Cannabis-a-pedia

For a quick history of Marijuana check out a great video

Uses for Cannabis:

Cannabis can treat a wide variety of aliments from insomnia to cancer. When ingested safely is can have an great effect on a wide range of conditions.

  • Cancer
  • Anorexia
  • Chronic Pain
  • AIDS
  • Migraines
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Opioid dependance
  • Spacticity in M.S.
  • Amelioration of Nausea
  • Lowered intraocular eye pressure
  • General analgesic effects (pain reliever)

Safe Practices for Cannabis Use

Like all medicines, cannabis can be misused. Excessive or non-recommended use can result to other problems including overeating, time management issues, and sleepiness. The political climate surrounding cannabis and the research studies that have been preformed have widely varying conclusions about the true benefits of cannabis, as well as the possible side effects. Always listen to the advise from your doctor, and use common sense in assessing any recommendation. The ideas below are to help provide you a guideline for using cannabis in a positive way.

  • Use of cannabis by children is inappropriate and should be discouraged.
  • The decision to use cannabis should be made freely, on your own accord.
  • Accept the responsibilities of cannabis use
  • Never use cannabis as an excuse for irresponsible behavior
  • Avoid cannabis use that can put you or others at risk.
  • Personal use of cannabis is still considered illegal* under federal laws. LEO is not kind when you are rude
  • Cannabis is intended to help a patients aliments, well being, ability to work, relationships, and other obligations.

Medicinal Compounds found in Cannabis

There are over 300 compounds within cannabis. More than 66 are actual cannabinoids, which are the basis for medical and scientific use of cannabis. This presents the research problem of isolating the effect of specific compounds and taking account of the interaction of these compounds. Cannabinoids can serve as appetite stimulators, antiemetics, antispasmodics, and have some analgesic effects. There are five main cannabinoids found in the plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol, Cannabidiol, cannabinol, caryophyllene, and cannabigerol.

THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol

THC is the primary compound responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis. The compound is a mild analgesic, and celluar research has shown the compound has anitoxidant activity.THC is believed to interfere with parts of the brain that control endogenous.

WEB MD Says

Marijuana leaf

Aug. 30, 2010 — Three puffs a day of cannabis, better known as marijuana, helps people with chronic nerve pain due to injury or surgery feel less pain and sleep better, a Canadian team has found.

”It’s been known anecdotally,” says researcher Mark Ware, MD, assistant professor of anesthesia and family medicine at McGill University in Montreal. “About 10% to 15% of patients attending a chronic pain clinic use cannabis as part of their pain [control] strategy,” he tells WebMD.

But Ware’s study is more scientific — a clinical trial in which his team compared placebo with three different doses of cannabis. The research is published in CMAJ, the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

The new study ”adds to the trickle of evidence that cannabis may help some of the patients who are struggling [with pain] at present,” Henry McQuay, DM, an emeritus fellow at Balliol College, Oxford University, England, writes in a commentary accompanying the study.

Marijuana for Pain Relief: Study Details

Ware evaluated 21 men and women, average age 45, who had chronic nerve pain (also called neuropathic pain). A typical example, Ware tells WebMD, is a patient who had knee surgery and during the course of the operation the surgeon may have had no choice but to cut a nerve, leading to chronic pain after the surgery.

Ware’s team tried three different potencies of marijuana, with the highest a concentration at 9.4% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) herbal cannabis. He also tested 2.5% and 6% THC.

”Each person was in the study for two months, and used all four strengths [including placebo],” Ware says. He rotated them through the four strengths in different orders, and they didn’t know which they were using.

The cannabis was put into gelatin capsules, then put into the bowl of a pipe. Each person was told to inhale for five seconds while the cannabis was lit, hold the smoke in their lungs for 10 seconds, and then exhale.

They did this single puff three times a day for five days for each of the doses and the placebo. The participants were allowed to continue on their routine pain medications.

After each of the five-day trials, participants rated their pain on a scale of zero to 10, with 10 being the worst.

The highest dose, 9.4%, provided relief, Ware says. “They reduced their pain down to 5.4,” Ware says. “Those on placebo were at 6.1.”

Although that difference may seem modest, ”any reduction in pain is important,” Ware says.

The concentration of 9.4%, Ware says, is lower than that found in marijuana on the street. “On the street, it’s 10% to 15% THC, more or less,” he says.

“We’ve shown again that cannabis is analgesic,” Ware says. “Clearly, it has medical value.”

Side effects were reported, including headache, dry eyes, numbness, cough, and a burning sensation in the area with pain.

The cannabis relieves pain, Ware says, by ”changing the way the nerves function.”

Marijuana for Pain Relief: Second Opinion

Marijuana’s pain-relieving potential is worth investigating, McQuay says in his commentary.

He points out the average daily pain relief was lower, ”but not hugely so,” for people taking the highest concentration of marijuana.

The cannabis, he tells WebMD in an email interview, “may help some patients who have limited relief from other remedies, but current cannabis formulations are unlikely to replace existing treatments.”

Among McQuay’s disclosures are serving as an advisory board member for Pfizer’s Data Safety and Monitoring Board, as a consultant for Sanofi and other companies, and receiving royalties for a textbook on pain.

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