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    The Healing Properties Of Cannabis

    We have compiled the following list as a reference point for those seeking research and information on the numerous healing properties of Cannabis. This miraculous herb alleviates the symptoms of everything from hiccups to Multiple Sclerosis. When making personal decisions about your health, information is golden. It's your body and we think it is important for you to be knowledgable about the scientific studies and anectodal evidence that supports Cannabis as a viable treatment for your ailments.

    Marijuana-like Compounds May Aid Array Of Debilitating Conditions
    The Forgotten Medicine - A look at the medical uses of Cannabis
    The Endo-Cannabinoid System
    Human Studies on Medical Uses of Marijuana

    Cannabis Myths
    Safe to Smoke - Vaporizing Cannabinoids
    The Myth of Marijuana's Gateway Effect
    Smoking Cannabis Does Not Cause Cancer Of Lung or Upper Airways
    Amotivational Syndrome
    Documented Safety of Long Term Cannabis Use
    Side Effects of Cannabis Use

    Accepted Medical Uses
    Accepted Medical Use: Clinical Research
    Accepted Medical Use of Cannabis: Basic Research
    Accepted Medical Use of Cannabis: Reviews of Earlier Clinical Studies
    Accepted Medical Use: Patient Experiences
    Accepted Medical Use of Cannabis: Reviews of Earlier Clinical Studies
    Accepted Medical Use: Pharmaceutical Industry

    Cannabis as a Substitute for Alcohol

    ALS - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - Lou Gehrigs Disease
    Marijuana In The Management Of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

    Alzheimers Disease
    Marijuana's Active Ingredient Shown to Inhibit Primary Marker of Alzheimer's
    Study: Marijuana Slows Alzheimer's Decline
    Marijuana And Alzheimer's Disease

    Anti-Bacterial Qualities
    Antibacterial Cannabinoids from Cannabis Sativa

    Rheumatoid Arthritis - Cannabis Eases Pain And Suppresses Disease
    Anti-inflammatory Compound From Cannabis Found In Herbs
    Marijuana And Arthritis

    Smoked Cannabis And Asthmatics
    Acute Effects Of Smoked Marijuana And Oral Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol In Asthmatics
    Marijuana And Asthma

    Attention Deficit Disorder And ADHD
    Cannabis As A Medical Treatment For Attention Deficit Disorder
    Marijuana and ADD Therapeutic Uses
    Autism, ADD, ADHD and Marijuana Therapy
    Smoked Marijuana Improved ADHD Driver's Performance

    Sam’s Story - Using Medical Cannabis to Treat Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Autism, ADD, ADHD and Marijuana Therapy
    Autism Ritalin and Cannabis

    Body Temperature
    A Cooling Effect From Cannabis?

    The Brain
    Marijuana May Spur New Brain Cells
    Marijuana-Like Chemicals in the Brain Calm Neurons
    Marijuana And The IQ
    New Brain Cells Implicated In Machinery Of Cannabinoid Signaling
    Endocannabinoids The Brain Demonstrate Novel Modes Of Action When Stressed

    Pot's Cancer-Healing Properties
    Lung Cancer: Antineoplastic Activity Of Cannabinoids
    Turned-Off Cannabinoid Receptor Turns On Colorectal Tumor Growth
    Pot Compound Enhances Efficacy Of Anti-Cancer Agents, Study Says
    Marijuana & Skin Cancer
    Marijuana's Active Ingredient Kills Leukemia Cells
    Cannabis Extract Makes Brain Tumors Shrink, Halts Growth Of Blood Vessels
    Marijuana Compound Inhibits Breast Cancer Growth
    Marijuana And Chemotherapy

    Crohn's Disease
    Marijuana And Crohn's Disease/Gastrointestinal Disorders

    Depression - Bi-polar
    Cannabis and Depression
    Synthetic THC Is Anti-Depressant In Small Dose, Makes Depression Worse At Higher Dose
    Cannabinoids Elicit Antidepressant-Like Behavior and Activate Serotonergic Neurons
    Marijuana and Bipolar Disorder
    Cannabinoids in Bipolar Disorder
    The Use of Cannabis as a Mood Stabilizer

