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Benefits Health Benefits Of Marijuana (part 2)

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It can be used to treat Glaucoma.

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Marijuana use can be used to treat and prevent the eye disease glaucoma, which increases pressure in the eyeball, damaging the optic nerve and causing loss of vision.

Marijuana decreases the pressure inside the eye, according to the National Eye Institute: "Studies in the early 1970s showed that marijuana, when smoked, lowered intraocular pressure (IOP) in people with normal pressure and those with glaucoma."

These effects of the drug may slow the progression of the disease, preventing blindness.

It may help reverse the carcinogenic effects of tobacco and improve lung health.

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According to a study published in Journal of the American Medical Association in January 2012, marijuana does not impair lung function and can even increase lung capacity.

Researchers looking for risk factors of heart disease tested the lung function of 5,115 young adults over the course of 20 years. Tobacco smokers lost lung function over time, but pot users actually showed an increase in lung capacity.

It's possible that the increased lung capacity maybe due to taking a deep breaths while inhaling the drug and not from a therapeutic chemical in the drug.


It can help control epileptic seizures.

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Marijuana use can prevent epileptic seizures, a 2003 study showed.

Robert J. DeLorenzo, of Virginia Commonwealth University, gave marijuana extract and synthetic marijuana to epileptic rats. The drugs rid the rats of the seizures for about 10 hours. Cannabinoids like the active ingredients in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (also known as THC), control seizures by binding to the brain cells responsible for controlling excitability and regulating relaxation.

The findings were published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

It also decreases the symptoms of a severe seizure disorder known as Dravet's Syndrome.

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Charlotte Figi has Dravet's Syndrome, and her parents are giving her marijuana to treat her seizures.

During the research for his documentary "Weed," Gupta interviewed the Figi family, who treats their 5-year-old daughter using a medical marijuana strain high in cannabidiol and low in THC.

Their daughter, Charlotte, has Dravet Syndrome, which causes seizures and severe developmental delays.

According to the film, the drug has decreased her seizures from 300 a week to just one every seven days. Forty other children in the state are using the same strain of marijuana to treat their seizures — and it seems to be working.

The doctors who recommended this treatment say that the cannabidiol in the plant interacts with the brain cells to quiet the excessive activity in the brain that causes these seizures.

As Gutpa notes, a Florida hospital that specializes in the disorder, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Drug Enforcement agency don't endorse marijuana as a treatment for Dravet or other seizure disorders.

A chemical found in marijuana stops cancer from spreading.

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CBD may help prevent cancer from spreading, researchers at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco reported in 2007.

Cannabidiol stops cancer by turning off a gene called Id-1, the study, published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, found. Cancer cells make more copies of this gene than non-cancerous cells, and it helps them spread through the body.

The researchers studied breast cancer cells in the lab that had high expression levels of Id-1 and treated them with cannabidiol. After treatment the cells had decreased Id-1 expression and were less aggressive spreaders.

In "WEED," Gupta also mentioned a few studies in the U.S., Spain, and Israel that suggest the compounds in cannabis could even kill cancer cells.

It may decrease anxiety.

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Medical marijuana users claim the drug helps relieve pain and suppress nausea — the two main reasons it's often used to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy.

In 2010, researchers at Harvard Medical School suggested that that some of the drug's benefits may actually be from reduced anxiety, which would improve the smoker's mood and act as a sedative in low doses.

Beware, though, higher doses may increase anxiety and make you paranoid.

THC slows the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
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Marijuana may be able to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease, a study LED by Kim Janda of the Scripps Research Institute suggests.

The 2006 study, published in the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics, found that THC, the active chemical in marijuana, slows the formation of amyloid plaques by blocking the enzyme in the brain that makes them. These plaques are what kill brain cells and cause Alzheimer's.

The drug eases the pain of multiple sclerosis.

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Marijuana may ease painful symptoms of multiple sclerosis, a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in May suggests.

Jody Corey-Bloom studied 30 multiple sclerosis patients with painful contractions in their muscles. These patients didn't respond to other treatments, but after smoking marijuana for a few days they were in less pain.

The THC in the pot binds to receptors in the nerves and muscles to relieve pain. Other studies suggest that the chemical also helps control the muscle spasms.

Other types of muscle spasms could be helped too.

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Other types of muscle spasms respond to marijuana as well. Gupta also found a teenager named Chaz who was using medical marijuana to treat diaphragm spasms that were untreatable by other, prescribed and very strong, medications.

His condition is called myoclonus diaphragmatic flutter (also known as Leeuwenhoek's Disease) and causes non stop spasming in the abdominal muscles which are not only painful, but interfere with breathing and speaking.

Smoking marijuana is able to calm the attacks almost immediately, as it calms the muscles of the diaphragm.

It lessens side effects from treating hepatitis C and increases treatment effectiveness.

