46 Illnesses Treatable With Medical Cannabis

Researchers are discovering more and more frequently now the medical wonders of cannabis and while the bureaucrats squabble over technicalities and repeat decades of propaganda, we know the truth.

Cannabis has been used for thousands of years to treat all manner of human maladies and the past 100 years has been a fine example of what happens when you take a thing that has been used for millennia and outlaw not only its production, promotion, and sale, but also simple possession of it for personal use.

Families have been broken apart, parents have lost custody of their children, young men and women have gone to jail and shunned from society, those who suffer in chronic pain have been left to suffer at the sole mercy of their physicians and their abominable physically addictive pain pills and patches.

On this page is a list of 46 different illnesses and symptoms that may be helped by cannabis. It will be added to periodically; if you have any information, such as links, videos, testimonials, etc that should be added to this page, please don’t hesitate to contact us. using the contact form at the bottom of the page.

Acute Gastritis

Gastritis occurs when the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed and once it reaches a certain level of inflammation, it stops producing stomach acid, it produces less enzymes for digestion, and less mucus.Left untreated, it can cause a lifetime of chronic pain

It is an illness that can be caused by ingesting too much of almost anything, whether different food items, medications, alcohol, or things such as too much stress. Heartburn can be a symptom, but bloating, nausea, and vomiting can also occur.

How Cannabis Could Help

We have CB1 receptors in our brain, but these receptors are also present in the stomach and some people believe that these receptors are a functional part of the healing process when our stomach is damaged. Researchers have also found that there are CB2 receptors that reside there, as well.

Sources:

Medical Marijuana For Acute Gastritis

Gastritis

Gastrojournal

Agoraphobia

As a complex anxiety disorder, agoraphobia presents with some of the following symptoms:

  • Fear of being alone
  • Fear of crowded spaces
  • Avoiding places and situations that might cause them to feel trapped, panicked, helpless, scared, or embarrassed.

The average age of onset for the disorder is 20 years old and while the exact cause of it is largely unknown, some things, such as traumatic events, appear to contribute to its development.

Research has shown that CBD is the compound in cannabis that acts to reduce anxiety and panic symptoms.

THC, however, has been shown to induce anxiety in high doses, so high THC strains should be avoided in favor of high CBD strains.

Source:

CBD Oil For Anxiety: Is Cannabidiol An Effective Treatment

Synthetic THC May Help In The Treatment of Phobias

Study: Cannabidiol May Help Treat Social Anxiety Disorder

Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a huge problem in the United States and while many programs have a decent success rate in treating it, many harm reduction advocates state that cannabis can and should be substituted for alcohol. There have also been many anecdotal cases of people who state that consuming cannabis reduces or completely eliminates their cravings for alcohol. It’s also been said to reduce the amount of anxiety that alcoholics experience.

One study published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrated that states that have medical marijuana programs had around a 25% reduction in opiate overdose deaths.

Researchers at UC Berkeley in California recently looked at cannabis as a substitute for alcohol and while they didn’t exactly endorse the idea, they didn’t directly condemn it, either. Instead, they noted that alcohol is significantly more dangerous than cannabis for multiple reasons.

In a study of medical cannabis users from Canada, approximately 75% of patients surveyed stated that they used their cannabis as a substitute for other medications that they may be prescribed, as a substitute for alcohol, and other, harder drugs.

The American Journal on Addictions has shown that people who use cannabis and go through methadone stabilization have fewer or milder withdrawal symptoms than those who don’t use cannabis.

Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23795873#

http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1898878

http://download.springer.com/static/pdf/316/art%253A10.1186%252F1477-7517-6-35.pdf?originUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fharmreductionjournal.biomedcentral.com%2Farticle%2F10.1186%2F1477-7517-6-35&token2=exp=1474080643~acl=%2Fstatic%2Fpdf%2F316%2Fart%25253A10.1186%25252F1477-7517-6-35.pdf*~hmac=1898366b04e89f5f65ba443a94e7366367b0f7b09894111987bff23b49d43995

Legalization of Marijuana Could Reduce Alcoholism

Medical Marijuana as Treatment for Alcoholism & Addiction

Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that affects a person’s ability to remember things and it adversely affects how they think and how they behave. It’s not a normal part of aging and accounts for the majority of cases of dementia today.

The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease released a preclinical study in 2014 that found that small doses of THC can reduce the production of beta-amyloid proteins, which are considered to be a characteristic of Alzheimer’s progression.

Because inflammation in the brain is a big part of the damage that is caused by Alzheimer’s and cannabis is an anti-inflammatory,  cannabis has been shown to prevent nerve cells in the brain from dying.

Source:

The Effects of Medical Marijuana on Alzheimer’s

Marijuana Compound Removes Alzheimer’s Plaque From Brain Cells, Study Finds

Marijuana Compounds Show Promise In Protecting Brain Cells From Alzheimer’s

Groundbreaking Study Shows Cannabis Can Counter Alzheimer’s Disease

ALS

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a disease of the nervous system that causes your body to attack the neurons in your spinal cord and your brain. This causes problems with being able to control your voluntary muscles, such as your fingers, toes, arms, and legs. This is how it begins, but as the muscles in the body become less responsive, most people who suffer with ALS die of simple respiratory failure due to their chest muscles failing. There is currently no known cure for ALS.

How Cannabis Could Help

Some studies have shown that while cannabis may help significantly slow the progression of the disease, cannabis isn’t a cure and does not necessarily impact the the rate of survival.

Sources:

ALS – NORML

Cannabis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: hypothetical and practical applications, and a call for clinical trials

Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling of worry or nervousness. Typically, it can come about because of nearly any imminent circumstances, from medical to financial to family related concerns and anything inbetween. Chronic anxiety can be crippling at home and in the workplace; if you have frequent anxiety and your doctor hasn’t been able to give you a satisfactory solution, other options are available.

How Cannabis Could Help

Almost everyone has experienced anxiety at one time or another, but those who experience regular anxiety may get some benefit out of cannabis.

According to studies, cannabis can either alleviate or exacerbate anxiety, depending on what type of strain you end up using. High THC strains seem to make anxiety worse or even induce panic attacks, while strains that are high in CBD have the opposite effect.

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Arthritis (Rheumatoid)

Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition in which the body attacks the joints. Your immune system is supposed to attack foreign substances, such as bacteria and viruses, but in autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system attacks something it shouldn’t.

