Cannabis medicinal properties

Paracelsus knew that the distance between the poison and the cure was only measured in dosage 500 years ago. There's no point in telling what the human liver thinks about the difference between a glass and a bottle of wine. However, how easy it is to cause outrage in medical and near-medical circles, saying that the same is true of the famous cannabis (Indian hemp sowing, Cannabis sativa), which is used to make no less famous marijuana, we have better known as anasha or "weed".Cannabis medicinal properties

Meanwhile, in this case it is exactly the same: low doses of this plant material can be an excellent cure. The use of cannabis for medicinal purposes has its roots in the medical traditions of ancient China, India and Egypt, says the chairman of the Cannabis - in Medicine Society, Cologne doctor Franjo Grotenhermen. By the way, the above-mentioned society is a union of German-speaking doctors, pharmacologists and, most importantly, patients who are in favor of allowing the use of cannabis for medical purposes. Their statements are based on the desire to help many patients who suffer from the side effects of traditional medicines.

The history of cannabis in medicine

But let's return from the rallying supporters of marijuana legalization to the history of the issue. In the medical textbooks of European doctors hemp got in the middle of the XIX century with the help of British physicians, who brought knowledge about medicinal herbs from the then colonial India. They appreciated the analgesic, soothing and anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis.

What diseases does cannabis help with?Cannabis medicinal properties

But this discovery did not calm down: 25 years ago, having combed the human body from top to bottom, they were still able to describe the specific cannabinoid receptors found in the brain, the immune system and some other organs. There are especially many of these receptors in those parts of the brain that are responsible for pain perception. This is why the cannabis is often tried and used in chronic pain (migraine, degenerative changes in the musculoskeletal system, nerve damage, etc.).

THC is best studied to suppress nausea and stimulate appetite in AIDS and cancer patients. Thus, patients with severe forms of malignant tumours often suffer from the effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, the most frequent of which is nausea. It can be so severe that patients often just can not eat. And since the substances contained in the hemp, in addition to suppressing the feeling of nausea, and stimulate appetite, their use could prevent the increasing weight loss of patients (add: in case of permission to use cannabis).

The positive effect of cannabis on eye diseases associated with increased intraocular pressure has also been clinically studied and confirmed (cannabis decreases the pressure inside the orbit by 50%). As far as cannabis overdose is concerned, this condition is dangerous only for the patient's psyche, as there are no receptors to cannabis in the vital centers of the medulla oblongata. Despite these benefits, cannabis is officially banned in most countries.

The main problem was only that the concentration of the active ingredient in the cannabis was quite unstable, although the dosages had to be kept very accurate. Today, pharmacologists already know exactly what is useful in hemp: from 480 known to date chemical compounds, the main active substance (from the point of view of pharmacists).





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