What Are The Medical Benefits of Marijuana? - Part 3.

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Photo Credits: Leaf Science

In the last post, we continued to look at the conditions where medical marijuana is effective. It’s not done yet! We’ll continue the discussion below.

While the relationship between marijuana and heart disease is complicated, and cannabis can actually exacerbate symptoms in some users by increasing heart rate and blood pressure, scientists have found low doses of THC can reduce damage from heart attacks, and CBD can be used as a treatment for cardiovascular disease. Cannabis may also reduce the severity and lessen the impact of a stroke. Although most studies thus far have been animal studies, researchers believe medical cannabis may help treat the symptoms of Huntington’s disease, and one human study found synthetic THC improved motor-related symptoms of the disorder. Animal studies have found cannabis may slow the progression of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and many properties of cannabis could help reduce pain, relax muscles, reduce saliva, stimulate appetite, and induce sleep. Synthetic cannabinoids also improved pain symptoms in fibromyalgia patients, and one survey found patients actually preferred cannabis to any approved pharmaceutical medication.

New support is starting to accumulate for the use of marijuana for Alzheimer’s disease. Marijuana may be able to do so by reducing inflammation and the formation of plaques. Marijuana has been found to alleviate tics and be well tolerated in patients with Tourette’s syndrome. Cannabis topicals are now offered as effective treatments for varying skin disorders, and its anti-inflammatory and anti-itching properties make it effective for the treatment of acne, dermatitis, and psoriasis. Marijuana may also help those who suffer from sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea fall asleep quicker and improve breathing during sleep. Lastly, and probably most well known, is medical marijuana’s ability to treat epilepsy. Specifically, the cannabinoid CBD is well-tolerated and effective in reducing the frequency and severity of seizures.

There are even many more conditions to talk about regarding medical marijuana treatment. Keep reading as we conclude our discussion in the next post! This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

Does Cannabis Prevent Heart Disease?

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Research suggests cannabis could be used as a preventative for heart disease, a condition that kills over 600,000 people annually in the U.S. alone. The disease is so substantial in the United States that it is the leading cause of death in both men and women, constituting 25% of all deaths. While there is little research regarding cannabis and heart disease prevention, what research does exist points to the efficacy of various cannabinoids in combatting heart disease.

A 2013 study published in the Journal of Biochemical Pharmacology and conducted in Israel at the Felsenstein Medical Research Center found that when mice received small amounts of cannabis, 5 percent experienced an improvement in the efficiency of their heart ventricles. It was revealed that the cannabinoid THC in particular reduced Troponin T, a protein that leaks from cardiac muscles into the bloodstream as a result of cardiovascular damage. THC also decreased the sizes of infarctions, which are areas where the tissue dies due to the lack of sufficient blood supply, by six percent. Another study published in the journal Pharmacological Research and conducted by Dr. Saoirse O'Sullivan in 2014 at the University of Nottingham School of Medicine revealed "cannabinoids affect blood vessels by causing them to relax and widen," which in turn lowers blood pressure and improves circulation, both of which are responses that are helpful in preventing preventing heart disease and heart attacks.

With such a high number of annual fatalities as a result of heart disease, we hope medical marijuana research barriers are swiftly lifted so that researchers can take a more in depth look on how cannabis may be able to prevent the condition and therefore save lives. This information has been provided by Whaxy and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.