It causes pain and swelling around the joints and it causes the synovium to thicken, reducing the amount the joints can move without pain. Ultimately, this can damage cartilage and cause the joints to become unstable and extremely painful.

How Cannabis Could Help

People who use medical cannabis for any type of arthritis use it for pain relief, not because it is a cure of any kind.

CBD has been found to be effective in increasing joint health. CB2 receptors have also been found to be present in larger than average amounts in the joint tissue of arthritis patients, leading to the conclusion that cannabis can be used to help reduce pain and inflammation by interacting with those receptors.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is due to the long term wear and tear of the joints. It has many of the same effects as rheumatoid arthritis, but can have its roots in genetics in some cases.

The end result of osteoarthritis is the cushioning between the bones that make up your joints is diminished or gone entirely and this causes excruciating pain.

The current treatments for osteoarthritis also have side effects. Taking too many NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium, can cause stomach bleeding. Often exercise and maintaining a healthy weight can keep the condition from getting worse, as weighing less puts less stress on the joints.

How Cannabis Could Help

Cannabis has largely the same effects for osteoarthritis that it does for rheumatoid arthritis, although different studies have been done for each. Most studies note the reaction of CB2 receptors to the intake of cannabis and its effects on inflammation and pain.

An animal study published in PloS ONE found that cannabinoid (CB2) receptor stimulation in the spinal cords of rats acting as models for osteoarthritis pain in humans (treated with monosodium acetate to induce osteoarthritis-type pain and joint issues) led to decrease in pain response and inflammatory markers. — MedicalJane.com

Opioid pain management is risky due to its highly addictive history and nature, along with other risks such as overdose and/or death. Cannabis has been demonstrated to be a safer alternative to opioid pain management, as states that have legalized it have experienced a 25% reduction in painkiller related overdoses.

Asthma

While it seems a little counter-intuitive, studies have shown that medical cannabis can help alleviate some of the symptoms of asthma.

How Cannabis Could Help

THC and THC-V have been shown to inhibit the contractions that characterize asthma. THC is also suspected to have antitussive properties.

Marijuana & Asthma: Can It Help?

Effects of smoked marijuana in experimentally induced asthma–PubMed

Cannabis Smoke May Benefit Asthma and Lung Functions

ADD/ADHD

ADHD is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder that affects functions of the brain such as concentration, the ability to remember things, motivation, attention span, effort, the ability to learn from mistakes, organization, impulsivity, and social skills. It typically begins at the ages between six and twelve years and lasts for at least six months. Another criteria for it to be diagnosed as ADHD is that it causes significant problems in at least two settings in the life, whether it’s at home, school, or other activities.

There are 3 different types: predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive, and a combination of the two.

Symptoms of inattentive type include:

  • Easily distracted
  • Difficulty focusing on a task
  • Appears to not be listening when being talked to
  • Daydreaming
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Difficulty understanding small details
  • Losing things needed to complete tasks, not turning in homework
  • Get bored after a few minutes unless doing something they like

Hyperactive-impulsive type symptoms:

  • Fidgity in their seat
  • Talking constantly
  • Runs around touching anything they can get their hands on
  • They have to be constantly moving
  • It’s difficult to get them to do things quietly
  • Extremely impatient
  • No regard for the consequences of their actions, are often inappropriate
  • They don’t like waiting their turn and have extreme difficulty doing it
  • Interrupting people or their activities

The combined type can combine any number of symptoms from both groups.

How Cannabis Could Help

While most people who have ADHD are being treated with stimulant type medications such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta, some people are now turning to cannabis to help treat some of the symptoms not only of the ADHD itself, but to help reduce the amount of side effects they experience from the pharmaceuticals they are prescribed.

One of the primary characteristics of ADHD is that the brain has a shortage of dopamine and this seems to be something that cannabis is capable of helping.

“Cannabis appears to treat ADD and ADHD by increasing the availability of dopamine,” Dr. Bearman wrote. “This then has the same effect but is a different mechanism of action than stimulants like Ritalin (methylphenidate) and dexedrine amphetamine, which act by binding to the dopamine and interfering with the metabolic breakdown of dopamine.”– Leafly

Autism

Autism spectrum disorders are known primarily for causing difficulties in social interactions, the ability to communicate, and avoiding taking part in repetitive behaviors. While these 3 things are at the core of autism disorders, they can and do cause many other symptoms, many of which can be helped by cannabis.

The symptoms of autism are as follows:

  • Difficulty in learning how to speak, read, or write
  • They avoid eye contact with people, don’t want to be picked up, ignoring surroundings
  • Reduced ability to play well with others
  • They don’t understand the feelings of others
  • The need for a strict routine and they become highly stressed if their routine is changed
  • They can be extremely hyperactive or extremely passive
  • Aggressive behavior that results in their injury
  • Repetitive motions, such as hitting themselves, rocking, pacing, any motion of the body that is repetitive in nature
  • Insensitive to pain or heat
  • Extreme emotional attachment to objects
  • Strange speech patterns
  • Repeating words or phrases multiple times
  • May appear to be deaf
  • Little to zero concept of the fear of danger
How Cannabis Could Help

Some studies have shown that cannabis positively affects the brain’s CB1 and CB2 receptors, thereby improving the brain’s ability to send clear signals. This would help improve behavior and some communication skills. Those who have access to cannabis as a treatment show improvements in their incidence of hyperactivity, fatigue, irritability, inappropriate speech, and more.

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Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune diseases cause the body to attack itself when it should be attacking foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses.

How Cannabis Could Help

Cannabis is already known to help with rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease, by reducing inflammation. A study in South Carolina demonstrated that THC can help suppress the immune system and reduce inflammation. CBD has been shown to help prevent the body from attacking itself by helping it recognize the difference between the body itself and foreign invaders.

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Back Sprain

Sprains occur when you stretch or tear a ligament and it causes pain and when this happens. If you’ve ever rolled an ankle, you know exactly what we’re talking about here. When a ligament is stretched outside of its normal range of motion, it can tear it and you have to spend a decent amount of time allowing it to heal before you can use it properly again.

How Cannabis Could Help

Back sprains often occur in people who lift weights or lift things as a regular course of their employment. It’s better known as “throwing your back out”. When this happens, your body’s immune system goes into full swing to attempt to fix the problem and inflammation follows in its footsteps.Because cannabis is known to help regulate the body’s immune response, it can help regulate it and the body heals more efficiently as a result.

