Medical Tourism Journeys is the only medical and wellness tourism company offering group tours to learn about the medical and wellness benefits of Cannabis.
Join our Medical Tourism Journey Master®, a Colorado Cannabis Travel specialist, and a local physician in the Greater Denver Metro Area who has advanced knowledge about medical and recreational uses of cannabis. If you visit Colorado with our group, you'll also be taken around town on a 12- passenger Mercedes Sprinter to visit several dispensaries, grow facilities and enjoy Denver and the Colorado tourism activities not available elsewhere.
Here's a glimpse of what you'll learn
Similar to our other Group Journeys, this tour is designed for health and wellness tourism adult travelers and takes place in Denver, Colorado. We feature a wide range of activities and themes. If you are the parent of a child with severe epilepsy, or have a serious medical condition that might benefit from medical cannabis and are considering a move to Colorado, don't miss this educational tour! We run this tour three times each year.
On this Medical Tourism Group Journey, the focus is exploration and education. You'll learn about the medical uses of cannabinoids - one of a class of diverse chemical compounds that acts on cannabinoid receptors in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the brain. When you smoke or ingest marijuana, these are the chemicals that interact with cells in your body to produce medical benefits. Your group will visit with a local physician who will give a talk on the research findings from studies using THC for chronic disease management and answer questions you may have about medical use of cannabis and cannabinoids. In all, there are over 400 unique chemical compounds in the marijuana plant to study. You'll learn how amazing this plant is and how certain strains of the plant have higher percentages of these different cannabinoids (most of which are non-psychoactive).
- THC (THC is the abbreviation for Delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol) is the cannabinoid which researchers believe helps with Alzheimer’s Disease, Neuropathy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, PTSD, Cancer, and Crohn’s Disease.
- CBD, (short for cannabidiol, is the second most famous cannabinoid) is non-psychoactive (you don't get the buzz). Once the popular media learned that CBD had medical value, a whirlwind of cannabis research ensued. Researchers have studied CBD use for Epilepsy, Cancer, Depression, Anxiety, Psychotic Disorders, Chronic Pain, and Diabetes among other chronic conditions. Clinical trials on CBD indicate that CBD can reduce nausea and vomiting, combats psychosis, inflammatory, neurodegenerative, anxiety and depression disorders and that it fights tumor and cancer cells.
- CBC (short for Cannabichromene, the third most common cannabinoid in the marijuana plant overall.) In some strains of the plant, CBC domintes. Like CBD, cannabichromene is non-psychoactive. You won't get high if you use it. It is believed to fight inflammation when combined with THC. Also the THC/CBC combination has shown promise in fighting breast cancer. It also has anti-depressant and anti-fungal properties and has been found to encourage brain growth (neurogeneis) in the area of memory and learning. For this reason, CBC is popular with Alzheimer's patients because their brain stops developing new cells in these areas.
- CBN (short for Cannabinol) is a cannabinoid that emerges when the dried leaves and buds have gone a bit stale. CBN drives up appetite in rats. It also was identified by Italian researchers as being effective against antibiotic resistant MRSA infections. A 2005 study found that CBN may be effective at easing symptoms for patients with degenerative, motor neural diseases associated with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)). In 2002, Swedish researchers found that CBN has strong pain-relieving effects. The combination of CBN and THC are the only cannabinoids that fight pain through the release of endorphins and by relaxing tense blood vessels. Research from 2003 found that CBN stopped allergy-related asthma in mice by easing inflammation associated with an asthma attack. CBN was also studied at Berkeley-based Steep Hill Labs indicate that CBN may be the most sedative of all the cannabinoids and may be comparable to the effects of 2.5 to 5mg of pharmaceutical sedative diazepam. CBN was effective at lowering the ocular pressure which produces blindness in glaucoma patients. This cannabinoid’s ability to decrease ocular hypertension shows promise in dealing with migraines that occur around menses in women and understanding marijuana’s effect on blood pressure overall.
