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Medical Marijuana for Pets

Before his owners started dosing him with a daily drop of marijuana, Garfield the cat’s nine lives were rapidly running out. The 18-year-old feline — whose name has been changed to protect patient confidentiality — suffered from a host of painful conditions. These included thyroid and heart disease, severe arthritis, renal failure and chronic pancreatitis, a condition that caused him …

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Cannabis for Asthma

Though smoking Cannabis may be carcinogenic, THC in Cannabis can be effective in easing inflammation in the lungs. THC helps dilate the bronchi and bronchioles, decreasing resistance in the respiratory airway and increasing airflow to the lungs. Study The acute effects of smoked 2 per cent natural marijuana (7 mg per kg) and 15 mg of oral Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on …

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Cannabis Compound Found to Treat Schizophrenia

A compound found in marijuana can help treat schizophrenia as effectively as standard antipsychotic drugs—and with fewer side effects—according to the results of a new clinical trial, reports The Fix columnist Maia Szalavitz in Time. Researchers at University of Cologne in Germany studied 39 people with schizophrenia, all hospitalized for a psychotic episode. Twenty of the patients were given cannabidiol …

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Study Shows Cannabinoids Inhibit Tumor Growth

Research Suggests Chemopreventive Benefits Of Cannabis In a study published in the August edition of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology,Japanese researchers found cannabinoids to be useful in battling cancerous tumors. The study was conducted by initiating tumor growth in mice and treating them with synthetic cannabinoids. Synthetic cannabinoids differ from phytocannabinoids (found in plants, such as cannabis) in that they are full …

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Non-Smokers Can Still Benefit from Medical Marijuana

There are a number of conditions that medical marijuana can be used to treat, from glaucoma to chronic pain. And in Nevada, all that you need is your medical marijuana card to be able to buy it from a licensed medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas. Whilst when most people imagine consuming marijuana to be done in a smoking form, …

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Marijuana Chemical Fights Hardened Arteries

The active ingredient in marijuana that produces changes in brain messages appears to fight atherosclerosis — a hardening of the arteries. But puffing pot probably won’t help. The findings, reported in the journal Nature, “should not be taken to mean that smoking marijuana is beneficial for the heart,” says Michael Roth, MD, a professor of medicine at UCLA medical school. …

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Marijuana for Epilepsy

The anticonvulsant properties of marijuana may be the oldest of its known medical benefits. Marijuana was used as a medicine for epilepsy by ancient societies in China, Africa, India, Greece and Rome. Written testimonies of its usefulness, such as the one by Dr. W.B. O’Shaughnessy appeared in Western scientific journals in the 19th century. Dr. O’Shaughnessy’s classic account of the …

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Cannabis for Arthritis

Spray Study A study by GW Pharmaceuticals shows benefits in treatment of arthritis.  The study included 58 RA patients. They had no history of psychiatric disorders, substance misuse, epilepsy, or severe heart, kidney, or liver problems. First, patients rated their pain at rest, during movement, and first thing in the morning. They also rated their quality of sleep. Next, the …

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Marijuana: The Next Diabetes Drug?

Using cannabis may help marijuana users to stay slim and lower their risk of developing diabetes, according to the latest study, which suggests that cannabis compounds may help in controlling blood sugar. Although marijuana has a reputation for increasing appetite (what stoners call “the munchies”) the new research, which was published in the American Journal of Medicine, is not the …

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Cannabis for Attention Deficit Disorder, ADD and ADHD

Categorizing The Condition Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a very broad category of conditions that share some symptoms but appear to result from different underlying causes. Most seem to involve, at least in part, imbalances in neural transmitter levels and functions. Some experts in the field expect that the broad category of ADD will be refined in the future, with …

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