Topical solutions can help relieve some of the pain and are possibly better than smoking would because it can be put straight to where it’s needed.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder characterized by varying extremes of mood from mania to depression. Unlike people who suffer from normal depression, those with bipolar also have episodes of mania, which present with the following symptoms.

Mania symptoms:

  • unexplainable energy
  • gradiosity
  • delusions
  • impulsivity
  • racing thoughts
  • rapid, unstoppable speech
  • inability to sleep or not wanting to sleep
  • excess pacing or fidgeting around
  • drug abuse
  • hallucinations

The depression side of bipolar disorder presents with these symptoms.

Depression symptoms:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • suicidal thoughts
  • oversleeping OR insomnia
  • unable to concentrate
  • no sense of self-worth
  • flu-like symptoms
  • suddenly not interested in personal hygiene

But, Not Everyone’s In The Same Stage of Bipolar

People who have bipolar disorder act differently depending on whether they are bipolar or manic. Some of the symptoms of each one may apply and others may not, so no 2 people’s symptoms are exactly the same.

For this reason, attempting to treat bipolar disorder with cannabis is tricky, because the result can vary based on what strain is used and whether the person is manic or depressive when they’re taking it. THC by itself is known to induce anxiety and paranoia in some people, so it would stand to reason that it could also worsen manic symptoms. Those looking for relief from anxiety and paranoia report to do better when they use strains that are high in CBD.

What About Depression?

There is much more research done about the effects of cannabis as an antidepressant. Low doses of THC are known to work great as antidepressants, but as stated above, higher doses are known to create  anxiety.

CBD, however, is known to increase the body’s output of serotonin, a hormone that makes you feel good. For bipolar sufferers, high CBD strains are preferable to high THC strains.

There isn’t much research to date about the specific use of cannabis to treat bipolar disorder, so much of what we have to work on is based on anecdotes and personal testimonials. All we can do right now is look at how cannabis is known to treat the different symptoms of bipolar disorder and let individuals decide for themselves whether it’s something they’re willing to try until more evidence for its efficacy is available.

PDF: Cannabinoids in bipolar affective disorder: a review and discussion of their therapeutic potential

Cognitive and clinical outcomes associated with cannabis use in patients with bipolar I disorder

PDF: The Use of Cannabis As A Mood Stabilizer in Bipolar Disorder

Testimonial: Steve

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Brain Tumor, Malignant

Brain cancer is an affliction that no one ever wants to hear their doctor state that they have. It’s difficult to treat and depending on the type of tumor, the survival rate can be as low as 6% over 5 years.

Glioblastomas

Glioblastomas are the worst type of malignant brain cancer; in fact, it’s one of the most aggressive types of cancer that currently exists and survival rates for stage 4 glioblastomas are generally less than 2 years. They also make up approximately 80+% of malignant brain cancer cases.

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Cancer

Cancer is a condition in which cells in any particular area of the body begin to reproduce rapidly without ceasing. Some cancerous tumors are benign, where they are unlikely to spread to other organs or parts of the body. Other types are malignant, where they do spread elsewhere in the body and begin to create other problems and symptoms.

There are currently over 100 different types of cancer.

How Cannabis Could Help

The National Cancer Institute has found that two primary cannabinoids that have anti-cancer activity. They are:

  • Delta-9-THC
  • CBD

In addition to having the ability to kill or damage cancer cells while having little to no effect on healthy cells, they have collectively been found to reduce some of the negative symptoms associated not only with the disease itself, but also the side effects of chemotherapy.

Sources:

Government-Run Cancer Institute Quietly Acknowledges That Cannabis Kills Cancer Cells

Cannabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ®) – Patient Version

Cannabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ®) – Health Professional Version

US Government Says Cannabis Kills Cancer Cells

Medical Marijuana Helps Treat Undesired Effects of Chemotherapy

Patients With Cancer Use Medical Marijuana To Relieve Severe Symptoms, Side Effects

Cancer, Prostate

Prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells of the prostate gland reproduce rapidly. When this occurs, the masses that are the result can push up against other organs and bodily structures and cause massive problems. The prognosis is good if the condition is caught early on, but becomes much more difficult to treat and cure at later stages of development. When it metastasized, it becomes extremely difficult to treat and cure, if not impossible.

How Cannabis Could Help

Cannabis has been shown to assist in alleviating some of the symptoms of conventional treatment of prostate cancer such as wasting syndrome, pain, poor appetite, nausea and vomiting. In one study cannabis was shown to produce apoptosis in prostate cancer cells, otherwise known as “programmed cell death”.

Sources:

Proapoptotic effect of endocannabinoids in prostate cancer cells

Biochemist Dennis Hill, who cured his stage 3 prostate cancer with Cannabis oil, explains how it works

Anti-proliferative and apoptotic effects of anandamide in human prostatic cancer cell lines: implication of epidermal growth factor receptor down-regulation and ceramide production.

Chemopreventive effect of the non-psychotropic phytocannabinoid cannabidiol on experimental colon cancer

Medical Cannabis for Prostate Cancer

Non-THC cannabinoids inhibit prostate carcinoma growth in vitro and in vivo

The role of cannabinoids in prostate cancer

Cancer, Bladder

Bladder cancer starts when the cells in the bladder start growing wildly like cancer cells in other parts of the body do. One of the first signs of bladder cancer is blood in the urine. It’s typically caught early and easily treated, but often recurs. If you unexpectedly have blood in your urine, please talk to your doctor.

How Cannabis Could Help

It hasn’t been shown to help if you already have bladder cancer specifically, but it has been shown to be active in fighting against cancer in general. Other studies have shown that it may actually help prevent you from getting bladder cancer in the first place.

Sources:

Whole-Plant Cannabis Use Associated With Decreased Likelihood of Developing Bladder Cancer

Here’s What Marijuana Does To Your Bladder

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Chronic Pain

Having any kind of chronic pain can be a pain in the ass. It wears you down physically, mentally, and emotionally to the point that you just don’t know what to do with yourself anymore because of it.

It’s caused by a number of illnesses, including:

  • Endometriosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Interstitial Cystitits
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Vulvudynia
  • Etc…
How Cannabis Could Help

Multiple cannabinoids have been shown to have pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, including THC, CBD, and others. It’s also been shown that the administration of single cannabinoids such as THC or CBD by themselves produce only a limited amount of pain relief versus the use of the whole plant extracts that contain many cannabinoids, oils, and flavonoids.

