Marijuana is fast becoming a favorite medication among older Americans, a new study finds. Cannabis is being used to ease problems such as pain, sleep disturbances, and psychiatric conditions like anxiety and depression, researchers say...
Cannabis extract can reduce the risk of dying from COVID-19, according to a new study. It works by calming an over-stimulated immune system, taming the so-called "cytokine storms" that cause the body to attack its own tissue instead of the invading virus. Canadian researchers...
This plant isn’t legal in most of the US, but in some states you can grow cannabis and get flowers or therapeutic products derived from it with a medical prescription. Regardless of your personal opinion on it, there are studies that prove this controversial plant has a handful of medicinal benefits. But maybe because of the public debate surrounding it, it’s easy to get lost on which properties are actually backed by science, and which are just marketing slogans.
Researchers have been able to prove that cannabis is safe and works best in two instances—preventing nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patients, and in regulating symptoms of multiple sclerosis. The Food and Drug Administration approved two cannabinoid-based medications for treating nausea in 1985. Meanwhile, multiple sclerosis patients have access to THC-based treatments in more than 30 countries to ease muscle spasms, expand mobility, decrease pain, improve sleep, and, overall, provide better quality of life.
Doctors, therapists, and activists have also claimed cannabis is effective in treating a number of other things—from pain in people with chronic illnesses, to epyleptic seizures, to even Tourette’s syndrome, where THC has been found to reduce the motor and vocal tics in patients. But in most of these cases—some of which are anecdotal—larger studies are needed to prove without a doubt that cannabis is responsible for these desired effects.
There’s also the challenge of dosage and intake method. Smoking or inhaling cannabis can cause delirium and other psychoactive reactions, and can be toxic if used too heavily. Pills and edibles, on the other hand, might not be as effective, as less THC is absorbed into the bloodstream this way.
Thyroid disorders are one of many diseases that, like fibromyalgia or endometriosis, are common but under-diagnosed, perhaps because they predominantly affect women. In the United States alone, about 20 million people suffer from thyroid disorders, of whom about 60% are not even aware of it...
Its been quite a while since I have written about medical cannabis and its benefits for health in general and its effect on Breast Cancer. In just a few short years, a lot has changed. The biggest change has been how many states now allow cannabis to be used for medical purposes. According to the National Council of State Legislators, as of May 2021, 36 states and 4 territories have passed laws allowing for the medical use of cannabis products. Here is an update on how cannabis works, the benefits of CBD, and a basic look as well as some comments on a well-known formula called RSO, or Rick Simpson Oil. Healing Substances in Cannabis
You’ve probably heard of the two main components of the cannabis plant: CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). There are two main kinds of cannabis: non-psychoactive varieties within the Cannabaceae family (i.e. cannabis Sativa), also known as hemp, and psychoactive varieties of Cannabis Sativa or Cannabis Indica. The psychoactive varieties are sometimes referred to as “marijuana”.
The big difference between the two is that hemp contains vastly smaller amounts of THC, the psychoactive substance within cannabis Sativa and cannabis Indica. The usual THC content of hemp is about .2%, which is too small to have any psychoactive effect whatsoever on most individuals. Entourage Effect
In addition to the different forms of CBD and THC found in cannabis, there are also dozens of other phytonutrients within it. This makes it an incredible superfood when consumed raw. Some of the other healing substances found in cannabis include terpenes such as limonene and myrcene (both known to be cancer-protective) as well as dozens of vitamins and minerals.
In total, there are potentially well over a hundred different healing phytonutrients in a single cannabis leaf. All of these substances work in a synergistic way known as the entourage effect.
A 2012 study conducted by Sanchez and her team at Complutense University in Madrid, Spain found that CBD, in particular, was able to instigate apoptosis (or cancer cell death). It also prevented new blood vessels from growing, inhibited metastasis, and even prevented cancer cells from dividing.
A new survey has revealed that health professionals in the United States are now overwhelmingly in favour of children with cancer having access to medical cannabis. The journal who published the study, Pediatrics, sent a 32-item, cross-sectional survey to 654 pediatric oncology providers in...