There Is No Doubting The Health Benefits of Cannabis

WIKI - Cannabis5Marco Torres, Prevent Disease
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The question is no longer which disease cannabis can cure, but which disease can’t it cure? A study published in Nature Reviews-Cancerprovides an historic and detailed explanation about how THC and natural cannabinoids counteract cancer, but preserve normal cells.

The study by Manuel Guzman of Madrid Spain found that cannabinoids, the active components of marijuana, inhibit tumor growth in laboratory animals. They do so by modulating key cell-signalling pathways, thereby inducing direct growth arrest and death of tumor cells, as well as by inhibiting the growth of blood vessels that supply the tumor.

The Guzman study is very important according to Dr. Ethan Russo , a neurologist and world authority on medical cannabis: “Cancer occurs because cells become immortalized; they fail to heed normal signals to turn off growth. A normal function of remodelling in the body requires that cells die on cue. This is called apoptosis, or programmed cell death. That process fails to work in tumors. THC promotes its reappearance so that gliomas, leukemias, melanomas and other cell types will in fact heed the signals, stop dividing, and die.”

“But, that is not all,” explains Dr. Russo: “The other way that tumors grow is by ensuring that they are nourished: they send out signals to promote angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels. Cannabinoids turn off these signals as well. It is truly incredible, and elegant.”

There really is massive proof that the suppression of medical cannabis represents the greatest failure of the institutions of a free society, medicine, journalism, science, and our fundamental values,” said MarijuanaNews.com editor Richard Cowan.


Top Health Benefits

It’s no surprise that the United States has decreed that marijuana has no accepted medical use use and should remain classified as a highly dangerous drug like heroin. Accepting and promoting the powerful health benefits of marijuana would instantly cut huge profits geared towards cancer treatment and the U.S. would have to admit it imprisons the population for no cause. Nearly half of all drug arrests in the United States are for marijuana.

According to MarijuanaNews.com editor Richard Cowan, the answer is because it is a threat to cannabis prohibition “…there really is massive proof that the suppression of medical cannabis represents the greatest failure of the institutions of a free society, medicine, journalism, science, and our fundamental values,” Cowan notes.

Besides the top 10 health benefits below, findings published in the journalPLoS ONE, researchers have now have now discovered that marijuana-like chemicals trigger receptors on human immune cells that can directly inhibit a type of human immuno-deficiency virus (HIV) found in late-stage AIDS.

Recent studies have even shown it to be an effective atypical anti-psychotic in treating schizophrenia, a disease many other studies have inconsistently found it causing.

1. Cancer
Cannabinoids, the active components of marijuana, inhibit tumor growth in laboratory animals and also kill cancer cells. Western governments have known this for a long time yet they continued to suppress the information so that cannabis prohibition and the profits generated by the drug industry proliferated.

THC that targets cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 is similar in function to endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are naturally produced in the body and activate these receptors. The researchers suggest that THC or other designer agents that activate these receptors might be used in a targeted fashion to treat lung cancer.

2. Tourette’s Syndrome
Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological condition characterized by uncontrollable facial grimaces, tics, and involuntary grunts, snorts and shouts.

Dr. Kirsten Mueller-Vahl of the Hanover Medical College in Germany led a team that investigated the effects of chemicals called cannabinols in 12 adult Tourette’s patients. A single dose of the cannabinol produced a significant reduction in symptoms for several hours compared to placebo, the researchers reported.

3. Seizures
Marijuana is a muscle relaxant and has “antispasmodic” qualities that have proven to be a very effective treatment for seizures. There are actually countless cases of people suffering from seizures that have only been able to function better through the use of marijuana.

4. Migraines
Since medicinal marijuana was legalized in California, doctors have reported that they have been able to treat more than 300,000 cases of migraines that conventional medicine couldn’t through marijuana.

5. Glaucoma
Marijuana’s treatment of glaucoma has been one of the best documented. There isn’t a single valid study that exists that disproves marijuana’s very powerful and popular effects on glaucoma patients.

6. Multiple Sclerosis
Marijuana’s effects on multiple sclerosis patients became better documented when former talk-show host, Montel Williams began to use pot to treat his MS. Marijuana works to stop the neurological effects and muscle spasms that come from the fatal disease.

7. ADD and ADHD
A well documented USC study done about a year ago showed that marijuana is not only a perfect alternative for Ritalin but treats the disorder without any of the negative side effects of the pharmaceutical.

8. IBS and Crohn’s
Marijuana has shown that it can help with symptoms of the chronic diseases as it stops nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

9. Alzheimer’s
Despite what you may have heard about marijuana’s effects on the brain, the Scripps Institute, in 2006, proved that the THC found in marijuana works to prevent Alzheimer’s by blocking the deposits in the brain that cause the disease.