Cannabis can also help reduce your opioid and other prescription pain killer intake.

Sources:

Marijuana Relieves Chronic Pain, Research Shows

NORML: Chronic Pain

Physicians Recommend Cannabis As An Effective Treatment of Chronic Pain

Crohn's Disease

Crohn’s disease is one of multiple inflammatory bowel diseases that can be uncomfortable, painful, and downright debilitating. Its cause is unknown, but researchers believe it is “likely” to be the result of an abnormal immune response or possibly a genetic disorder.

Symptoms:

  • rectal bleeding
  • abdominal cramps & pain
  • constipation
  • the feeling that you’re not done eliminating, even though you are
  • persistent diarrhea
  • urgent need to have bowel movements

Other symptoms listed by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America include:

  • fever
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • fatigue
  • night sweats
  • loss of normal menstrual cycle
How Cannabis Can Help

A study in Israel that had a total of 21 severe Crohn’s diease sufferers take part managed to achieve total remission of the condition in 5 out of the 11 sufferers that used cannabis. The other 10 people who took part in the study used placebos. The cannabis users reported that they had a better appetite and that their quality of sleep improved significantly. Of the 11 that used cannabis, 10 reported positive effects.

Sources:

Medical Marijuana Achieves ‘Complete Remission’ Of Crohn’s Disease; Drug Improves Appetite And Sleep Function, With No Side Effects

Darier's Disease

Darier’s disease (DAR) is a rare genetic disorder also known as Darier disease, Darier-White disease, Dyskeratosis follicularis, and Keratosis follicularis. It is an autosomal dominant disorder that presents as dark crusty splotches on the skin; sometimes these contain pus.

Even though this condition affects both men and women, the disease isn’t contagious. The disease isn’t life threatening, but can cause considerable discomfort.

How Cannabis Could Help

Research has shown that cannabis can reduce allergic responses and block CB2 receptors in the skin. This ultimately leads to a decrease in skin inflammation and flare-ups.

Sources:

Pharmaceutical Agent for Treatment of Inflammatory and Hereditary Keratoderma including Darier’s Disease and Psoriasis.

Delirium Tremens

Delirium tremens (DTs) is the result of alcohol withdrawal. It generally occurs only with people who have had a high intake of alcohol into their body for more than a month and occurs anywhere from 3 to 10 days after the last alcoholic drink; similar syndromes occur with those who have consumed high amounts of benzodiazepine and barbituates.

Symptoms of DTs:

  • nightmares
  • tremors
  • panic attacks
  • paranoia
  • confusion
  • hallucinations
  • anxiety
  • feelings of imminent death
  • fever
  • headaches

Sometimes even someone who really wants to stop drinking can’t get past the withdrawal symptoms in order to fully stop. One could consider DTs the road block to sobriety for many people.

How Cannabis Could Help

Cannabis can help with some of the symptoms of DTs because many of those symptoms are proven treatable with cannabis, even if they are symptoms associated with other conditions.

Cannabis has been proven to assist with headaches, tremors, nightmares, nausea, and vomiting.

Sources:

Medical Marijuana and Delirium Tremens

delirium-tremens

Diarrhea

Almost everyone has had a case of this in the past and it’s definitely no fun. It is, however, one of the primary symptoms of other diseases and conditions that cannabis can treat.

How Cannabis Could Help

You probably don’t want to use cannabis for the occasional case of diarrhea, but if you have it chronically and it affects your day to day life in a big way, you might want to consider it.

Sources:

Marijuana and Gastrointestinal Disorders

Marijuana May Be The Opposite of Tequila Shots For Pooping

Eczema

Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition and the most common type is known as atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema. Eczema affects anywhere from 10% to 20% of babies and while most outgrow it by the time they’re about 10 years old, some will have symptoms throughout adulthood.

The biggest symptom of eczema is itching and this occurs no matter where the skin rash appears.

What causes eczema is unknown as of now, but it’s suspected that it is due to the body overreacting to an allergen or irritant. Outbreaks can occur for a variety of reasons and be anything from coming into contact with animal dander, a detergent, or almost any other item. It’s difficult to determine the cause of an outbreak.

There is no cure, but it can be managed and it isn’t contagious.

How Cannabis Could Help

Cannabis made into creams or oils seems to reduce the body’s inflammatory response and allows the skin to heal. A great benefit to these creams and oils is that they are not currently associated with the negative effects that steroids have.

One study that was done in 2005 concluded that dietary hempseed oil helped reduce the inflammation, itchiness, and dryness of the skin.

Sources:

Efficacy of dietary hempseed oil in patients with atopic dermatitis.

Testimonial: Marijuana Use Has Drastically Helped My Eczema!

Medical Marijuana & Eczema

Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a condition that causes seizures and it may be acquired through genetics or through a serious trauma or stroke. Some cases are more severe than others and there are over 40 different types of epilepsy.

How Cannabis Could Help

Of the different compounds in cannabis, CBD seems to be the most promising in the reduction of seizures in epilepsy sufferers. How exactly CBD helps reduce seizures is currently unknown, but the evidence that it helps is becoming more widespread in recent years.

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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome that remains difficult to treat with modern medicine. The pain is often debilitating and since medical cannabis has been legalized in many states, there are sufferers who are turning to it for relief of their symptoms.

In 2014, the National Pain Foundation did a survey of over 1,300 patients. Of the 390 respondents that stated that they used cannabis, 62% stated that it was very effective in treating the symptoms of their condition, while 33% reported that it only helped a little. The last 5% said it didn’t help at all.

Most (60-68%) people who responded about the FDA-approved medications such as Lyrica, Cymbalta, or Savella, stated that they didn’t help them at all.

How Cannabis Could Help

Botanical cannabis seems to be the anecdotally preferred option for people who use it to calm their fibromyalgia symptoms not only because they say that it works better, but it’s also much cheaper than synthetic THC prescription pills such as nabilone.

There is also some speculation that fibromyalgia may be a part of a larger disease coined “Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD)”. The condition was first proposed by Dr. Ethan Russo back in 2003.

Cannabis is known to assist in improving quality of sleep through both helping you fall asleep faster and even extending the deep sleep cycle. It’s also important to get a healthy amount of sleep every night, at least 7 to 8 hours, because sleep that is interrupted too much can increase the likelihood that the pain shows increase the day after.

It’s also now widely known to assist in pain relief and work as well as opioids.

