Month: June 2020

Marijuana Topicals – How to Make a Salve

DIRECTIONS

  1. Decarboxylate your cannabis. (see recipe linked here)
  2. While your cannabis is decarboxylating, pour the 2 cups of coconut oil into a saucepan.
  3. Once your cannabis is ready, begin adding it to the coconut oil in the saucepan, slowly mix it together on low heat.
  4. After mixing for 20 minutes, remove the mixture from the saucepan. Place the cheesecloth over the jar and pour the cannabis and oil mixture and set to the side.
  5. Now, add the beeswax in your saucepan. Once fully melted, add your cannabis and oil mixture. Begin mixing gently with a spatula.
  6. Remove your saucepan from the heat and then add a few drops of essential oils (scent and brand of your choice).
  7. Stir well and then add into the mason jar. Let it sit at room temperature and harden.
  8. Enjoy feeling the amazing benefits of medical cannabis a topical!

An Important Message from Dr. Sachin K. Shah, Medical Director of Alternative Health of New Jersey

Dear Patient,

My name is Sachin K. Shah, MD and I am the medical director of Alternative Health of New Jersey. I am the physician who has been certifying and renewing your status as a New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program participant.

In November, New Jersey residents voted in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana. Just in the past few weeks, New Jersey’s State Assembly and Senate also voted in favor of this. On Monday, the Bill hit a roadblock. Governor Murphy and state lawmakers need to iron out how to handle penalties for underage use and how to approach the decriminalization process. Top lawmakers in the state are still not on board with a full decriminalization process, which means individuals can still be arrested for public use and possession of marijuana until further notice.

It’s important to understand there is a significant difference between recreational and medical marijuana. First off, the concentration and strains are very different, and those that are being used for medicinal use will only be available through medically approved, state approved dispensaries after being certified by a physician, like myself and the office of Alternative Health of New Jersey. While marijuana may be easier to find at some point in the future, it is important for you to work with a licensed medical doctor to follow your care where they can recommend different strains, amounts, or methods to use medical marijuana to ensure you find the most relief.

In the meantime, if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to call our office. I wish you all a happy holiday, healthy and a COVID-free new year!

– Dr. Sachin K. Shah and the Alternative Health of New Jersey Staff

Medical Cannabis for Anxiety and PTSD During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us somehow. The fear of widespread illness, the lack of human interaction or potential job loss, can cause more stress, fear and anxiety than most “normal” days. This causes many people to feel overwhelmed and afraid, especially those who already suffer from daily anxiety or PTSD. Rest assured, New Jersey Alternative Health is here to help. Contact us today for your virtual appointment if you think you may be a candidate for medical marijuana to help ease your anxiety.

In normal circumstances, in moderation, anxiety is not a bad thing. It is our body’s natural response to coping with threats to our safety or wellbeing. Anxiety may help motivate us to make significant changes in our lives such as working harder, improving our relationships, or setting personal goals for ourselves. However, on the same note, too much anxiety can be crippling to day-to-day functionality. In fact, roughly 18 percent of the population, or 40 million adults, suffer from anxiety-related disorders. While prescription drugs work for some to treat anxiety, cannabidiol (CBD) continues to grow in popularity.

Unlike medical marijuana, CBD does not make you feel high. CBD is known to counteract many of THC’s negative effects and can help treat panic disorders, social phobia, PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, and more! New Jersey Alternative Health is the top choice for helping treat anxiety with medical marijuana in Northern New Jersey.

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Medicated Mac and Cheese (RECIPE)

There is nothing more comforting than a bowl of homemade macaroni and cheese. Let’s face it, many of us are cooking A LOT more than we normally do during the stay-at-home orders. So, what better dish to make than a medicated macaroni and cheese for us medical marijuana patients! This recipe from Cooking with Laurie and Mary Jane is definitely a winner! Add your favorite toppings such as, bacon or broccoli, and enjoy your bowl of soothing comfort!

If you think you may be a candidate for medical marijuana, contact us today using the form below.

 

DIY Medical Marijuana Edibles: Getting Started with Decarboxylation and Cannabutter

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been getting lots of questions about how to make edibles at home. Some of our patients are looking to consume edibles in lieu of smoking during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help, we’ve put together some helpful tips to help you accomplish this at home! First we will go over decarboxylation and then making the cannabutter.

