Cannabis: A Powerful Therapy To Reduce Chronic Medications and Prevent Disease

Cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive part of cannabis plant has been proven medically to relieve many diseases including the inhibition of cancer cell growth. Recent studies have even shown it to be an effective atypical anti-psychotic in treating schizophrenia, a disease many other studies have inconsistently found it causing. There is little doubt now that cannabis is gaining strong ground as a valid therapy and the government engine which criminalizes the plant is find less support by the day. Cannabis offers relief where medications fail and the benefits are overwhelming.

Raw cannabis is considered by many experts as a dietary essential. As a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, some classify it as one of the most important plants on earth. The biggest benefits from the plant may come not by smoking it, but rather by consuming it in its raw and natural form.

Cannabinoids can prevent cancer, reduce heart attacks by 66% and insulin dependent diabetes by 58%. Cannabis clinician Dr. William Courtney recommends drinking 4 – 8 ounces of raw flower and leaf juice from any Hemp plant, 5 mg of Cannabidiol (CBD) per kg of body weight, a salad of Hemp seed sprouts and 50 mg of THC taken in 5 daily doses.

The first research to show marijuana’s anti-tumor properties was presented at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Los Angeles in 2007 demonstrating that THC may activate biological pathways that halt cancer cell division or block development of blood vessels that feed tumors. It then became a target of synthetic research into THC for drugs such as ImClone System Inc.’s Erbitux and Amgen Inc.’s Vectibix.

Cannabis is a Class B drug that is illegal to have, give away or sell. “If cannabis were discovered in an Amazon rainforests today, people would be clambering to make as much use as they could out of the potential benefits of the plant,” said Donald L. Abrams, MD, Chief of Hematology and Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital and Professor of Medicine at the University California. Dr. Abrams is widely known for his research on medical cannabis applications. “Unfortunately, it carries with it a long and not so long history of being a persecuted plant,” he added.

In 2009, Zach Klein, a graduate of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Film and Television Studies, directed the documentary Prescribed Grass. Through the process, he developed an interest in the scientific research behind medical marijuana, and now, as a specialist in policy-making surrounding medical cannabis and an MA student at TAU’s Porter School of Environmental Studies, he is conducting his own research into the benefits of medical cannabis.

Using marijuana from a farm called Tikkun Olam — a reference to the Jewish concept of healing the world — Klein and his fellow researchers tested the impact of the treatment on 19 residents of the Hadarim nursing home in Israel. The results, Klein says, have been outstanding. Not only did participants experience dramatic physical results, including healthy weight gain and the reduction of pain and tremors, but Hadarim staff saw an immediate improvement in the participants’ moods and communication skills. The use of chronic medications was also significantly reduced, he reports.

Cutting down on chronic medications

Israel is a world leader in medical cannabis research, Klein says. The active ingredient in marijuana, THC, was first discovered there by Profs. Raphael Mechoulam and Yechiel Gaoni. Prof. Mechoulam is also credited for having defined the endocannabinoid system, which mimics the effects of cannabis and plays a role in appetite, pain sensation, mood and memory.

Marijuana also effects a neurological aspect of Alzheimer’s called acetylcholinesterase inflammation, which is the over acceleration of synaptic activity killing nerve endings in the brain. The inflammation is a major cause of decreased function with Alzheimer’s disease. Cannabis interacts with the CB1 receptors in the brain to inhibit the inflammation, much like oil inhibits car engines from overheating. The endocannabinoid system when activated bonds with the nerve endings in the brain and provide a coating that protects from the “burn out” effect caused by the inflammation and preventing the decreased brain activity that is associated with memory loss and confusion.

In the Hadarim nursing home, 19 patients between the ages of 69 and 101 were treated with medical cannabis in the form of powder, oil, vapor, or smoke three times daily over the course of a year for conditions such as pain, lack of appetite, and muscle spasms and tremors. Researchers and nursing home staff monitored participants for signs of improvement, as well as improvement in overall life quality, such as mood and ease in completing daily living activities.

During the study, 17 patients achieved a healthy weight, gaining or losing pounds as needed. Muscle spasms, stiffness, tremors and pain reduced significantly. Almost all patients reported an increase in sleeping hours and a decrease in nightmares and PTSD-related flashbacks.

There was a notable decline in the amount of prescribed medications taken by patients, such as antipsychotics, Parkinson’s treatment, mood stabilizers, and pain relievers, Klein found, noting that these drugs have severe side effects. By the end of the study, 72 percent of participants were able to reduce their drug intake by an average of 1.7 medications a day.

Connecting cannabis and swallowing

This year, Klein is beginning a new study at Israel’s Reuth Medical Center with Drs. Jean-Jacques Vatine and Aviah Gvion, in which he hopes to establish a connection between medical cannabis and improved swallowing. One of the biggest concerns with chronically ill patients is food intake, says Klein. Dysphagia, or difficulty in swallowing, can lead to a decline in nutrition and even death. He believes that cannabis, which has been found to stimulate regions of the brain associated with swallowing reflexes, will have a positive impact.

Overall, Klein believes that the healing powers of cannabis are close to miraculous, and has long supported an overhaul in governmental policy surrounding the drug. Since his film was released in 2009, the number of permits for medical cannabis in Israel has increased from 400 to 11,000. His research is about improving the quality of life, he concludes, especially for those who have no other hope.

Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.

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42 Responses to "Cannabis: A Powerful Therapy To Reduce Chronic Medications and Prevent Disease"

  1. Karen M  January 28, 2013 at 12:11 am

    I have neuropathy and all of those pain relievers, drugs, etc do nothing compared to ONE puff daily. Somehow I pray that it becomes legal so that I can simply feel better.