Muscle spasms and tightness are also decreased upon the consumption of cannabis.

Sources:

Can Cannabis Treat Fibromyalgia Better Than Prescription Drugs?

Marijuana Rated Most Effective For Treating Fibromyalgia

Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD) Revisited

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Glaucoma

Glaucoma isn’t a single condition, but a group of diseases of the eye that can damage the optic nerve and result in vision loss. The most common type, open-angle glaucoma, often has no symptoms at all over than the slow loss of vision. This is very different from angle-closure glaucoma, which is a medical emergency, and you should see a doctor immediately if you have it.

By the time the patient becomes aware of their vision loss in the affected eye, the condition is usually quite advanced.

How Cannabis Could Help

Cannabis has been shown to reduce the pressure in the eye that is associated with glaucoma and also reduce other symptoms that occur such as pain, vomiting, and nausea. A symptom that can actually worsen with cannabis use is the reddening of the eyes.

Because the symptoms listed are a result of intra-ocular pressure, it’s important to focus on the relief of that pressure instead of just managing the symptoms of it.

Cannabis may be shown to relieve intra-ocular pressure, but it’s not a cure for glaucoma.

Sources:

Effects of tetrahydrocannabinol on arterial and intraocular hypertension

Effect of marihuana on intraocular and blood pressure in glaucoma

Cannabis Therapy For The Treatment of Glaucoma Symptoms

HIV/AIDS

HIV is also known as “human immunodeficiency virus infection” and AIDS is known as “acquired immune deficiency syndrome”. They make up a spectrum of conditions that are caused by the HIV virus. After someone is infected, they may not notice any symptoms at all or they might experience something that resembles the flu.

As things progress, the immune system weakens and they begin to come down with other conditions, diseases, and infections.

The virus is spread primarily through a few different means:

  • Unprotected sex
  • Hypodermic needles
  • Mother-to-child during pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding
  • Contaminated blood transfusions

Symptoms can include a variety of different illnesses, conditions, and infections due to the immune system being depressed.

Initial symptoms, as stated before, of HIV can be nothing, followed by flu-like symptoms, then followed by nothing again until the disease progresses into AIDS. The symptoms of AIDS can be as follows:

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Night sweats
  • Fever
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Ulcers/white tongue
  • Sores
  • Severe unintentional weight loss
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Dry cough
How Cannabis Could Help

A study published in 2014 found that THC that was given to monkeys over a 17 month period actually decreased damage to the immune tissue of the intestines. Because a large portion of the immune system’s activity is centered in the gut, this was a pretty important find.

Because HIV spreads by killing immune cells, the gut is one of the primary locations where it takes a foothold. The monkeys that were treated with THC, however, had higher numbers of healthy immune cells than those that were not treated with it.  They had lower levels of infection and their survival rates were higher.

A study that was published by a team at Harvard University in 2013 found that CB2 receptor activation may be able to stop HIV from damaging the brain.

Cannabis is also a known anti-inflammatory, so it is capable of reducing some of the pain experienced by AIDS sufferers, in addition to relieving some of the other symptoms of other diseases the person may have contracted.

Sources:

Marijuana May Fight HIV, Study Finds

Cannabis Can Effectively Treat A Multitude of HIV/AIDS Symptoms

Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Cannabis

Huntington's Disease

Huntington’s disease is a disease that affects the basal ganglia region of the brain; it causes the degeneration of the nerve cells in the brain and is ultimately fatal.

Symptoms include:

  • Decreased cognitive abilities
  • Decreased muscle control
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Impaired speech
  • Depression

The early stages of the disease may be easy to manage, but in late stages, the person afflicted with it is completely dependent on others for their daily needs and they can no longer walk or talk. Extreme weight loss and choking are major concerns.

When a person dies from HD, it is typically due to one of the complications of the disease, such as choking, not the disease itself.

How Cannabis Could Help

THC and CBD in cannabis have been shown to be neuroprotective and because HD is a neurodegenerative disorder, it may help slow the progression of the disease. The cannabinoid receptors seem to be directly tied into the progression of HD, also; in the early stages of the disease, those receptors disappear as a fast rate in striatal neurons.

Sources:

First Clinical Trial With Cannabis For Huntington’s Disease Shows Promising Results

Turns Out Cannabis Might Treat Huntington’s Disease

THC for Huntington’s Disease? CB1 receptors important for more than drug use

Hypertension

Hypertension is also known as high blood pressure and a large portion of the United States suffers from it. It means that your blood vessels are experiencing too much pressure and this can damage them.

How Cannabis Could Help

Research has recently shown that the body’s endocannabinoid system plays a part in regulating blood pressure, even though how it does this isn’t very well understood at this time.

Sources:

Endocannabinoids acting at cannabinoid-1 receptors regulate cardiovascular function in hypertension

Blood pressure regulation by endocannabinoids and their receptors (PDF)

Endocannabinoids and vascular function

Hypertension

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a disorder that causes the thyroid gland to not make enough thyroid hormone.

If you’ve ever wanted to know what your thyroid does, the simple answer is this: everything! Hormones that are produced in the thyroid affect almost every bodily organ that you have. It’s most associated, however, with our metabolic rate and is part of what controls our body weight and how much energy we have.

How Cannabis Could Help

While cannabis hasn’t been linked conclusively to curing any thyroid problems, but it can be helpful in the relief of some of the symptoms that hypothyroidism may cause. This includes assisting with digestive issues, mood swings, trouble sleeping, and assistance in the regulation of energy imbalances.

If you choose to attempt to help your hypothyroidism symptoms with cannabis, pay attention to how your body responds and if you experience adverse reactions, cease immediately.

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease is a condition in which parts of your body’s gastrointestinal system succumb to chronic inflammation. This can wreak havoc on your life, career, and bank account, as it can be expensive and time consuming to deal with. It often makes holding a job nearly impossible due to frequent stomach upset.

A few known IBDs are Crohn’s disease (mentioned above), Ulcerative colitis, collagenous colitis, and lymphocytic colitis.

Symptoms of an IBD can be:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Appetite loss
  • Abdominal pain
How Cannabis Could Help

Cannabis has been found to “cool the gut”, so to speak, because so many of its compounds are known anti-inflammatories.

CB1 and CB2 receptors are found in the gut of every person and they assist in regulating gut function. Because the endocannabinoid system has been shown to help maintain proper gut sensation and motility and relieving inflammation, cannabis can help by providing the cannabinoids necessary to do the job.

