Although recreational use of marijuana is controversial, many people agree with Gupta’s new position and believe that cannabis should be legal for medicinal use.
Although the benefits of marijuana smoking are often reported by proponents of marijuana legalization, the new legalization will allow researchers to study the medicinal uses of cannabis and understand what their impacts on the human body are.
However, remember that there are negative effects when too much marijuana is being smoked or marijuana is not used for medicinal purposes. When abused, marijuana can cause poor dependence (psychological dependence) and impair memory.
There are at least two active chemicals in marijuana, which researchers believe to have medicinal application. They are cannabis (CBD) – which appear to have no psychoactive impact on the brain – and tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) – that have pain relieving properties.
Remember that the best way to get the medical benefits of marijuana is by eating it through edible (and not smoking!)
Here are 20 proven marijuana benefits.
PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) or PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a psychological disorder that occurs after a situation or a stress event. Research in Israel and the United States shows that cannabis can help relieve the symptoms of PTSD.
(source: Sanjay Gupta: Why I changed my mind on weed)
Researchers at Vanderbilt University have discovered cannabinoid receptors on an emotional part of the brain, which monitors anxiety and a fight or flight reaction. The authors say this is the first time that cannabinoid receptors have been discovered in the amygdala (a region of the brain) in a guinea pig (a mouse).
(source: Medical Daily)
CBD’s prevent the cancer from spreading. “CBDs are the first non-toxic exogenous agent that can significantly decrease the expression of Id-1 in breast cancer cells, thus leading to decreased tumor aggressiveness.”
(source: National Center for Biotechnology Information)
4. Multiple Sclerosis
A study, published in May 2014, has proven that a few days to smoke marijuana have brought relief to 30 patients with multiple sclerosis.
5. Muscle Spasms
Currently, there are cannabis-based medicines available in Canada and the United Kingdom, known as Sativex. It is a natural extract of the plant, which is sprayed under the tongue. These drugs are produced by GW Pharmaceuticals, have been scientifically tested, and have been government approved for use. They are indicated to treat symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, such as muscle spasticity and neuropathic pain. See more here.
“Certain cannabinoid drugs have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to alleviate nausea and vomiting, and to increase the appetite of people with cancer and AIDS.” (source: Cancer.org)
Marijuana can help people quit drinking (study).
8. Alzheimer’s Disease
THC is efficient in blocking clumps of protein, which can inhibit the memory and cognition of Alzheimer’s patients (study).
9. Dravet syndrome
Charlotte Figi suffered, day and night, for 5 years, from Dravet’s Syndrome. Now, at the age of six, she has a life without side effects after committing to using a specific strain of marijuana.
Here’s Charlotte’s story …
Studies of the early 1970s have shown that marijuana, when smoked, lowers the intraocular pressure of people with normal pressure and those with glaucoma.
11. Lung Health
According to a January 2012 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, users of mild and moderate marijuana showed higher lung capacity than non-smokers in two tests.
12. Hepatitis C
Cannabis improves the virological outcomes of patients with hepatitis C (study).
13. Intestinal Diseases
Chemicals found in cannabis may represent an effective treatment for inflammatory bowel diseases Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease, scientists say. Read more here.
A study in the American Journal of Medicine found that marijuana use was associated with lower levels of fasting insulin and a smaller waist circumference.
“Steve, who used marijuana 30 years ago (long before it’s medically legal in the US), smokes a half-bottle every day, and more at night. He says it helps him sleep, relieves pain, and feels no pain. side effect over the years, but admits he can precipitate what he calls a “sofa lock.” “Get very lazy,” says Steve. Read the full article here.
16. Crohn’s disease
In recent experience, marijuana has proven to induce “complete remission” in patients with Crohn’s disease, which is also known as an inflammatory bowel disease. Read more here.
Chemical compounds found in marijuana can help shrink the area of the brain affected by strokes.
18. Concussions / Trauma
Dr. Lester Grinspoon, an emeritus professor at Harvard, has a suggestion for the NFL: start funding marijuana research as a way to treat concussions (more here).
Dr. Grinspoon was a senior psychiatrist at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston for 40 years. He provided statements before Congress and as a witness expert in various legal proceedings, including John Lennon’s deportation hearings.
“Already many doctors and researchers believe that marijuana has incredibly powerful neuroprotective properties, an understanding based on laboratory and clinical data,” says Grinspoon.
A 2009 study indicated the potent benefits of nabilone, a synthetic cannabinoid, in PTSD patients with poor nightmare control.
20. Parkinson’s disease
Researchers in Israel report that cannabis appears to reduce tremors and pain, and increase sleep for Parkinson’s patients. Read more here.
Do you have any history of how marijuana helped you? I’d really like to know. I am always looking to learn as much as I can about this powerful medicine and share that knowledge with others.
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