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.

Cannabinoids a Potential “Weapon” Against Cancer, Review Concludes

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A new research review published in Advances in Hygiene and Experimental Medicine by researchers from the Jagiellonian University Medical College in Poland has found evidence in preclinical studies that cannabinoids inhibit tumor growth of various types. Some in vitro cell experiments and animal trials found phytocannabinoids, endocananbinoids, and synthetic cannabinoids all possess anti-tumor properties. Cannabinoids interact with cannabinoid receptors to stimulate chemical responses that inhibit cancer cell growth and destroy cancer cells, mainly through a process called apoptosis. The researchers state, “Leading from this there is a an obvious need to further explore cannabinoid associated molecular pathways making it possible to develop safe therapeutic drug agents for patients in the future.”

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How Cannabis Fits Into Cancer Care

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A new research review conducted by cancer and integrative medicine specialist Dr. Donald Abrams and published in the journal Current Oncology highlights the potential for cannabis in managing cancer-related symptoms and treating cancer. Abrams explains, “Cannabis is useful in combatting anorexia, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, pain, insomnia, and depression. Cannabis might be less potent than other available antiemetics, but for some patients, it is the only agent that works, and it is the only antiemetic that also increases appetite. Inhaled cannabis is more effective than placebo in ameliorating peripheral neuropathy in a number of conditions, and it could prove useful in chemotherapy-induced neuropathy.”

Some studies cited reveal cannabis can reduce or prevent neuropathic pain, and Abrams himself claims to have seen patients benefit from the analgesic properties of cannabis so that it allowed them to wean down or off of opiate medications. Cannabis is also effective in reducing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and some research suggests it is the only nausea-suppressing substance that can also stimulate appetite. While there is not enough evidence yet to suggest cannabis can cure cancer, cannabinoids have demonstrated anticancer effects in several preclinical trials, with some showing cannabinoids inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and others revealing cannabinoids induce apoptosis, decreased tumor cell invasiveness, and reduce the viability of cancer cells. Abrams concludes, “Preclinical data suggest that cannabinoids could have direct antitumour activity, possibly most impressive in central nervous system malignancies. Clinical data about the effects of cannabis concentrates on cancer are as yet unavailable. Oncologists could find cannabis and cannabinoids to be effective tools in their care of patients living with and beyond cancer.”

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Review Investigates Cannabinoids for Treating Cancer

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A recent review of the available literature on cannabinoids and cancer in children published by a team of Israeli scientists in The Israel Medical Association Journal concluded cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD) are effective in treating cancer. The team of physicians looked at preclinical evidence of cannabinoids' anti-cancer efficacy, clinical evidence of cannabinoids' anti-cancer efficacy, and cannabinoids' efficacy on pediatric tumors. For preclinical trials, researchers highlighted a 1975 study that found cannabinoids reduced tumor growth in in vitro and in vivo experiences. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) was effective against lung cancer. More research from the 2000s found cannabinoids had anti-cancer effects on gliomas and various types of tumors, like prostate, breast, leukemia, lymphoma, pancreas, melanoma, thyroid, colorectal, and heptocellular carcinoma, in animal and cultural models. More research into the cannabinoids' therapeutic mechanisms is desired, but what is known is that they induce cell death, inhibit cell growth, and inhibit tumor angiogenesis invasion and metastasis.

There are fewer clinical trials, but researchers were able to identify a human trial involving nine patients that suggested THC treatments effectively decreased tumor growth and slowed tumor progression. There were no clinical trials involving the anti-cancer effects of cannabinoids on pediatric tumors, but in one preclinical trial, CBD effectively reduced the viability and invasiveness of the aggressive pediatric tumor, neuroblastoma. That same study found THC and CBD effectively treated xenograft tumors in mice, with CBD being the more effective of the two. The review urges for more clinical trials to investigate cannabis' anti-cancer effects. 

