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While the medicinal use of marijuana may have recently become legal in several states across the US its use has spanned the timeline of civilization. The history of marijuana, from China to Africa to the Americas, reveals how marijuana has found itself in many cultures and been used in many diverse ways throughout the centuries.
In Ancient China, some researchers say that medical marijuana, called má 麻, has been in use as far back as 8000 BC. In Chinese mythology, the God of Farming “Shennong”, also known as the God Farmer, introduced and educated the people on the harvest and use of cannabis. When the Later Han dynasty came to power, the great physician “Yuanhan” first to used cannabis as an anesthetic. The word mázui (麻醉) actually means drunk with cannabis. Wine was the vehicle to administer the cannabis to patients prior to their procedure.
Many historical documents in ancient Egypt show the use of marijuana dating as far back as 1500-2000 BC. These documents describe hemp or cannabis use in some fashion. The Egyptians found hemp useful for pain relief including creating as suppositories from hemp leaves. Applying the leaves to various inflamed parts of body allowed the cannabinoids to relieve the pain.
The Greeks who studied much of the ancient Egyptians medical practices also used cannabis to treat inflammations, ear aches, and nose bleeds. These same practices were common to treat the wounds of farm animals and pets as well. The Greeks also learned how to use cannabis to make their traditional steam baths far more interesting.
Many biblical scholars and followers of the Christian faith who are supporters of cannabis use point to a verse in scripture that some believe is a reference to cannabis. Genesis 1:29 (King James Version) states:
“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”
Also, several scriptures refer to the use of “incense” to burn before the altar:
“And he made the holy anointing oil, and the pure incense of sweet spices, according to the work of the apothecary.”
Now these could’ve been several different plants or herbs used other than cannabis but it points to the use of the burning them to perhaps provide a mood-setting aroma. Now some believe that some herbs or spices in the Bible actually are cannabis but refer to by a different name:
“Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels,”
There’s lots of speculation around if cannabis is one of the spices listed her but what is not uncertain is the use of spices, herbs and other plants being biblically supported.
In the early 1900’s the use of cannabis in medicine began to spread west. Doctor William Brooke O’Shaughnessy was one of the first physicians to use cannabis in his practice. He specialized in using the sativa strain of cannabis. He found success using cannabis in the treatment of muscle spasms, convulsions, seizures, migraines, and other various ailments.
Now, it seems that the tide is turning back to using cannabis as it was thousands of years ago. The history of marijuana is fraught with stigma and misconception. However, that is beginning to evaporate enough to see just how practical and instrumental it can be for our health. Why and how marijuana gained such a reputation is a discussion for another day.
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A study is underway in Australia to discover the efficacy of using marijuana to fight the incidence of melanoma, a dangerous form of skin cancer.
It is one of the world’s largest controlled trials ever launched. They hope to understand how the active substance in marijuana, cannabinoids, effects the cells in animals and very small human trials. Do the active ingredients in marijuana have the potential to cause cancer cell death, apoptosis? Could it prevent the cancer from receiving the blood supply it needs by blocking angiogenesis? Those are the questions they hope to answer with this study.
Many patients have already attested to the use of topical cannabinoids to treat cancer lesions on the skin.
They are concentrating their research on the whole plant and the compounds working together synergistically rather than just the THC which causes euphoria. The composition of the many different compounds found in marijuana work together to produce faster and better outcomes is their theory.
Learn about what to look for when it comes to skin cancer.
Medical marijuana may be helpful with painful conditions like:
Marijuana evidently has incredible anti-inflammatory benefits. Weed has a noted history regarding its “necessity” in treating Glaucoma. As a matter of fact, part of its usefulness against Glaucoma is reducing the uncomfortable pressure in the eyes that comes with the disease.
When one is dealing with Multiple Sclerosis, the immune cells release proteins called “cytokines” that cause the painful inflammation found in the brain. The cannabinoids found in Marijuana are the anti-inflammatory agents that help in squelching the fire caused by such assailants.
Medical marijuana has become very popular in the fitness industry as well. General soreness from an intense workout can last 36-48 hours. Accordingly, some who use medical marijuana have noted:
There’s now a push to research marijuana’s effect on sports participants. In professional sports, when a pro player is “busted” for smoking weed, most people probably rush to judgement. All things considered, they imagine a rich, entitled, athlete partying far too hard on his off days. However, many current and former players have been using marijuana. As a matter of fact, they use it to address acute and chronic pain from the bangs and bruises of their pro sport. Finally, the leagues are starting to listen.
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When discussing the health benefits of marijuana, there is a lot of debate about the medical use of cannabis. Presently, people wonder if it could be a potential treatment for a number of neurological conditions. There have long been legal issues surrounding access to cannabis. Because of this, there is not yet a lot of scientific research on the usefulness and safety of marijuana as a treatment for seizures. Additionally, many different substances containing cannabis are being used, making it difficult to study.
