The first documents on the medical properties of cannabis appeared 3000 years ago. Old Egyptian medical papyruses mention the analgesic properties of marijuana and its effectiveness in treating eye pain and hemorrhoids. In ancient India, doctors treated insomnia, gastrointestinal disorders and used it as an analgesic – among other things during childbirth.
Cannabis was also used in ancient Greece and Muslim countries. Anyway, a literal translation of the Chinese word corresponding to anaesthesia (麻醉 mázui) means “poisoning with cannabis”.
This knowledge was by no means reserved only for the ancient civilizations. Until 1937, when the U.S. Congress banned all types and varieties of cannabis by the Marijuana Tax Act, more than 2,000 cannabis-based medicines and preparations were available on the market. The backdrop to this day remains a considerable controversy, and the reasons for the banning of cannabis alone had nothing to do with its use in medicine.
The banning of cannabis had nothing to do with its medical properties!
It is only a pity that, as part of the developing drug policy in the United States, the US authorities have banned any research into the cannabis treatment. In addition, the enthusiasm of American doctors who continued to treat their patients with cannabis extracts has been successfully cooled down by the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (FBNDD).
By 1939 more than 3000 doctors had been sued by the FBNDD. As a result of a settlement between the American Medical Society and the FBNDD, only three doctors were brought before a court.
However, the message was clear, You Will Not Cure Anyone With Cannabis
In 1961 marijuana was banned in all United Nations countries. UN members signed the ‘Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs’ and declared that they would withdraw cannabis from use within 25 years.
Well, that’s politics. Science, however, is based on facts
In the 1960s, cannabis promoted by representatives of the hippie movement became an extremely popular way to get high among young people. Concerned about this fact, parents and the U.S. government began to order research on the effects of cannabis use on a large scale. Hundreds of new publications showed not only the negligible social harm of this drug but also suggested a huge potential in terms of its medical use.
Very similar conclusions were also presented in one of the most famous publications on cannabis. We are, of course, talking about the report of December 1997, prepared for the United Nations by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Only two countries broke out of this madness and legalized cannabis. You don’t even have to be sick to get it, you can buy marijuana online and offline in government and private shops. And guess what? When we take into the account decriminalization of marijuana, MDMA, LSD, and other soft drugs along with the most addictive like opiates, we can clearly see that the number of addicted people decreased and not increased like the politicians are saying.
The results of the WHO studies were so politically incorrect that the report was censored.
Today, the full content would probably be instantly available on WikiLeaks websites. At that time, the public learned about censorship from a publication in the scientific journal “New Scientist”, which in February 1998 revealed that a whole chapter had been removed from the report, in which three leading addiction experts showed that the risks associated with marijuana addiction were lower than those associated with alcohol, nicotine, and opiates (which are still successfully used in medicine today).
Since this scandal, many countries have once again taken an interest in the medical properties of marijuana. Scientists exploring this plant are constantly making new discoveries and discovering the effectiveness of the substances contained in it in the treatment of new ailments. The list is already quite long.
How does medical marijuana help you?
Alzheimer – a study published in 2006 by the Scripps Research Institute at Molecular Pharmaceutics proves that the THC in cannabis significantly slows down the formation of amyloid plates by blocking enzymes in the brain responsible for their formation. These plates kill brain cells, causing Alzheimer’s disease.
Cancer – In 2007, researchers at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco published research findings that CBD, one of the active substances in cannabis, kills breast cancer cells and malignant cancers, excluding the expression of the ID-1 gene, which is responsible for the spread of cancer cells in the body of the patient. Dr. Sean McAllister, who supervised this research, believes that further research into CBD properties of cancer cells can bring about a breakthrough in cancer treatment.
Glaucoma – cannabis effectively lowers the pressure inside the eyeball. Increased pressure leads to damage to the optic nerve (which in most cases results in blindness). The use of cannabis significantly delays this process. The results of research on this subject were published in 1970 by the American National Eye Institute.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – In May 2016, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published the results of Dr. Jody Corey-Bloom’s research, who managed to significantly reduce the pains associated with multiple sclerosis in 30 of his patients who were in no way helped by other treatments.
Epilepsy – cannabis helps to control epileptic seizures and reduces their frequency. The first research on this subject was carried out by Robert J. Delorenzo of the Commonwealth University of Virginia in 2003. His discoveries were published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
Dravet’s team – unfortunately, I can’t support it any scientific publication here. Evidence of the effectiveness of medical cannabis treatment by the Draveta Team was presented by…. The CNN television, which a few years ago produced a strong documentary about 5-year-old Charlotte Figi, whose parents decided to try medical cannabis treatment as a last resort.
