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Medical Cannabis

The Medicinal Cannabis Research Foundation (MCRF) raises money to improve health by sponsoring research into medicinal cannabis & raising public awareness.

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There are groups of people for whom prescription medicines offer little or no relief from severe symptoms that frequently cause distress, disability and depression. Some people have discovered through personal experience, friends, books and other means, that cannabis can help them manage and live with their symptoms even when other medicines have failed. 

Research to date suggests that medicinal cannabis research has the potential to make exciting breakthroughs in the management of severe symptoms such as pain, spasm, bladder dysfunction and nausea and could therefore bring a dramatic improvement in quality of life for people with: 

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Marijuana decreases your anxiety:

Smoking marijuana can decrease pain and even suppress nausea. You don’t have to limit yourself to just “smoking” either. You can also do things like vaping. If you want to you can even make your ejuice for vaping, that contains the right amount of thc and other ingredients for your needs. For more information on making your own ejuice and for different supplies to get started check out these diy ejuice kits.Cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy are under a lot of pain and cannabis is often used to relieve the side effects of the treatment. It can also be used as sedatives in low doses, and smoking marijuana will help people to relax.

Progression of Alzheimer’s disease:

Studies have shown that Alzheimer’s progression can be slowed down by smoking marijuana. The formation of amyloid plaques is reduced when marijuana is smoked, and this slows down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Relieves pain:

Sclerotic p pain can be very hard to bear and patients who are under severe sclerotic paid did not respond to any other treatment, but they said that their pain got reduced when they smoked marijuana. Studies have also shown that it also helps in the control of muscle spasm.

A teenager named Chaz has this condition named Myoclonus diaphragmatic flutter where he will have severe muscle spasms in his abdomen, and this would even affect his breathing. Even strong medications could not make his condition better or reduce the pain, but when he smoked marijuana, he said that his pain was relieved.

Reduces the side effects that are got when you are treated for Hepatitis C:

The side effects that you get from the treatment of hepatitis C are quite harsh. You feel fatigued, nauseated, have loss of appetite, muscle aches and also feel depressed. Many people do not complete their treatment due to such harsh side effects. But when people smoked marijuana, it was said that they were able to complete the treatment and cope with all the side effects.

Treatment for inflammatory bowels:

People with diseases like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis can take the help of marijuana to have a better immune response. Certain compounds in marijuana help in decreasing the permeability of the intestines and do not allow the bacteria to enter.

Relieves the discomfort that is caused by arthritis:

People who have arthritis feel severe pain in their joints and marijuana reduces that pain and helps in enabling the patients to sleep better. People who took the drug felt much relieved, and they also said that they could sleep peacefully when compared to earlier.

Helps you maintain your weight:

Studies have shown that people who smoke pot were skinnier than the people who did not the smoke pod. It was shown that people who smoked marijuana had a positive response to the consumption of sugar and their body showed a healthy response to sugar intake.

Prevents Lupus Erythematosus:

Lupus Erythematosus is a condition where our body starts to attack itself, and medical marijuana has said to provide a calming effect on the immune system of our body, and thus it helps people to battle the symptoms of Lupus Erythematosus.

Brings about positive mental effects:

Studies have shown that smoking pod increases the creativity of the brain. People seem to have short-term memory loss for a while when they are high, but it is said that people who smoked marijuana came up with creative ideas; this may be due to the release of dopamine which helps people to feel relaxed and thus helping them to come up with creative ideas.

 

Medical Marijuana 101

Medical Marijuana is the marijuana plant as a whole or it basic extracts which are used to treat illness. Many states in the U.S have legalised the use of marijuana for medical treatments however the FDA has not approved its use as it claims that there have not been enough studies which prove that marijuana can provide medical treatment.

You might wonder why studies in this particular field are less when compared to others. Marijuana is considered as a schedule I drug by the U.S drug enforcement administration. It is considered to have abusive effects and no medical benefits. Thus, if any researcher needs to perform any study on marijuana, they will have to pose a particular license, and not many researchers have that licence to do further studies on marijuana.

The plant is said to have more than 100 chemicals known as the cannabinoids, and each of these chemicals is said to have a different effect on our body. THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is the chemical which makes people high. There have been theories where certain cannabis can even be used to treat cancer, sclerosis, glaucoma, epilepsy and even AIDS. However, there has not been any proof, and since the FDA has not approved its usage, we cannot confirm its medical usage. Also, marijuana is said to be addictive and it affects our brain, immune system, lungs, fertility etc.

Usage of Medical Marijuana:

Treating glaucoma:

Glaucoma is an eye disease which increases the pressure in the eyeball. The increased pressure damages the optic nerve, and this can even cause loss of vision. There have been studies which have shown that marijuana helps in reducing the pressure on the eyeball.

The intraocular pressure in the eye was reduced when people smoke marijuana, and this will prevent the progression of the disease and thereby preventing blindness.

Improves lung health:

According to a study which was made in the year 2012, marijuana does not impair the functions of the lung instead it increases the capacity of the lung, and it also reverses the carcinogenic effect that is caused by smoking tobacco. The increased lung capacity might be due to taking deep breaths while inhaling marijuana.

Controls epileptic seizures:

Marijuana was given to epileptic rats, and the drug stopped the seizures in the rats. Certain cannabinoids have the power of controlling our brain cells which are responsible for regulation excitement and relaxation.

Dravet’s Syndrome is a condition where you will have severe seizures and also have developmental delays.

 Prevents cancer from spreading:

There have been studies which say that cannabidiol prevents cancer cells from spreading by turning off a gene named Id-1. Doctors had treated breast cancer with medical marijuana and had found that the cancer cells stopped spreading when cannabidiol was used.

"Hundreds of thousands of the sick have replaced disabling narcotics and other psychotropic medications with nontoxic and benign cannabis."

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