 

Source:

THC May Help To Reduce Damage In Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Cannabis-based drugs could offer new hope for inflammatory bowel disease patients

Differential Expression of Cannabinoid Receptors in the Human Colon: Cannabinoids Promote Epithelial Wound Healing

Worth repeating: medical marijuana defeats Crohn’s Disease

Insomnia

Insomnia is a sleep disorder where those who are afflicted either have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Another symptom of the disorder is not feeling well-rested.

There are many different things that can cause insomnia; this is includes, but is not limited to:

  • Chronic pain
  • Low back pain
  • Neurological disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Acid reflux
  • Sinusitis
How Cannabis Could Help

Cannabis has long been known to help people get to sleep, but other benefits of using it are being discovered now on a regular basis.

Because cannabis has been known to help with chronic pain of different types, it can be used to help reduce insomnia in people who have those issues. It’s also been shown to help reduce anxiety, which is another factor that keeps some people awake.

Sources:

Cannabis and Sleep: 10 Things to Know About Your Herbal Nightcap

Insomnia and Medical Marijuana

Cannabis and Sleep

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is also called borreliosis and it is caused by ticks carrying the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. It’s treatable by a doctor, but requires a medical diagnosis and can sometimes be overlooked and diagnosed as something else.

When treated appropriately with antibiotics, most people recover from it completely. The problem with diagnosis is that not everyone develops the characteristic “bulls-eye” rash that tends to occur around the site of the tick bite. Around 25%-50% of people don’t develop this, so their case of it can go undiagnosed for a long time. Even though appropriate antibiotics may be given, anywhere from 10% to 20% of people still have some pain, memory issues, or have fatigue for at least six months afterwards.

How Cannabis Could Help

As stated previously, lyme disease that is diagnosed early and treated appropriately with antibiotics can completely go away, except for some lingering symptoms afterward in some people.

If a person is bitten by an infected tick and doesn’t realize it, the disease could take years to be discovered by a medical professional. Lyme disease that is treated in late stages with antibiotics can be slow to be cured, if a complete cure is even achieved.

All 5 of the major cannabinoids that have been studied in recent years (THC, CBD, CBN, CBG, and CBC) have been shown to have active effects against MRSA. Some other cannabinoids like 8-hydroxycannabinol have antibacterial properties, as well.

Cannabis could also be effective for treating the late stages of the illness, because it can assist in reducing headaches, nausea, pain, and spasms.

Sources:

Doctor Says Cannabidiol Paste Could Be A Potential Cure For Lyme Disease

The “Weed” That Could End Lyme Disease For Good

Cannabis? Crucial in Lyme? Medical Marijuana and Overcoming Chronic Illness by Dr. Tristin Wallace

Major Depression

Major depressive disorder, also known simply as depression, is a mental condition that is characterized by at least two weeks of an upset or low mood. The mood is present in all situations the person experiences and varies little. Often the cause is a combination of genetic, environmental, or psychological factors.

How Cannabis Could Help

A recent study has found that cannabis could be helpful in managing depression that results from chronic stress. When rats were placed under chronic stress, their bodies reduced the production of endocannabinoids. These cannabinoids have a profound effect on our ability to think, our emotions, behavior, and a lack of them increases pain and anxiety. When the body doesn’t produce enough of these, cannabis use can help replace some of what the body is no longer producing enough of.

Sources:

New Study Finds Marijuana To Be Effective Against Depression

Can Marijuana Help With Depression?

Cannabis: Potent Anti-depressant In Low Doses, Worsens Depression At High Doses

All In The Mind #4: How Cannabis Treats Depression

Malignant Melanoma

Melanomas are the most dangerous types of skin cancer in existence and occur when unrepaired DNA does damage to skin cells. These often start in moles, because the cancer develops in areas where your skin has the most pigment. One of the characteristics of a melanoma is a spot on the skin that appears to be a mole at first, but changes color, size, shape, becomes itchy, and begins to break down.

One of the primary causes of melanoma is UV exposure in people who have little skin pigment. This can occur simply by staying in the sun far too much or through using tanning beds or other devices excessively.

Another linked cause is genetics; some genes are known to increase the risk, so if you have family members that have had melanomas before, it’s not out of the question for you to get one.

How Cannabis Could Help

A recent study has found that human melanoma cells in-vitro had increased instances of cell death when THC and CBD were administered.

“when lower doses of THC are combined with CBD the anti-tumour effect was enhanced in-vitro”. –Exploiting cannabinoid-induced cytotoxic autophagy to drive melanoma cell death

Sources:

Cannabis & Melanoma: Is There Hope For New Treatment?

Study: Cannabinoids Found in Cannabis May Decrease the Viability of Melanoma Cells

Incredible Cannabis Patient Story: Beating Stage IV Metastatic Melanoma Cancer

Cannabis trialled as melanoma treatment by University of Canberra

Migraines

Migraines are a type of headache that varies in its intensity and can also cause nausea and light and sound sensitivity. A number of things can cause them, from changes in hormones to stress, exercise, or even certain foods or drinks.

How Cannabis Could Help

At least one study suggests that the activation of CB2 receptors could be responsible for the reduction in migraine symptoms when using cannabis.

Smoking or vaping cannabis for migraines seems to be more effective than using edibles for the condition, due to edibles taking longer to do the person any good.

Sources:

Clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD): can this concept explain therapeutic benefits of cannabis in migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and other treatment-resistant conditions?

Activation of CB2 receptors as a potential therapeutic target for migraine: evaluation in an animal model

Marijuana For Migraines

New Study Confirms That Cannabis Can Help Migraine Sufferers

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, usually progressive disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack the myelin sheath around the spinal cord. It can be associated with severe fatigue, impairment of muscular function, speech, blurry vision, and often numbness. While some people may only have some symptoms that never get any worse, others have symptoms that persist and get worse over time.

Common Symptoms:

  • Tremors
  • Whole body fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Leaking of urine
  • Blurry vision, vision loss, or double vision
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Anxiety/mood swings
  • Slurred speech or impairment of voice
  • Difficulty thinking or understanding
  • Headaches
How Cannabis Could Help

Because cannabis has such anti-inflammatory activity in the body, it helps reduce the amount of inflammation present in the brain that is being caused by an overproduction of cytokines.