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    • Terry Victor  January 28, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      There are no drugs that will cure neuropathy.I have it in my toes.My brother had it and he bought one of those metal bracelets at a Pro shop which has magnets in(quite pricey)and no longer has neuropathy,Give it a try!

  2. Gerosnad  January 28, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Me and O.G. medicate every single day, so that disease is forced to stay away. Expensive but effective. Love you Marry!

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  3. tim  January 28, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I’ve found that it has worked better then all the psychoactive pharmaceuticals that were pushed on me just to make a buck. they tended to cause side effects that they treated with other pills until i quallified for more dignosis labels. greedy idiots. took me over a year to safely ween off of them. takes me three days of not smoking daily before i no longer feel a little irratable.
    from withdrawl. no brainer for me when i start to feel depressed or anxious and it isnt situationally identifiable why, i’ll burn one anyday before i give another buck to pfizer. the only real dangerous side effect ive found is the laws that are stacked in favor of large corporations. and the hoops that employers have toough to carry liabillity insurance in case that dude with an alcahol hangover causes an accident and i get hurt.

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  4. GraveYardDoug Blair  January 28, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I’ll pass this on!

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  5. Mazie  January 28, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    If it works to the benefit of humans instead of taking generic meds that we don’t know the origins I’m all for it. Wish I could get my hands on some.

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  6. mowags  January 29, 2013 at 2:04 am

    unfortunately, there are no reliable resources cited for this article. I wouldn’t really use this in an argument ect.

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  7. Michele  February 2, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Really mowags did you even read the same article I just read?

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  8. MattsBunny  April 6, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Without it I would be taking an anti-depressant, a xanax, a tylenol #3, and a phenergen (sp?, for nausea), every day, all prescribed. And add 6 advil during period week. The nausea meds (every one that I’ve been given) have made me sleep, like a hibernating bear, for 11 hours, with a hangover, groggy feeling after. I’d never get anything done.
    With it, I maintain a healthy weight, diet, exercise program, work a full time active managerial position, and still have energy to cook homemade meals every night, train for my first 5k, cheer on my man at soccer, lead a very active lifestyle and keep a clean home. I take zero pharms now.

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  10. DrSteven  August 10, 2013 at 2:08 am

    CBD, cannabidiol, is in both marijuana and hemp (also cannabis). And the benefits of “medical marijuana” are found in both concentrated hemp and in marijuana

    It is time to take marijuana away from the cartels and regulate this substance!

    Youth use of marijuana goes down when prohibition is lifted and taxes can help this economy.

    How to invest in this economy or get the benefits of cannabis no matter where you live?

    Follow this:

    Hemp is legal to possess in ALL 50 states. CBD is present in hemp oil at 40mg a gallon but can be very concentrated in extracts now available.

    Legal states for all cannabis (legal thc containing cannabis) are noticing that half of all sales are for edibles and extracts!

    The premier company in the legal state of Colorado is Dixie Botanicals and DIxie Elixers, two companies owned by MJNA.

    MJNA is the alpha source of CBD from legal hemp through their other company RSHO (Phytosphere)!

    MJNA, a stock traded on the stock market is about to rocket up!

    As well for those that want CBD they can order it from ANY state legally from MJNA (phytosphere) or from Dixie Botanicals!

    Invest in the “Green Rush”! MJNA is the ALPHA company to invest in!
    Investing in MJNA is investing in America!
    Help the sick and take cannabis away from the overseas cartels by investing in MJNA!

    Reply
  11. DrSteven  August 15, 2013 at 3:39 am

    MJNA/Dixie, a medical marijuana portfolio company just announced today they are as of today shipping internationally their hemp products! And more products to come!

    Time to take marijuana away from the cartels and regulate this substance!
    Youth use goes down when prohibition is lifted and taxes can help this
    economy.

    CBD, cannabidiol, is in both marijuana and hemp (also cannabis).

    How to invest in this economy or get the benefits of cannabis no matter where you live?

    Follow this:

    Hemp is legal to possess in ALL 50 states.

    Legal states for all cannabis (legal thc containing cannabis) are noticing that half of all sales are for edibles and extracts!

    The premier company in the legal state of Colorado is Dixie Botanicals and DIxie Elixers, two companies owned by MJNA.

    MJNA is the alpha source of CBD from legal hemp through their other company RSHO (Phytosphere)!

    MJNA, a stock traded on the stock market is about to rocket up!

    As well for those that want CBD they can order it from ANY state legally from MJNA (phytosphere) or from Dixie Botanicals!

    Invest in the “Green Rush”! MJNA is the ALPHA company to invest in!
    Investing in MJNA is investing in America!
    Help the sick and take cannabis away from the overseas cartels by investing in MJNA!

    Reply
  12. Todd Shapiro  August 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I feel like I am dying as I type this comment. After a lifetime of bashings, the two most recent of which put me in a coma for five days and the last with 15 staples to the back of my head, and a decade of daily vicodin 750mg. x 4 and xanax 2mg. x 3, I can feel my agonized, inflamed liver, overworked kidneys and heart. Think about that. When was the last time you felt your internal organs or gave them much thought? It hurts like all heck! The only thing I can take for my severe anxiety, pain, PTSD, eye pressure, etc., etc. without overtaxing my already taxed body? Lab-Tested, Medical Marijuana. Thanks for nothing, pharmaceuticals. Thanks for saving my life, literally, cannabaceuticals! Thanks, The Werc Shop, Los Angeles, for teaching me how to medicate myself and others safely.

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