Facts On The Healing Power Of Cannabis
For decades Cannabis has been demonized by the US federal government as dangerous and addictive. Under current federal law, Cannabis is classified as a Schedule 1 drug according to the Controlled Substances Act. Schedule 1 is the most tightly restricted category with Schedule 1 drugs being defined as having “no currently accepted medical use.” Because of this classification, it’s very difficult for US scientists to truly study whether or not cannabis actually has any medical benefits. Fortunately, in other countries cannabis isn’t as restricted and every day more and more studies are being released that confirm how healing cannabis truly is. Our goal is to give you the straight facts about cannabis that are backed by actual studies so you can decide based on unbiased information if Cannabis could help you or a loved one heal.
To date there are 29 states (plus Washington DC) that have legalized cannabis for medical used and more states are beginning to legalize cannabis each year. As more studies surface showing that cannabis has many healing powers, medical experts are changing their opinion and finally acknowledging cannabis’ undeniable medical value. Currently there are two main active chemicals in cannabis with healing powers: Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD improves the brain without making someone high while THC provides pain relief (among other properties) and will make someone high. Anecdotal evidence tells us that CBD is most effective when it works in tandem with low amounts of THC that won’t make a person high. As people learn how harmful pharmaceutical drugs created in a lab are to a human body, they search out safer alternatives for their health issues. Cannabis is a natural solution with very few unhealthy side effects. Here’s a list of health conditions that Cannabis improves:
Proven Benefits Of Medical Cannabis
Glaucoma – According to the National Eye Institute, “ Studies in the early 70’s showed that [cannabis], when smoked, lowered intraoccular pressure (IPO) in people with normal pressure and those with glaucoma.” These effects of cannabis could potentially slow glaucoma’s progression and ultimately prevent blindness.
Lung Capacity – According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in Jan. ’12, cannabis increases lung capacity. 5,000 your adults were studied for 20 years and cannabis users acutally showed an increase in lung capacity.
Seizures – In 2003, Robert J. DeLorenzo of Virginia Commonwealth University, released a study whereby epileptic rats suffered no seizures for about 10 hours after being given cannabis extract. Anecdotally, a girl names Charlotte (along with many other children) has Dravet’s Syndrome which causes seizures and developmental delays, and uses a particular cannabis strain to reduce her seizures from 300 to 1 per week, a huge improvement.
Cancer – In 2007 a study held by researchers at California Pacific Medical Center was published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. This study discovered that CBD stopped cancer from growing by turning off a gene called Id-1. There are also other studies in Spain, Isreal and the US that suggest the compounds in whole plant cannabis could even kill cancer cells.
Anxiety – According to a 2017 animal study conducted by researchers from 4 universities (Univ. of Birmingham, Univ. of Nottingham, Univ. of Sao Paulo, and Federai Univ. of Santa Catarina), “CBD found in Cannabis sativa, reduces anxiety…by reducing fear expression acutely and by disrupting fear memory reconsolidating and enhancing fear extinction, both of which can result in a lasting reduction of learned fear.”
Alzheimer’s – In 2006 a study conducted by Kim Janda of the Scripps Research Institute was published in the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics that found that THC slowed the formation of amyloid plaques, which kill brain cells and cause Alzheimers.
Multiple Sclerosis – in May of 2014 Jody Corey-Bloom published a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal showing that 30 MS patients were in less pain after smoking cannabis for a few days because the THC in cannabis binds to receptors in the nerves and muscles to relieve pain.
Muscle Spasms – Anecdotally speaking, Dr. Gupta interviewed a teenager named Chaz, who uses medical cannabis to calm spasming muscles from a condition known as Leeuwenhoek’s Disease (AKA myoclonus diaphragmatic flutter.)
Inflammatory bowel diseases – The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics published a study in 2010 in which researchers from the Univ. of Nottingham found that THC and CBD interact with cells that play an important role in gut fiction and immune responses. Cannabis-derived CBDs prevent permeability in the intestines and make the intestinal cells bond together tighter, thereby reducing inflammatory bowel diseases.
Arthritis – In 2011 researchers discovered that patients given cannabis-based medicine called Sativex had significantly reduced their pain and improved their quality of sleep within 2 weeks of beginning the Sativex.
Lupus – Sufferers of Lupus are using cannabis to calm down their immune system and stop it from attacking it’s own body. In 2009 Dr. Elikottil, Gupta & Gupta discovered that cannabis reduced pain by acting upon CB1 and CB2 receptors and thereby reducing inflammation. Another study from 2003 conducted by Ware et al, found that cannabis use is prevalent among the population suffering from chronic pain because their pain was ultimately reduced by cannabis.
Mental creativity – Contrary to stoner stereotypes, studies have found that cannabis increases creativity and improves “verbal fluency.” According to Wired, one study found that people using cannabis are better able to come up wth a greater range of related concepts and seemed “to make the brain better at detecting those remote associations that lead to radically new ideas.”
Crohn’s Disease – A 2014 study in Isreal showed that smoking cannabis significantly reduced Crohn’s disease symptoms in 10 out of 11 patients and caused a complete remission of Crohn’s in 5 of the patients. Patients generally suffer from symptoms of pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss but CBDs from cannabis seem to help the gut to regulate bacteria and intestinal function.
Parkinson’s Disease – in 2014 Isreal conducted a study and found that smoking cannabis significantly reduced pain and tremors in patients suffering from Parkinson’s. In addition their fine motor skills were great improved.
PTSD – Many people suffering from PTSD are smoking cannabis for relief from their symptoms. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has just launched a new study to see if cannabis can replenish missing endocannabinoid in PTSD patients and provide relief from painful memories.
