What Are The Medical Benefits of CBD? - Part 2

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In today’s post, we’ll continue our discussion of which conditions could benefit from CBD treatment.

We’ll begin with Alzheimer’s disease, which scientists believe CBD could treat or even prevent its onset. A 2013 study found CBD prevented the development of amyloid beta plaques, while another study found CBD promoted the growth of new brain cells that were lost to damage caused by the condition, and that it improved symptoms associated with cognitive deficits. The topical application of CBD may treat acne, and studies have found it can reduce inflammation and the production of sebum oil, as well as halt the development of acne. CBD can also help with psoriasis, and studies have found the cannabinoid can prevent the spread of cells that cause the condition’s patches. CBD may also help cancer patients, not only by reducing the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, but also by preventing the spread of cancer cells and causing cancer cell death. Studies have also found CBD slows the formation of blood vessels within tumors, thereby blocking nutrients from entering the tumor and slowing its growth.

CBD has also been earning a name lately for treating pain and reducing the need for the harmful opiate medications that are traditionally used. Studies have found CBD reduces inflammation and the sensory perception and emotional effects of pain. Research suggests CBD is more effective at treating long-term neuropathic pain than short-term pain. CBD may protect against heart disease, and studies have found the cannabinoid protects cardiac cells when blood supply to the heart is blocked, stops heart arrhythmia, and reduces cardiac damage when oxygen is block. CBD also reduces heart disease from diabetes by reducing inflammation, oxidative stress, scarring, and cell death. The topical application of CBD can target localized areas of pain caused by arthritis. Studies have found CBD blocks pain and prevents nerve damage from osteoarthritis, as well as uses anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effects to blog the condition’s progression. Some studies have found CBD may be able to stabilize mood, something that could be helpful for those suffering from Bipolar Disorder. That said, CBD was only effective during depressive stages, and not during manic phases.

That’s not all! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post to learn more about which conditions CBD could help. This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

Coping With Bipolar Disorder: How Medical Marijuana Can Help

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Bipolar disorder (BPD) is a chronic mental illness characterized by extreme mood swings between uncontrollable highs and lows known as mania and depression. Symptoms of BPD may also mimic other illness symptoms, and many patients also suffer from other issues like anxiety disorder, thyroid disease, and migraines or headaches. There are four types of BPD that fall under bipolar disorder 1, bipolar disorder 2, cyclothymic disorder, or other specified and unspecified bipolar related disorders. While research is limited when it comes to medical marijuana for BPD, there are still some studies that suggest the medication could be beneficial. One review published by C.H. Ashton, et al., in the Journal of Psychopharmacology explored the potential for cannabinoids to treat BPD and found anecdotal reports suggested patients took medical cannabis to alleviate both mania and depression symptoms. Authors found THC and CBD, "may exert sedative, hypnotic, anxiolytic, antidepressant, antipsychotic and anticonvulsant effects..."

In 2012, Raphael J. Braga examined the cognitive and clinical outcomes associated with cannabis use in patients with bipolar I disorder. Braga compared clinical and neurocognitive measures in individuals with BPD to a history of cannabis use disorder (CUD) or no history of CUD, specifically looking at clinical and demographic variables and performance on neurocognitive tests. Researchers found those with CUD performed better on measures of attention, processing speed, and working memory. Another study published in PLOS ONE in 2015 asked 24 patients with BPD I or II to write in diaries for 6 days using Experience Sampling Methodology to look at the temporal associations between cannabis, affect, and BPD symptoms. The study found cannabis use coincided with a number of psychological effects, but that there was no evidence that those with BPD were using cannabis to self-medicate in minor fluctuations over the course of daily life.

Lastly, another study published in PLOS ONE in 2016 under Kelly Sagar, et al., looked at a larger study from 2008-2014 involving 12 BPD patients who used cannabis, 18 BPD patients who abstained, 23 cannabis users without BPD, and 21 controls without BPD who also abstained from use. All completed neuropsychological assessments, and some completed daily EMA assessments for four weeks. Researchers found no significant differences in cognitive function between BPD patients who used or did not use cannabis, meaning they did not suffer additional impairment, but BPD patients who regularly smoked cannabis reported reduced mood symptoms, which suggests marijuana may be able to stabilize mood.

This information has been provided by Medical Jane and approved by our Chief Medical Officer. 


Depression and Medical Marijuana

Those who suffer from psychological illnesses like PTSD, bipolar disorder, and depression may find relief in medical marijuana. When it comes to depression, people may feel sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest, and in extreme cases people may have thoughts of suicide or self harm.

According to Whaxy, "The two biggest things currently understood regarding the treatment of depression with cannabis are 1) sativa strains work better than indica and 2) low quantities are believed to be more effective than chronic use of large amounts throughout the day." Researchers have found that THC and a terpene called beta-caryophyllene (BCP) are especially effective components of the cannabis plant when it comes to treating depression.

For more information on medical marijuana and depression, and for recommendations on which strains have been especially successful in the treatment of the illness, click this link and visit Whaxy: http://bit.ly/1M3MKmH

Ethan Russo: Endocannabinoid Deficiency & Medical Cannabis

Ganjapreneur recently sat down to interview Dr. Ethan Russo, former Senior Medical Advisor to GW Pharmaceuticals, and current Medical Director at Phytecs, a company that produces cannabis-based treatments related to the endocannabinoid system. In this Podcast, Dr. Ethan Russo talks about how cannabis could potentially treat Endocannabinoid Deficiency. "Endocannabinoid Deficiency is just coming into general awareness now as a cause behind several conditions including Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Phantom Limb Pain, Infantile Colic, Glaucoma, PTSD, Bipolar disease, and others." To hear the full Podcast and learn more about the endocannabinoid system, visit this link: http://bit.ly/1BodlIs

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: It's time for a medical marijuana revolution

Dr. Sanjay Gupta believes "it's time for a medical marijuana revolution." The cannabis plant has 400+ individual properties, and it seems every day properties that never seemed worthy of attention before are coming out as having a new therapeutic benefit for specific diseases. 
This Sunday at 9 PM, Dr. Sanjay Gupta will appear on CNN's "Weed 3: the Marijuana Revolution," but if you can't wait until then to know more about his thoughts on medical marijuana, here is a list he compiled of 7 symptoms that can potentially benefit from the use of marijuana as a medicine. Gupta discusses Pain, Multiple Sclerosis, Nausea, Epilepsy, Concussions, Alzheimers, and Bipolar Disorder. Read more about each of these symptoms below: