What Are The Medical Benefits of CBD? - Part 3

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Let’s continue our discussion of which conditions could benefit from CBD treatment by beginning with strokes. One animal study found CBD reduced two types of brain damage caused by a stroke, so much so that the outcomes of the group which had the stroke were comparable to the control group that did not. Its neuroprotective properties may help prevent brain damage and help patients heal. When administered before trauma, CBD can also protect against the damage caused by spinal cord injury, and aid in the healing process. Because of its neuroprotective effects, CBD may also be beneficial for those with traumatic brain injury, and studies suggest the cannabinoid protects neurons following injury, reduces the formation of scar tissue, and regenerates neuronal axons. CBD may also treat nicotine addiction, and in one study involving 24 smokers, some smokers received a placebo inhaler while some received a placebo inhaler. Smokers were instructed to use the inhaler when cigarette cravings struck. Those who received the placebo did no reduce their cigarette usage, while those who received CBD reduced their use by 40%.

The medication Sativex, which contains equal parts CBD and THC, has been found to effectively lower scores of spasticity related symptoms in patients with moderate to severe Multiple Sclerosis, even when these patients were previously treatment-resistant. CBD also reduced the production of cytokines, and activated an important biological pathway blocked by multiple sclerosis. Sativex may also help those with ADHD. CBD was also found to improve social interaction and reduce hyperactivity in rats with ADHD. CBD may also promote wakefulness in those who suffer from sleep disorders that cause excessive sleep. CBD also improved the quality of sleep in young patients who suffered from PTSD. CBD may also help patients heal from liver disease. One study found CBD reduces the neurological damage and cognitive impairments caused by toxins that remain in the blood as a result of liver failure. CBD also restored liver and brain function. Lastly, when taken before and after surgery, CBD increased the success rates of bone marrow transplants, and patients who received CBD were less likely to develop graft versus host disease.

This concludes our series examining the many uses for CBD. This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

What Are The Medical Benefits of Marijuana? - Part 2.

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In our previous post, we began to look at the conditions medical marijuana can help, but it doesn’t end there! Let’s continue that discussion now.

Medical marijuana may help those with inflammatory bowel disease, including conditions like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Marijuana may improve symptoms to the point of remission and can help patients ween off of traditional medications. Marijuana may also help those with Parkinson’s disease, and patients have experienced relief from tremor severity and pain symptoms. Surprisingly, marijuana may also help those with asthma. Because THC acts as a bronchodilator, it opens up the pathways of the lungs, reduces spasms, and prevents over-inflation of the lungs. Not surprisingly, marijuana is known to stimulate appetite, which can be extremely beneficial for patients suffering from conditions like AIDS and cancer, where appetite loss is a common symptom of the conditions and side effect of the disorders’ treatments. On the other hand, marijuana can also help combat obesity. Although it is able to increase appetite, marijuana is still associated with a smaller waistline and lower cholesterol in users than in non-users, and it has been found to better manage glucose levels.

As mentioned in the previous post in relation to cancer, medical marijuana is effective in the treatment of nausea and vomiting, and it can be so effective at treating this common side effect associated with chemotherapy and HIV/AIDS treatment regimens that it can allow patients to continue with these unpleasant treatments. Medical marijuana can also improved the recovery and survival rates of patients with traumatic brain injury. Similarly, researchers believe phytocannabinoids or synthetic cannabinoids could improve the outcomes of spinal cord injury, as well, due to the fact they have observed increases in the body’s natural endocannabinoid production following injury in an attempt to prevent damage.

Thanks for following up with today’s post on the medical benefits of medical marijuana. Still, there are so many more conditions where medical marijuana is useful! We’ll continue our discussion of more conditions in the next post. This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

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. 

This information has been provided by Medicinal Marijuana Association and approved by our Chief Medical Officer. 

 

MMJ for Neurological Disorders - Part 2

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In our previous post, we covered medical marijuana for neurological disorders and began our discussion of cannabis in relation to specific disorders. Today we will continue that discussion.

Studies have shown the cannabinoids in cannabis slow the neurodegenerative process of multiple sclerosis (MS) by helping the body regulate its immune system, managing its inflammatory response and encouraging the regeneration of neurons. Additionally, cannabinoids reduce inflammatory damage to the myelin, which provided neuroprotection. In an animal study, cannabinoids reduced neurological disability, improved motor coordination, and limited the progression of MS. Another neurological disorder, Parkinson's disease, has witnessed cannabinoids suppress excitotoxicity, glial activation, and oxidative injury damaging the neurons. Cannabinoids improve mitochondrial function and clear away cellular debris, which supports neuronal health.

A group of degenerative brain disorders referred to as prion diseases have found CBD can protect neurons agains prion toxicity. When cannabis is administered immediately following a traumatic event, they can actually reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines and delay atrophy and degeneration of neurons, which in turn limits the neurological damage that results from spinal cord injury. Immediate administration of cannabinoids can also help with the recovery of locomotor function. For those who suffer a stroke, CBD can protect neurons and astrocytes from damage, which facilitates functional, histological, biochemical, and neurobehavioral recovery. Studies show cannabis suppresses tics and improves behavioral problems from Tourette syndrome. Lastly, cannabis has anti-tumor properties that can prevent tumor formation in the brain and spinal cord.

This concludes our post on neurological disorders. This information has been brought to you by Medical Marijuana Inc. and approved by our Chief Medical officer. 

Understanding Cannabidiol (CBD) - Part 4

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We will continue our discussion of conditions that can benefit from the use of CBD.

CBD can treat multiple sclerosis (MS) by reducing inflammation, providing neuroprotection and limiting the diseases progression. It also reduces MS symptoms like spasticity and neuropathic pain. Cannabis can fight obesity, and CBD specifically decreases body weight gain and reduces lipid levels. Because of CBD's neuroprotective properties, it supports the health of neural cells mitochondria and prevents neurodegeneration. In this way, CBD treatments improved well being and quality of life scores for those who suffer from Parkinson's disease. CBD might help PTSD sufferers by interacting with the CB1 and CB2 receptors so that it modulates the release of neurotransmitters, increases a sense of pleasure, and initiates the alternation of memory processes. CBD also blocks the continuous retrieval of the traumatic event, thereby enhancing its extension and reducing its associated anxiety.

Not only does CBD have anxiolytic and antipsychotic properties, but trials have also show that CBD is a safe and well-tolerated alternative treatment for schizophrenia. Patients who suffer from spinal cord diseases or damage can witness an improvement in bladder control muscle spasms, and spasticity with the use of CBD. CBD also stimulates a neuroprotective response that limits damage when it is administered shortly after a spinal cord injury and improves motor scores following the injury. Similarly, CBD protects neurons and astrocytes from damage when administered shortly after a stroke, which leads to improved functional, histological, biochemical, and neurobehavior recovery. Lastly, CBD's neuropotective effects limit brain damage following traumatic brain injury. 

This concludes our series on CBD and the therapeutic benefits it has for a multitude of conditions. This information has been provided by Medical Marijuana Inc. and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.