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Medical marijuana center opens in SLV

Posted: Thursday, Sep 26th, 2013

ALAMOSA COUNTY—After dealing with the Alamosa County Application process for over a year, High Valley Healing finally opened last week at 711 West Highway 160 in the old Spectracom building next to ProSheds. “Finding the right location was a challenge” said owner Diane Dunlap, “but for years our patients have had to travel all the way to our Crestone Dispensary, so being close by in Alamosa now will be a real benefit for everyone living in this area.”

“One thing I learned in my 30 years of clinical practice” said Dunlap, a retired psychologist, “is that dealing with chronic severe pain drastically impacts the quality and experience of anyone’s daily life." After researching alternative methods for pain relief, she became convinced of medical marijuana’s effectiveness in treating pain associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, cancer, colitis, endometriosis and other debilitating diseases without the liver and kidney-damaging side-effects of some pharmaceutical drugs.

“Cannabis is a fascinating plant and the human species has a deep and ancient relationship with it that goes back hundreds of thousands of years. In fact, the human body produces its own endocannabinoids and the brain has developed special receptors specific for cannabinoids which are responsible for the control of movement, coordination, learning, memory, stress, higher cognitive functions, the link between the right and left hemispheres, and the brain’s reward pathways.”

For the complete article see the 09-26-2013 issue.

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