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.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of more than the 60 components or active ingredients that belong to a class of molecules called phytocannabinoids that are found in cannabis, the plant that has been used as medicine for centuries. It was isolated for the first time in the 1930s and 1940s, but it was Professor Raphael Mechoulam and his team of researchers who fully described its structure and configuration in Israel in the 1960s.
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.
Many regular users will at some point have experienced feelings of sleepiness and lethargy after using cannabis. This effect varies between individuals, and an individual may find themselves differently affected according to mood, existing tiredness, or even time of day. The variety of cannabis also has a major part to play. The mechanism via which cannabis influences sleep in humans is extremely complex and far from being fully understood, although several papers have been written on the subject. For centuries, if not millennia, people have been using cannabis as a sleep aid, reporting that they are able to get to sleep more quickly and ultimately feel more rested. However, it is common knowledge among those that use cannabis in this manner that there can be a “hangover” effect that can make it difficult to wake up and leaves the user feeling drowsy and lacking in alertness for some time after awaking.
In the second part of "Cannabis: a plant with many faces", we present three people who use medicinal cannabis due to their multiple ailments as well as their quite complex medical conditions. Read their stories for yourself...
In Germany, the death of Robert Strauss has hit the headlines in recent weeks, even giving a little impetus to the discussion on medicinal cannabis. A person had to die for the issue to be considered again. Read on...
Chronic migraine is a painful and debilitating condition that affects up to 5% of people worldwide. The biological mechanism behind migraine is still not fully understood, but it is known to be fundamentally associated with serotonin signalling. Cannabis, which also affects the serotonin system, has been shown to reduce symptoms.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that typically presents in adults over the age of 65. The disease causes symptoms such as dementia; as it progresses, it renders the sufferer increasingly unable to care for themselves. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, but medications such as cannabis may slow its progression.
All good things come to an end, which also counts for this chapter of SensiBilisation with Professor Raphael Mechoulam. But we saved the best for last! In this episode Professor Mechoulam reveals something he has never shared in front of a camera before in such great detail: his own personal experiences with THC.
Cannabis is famed for causing uncontrollable laughter or “fits of the giggles” in users. Many intoxicating substances can elicit mood changes in users, such as alcohol and various hallucinogens and opiates. The “positive” changes in mood often include feelings of profound joy, pleasure and exhilaration—and an increased propensity for laughter. Historically, many of the dozens of papers that note the phenomenon have simply mentioned its existence without exploring the mechanisms at work too closely. However, now that our approach to understanding psychological processes has matured somewhat, researchers are beginning to pay closer attention to the processes at work when humans use psychoactive drugs, and assessing their potential to improve mood—particularly in depressed or otherwise psychologically-unbalanced individuals.
There are hundreds, if not thousands of books on cannabis available today, ranging from sensationalist to serious and scholarly. For even the most discerning readers, it can be difficult to assess the quality of publications prior to purchase. Therefore, we have provided a short list of recommended books on medical cannabis.
Years ago Professor Raphael Mechoulam researched terpenes. These are non-active compounds in cannabis which also can be found in many other plants. He found out that they influence the activity of other compounds in cannabis, such as THC and CDB. In this episode the Professor points out the importance of terpenes in cannabis.