Medical Cannabis : Unleash the Green Medicine
I always write about a therapy, a cure, a supplement, a nursing product, a clinic and so on, only if I tested it and documented very well before. When I learned about medical cannabis, I realized I had to go beyond this self-imposed quality target and MUST write about this powerful medicine
In Romania, medical cannabis is still illegal. Last year, when I went through terrible pain and when I did not know if I’ll survive the ordeal, I would have liked to have this opportunity: to be treated with cannabis.
I have been reading many studies on cannabis, I have seen enough documentaries and listened to the stories of people successfully treated with cannabis. So, YES! I support this initiative and want legalization of cannabis for medical use in Romania and all over the world.
I want to introduce you some information about cannabis treatment! It is never known when information will be useful to you or your relatives, especially as the cannabis plant treats or relieves a multitude of ailments.
Cannabis is a natural medicine used for thousands of years
First, you have to know that cannabis, marijuana and hemp are part of the same plant family – Cannabis – that includes three species and seven sub-species. Throughout history, people have grown different cannabis strains for industrial and medical use.
The hemp field was grown to produce hard fibers and nutritional oils, while marijuana plants are mainly grown for their psychotropic effects and as medicine.
Social culture has accustomed us to consider cannabis (marijuana) a grade risk drug, but the plant has been used for thousands of years by physicians to alleviate the pain and diseases of people.
Cannabis and its healing properties are mentioned in numerous ancient texts. The use of the cannabis plant for medical purposes, with successful treatment of many diseases, is recommended by traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, and even in biblical texts.
Later, great personalities of the time resort to cannabis to deal with various health problems. It is said that Queen Victoria used cannabis for menstrual cramps. George Washington or Thomas Jefferson would also cultivate the plant.
As medicine and science progress, the researchers of the times attest many times the extraordinary medicinal properties of the cannabis plant. But things start to decline. The word “marijuana” gets a negative connotation, and in 1942 the use of cannabis for medical purposes is outlawed.
Research is ongoing and numerous petitions are in place for medical cannabis. In 1992, 53% of American oncologists admit they would recommend cannabis to their patients if they were legal. In November 1996, California became the first US state where medical cannabis is legalized.
Since then, medical marijuana is legal in 29 US states and in over 32 countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany (on prescription), Norway, the Netherlands, Spain and others.
In Romania, at this point, things are uncertain. It is legal to market products containing CBD (see below), but not THC. However, romanian physicians do not currently prescribe cannabis for medical purposes.
Endocannabinoid system, THC and CBD
As we have a hormonal system, a neurovegetative system and others, the endocannabinoid system plays an important role in our body.
This endocannabinoidal system refers to a number of cellular receptors and their corresponding molecules, spread throughout the body. Imagine your cellular receptors as “locks” in front of gates located on the surface of the cell. Corresponding molecules are the keys to these locks and are called “agonists”. Whenever such an agonist substance comes into contact with the cellular receptor, an action is triggered, the cell receives a direction.
“The endocannabinoid system has until now been the only endogenous chemical signal system and is involved in EVERYTHING,” said Vincenzo di Marzo, a renowned researcher at the Italian National Research Council, who has been studying this topic for over 20 years.
Metabolism, central nervous system, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal and other parts of the body – they are all affected by this endocannabinoid system.
Various health conditions, ranging from obesity, stroke, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, asthma, schizophrenia, addictions of any kind, glaucoma, cancer, arthritis, pain, inflammation, insomnia, nausea- are just a few examples that can be treated by modulating activity of the endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system is composed of two receptors (CB1 and CB2), which respond to two main molecules: anandamide and 2-Ag.
But before discovering the anandamide, the scientists discovered THC. The psychoactive substance of the cannabis plant, THC, was isolated from cannabis for the first time by Israelian researcher, Raphael Mechoulam, in the 1960s.
Over 20 years, researchers also discovered anandamide – a substance naturally produced by the body, which plays a key role in the endocannabinoid system. The name derives from Sanskrit: “ananda” = state of ecstasy, of beatitude.