- CBG (short for cannabigerol) is rare because it is found early in the growth cycle of young plants. It too, is non-psychoactive. It can be cultivated via hemp. Research indicates that it can act as an antibiotic because of its anti-microbial properties and mild anti-fungal properties. It can also reduce reddening of the skin and have therapeutic potential for skin conditions such as Psoriasis. CBG is a more potent pain reliever than THC. It also shows promise as an anti-tumor agent, slowing tumor effects on prostate cancer cells and cancer cells in the mouth. In 1975, in studies published at the NIH, researchers found that CBG prevented the uptake of amino acids that help regulate mood. The amino acid in question, GABA, was better regulated by CBG than THC or CBD. Other studies found that CBG was also a moderate anti-depressant that increased serotonin levels in the brain.
- THCv (short for tetrahydrocannabivarin) has about 20% of the psychoactive capacity as THC, but that THCv mitigates some of the negative psychoactive impacts of THC. It shows promise as an anti-convulsant, and may help mitigate some of the short-term memory and speech impairment that goes hand-in-hand with being a little too high. A paper published last year by C4 Laboratories in Arizona cited evidence that THCv decreased body fat and boosted energy metabolism in mice so it may hold promise as a weight loss agent.
- CBDv (short for cannabidivarin) hasn't been researched nearly as much as the other cannabinoids. In the UK, GW Pharmaceuticals announced a patent for CBDv last year. The patent will allow GW Pharma to create a CBDv-based anti-epileptic drug. They’re currently undergoing phase 2 trials for the drug. It may also help with nausea according to research coming to us from Ontario.
- Delta(8)-THC a less psychoactive cannabinoid that Delta(9)-THC is still in early stages of research on its potential as a neuroprotective and anti-anxiety compound. It has been linked to appetite stimulation and may be the culprit for the munchies - at least in rodent appetites. It also shows promise as an anti-nausea compound associated with chemotherapy. In 1995, nausea and vomiting were reduced in 8 children studied but did not produce any psychoactive response in the children. Their ages were between 2 and 13-years-old.
- Nutritional Cannabinoids THCa and CBDa are found before the cannabis is decarboxylated (while the cannabis is in its raw state). One cannot smoke or inhale THCa or CBDa. It is eaten raw as a nutritional supplement or applied topically. THCa is non psychoactive until you apply heat.
Sharing extraordinary experiences enriches your journey
Share the laughter, share the breathtaking sights, sounds, flavors, make new friends from all over the world and find inspiration in unlikely places as you share your love of health and wellness and adventure.
Your Medical Tourism Journey Master® will be in close touch before your departure to inform you of every detail. Upon you arrival at your destination, you'll be whisked away in a chauffeured limousine to your hotel where the group assembles. We'll provide dispensary maps if you want to visit a few shops on your own. Our physician lecture and Q&A happens over dinner the first evening. That way, when you visit the dispensaries, you'll be able to ask the "bud tenders" and experts more probing questions. To visit dispensaries and grow operations with us, you'll need your driver's license or other acceptable identification to enter the shops. State law requires the ID check of all who enter - even if it is just to look.
This tour also includes our Day of Wellness™ where you can arrange an executive physical, visit a sports medicine specialist, schedule a medical, dental, vision, nutrition or other consultation, or arrange a chat with a therapist about ways to decrease stress and increase mindfulness. We schedule ample free time in this tour so that you can spend time in Denver, Boulder and the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains as you wish pursuing your personal interests or to just kick back and relax.
Led by a Medical Tourism Journey Master® and a professional tour guide, our groups are limited in size to ensure that you won't be lost among the crowd. You'll meet others who have joined us for previous medical and wellness tourism journeys and marvel as they rave about their previous experience – the friends they had met, the food, the indelible memories. You'll quickly realize that taking time out for your health and wellness this way is something you look forward to and an excellent way to see the world.
What's Included in Your Tour Package:
- Hotel accommodations
- Hot breakfast each morning
- Ground transfer to and from the airport
- Educational Dinner Lecture with a Local Physician
- Transfers to Dispensaries and Grow Facilities via Mercedes Sprinter
- Tourist and cultural activities to local attractions (varies by season)
- Boulder Mountain Parks Tour
- Ample free time to explore Denver on your own
- Day of Wellness™ Activities