Potential Therapeutic Uses of Medical Marijuana

Commonly known as Medical Marijuana, or Dagga in South Africa. Medical Cannabis is a well known alternative medicine that may be potentially used for a number of diseases, ailments or just a better quality of life. Below are a list of 25 syndromes or diseases and associated links for peer-reviewed studies.

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  1. Studies have shown that cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system play a key role in the regulation of bone metabolism, cannabis boosts bone density, strengthens bone tissue, and lowers the risk of osteoporosis.
  1. Use of cannabis is common among patients with chronic pain, Many of these people suffer from neuropathic pain (nerve-related pain) — a condition that is associated with numerous diseases, including diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and HIV.
  1. This review mentions several possible additional therapeutic targets for cannabinoid receptor agonists. These include other kinds of pain, epilepsy, anxiety, depression, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, stroke, cancer, drug dependence, glaucoma, autoimmune uveitis, osteoporosis, sepsis, and hepatic, renal, intestinal and cardiovascular disorders.
  1. Investigators at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco reported in the journal Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis & Other Motor Neuron Disorders, that the administration of THC both before and after the onset of ALS symptoms staved disease progression and prolonged survival in animals compared to untreated controls.
  1. With respect to the treatment of ALS, from both a disease modifying and symptom management viewpoint, clinical trials with cannabis are the next logical step.
  1. A trend toward significant improvement of verbal memory span during and after therapy was also observed. A trend toward significant improvement of verbal memory span during and after therapy was also observed.
  1. The plant Cannabis has been known for centuries to be beneficial in a variety of gastrointestinal diseases, including emesis, diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease and intestinal pain.
  1. Cannabinol, or CBN, is one of the cannabinoids found in cannabis. Studies have shown it provides a variety of therapeutic benefits, most notably serving as a sleep aid. Studies have also found that cannabinoids are effective for treating nightmares in military personnel with PTSD.
  1. A new study concerning the therapeutic effects of CBD may bring the much-needed beam of hope in the case of patients that suffer from hepatitis C.
  1. Anecdotally, many people report that cannabis helps them maintain healthy blood pressure levels, an effect supported by research studies.
  1. His team showed the mechanism by which cannabis can reduce digestive spasms and thus decrease vomiting. It’s a finding of great interest to cancer patients experiencing nausea while undergoing chemotherapy.
  2. During the last few years, several studies have shown that cannabinoids-the active components of the plant Cannabis sativa and their derivatives–slow the growth of different types of tumours, including gliomas.
  1. Researcher Dr. Manuel Guzman has done a whole series of studies since 1999 demonstrating the efficacy of cannabinoids to fight cancer. The team has shown the cannabinoids impede this chemical in people with the most aggressive form of brain cancer – glioblastoma multiforme

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