Showing posts with label Pot Benefits. Show all posts
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June 26, 2015

My Marijuana and Me…


    


My experience with Marijuana started the same as most. Smoking a little with friends in high school,some more in my college days. And admittedly I have used it recreationally for years before needing it medically.  Then the fun wore off. It became more than just a simple enjoyment it became part of my medical regiment. When you need the effect of being hungry to keep the weight on, due to illness. The mind looks at it differently. Your understanding of it and all it's properties become part of your knowledge. When some one needs it, their views change about it and it's use. I am not endorsing the full spread use of it. But when you see it changes a child who suffers from epilepsy. How does one just turn your back and say it does not work? See for yourselves before just openly rejecting this medicine. Because of a money motivated government said it was bad. This article is some of the good and the bad that will come with full governmental freedom of prohibition of this plant


  Most people go thru their day never thinking of the functions their body does. Until 20 years ago science found the endocannabinoid system. Some of the functions associated with this system are, heart and the digestion system along with immune and  reproductive. The nervous system and the endocrine system are also affected. Cannabis has shown to help each of these and many more. Cannabis has properties that can be targeted for specific use within the endocannabinoid system. This subsistence has shown it can manage pain. Reduce muscle spasms in multiple Scleroses. The first benefits where seen with glaucoma and has grown to also include Sleep disorder,Tourette syndrome and even Psychosis. 

 Admittedly these are not new discoveries. Marijuana or cannabis has been used as medicine since the pyramids in. Egypt. Marijuana’s use as a botanical medicine dates to around 2700 BCE. 100 articles had been written in a 60 year period before 1900. It was considered a medicine until 1937 with the marijuana tax act. This act was put in place with objections from the american medical association. At this time politicians figured they knew more about what was good for people than doctors. This act robbed Americans of a truly useful medicine. It was highly motivated by the other industries that Marijuana production would hurt , rather than help the people.  
The 'emperor wears no clothes' lays out the full control over cotton and many other issues. This tax act restricted the use of marijuana for even medical research. This act was a total control grab not a concerned act. Since this act within the last 30 years, the research has shown that this substance is relatively harmless and very effective. Until just recently it has been prohibited by federal law. The benefit to the public has been hid long enough.”This should have never been classified as schedule 1”drug.  As stated by doctor[Igor Grant] placing it with heroin as a controlled substance. This act only hurts the people medically. 

Doctor Grant is professor and chair of the department of physicality university of California, San Diego. Internationally known for his work in the research and uses of medical marijuana.
              HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program                                                                                  
              Translational Methamphetamine AIDS Research Center (TMARC)
              CNS HIV Antiretroviral Therapy Effects Research (CHARTER) study
              California NeuroAIDS Tissue Network
              HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center
              Center for Medical Cannabis Research
 All info accessible thru the UC San Diego California. School of physicality website link
http://psychiatry.ucsd.edu/About/faculty/Pages/igor-grant.aspx 
  
  Is true, there is lots of very contradicting  information about it’s effectiveness one way or the other. First, as a patient one must understand the properties associated with the 3 types of Marijuana The 3 types are Indica, Sativa and Hybrid. The Indica variety has effects to keep one awake, where sativa is more apt to make one sleep. These can be blended in flowers and smoked for desired effect. Someone using cannabis as medicine is not just going to the corner and buying it.  One needs to understand what one is using and what effect he is looking for.  One needs to do their own research on it. I would advise any one before taking any pill to do the same thing. I moved to a state where I could access medical marijuana for my benefit not others. I have personal knowledge of the good and bad effects of marijuana but with it I am awake. With morphine for pain management I sleep. I sleep my life away. Research is great and vast over these properties now due to federal regulations and states doing it in the benefit of the citizens against federal consent.