THC and CBD serve the function of basically deactivating the immune system and stopping it from attacking your central nervous system. Cannabinoids are also some of the only substances that can help promote the process of neurogenesis in adults. This is the production of new brain cells.

Cannabis is also very helpful for the chronic pain that MS sufferers experience on a day to day basis. Inflammation creates pain, pain creates inflammation; this is a vicious cycle that cannabis can help slow down and even stop.

Muscle stiffness and spasms are also reduced by cannabinoids such as CBD.

It can also help with digestive issues; because 70% of your body’s immune cells are in your intestines, it makes sense that an autoimmune disease such as MS would be active there. As stated before, cannabis can help quiet the immune system. This, when applied to the gut, means that the muscles are quieted, diarrhea is relieved, and inflammation is reduced.

Because cannabis has been found to be a neuroprotectant and many vision problems are due to inflammation, it also helps protect the eyes of the MS patient.

Sources:

Cannabinoids cool the intestine

Cannabinoids Decrease the Th17 Inflammatory Autoimmune Phenotype

Marijuana For Pain

Around-the-clock oral THC effects on sleep in male chronic daily cannabis smokers

Cannabis Fights Depression

Neuroprotective effects of the cannabinoid agonist HU210 on retinal degeneration

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is a psychiatric disorder that causes anxiety in a person that is debilitating and sudden in nature with no reasonable cause. People who have this disorder experience panic attacks for no apparent reason and they remain fearfully preoccupied with the possibility of another attack.

Symptoms of panic disorder include:

  • Palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Nausea or abdominal upset
  • Numbness or tingling of different parts of the body
  • Feeling detached from oneself or feeling that things aren’t real
  • Fear of another panic attack
  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath

Because many of these symptoms mimic things such as heart disease or other serious illnesses, people who suffer from panic disorder may end up in the hospital convinced that their life is in danger.

How Cannabis Could Help

Cannabis has been shown to help panic disorder and anxiety in general, but only in strains and edibles that contain a higher concentration of CBD. THC has been shown to exacerbate anxiety, not reduce it.

Sources:

How Marijuana Relieves (Or Exacerbates) Anxiety

Panic Disorder – Medical Marijuana Treats Symptoms Effectively

Anyone here taking medical cannabis for panic disorder?

New Study Finds Cannabinoids May Treat Panic Disorders

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a disease of the nervous system that gets worse with time. Some of its symptoms are as follows:

  • Tremors
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Slow, shaky movement
  • Inappropriate sleeping patterns, nightmares
  • Dementia, amnesia, or difficulty understanding
  • Anxiety or apathy
  • Leaking of bowels
  • Depression
  • Impaired speech
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

No one is sure what causes it, but it highly associated with the degeneration of the basal ganglia of the brain and a deficiency in dopamine hormone.

There is no known cure, only treatments to help with symptoms.

How Cannabis Could Help

Cannabis has been said by sufferers of PD to assist in relieving some of their resting tremors, bradykinesia, muscle rigidity and dyskinesias.

Ask the MD: Medical Marijuana and Parkinson’s

What’s Hot in PD? Everything You Need To Know About Medical Marijuana and Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease And The Potential of Cannabis Therapy

Cannabidiol May Help With Parkinson’s Disease

Does Cannabis Help Parkinson’s Disease?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Almost anyone from a military family knows someone who has PTSD, but the truth is that not only military veterans suffer with the condition. PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder, can be caused by seeing or experiencing a traumatic event.

It causes the person to develop flashbacks, have nightmares, and experience severe amounts of anxiety whenever triggers are present.

Triggers can vary depending on what the person’s initial trauma was centered around. Someone who was in a car accident, for example, may become triggered when seeing the same type of vehicle they were in or someone who was a kidnap victim may panic when they see someone who simply has the same hairstyle their attacker did.

How Cannabis Could Help

Those who suffer with PTSD are found to have a deficiency of a compound called anandamide, which an endogenous cannabinoid compound. Anandamide is a compound that makes us feel good and is found in many food items associated with that feeling, such as chocolate. It triggers the same receptors in the brain that smoking cannabis does and in this sense, one of the markers of PTSD is an endocannabinoid deficiency. When your body doesn’t produce enough endocannabinoids to fill the receptor sites, the cannabis serves as a supplement.

“Scientists have determined that normal CB-1 receptor signaling deactivates traumatic memories and endows it with the gift of forgetting,” Lee said, “But skewed CB-1 signaling, due to endocannabinoid deficits (low serum levels of anandamide), results in impaired fear extinction, aversive memory consolidation, and chronic anxiety, the hallmarks of PTSD.” — Leafly

PTSD has been used by veterans for a while now and testimonials abound on YouTube and on other websites online talking about its effectiveness. Multiple US states that have legalized medical marijuana now have PTSD on the list of ailments able to be treated within their medical marijuana programs.

Official studies about the positive effects of cannabis on PTSD are rare, while studies that paint marijuana use as a substance abuse problem by PTSD sufferers are prevalent. Many sufferers report to the Department of Veterans Affairs that the anti-psychotic medications and anti-depressants they are conventionally prescribed simply have little effect on their symptoms.

If you decide to attempt to use cannabis for your PTSD, you should know that high amounts of THC are known to cause anxiety and make existing anxiety worse, so strains that are high in CBD are best for decreasing anxiety.

Sources:

Cannabis and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

How PTSD Became The Most Divisive Medical Marijuana Issue of 2016

DEA Approves Marijuana Study for Veterans with PTSD

Marijuana for Symptoms of PTSD in US Veterans

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes the skin to build up and form itchy, dry patches. It’s itchy and unsightly, often causing loss of self-esteem and depression. It can last a person’s entire life or just a few years and can be triggered by stress, cold, or infections.

How Cannabis Could Help

Studies have shown that cannabis can help reduce inflammation throughout the body, including the inflammation associated with autoimmune disorders such as psoriasis. This is primarily done through the activation of the body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors.

In addition to being able to help with the immune condition that causes psoriasis, cannabis can also help counteract some of the side effects of conventional drugs used to treat the condition.

Sources:

Skin Deep #2: How To Treat Psoriasis With Cannabis

Is Cannabis an Effective Treatment for Psoriasis?

