Health benefits of Cannabis
This complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) information summary provides an overview of the use of Cannabis and its components as a treatment for people with cancer -related symptoms caused by the disease itself or its treatment.
This summary contains the following key information:
- Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.
- By federal law, the possession of Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is illegal in the United States; however, a growing number of states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws to legalize its medical use.
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved Cannabisas a treatment for cancer or any other medical condition.
- Chemical components of Cannabis, called cannabinoids, activatespecific receptors found throughout the body to produce pharmacologic effects, particularly in the central nervous systemand the immune syste
The legalization of medical marijuana in several states has been driven by the discoveries of many health benefits of cannabis. Through informed research and sufficient lab testing, marijuana is proven as a great cure for nausea and neuropathic pain (pain resulting from damaged nerves).
Slowing the Spread of Cancerous Cells :-
A recent study shows that marijuana compounds slow the growth or even kill different types of cancer cells. This study has also been done on animals, and has shown that certain cannabinoids reduce the spread of some types of cancer.
Treatment of Epilepsy :-
Cannabis is now prescribed as an alternative medicine for epilepsy. In a recent study done by the American Academy of Neurology, 137 people were put under marijuana medication for 12 weeks. The 27 patients who were suffering from atonic seizures (symptoms common in epileptic persons) recorded a 66.7% decrease in the occurrence of seizures.
Growth of Brain Cells :-
Marijuana has long faced the stereotype of being a drug that kills brain cells. A study done by The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology suggests that CBD, a chemical compound of marijuana, can help grow brains cells.
Slows Alzheimer’s Progression :-
Cannabis contains Omega-3 fatty acids that lower blood pressure, reduce risks associated with cardiovascular disease, and may prevent Alzheimer’s. Marijuana is one of the few plants known to contain Omega-3.
Maintenance of the Entire Body :-
One of the essential nutrients found in cannabis is amino acids. This herb helps maintain body organs, cells, muscles and tissues. It’s also helpful in improving muscle control and mental functioning.
Cannabinoids, the active components of marijuana, inhibit tumor growth in laboratory animalsÂ and also kill cancer cells. Western governments have known this for a long time yet they continued to suppress the information so that cannabis prohibition and the profits generated by the drug industry proliferated. THC that targets cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 is similar in function to endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are naturally produced in the body and activate these receptors.
Tourette’s Syndrome :-
Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological condition characterized by uncontrollable facial grimaces, tics, and involuntary grunts, snorts and shouts. Dr. Kirsten Mueller-Vahl of the Hanover Medical College in Germany led a team that investigated the effects of chemicals called cannabinols in 12 adult Tourette’s patients. A single dose of the cannabinol produced a significant reduction in symptoms for several hours compared to placebo, the researchers reported.
Marijuana is a muscle relaxant and has “antispasmodic” qualities that have proven to be a very effective treatment for seizures. There are actually countless cases of people suffering from seizures that have only been able to function better through the use of marijuana.
Since medicinal marijuana was legalized in California, doctors have reported that they have been able to treat more than 300,000 cases of migraines that conventional medicine couldn’t through marijuana.
Marijuana’s treatment of glaucoma has been one of the best documented. There isn’t a single valid study that exists that disproves marijuana’s very powerful and popular effects on glaucoma patients.
Multiple Sclerosis :-
Marijuana’s effects on multiple sclerosis patients became better documented when former talk-show host, Montel Williams began to use pot to treat his MS. Marijuana works to stop the neurological effects and muscle spasms that come from the fatal disease.
Premenstrual Syndrome :-
Just like marijuana is used to treat IBS, it can be used to treat the cramps and discomfort that causes PMS symptoms. Using marijuana for PMS actually goes all the way back to Queen Victoria.Mounting Evidence Suggests Raw Cannabis is Best. Cannabinoids can prevent cancer, reduce heart attacks by 66% and insulin dependent diabetes by 58%. Cannabis clinician Dr. William Courtney recommends drinking 4 – 8 ounces of raw flower and leaf juice from any Hemp plant, 5 mg of Cannabidiol (CBD) per kg of body weight, a salad of Hemp seed sprouts and 50 mg of THC taken in 5 daily doses.