Decarboxylation

Decarboxylation is a step you cannot skip when you cook with cannabis. The decarboxylation process involves applying low heat for an extended period of time to convert cannabis’ non-intoxicating THCA into THC (the cannabinoid in cannabis known for its psychoactive effects.) Failure to do this will result in weak or less effective edibles.

How to decarboxylate weed

  1. Preheat your oven to 240°F.
  2. Break apart any large buds with your hands.
  3. Spread the cannabis on a baking sheet with sides.
  4. Place in the oven.
  5. Remove from oven after about 45 minutes.

Making the Cannabutter

Next, you will make a cannabutter to use in your recipes! This calls for 4 sticks butter and 1 ounce shake, finely ground and decarboxylated cannabis.

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring a quart of water to a boil. You can vary the amounts, just be sure that the marijuana is always floating about 1 ½ to 2 inches from the bottom of the pan.
  2. When the water is boiling, place the butter in the saucepan and allow it to melt completely. Once the butter has melted you can add the marijuana. 
  3. Once the marijuana is added the heat should be turned down, very low, to barely a simmer. We usually let it cook for around 3 hours. You can tell it’s done when the top of the mix turns from really watery to glossy and thick.
  4. While the cannabutter is cooking, set up the bowl to hold the finished product. There are a couple of ways to do the straining (a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth. You can also tie a double layer of cheesecloth around a large heatproof bowl with twine, making it taut across the top).
  5. Strain the marijuana butter over the bowl, being careful not to spill. When the saucepan is empty, carefully undo the twine, pick up the cheesecloth from all four sides, and squeeze out all of the remaining butter.
  6. Allow the cannabutter to cool at room temperature for about an hour. Place in the fridge until the butter has solidified and separated from the water. The THC and other properties have attached to the butter, and you are just about there.
  7. Run a knife around the edge and lift the butter off the water. Place upside down on your work surface and scrape off any of the cooking water. Your cannabutter is ready to be used. Store in the refrigerator or freezer in an airtight container.

This recipe uses 4 sticks of butter to every ounce of marijuana, so if you’re using a half ounce of weed that’s about 2 sticks of butter and so on.

Check back for more updates and recipes! Don’t forget to like our page on Facebook and share with your network! If you think you are a candidate for medical marijuana, contact us using the form below or call us now.

 

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness (IBS) Month

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness (IBS) Month. At New Jersey Alternative Health, we’d like to bring attention to the disorder and how medical marijuana can help with IBS symptoms. IBS is very common. In fact, according to badgut.org, many of us probably know at least one person impacted by this functional digestive disorder.

The term ‘inflammatory bowel disease’ (IBD) describes disorders that result in inflammation of the digestive tract, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Research found that IBD patients experience a variety of health benefits from using cannabis. Factors such as physical pain, social functioning, general health perception, ability to work and depression all saw notable progress.

Cannabis may be helpful with curing Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disorder that causes pain, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and more. Smoking a joint or consuming cannabis considerably reduces Crohn’s disease symptoms in 10 out of 11 patients, It has been known to bring about a complete cancellation of the disease in some patients.

Many researches have shown similar results. The cannabinoids seem to help the gut control bacteria and intestinal function.

The body makes THC-like compounds that increase the permeability of the intestines, allowing bacteria in. But the cannabinoids in marijuana block these compounds, making the intestinal cells bond together tighter and become less permeable.

If you think you may be a candidate for medical marijuana, please contact us here.

For more information on how to obtain your medical marijuana card in New Jersey, visit us at www.newjerseyalternativehealth.com

Medical Marijuana and Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological condition/disorder that is characterized by seizures, which range from relatively mild (a moment of impaired concentration) to extreme (total loss of consciousness). Medical Cannabis and CBD-dominant products in particular, have proven to be very effective at reducing the frequency and severity of epileptic seizures. We’ve seen a lot of success between medical marijuana and epilepsy patients.

Researchers say that there has been a 39 percent reduction in seizure occurrence provides strong evidence that the compound can help people living with Dravet syndrome and other seizure disorders. Its ability to lessen tremors in Parkinson’s disease are unfathomable.

One of the most agonizing facts is that 34% of deaths in adolescents is due to epilepsy or accidents that occur during seizures.   Recently, epilepsy and cannabis have been highlighted in the news, especially success stories focusing on children with epilepsy who are trying medicinal cannabis. Some cases have shed light on the medicinal uses of cannabis, regardless of its compendium as a Schedule I narcotic and the commonly accepted legal age of consumption for mind-altering substances.

Cannabis has demonstrated so much promise in the treatment of epilepsy that FDA-approved clinical trials are underway because cannabis is so effective at treating seizures.

If you suffer from epilepsy and think you may be a candidate for medical marijuana, please contact us here. 

For more information on how to obtain your medical marijuana card in New Jersey, visit us at www.newjerseyalternativehealth.com

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New Study Reveals Reasons Women With Breast Cancer Use Cannabis

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death. While cannabis can’t cure cancer, it can remarkably reduce the acuteness of symptoms and will most certainly improve quality of life for patients. A new study reveals why more women with breast cancer are turning to cannabis. Research shows that both THC and CBD (two of the key active components found in cannabis) can stimulate appetite, which may help with the weight loss, anorexia and cachexia that many cancer patients experience. In addition, cannabis is very effective at combating the nausea caused by conventional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy. Studies show that cannabinoids either slow down the growth of or kill some types of cancer cells. Cannabidiol has the ability to stop cancer by turning off a gene called Id-1. With the active ingredients cannabinoids possess, it can help regulate a number of biological functions in many organisms.

The American Association for Cancer Research has found that marijuana actually may considerately inhibit or stop the growth of tumors and cancer growth in brain, breast, lungs, pheochromocytoma, melanoma, leukemia, and other kinds of cancer.

Studies show that CBD may prevent cancer from spreading.

A few studies have found that inhaled (smoked or vaporized) marijuana can be helpful treatment of neuropathic pain (pain caused by damaged nerves). Marijuana can work similarly to opioids when treating individuals living with cancer related pain. Additionally, it may have anti-inflammatory effects that can help with pain. Some studies also convey certain cannabinoids may abate the growth and reduce spread of some forms of cancer.

New Jersey Alternative Health Can Help

More and more research continues to come out regarding the benefits of CBD and medical marijuana in Northern New Jersey. Our specialized team of doctors can help find the right products for you so you can regain a higher quality of life. As soon as you have your registry identification card, you will be able to seek the products right for you.

Contact us today to get started!

How CBD Helps Treat Anxiety

In moderation, anxiety is not a bad thing. It is our body’s natural response to coping with threats to our safety or wellbeing. Anxiety may help motivate us to make significant changes in our lives such as working harder, improving our relationships, or setting personal goals for ourselves. However, on the same note, too much anxiety can be crippling to day-to-day functionality. In fact, roughly 18 percent of the population, or 40 million adults, suffer from anxiety-related disorders. While prescription drugs work for some to treat anxiety, cannabidiol (CBD) continues to grow in popularity.

Unlike medical marijuana, CBD does not make you feel high. CBD is known to counteract many of THC’s negative effects and can help treat panic disorders, social phobia, PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, and more! New Jersey Alternative Health is the top choice for helping treat anxiety with medical marijuana in Northern New Jersey.

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Marijuana for Joint Pain

Believe it or not, many medical marijuana patients are Baby Boomers. Marijuana in general is often associated with youthfulness, but truth be told, those who are older than 55 are seeing amazing benefits from using medical marijuana. More and more scientific evidence is suggesting that marijuana works wonders for joint and chronic pain, a major symptom of rheumatoid arthritis. 

According to Medical News Today, chronic pain affects more people than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined, accounting for the most common cause of long-term disability in the US. While many doctors are often accustomed to prescribing traditional pain relievers, more and more patients are looking for alternative, more natural products to help ease their pain. Some studies on the effectiveness of cannabis as a form of pain relief for rheumatoid arthritis, noted that a significant analgesic effect was observed and disease activity was undoubtedly suppressed.

While medical marijuana is not typically a solution for post-surgical pain, it can be an option for long-term chronic pain. If you think you might be a candidate for medical marijuana for joint pain, contact your primary care physician and discuss your pain relief options. 

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