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Health, Cannabis and Oregon



After many years of stereotypes and propaganda, it was hard for folks to truly understand the potential medical benefits of cannabis. I know that I certainly did, as I thought that the stories had to be too good to be true. Not many people are aware that the federal government actually legalized medical cannabis in the early 1980s for a select few patients, including pioneer Elvy Musikka, who calls Eugene, Oregon, home. Elvy and her fellow federal patients have received a care package from good ol’ Uncle Sam that contains a tin filled with medical marijuana cigarettes.

The many health benefits of cannabis are numerous, from pain relief to alleviating nausea to curtailing seizures and muscle spasms. Some people use cannabis to deal with posttraumatic stress and to help them get a good night’s sleep. If you don’t believe me, you can learn from Dr. Peter Grinspoon, who wrote in the Harvard Health Blog:

“In particular, marijuana appears to ease the pain of multiple sclerosis, and nerve pain in general. This is an area where few other options exist, and those that do, such as Neurontin, Lyrica, or opiates are highly sedating. Patients claim that marijuana allows them to resume their previous activities without feeling completely out of it and disengaged.

“Along these lines, marijuana is said to be a fantastic muscle relaxant, and people swear by its ability to lessen tremors in Parkinson’s disease. I have also heard of its use quite successfully for fibromyalgia, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, and most other conditions where the final common pathway is chronic pain.

“Marijuana is also used to manage nausea and weight loss, and can be used to treat glaucoma. A highly promising area of research is its use for PTSD in veterans who are returning from combat zones. Many veterans and their therapists report drastic improvement and clamor for more studies, and for a loosening of governmental restrictions on its study. Medical marijuana is also reported to help patients suffering from pain and wasting syndrome associated with HIV, as well as irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease.”

We obviously live in extremely stressful times. The side effects of a lot of prescription drugs may sound worse than the condition that they are deemed to treat and addictive opiates have caused a lot of pain for a lot of families. Patients should ALWAYS consult with their physician, but it is true that cannabis is one of the least addictive medicines and one that doesn’t seem to lead to a fatal overdose.

Folks should always utilize cannabis responsibly, and there is no better way to use responsibly, after consulting with your doctor of course, than to enjoy cannabis from a Portland, Oregon, dispensary like Satchel where you know that the cannabis, or cannabis product, has been tested and labeled properly. Plus, you can feel good knowing that your hard-earned dollars are helping support Oregon’s schools and other important programs.

When you visit Satchel, you might be interested in checking out the Sour Diesel grown by Gnome Grown if you are looking for an uplifting Sativa or their Pineapple Kush, cultivated by the amazing farmers at Geek Farms. Whether you go with an Indica, Sativa, or possibly a hybrid like Blue Dream (Yerba Buena produces an amazing one), you will not be disappointed. After you enjoy your cannabis safely and legally in one of Kenton’s exclusive smoking rooms, you might want to cure your munchies at Po’ Shines Café, satisfy your sweet tooth at Posies Bakery, and finish up with a drink at Parkside. (Utilize pickup and curbside service for safety, of course.)


Anthony Johnson


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