A little goes a long way in helping with Pain and Anxiety

A little goes along way!

In 2019 a committee reported the health effects of cannabis, these were experts in the areas of marijuana, addiction, oncology, cardiology, neurodevelopment, respiratory disease, paediatric and adolescent health, immunology, toxicology, pre-clinical research, epidemiology, systematic review and public health. The committee considered therapeutic uses of cannabis and cannabinoids for the treatment of many diseases, we combined the conclusions of their reports with a research done on users with these diseases using medicinal cannabis.

They reported that cannabis or cannabinoids was effective for

  • treatment of chronic pain
  • treatment for chemotherapy (vomiting and nausea)
  • improving patient-reported multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms
  • short-term sleep outcomes in individuals with sleep disturbance associated with obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome

Another report in 2019 confirmed these outcomes.  The HPRA (The Health Products Regulatory Authority) stated to have found ‘moderate benefits’ from using cannabis in a small number and no effect when in large numbers. They did expected cannabis to have potential therapeutic benefits, however more research was necessary. Concluding; that íf cannabis will be used for medical purposes, it’s effective for deceases that was resistant to or failed to respond to the standard medication:

  • multiple sclerosis spasticity
  • treatment for chemotherapy (vomiting and nausea)
  • epilepsy (also confirmed by WHO)

In a patient survey the results suggest that Cannabis is an extremely safe and effective medication for many chronic pain patients. The results show that cannabis helps in treatment of pain (64%), anxiety (50%) and insomnia (45%). Most of the respondents did not experience any adverse effects (71%) and 6% did experience some cough or throat irritation and sometimes both.

There are three kinds of cannabis.

  • Cannabis Ruderalis; not a tall plant, has three leaves in a cluster and two small leaves. It is basically a wild plant. They almost always have less tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and more cannabidiol (CBD). Which makes the Ruderalis useful for therapeutic effects that are beneficial because of the CBD than the THC.
  • Sativa, a tall plant with a very skinny leaf, the bud structure is long, not dense. For recreational users Sativa provides a high appetite and cravings for sweets. Which is why this kind of cannabis is especially useful and vital for people during chemotherapy because of the nausea and the loss of appetite.
  • The third is an Indica, a very dense and compact plant. The Indica consists of a lot of cannabinoids THC, CBD and CBN. Unlike the other plants Indica doesn’t produce more of one or the other, but produces equally and high amount of all three. Often the Cannabis Indica is grown for their medicinal and psychoactive benefits and are used the most for medicinal purposes of all three cannabis plants.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3998228/

http://allcatsrgrey.org.uk/wp/download/pharmacy/CMO_Report_Cannabis_Products_Web_Accessible.pdf

https://hashmuseum.com/nl/de-plant/cannabis-soorten/

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