    Cannabis And Diabetic Retinopathy
    Medical Breakthrough! Medicinal Marijuana for Diabetics!
    Marijuana Controls Diabetes - Marijuana Compound May Help Stop Diabetic Retinopathy
    Diabetes & Marijuana

    Hypnotic and Antiepileptic Effects of Cannabidiol
    Cannabis May Help Epileptics
    Cannabidiol And Epileptic Patients

    Synthetic Cannabinoid May Aid Fertility In Smokers

    THC Reduces Pain in Fibromyalgia Patients
    Cannabis And Fibromyalgia
    Fibromyalgia: Effective Treatment with Medical Marijuana
    Marijuana-Based Drug May Ease Fibromyalgia Pain

    National Eye Institute Policy on Marijuana
    Cannabis and Neuroprotection
    Marijuana And Glaucoma

    Cannabis As A Treatment For PMS And Other Female Ailments

    Heart Disease And Cardiovascular Disorders
    Cannabis Use Not Associated With Risk Factors For Diseases Of Heart And Circulation
    Cannabinoids Prevented The Development Of Heart Failure In Animal Study
    Heavy Cannabis Use Not Independently Associated With Cardiovascular Risks
    Cannabinoid Offers Cardioprotection, Study Says
    Does Cannabis Hold the Key to Treating Cardiometabolic Disease?
    Marijuana Chemical Fights Hardened Arteries

    Hepatitis C
    Cannabis Improves Outcomes For Hepatitis C Patients
    Cannabis - Improved Treatment Response in Hepatitis C Patients
    Hepatitis C positive people - Use and self-medication with Cannabis
    Cannabis Use Can Improve Effectiveness of Hepatitis C Therapy
    Marijuana And Hepatitis C

    Herpes Viruses
    Cannabis May Help Combat Cancer-causing Herpes Viruses

    Marijuana Cures Hiccups

    HIV - AIDS
    Medicinal Marijuana Eases Neuropathic Pain in HIV
    Marijuana And AIDS (HIV) & AIDS Wasting
    Marijuana And The Immune System

    Huntingtons Disease
    Cannabinoids And Huntingtons Disease

    Study Shows Long Term Marijuana Users Healthy
    Marijuana Smoking Doesn't Lead to Higher Death Rate

    Lower GI Conditions (Stomach Problems)
    Cannabinoid Activator Mellows Out Colon
    Anti-inflammatory Compound From Cannabis Found In Herbs
    Cannabis May Soothe Inflamed Bowels
    Medical Marijuana In The Treatment Of Digestive Disorders
    Marijuana And Crohn's Disease/Gastrointestinal Disorders

    Cannabis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

    Mad Cow Disease
    Cannabidiol May Be Effective In Preventing Mad Cow Disease

    Mental Health
    American Psychiatric Association Assembly Unanimously Backs Medical Marijuana
    Cannabis As A Psychotropic Medication
    Cannabis Does Not Induce Schizophrenia, Dutch Scientists Say
    Study: Marijuana Eases Traumatic Memories
    Marijuana, Genes, Medicines And Brain Scans Help Scientists Find Anxiety Treatment
    Cannabis and Aggression
    Cannabis as a First-line Treatment for Childhood Mental Disorders
    Marijuana And Psychological Conditions
    Cannabidiol, A Cannabis Sativa Constituent, As An Antipsychotic Drug

    Migraine Headache - Headaches
    Cannabis And Marinol In The Treatment Of Migraine Headache
    Medical Marijuana: Headaches/Migraines

    Multiple Sclerosis
    MMJ: National MS Society Takes Half-Step Toward Recognizing Therapeutic Uses
    Cannabinoids And Multiple Sclerosis
    Marijuana Helps MS Patients Alleviate Pain, Spasms
    Marijuana And Multiple Sclerosis / Muscle Spasms