Many of the latest YouTube videos show that within a few seconds after the application of cannabis oil a seizure comes to a halt or greatly subsides. As a result, these videos have raised intrigue and skepticism regarding the use of cannabis oil to treat epilepsy. Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN produced a documentary in 2013 called “WEED”. In that documentary he treated a girl with medical marijuana and saw her number of seizures decrease from 300 a week to 1.
Prior to this, there was a study on epileptic rodents at Virginia Commonwealth University. The study showed that within 10 hours most symptoms exhibited by the rats had subsided. For this reason, they conclude there is a correlation between using marijuana and seizures.
VCU study source: (http://www.news.vcu.edu/
Another study: The Endogenous Cannabinoid System Regulates Seizure Frequency and Duration in a Model of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
Could the Health Benefits of Marijuana include:
THC and CBD are the two ingredients that help to stop the nervous system from attacking itself. Both are effective at calming the immune system with their main distinctions being. All things considered, there is still a lot to learn about THC and CBD.
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The Canadian government is trying to prepare the country for when it legalizes marijuana. While a regulatory framework is still in progress, the distribution of marijuana has been a highly discussed topic.
The most likely result is that the Federal government will be controlling the marijuana supply with provinces left to deal with distribution. Among the different possible distribution concepts, Ontario has been leaning heavily on the idea of distributing recreational marijuana through the LCBO.
Though it seems to be a common choice as a distribution model for a controlled substance, there are a few things to consider.
Finding a Marijuana Distribution Method That Works
The first challenge that the LCBO model distribution method faces is that it could stifle the market for purchasing marijuana. With the exception of The Beer Store, distilleries, breweries and wineries, LCBO is the only major retail outlet licensed to distribute alcohol in Ontario.
In fact, restaurants and bars are generally required by law to purchase their liquor from LCBO. With what is expected to be a billion dollar business in Ontario, should this be another government-controlled monopoly that is tacked on to an existing government-controlled monopoly?
With the certainty of extremely limited availability and supply and the related concerns regarding stigma of purchasing marijuana, potentially in front of children, the public would most certainly not benefit from an LCBO-based distribution model.
With many marijuana dispensaries popping up, it is not hard to imagine how this model may change the market when applied to marijuana distribution:
- Taxation and competitive pricing would be set by the government, controlling the market value of marijuana and perhaps underestimating or overestimating black market prices and current market dynamics.
- Smaller marijuana producers and distributors would be put at a disadvantage, if not wiped out, if the government favours larger, licensed producers for their supply and only government controlled outlets for distribution. Implementing infrastructure regarding sales and distribution would threaten the economic potential for the creation of new businesses.
- The level of knowledge of LCBO employees. When compared to the experience of small dispensary owners, an unspecialized employee wouldn’t inspire much confidence in paying customers.
Using Alcohol and Marijuana Together
A second obvious side effect of distributing through the LCBO is that it would provide ample opportunity for people to purchase marijuana and alcohol at the same time. Though it is enough to cite health reasons for why alcohol and marijuana shouldn’t be mixed, it’s no mystery that both are already being used together. It is known as cross fading.
When used individually, each substance comes with its own negative impact on the brain. When combined, the effects of alcohol and marijuana can be amplified and increased. For instance, using both substances together can worsen the impact on your motor skills, leading to a higher risk of a car accident than if you had used either substance alone. Drunk driving and driving while high is another issue to contend with.
Most notably, the order in which you consume either substance also has an impact on the resulting effect. If you get drunk when already high from marijuana, you experience the pleasing effect one would expect from being drunk and high. Yet, if you drink alcohol before marijuana, the resulting effects are dizziness, vomiting, anxiety, and feeling sick after ingesting too much THC, otherwise known as greening out.
According to a study by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), mixing alcohol with marijuana increases the THC concentration in a person’s blood. Alcohol increases marijuana metabolitesin the bloodstream. With alcohol targeting the nervous system and blood vessels, the absorption rate of THC can increase and hence cause a person to “green out.”
Conventional wisdom would suggest that selling two things that don’t go well together is a bad idea. There’s a reason why you can’t smoke while pumping gas – it’s dangerous – or why you’d never sell fireworks in a children’s toy shop.
It also makes sense why laws are stricter concerning drug offences near schools. If the government wants to highlight the concerns regarding drinking and smoking – it would seem an obvious step to take would be to physically separate the distribution of these distinct, controlled substances.
So is selling recreational marijuana in close proximity to alcohol a good idea? In our opinion, it’s not smart policy. This is just one question among many that are still being asked and used to guide the direction in which the government will go, and there are recommendations being submitted on the overall policy.
Thus, hopefully, through open discussion and more research, the legislation will be able to accommodate both public and private points of sale.
Access to medical marijuana may be cutting down on the overall use of opioids, including prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Percocet, new research suggests. Opioid addiction and marijuana can be an interesting combination with marijuana being the tool that can help with the addiction!
