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Health Conditions Treated with Medical Cannabis

Medical Cannabis being an alternative to traditional pharmaceutical pills and their many debilitating side effects, medical cannabis has helped aid in a wide variety of conditions, including:
• AIDS
• Anorexia
• Anxiety
• Arthritis
• Asthma
• Cancer
• Chronic Pain
• Depression
• Epilepsy
• Glaucoma
• Headache
• Insomnia
• Migraines
• Nausea
• Premenstrual Tension
• Withdrawal from other drugs
• And many other conditions

Important*: Cannabis will have variable effects when used by different people and under different circumstances. You must discuss indications and side effects with your doctor.

THC Cannabinoid Patent

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Scientific Findings

Marijuana has been shown to have anti-oxidant properties and actually inhibits the growth of tumors.(1)

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, medical cannabis was effective in reducing pain and sleep disturbance in patients with multiple sclerosis. (2)

“These responses are the most impressive to me,” says Sulak, who practices at Maine Integrative Healthcare in Manchester. Maine is one of 20 states, along with the District of Columbia, where medical marijuana is legal. “With inflammatory bowel disease, we’ll see patients who were at death’s door turn around dramatically.” (3)

Opiates such as morphine and codeine are the most commonly used drugs for acute pain, but often result in debilitating side effects like nausea, sedation, and dependency. Cannabis can provide similar treatment without these adverse side effects. (4)

There is evidence that cannabis use among Hepatitis C patients who are undergoing treatment has been beneficial by helping them maintain adherence to the challenging medication regiment. (5)

Results from our analysis suggest that subjects with bipolar disorder and history of CUDs demonstrate significantly better neurocognitive performance, particularly on measures of attention, processing speed, and working memory. (6)

Cannabinoids have pain relieving effect in cancer patients and may inhibit the growth of tumor cells. (1)

Oncologists have favorable opinions on the use of marijuana to prevent vomiting in cancer chemotherapy patients. (6)

Cannabis extracts improved intractable neurogenic symptoms such as pain, impaired bladder control, muscle spasms, and spasticity. (8)

The DEA’s Administrative Law Judge, Francis Young: “In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume.”(9)

“Smoked cannabis was well tolerated and effectively relieved chronic neuropathic pain from HIV-associated sensory neuropathy.”(10)

More than 6,500 reports and journal articles support the use of cannabis as medicine, including studies commissioned by the US government, which currently does not support legalization.(11)

References
1. Guzman, Manuel. “Cannabinoids: Potential Anticancer Agents.” Nature Reviews, Vol. 3: p. 745. October 2003.

2. Rog, David J. et. al. “Randomized, controlled trial of cannabis-based medicine in central pain in multiple sclerosis.” Neurology 65(6):812-9. American Academy of Neurology. 2005. http://www.neurology.org/cgi/content/abstract/65/6/812

3. Vaida, Bara. “Results of Marijuana Research.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 24 Jan. 2017.

4. Joy, Janet E., et. al. Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base. National Academy Press: Washington, D.C. 1999, pp. 140. 5.Sylvestre, Diana L., et. al. “Cannabis use improves retention and virological outcomes in patients treated for hepatitis C.” European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 18(10): 1057-1063, October 2006.

6. Braga, MD, Raphael J. “60 Peer-Reviewed Studies on Medical Marijuana – Medical Marijuana – ProCon.org.” ProConorg Headlines. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Jan. 2017.

7. Rick Doblin, PhD. Mark A. R. Kleiman, PhD. “Marijuana as Antiemetic Medicine: A Survey of Oncologists’ Experiences and Attitudes” July 1991

8. Derick T. Wade, MD, . “A Preliminary Controlled Study to Determine Whether Whole-Plant Cannabis Extracts Can Improve Intractable Neurogenic Symptoms” February 2003

9. US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, “In the Matter of Marijuana Rescheduling Petition,” [Docket #86-22], (September 6, 1988), p. 57. http://www.druglibrary.org/olsen/medical/young/young4.html

10. Abrams, Donald, M.D., et. al. “Cannabis in painful HIV-associated sensory neuropathy: A randomized placebo-controlled trial.” Neurology, Vol. 68: p. 515. 2007.

11. “Medical Cannabis Research: What does the evidence say?” Americans For Safe Access.; Elders, Joycelyn. “Myths About Medical Marijuana.” The Providence Journal, 26 March 2004.