    Neuropathic Pain
    Cannabinoids Among Most Promising Approaches to Treating Neuropathic Pain
    Medicinal Marijuana Eases Neuropathic Pain in HIV
    Marijuana May Be Effective for Neuropathic Pain

    The Science of Why Pot Makes You Hungry

    Hebrew U. Researchers Find Cannabis Can Strengthen Bones
    New Weapon In Battle Against Osteoporosis

    Pain Management
    Cannabis Effective At Relieving Pain After Major Surgery
    An Ancient Look at a New Medical Approach for Pain
    Pharmacokinetics And Cannabinoid Action Using Oral Cannabis Extract
    Dr. Robert V. Brody: Declaration. Cannabis and Hospice Ethics - pain management
    Pain Management With Cannabis
    Finding the Dose Window For Optimal Pain Relief from Cannabis
    Marijuana And Pain / Analgesia
    Morphine-Cannabis super-painkiller

    Parkinson's Disease
    Neuroprotection in Parkinson's disease: modafinil and Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol
    Marijuana-like substance in brain could help treat Parkinson's

    Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    Medical Marijuana - PTSD and the Iraq Veteran
    For Veterans with PTSD, Marijuana Can Mean Life
    PTSD and Cannabis: A Clinician Ponders Mechanism of Action
    Cannabis Eases Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Pot-Like Chemical Helps Beat Fear
    Treatment for PTSD Should Include Cannabis
    Essay: Medical Marijuana And The Iraq Veteran

    Potential for Abuse
    Potential for Abuse: Abuse of Cannabis
    Potential for Abuse: Use and Abuse
    Potential for Abuse: Cannabis and Dronabinol
    Dependence Liability: Basic Research on Rewarding Tolerance and Withdrawl

    Prenatal Marijuana Use And Neonatal Outcome
    Cannabis Relieves Morning Sickness
    Dreher's Jamaican Pregnancy Study
    Use of Marijuana during Pregnancy
    Medical Marijuana: A Surprising Solution to Severe Morning Sickness
    Scientists Measuring Natural 'Cannabis' In Pregnant Women
    Pulmonary Disease
    New Cannabinoid Receptor in Pulmonary Arteries

    Sickle Cell Disease
    Sickle Cell Disease and Cannabis

    Skin Disease
    Israeli research finds that THC could alleviate allergic skin disease

    THC effective in Tourette-Syndrome
    Marijuana And Tourette's Syndrome
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    I know cannibis is useful to me. I have MS and my mussles on my rib cage and right leg have spasms. When I smoke , my mussles ease up so I can deal with the pain. I am on Gabapenton for it but it's not the same! I take Med's and it's destroying my liver. As well as the Interfuron shot I have to inject every other day. My state need's to open their eyes to the use of medical MJ ! I am so tired of buying SWAG weed !!Can someone tell me how I can make a stand and work on the law's in my state?

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    Thank you, thank you for compiling this information into one thread. I have an epilepsy disorder, and reading these articles makes my belief that cannabis helps me even stronger.

    You can't cure epilepsy, you can only try to control it. Cannabis helps me stay mellow and keeps my mind calm. It's only my opinion, but I believe if I hadn't been using cannabis all these years that my epilepsy would have reared its head long ago.

    Peace and good health
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    Yes, this is an awesome compilation. This is a great place to send anyone that thinks Cannabis is just for heads trying to get high, or who question the effectiveness of Medical Marijuana. I can fit into about a dozen of those categories; both from a preventative and mitigatory perspective. Praise Jah for the blessing of Cannabis.
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    Holy Crap.

