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.

Discussing the Health Benefits of Marijuana - Part 3.

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It is now time to conclude our discussion of the health benefits of medical marijuana in the third post of our series.

While medical marijuana is know for its internal benefits, it can also benefit the body topically as well. Cannabinoids like THC and CBD have antioxidant properties that make them able to protect the body from oxidative stress, and thereby prevent skin damage and aging. Through vaping or using topical applications, medical marijuana can provide various skin benefits. There are now a wide range of products available to help women relieve the aches and pains that come along with menstruation. There aren’t many studies regarding cannabis and menstruation specifically, but women have been attesting to the benefits of the plant, and studies have found cannabis reduces nausea, relieves pain, and reduces muscle spasms, suggesting it could have powerful benefits for the symptoms that coincide with periods.

Marijuana has often been associated with unhealthy habits like increasing appetite and falling for cravings known as the “munchies.” Contrary to the belief that marijuana may cause weight gain, it may actually do the opposite and help users maintain a healthy weight. In one study, 13,000 adults who used marijuana consistently had smaller waists and 3% lower BMI than those who abstained, even in spite of their higher caloric consumption. Some researchers suggest marijuana may produce these results by helping our bodies digest blood sugar more quickly and efficiently. Marijuana may also help relieve the digestive system of disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This may be because marijuana can interact with the endocannabinoid system, which in turn can help treat the condition and control the movement of food within the gut.

This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer, and this concludes our post on the many ways marijuana may contribute to better overall health.

What Can't It Do? Study Suggests Cannabis Could Help Treat Various Skin Diseases

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Photo Credit: Civilized 

A report published in in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology suggests  topical creams containing cannabinoids could be effective in the treatment of eczema, psoriasis, atopic and contact dermatitis. Researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus reviewed literature on the subject, in which one study found participants who used cannabinoid cream for three weeks completely eliminated severe itching, likely due to the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabinoids. Senior author Dr. Robert Dellavalle says, “Perhaps the most promising role for cannabinoids is in the treatment of itch." However, because most of the studies included in the report involve animal models, there remains the need for more substantial double-blind clinical trials performed at large scales on human models. Still, Dellavalle believes cannabinoid formulas without psychotropic effects could be a good treatment option for those who have not found relief with more common medications. 

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Researchers: Cannabis will be the next hot skincare ingredient

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LEW ROBERTSON/GETTY IMAGES

The skin is the largest organ of the body, so taking good care of it is extremely important. Researchers are beginning to think cannabis could potentially play a huge role in healthy skincare regimens. Two dermatologists interviewed by the Huffington Post have said marijuana's natural anti-aging and protective capabilities alone are enough to warrant its use in skincare products. Dr. Bobby Buka of New York has also said its anti-inflammatory agents and antioxidants could protect the skin from sun damage. That being said, in order to receive these benefits, the vehicle of administration is crucial. As far as skincare is concerned, cannabis should not be smoked because when the skin is exposed to the hydrocarbons from smoke of any kind, it interferes with the cell's creation of collagen which is responsible for elasticity. Hemp seed oil has been around in skincare products for years, but as research and legalization expand, we may find cannabis popping up in more skincare routines.

This information has been provided by High Times Magazine and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.