Cannabis As Medicine

October 8, 2012

 

We need to treat sick and dying patients with compassion and respect. Most pain medications are organ damaging, addictive, and have a huge number of side effects. Medical Marijuana can help with pain relief, depression, anxiety, nausea, Parkinsons Disease, and more. People with very serious illnesses, and severe pain, can find relief with medical marijuana.  Here are just a few conclusions that show cannabis is a medicine!

Cannabis As Medicine

"Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA [(N-methyl-D-aspartic acid] receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention."

Source: 

United States Patent No. 6,630,507. Hampson, et al. October 7, 2003.

 

Institute of Medicine - Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base - 1999

"At this point, our knowledge about the biology of marijuana and cannabinoids allows us to make some general conclusions:

· Cannabinoids likely have a natural role in pain modulation, control of movement, and memory.

· The natural role of cannabinoids in immune systems is likely multi-faceted and remains unclear.

· The brain develops tolerance to cannabinoids.

· Animal research demonstrates the potential for dependence, but this potential is observed under a narrower range of conditions than with benzodiazepines, opiates, cocaine, or nicotine.

· Withdrawal symptoms can be observed in animals but appear to be mild compared to opiates or benzodiazepines, such as diazepam (Valium)."

Source: 
Janet E. Joy, Stanley J. Watson, Jr., and John A Benson, Jr., "Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base," Division of Neuroscience and Behavioral Research, Institute of Medicine (Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1999), p. 3.