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3 Benefits of THC

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While THC is known for producing a psychoactive "high" for recreational users, medical marijuana patients and researchers recognize THC also has medicinal properties to it. THC is a cannabinoid that occurs naturally in the cannabis plant, and that is able to connect to receptors throughout the endocannabinoid system and in the brain and immune system. THC is already known for its ability to increase appetite, but this can be especially effective for treating nausea and vomiting and stimulating appetite in patients suffering from HIV or cancer. It has also effectively increased appetite in patient suffering from illnesses like anorexia or Alzheimer's. This helps users maintain a stable body mass.

Recently, CBD has been gaining a lot of attention for its efficacy in pain management, which could have a beneficial impact on the opioid epidemic. What isn't as well known, however, is that THC also has analgesic properties. Studies have found THC effectively treats pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, headaches, menstrual pain, chronic bowel inflammation, and nerve damage. A study from the University of Michigan involving 185 patients found medical cannabis users experienced a 45% increase in their quality of life. Lastly, it is thought THC may help those who suffer from anxiety or depression. THC has fewer side effects than the commonly prescribed anti-depressant medications, and it can increase serotonin levels which helps relieve depression. 

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Some Conditions Medical Marijuana Can Help Treat

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The Medicinal Marijuana Association has compiled a list of the top five symptoms patients seek to alleviate using medical marijuana therapy.

Medical marijuana is an analgesic, and it is most commonly prescribed to treat pain. This includes neuropathic pain, AIDS, and spinal cord injuries. In addition to treating pain, medical marijuana shown to be as effective as pharmaceutical pain killers, but with a much higher safety profile, so it is equally effective in treating and reducing addiction brought on by pain killers by allowing patients to ween off of and replace these medications. Because marijuana receptors in the brain are responsible for regulating anxiety and stress, medical marijuana (especially CBD-rich strains) can be beneficial for those who suffer anxiety disorders. Marijuana can also help those who suffer from fatigue, insomnia, restlessness, and pain fall asleep, stay asleep longer, and experience higher quality of sleep.  

Medical marijuana also helps lower levels of depression with fewer side effects than anti-depressants. The medication also helps treat nausea, which is especially effective for cancer and AIDS patients. By reducing chemotherapy-induced nausea and inducing appetite, medical marijuana can fight cachexia and help patients to gain weight. This also makes medical marijuana effective for those diagnosed with Crohn's disease, which irritates the small intestine. Medical marijuana therapy can reduce pain and diarrhea while increasing appetite and weight gain. Medical marijuana is also effective in treating muscle spasms and stiffness typical of multiple sclerosis. This helps MS patients improve sleep, walking, and other daily activities that would otherwise interfere with quality of life. 

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Cannabis: A Future in Treating Cervical Cancer?

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Research coming out of the Department of Biochemistry at North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa, suggests cannabis may be able to play a role in the treatment of cervical cancer. Researchers used in vitro analyses to look at whether or not cannabis could kill cervical cancer cells, and through using herbal extracts and pure CBD, found it is highly likely CBD is the compound responsible for anti-cancer effects in the cannabis sativa extract. The analysis was not done using pure THC. The CBD induced apoptosis in cancer cells, which means the cancer cells underwent natural death without affecting healthy cells. This study marks one of the first to look at the effects of cannabis on cervical cancer cells. 

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Medical Marijuana: Role in Oncology?

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According to a new review of medical marijuana in oncology published in JAMA Oncology, medical marijuana could potentially treat anticipatory and refractory chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, refractory cancer pain, and act as an antitumor agent. That being said, the authors are hesitant to recommend smoked marijuana as a first-line antiemetic, analgesic, or antitumor agent due to the fact most evidence comes from small clinical trials and animal studies. They call for more research surrounding medical marijuana's potential role in oncology for humans. 

The authors do recognize that cannabis has powerful antiemetic properties, and one previous review found cannabinoid derivatives could be more effective than certain antiemetic drugs in patients receiving medium emetogenic regimens, but not highly emetogenic regimens. Some studies also found THC could work well with other antiemetics to combat nausea. Clinical trials have also found THC and other cannabinoids act as analgesics, even in opioid-refractory pain, and its safety profile is favorable to other analgesics. There is little data regarding cannabis' antitumor effects in humans, but some data suggests THC may have antitumor properties and prevent metastasis. The low risk of overdose and dependence also makes marijuana preferable to other treatment methods. 