10. Premenstrual Syndrome
Just like marijuana is used to treat IBS, it can be used to treat the cramps and discomfort that causes PMS symptoms. Using marijuana for PMS actually goes all the way back to Queen Victoria.

Mounting Evidence Suggests Raw Cannabis is Best

Cannabinoids can prevent cancer, reduce heart attacks by 66% and insulin dependent diabetes by 58%. Cannabis clinician Dr. William Courtney recommends drinking 4 – 8 ounces of raw flower and leaf juice from any Hemp plant, 5 mg of Cannabidiol (CBD) per kg of body weight, a salad of Hemp seed sprouts and 50 mg of THC taken in 5 daily doses.

Why raw? Heat destroys certain enzymes and nutrients in plants. Incorporating raw cannabis allows for a greater availability of those elements. Those who require large amounts of cannabinoids without the psychoactive effects need to look no further than raw cannabis. In this capacity, it can be used at 60 times more tolerance than if it were heated.

Raw cannabis is considered by many experts as a dietary essential. As a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, raw cannabis may be right u there with garlic and tumeric.

About the Author

Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.

Sources:
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bigbudsmag.com
berkeleypatientscare.com
washingtonpost.com

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  • Awesome post! Individual choice but it should be legal and available to everybody who needs it .

  • The question is no longer which disease cannabis can cure, but which disease can’t it cure?
    Jct: I was convicted of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking to the Prime Minister of Canada and others a Life-Sentence 7 pounds after arguing I wanted to prevent what it’s good for before getting it. The Court ruled there was no evidence it was good to prevent before you got it! Har har har har har har har har har. It’s official. Alice in Justiceland. The Supreme Court of Canada! I got 100 Hours community service playing my accordion in retirement homes. Youtube Turmel and Amber Lea accordion.

  • Dave

    As a former longtime user,I`m disappointed no one has pointed out the downsides of frequent cannabis use.Those things the activists won`t admit to like short term memory loss,apathy,emotional numbing,and a host of other neurological issues.I personally know some people who have been damaged beyond repair by frequent use over a number of years.They are like zombies most of the time.

    • Dave, you do have a good point, and this would make for an important article. We’ll examine this soon.

      _Admin

      • Anonymous

        No matter what we put in our bodys their will always be some1 who has adverse affects to it!!!! 1 thing we can say for sure that people who have adverse affects from marijuana use are very few No1 has ever died from it nor are the few side effects as detrimental to our health as most of the mainstream drugs that are legal Even as simple a drug as Aspiran cause more harm to people on a daily bases then does pot these facts cannot be ignored It is just plain greed and ignorance why maryjane in all her incarnations isnt legal !!!!!!! and to be honest What RIGHT do any of us have to tell some1 what they cannot and can do !! As long as what they are doing is causeing no harm,injury, or loss to another IT IS NONE OF OUR BUSINESS !!!!!!

    • Mike

      Dave, I should probably wait til WalkingTimes comes back with some proof. But I can just speculate that most(not all) of these symptoms and side effects could be because it’s not 100% marijuana your consuming. Since it is illegal in most states, people who sell it could be lacing the plant with other illegal drugs to keep you addicted and coming back to their product which could also cause unwanted effects. Since people open up these dispensaries, these problems of lacing do not occur. Also being able to legally grow your own plant and knowing there is not any other unwanted substance on your plant is better too. I do not believe any drugs should be illegal because people can not comprehend that the drugs that are made by big pharma are just as bad if not worse. Once Marijuana is legal, it is safer, grown better, and most of the time you will know exactly the source. Although, I would not trust big pharma to have their hands in producing. They could ruin it for everyone making it pumped full of other chemicals and have bad side effects. If you want to speak about zombies, talk about the kids on Adderol and Riddlin.

      • I plan on digging into studies of negative side-effects, but as a former user, I am all too familiar with the side-effects that Dave describes, although, they are really only evident when a person abuses Cannabis. For many people Cannabis is habit-forming, rather than physically addicting, and these side effects are rather common when someone is stoned all day, every day.

        However, these side effects certainly wouldn’t be permanent. All the user has to do is quit smoking and these effects quickly disappear. This is one of the things that makes Cannabis a safer recreational drug than others, and why it should in no way be a Schedule I illegal drug alongside Meth, Heroin, Crack Cocaine and so on.

        _Admin

  • HYDEN

    I enjoy the psychoactive hit from cannabis.

  • pasi arasola

    bunz; for now, research suggests that raw cannabis is up to ten times more medicinal then heated cannabis (which seems to work quite well too). It is quite liberating for those who do not want to get high, to know that they can still do their work and look after their families/ responsabilities. Its also usefull to enlighten those who want to get high, so they can take some raw tincture on the side!

  • dimitri

    Glad to know I don’t have to get high to get the benefits.

    • bunz

      dimetri , lol… that be like eating a banana skin and ditching the fruit dude.

    • jaydi

      unlike the big pharma chemicals and poison which ..make you high.

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