  Great work has been done by doctor Igor Grant in San Diego, California. California was one of the first states to recognize the beneficial effects for medical use. Doctor Grant is Internationally recognized for his work in many fields Of medicine associated with the use of Cannabis as treatment option. Doctor Grant agrees more research is needed.  The days of jumping to conclusions was not beneficial  Doctor grant As do others agree the evidence is enough to support the rescheduling of marijuana to schedule three. Surgeon general Vivek Murthy Has acknowledged It can be helpful in certain conditions. What stops doctor Grant and others from knowing more is research and the laws that stop it. Research is to heavily controlled due to scheduling . Limited access to The cannabis as it is federally grown only in one location for medical research . The Federal permitting processes is long and very restrictive. So today we face peoples decision made in the past . 1937 The law was passed for political reason and money. And still today it holds us back. We have to decide to change our views on what was once looked at as bad. To see the good it has to offer mankind. And that takes congress changing their views and the laws.

  Now to some of the bad associated with use of cannabis short term and long term. The short term effects can be pleasurable  for some and considered intolerable by others.They can range from 
        Mood swings ' up or down'"depending on choice of indica or sativa'
        Altered senses' colors seem brighter, music seems better'
        Memory loss short term 
        Slowed body movements Muscles react slower' motor neuron response .
        Altered time ' time appears to move slower'
        Problem solving abilities

  Some long term effects appear to become worse when used  by teenagers.  It seems the developing mind of teenagers is at most risk for use. Due to marijuana ability to interrupt the connection for proper mind function to occur.  Memory and learning function are effected the most in using teens. The Ability for teens to do these functions may be short term or could be permanent. Studies show that minors use can lower IQ's by up to 8 points. But shows no effect on use when started by an adult. [Meier 2012]  Some long term medical effects can range from  Breathing problems, increased heart rate,and child development when pregnant.  Some teens do show suicidal tendencies with long term use.

  Some long term users confront many mental issues with its use. Temporary hallucinations, Temporary paranoia, and schizophrenia.  Depression and anxiety have also been linked to long term use. Marijuana has shown addictive properties of 1 in 11 users with an increase to 1 in 6 for those who started as teen [Anthony,1994” Lopez-Quintero 2011] . Reference for abuse nurture was [ NIH, NIDA national institute on drug abuse], the science of drug abuse and addiction.

  On June 22 some major hurdles for medical marijuana where removed. Freeing the product for even more research. President Obama has decided to remove the review by the public health service process. With this passage the door will be open for more federally funded research. Many states proceeded with research as they viewed it as a states right to do so.  Just as many states have made it available for medical uses and with more restrictions than alcohol.  
        The evidence is available for anyone who might need or be considering using it for themselves.  Always weigh the good with the bad in each pill you take. But only you can make that choice. Not some politician like its happened in the past. I made my decision to help myself.  I moved to a place where it was available for me. I have not suffered any of the ill effects from long term use yet. I may develop some in the future that is unseen as yet. The improvements I receive from its use  out weight any risk I may be taking at this time. Medicines are a private matter and often not discussed enough. But if something works it works. The Governments job was never to stand in the way of things that work for its people. The decision to make this plant a crime was motivated by anything but the people in mind.  We will get into why they did it , but that is another article. This was a look at the medical benefits and its down fall.


Jeremy Hale
Adamfoxie W.Coast FB Moderator

Sources:
   Research material and associated links below.
   znzz.com  NIH link

 Research articles written by Steven Nelson, Igor Grant,David Wagner,Bara Vaida. Thanks to all the hard work journalist do to keep the truth moving to the people.

August 6, 2014

Pot is Generating a Buzz about it’s health benefits


                                                                          

Pot has been generating a lot of buzz lately — and not for its ability to make you blotto.

In the past five years, research on the use of medical marijuana in many age-related diseases — including cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s  — has accelerated and the data that has emerged is compelling. “Cannabis has been shown in clinical trials to have therapeutic value,” says Sean McAllister, a scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute.
 
