Cannabis as a Medicine – Part I

Cannabis, a topic that is hidden in the deepest parts of our society, slowly revealing its’ true values.

Mandatory sentencing and tougher punishments were put to law when The United States Congress passed the Boggs Act of 1952 and the Narcotics Control Act of 1956. This meant that if you were caught with cannabis, you would go in jail for a period that ranges from 2 to 10 years with a fine up to $20,000 – not a nice experience.

After some years, The Compassionate Use Act of 1996, allows use of medical cannabis in California.

However, if we look way back in time, in 2,700BC (4,716 years ago), Chinese Emperor called Fu Hsi references cannabis as a popular drug.

Cannabis has been there for a while, and its’ medical values as well. There is just a gap in time in which we thought cannabis is similar to harder drugs – now we are opening our eyes.

Treatment for Glaucoma

Let’s start with the most common illness, and the one that people use as an excuse to obtain their medical marijuana license. Marijuana can be used to treat glaucoma. Glaucoma is a condition, in which the the pressure in the eyeball is increased, which damages the optic nerve and causing loss of vision. According to the National Eye Institute, cannabis decreases the pressure.

Controls Epileptic Seizures

The herb has been proven to work for other problems in the body that are more serious. Marijuana can help control epileptic seizures. The THC is the main component for this purpose – it binds the brain cells responsible for controlling excitability and regulating relaxation.

  • Cannabis decreases the symptoms of Dravet’s Syndrome – a sever seizure disorder

(Watch some videos on youtube, and you will understand.)

Stops Cancer Cells from Spreading

CBD, a chemical that is found in marijuana stops cancer cells from spreading. The herb’s chemical stop the growth by turning off a specific gene called ID-1. The cancer cell usually copies this gene and this is how the illness spreads around your body. This was reported by the California Medical Centre in 2007.

Eases pain of multiple sclerosis

Canadian Medical Association Journal published a study that suggests that Jody Corey-Bloom studied 30 multiple sclerosis patients. Those patients tried other medications in hope of making a difference to the pain in the muscle, but marijuana was the only effective medication. How it does that? The THC attaches itself to receptors in the muscles and nerves and a big part of the pain leaves the body.

Increases Treatment Effectiveness and Decreases Side-effects for Hepatitis-C

If you have experience a treatment for hepatitis-C, you will be the only person knowing what you are going through. You are most probably experiencing or have experienced nausea, fatigue, muscle aches, loss in appetite and depressions – who wants that?  Oh, and those side-effects last for months! This is why many people can’t go through the whole treatment.

European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology conducted a study with positive results, 86% of the patients who smoked the herb completed their treatment, while the number of non-smokers was much lower – 29%.

In the same study, 54% of the patients diagnosed with Hepatitis C got and kept their viral levels low (smokers), while only 8% of the non-smokers experienced the same results.

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