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Cannabis & Health

Medical uses of cannabis and scientific research

Medical uses and scientific research

The therapeutic effects of cannabinoids are most well established for THC, which is the primary psychoactive ingredient of marijuana. But it does not follow from this that smoking marijuana is good medicine.

Advances in cannabinoid science of the past 16 years have given rise to a wealth of new opportunities for the development of medically useful cannabinoid-based drugs. The accumulated data suggest a variety of indications as follow:

Pain relief, in patients with spinal cord injury, peripheral neuropathic pain, or central post stroke pain, patients with chronic pain and insomnia and postoperative pain patients.

Antiemetic, occurred under a variety of conditions, such as acute viral illness, cancer, radiation exposure, cancer chemotherapy, postoperative recovery, pregnancy, motion, and poisoning.

Appetite Stimulation in patient with anorexia, Alzheimer. THC shows to be useful in stimulating appetite and preventing weight loss in cancer and AIDS patients.

Anorexia Nervosa, the profile of cannabinoid drug effects suggests that they are promising for treating wasting syndrome in AIDS patients. Nausea, appetite loss, pain, and anxiety are all afflictions of wasting, and all can be mitigated by marijuana.

Neurological Disorders, muscle spasticity, particularly in multiple sclerosis patients and spinal cord injury victims; movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, Tourette's syndrome and epilepsy. Marijuana is not proposed as a cure for such disorders, but it might relieve some associated symptoms.

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Patients with cachexia, neuropathy, or any significant pain problem.

Chemotherapy Patients, especially those being treated for the mucositis, nausea, and anorexia.

Glaucoma. Marijuana and THC have been shown to reduce IOP (Intraocular Pressure) by an average of 24% in people with normal IOP who have visual-field changes.

Migraine Headaches, recent studies show available evidence from animal and human indicates that cannabinoids can have a substantial analgesic effect.

Also: Depression, Anxiety, Arthritis, Chronic fatigue, Cramps, Croh'n, Fever, Rheumatism, Neuralgia, Stress, Anemia, Insomnia.

References: Janet Joy. Assessing the Science Base by Institute of Medicine. Mohamed Ben Amar. Cannabinoids in Medicine, a review of their therapeutic potential.