regulate input to the other 30 percent,” Dr. Bearman says. “Basically the brain is overwhelmed with too much information coming too fast. In ADHD, the brain is cluttered with and too aware of all the nuances of a person’s daily experience.”
While most medical professionals agree that anecdotal evidence is not sufficient in recommending cannabis for ADD/ADHD, researchers are optimistic about the potential cannabis is demonstrating. When political blockades let up and further research resumes, it could be that cannabinoid therapy provides a frontier for safer, more effective ADD/ADHD medication.
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