    Weed is good for me
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    amazing, and this wonderful plant is illegal
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    Thanks that is why my Topical Lotion and Alcholo sprays work for so many I have use them for years every day

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    I have an Illness witch envolves alot of pain, etc.. PILLS like ,30mgs of Oxycodone x 6 a day, as well as 100mcg of Fentanyl every 2 dayz... The only med that helps is a Biologic Med, Remicade which is infused every 6 weeks.. All of this has been going on for 4 years, after returning to the states in 06'... I was in Bangladesh, Calcutta, India, Singapore, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Chile, not in order... Got very Ill in Jesssore Bangladseh.. Habitat For Humanity International... Jah seems to do the trick, but for me it is not apart of life on a daily basis..Totally sux...Peace..
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    I want to get off Methotrexate injections. I am in the 30% of pts treated with TNF drugs that didn't get any relief. If I didn't have the Oil,I don't think I could use my hands very well. After 3 months on Humira and MTX,I just couldn't take it anymore. If the stuff had worked for me,I would have said screw you to all the side effects and still be on it. So my choice is to go on the steroids. As an IBD pt also,those drugs are well known to me and so are the side effects. I don't have side effects from MMJ. I KNOW the Oil works on inflammation,I use it each night before I go to bed,and wake up with minimal pain and stiffness. You can tell just by looking at my hands. And I have only been using it for 6 weeks. The stuff is like gold to me. Hail to the Green Miracle!
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    Hemphit.. Just took myself off Fentanyl, from a 125 mcg, to nothing in 7 weeks @ home... Do not get involved with Pain Medication if @ all possible...They work, but are very harsh on your body, Mind and Soul... Mass, is still fighting for medical Kola's... A women by the name of Jill Stein, is politically connected in Mass, and her campaign. is partly in support of mmj.. There is a lot more to her and the Hemp platform....Jill
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    Quote Originally Posted by hemphit View Post
    I have an Illness witch envolves alot of pain, etc.. PILLS like ,30mgs of Oxycodone x 6 a day, as well as 100mcg of Fentanyl every 2 dayz... The only med that helps is a Biologic Med, Remicade which is infused every 6 weeks.. All of this has been going on for 4 years, after returning to the states in 06'... I was in Bangladesh, Calcutta, India, Singapore, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Chile, not in order... Got very Ill in Jesssore Bangladseh.. Habitat For Humanity International... Jah seems to do the trick, but for me it is not apart of life on a daily basis..Totally sux...Peace..
    "If the Horse don't pull ya gotta carry the load.." J.G

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    Thank you for posting this!

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    How pot affects your cognitive abilities.


    Study: Intelligence, cognition unaffected by heavy marijuana use
    By William J. Cromie
    Gazette Staff

    The new study of cognitive changes caused by heavy marijuana use has found no lasting effects 28 days after quitting. Following a month of abstinence, men and women who smoked pot at least 5,000 times in their lives performed just as well on psychological tests as people who used pot sparingly or not at all, according to a report in the latest edition of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

    That's the good news. The bad news, not included in the study, is that most heavy users admit that pot has had a negative effect on their physical and mental health as well their functioning on the job and socially.

    "If there's one thing I've learned from studying marijuana for more than a decade, it's that proponents and opponents of the drug will put opposite spins on these findings," says Harrison Pope, a Harvard professor of psychiatry and leader of the research. "One day I'll get a letter that will say, 'we are shocked that you are so irresponsible as to publish a report that claims marijuana is almost harmless. That's a terrible disservice to our children.' The next day, I'll get a letter complaining that I'm 'irresponsible for implying there's something wrong with smoking marijuana. You have set back the legalization (of marijuana) movement by 20 years.'

    "As a scientist, I'm struck by how passionately people hold opinions in both directions no matter what the evidence says. The other striking thing is how little we actually know about the effects of a drug that has been smoked for thousands of years and been studied for decades."

    Withdrawal produces impairment

    That shortage of knowledge motivated Pope and his colleagues at McLean Hospital, a Harvard-affiliated psychiatric facility in Belmont, to investigate the drug's long-term cognitive effects. They recruited 180 people, 63 of them heavy users who currently smoked pot daily, 45 former heavy users, and 72 who had used the drug no more than 50 times in their lives. Heavy use was defined as smoking pot at least 5,000 times. The subjects ranged in age from 30 to 55 years. Most of them were males because studies indicate that women are less likely to become heavy marijuana users.

