Components of the marijuana plant may have medicinal properties

federal government classifies marijuana as a 'Schedule One' substance which has no medicinal value.

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The medical use of cannabis has been shown to help people with glaucoma, neuropathy, loss of appetite connected with a medical condition or treatment, chronic or acute pain, multiple sclerosis, , associated with , Tourette’s syndrome, anxiety, and insomnia.

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States with generally have some form of patient registry, which may provide some protection against arrest for possession up to a certain amount of marijuana for personal medicinal use.

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Federal policy has failed to keep pace with recent scientific advances. Laboratory research has elucidated the far-flung endocannabinoid system that modulates neurotransmitter networks throughout the body through cannabinoid-1 (CB1) receptors that are preferentially distributed in the brain and cannabinoid-2 (CB2) receptors that are prominent in gut and immune tissues. Among dozens of cannabinoids in raw marijuana, two show medicinal promise. The first, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), is the CB1 ligand that recreational users prize. The second, cannabidiol (CBD), acting on CB2, lacks psychoactivity but works synergistically with Δ9-THC to minimize “highs” and maximize analgesia.

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Oddly enough, the western world did not catch on to the concept of medical cannabis until the 1800ds, when an Irish doctor, William O’Shaughnessy, recently back from India, began using cannabis to successfully treat nausea, diarrhea, muscle spasms and pain. Other western doctors, including many in the United States soon followed suit with researches and clinical usage of their own. They were all finding that cannabis; frequently known today as marijuana, is medicine.

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In India around 300 A.D. cannabis, as written in the Ayurvedic medical text, was being used to treat pain, insomnia and headaches. The same text describes its use as an anesthetic for surgical procedures.

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It’s interesting to note, despite the rising power of the pharmaceutical establishment and the FDA, the American Medical Association was still promoting the safe medical use of cannabis into the 1940s. The AMA still recognized that cannabis, also called marijuana, was a valuable medicine.

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Despite its changing legal status, research into the medicinal uses of cannabis continued around the world. Researchers and practitioners could not just ignore the findings of the ancient physicians or the numerous studies performed by western scientists and medical doctors such as the Irishman, William O’Shaughnessy.

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For example, in the 1960s, doctors in both Argentina and what is now the Czech Republic published studies demonstrating the antibiotic properties of cannabis. At the same time, in the United States, researchers were discovering the benefits of cannabis on reducing intraocular pressure, the main cause of glaucoma. Patients feeling the relief from this pressure and pain and their doctors recognized that cannabis (marijuana) was a vital and valuable medicine.