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Stop the War of Ignorance ? Studies Reveal Medical Marijuana Benefits

Stop the War of Ignorance ? Studies Reveal Medical Marijuana Benefits

It becomes more and more difficult to continue the war on marijuana with every study that surfaces. A recent study about marijuana’s effectiveness as an HIV self-care strategy implies that marijuana helped with anxiety, depression, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, and peripheral neuropathy. In another study synthetic delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (dronabinol) showed to improve the symptoms of schizophrenia in 4 out of 6 patients.  There were no clinically significant adverse effects on any of the patients. These results complement the recent finding that the cannabinoid blocker rimonabant does not improve schizophrenic symptoms and suggest that the role of cannabinoids in psychosis may be more complex than previously thought. They open a possible new role for cannabinoids in the treatment of schizophrenia.

Marijuana can be used in ways that we haven’t even discovered yet because of an arrogant government.  Instead of fighting marijuana supporters, spending billions, and jailing marijuana users use some of the taxes received from marijuana legalization to put forth in-depth studies on the medical usage of marijuana that has potential to improve the lives of millions, if not billions. So many kids in this generation are worried about weight and appearance; Girls today are diagnosed with disorders like anorexia every day.  There’s not a real treatment available that will work 100 percent of the time, but we have never tried using cannabis to treat a disorder like this.  Women experience nausea and go through days with out wanting to a eat a thing, if thc is smoked through a vaporizer there are no proven bad health effects, therefore leave the patient feeling hungry, and nausea seems to disappear . Other users may just need marijuana for a simple case of back pain, regardless of the medical need; no one should have the authority to say it doesn’t improve your life, or improve your medical situation.

Pain, spasticity, tremor, spasms, poor sleep quality, and bladder and bowel dysfunction, among other symptoms, contribute significantly to the disability and impaired quality of life of many patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). In the study, patients that used cannabis improved almost all symptoms of MS with only a little euphoria as a side effect (A side effect we can all live with). Marijuana has never caused side effects as brutal as most serious illness medications, side effects like nausea, headaches, vomiting, abdominal pain, thoughts of suicide are non-existent.

Quoted HIV Pain Study – Marijuana improves life of HIV patients

Source – http://www.cannabis-med.org/studies/ww_en_db_study_show.php?s_id=277

“Despite management with opioids and other pain modifying therapies, neuropathic pain continues to reduce the quality of life and daily functioning in HIV-infected individuals. Cannabinoid receptors in the central and peripheral nervous systems have been shown to modulate pain perception. We conducted a clinical trial to assess the impact of smoked cannabis on neuropathic pain in HIV. This was a phase II, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial of analgesia with smoked cannabis in HIV-associated distal sensory predominant polyneuropathy (DSPN). Eligible subjects had neuropathic pain refractory to at least two previous analgesic classes; they continued on their prestudy analgesic regimens throughout the trial. Regulatory considerations dictated that subjects smoke under direct observation in a hospital setting. Treatments were placebo and active cannabis ranging in potency between 1 and 8% Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, four times daily for 5 consecutive days during each of 2 treatment weeks, separated by a 2-week washout. The primary outcome was change in pain intensity as measured by the Descriptor Differential Scale (DDS) from a pretreatment baseline to the end of each treatment week. Secondary measures included assessments of mood and daily functioning. Of 127 volunteers screened, 34 eligible subjects enrolled and 28 completed both cannabis and placebo treatments. Among the completers, pain relief was greater with cannabis than placebo (median difference in DDS pain intensity change, 3.3 points, effect size=0.60; p=0.016). The proportions of subjects achieving at least 30% pain relief with cannabis versus placebo were 0.46 (95%CI 0.28, 0.65) and 0.18 (0.03, 0.32). Mood and daily functioning improved to a similar extent during both treatment periods. Although most side effects were mild and self-limited, two subjects experienced treatment-limiting toxicities. Smoked cannabis was generally well tolerated and effective when added to concomitant analgesic therapy in patients with medically refractory pain due to HIV DSPN.”

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