Any intellectually honest medical professional or scientific researcher would draw the conclusion that cannabis is a valuable and safe medicine with the ability to treat several diseases. This consensus shows the ridiculousness of the plant’s Schedule 1 status. This Schedule 1 classification obviously halts, and in many cases prevents, any extended cannabis research. Draw your own conclusions as to who benefits the most from this. As legalization slowly takes hold nationwide, it should finally open the door for much needed research on what cannabis can treat, what it can’t, how much to ingest and how to ingest it, and so on.
Cannabis as an effective treatment for cancer patients
Cannabis as an effective treatment for cancer is not just restricted to anecdotal patient reports anymore. As the layers of cannabis prohibition are being pulled back, more clinical case studies and preclinical studies are being released that point to the fact that cannabinoids shrink tumors. Can cannabis treat all forms of cancer? Right now, it would appear that might just be the case.
Recommended dosages and preferred strains
When you buy a bottle of aspirin to treat a headache, the label tells you how many to take and how often in order to treat the headache. There are also warnings about the potential side effects. In the future, we should see more of this when it comes to medical cannabis – although cannabis is safer than aspirin, so we won’t likely see as many side effect warnings. While we have a good idea about the therapeutic benefits of THC and CBD, there are still over 100 unknown cannabinoids that need to be discovered and researched. What, if any, implications could these unknown cannabinoids have for medicine? Will isolating specific cannabinoids prove to be more beneficial for certain disorders, or is it best to ingest the whole plant medicine?
Cannabis use for brain and cognitive problems
Recent studies are smashing the age-old prohibitionist myth that cannabis causes permanent brain damage and reduces IQ points. One 2014 study suggested that cannabis could slow the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Another study proved that cannabis could help heal brain damage brought upon by alcoholism, and maybe even stroke or concussions.
Using cannabis to help treat addictions
From a rise in heroin use to the over prescribing of Oxycodone, the U.S. is experiencing an opioid addiction crisis. There are many doctors and medical professionals that believe cannabis can be a much safer alternative to opioid painkillers. In addition, heroin and alcohol addicts have reported that cannabis helped them get sober – or at least as sober as one can be while regularly ingesting the plant-medicine.