    All took batteries of intelligence, attention, learning and memory tests on days 0, 1, 7, and 28 after quitting the drug. (Daily urine samples confirmed whether or not they had stopped.) On days 0, 1 and 7, current heavy smokers scored significantly lower then the other groups on memory tests.

    "By day 28, however, there were no significant differences among the groups on any of 10 different tests, and no significant association between cumulative lifetime marijuana use and test scores," Pope says. In other words, the researchers conclude that heavy marijuana use produces no irreversible mental deficits.

    The investigators cannot say for sure why pot smokers remain impaired for days or weeks after giving up the drug. One possibility is that that they retain substantial amounts of a compound known as THC, the active ingredient of marijuana, in their systems. THC dissolves in body fat, then slowly percolates into the blood and brain over days and weeks after a joint is smoked.

    Another explanation blames a withdrawal effect, similar but not as pronounced as the agitation, irritability, sleeping problems and appetite loss suffered by users of heroin or alcohol. Such symptoms impair attention and memory.

    "Some of the deficits we saw were as bad, or even worse on day seven as on day one," Pope notes. "This suggests that withdrawal, rather than a residue of drug in the brain, accounts for the bulk of lingering impairments." A residue effect should decrease from day one to seven after quitting, but withdrawal problems would increase before they decrease.

    Pot smokers who believe they are back to normal sometimes show detectable impairments on various tests. "That's a cause for concern," Pope points out. "You don't want to try landing a 747, driving a bus or train, or taking a calculus test a week after heavy marijuana use even if you feel normal."

    Unsatisfied lives

    Although researchers found no irreversible cognitive defects from a lifetime of marijuana consumption, pot users are not a happy lot. In a separate study, most heavy users admitted that the drug has a negative impact on all aspects of their lives from job performance and physical health to mental well being and satisfactory socializing.

    Heavy smokers also have substantially smaller incomes and lower levels of education than nonusers or light users, despite the fact that the education and income levels of their families are the same. However, there's no way to determine if marijuana is the cause or if these people naturally have less ambition.

    "It's a chicken and egg situation," Pope admits. "Probably the direction of causality goes both ways. In all likelihood, people who become frequent users are somewhat different at the outset; they may have lower cognitive abilities or less motivation. Once they start using the drug regularly, these differences become wider."

    Asked if his conclusions would lead him to make any recommendations for or against legalizing marijuana, Pope answered "no, because so many other political and social factors are involved." He noted that alcohol, which is sold legally, causes cognitive deficits in long-term heavy users that do not disappear after 28 days and may be cumulative. However, he adds, "such toxicity is only one factor in the decision."

    A number of investigations have linked marijuana to an increased risk of lung cancer. A recent Harvard study concluded that a middle-age person's chance of having a heart attack increases nearly five times during the first hour after smoking pot. That's especially meaningful for baby boomers who developed the habit in their teens and 20s and continue to use the drug in their 30s, 40s, and 50s. Other researchers have associated pot with impaired disease resistance and adverse effects on fetuses when mothers smoke the drug during pregnancy.

    On the other hand, many claims exist that marijuana eases the nausea produced by cancer drugs and relives the pain of diseases such as AIDS, severe arthritis, and glaucoma. Such claims led Canada recently to legalize its medical use.

    Pope raises a caveat: "Is it better than other treatments for the same conditions? Given the association with lung cancer and other ills, does it provide more benefit than risk?"

    Pro-pot people argue that, even if it's only equal in efficacy to prescription and over-the-counter drugs, it's much cheaper. "After all, it's only a weed," Pope points out.

    All of these factors emphasize Pope's point that not much is really known about marijuana despite its long history of use and decades of study.

    So the verdict is finally in:

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