On Friday the 2nd of October 2015 the house of South African medicinal cannabis oil producer and cannabis activist Sheldon Cramer - also known as Bobby Greenhash and 'the Robin Hood of cannabis oil' - was raided. Cramer, who was not home at the time, went into hiding with his family in the ZwaZulu Natal bush.
The history of medical cannabis is long and turbulent, encompassing almost every corner of the globe and spanning over 6,000 years. Here, we set out what we believe are the most significant milestones on the long march to gain recognition of cannabis as a powerful, effective, and safe medicine.
Attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) is a neurological disorder characterized by impulsiveness, inattention and hyperactivity. ADD/ADHD is one of a group of neuropsychiatric conditions (that also includes schizophrenia and autism) now linked to a dysfunctional endocannabinoid system.
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are characterized by difficulty with social interaction, repetitive behaviour and limited empathy with peers. Some forms of autism also lead to cognitive and linguistic impairment, although Asperger’s syndrome is an exception to this. So what role does the endocannabinoid system have to play?
There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that the endocannaboid system has a fundamental role to play in various aspects of the aging process, both mental and somatic. Furthermore, regular use of cannabis itself may assist in slowing down this process, although the precise mechanism of action has not been ascertained.
The Scientist is a documentary that tells the story of Nobel price nominee Prof. Raphael Mechoulam. It dives into his early days as a child of the Holocaust in Bulgaria, his immigration to Israel, and his career as the chief investigator into the chemistry and biology of the world’s most misunderstood plant: Cannabis Sativa L.
Myalgic encephalopathy (ME) is a complex and controversial disorder characterized by chronic symptoms of fatigue that have no apparent cause and are not relived by rest. Although there is very little empirical research into the potential for cannabis to treat ME, countless sufferers report feeling subjective relief. Read more here.
The menopause is the term for the stage of life wherein a human female ceases to menstruate, and permanently loses the ability to have children. Strictly, menopause refers to the point at which a woman has not experienced a menstrual period for twelve months; the years of biological disturbances either side of this point are known as the 'perimenopause'.
Those of you who have read my previous blogs for Sensi Seeds will know that I have written about Michelle X before. She has recently had a new wave of attention after TV broadcaster Channel 5 portrayed her as a benefit scrounger – completely ignoring the basic facts of how cannabis has been scientifically proven to help with MS.
The main difference between therapeutic and compassionate use lies in the context in which cannabis is used for its medicinal properties. Broadly speaking, we can define the therapeutic use of cannabis as use supported by medical prescription for diseases with accepted and proven indications, and involving approved products, either certified medical marijuana, standardised extracts, or capsules containing THC or its derivatives, provided these are produced and obtained under controlled conditions.
The latest edition of the prestigious magazine The British Medical Journal includes an interesting study entitled “Continued Cannabis use and risk of incidence and persistence of psychotic symptoms: 10-year follow-up cohort study." A lot has been said and written about the relationship between cannabis and psychosis. In this article, we will analyse the content of this latest study, as well as its contribution to this controversial subject.
Cannabis has been known for millennia as a means to stimulate appetite and encourage consumption of food, and has long been used as a treatment for anorexia and related eating disorders. Now, modern research is finding that the link between the endocannabinoid system and diseases like anorexia is far deeper than ever suspected.
Can Cannabis oil reduce cancerous tumors? A question more and more researchers are trying to answer. For the detailed report, please take a look at the BBC Newsnight video below.
In today’s “Your opinion” we collected different quotes in regards to medicinal cannabis for kids, which is becoming more accepted throughout the USA and is even starting to be looked at seriously in Europe. Certain subjects though remain extremely controversial such as the use of cannabis and its extracts on children. Below, we have gathered opinions from different platforms, and we’d like to invite you to share your point of view with us.
Cannabis has been used to treat topical wounds such as cuts and burns for millennia. Now, modern research is investigating the science behind cannabis’ ability to treat topical injuries, and is discovering exactly how vast a role the endocannabinoid system plays in the maintenance of healthy skin and wound healing.
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that currently affects up to 300 million people worldwide, and was responsible for approximately 250,000 deaths in 2011. Cannabis has been used as a means of treating the symptoms of asthma for millennia, in various medicinal traditions including those of ancient India and China.
Opiate dependence can have severely detrimental effects on normal life and everyday function, and can be extremely difficult to overcome. Cannabis can not only reduce the need to take opiate-based painkillers in the first place, but may also help to alleviate withdrawal symptoms even in existing cases of addiction.
Use of cannabis may have various effects on human fertility, depending on gender, general health, socioeconomic status and several other factors. Here, we take a look at existing research on cannabis and human fertility, in order to provide readers with an accurate, up-to-date summary of the current state of scientific knowledge.
On Monday the 18th of May 2015 the Texas State House approved SB 339, a bill that could lead to the approval of a medicinal cannabis extract in order to treat patients with intractable seizure conditions. Another important step forward in a short period of time for this American state.