A Look At How Marijuana Can Help Patients Medically
Marijuana has numerous positive effects on health and can aid people suffering from everything from arthritis to cancer – let’s take a look at some of its proven medicinal uses.
Marijuana can stop cancer cells from spreading quickly, and in some cases, it can halt them completely. It does this by targeting the Id-1 gene; marijuana turns this gene off. A study at California Pacific Medical Center, in 2007, indicated that CBD can stop cancer from moving throughout the body. Researchers worked with breast cancer cells; these cells had a lot of Id-1. After being given cannabidiol, the results were good. The cells did not spread as quickly and had less Id-1 expression. The American Association for Cancer Research indicates that marijuana can have a positive impact on lung, breast and brain tumors.
Cannabis cuts back on inflammation and pain and can lead to better sleep. Those with rheumatoid arthritis, therefore, can benefit from its effects according to Grant Oster from Headshopquarters.com.
Sativex is a pain reliever that has cannabinoid in it. It was given to patients at a few hospitals to see what the impact was. The hospitals noted that those who took the Sativex had much less pain and slept better than those that only received a placebo.
The active ingredient in marijuana is THC. In 2006, the Scripps Research Institute looked at how THC can help Alzheimer’s Disease, and they found that it keeps Alzheimer’s in check. Specifically, amyloid plaques took longer to form, because THC blocked the enzyme that is responsible for them. Amyloid plaques are problematic because they damage brain cells and may lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
Harvard University investigated the impact of marijuana on anxiety in 2010. They found that it could cut back on the user’s unease and worry, ultimately leading to a better mood. It could also function as a sedative. However, marijuana needs to be taken in small doses, because if not, it could make anxiety worse and lead to paranoia.
Marijuana can help manage epileptic seizures, according to a study completed in 2003. At Virginia Commonwealth University, Robert J. DeLorenzo took epileptic rats and provided them with synthetic marijuana and marijuana extract. Less than half a day later, their seizures were halted. THC bound the brain cells that deal with relaxation and excitability, thereby impacting seizures. This study was featured in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
- Multiple Sclerosis
M.S. is associated with muscle spasms and neurological issues; marijuana has a positive impact on those symptoms. The Canadian Medical Association noted one study which indicated that marijuana could help patients with multiple sclerosis feel better. After watching 30 different patients with multiple sclerosis, Jody Cory Bloom found that when other medicine did not work, marijuana could help with pain. This was after the individuals smoked marijuana for several days.