Regulations are shifting as a result. Twenty-three states now allow the use of medical marijuana and three more have legislation pending. This weekend, The New York Times editorial board came out in support of repealing the federal ban on marijuana.
 
What’s more, research has uncovered that you might be able to get many of the therapeutic benefits without the famous high.
 
The active chemical compounds in marijuana are called cannabinoids. There are more than 80 of these unique compounds in each plant. The two most prevalent are THC, which triggers the well-documented “stoned” feeling, and cannabidiol, or CBD. Scientific and anecdotal evidence shows that CBD triggers little to no psychotropic effect.
 
CBD has “anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, and neuroprotective effects,” writes researcher Antonio Waldo Zuardi in the academic review Cannabidiol: From an Inactive Cannabinoid to a Drug With a Wide Spectrum of Action, published in the official journal of the Brazilian Association of Psychiatry, Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria. “Studies have suggested a wide range of possible therapeutic effects of cannabidiol on several conditions,” Zuardi writes. Those conditions include Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, other inflammatory diseases, nausea and cancer.
 
It has been shown to have “direct anti-tumor activity,” adds McAllister.
 
 
Marijuana is also a promising treatment for severe forms of epilepsy. A young girl in Colorado, Charlotte Figi, was suffering up to 300 grand mal seizures a week when she went on a CBD-based medicine. Today, according to a CNN story, she suffers only two to three a month.
 
How Cannabis Works 
 
The human body naturally produces compounds called endocannabinoids, which regulate important physiological processes such as learning and memory, pain and appetite. These endocannabinoids interact with two different types of cell receptors — CB1 receptors are located primarily in the brain and CB2 receptors are located primarily in cells of the immune system.
 
When ingested, THC and CBD work by mimicking these naturally-occurring endocannabinoids.
 
THC, the psychoactive element in marijuana, is attracted to the CB1 receptors in the brain. CBD does not interact efficiently with CB1 receptors, which is why it has much less psychotropic effect. Both THC and CBD can have a positive effect on a wide array of symptoms, as highlighted in thisgraphic chart.
 
“CBD does not produce the overt psychotropic effects that are associated with THC,” says McAllister. It has been shown to have anti-anxiety properties, he continues, “but it is never going to make you high.”
 
The emerging research on CBD has inspired a flurry of over-the-counter products that contain the substance. Product manufacturers try to skirt federal law by deriving CBD from industrial hemp, similar to marijuana and naturally higher in the compound.
 
Whether these products (which include CBD-based gums and hemp oils) are legal to sell directly to consumers across the country, however, remains murky.

“Vendors who say that extracting from industrial hemp is legal are either deluded by what seems a gray area in the legal exception for hemp or wilfully misleading,” says Greg Gerdeman, assistant professor of biology at Eckerd College. “CBD is illegal [under federal law], prohibited by Schedule 1 status.” The federal government defines Schedule 1 drugs “as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” Selling those substances can be cause for criminal prosecution.
 
Gerdeman also notes poor quality control in an industry that is in its Wild West days. Consumers who opt to use cannabis-based products can’t be entirely sure what they’re getting. “Third-party analyses of some popular hemp oil products are showing lower than promised CBD, in addition to microbial and/or heavy metal contaminants,” says Gerdeman.
 
On the other hand, he acknowledges, there's solid science behind the medical use of marijuana. “CBD has shown really interesting anti-cancer properties,” he says. “And there is pre-clinical support for the idea that THC could help delay the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.”
 
To date, no studies have specifically looked at the connection between cannabis use and longevity, says McAllister. But the beneficial role it appears to play in many age-related diseases is encouraging.
 
Is cannabils a cure-all? The jury is still out. “It needs to be studied more,” says Gerdeman. “After all, Bob Marley died of cancer.”

Doctor holding capsules and cannabis
Laine Bergeson is the senior Web editor of the Health & Well-Being and Living & Learning channels of Next Avenue. You can follow her on Twitter @lainebergeson.

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