After regular dehydration of a special type of dehydrated cannabis for the youngest patients (Charlotte’s Web, contains minimal amounts of psychoactive THC, but is very rich in CBD), the frequency of epilepsy seizures in cute little Charlotte decreased from 300 per week to…. One! Currently, more than 50 children with Dravet’s syndrome benefit from the same therapy. With a very positive result.
Hepatology – studies published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology show that stoners respond much better to the treatment of hepatitis C. As many as 86% of smoking patients have completed their treatment. As far as non-smokers are concerned, the percentage was almost three times lower at 29%. Moreover, in 54% of smokers, the level of jaundice virus remained at an acceptable, low level after the end of treatment. Only 8% of respondents who did not smoke marijuana could boast of this result.
Inflammatory bowel diseases – including Crohn’s disease. Research conducted at Nottingham University in 2010 indicates that THC and CBD affect the cells responsible for the human intestinal function and immune system. Thanks to this marijuana is a very effective medicine in terms of alleviating many inflammatory diseases of our digestive system. The study was published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
Arthritis – marijuana also turns out to be a great analgesic for people suffering from the urethral fundus. In addition to its analgesic properties, it was discovered in 2011 that cannabis is a very effective anti-inflammatory agent for Alzheimer’s patients.
Supports metabolism – in a 2013 study involving 4,500 Americans, researchers found that cannabis smokers metabolize sugars in their food much faster. This reduces the risk of diabetes, one of the “most popular” diseases of the 21st century.
Parkinson’s disease – studies on the use of cannabis to alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease have been conducted in Israel for years. The doctors there almost unanimously claim that in the case of people suffering from this disease, marijuana works perfectly as an analgesic and significantly improves the motor skills of patients. Moreover, the Israeli government fully supports medical cannabis research and, in the scientific community, it is a very popular opinion that it is in Israel that scientists will make important discoveries when it comes to medical marijuana.
Post-traumatic stress syndrome – although research on this subject is still underway (commissioned by the US Ministry of Health and Humanitarian Aid), American veterans have been using cannabis to treat the effects of PTSD on their own for years. Doctors also seem to believe in the positive effects of cannabis post-traumatic stress syndrome – in the state of New Mexico, most medical cannabis permits are issued to people suffering from PTSD.
Chemotherapy – Ok, I know that chemotherapy is not a disease, but the side effects of this treatment are very unfavorable (to say the least) for patients and very often cause vomiting, diarrhoea and total lack of appetite. Cancer patients have long been combining cannabis with chemotherapy precisely in order to reduce the side effects of their treatment as much as possible.
A Lot of Evidence, as you can see. However, we still don’t know enough about cannabis.
Every action of cannabis described above is supported by scientific research. Scientists, however, still claim that we know too little about the medical properties of this plant. The current state of affairs is caused, among other things, by the fact that the majority of research on the therapeutic properties of new substances is conducted by pharmaceutical companies.
Over the last 70 years, it has been possible to create a dozen or so drugs based on synthetic equivalents of substances contained in cannabis, but they are still far from perfect and very often turn out to be less effective than natural preparations made of cannabis plants.
Marijuana, even taking into account the huge number of varieties and species of cannabis, is just not patentable. Therefore, drug manufacturers are reluctant to accept further reports on the big medicinal properties of this plant with a great deal of reserve.
There is also no such thing as a standard medical cannabis species
If you’re following medical cannabis events, you’ve certainly noticed this inaccuracy. Medical marijuana and recreational marijuana are basically the same plants. Bright – some varieties used in the treatment of patients or in medical research are characterized by a lower content of psychoactive THC compounds and a predominance of CBD substances.
This does not mean, however, that THC-rich varieties do not have any medical applications. They probably have many more than we realize at the moment – it all depends on the speed with which research on this subject will be carried out.
Doctors are not prepared for medical cannabis.
While preparing this text I contacted some of the most reputable doctors. Unfortunately, none of them agreed to quote him. Most of them were hiding behind a complete ignorance of the subject, and those who had contact with cannabis (the patients they led were treated on their own) were afraid of the legal and professional consequences.
This is a very sad picture, and the political statements that medicinal marijuana is a myth will certainly not change the situation for the better.
Patients will lose
The most affected by this approach will be those who are already trying to treat themselves, often drawing their knowledge about medical applications of cannabis from unreliable sites on the web.
It is also possible not to mention the legal aspect – patients buy hemp drought, RSO oil and other marijuana-based preparations on the black market. Apart from the fact that they do not know exactly what they are buying, they also risk criminal liability. Will the Medical Cannabis Bill solve all these problems? Where is this good change everyone is talking about?
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