Complete Guide to Using Cannabis for Fibromyalgia (Latest Research)

Imagine constantly being tired with different types of pain spreading all over your body. Your hips ache, your skin feels bruised and you never know what the next symptom will be.

That is exactly what people suffering from fibromyalgia go through on a daily basis.

Fibromyalgia, as a rheumatological condition, jeopardizes normal functioning of the human body by causing musculoskeletal pain and constant fever-like symptoms.

Having in mind that medical marijuana is commonly used for treating chronic pain and many accompanying symptoms, I decided to investigate whether it can be a viable treatment for fibromyalgia.

In this guide, we’ll explore what exactly constitutes as fibromyalgia, how it is usually treated, how cannabis can help (with more studies than you’ll ever need) and finally some of the best recommended cannabis strains for treating this condition.

So, let’s see how marijuana can help you manage your symptoms or help the ones you love.

Fibromyalgia is an ominous whirlpool of pain and suffering

The simplest way to describe fibromyalgia is having a widespread pain in ankles, joints, and muscles while feeling lethargic and generally sick. There are times when the pain goes away, but it usually always comes back.

There are other symptoms which go along with pain and fatigue: sleeping problems, numbness and tingling, migraines, digestive problems, bowel dysfunction, bladder nuisances, nausea, joint pains (especially in the hips), insomnia and a few more, depending on the person.

Most patients also report having a restless leg syndrome, an unbearable urge to move their legs, which can make falling asleep more difficult.

Another huge problem with fibro is that it leaves patients short tempered and strung out — living with this condition takes its toll on a person and, after a while, it becomes increasingly difficult for people to maintain their social life and build personal relationships. Not to mention work.

Fibromyalgia is a complicated condition and it’s not nearly enough understood neither by doctors nor patients.

Doctors, researchers, and scientist predict that both genetic and environmental factors tend to influence the development of the condition. They suspect that the condition occurs when a person’s system becomes hypersensitive and the body cannot process pain as it should.

This means that something that’s usually not painful might be extremely painful for fibromyalgia patients.

Fibromyalgia is not progressive nor fatal, but sometimes the pain can be so severe it becomes almost unbearable. Although it can definitely be painful, fibromyalgia does not cause any permanent damage to joints, soft tissues or muscles.

Researchers did not find the specific cause, but it is believed that higher stress levels, as well as psychological and physical trauma, can trigger fibromyalgia. Some preclinical research indicates that even gluten sensitivity can cause this condition, but further research is needed to confirm that.

However, doctors think that the condition actually causes increased pain sensations in the brain, like irregular activity of neurotransmitters which are responsible for transporting pain signals.

This causes the pain receptors to develop something like a memory, so they simply overreact to the pain signal.

What was really interesting to me is that women make 80 to 90 percent of all fibromyalgia patients.

There is no pharmaceutical cure for fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is still a new thing in medical circles.

Therefore, there is no specific medication for it. The condition is usually treated with painkillers, antidepressants and anti-seizure medications.

There are three most common drugs currently used for treating fibromyalgia:

  • Lyrica (pregabalin)
  • Cymbalta (duloxetine)
  • Savella (milnacipran)

The effectiveness of these drugs was explored in a survey done in 2014 by the Global Pain Initiative, which interviewed more than 1,300 fibro patients:

Unfortunately, only 8 to 10 percent of fibromyalgia patients claimed they found some relief with prescription drugs, while 60 to 68 percent of patients did not see any improvements in their symptoms at all.

In the same survey, however, 30 percent of respondents tried using medical marijuana for managing their fibromyalgia symptoms:

Believe it or not, 60% of them found cannabis to be highly effective and 33% said that it helps a little.

Let me put that into perspective — out of 450 fibromyalgia patients who tried medical cannabis, 405 said that cannabis helped them in some way. 270 of those said that it helped them A LOT.

As a matter of fact, here is what the survey concluded:

MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS FAR MORE EFFECTIVE AT TREATING SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA THAN ANY OF THE THREE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS APPROVED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION TO TREAT THE DISORDER.

