Medical marijuana

This outstanding film explains the medical use and working of the Cannabis Sativa plant, also known as marijuana or hemp. Scientists, patients, a family doctor, a pharmacist, an anesthetist and a medicinal Cannabis producer, give their views on this versatile plant and its medicinal effects.  40 min. (Source)

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At Second Clinical Cannabis Therapeutics Conference in Portland, OR (2002), Dr. Ethan Russo recounts major studies on the use of marijuana by different populations.
Beginning with the India Hemp Drugs Commission in 1893, Dr. Russo reports that every study came to basically the same conclusion –
Society has no cause for concern regarding the effects of Cannabis use on health or crime, and in fact, it has many positives – like medicinal value, spiritual traditions and productivity.

Watch the entire presentation: Long Term Use of Medical Cannabis.


From The Endocannabinoid System as an Emerging Target of Pharmacotherapy:

Marijuana, or cannabis, is the most widely used illicit drug in Western societies and also the one with the longest recorded history of human use.  The popularity of marijuana as a recreational drug is due to its ability to alter sensory perception and cause elation and euphoria, most vividly described by the 19th century French poet, Charles Baudelaire, in his book Les Paradis Artificiels.

However, the ability of extracts of the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa) to cause a variety of medicinal effects unrelated to its psychoactive properties had been recognized as early as the third millennium BC, when Chinese texts described its usefulness in the relief of pain and cramps.

In ancient India, the anxiety-relieving effect of bhang (the Indian term for marijuana ingested as food) had been recorded more than 3000 years ago.  The use of cannabis or hashish as a psychoactive substance reached Europe and the Americas through the Arab world in the 19th century.  During the same period, cannabis extracts had gained widespread use for medicinal purposes until 1937, when concern about the dangers of abuse led to the banning of marijuana for further medicinal use in the United States.

The rather turbulent history of marijuana and the recent resurgence of interest in its medicinal properties have been the subject of excellent reviews.

Added to this interest is the emergence of the endocannabinoid system, offering not only new insights into the mechanisms underlying the therapeutic actions of plant-derived phytocannabinoids but also novel molecular targets for pharmacotherapy.

6 thoughts on “Medical marijuana

  1. It is quite elusive, as you can rarely find it. I, scientist and artist, would like to partake in the joyous consumption of the cannabis flowers, mostly to eat. I love the plant design, and I have even uprooted a plant growing on a spring day, because I was afraid that someone else would reap my special plant. I am uncomfortable with the fact that it was prohibited spirituality, there in my long walks from the old world into the metaphysical future. I will obey the law mostly to conserve, or rather, multiply yields to the greats of thinkers. I just find myself smoking dry green herbs to simulate the effects of cannabis (vs. miniature cilantro joints). That’s enough to reminisce the precious echo of detail that has been imprinted in my memory. I prefer Marijuana and aromatherapy in my meditations; very tranquil.


  2. I have type 2 diabetes and glacoma. I have been on the CURE (cannibus oiil ) for 2 years.
    I eat 1/2 gm of oil each morning. size of a small pea.
    I have lost 80 lbs and my sugar counts have gone from 14 to 6.5
    My eye pressure counts have dropped from 28 to 18

    My hubby used this oil on a hard lump on his arm that WAS skin cancer, the oil softened the mole and skunk it back into his skin it no longer is there.


  3. i made rick simpson oil
    now two weeks on 1/4 of a grain
    have nausea till day one
    my wife took it for a month
    have nausea tyill day one
    is it a normal side effect
    thank you


  4. This is a New :Yorker book review on the necessity of marijuana to save land and the family farm. It argues for small growersor truly medicinal use, genuine organic methods and sources must be protected. 4 deaths in Calif. from a U of Calif., Davis, incident were due to aspergillis in the medicinal marijuana. The seed, if it has been composted with compost which is made from sources on which poisons are allowed, can be contaminated for generations. This happened with the use of Eagle 20, a fungicide which also caused, as I recall, one death in an immuno-compromised patient. Eagle 20, like many fungicides, herbicides, pesticides, is systemic. It lives in generations of seeds after only one application on the founding seed. Medical marijuana has also been compromised by a worker who came to a marijuana grow-op from working in a chicken barn. Salmonella was spread throughout the crop. It has also been compromised in transport from chemicals or microbiomes on the transporters clothing or transport vehicle. If you are using medical marijuana, it MUST be thoroughly tested in a lab to ISO standards. ISO standards can be awarded to a lab for only one item to test or for a range. Only ONE lab, in California, that I know of tests to ISO standards for a range: heavy metals, fungus, poisons, etc etc etc and is federally licensed and ISO certified to do so.


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