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Among the types of individuals that can benefit from medical marijuana, cancer patients may be able to glean the most from the drug. The cannabis plant and its derivative can be used as complementary or alternative treatments for their disease.
The main cannabinoid (i.e., the marijuana compound) of the drug, THC, is the compound mainly responsible for the therapeutic effects. A study done by University of East Anglia in the UK (supported by previous research in Spain) confirmed how THC acted on cancer cell receptors and shrunk tumors. THC also reduces the chronic pain distinct to some types of cancer, as well as pacifying the nausea and vomiting side effects of chemotherapy. Read the rest of this entry
Montana legalized medical marijuana in 2004. However, for most of its history after that, the plant is by and large still an inaccessible substance.
Most of the state’s original pot legislation underwent a major overhaul in 2011 with the passage of Senate Bill 423, known as the Montana Marijuana Act. It didn’t actually illegalize pot again, but it made the registration process for qualified pot consumption more difficult. Residents must present a registry ID card issued by the state health service first before they can purchase the plant. Read the rest of this entry
To this day, Georgia counts itself among the 24 states that have yet to legalize medical marijuana. A new bill seeks to change that, however. According to WSBTV, Senator Curt Thompson from DeKalb County filed a bill last December 3 with the intent of making the drug available to those who need it and thereby generate more revenue that can be funneled toward infrastructure and education. His bill closely mirrors Colorado’s marijuana law, presumably because that’s where some families from Georgia obtain medical marijuana.
Should Senator Thompson’s bill weather all opposition and be passed into law, Georgia will be the 24th state to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate.
For some children, medical marijuana can be life-changing. A toddler with an epileptic disorder, for instance, can be treated with the drug to minimize the frequency of seizures, thereby leading to a better quality of life. With his or her suffering reduced, the child’s parents can also breathe a sigh of relief.
Similarly, the drug can benefit children suffering from cancer and other diseases with elusive cures. Not surprisingly, parents and organizations around the country are advocating for medical marijuana legalization. After all, not a few parents have driven across states just to get the recommended doses for their children. Some families, in fact, have moved permanently to states where they can obtain legal medical marijuana.
A number of studies reveal that cannabinoids—such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in medical marijuana—have the ability to reduce the size of cancer cells and even kill it. In one study, researchers administered THC into mice with human tumors. The result? THC caused the tumor to shrink. In another study, two human patients with dangerously aggressive brain tumors were given THC intercranially. Upon analysis, the same results as that of the mice were observed: a significant reduction in the size of the cancer cells. Read the rest of this entry
As of October 30, 2014, medical marijuana is legal in 23 states (plus the District of Columbia) under a variety of conditions. Most of them, however, allow the drug to be distributed or obtained from dispensaries only, and even that has certain requirements that must be met. Thus, people who need the drug to help treat their conditions are advised to refer to their state’s marijuana law(s) for specific information. Read the rest of this entry
The new law is definitely an improvement over A6357, which doesn’t specify legal sources of medical marijuana in New York. A6357 only says people must first present a registered ID and a written recommendation from their doctor before they can go to medical marijuana dispensaries. Patients in need of the drug can rest easy once the new law is implemented as it would designate authorized places for drug distribution.
The proposed law recommends that marijuana be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (DFA) instead of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), suggesting in effect that the drug be treated the same way as alcohol. Should the Act be passed into law, it would also rename the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Firearms and Explosives.
At the very least, she hopes that a regular dose of the drug, which can be obtained from legal medical marijuana dispensaries, can minimize the seizures Nicolas experiences every day. Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) seems to think so as well; previous studies regarding the use of marijuana to suppress seizures reveal that the drug is effective on at least 84 percent of children with epilepsy. What Nancy hopes to obtain is a variant of the drug known as ‘Charlotte’s Web’, which is high on CBD, but low on THC. More research is needed to fully understand the effects of all variants of medical marijuana, as the drug can be cultivated to have certain levels of CBD, THC, and over 60 other cannabinoids to provide people with different benefits.
The effectiveness of a pure THC marijuana plant in treating epilepsy is one of the things CURE intends to learn more about. This cannabinoid is responsible for the “high” that people experience when consuming the drug. Despite giving marijuana its infamous potential for abuse, THC is also known to relieve nausea, pain (especially migraines), and depression. When combined with CBD, THC gives marijuana a wealth of health benefits which can be used to help treat Alzheimer’s Disease, glaucoma, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis (among other things).
Marijuana contains unique chemical compounds called cannabinoids that have the power to prevent many aggressive forms of cancer from metastasizing or spreading to other parts of the body. In addition, cannabinoids have also been proven to reduce cancer cells and enhance the immune system.
The health benefits of marijuana are multiple, and the medical and scientific studies that confirm them are myriad. If you have a medical condition that you believe is treatable with marijuana, you can talk to a doctor who can advise you accordingly and issue a marijuana card that allows you to obtain the drug from licensed medicinal marijuana dispensaries.
California loves marijuana. Well, that’s not exactly true, and may in fact be an overstatement. However, if you ask legal medical marijuana users in The Golden State, you might come to the same conclusion.
Doctors may prescribe medical marijuana to treat: muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis (MS); nausea from chemotherapy, poor appetite caused by chronic illness such as AIDS, HIV or nerve pain; seizure disorders; Crohn’s disease; and even depression. Yet in California, as well as other states where medical marijuana is legal, patients can only obtain the drug if the doctor believes it would help their condition, after which a patient will be given a card that permits him to buy marijuana from an authorized medical marijuana dispensary.