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Marijuana and Its Use in Treating Seizures

Seizures can range from a minor convulsion to more severe convulsions which can be life-threatening. A variety of triggers including biological and psychological, can induce these episodes. Biological origins of seizures are typically treated with a range of anti-seizure medications. More than half of these patients experience no relief from their first medication and some don’t patients are treatment resistant. New research into the chemical compounds found in cannabis prove that cannabidiol (CBD), a non-hallucinogenic compound, is effective at reducing the amount of seizures in people with epilepsy, and in some cases, completely eliminate these painful symptoms. Cannabis Helps With Treatment-Resistant Forms of Epilepsy When about one-third of patients don’t experience relief with any existing anti-seizure medications, these patients begin...

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Can Cannabis Reverse the Carcinogenic Effect of Tobacco?

Tobacco smokers are often inundated with health advice from nearly everyone they know, and sometimes people they don’t know. Fortunately, when you stop smoking, your chances of developing a smoking-related type of cancer diminish the longer you steer clear of tobacco. Unfortunately, however, smoking cigarettes, even just a little, can have drastic consequences on our health and can lead to at least 14 different types of cancer. Apart from quitting your smoking habit, regular exercise and proper nutrition can go a long way in improving your respiratory health along with plenty more health benefits. Medical cannabis, in particular, has been shown to destroy cancer cells, reduce the growth of tumors, and control how far they spread. Cannabis Inhibits Cancer Cell...

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Cannabis as a Successful Hypertension Treatment

If you have constant high blood pressure, you’re not alone. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 3 U.S. adults have abnormally high blood pressure. Causes of hypertension include alcohol abuse, tobacco use, chronic stress, poor nutrition, age, and genetics. Treatment usually involves a dramatic change in lifestyle in terms of health and an assortment of medications to reduce blood pressure.  Some patients suffer from treatment-resistant hypertension that can’t be alleviated with multiple medications. Fortunately, research into medical cannabis has shown that when cannabinoids are activated, they interact with our endocannabinoid system which regulates a variety of biological responses including blood pressure. Cannabinoids Reduce Hypertension A study published in 2008 concluded that the chemical compounds found...

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Can Cannabis Be Used to Treat Asthma?

At first glance, smoking cannabis to treat asthma symptoms like coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath doesn’t seem like a good idea. We’ve heard countless public service announcements warning us that smoking (anything at all) is detrimental to our health. It turns out, however, that cannabis, even when smoked, can help people with asthma and other respiratory conditions. How Does Cannabis Treat Asthma? Asthma patients suffer from acute reactions to a number of environmental stimuli that can trigger their throat to swell making it hard to breath. The swelling is primarily caused by the inflammation and tightening of muscles in their throat. Research indicates that cannabinoids, the compounds found in the cannabis plant, contain anti-inflammatory properties to help minimize symptoms...

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How Doctors Are Treating Neuropathic Pain With Cannabis

Neuropathic pain can cause unbearable pain that’s often resistant to common treatments. In fact, clinical trials show that only half of the participants experienced any meaningful neuropathic pain relief from conventional prescription medications. Coupled with adverse side effects, these analgesic drugs aren’t the best option for many seeking effective neuropathic pain relief.  People who have tried every other treatment with minimal success can try medical cannabis as an alternative treatment. Research indicates that the compounds found in cannabis can be a potent supplement to a multidisciplinary treatment regimen. Along with physical therapy, cannabis can reduce pain caused by damaged or destroyed nerve cells. Cannabis Can Effectively and Safely Relieve Pain Canada approved the oromucosal spray, Sativex, for neuropathic pain in...

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