10 ways pot makes you healthier

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  1. Mrgreengenes

    Mrgreengenes Administrator

    Found this on yahoo today. Good info.:thumbsup:

    10 Ways Pot Can Make You Healthier

    A spate of recent studies on the efficacy of marijuana for various medical uses has confirmed what many people have known for thousands of years: that pot can help cure what ails you.

    “The biggest myth is that it’s dangerous — that, on some level, it’s poison,” Michael Backes, author of “Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana,” due out in September, tells Yahoo Health. “There’s a fear that it can make you crazy, or that you will become a slacker and won’t be able to participate in the American Dream, because you’ll be on the couch eating Cheetos.”

    It’s a notion, Backes says, that can be partly traced to the “Reefer Madness” era of the ’30s, which led to the American Medical Association’s losing bid to keep cannabis as part of the official US Pharmacopeia in 1942. And, although it’s now changing, because of shifting attitudes and laws (currently 22 states and D.C. allow medical marijuana), it’s been difficult to make studies to happen. That’s partially because the only legal source of marijuana for research is the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which favors studies on the drug’s negative effects, he says. But it’s also because of the nature of cannabis itself, which is made up of hundreds of chemicals and can be used to treat a range of issues, which is problematic. “Our system of choosing medicine in the US is based on the idea of a single chemical and a single target in the body, and clinical trials are designed around it,” Backes explains. “Anything outside that box makes the FDA nuts, because it’s not the system.” Still, various bits of research — and a stream of anecdotal evidence — have shown Mary Jane to be effective for the following:

    Appetite loss: A small 2011 study published in the Annals of Oncology found that THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, appears to help trigger the appetite of patients with advanced cancer — though it’s been widely used since the early days of AIDS, Backes says, and is recognized as an appetite stimulant in ancient Chinese and Indian medicine traditions (which won’t sound shocking to anyone who’s ever had the munchies).

    Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Sufferers of IBD (including forms such as colitis and Crohn’s disease) experience inflammation of their digestive tracts and cannabis may help ease their symptoms, with various uncontrolled and observational studies showing improved sleep and appetite, reduced need for steroid treatments, and increased chance of remission.

    Bladder cancer: An 11-year study of 83,000 people who smoked either pot or cigarettes or both revealed that marijuana decreased a person’s risk of bladder cancer. The more they smoke, the lower the risk goes, according to the findings, although researchers could not explain the link.

    Diabetes: University of Nebraska researchers found that current cannabis users had significantly healthier levels of insulin than nonusers — a key finding for diabetics, who need insulin to regulate their blood sugar.

    Migraines: Though cannabis has been used, primarily orally, to treat migraine pain for “1,500 years,” Backes notes in his book, only recently did a study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, describe the hopeful connection between the plant and the “endocannabinoid” system, the center of the brain where pot works its magic.

    Multiple Sclerosis: In April a review by the American Academy of Neurology found that certain forms of medical marijuana (spray, oral) helped treat symptoms of MS, including spasticity, pain and overactive bladder.

    Nausea: It sounds counterintuitive, but pot works better than standard anti-nausea drugs in alleviating the nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, according to a 2008 review of cannabinoid drugs synthesized in the lab published in the European Journal of Cancer Care.

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Recent clinical research supported a conclusion that smoking cannabis is associated with 75 percent reduction of PTSD symptom reduction in some patients, yet clinical trials are still needed.

    Neuropathic pain: Burning sensations in the nerves are classic symptoms of this chronic pain syndrome and marijuana alleviates them more effectively than almost all other types of drug treatments, according to the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California.

    Seizures: Though controlled-trial evidence is lacking and use for seizures is highly debated, a recent series of articles published in “Epilepsia” examines the hopeful experiences of some parents using medical marijuana, particularly cannabis oil, to treat severe forms of epilepsy, such as Dravet syndrome, in their children.
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  2. friendlyfarmer

    friendlyfarmer Rollin' Coal

  3. DXE

    DXE Moderator

    As an epileptic - I can personally vouch for its effects
  4. Grown in Tx.

    Grown in Tx. Locked and Loaded

    Damn that was a long read with a hangover, that's awesome were getting positive research done. I wonder if the oil works on dogs that have seizures. My daughters dog had about 2 a month. Sad to watch and vets don't know shit unless you got $$$.

    CREATIVE GARDENER Cured Fat Sticky Bud

    Live it bro!! I've had a seizure disorder for over 35 years. Waking up after a grand mal episode strapped to a stretcher with a mouth full of blood and every muscle in your body hurting beyond belief, wondering who I scared the fuck out of this time. It takes literally days to recover totally physically. The impact on your brain may never heal.

    Not really looking for sympathy because mine is pretty much controlled now with medication (Dilantin). But the people who live with it every day, especially children, have it much worse than me. If there's anything that can give somebody some sense of a normal life then who the fuck has the right to deny them.

    I've gone through a bunch of them till my doctors found the right meds and got them under control. But, like I've told every one of my doctors and neurologists, I've never had one when I was high. Or even after I'd been high that day, only in the mornings before hand.

    Every single doctor and specialist I talked to said they couldn't recommend the use of cannabis due to the legality. But mentioned they weren't recommending that I stop either.

    Be Cool, CG
  6. ResinRubber

    ResinRubber Civilly disobedient/Mod

    As a med user in an illegal state, it continues to infuriate me that another person has the ability to determine my standard of physical comfort or personal health. Just because somebody, somewhere, may get stoned and enjoy it, I have to hide and act like a fuckin' criminal to use the most effective treatment.

    There's a hidden cost to this that never gets reported or written about. We know the arrest figures and militarization of our police force, but there's a personal psychological cost. Irrational Prohibition of this sort leaves a person angry, feeling powerless, creates an automatic distrust for anything to do with legal authority. It's erosive on the personal psyche of illegal med users as well as that of those who support them.

    Of course.....a moral chest thumping DEA jizz swilling politician has no time for such finer points of social understanding. It doesn't jibe with their preconceived notions of how a society should look so they ignore their own cruelty and pretend what they're doing doesn't add to the misery of others.
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  7. friendlyfarmer

    friendlyfarmer Rollin' Coal

    Fuckin' AMEN

    CREATIVE GARDENER Cured Fat Sticky Bud

    :thumbs-up: :thumbs-up: :thumbs-up: :thumbs-up:
  9. Lvstickybud

    Lvstickybud Bongmaster

    And yet these same assholes have or are still smoking. After all, they don't have to follow the rules because they make them.

    Oh yeah, I enjoy both aspects of smoking, the med and the stone.

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