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California dispensaries have been the subject of federal raids

Treatment for hepatitis C infection is harsh — negative side effects include fatigue, nausea, muscle aches, loss of appetite, and depression — and lasts for months. Many people aren't able to finish their treatment course because of the side effects.

But, pot to the rescue: A 2006 study in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology found that 86% of patients using marijuana successfully completed their Hep C therapy, while only 29% of non-smokers completed their treatment, possibly because the marijuana helps lessens the treatments side effects.

Marijuana also seems to improve the treatment's effectiveness: 54% of hep C patients smoking marijuana got their viral levels low and kept them low, in comparison to only 8% of nonsmokers.

Marijuana treats inflammatory bowel diseases.

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Patients with inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis could benefit from marijuana use, studies suggest.

University of Nottingham researchers found in 2010 that chemicals in marijuana, including THC and cannabidiol, interact with cells in the body that play an important role in gut function and immune responses. The study was published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

THC-like compounds made by the body increase the permeability of the intestines, allowing bacteria in. The plant-derived cannabinoids in marijuana block these body-cannabinoids, preventing this permeability and making the intestinal cells bond together tighter.
 

Jacobson Wyatt

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Generally, weed has been utilized as a herbal drug since the nineteenth and twentieth hundreds of years. Today, Maryjane's claim as a potential panacea is went down by innumerable reviews attributing its recuperating potential to its cannabis content.

Cannabis associate with your body by method for actually happening cannabis receptors installed in cell films all through your body. There are cannabis receptors in your mind, lungs, liver, kidneys, and insusceptible framework. Both the helpful and psychoactive properties of pot happen when a cannabis enacts a cannabis receptor.

There's as yet progressing research with respect to how far it impacts your well being, however to date, it's realized that cannabis receptors assume an imperative part in many body forms, including metabolic direction, longings, torment, uneasiness, bone development, and invulnerable function.2

Dr. Allan Frankel, a board-confirmed internist in California who has effectively treated patients with medicinal weed for not as much as 10 years, has by and by observed tumors for all intents and purposes vanish in a few patients utilizing no other treatment aside from taking 40 to 60 milligrams of cannabis a day.
 

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Here is a relevant link to the benefits of cannabis for lung cancer as a complimentary to the health benefits of marijuana.

This case/story is about Sharon Kelly. She was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer on January, 2014. Cancer was found in multiple areas of her body which were her left lung, three lymph nodes, and left collar bone. The survival rate for this cancer is only 1% in a span of 5 years.

Eliminating Terminal Lung Cancer with Cannabis
 

Ted

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Here is a relevant link to the benefits of cannabis for lung cancer as a complimentary to the health benefits of marijuana.

This case/story is about Sharon Kelly. She was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer on January, 2014. Cancer was found in multiple areas of her body which were her left lung, three lymph nodes, and left collar bone. The survival rate for this cancer is only 1% in a span of 5 years.

Eliminating Terminal Lung Cancer with Cannabis
This is how my dad went. He died in 6 months of being diagnosed and he smoked every day. It helped his pain, but it's nice to know that there are those who survive such a diagnosis. I hope that research will be opened worldwide to find even better uses to cure cancer. We can all hope for breakthroughs. I know the older I get, the more worried I become after seeing so many in my family pass from different types of cancer.

I have a good feeling about the coming years. The world is waking up to the realities of marijuana and each day makes me glad that I decided to take this project up.
 

kid4twenty

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Hi Ted
Thats very sad to hear, my condolences are with you 1000%. It must be horrible to lose a loved one from cancer, one of the hardest things to fathom I would believe. I haven't had anyone die in my family from cancer yet (except my brother, he died of a brain tumour before I was born-not sure if thats cancer?).

But yes this project of yours is a great idea! We must all band together to create a better future with Cannabis and what better way than a beautiful forum on marijuana that serves its people!

Kudos on the design! It looks and feels awesome here.
 

Ted

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Thanks @kid4twenty for the kind words. Cancer is the worst way to go that I have been personally connected to, although, there are even worse ones I am sure. It's given me a lot of desire to contribute to the niche. I appreciate the compliments as well. I try my best to make this as awesome as I can.
 

Ted

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I heard a lot about this and even Herbal Incense does that?
Herbal incense won't have any health benefits unless it's made from marijuana itself. You want the chemical bits of the marijuana to enter your body so it can start doing its thing. The incense is normally compressed woods, bark, flowers, and other combustibles. As much as I love burning those sweet smelling sticks and cones, it won't do anything for me except make me smell like the hippy that I am.
 

PamelaParker

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This is a great information about health benefits of marijuana. President Donald Trump promised not to interfere with people who use medical marijuana. Basically it's use for pain control. Recently found that marijuana is said to be a fantastic muscle relaxant, and people swear by its ability to lessen tremors in Parkinson’s disease. I have also heard of its use quite successfully for fibromyalgia, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, and most other conditions where the final common pathway is chronic pain.
 
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