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Study: THC and CBDA Effective in Treating Nausea, Stimulating Appetite in Chemotherapy Patients

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A study published in the journal Psychopharmacology suggests small amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiolic acid (CBD-A) could effectively treat nausea and stimulate appetite for patients undergoing chemotherapy. According to the researchers, the “administration of subthreshold doses of THC (0.5 and 1 mg/kg) or CBDA (0.5 and 1 μg/kg) significantly suppressed acute nausea-induced gaping, whereas higher individual doses of both THC and CBDA were maximally effective" for acute nausea.

The study also found the administration of higher doses of both THC and CBDA also enhanced positive hedonic reactions stemming from saccharin solution during conditioning. For anticipatory nausea, combined subthreshold doses of THC (0.1 mg/kg) and CBDA (0.1 μg/kg) reduced contextually elicited conditioned gaping. Researchers determined, “Oral administration of subthreshold doses of THC and CBDA may be an effective new treatment for acute nausea and anticipatory nausea and appetite enhancement in chemotherapy patients.”

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Cannabis May Provide Relief for Skin cancer Patients

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Patients diagnosed with skin cancer may be able to find relief in cannabis. One study from 2015 and published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that mice with melanoma responded well to cannabis treatment, and that the treatment caused melanoma cell death. While this has yet to be tested on human subjects, the positive news will hopefully open the doors to more research on the effects of cannabis on skin cancer. One symptoms cancer patients face is pain, and one study from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network found medical marijuana was able to successfully reduce this pain in cancer patients.

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MMJ for Tumors

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The term tumor refers to an abnormal mass of body tissue that may or may not be cancerous and develop when cells divide and grow excessively. Tumor symptoms depend on their type and location and may not develop until the tumor is advanced, but some symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, weight loss, blood in the stool, iron deficiency anemia, coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, chills, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, malaise, and night sweats. Research shows cannabis has anti-tumor benefits, limits tumor growth, and facilitates cancer cell death.

In one animal trial, CBD inhibited the progression of cancer in the breast, lung, prostate, and colon, and another found it inhibited the growth of subcutaneously implanted human glioma cells. CBD also provides antiproliferative effects by causing the mitochondrial oxidative metabolism and the viability of glioma cells that make up brain tumors to drop significantly. Another study found a combination of THC and CBD four hours after radiation treatment increased cancer cell autophagy and apoptosis. CBD acid down-regulated human breast cancer cells, which prevented their growth and inhibited the migration of breast cancer cells. Cannabis also manages symptoms associated with cancer treatment. One survey found six to eight weeks of cannabis treatment improved all measured-cancer related symptoms for cancer patients, and the National Cancer Institute recognizes cannabis provides relief for a number of cancer related pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and anxiety.

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Can cannabis cure cancer? What the research says

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While human clinical trials are sparse, there are several preclinical and animal trials that suggest cannabis can help combat various types of cancer and manage the symptoms associated with the diseases and their treatments. Rodent studies found cannabinoids inhibit tumor grown by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels, and cannabinoids can kill several types of cancer cells without harming normal cells. A trial on human glioma cells found CBD can enhance the effects of chemotherapy and increase cancer cell death. Additionally, cannabis stimulates appetite, offers pain relief, prevents nerve problems, reduces anxiety and facilitates sleep, and manage the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy.

The human trials on cannabis and cancer that exist focus on ways to manage the symptoms associated with cannabis and reduce the side effects associated with its treatments. There are two FDA-approved cannabinoid based drugs, Dronabinol and Nabilone, that are used to treat cancer. Trials have found both inhaled cannabis and cannabis oral sprays effectively treat the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy. Studies have also found cannabis can stimulate appetite, improve mood, reduce anxiety, and offer pain relief. While the use of cannabis for cancer is hopeful, there are some side effects that exist, including rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, muscle relaxation, blood shot eyes, slowed digestion, dizziness, depression, hallucinations, and paranoia. Additionally, smoking cannabis may negatively affect the lungs, and long use of cannabis may negatively affect the endocrine system and the reproductive system. 

