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.
Proven Benefits Of Medical Cannabis
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?
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.