Did You Know?
The U.S. obtained a patent in October of 2003 titled, “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.” Assigned to the U.S. as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services. In this patent it claims that, “Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism” and that this makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment of a wide variety of oxidation associated diseases including those which are age-related, along with inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. (1)
What are Cannabinoids?
This group of active compounds found in marijuana is also referred to as terpenophenolic chemicals. There are a variety of specific cannabinoid compounds found in cannabis, commonly known as THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. These are the active compounds responsible for marijuana’s therapeutic, and psychoactive abilities.
Although the U.S. government holds this patent, officials still deny the benefits of marijuana to medical patients in most U.S. states and in all states on a federal level. Why is the government so unwilling to green light medical research to further prove the medicinal properties of marijuana? Over half of the American population believe that doctors should be able to prescribe the drug, but still the Federal Government does not recognize our rights as citizens to use it as medication legally even though they hold a patent that acknowledges its benefits as an antioxidant with neuroprotective abilities.
The Arizona Department of Health Services accepts petitions to add debilitating medical conditions to the list of conditions treated under the Medical Marijuana Program in January and July of each year (specific dates yet to be announced). Several of these petitions will go to public hearing.
For articles submitted as a part of these petitions, GO HERE.
If you would like to submit a petition, ADHS will accept them via US mail at the following address:
P.O. Box 19000
Phoenix, AZ 85005
Petitions must be complete, and include all components including:
- A completed submittable cover sheet
- Description of the symptoms, and physiological effects experienced by the individual suffering from the condition
- Availability of conventional treatments that treat the medical condition
- Summary of evidence that marijuana can provide therapeutic relief
- Articles, scientific journals and reports of the results of research on the specific condition
After submitting your petition, ADHS will notify you within 30 days that your petition was received, and will then be initially reviewed.
With your petition you must prove:
The specified medical condition or treatment of the condition impairs the ability of the individual to accomplish activities of daily living. Marijuana usage provides a therapeutic benefit to an individual suffering from the condition or treatment of the medical condition. ADHS will either add the medical condition to the list of debilitating medical conditions or provide a written notice to you of a denial within 180 days.
May is recognized nationally as the month to raise awareness of skin cancer, the most diagnosed form of cancer in the United States. Arizona is the no 2 in the entire world for skin cancer incidence rates, second only to Australia. It is estimated that over two million people in the US will be diagnosed with skin cancer caused by ultraviolet rays (UV rays). These rays produced by the sun only get more powerful in the summer months. In Arizona, temperatures stay above 100 degrees most of the day, and many people still spend an 8 hour work day outside.
In order to help lower your risk, follow these protective tips:
- Cover your skin with breathable clothing, and wear a hat with a broad rim
- Avoid the peak hours for UV rays (10 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.)
- Stay in the shade whenever possible
- Wear sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF factor that protects from both UVA, and UVB rays
- Wear sun glasses that have strong UV protection
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Skin care is important and even though many people don’t have time to pamper themselves, the basics can help keep your skin healthy, and beautiful for years to come. Moisturize skin, limit exposure to weather and pollutants, and avoid damaging products containing parabens, and artificial ingredients. Need sun-protective products? Shop Here!