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Medical Marijuana for Cancer - Part 2

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Today, we will continue discussing the medical marijuana research surrounding cancer in more detail. 

Cannabis provide relief from the nausea associated with chemotherapy, and studies have found CBD not only effectively treats the more difficult symptoms to control of nausea, but also prevents anticipatory nausea in chemotherapy patients. In another study, THC effectively reduced conditioned rejection and chemotherapy-induced nausea. Cannabis also lowers neuropathic pain, and in one study, cancer patients with treatment resistant intractable pain experienced significantly reduced pain levels after two weeks of taking cannabis that contained both THC and CBD. A recent research review described cannabis as having anti-tumor properties and offering pain, nausea, and vomiting relief for patients diagnosed with cancer. 

Many patients undergoing cancer treatments experience weight loss and appetite loss. THC may be able to help, as it has successfully stimulated appetite in patients suffering from cancer-related cachexia. Patients who consume THC report they have larger appetites and food tastes better. A group of 131 cancer patients responded in a survey study that after six to eight weeks of cannabis treatment, they witnessed improvements in all cancer-related symptoms like nausea, vomiting, mood disorders, fatigue, weight loss, anorexia, constipation, sexual function, sleep disorders, itching, and pain. Patients who used THC also slept better and felt more relaxed. Surprisingly, even the government-run National Cancer Institute currently recognizes cannabis as an effective treatment that can provide therapeutic relief for various cancer-related symptoms, including pain, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, and appetite loss. 

This concludes our mini series on cancer and the potential for medical marijuana to be introduced as a powerful therapy. This information has been provided by Medical Marijuana Inc. and approved by our Chief Medical Officer. 

A Beginner's Guide To Medicinal Marijuana Strains

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Patients new to medical marijuana will, most likely, not find their perfect medicinal strain on the first try. Most patients must titrate and experiment with their cannabinoids, frequency, and vehicle in order to discover the optimal dosing regimen. Still, you have to start somewhere, so where do you begin? This information is generalized and may not apply to everyone, but it offers a good starting point when choosing a strain for beginning your medical marijuana therapy. 

Strains high in CBD are often referred to in the general sense as indica, and it often helps patients feel more relaxed and calm. This property makes it especially helpful in treating sleep disorders like insomnia. High CBD strains are often used to treat cancer and HIV/AIDs patients, as it has been shown to reduce nausea and increase appetite. CBD strains also help to reduce the pain levels associated with many illnesses, and it has commonly been used to treat glaucoma. You may benefit from CBD strains if you need to relieve body pain, relax your muscles, relieve spasms, reduce seizures, relieve headaches and migraines, or reduce anxiety and stress. CBD strains have been used to treat epilepsy, gastrointestinal illnesses, anxiety, and multiple sclerosis.

Strains high in THC are referred to under the umbrella of sativa, and they are known for producing an uplifting and energetic mood, possibly due to the fact research has shown THC smokers are linked to increased levels of serotonin. That being said, THC by itself may not provide the pain relief necessary for a particular illness. You may benefit from THC strains by feeling happiness and pleasure, feeling energized, feeling focused or getting lost in deep thought, and fighting depression. THC strains have been helpful in treating ADD/ADHD, HIV/AIDS, and anorexia.

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Understanding Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - Part 2

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In the previous post, we gave you a broad overview of the cannabinoid THC. Now, we will go in depth to discuss the many conditions that can benefit from its use. 

Because THC can lower levels of amyloid-beta peptide and enhance mitochondrial function, the cannabinoid could be effective in the treatment of Alzheimer's and slowing its progression. THC may be able to delay the onset of ALS and prolong the survival of neurons, therefore slowing the disease's progression. It can also treat symptoms of the disease, including appetite loss, pain reduction, depression, and drooling. THC can also help those suffering from anorexia by aiding weight gain, stimulating appetite, and increasing the pleasure that coincides with eating.

