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AZDHS 3rd Annual Medical Marijuana Report

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The Arizona Department of Health Services came out with their third annual report for Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Program last week. The report comes out once a year to update the general public regarding the program, where it stands and what has changed over the previous year.

The report acknowledged that the awareness of medical marijuana and its health benefits has increased. This conclusion was reached because the dispensary registration certificates have been growing steadily since 2013. Not only did the registration for dispensaries increase, but there was a 75% increase of new applications this past year. It was recorded that 70% of those who applied for medical marijuana card were suffering from chronic pain. Twenty percent had multiple conditions. The age group that tended to apply most often were between the ages of 40-60.

There are twenty three states now that allow marijuana for medicinal use and we hope this number continues to grow as more individuals become aware its many health benefits. Among other things, medical marijuana can be used as treatment for Crohn’s disease and cancer. It can inhibit the progression of Alzheimer’s and ease chronic pain. Learn more about medical marijuana and its health benefits here.

Dr. Burns at The BienEtre Center offers medical marijuana evaluations and can help patients gain safe access to marijuana for the treatment of a variety of conditions. Dr. Burns has been helping many patients feel better about their condition by showing them the benefits of medical marijuana since it was approved for medical use a number of years ago. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Burns for your medical evaluation today.

Alzheimer’s and Medical Marijuana

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Currently, one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States is Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a neural degenerative disease that leads to memory deprivation. Amyloid plaques or protein deposits trigger the disease. Symptoms include severe loss of memory, speech problems and mood swings. Alzheimer’s typically affects those over the age of 65, and, as of right now, has no cure. However, recent research done in San Diego has shown that medical marijuana can helps treat symptoms of this debilitating disease.

Based on numerous studies, the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego reported that medical marijuana is a neuronal growth promoter and promotes brain-stimulating activity. The THC component of medical marijuana has also shown that it can inhibit the progression of Alzheimer’s. Patients reported that they were able to cope better with their fragmented motor skills and memory loss when using medical marijuana as a treatment for their symptoms.

Medical marijuana also decreases amyloid beta levels, which can help slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, it is not a complete cure but the benefits of using medical marijuana to cope with symptoms and possibly slow down Alzheimer’s progression is great news in the medical world and to all of those affected from this devastating disease.

If you or a loved one suffers from Alzheimer’s and would like to use medical marijuana as an alternative treatment or in conjunction with other treatments, schedule a consultation with Dr. Jennifer Burns at The Bienetre Center.

If you and Dr. Burns decide that medical marijuana would be a good addition to your Alzheimer’s care and current treatment, you are eligible to apply for a medical marijuana identification card per the state guidelines with the written certification from a doctor licensed to practice medicine in the State of Arizona, such as Dr. Burns. Dr. Burns offers medical marijuana evaluations and can help patients gain safe access to marijuana for the treatment of a variety of conditions.

Call The Bienetre Center and schedule an appointment with Dr. Burns for your medical marijuana evaluation today.

Cancer and Medical Marijuana

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One of the most frightening things in the world is a cancer diagnosis. One of the first questions that come to mind after receiving the news is treatment and what options are available to you.

The two common treatments for many different types of cancer are chemotherapy and radiation. However, there has been ground breaking evidence that medical marijuana can be used in conjunction with these treatments and help subdue cancer’s painful side effects. Promising studies have also shown that medical marijuana can help treat breast, cervical, brain, leukemia, lung, and prostate cancer, among others, in addition to helping with pain. From the use of medical marijuana, cervical and lung cancer cell invasion is slowed, and the cannabinoids found in marijuana inhibits tumor growth in leukemia and breast cancer. In addition to its use, there is a significant reduction in pain. Medical marijuana is a great option that can go hand in hand with chemotherapy or radiation.

If you suffer from cancer or are currently receiving cancer treatment and would like to use marijuana for pain cessation and/or treatment, you are eligible to apply for a medical marijuana identification card per the state guidelines. To find out if medical marijuana is the right treatment for you, speak to your oncologist and a naturopathic doctor who specializes in cancer treatment.

As a qualifying patient, you must also get written certification from a doctor licensed to practice medicine in the State of Arizona. Dr. Burns offers medical marijuana evaluations and can help patients gain safe access to marijuana for the treatment of a variety of conditions.

Call The Bienetre Center and schedule an appointment with Dr. Burns for your medical marijuana evaluation today.

Treating Crohn’s Disease with Medical Marijuana

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Crohn’s disease is considered a type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), which is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. The small bowel and beginning of the colon are most commonly affected, however the entire thickness of the bowel wall can be affected as well. Crohn’s can as well affect any part of the gastrointestinal (also referred to as GI) tract, from the mouth to the anus. Some patients with Crohn’s will require surgery. Below are some symptoms that are most common with Crohn’s.

Symptoms related to inflammation of the GI tract:

  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Urgent need to move bowels
  • Abdominal cramps and pain
  • Constipation
  • Sense of incomplete bowel movement
  • Fever

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) Patient Education Committee has actually stated that there has been experimental evidence that endocannaboids, molecules that closely resemble those found in the marijuana plant, limits intestinal inflammation. A small study done reported that those who had abdominal surgery and/or chronic abdominal pain smoked marijuana to relieve their pain, and increased their quality of life by reducing the inflammation. At this time CCFA is not endorsing the use of medical marijuana, but have found the studies to be very promising.

If you are currently suffering from Crohn’s disease or any other IBD, or are currently receiving treatment for these conditions and would like to use medical marijuana for pain cessation, reducing inflammation, and improving your quality of life, you are eligible to apply for a medical marijuana identification card per the state guidelines.

As part of the qualification process, you must get written certification from a doctor licensed to practice medicine in the State of Arizona. Dr. Burns offers medical marijuana evaluations and can help patients gain safe access to marijuana for the treatment of a variety of conditions.

Call The Bien-Etre Center and schedule an appointment with Dr. Burns for your medical marijuana evaluation today.

Do I Qualify for Medical Marijuana?

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Back in 2012, Arizona voters made marijuana legal for medicinal use. Many people wonder if they would qualify to receive medical marijuana. In Arizona, to be considered, you must be diagnosed or in treatment for:

  • Cancer
  • Seizures
  • Muscle spasms
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • PTSD
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
  • Chronic pain
  • Nausea
  • Hepatitis C
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Severe Nausea

If you suffer from any of these conditions or are currently receiving treatment for these conditions and would like to use marijuana for pain cessation, you are eligible to apply for a medical marijuana identification card per the state guidelines.

As a qualifying patient, you must also get written certification from a doctor licensed to practice medicine in the State of Arizona. Dr. Burns offers medical marijuana evaluations and can help patients gain safe access to marijuana for the treatment of a variety of conditions.

Call The Bien-Etre Center and schedule an appointment with Dr. Burns for your medical marijuana evaluation today.