Study: History of Cannabis Use Associated With Lower Risk of Liver Disease

From NORML

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Santander, Spain: Subjects with a history of cannabis use are less likely than abstainers to develop non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to longitudinal data published in the journal Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry.

A team of Spanish investigators assessed the relationship between cannabis use and liver steatosis over a three-year period. They determined that those subjects “who reported continuing cannabis use were at lower risk for developing NAFLD.”

They concluded: “Our results suggest that using cannabis could have a protective effect on liver steatosis. The beneficial effect of cannabis at the level of the development of steatosis seems to be secondary to its modulation effect on weight gain and the reduced development of obesity. … These results are in line with previous studies in the general population, in which cannabis showed significantly lower NAFLD prevalence compared to non-users.”

For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director. Full text of the study, “Cannabis consumption and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: A three years longitudinal study in first episode non-affective psychosis patients,” appears in Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry.

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Seniors Are Erasing the Line Between Medical & Recreational Cannabis Use

From leafly.com

Bruce Kennedy

It’s pretty common knowledge that seniors are the fastest-growing group of new cannabis consumers in the US.

One of the biggest surprises in the study: 54% of cannabis-consuming seniors used the product both medically and recreationally.
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How to Start Using CBD | Dr. Josh Axe

Don’t bother with Wikipedia for information about CBD. Here is what they have removed from the “encyclopedia”:

“A 2018 meta-analysis compared the potential therapeutic properties of “purified CBD” with full-plant, CBD-rich cannabis extracts for treating refractory (treatment-resistant) epilepsy, noting several differences.[95] The daily average dose for people using full-plant extracts was more than four times lower than for those using purified CBD, indicating a possible synergistic effect (or “entourage effect“) between CBD and other plant compounds. For epileptics, CBD-rich extracts were found to have a “better therapeutic potential” and had fewer adverse effects than purified CBD.[95]

Also be sure to check out Project CBD’s guide to dosing with CBD and THC

1899 Merck Manual lists Cannabis Indica as Medicine 62 Times

Merck’s 1899 Manual of the Materia Medica by Merck & Co.

The following is an excerpt from GreenMedInfo

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Materia Medica is a Latin term for the extant body of collected knowledge about the therapeutic properties of any substance used for healing (i.e., medicines).

Perhaps what is the most striking thing about the first 1899 edition of the Merck Manual is that many of the remedies listed are entirely natural. It would not be until 1906 that Congress, with the strong support of President Theodore Roosevelt, would pass the Pure Food and Drug Act, which would usher in the era of pharmaceutical medicine, largely consisting of patented, synthetically produced medications. In 1899, the standard of care included toxic compounds like arsenic and mercury, as well as completely natural ones derived from common plants and foods, but few if any patented drugs.

The Pharmaceutical Industry Has Always Depended on Natural Medicine

While this may be counintertuivive about the origins of what has become, arguably, the world’s most powerful international pharmaceutical company, namely: natural medicine is still the basis for the vast majority of today’s blockbuster pharmaceutical products. In fact, 63% (537 of 847 small molecule-based pharmaceuticals) of all drugs introduced since 1981 were derived from natural products or had a natural product-inspired design. And perhaps even more noteworthy, of the 155 anti-cancer drugs developed since the 1940’s, only one would be considered de novo chemical (with absolutely no relationship to inspiration from a natural chemical compound!)1

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Kicking the opioid habit using Cannabis

From the comments on our post, Marijuana treats addiction:

Justin from Jersey

I want to give thanks to all doctors and researchers who have taken the time to investigate medical properties of marijuana.I first want to say I consider my self a street researcher of marijuana with no formal training or education of the matter.from the moment I took my first puff of marijuana the creative juices started to flow on how we could cure the world of alot of problems with this medicine.but drug dependence was first that came to mind.as I’ve been addicted to opiates and other drugs myself.I started with my own trial by fire by growing dozens of different strains over the years and finding there positive an negative properties.I started an alternative group for dependency not aa not Na but a group I called Green clean.which was a group that met every other day in the woods behind my house and smoked communally, and spoke of our problems of addiction.marijuana not only causes one to open up about things a bit easier but take in information a bit differently. I grew everything that was smoked donations wer excepted but absolutely expected cause that’s not what it was about.unfortunately I couldn’t keep up with amounts needed to get by and a couple creep cops breaking up a positive thing ruined it.but guess what a group of five then ten then twenty all the way upto fifty ppl at times managed to get off hard drugs together.success rate of 80% after all said and done.before this I entered a drug treatment facility and the counselor told me 2 out of the 30 ppl in the room would stay clean.I wasn’t impressed or empowered by this.I felt doomed.so those who say traditional treatment works if u work it b.s..I dream of having the resources and the education to start a solid program and facility. I feel we would hugely benefit from this as a society. Numbers dont lie.But what the hell do i know I’m just a 30 yr old burnout from Jersey.thanks for reading if you read help this mission.peace love and happiness. ONE LOVE!!!

Stanleemouse

I’ve been using cannabis to curve my appetite for Opiates. I was an IV opiate user for 18years. After many treatments (inpatient varying from 1 to 6months), methadone, 12 step follow through attempts. My M. O. was kick feel better put pieces of life back together than as soon as I felt better I would lose it all again. This sounds overdramatic because it was, I became unbelievably discouraged with life. I have always loved marijuana but I was always told all or nothing. I would find smoking took away my cravings? The problem guilt for lying to those around me in recovery who would have not have been OK with me using more then asprin. Finally I excepted I was going to die with a needle in my arm or I’m going to get stoned when I want and fuck dishonesty and guilt! I’m OK with needing something, I was rapidly running out of time trying to adapt to spiritual principles that people have recovered with successfully. I haven’t had a spike in my vain or any opiod use for 4 years now. After spending 20 going back and forth from clean to using with never more then a total of 118 days consecutively without relapse. It was my ego not wanting to admit I couldn’t do what others could on there spiritual journey of recovery. Once I stop caring what you thought and respected my choice I was free. . Now it’s amazing to have so many folks with similar pasts experiencing the same results. Fellowship is important and as more people realize the lesser of two evils is OK the larger it gets!