Treating Psoriasis With Topical Cannabis

Seizures

Seizures occur when your brain’s electrical activity changes. Even small changes can cause seizures and while there are a few different types of seizures, most share some of these symptoms:

  • Passing out/losing consciousness with confusion afterward
  • Uncontrollable muscle spasms
  • Falling
  • Biting your tongue
  • Sudden mood changes
  • Losing bowel function
  • Making strange noises
  • Rapid eye movements
  • Clenching teeth
  • Odd taste in your mouth
  • Drooling or foaming at the mouth

The causes of seizures are varied and can include things such as drug withdrawal, epilepsy, head trauma, bites/stings, brain infection, and more.

Anyone having seizures should seek treatment immediately, because untreated seizures can progress and eventually increase in number and intensity.

How Cannabis Could Help

Cannabis has been found to help reduce the incidence of seizures in those who have epilepsy.Most of this effectiveness has been found to be due to the cannabinoid CBD.

Sources:

Can Cannabis Treat Epileptic Seizures

Finally, Some Hard Science on Medical Marijuana for Epilepsy Patients

Report of a parent survey of cannabidiol-enriched cannabis use in pediatric treatment-resistant epilepsy

 

Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

shingles

Shingles is some nasty, painful shit, guys. We all hear about it as kids or at least by the time we’re teenagers and it sounds like this far off, exotic thing that nobody gets until they’re old and feeble. Remember when your great aunt or your grandma came down with it a year or two ago and everybody laughed because “it can’t be that bad”?

Yeah, stop laughing. It IS that bad.

They say you’re at risk if you’re old or have a compromised immune system, but as someone who has personally seen a 19 year old come down with it, don’t think you’re safe.

If you’ve ever had chickenpox as a child, it’s possible that you can get shingles, also known as herpes zoster, as an adult at any age, even though the older you are, the higher risk there is It is a virus that can cause many different symptoms:

  • Red patches of skin
  • Fluid-filled blisters that break easily
  • A rash on the face and/or ears
  • Severe itching and burning sensations where the rash is
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Extreme nerve pain

Some of the risk factors are things that you might expect, such as:

  • Being over 60 years old
  • Having any disease that weakens the immune system, such as cancer, HIV, AIDS, etc
  • Undergoing or having recently undergone chemotherapy or radiation treatments
  • Taking any medications that are known to weaken the immune system, such as steroids
  • High levels of stress
How Cannabis Could Help

One of the primary symptoms of shingles is nerve damage and pain and while pain relievers such as morphine can actually damage your body’s ability to fight against pain by itself, your body’s endocannabinoid system is designed to help protect your nervous system and assist in fighting inflammation and nerve damage.

The secret here may lie in cannabis activating your body’s CB1 receptors, as they are responsible for reducing neuroinflammation.

Sources:

A Patients Guide For Using Medical Marijuana For Shingles

Shingles (herpes zoster) – Cannabis Treatment

Vaporizing Cannabis: Possible Treatment For Neuropathic Pain Symptoms

Sleep Disorders

In this day and age it can seem like almost everybody has some form of sleep disorder. There are many different types of sleep disorders from narcolepsy to insomnia, and they all have their own unique effects on the person afflicted. Losing sleep is not something that should be taken lightly as it can lead to exhaustion which brings its own set of medical problems.

How Cannabis Can Help

If you are battling difficulty sleeping then cannabis can be an amazing alternative to traditional medications. Cannabis can cause you to become drowsy and help to lull you into the right physical state to get the rest that you need. It does need to be said, however, that cannabis use can inhibit REM sleep and dreaming.

Cannabinol (CBN) is the cannabinoid that makes you sleepy and even shows activity against MRSA when applied to the skin.

Sources:

Cannabis and Sleep: 10 Things To Know About Your Herbal Nightcap

CBN: The Cannabinoid That Makes You Sleepy

Tobacco Dependence

Any smoker will tell you that trying to quit is an almost Herculean task that often feels impossible. Think about what goes into conventional cigarettes. Aside from nicotine there is no real consistent mix of chemicals from company to company. This is the real reason why so many smokers are brand-loyal to an extent. They have grown accustomed to the specific formula that the company puts into the specific brand of cigarettes.

On top of the chemical mix the biggest part to overcome with smoking tobacco is the actual habit of lighting up and holding the cigarette in your hand. The very habit is quite possibly the biggest part of trying to break away from cigarettes.

How Cannabis Can Help

Cannabis can help with tobacco dependency in two ways. First of all, smoking cannabis mimics the habits of using tobacco cigarettes. The hand motions, the lighting up, the flicking motion are all part of the psychological addiction to smoking so cannabis serves as a decent substitute.

Cannabis also does not have the chemical content of cigarettes. The user can use the habit of using cannabis as a replacement for cigarettes to help ween themselves off of the nasty addictive chemicals of cigarettes to reduce and eventually eliminate dependency.

Just don’t mix cannabis and tobacco. Mixing them in the same rolled cigarette can decrease the likelihood that you’ll ever quit smoking either one!

Sources:

Vaping cannabis (marijuana) has the potential to reduce tobacco smoking in cannabis users

Tourette's Syndrome

Tourette’s Syndrome is a hereditary disorder that can manifest in early childhood. The primary hallmarks of Tourette’s syndrome are frequent tics that can manifest themselves in many forms. Tics can be sudden verbal outbursts, obsessive compulsive tendencies, and physical twitching, just to name a selection but common few.

It needs to be understood that there is no cure for Tourette’s Syndrome. A cure would be total alleviation of symptoms without the continued use of any form of medication. When it is said that cannabis offers a cure for Tourette’s Syndrome what is actually meant is that cannabis offers alleviation of the symptoms of Tourette’s Syndrome.

How Cannabis Can Help

The biggest advantage that cannabis offers a patient dealing with Tourette’s syndrome is the reduction of tics and outburst. In 1998 German researchers from Hanover conducted a study and found that 17 of 64 observed patients diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome reported cannabis use. 14 of those 17 patients reported that they experienced partial or complete relief of symptoms and tics following cannabis use.

As with many other diseases symptoms of Tourette’s such as obsessive compulsive symptoms and insomnia are relieved through cannabis use due to the calming effect that cannabis has. It is even possible that cannabis can increase the effectiveness of conventional Tourette’s syndrome medications.

Sources:

Cannabinoids: possible role in patho-physiology and therapy of Gilles de la Tourette syndrome

Tourette’s Syndrome

Testimonial/InterviewA New Use For Medical Marijuana?

Treatment of Tourette Syndrome with Delta-9-THC: No Influence on Neuropsychological Performance

Treatment of Tourette’s syndrome with Delta 9-THC: a randomized crossover trial

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