Practically, as we are stress-free, in a state of happiness and bliss, peace and inner peace, we begin to generate this anandamide substance. Thus the endocannabinoid system works optimally, regulating all the functions of the body.
The problem is when we do not live the necessary states of peace, serenity, full happiness. Especially for those in various physical sufferings, it is very difficult to be happy, serene and reconciled. I definetly know! I found peace and inner peace only after the terrible pains I had been faced with, ended.
This could be just one of the roles of cannabis for medical purposes: supplementation with THC, anandamide-like molecule, to re-establish the endocannabinoid system.
Cannabis contains at least 113 cannabinoids, but CBD has been shown to be the second molecule to activate the endocannabinoid system.
According to the research, CBD plays several roles: antiemetic, anticonvulsant, antipsychotic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-tumor, anxiolytic and analgesic.
This molecule has no psychotropic effects, therefore it does not fall under the legal provisions. In Romania there are supplements with CBD. Guess they are available in other countries, too.
However, it seems that maximum benefit is obtained from the use of both molecules: both THC and CBD. That is why we need to understand the importance of legalizing cannabis for medical purposes.
What diseases could be treated with cannabis?
As I said at the beginning of this article, cannabis knew a long history of its use as a cure plant.
The plant was removed from the pharmacopeia only for a few years! And since then, that negative aura around the plant has been created. Although, if we look carefully, smoking is a habit few hundred times more dangerous than cannabis smoking (marijuana).
Let’s get back to the topic!
If we understand that we have an endocannabinoid system responsible for the good functioning of all the functions in the body, the cannabis plant (THC supplement) is useful in ALL possible diseases. Maybe some can be cured and for others it can aleviate the negative symptoms.
One thing is certain: medical cannabis IS NOT HARMFUL! And it does not have any side effects either.
Asked if the cannabis could cure cancer, scientist Raphael Mechoulam (who discovered THC) answered: “What we know for certain is that THC relieves effect of cancer treatments (chemotherapy, radiotherapy). But your question is if cannabis can heal it. The answer is … I do not know, and the stupid reason I do not know is that although it has been tested on animals in the laboratory many times and we saw it can stop the development of tumors, reduce them and heal them, but it has never been tested on humans! No clinical studies have been performed and should be done!”.
There are reports from many people who have gone over anything and who have been treated with THC and have healed! You can read online many testimonials.
Cannabis acts against tumors in 3 ways:
- Stops the development of malignant cells – basically of the tumor;
- Causes apoptosis of cancer cells (suicide);
- Prevents angiogenesis (the development of blood vessels that feed the tumor);
DEMENTIA, ALZHEIMER’S AND OTHER DEGENERATIVE DISEASES OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
Alzheimer’s and dementia are diseases with a high incidence. Unfortunately we are starting to see these degenerative diseases more at younger ages. They appear unexpectedly and it is very difficult to sense the symptoms. They have rapid and irreversible evolution.
Cannabis can prove to be an effective therapeutic agent against degenerative mental disease, as cannabinoids can pass through the protective blood-brain barrier. Thus, molecules can activate with cannabinoid receptors in the brain, which can prove to be very important in treating these conditions.
Using cannabis can help prevent muscle spasms, pains, shaking and intestines – symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis.
Medical conditions that can be treated with cannabis :
- autoimmune diseases
- Crohn’s disease,
- cardiovascular disease,
- Lyme, etc.
Practically, given the importance of the endocannabinoid system and the regulatory action of cannabis on this system, we can understand that the medical use of the cannabis plant can be valuable in almost all health conditions.
About cannabis for medical use there are many things to say. The domain is new, vast and very interesting. Before this article, I did not know about the endocannabinoid system, involved in the good functioning of the body. But now things are crystal clear in my mind and YES, I VOTE for legalizing medical cannabis in my country and everywhere!
I’m Delia, holistic nutritionist, wellness advocate, beautiful soul and cancer survivor.