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Medical Applications for Marijuana

Medical marijuana prescriptionHumans have been collecting seeds to eat for nearly all history of homo sapiens, and the hemp plant’s seed appears alongside humankind for eons up to the present day. The importance of the hemp plant to the survival and progress of humankind cannot be quantified or measured because the impact is so large and infused into our history so thoroughly. The widespread knowledge of this relationship has been revived from its near extinction, and a renaissance has begun that is revealing the myriad uses for the cannabis plant. We have many nameless martyrs to thank for this, along with the brave souls who have used their positions of influence in society, religion and business to bring about more awareness of the healing nature of these things. One of the many positive results is that patients who take medical marijuana are enjoying the results of the continual broadening of availability and quality of medicine.

THC molecule from any of the cannabis strains.Medical marijuana dispensaries today provide a safe and reliable way to purchase medical grade marijuana. This availability of medicine to a cancer patient, for example, is important to that patient if the cannabis has proven to be the most superior medication in terms of relief and the allowing of the healing process. Safe and reliable access to medications is a right that no person should ever go without. The general acceptance by society and and the resulting relaxation of outmoded precognitions surrounding the marijuana plant is similar to society becoming more aware as a whole, over time, that the foods we eat do have an effect on our health, a notion not long ago considered absurd. Therefore some people expect that the medical community will someday soon begin to genuinely explore the uses and medical applications for medical marijuana and thereby bring increased relief and healing with reduced side-effects to millions of suffering people.

Currently medical marijuana is prescribed or recommended by doctors and practitioners for a wide array of ailments and conditions. It has shown to be effective in treating glaucoma, some have claimed a complete cure even.

  • Cancer/Chemotherapy
  • Migraine headaches
  • Chronic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Glaucoma
  • Chronic nausea
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Hepatitis C
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscle spasms / Spasticity
  • Anorexia
  • Depression/AnxietyInsomnia
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Alzheimer’s Disease agitation
  • Cachexia (Wasting Syndrome)
  • Epilepsy
  • Appetite loss

Brain Receptors for Cannabinoid

Photo rendering THC molecule from marijuana

The human brain contains many different types of receptors, tiny molecule-sized receptacles that accept one molecule of a specific kind found in the brain e.g. opiate receptor, and one recently found was the cannabinoid receptor. In the late nineteen-eighties laboratory researchers discovered in the human brain this CB-1 receptor that was very similar to the opiate receptors, but later proven to be quite separate and independent of the opiate system altogether. Once found, these CB-1 receptors were found all over the brain with special focus in the basal ganglia cells, cerebellum, cerebral cortex and hippocampus. These brain areas are associated with memory function, learning, coordination and control of body movement.

Professor of types of weed, medical marijuana, cannabis strains.A new era of learning had begun, and just a few years later another researcher announced the presence of a cannabinoid that is produced by the body itself. Hot in the heels of this finding that the body uses its own internal (endogenous) cannabinoid system of produced compounds and receptor sites, researchers made another huge discovery with a new receptor, CB-2. These new sites were found not just in the brain, but throughout the body. What this meant to doctors and researchers is that the human body is already built with a cannabinoid system, but how is it used by the body, for what purposes?

Photo of medical marijuana growingPain in passed along nerve cells, traveling from the site of the injury to the brain. The cannabinoid CB-2 receptors on the nerve cells between the injury and the brain center responsible for processing pain signal are activated, the pain is reduced. What this means to doctors is that these sites can be targeted specifically, with local area treatment. Many topical treatments utilizing this CB-2 receptor system have been produced in labs and kitchens around the world and used to treat pain along with other symptoms occurring in specific areas of the body. In addition, the body-wide usage of the CB-2 system allows practitioners to provide simple and effective pain relief to those suffering from ailments that effect the entire body or cause general overall discomfort.