And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth..
-Gen 1:29 KJV
Low doses of THC has been proven to be the only effective treatment in reducing almyloid plaque formation in the brain which causes the disease.
One the most intriguing potential applications for medical marijuana is cancer treatment. It has long been prescribed to counter the side effects of chemotherapy, but oncologists across the world are working on trials to determine whether cannabis can be used to treat cancer itself. Many patients choose to take the Rick Simpson Oil treatment plan in an attempt to cure the cancer, but there are many different methods of going about treatment.
Chronic Pain is one of the most common ailments for which doctors prescribe medical marijuana and a recent survey published in The Spine Journal found that 1 out of 5 patients at a Colorado spine center were using cannabis to manage their pain. Of those, nearly 90% said it greatly or moderately relieved their pain.
Hepatitis C is a blood borne virus that makes the liver swell and affects 2.7 million people in the United States. Studies have shown marijuana shows potential as a anti-inflammatory treatment and helps patients manage symptoms associated with the virus.
HIV & AIDS
While the side effects of HIV and AIDS treatment can impinge on life quality, studies have shown that medical marijuana can help make the adverse effects more manageable. HIV positive patients consuming medical marijuana have reported significant improvements in appetite, muscle pain levels, nausea, anxiety, and depression.
Multiple Sclerosis is an often-debilitating disease of the central nervous system. Studies have shown cannabis is effective in reducing pain, muscle stiffness and spasms in multiple sclerosis patients and may also limit the disease’s progression.
Post-traumatic stress disorder, most common in war veterans, involves uncontrollable anxiety and flashbacks following a traumatic experience. Studies have shown marijuana is effective at lessening the emotional impact of traumatic events and can help patients experience less anxiety and fear and improve their sleep.
Seizure Disorders/ Epilepsy
Epilepsy is a group of neurological disorders that affect 1 in 26 people in the United States and are characterized by seizures. Studies have shown a major cannabinoid found in marijuana is effective at significantly decreasing the frequency of seizures and has the potential of offering complete seizure freedom.
Sickle Cell Anemia
Sickle Cell Anemia is an inherited blood cell disorder that in the United States affects primarily African Americans. Studies have shown marijuana is effective at lowering the levels of severe pain commonly associated with the disorder and can help maintain proper blood flow to lower the risk of tissue damage.
There are just four basic steps to becoming a legal medical marijuana patient in your state:
When most people think about cannabis, the first thought that comes to mind is smoking, whether it be through blunts, joints, pipes, or bongs. While this may be the most popular method of consumption it is not the healthiest method. When you inhale cannabis, the majority of cannabinoids, enter the body through the lungs, where they are passed along directly into your blood stream. Due to this direct exchange, consuming cannabis via inhalation has the shortest time of effect of all routes of entry.
In addition to smoking, cannabis can also be inhaled via vaporization and there are numerous products to help facilitate this process, including portable vapes, stationary vaporizers, and even dabbing instruments.
From a health standpoint, many studies comparing the difference between smoking and vaporizing reveal that there are substantial advantages associated with vaporization which include more efficient cannabinoid extraction and a decreased exposure to toxic elements such as carbon monoxide and tar, which are derived from smoking.
Affectionately known as infused edibles, cannabis consumed orally enters the blood stream after being digested or broken down in the stomach and is absorbed in the intestines. This is usually accomplished by infusing butter or fatty oils with heat to create a decarboxylated medicated meal. Popular types of infused edibles on dispensary shelves include brownies, candy, chocolate bars, cookies, drinks, pills, snacks, spreads and more.
Patients who consume cannabis orally usually report feeling the effects within thirty minutes, with peak effects around the one hour mark and total duration of effects ranging as long as six hours, although it will depend on a variety of factors including your tolerance level, the amount of cannabinoids consumed, what ratio of cannabinoids the edible consists of and more. The reason why edibles affect you for a longer period of time than smoking or vaporizing cannabis can be attributed to the process of digestion, in which edibles have to be broken down from their original food state to a molecular cannabinoid state in order to be absorbed.
The gradual nature of the digestion process accounts for the longer effects of this method of consumption. It is also important to note, that factors such as the amount of food consumed prior to medicating, strength of the product and even a person’s metabolism can all affect the overall experience.
Aside from the fact that cannabis is a vegetable with many of the same nutrients as other leafy greens (like fiber, iron and calcium), it is jam-packed with beneficial cannabinoids that are unique to the cannabis plant. As such, juiced cannabis is a nutritionally-dense, very potent medicine without the psychoactive components one would normally experience when heating the plant.
The high concentration of raw, cannabinoid acids in juiced cannabis coupled with the perfect balance of fatty acids could help improve cell function and reduce damage caused by free radicals. Additional benefits of raw, juiced cannabis include reduced inflammation and the facilitation of two-way cellular communication. Many cannabinoids also have anti-tumor properties which are readily available through the consumption of raw marijuana.
Like other vegetables, however, cannabis loses a great deal of its nutritional value once heated. The cannabinoid profile also changes after cannabis has been heated by converting THCA into THC and CBDA into CBD. With THC now replacing THCA, the user could get stoned, but by juicing cannabis (rather than cooking or otherwise heating it), consumers can avoid the high altogether without compromising its other valuable components. Because raw, juiced cannabis produces no high, it is possible to consume much larger amounts of beneficial cannabinoids. For example, CBD has been shown to halt — or even reverse — the growth of certain cancers but only in extremely high doses.
Cannabinoids, much like the active ingredients in other medications, can also be absorbed through the skin. Products designed for this functionality are known as cannabis topicals. The skin has a relatively complex absorption process that majorly involves a chemical’s ability to dissolve in H20. Examples of topical products include creams, balms and even patches much the like the ones often used to quit smoking cigarettes.
While not widely studied, researchers have found that the topical application of cannabinoids has an onset of action within minutes locally (i.e. creams and balms applied to a joint), with duration of these effects lasting approximately one to two hours. A transdermal patch is a medicated bandage that can be applied to your skin to deliver cannabinoids to your system at a controlled release-rate. Although they may be difficult to find in medical marijuana collectives today, the transdermal patch has been around since 1979. Individuals who used patches have reported onset of action within two hours and duration of effect lasting upwards of two days.
Sublingual products are the preferred method of treatment for many cancer patients who are taking full extract cannabis oil (sometimes referred to as “hemp oil” or Rick Simpson Oil). Direct sublingual application involves placing precisely decarboxylated cannabis under the tongue, allowing the cannabinoids to immediately enter the bloodstream through the vessel-rich tissues within the sublingual cavity.
Before you swallow, cannabis can also enter the blood stream. Under the tongue and within the mouth there are a large number of blood vessels which can absorb cannabinoids. Common examples of these type of medications include dissolvable strips, sublingual sprays, or medicated lozenges or tinctures.
Sublingual delivery is not only a socially acceptable and convenient way to medicate, but intake through the oral mucosal membranes in your mouth is also a very effective way to ingest cannabinoids. This method provides for rapid and effective absorption directly into your systemic circulation because of the increased bioavailability of the cannabinoids.