In Germany, over 320,000 people suffer from a form of inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, which are the most common. Cannabis can contribute to easing the symptoms of Crohn's disease, as Marco's story shows.
A moving and revelatory talk on the impact of high CBD medicinal cannabis oil on the lives of Hugh Hempel and his family. His twin daughters suffer from Niemann Pick Type C, often referred to as “Childhood Alzheimer’s.” Since the 2006 diagnosis, Hugh and his wife Chris have been researching new methods of treatment for this rare and fatal neurodegenerative disease.
In 1964 Professor Raphael Mechoulam and his team of researchers discovered and isolated tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis - for the very first time. Many discoveries on the medicinal value of cannabinoids have been made ever since, but the Professor believes there is still much more to discover
The ability of cannabis to improve the symptoms of glaucoma has been demonstrated in various studies, but doubts still remain over its efficacy and consistency within patient populations. Despite this, many medical cannabis patients utilize cannabis for glaucoma, and report subjective improvements in various symptoms.
Raphael Mechoulam is making a clear statement in this fourth SensiBilisation episode with the THC-Professor. Mechoulam states that if cannabis treatments are not quantitative, then physicians will not accept them. The Professor is using some very strong examples to underline this statement. Do you agree or disagree with Raphael Mechoulam? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Cannabis is infamous for causing ravenous hunger. This is so well-known that it is an integral aspect of the mainstream media’s “stoner stereotype”—the red-eyed, indolent (and usually male) twenty-something who plays video games all day and is never without a bag of Cheetos. Here, we attempt to explain this complex phenomenon.
The Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency has authorized the use of cannabidiol to treat severe seizures. South America has taken another step forward on the path to legal cannabis as Brazil reclassified cannabidiol (CBD) as “controlled” rather than illegal.
??In the third episode of SensiBilisation featuring Raphael Mechoulam, the Professor indicates that sometimes science misses out on certain discoveries. As an example, Mechoulam uses anandamide, a very simple but important compound that only was discovered in 1992.
Epilepsy refers to a group of conditions characterised by recurrent seizures, which may be convulsive or non-convulsive. Cannabis and cannabis-based therapies have been shown to have beneficial effects on several types of epilepsy, through a variety of biological mechanisms. Around 60% of all epileptic seizures are convulsive, which means that they are characterised by rapid, involuntary contractions of the muscles that can cause the entire body to shake or jerk uncontrollably. The most common type is the tonic-clonic seizure, which involves a short period of immobility followed by uncontrollable shaking. Both convulsive and non-convulsive epileptic seizures are caused by excessive activity in the neurons of the brain; if severe and prolonged, seizures can result in damage to brain tissue—particularly in young children, when the brain is still developing. Dravet syndrome is just one type of childhood-onset epilepsy that can cause neurological impairment.
Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder, which affects the central nervous system by causing the destruction of the dopamine-producing cells in an area of the brain known as the substantia nigra. The motor functions are first to be affected; as it progresses, cognitive decline, dementia and depression can take hold. Dyskinesia is a common symptom of Parkinson’s disease (PD). The term refers to involuntary movements of the muscles; symptoms may manifest as uncontrolled twitching or shaking, progressing to extremely slow (or even total lack of) movement. In PD patients treated for prolonged periods with Levodopa (a naturally-occurring precursor to dopamine, which increases dopamine levels in the brain), a specific form known as Levodopa-induced dyskinesia can occur. This form can cause chorea (“dancing” movements of the feet and hands), dystonia (sustained muscular contractions leading to twisted, abnormal posture) and athetosis (slow, writhing movements).
While hemp-oil based creams and lotions have been available commercially for many years, it remains practically impossible to source cannabis-based topical ointments, salves, unguents, and so forth, which actually contain cannabinoids as their active ingredients.
Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that is believed to be caused by a combination of bacterial, immunological and environmental factors. The disease is progressive and incurable, and causes a range of severe and debilitating symptoms. Substantial evidence indicates that cannabis can help to manage symptoms.
Medical cannabis treatments have proved highly effective at managing many of the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Here, we take a look at which symptoms in particular are positively affected by use of cannabis or cannabis-based therapies.
Much is being made of the potential of cannabis to cure cancer, but the scientific community is far from reaching consensus on this. However, what is far more certain is cannabis’ ability to improve quality of life for cancer patients undergoing traditional treatments such as chemotherapy. Here, we look at how it can help.
It appears that cannabis has been present in Germany for a considerable length of time, perhaps even since pre-Germanic times. Archaeological digs conducted in Eisenberg, Thuringia (central Germany) have unearthed cannabis seeds in cave dwellings thought to date to at least 7,500 years ago, during what is known as the Band Ceramic period of the Neolithic. Later evidence of cannabis seeds in what appears to be a funerary urn dating to around 2,500 years ago has been found in Wilmersdorf, now part of Berlin but formerly an independent village; tomb burials containing cannabis seeds and flowers and dating to the same period have also been found in southern Germany.
In 1964 the Israeli Professor Raphael Mechoulam and his research group succeeded in isolating tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, for the very first time. This year marks the 50th anniversary of this extremely special moment in the history of cannabis. The celebration took place during the third edition of the UFCM iCare symposium in Strasbourg.
In the Kingdom of Bhutan, cannabis is so prolific that it is seen as a pest, and is fed to pigs rather than being used by humans for fibre or intoxicant purposes. Bhutan lacks a close connection with the plant. However, there is some evidence of traditional use, and use in modern times is increasing.
First described in 1960, the putative condition cannabis arteritis is thought to have affected approximately sixty individuals since then. The condition is said to affect long-term, heavy cannabis smokers by causing inflammation of the walls of the peripheral arteries, and has been implicated in cases of severe necrosis, some of which have required amputation of affected limbs.
The Republic of Azerbaijan lies on the boundary dividing Europe from Asia, and is a crucial part of the traditional trafficking route that each year sees thousands of tons of hashish and heroin transported from Afghanistan and Pakistan on to Europe and Russia. Azerbaijan also produces a small quantity of cannabis and opium.