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.
With this documentary, Dr. Sanjay Gupta is continuing his cannabis research and publicity campaign, and is showing clear proven medical benefits of cannabis, explaining why cannabis should not be classified as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance by the U.S. Federal Government.
Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) refers to a group of rare, potentially-lethal inherited conditions characterized by extremely fragile skin, which blisters and forms sores easily in response to minor trauma. EB shares similarities with other skin conditions such as dermatitis and psoriasis, which cannabis is known to benefit.
GrassRoots: The Cannabis Revolution is a new feature-length documentary from Director/Producer Dale Beaumont-Smith that addresses one of the biggest and most controversial of issues in our society: cannabis. Have you ever wanted to make a change? Now is your chance to start.
The International Week of Endometriosis is held in March each year, and this year was no exception. This article addresses this largely unknown disease only suffered by women, and analyses the main potential benefits of the therapeutic use of cannabis for its treatment.
HIV/AIDS refers to a group of conditions caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Around 35 million people worldwide are infected with the HIV virus, and since the 1980s, AIDS has caused approximately 36 million deaths. Cannabis has been shown to be extremely effective at treating several important symptoms of HIV/AIDS.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychological condition that occurs in response to severe or protracted stress, such as experiencing warfare or interpersonal violence (which may be physical, emotional or sexual). Numerous PTSD sufferers self-medicate with cannabis, and several studies indicate potential benefit.
You probably know a lot about cannabis. In fact, these days if you don't have a basic knowledge of cannabis you probably don't pay much attention to current affairs, given how much focus the media has paid to it in recent years. Still, there's always more to know, so we've compiled a list of our favourite little-known facts!
Diabetes is the term for a group of related metabolic disorders characterized by prolonged high blood glucose levels. Diabetes affects almost 400 million people worldwide, resulting in up to five million deaths per year--and its prevalence is rising. Substantial evidence indicates that cannabis may prevent and treat the disease.
Tourette's syndrome is a hereditary neuropsychiatric disorder that manifests in childhood and is typified by physical and vocal tics, such as repetitive jerking movements or (often socially-unacceptable) speech. Cannabis may help with various symptoms of Tourette's, including reducing anxiety and frequency of tics.