Cannabis has for thousands of years been known as a herbal remedy for many medical conditions people have suffered for hundreds if not thousands of years.
The first reference to cannabis being used as a medicine was in the Far East as early as 2737 B.C.Emperor Shen Neng would prescribe cannabis tea for pain, gout, malaria and rheumatism. Cannabis was widely used in this region for its superior industrial applications like fibre and oil as well as used for nutrition. In fact, Cannabis was listed in the Chinese book of Pharmacopoeia as one of the top 50 medicinal herbs.
It generally agreed that cannabis was spread from the middle and far east to the rest of the world through merchants and tradesmen, and travelled to Europe, Africa and later the America’s.
Medical marijuana was widely used in the United States as a patent medicine and listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia in 1850 for the first time. Cannabis was also one of the primary crops farmed in the United States and was a major resource for during both of the World Wars during the 20th century.
With the passing of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, cannabis was officially removed from shelves, fields and books and the “War on Drugs” beginnings started spreading throughout the world by means of international laws signed by many countries and enforced through billions of dollars funded by the US governments.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), cannabis is the most used, cultivated and trafficked illicit drug worldwide. However, over the past decade, medical marijuana has gained much attention for its claimed medical benefits. Although it is still listed as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, next to cocaine and heroin, over half of all states in America have liberalized either their medical or recreational marijuana laws.
California was the first state to allow the adult use of medical cannabis already in 1996. Since then many states have followed suit and just this year California legalized cannabis for recreational use. Now in California, it’s as easy to buy pot as it is to buy a beer. However, on a national level, Cannabis is still listed as a controlled substance with no medical benefit and potential for abuse.
Since laws have been relaxed, not just in the USA, but in many countries around the world, researchers and scientists are fast investigating the benefits of cannabis from a medical perspective. The results are very promising and looking very positive for medical cannabis future. Below we will look at 10 conditions cannabis has huge potential in curing.
Cannabis cures cancer is a clichéd term shouted from many cannabis activists mouths. The evidence suggests that cannabis does not just cure cancers, but kills many different cancerous cells in our bodies. The National Cancer Institute states that cannabis does kill cancer cells and that cannabis has benefits in treating symptoms of cancer or the side-effects of cancer therapies. Rick Simpson (phoenixtears.ca) was one of the pioneers of developing a world-renowned cannabis concentrate treatment. Known as RSO ( Rick Simpson Oil), he freely gave out the recipe to anyone interested and thousands of claims have been made by individuals of their cancer being cured through the using of this oil.
Post-traumatic stress disorder has been on the increase in the United States for the last few decades. There seems to be a correlation between war veterans, PTSD and the “opioid crisis” sweeping the nation. Cannabis has long been known to treat and cure symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. Cannabis may well be used as a non-lethal cure for opioid-based medicines as well as PTSD. One of the major cannabinoids, namely cannabidiol ( CBD ), has been proven to be a very effective treatment for patients diagnosed with PTSD.
3. Multiple Sclerosis ( MS )
Cannabis is a very effective treatment for patients suffering from symptoms of MS. Many people have found much-needed relief of symptoms from pain, muscle spasms, gastrointestinal distress and paralysis thanks to cannabis. Although MS is an incurable neurodegenerative disorder, cannabis could soon in the future be seen a cure for MS due to it being able to reverse this disorder.
4. Dravet Syndrome
Cannabis has been a world of good for children suffering seizures from the Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. Children using cannabis oils rich in CBD have claimed to have reduced hundreds of seizures a day to zero when using cannabis oil.
5. HIV and AIDS
The Institute of Medicine concluded already back in 1999 that cannabinoids found in cannabis are very promising in treating the wasting syndrome in AIDS patients. Nausea, appetite loss, pain, and anxiety are symptoms of these diseases and can be mitigated by medical marijuana.
6. Chronic Pain
Cannabis has long been known to be an effective treatment for pain management. Pedro Oliveros, MD, Medical Director at the Physical Medicine & Rehab Center of Orlando, concluded that marijuana in addition to pain relief, medical marijuana provides relief to common conditions associated with chronic pain, such as anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Denverrelief.com a medical marijuana dispensary stated that “Medication may be prescribed to control the pressure, but cannabis is also very effective at reducing the [intraocular] pressure thus preventing damage that can lead to blindness.”
Ethan Russo, MD, Senior Medical Advisor at the Cannabinoid Research Institute, stated in a 2005 that science has now demonstrated that the THC component of cannabis is a very effective analgesic (painkiller) and that the CBD (cannabidiol) component has unique immunomodulatory benefits as an antagonist of tumor necrosis factor-alpha, supporting benefits in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.”
9. Hepatitis C
Growing literature and evidence suggests medical marijuana can improve the effectiveness of drug therapy for hepatitis C, a potentially deadly viral infection that affects more than 3 million Americans.
10. Balance of Life
Our general well being is managed by an internal system known as our endocannabinoid system ( ECS ). Cannabis compounds known as cannabinoids connect directly to receptors in the ECS and help regulate many bodily functions such as mood, balance, memory, appetite amongst other functions. The balance of this system helps us maintain a decent quality of life and free of disease. As soon as this system is out of balance we are more prone to disease and cannabis is seen to be a perfect fit for keeping our system in check.
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