Those who suffer from Arnold-Chiaro malformation and syringomyelia can benefit from THC by better managing their symptoms, increasing sleep, improving morale, and decreasing pain. Patients with Arthritis can benefit from THC's anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. THC also helps those who suffer from autism, not only by improving hyperactivity, lethargy, irritability, stereotypy and inappropriate speech, but also by activating CB2 receptors in order to restore neural communication and proper cell function. Activating the CB2 receptors also allows THC to sustain bone health by stimulating bone growth and inhibiting bone breakdown.

We will continue our discussion of THC in relation to various conditions in the following post. This information has been brought to you by Medical Marijuana Inc. and approved by our Chief Medical Officer. 

Cannabis For Cancer Fatigue

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Patients who suffer from cancer frequently suffer from symptoms of fatigue. Because cannabis is often associated with sleep-inducing side effects, many patients will avoid the plant. That being said, if choosing the right strain, cannabis can actually provide energizing relief and help patients fight this fatigue. 

Because strains high in THC promote sleepiness, those high in CBD or containing equal parts of both work to do the opposite. One PubMed study from 2004 found equal parts of THC and CBD reduced sleepiness and promoted wakefulness. Another study from Israel found synthetic cannabis products also provide relief from fatigue caused by chemotherapy. Because some of these products are approved in the US, this is excellent news for patients in prohibitionist states who do not have access to natural cannabis. In the study, out of 56 patients who reported debilitating fatigue, 51 patients experienced relief after using these products.

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37 Cannabis and Cancer Studies

Cannabis is known for its ability to treat the nausea and vomiting, as well as stimulate appetite, in patients undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatment. Now, new evidence is surfacing that suggests cannabis can also slow or halt the progression of cancer by attacking cancer cells without harming healthy cells. While the research is still few and far between, here is a list Health MJ compiled surrounding cannabis related cancer studies. These studies provide hopeful information when it comes to cannabis' ability to treat cancer, but there is still a vast need for more in depth research regarding these claims. Check out the list on Health MJ's website here.

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10 Common Conditions Treated by Medicinal Marijuana

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Marijuana is gaining in popularity for its ability to treat a wide range of medical conditions. As opposed to pharmaceutical drugs, which generally only target a few specified conditions, medical marijuana is safe to use and can help alleviate the symptoms of a large amount of conditions without the risk of fatal overdose, significant negative side effects, and addiction. The list of conditions medical marijuana can potentially treat may seem never-ending, so the Medicinal Marijuana Association has compiled a short list of 10 of the more common conditions that respond favorably to medical cannabis.

1). Alzheimer's disease currently lacks a cure, but studies have shown THC can prevent acetylcholinesterase from creating protein clumps in the brain, which reduce cognitive function and cause memory loss, and from forming Alzheimer's plaques.

2). Medical marijuana has proven to be an effective treatment option for patients who suffer from treatment-resistant epilepsy. Many patients who turn to medical marijuana witness a significant reduction in seizures and sometimes become seizure free.

3). Clinical trials have revealed medical cannabis can benefit muscle spasticity, reduce arm and leg pain, and even put patients in a better mood, making it an excellent treatment option for those who suffer from multiple sclerosis

4). By relieving and reducing intraocular pressure, which damages the optic nerve in the eyes, cannabis has the potential to combat glaucoma, the leading cause of blindness. Research has also shown cannabis can reverse deterioration.

5). Cannabis is known for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, so researchers believe cannabis has the potential to relieve the symptoms associated with arthritis

6). Patients who suffer from Hepatitis C claim it actually boosts the effectiveness of their drug therapy, not only by subduing the negative side effects produced by their pharmaceutical medications, but also by helping the drugs achieve a virological response, in which there are no longer any signs of the virus left in their bodies.

