How Medical Marijuana’s Chemicals May Protect Cells
You all know by now that I am a huge fan of homeopathic treatments, whenever possible, especially topicals and herbs that support whole body health, not just painkillers that come from plants. I know this a debated issue that many feel strongly about, but I live in a state that has sanely decided to legalize by a large margin this year, and where chronic pain patients were allowed to grow, transport, and keep large amounts at their disposal for the last few decades as well. Many of the most comprehensive studies about medical marijuana for specific conditions have been performed here in Portland, up at the Oregon Health and Science University.
Bottom line: Medical Marijuana brings my inflammation and pain down significantly compared to any single drug I take, and I take a bunch of those. I prefer to take a couple drops of a tincture that is almost completely free of THC, so there are no psychoactive effects, and it’s actually a product that is legal in every state in the country because it contains only the other, non-THC-cannibinoids that strongly promote decreases in inflammation and pain, that relax muscles, increase blood flow to brain and tissues all over the body (A major issue for those of us with fibro or other vascular disorders!). These cannibinoids, for those who are interested, include THCa, THCv, CBD, CBG, CBN, CBC, and many still unstudied terpenes and acids that could be the secret to treating an impressively wide array of issues, and each strain of the plant has a diffent terpene signature, so the potential is limitless here.
High CBD strains are stopping children from having grand mal seizures multiple times a week!!! That is pure, beautiful, plant magic.
It can save people from the most barbaric effects of chemo while at the same time helping to support the body killing off cancer cells, also a win!!
Getting people off of alcohol, heroin, crack, etc by switching them to harmless, time honored herbs, also a huge, huge win.
My doctor wants me to get injected with six shots of ketamine to help with my pain, and I rub that stuff all over my body regularly, too (prescription compound cream for pain patients). But why is that safer?! It isn’t. It just is not.
I could go on and on, but this is it for now. Though I will be reblogging and posting much more on this subject, regardless of how much my readership takes a dip. I am passionate about this subject and about this plant’s healing potential for an array of diseases, illnesses, conditions, and I am awed and grateful for the many terminal cases have been reversed with cannabis oil (often known as Rick Simpson Oil, RSO, Real Scientific Hemp Oil, RSHO, or Phoenix Tears).
I’m not just some hippie railing about the recreational awesomeness of a drug, I’m a medical patient saying, as so many fibro patients have said before me, that it is the only thing keeping me alive right now. None of my meds help, I only stay on them right now because the effects of withdrawal are nasty and I’m already detoxing off one icky drug. The exception being anti-spasm agents and muscle relaxers, I think I would die without those too, my body would get to the point where I could not longer walk in a short number of days; all those trigger points would spread and spread until I was just one giant ball of tension. Even on mega muscle relaxers, my muscles get so damn knotted!!! A rub with cannabis in it helps greatly to increase circulation during massage, and that can really help break that fibrous, nasty knotty material in my shoulder, back, neck, head, chest, and legs. Especially if you’re not interested in ingesting it, but want the anti-inflammatory effects, Puna Butter is a great rub, as is Balchemy, and I just make my own because it requires very few ingredients, just some planning a head a couple months to make the tinctures in veggie glycerin (have alcohol intolerance sometimes, so I hate the ones made with everclear!!!!) and then two minutes to whip up a nourishing, completely edible muscle rub. Adding a few drops of essential oils like Thyme, Ginger, Peppermint, etc, to the mixture will lessen your tension even more.
. Although the federal government still lists marijuana as a Schedule I drug, a class “with no currently accepted medical use,” a body of recent research—most of it done in test tubes and animals, but some done in people—suggests that cannabinoids, which are the active ingredients in marijuana, may have medicinal uses even beyond the approved ones.
Further preliminary work indicates that the chemicals may slow the growth of tumors and reduce brain damage in Alzheimer’s disease.
The chemical that induces marijuana’s trippy effects, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), was isolated in 1964. Several other components have been described since, including cannabidiol, the compound used by the epilepsy patients, which does not make people high
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