In a study, researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health analyzed traffic fatality data from 1999-2013 for 18 U.S states. They found that most states that passed medical marijuana laws saw an overall reduction in fatal crashes involving drivers who tested positive for opioids.
“We would expect the adverse consequences of opioid use to decrease over time in states where medical marijuana use is legal, as individuals substitute marijuana for opioids in the treatment of severe or chronic pain,” lead author June H. Kim, a doctoral student at Mailman, said in a statement.
The study, published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health, is among the first to look at the link between state medical marijuana laws and opioid use. Medical marijuana laws, the authors concluded, are “associated with reductions in opioid positivity among 21- to 40-year-old fatally injured drivers and may reduce opioid use and overdose.”
The Columbia study adds to a growing body of evidence showing cannabis can be an effective, alternative treatment for pain relief.
A 2014 study, for example, found that states with medical marijuana had fewer prescription painkiller overdose deaths than those without. And in July, researchers documented that states with medical marijuana saw a drop in prescription drugs,saving an estimated $165.2 million in Medicare costs.
In March, federal health officials issued new guidelines for opioid prescriptions in an effort to curb the crisis, urging doctors to largely avoid prescribing highly addictive painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin when treating patients for chronic pain.
But the Drug Enforcement Administration has stopped short of embracing alternative painkillers, recently declining to loosen restrictions on marijuana and announcing plans to criminalize kratom, an herbal supplement that many say is effective at treating chronic pain and fighting opioid addiction.
At the state level, however, the tide is turning. Twenty-five U.S. states have legalized medical marijuana. Four of those, plus the District of Columbia, have also legalized recreational use of the substance.
“As states with these laws move toward legalizing marijuana more broadly for recreational purposes, future studies are needed to assess the impact these laws may have on opioid use,” Kim said in a statement.
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One of the world’s first large, controlled trials of cannabis for melanoma launches in Australia
Marijuana is being called in to fight one of the world’s deadliest, scariest killers — a type of cancer caused by your next summer vacation.
Researchers at the University of Canberra have announced a $1 million research project with Israel-based Cann Pharmaceutical to see if the compounds in pot kill live cancer cells in humans as well as they do inside test tubes and mice in the labs.
Starting next year, patients will get medical-grade, whole plant extracts of specific cannabis strains alongside their current standard of care for melanoma. About 55,000 Australians have the dangerous cancer of the skin, which can be caused by sun damage to skin cell DNA. Less than ten percent of patients survive skin cancer that has spread underneath the surface of the skin.
“Australians have the highest rate of melanoma in the world, with estimates of more than 13,000 new cases to be diagnosed in 2016 alone,” said University of Canberra Professor of molecular and cellular biology Sudha Rao. “When you consider that melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australia and New Zealand, and almost 1,800 people will die as a result of this cancer this year, we need to work harder at finding effective treatments.”
The active molecules secreted by the cannabis plant, the cannabinoids have been shown — in various cell, and animal and very small human trials — to contain the potential to cause cancer cell death (apoptosis) and prevent cancer’s acquisition of blood supplies (by blocking angiogenesis).
Countless patient self-reports also attest to the use of topical cannabinoids to treat cancerous skin lesions.
Large-scale, double-blind placebo controlled human trials should commence immediately. However, the United States government — which funds the majority of the world’s cancer research — treats cannabis as the most dangerous drug on the planet, alongside street heroin and the hallucinogen LSD. Opioids like OxyContin and Vicodin are deemed safer.
U.S. lawmakers this year are working to cut the red tape on pot research. Their bill has bipartisan support, but is caught up on election season politics. In response, various states created medical cannabis research programs using pot tax dollars, local crops, and state research institutions.
A pure pill form of cannabis’ main active ingredient, THC, (which causes euphoria) has been around since 1985. By contrast, CannPharmaceutical specializes in whole plant formulations.
“The effects of all these compounds working together and regulating each other will be much different than the effects of any one compound working alone, which is why synthetic cannabis drugs produced of only one compound are reported in most case studies by patients to lack the effectiveness of whole plant medicine,” the company states. “… cannabis is a composition of many different compounds that work together to produce a faster and better outcome. Alter this – you lose the effect.”
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There will be no lines around the block. There will be no TV news crews nosing in for interviews. There will be no pot-puffing customers celebrating their newfound freedom.
Legalizing recreational marijuana had made it to the official ballot in Alaska as confirmed by Mead Treadwell, the state’s lieutenant governor. The recreational marijuana initiative petition 13PSUM notice of proper filing was posted on the government of Alaska’s website. The proposition would be put on the election ballot for the Primary Election on August 19, 2014.
The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana, the body behind the initiative submitted 45,000 signatures by Jan. 8, while the minimum requirement was 30, 000. 36, 000 signatures have already been validated.
Campaign spokesman Taylor Bickford said in a statement, “A bipartisan tidal wave of public support for regulating marijuana like alcohol in Alaska has pushed this issue onto the ballot and we will be running an aggressive campaign designed to build on that momentum.”