7). Medical marijuana is seen as an effective player in the treatment of various types of cancer due to its ability to combat the nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite produced by chemotherapy while also stopping metastasis of aggressive cancer and killing cancer cells without affecting healthy cells.

8). Marijuana can help relieve and prevent migraines and other severe headaches by inhibiting serotonin type 3 receptors. 

9). Many people suffer from insomnia, or sleeplessness, which often occurs on behalf of other conditions. By reducing pain, pressure, and inflammation, which are symptoms that often keep people awake, marijuana is able to help patients fall asleep.

10). Treating anxiety with medical marijuana can be tricky due to the fact marijuana in high doses can actually create or worsen anxiety. That being said, if a patient uses the right strain, specifically ones high in CBD, and consumes low doses of the medication, then medical cannabis can effectively reduce debilitating anxiety.

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Cannabis for Chemotherapy

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When a patient is diagnosed with a form of cancer, a rigorous treatment process involving chemotherapy is usually soon to follow. What many don't know, however, is that chemotherapy is used for more than just cancer treatment, so chemotherapy is a process that affects many. Chemotherapy is not an easy therapy as it produces various negative side effects, but patients choose to undergo the treatment in an attempt to battle their illnesses which are far worse.

Whaxy says, "Medically speaking, the side effects of chemotherapy include a decrease in the production of blood cells within the bones (myelosuppression), inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract (mucositis), and hair loss (alopecia). In terms of patient suffering, chemotherapy brings on severe nausea, vomiting, and dry heaves, in addition to a slew of other negative side effects." Because of this, the idea that cannabis can combat the side effects of chemotherapy is welcomed news. 

Chemotherapy involves large amounts of chemicals and high levels of radiation that attack cancer cells to a point they can no longer tolerate, often killing the cells, and hopefully eliminating the spread of the disease and putting the illness into remission. This process also hurts the patient's good cells, so chemo is extremely taxing on the patient's health and well being. Cannabis may be able to play a role in combatting the negative side effects as well as deliver healing therapy through its miraculous cannabinoids and terpenes which have been shown to fight cancer in certain studies.

Cannabis can help fight chemotherapy's side effects by combatting nausea, stimulating appetite, reducing inflammation, and alleviating pain. In addition to fighting the physical ailments that coincide with chemotherapy, cannabis can help treat psychological side effects like depression and anxiety. Patients who choose to experiment with cannabis in their treatment of cancer and chemotherapy's side effects are not limited to smoking their medication; they can also vaporize cannabis flowers or concentrates, consume edibles, apply topical creams or ointments, use sublingual sprays, or insert suppositories to reach their desired relief.

At this point in time, much more clinical research on human cancer patients is necessary to understand how cannabis is able fight cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy. Until then, visit Whaxy for an in depth analysis of how cannabis works to reduce chemo's side effects and specific testimonies regarding their ability to do so.

The National Cancer Institute Quietly Acknowledged: ‘Cannabis Kills Cancer’

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Based on countless anecdotal evidence and limited clinical research, it seems almost common knowledge that cannabis has the ability to shrink tumors and combat cancer. These testimonies or relatively small studies do not seem very authoritative due to the fact the testimonies only relay personal experiences and the studies aren't large or in depth enough to provide sufficient clinical evidence. Now, however, the reputable organization The National Cancer Institute has backed these claims, quietly admitting to cannabis' ability to fight cancer. 

What is significant about this acknowledgment is that the National Cancer Institute is a federal organization governed by U.S. Law intending to inform Americans about cancer and research efforts. Despite cannabis being listed as Schedule I by the United States government, NCI states on its website, cannabis "may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow." Cannabis can also protect health cells from damage.

The site even designates a section to discussing cannabis, what it is, and its cannabinoid properties. In this section NCI admits to cannabis' ability to kill cancer cells, referring to a study on lab mice and rats in which CBD was able to kill breast cancer cells without effecting normal breast cells.

Read more about this acknowledgment and watch a video about how marijuana kills cancer cells on the Medical Marijuana Blog. You can also see the admittance for yourself on NCI's website.