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1. Fighting Melanoma
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.
2. Pain Relief
Medical marijuana may be helpful with painful conditions like:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Working Out
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:
- Not feeling any soreness at all even after a heavy leg workout which usually brings about the most tissue damage.
- Many have also mentioned lingering anti-inflammatory effects long after a dosing.
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.
Sports and Marijuana sources:
3. Reducing Seizures
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
4. Treats Auto-Immune Disorders Symptoms
Could the Health Benefits of Marijuana include:
- Multiple Sclerosis, Crohns, Colitis, IBS, Lupus, AIDS?
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.
- THC has psychoactive properties while CBD does not.
- Both are great in helping maintain a healthy stomach and digestive tract.
- Intestinal Health sources: (http://jpet.aspetjournals.
org/content/335/1/92?sid= c09c62d8-996e-4071-bbed- ff8d46fca175) (http://www.huffingtonpost.co. uk/2013/05/21/cannabis- treatment-inflammatory-bowel- disease-crohns_n_3311278.html)
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