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From the land, to the people: introducing Mukwa Botanicals

By Smoke Signals Media ALDERVILLE FIRST NATION – From salves and lip balms to tinctures and vape pens, Mukwa Botanicals now offers a wide range of indigenous sourced and indigenous made cannabis products. After the official product launch to be held on Saturday, February 24th from 1-4pm at Medicine Wheel Natural Healing, the Mukwa Botanicals line will be available at indigenous cannabis dispensaries across Ontario. Mukwa means bear in the Ojibway language. In Anishinaabe culture, the bear represents courage, strength, and leadership and the bear clan is traditionally tasked with providing medicines for…

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Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a disease of the eye that is associated with increased pressure within the eye causing damage to the optic nerve. This can lead to: Loss of vision Appearance of rainbow colours and circles around brought lights. Eye pain   Headaches Nausea and vomiting Benefits: Cannabis smoking has been shown to decrease the pressure within the eye that causes damage to the nerve. This is thanks to cannabis’s anti-inflammatory properties. Treatment with cannabis has slowed and even stopped the loss of vision. It helps with alleviating pain and nausea…

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Restless leg syndrome (RLS)

RLS is a disorder of the nervous system that causes an urge to move the legs. People experience various sensations especial when at rest that cause an irresistible urge to move their legs. Symptoms include: Various sensations in the legs Itchy skin Pins and needles Creepy crawly sensation Sleep disturbances Benefits: Studies have found that inhalation of cannabis works best. The quickness of inhalations allows for the decrease of various sensations in the legs. Strains containing THC help with sleep disturbances as well. Treatment: Due to the nature of RLS,…

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Arthritis

Arthritis refers to joint pain/inflammations or joint disease of which there are many different types. The two most common forms of arthritis are Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the lining of the joint capsule, which then becomes inflamed and swollen. Osteoarthritis is this most common form of arthritis and is a degenerative conditions caused by aging bones, obesity, or injury. Symptoms my come and go as well as be mild or sever and can cause permanent joint changes: Joint: swelling, pain, stiffness, redness,…

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Crohn’s and colitis

Colitis is an inflammatory disease that occurs within the inner lining of the colon. Crohn’s disease can appear anywhere in the digestive tract and often affects all layers of the bowel walls. Its symptoms include: Diarrhea Abdominal cramping and pain Weight loss and reduced appetite Fever Fatigue Anemia Inability to defecate Pain due to inflammation Benefits: The benefit of using cannabis for the treatment of Crohn’s and colitis is that it offers relief from pain associated with cramping and general pain, as well as pain associated with inflammation. The anti-inflammatory…

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is an umbrella term for progressive lung disease. COPD is characterized by: Breathlessness Wheezing Chest tightness Excess mucus Chronis cough Benefits: Breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness, are all characterized by inflammation within the lungs caused by disease.  The anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis reduce inflammation within the lungs that causes many of the symptoms associated with COPD. Some studies have found that low levels of CBD have helped treat nicotine addictions as well which lead to COPD. Treatment: Strains containing both THC and CBD are effective in the…

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Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder categorized by unpredictable seizures, with a wide range of types and control varying between people. Along with seizures one might experience many other symptoms such as: Convulsion Blackouts Confused memory Fainting Loss of bowel/bladder control Body stiffness Unresponsiveness Fearfulness or anger Sudden bouts of chewing or blinking Benefits: Cannabidiol was effective in reducing frequency as well as severity of seizures in patients suffering with epilepsy. High levels of CBD have shown to drastically reduce seizures and some people even became seizure free. Patients struggling with…

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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue. It is often found coexisting with other chronic pain conditions. Symptoms may include: Numbness or tingling in hands and feet Drowsiness/fatigue Widespread pain Moodiness Headaches Cognitive and memory difficulties Benefits: Cannabis strains containing both THC and CBD are known to be the best pain relievers. Those suffering from fibromyalgia have found that treating their symptoms with cannabis rather than prescription drugs, they can better treat their ever changing symptoms as well as not have to suffer with all the side…

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MS- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

MS occurs when the immune system attacks myelin, which wraps around nerve fibers. This effects how the nerves work and therefore the damaged nerve fibers are not able to correctly send signals throughout the body. This can lead to: Muscle spasms Muscle stiffness Unusual sensations Pain Fatigue Tremors Lack of concentration   Bladder/digestive problems Benefits: Cannabis strains that contains equal to or higher amounts of CBD than THC are most beneficial to those suffering with multiple sclerosis. Cannabis has a positive effect on muscle spasticity, stiffness and pain. People find…

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Why Whole Plant Medicine Matters

The nature of the plant Take a close look at your cannabis buds. They’re covered in a sticky dusting of crystal resin, which contains hundreds of therapeutic compounds known as cannabinoids and terpenoids. We assume you’re well acquainted with THC and CBD, but these are just two among many important players working together to produce specific effects. This interactive synergy between marijuana compounds has been coined the “entourage effect,” and once you know what this is, you’ll see why medicines containing only THC or CBD aren’t sufficient for many medical…

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