Stroke – Researchers at the Univ. of Nottingham conducted a study with rats, mice and monkeys to uncover the fact that cannabis reduces the size of the area affected by a stroke and it may help protect the brain from a stroke’s damage.
Concussions and Brain Trauma – In 2014 the journal Cerebral Cortex published a study showing that cannabis lessened the bruising of the brain in mice and helped with healing mechanisms after the traumatic injury. Lester Grinspoon, a professor emeritus of psychiatry at Harvard Univ., has gone so far as to write a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell requesting that the NFL fund more studies into cannabis’ neuroprotective properties instead of testing their players for cannabis.
Appetite stimulation – It’s already widely accepted in medical circles that cannabis stimulates the appetite, which is why there are multiple FDA-approved drugs that use THC for this purpose. Many patients prefer THC from the whole cannabis plant and not THC that’s created in a lab.
Opiod Addiction – Dr. Yasmin L Hurd, a doctor from the Friedman Brain Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Center for Addictive Disorders, has conducted several studies on animals and one on humans that shows that cannabis reduces heroin cravings for up to one week after last administering cannabis. Additionally, many Medical Marijuana Caregivers in Maine, are helping addicts get clean using cannabis as an alternative to harder, more deadly drugs.
Nausea – Back in 1975, the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of a double-blind study on the effects of THC on nausea and vomitig. “No patient vomited while experiencing a subjective ‘high.’ Oral THC has antiemetic properties and is significantly better than a placebo in reducing vomiting caused by [chemo]”
FAQ: Cannabis Benefits
What is cannabis? Are there different kinds?
Cannabis goes by many names, including marijuana, weed, pot, and herb. It’s a healing plant that was originally prescribed by doctors until pharmaceutical companies realized they were losing profits to it and then bribed the gov’t to ban it. Despite being classified as a Schedule 1 drug (meaning it has no medicinal value) many US citizens are replacing their harmful pharmaceutical drugs with all natural cannabis because it doesn’t have any dangerous side effects. There are two different strains of cannabis, Indica and Sativa, and there are also hybrids of these two strains. Each strain or hybrid has different medicinal value.
What are the different forms of cannabis?
Cannabis has many forms of delivery. The leaves can be smoked or vaped. The oils from the leaves can be extracted and then smoked or baked with. Alcohol or vegetable glycerin tinctures can be made for sublingual delivery. Lastly a wide variety of edibles can be made from brownies to olive oil.
How does cannabis work?
In it’s rawest form, cannabis is not psychoactive. It contains THCA, a super healing agent. Only when the THCA is heated or decarboxylated does it change into tHC, which does have psychoactive effects. Medically speaking, patients gain the most healing from micro-dosing. The amount of THC consumed is so low that they do not get high, but they do feel improved health.
How long does cannabis stay in your body?
The amount of time that cannabis stays in your body is determined by two things: 1) how much cannabis was consumed (the more THC consumed the longer it lingers in your body, and 2) how was the cannabis delivered (eating cannabis extract in edibles lasts hours longer than smoking the leaves.) Every human body responds to THC differently so some people can consume high milligram doses of THC and not be affected while other will get extremely high. It’s recommended that designated drivers be assigned at the beginning of the evening and refrain from consuming cannabis.
Does cannabis use lead to other drugs?
There are no studies to prove that cannabis leads to other drugs. Many people who use cannabis regularly do not partake in any other drugs, not even alcohol (which is far more damaging to a human body than cannabis.) Cannabis is not addictive so a human body will never get physically hooked on cannabis
What happens if you smoke cannabis?
Every person who consumes cannabis has a different tolerance, but in general smoking cannabis gives you a relaxed feeling that wears off after a few hours. It also increases heart rate and sometimes makes you drowsy (depending on which strain you smoke.)
What does cannabis do to the brain?
Cannabis’ effects on the brain have just begun to be studied so there is no conclusive evidence of what it does to the brain. For more information follow the Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery (MIND) headed by Staci Gruber at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA.
How does smoking cannabis affect the lungs?
A study published in 2012 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that smoking cannabis does not cause significant damage to the lungs. Tobacco, however, can be extremely damaging. Habitual cannabis consumers had greater lung capacity. In a 2014 study published in the International Journal of Cancer, researchers in New Zealand crunched the data for 6 separate studies that included a grand total of 2,159 lung cancer patients and 2,985 healthy controls and found there was little correlation between the long-term use of cannabis and lung cancer. Interestingly, anecdotes from COPD and emphysema patients report successfully easing symptoms of their conditions with medical cannabis oil. Evidence suggests that THC, the primary psychoactive in cannabis, is a potent bronchodilator.
Can cannabis use by a mother affect a developing fetus or newborn baby?
A study published in the October 2016 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies that compared rates of cannabis use to birth outcomes. Dr. Shayna Conner and her team of researchers reported that there is no statistical correlation between cannabis use and any negative birth outcome. They concluded that, “Maternal marijuana use during pregnancy is not an independent risk factor for adverse neonatal outcomes after adjusting for confounding factors. Thus, the association between maternal marijuana use and adverse outcomes appears attributable to concomitant tobacco use and other confounding factors.”
Does cannabis produce withdrawal symptoms when someone quits using it?
According to Dr. Gorelick, author of a 2010 study, “Cannabis is a psychoactive drug which activates the same brain reward regions as do other abused drugs, such as alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, etc.” However, he confirms that cannabis withdrawal is mostly psychological rather than physical and never directly life-threatening — unlike withdrawal from alcohol, sedatives, or opiates. Fortunately, patients using medical cannabis can microdose, using THC-based medicine sparingly, and take breaks during treatment if possible.