This prompted me to dig a bit deeper.

Research on cannabis for fibromyalgia is actually a big, green light

Accompanying symptoms of fibromyalgia are pain, chronic headaches, and depression, and marijuana has shown to be very effective in relieving all three.

There isn’t much research published on marijuana for fibromyalgia, but there are a few studies which can help us understand this relationship better.

A study from 2007 came to some interesting findings: marijuana eases the pain caused by peripheral neuropathy (damaged nerves), which is probably the main cause of pain for people living with fibromyalgia. Compared to the placebo-controlled group, cannabis was found to be an effective treatment for peripheral neuropathy. (1)

Another study was conducted in Spain back in 2011, which found that medical marijuana can be effective in reducing pain in fibromyalgia patients, providing them with better life quality. 28 patients administered medical cannabis by smoking, orally or both, but they all reported a reduction in pain as well as less stiffness. Cannabis therapy also helped them improve their sense of well-being, sleep and relaxation. (2)

Also, a systematic review from 2013 found analgesic properties of marijuana being effective in promoting sleep, reducing pain and joint stiffness while improving physical functions and quality of life of fibromyalgia patients. (3)

Here is how marijuana relieves fibromyalgia symptoms

Since we still don’t have enough research and evidence on how exactly cannabis works on fibromyalgia, doctors and scientists assume it all has to do with marijuana’s effects on balancing out our endocannabinoid system (ECS).

In fact, there are speculations that fibromyalgia is caused by Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD).

To make this a bit more digestible, CECD happens when our system does not produce enough endocannabinoids (our own natural cannabinoids). So by supplementing those substances with cannabinoids from marijuana we help our body maintain homeostasis — the cellular balance we all need to function normally.

When our ECS is out of balance that’s when health problems are more likely to occur, such as gastrointestinal issues, sleeping disorders, chronic pain, mood changes, muscle spasm, and stiffness.

Synthetic cannabis for fibromyalgia is still a question mark

Patients often ask if synthetic cannabis can be used for treating fibromyalgia symptoms.

In one research with a control placebo group, participants were given nabilone for fibromyalgia, a synthetic cannabinoid made for therapeutic purposes. The drug did have “beneficial, well-tolerated treatment” connotation to it in the end, but patients felt more confident in improvements after using natural cannabis. (4)

Dronabinol, or commonly known and sold under the name of Marinol, is a synthesized form of THC. Marinol has been approved by FDA for treating nausea, vomiting and weight loss from chemotherapy and AIDS in both Canada and the US. However, Marinol has not yet been approved for treating fibromyalgia.

On the other hand, synthesized THC does not come cheap.

That’s why most patients willing to try cannabis for fibro are more prone to buying medical cannabis, which goes for around $5-9 per gram.

Best cannabis strains for fibromyalgia

The key to finding the best strain for your symptoms is to educate and experiment.

To help you find your footing, I made a short list of the best strains for fibromyalgia which will take you on the path of discovering the best one for you.

The method of consumption is all up to you.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to smoke cannabis to feel its therapeutic effects. You can always consume it in the form of edibles, tinctures or oils.

Romulan

This powerful Indica, named after famous Star Trek species, is one of the best strains for treating nerve damage. Great for muscle spasms and even greater for relieving pain, Romulan has a strong sedative effect which is why it’s great for nighttime relaxation.

Scooby Snacks

This is an Indica dominant hybrid with very high THC levels. Scooby Snacks starts with heavy cerebral buzz and body relaxation, but when it starts to wear off it brings forth a feeling of happiness. Since it’s a very potent strain, novice users should take it slow with this one.

Dynamite

Dynamite is an Indica strain which contains slightly more THC than CBD, so you’ll get both high and pain-free. Also, you’ll feel relaxed as if something is calming your nerves, with a reduction in stress and depression. If you are having trouble falling asleep at night due to your fibromyalgia, this is a strain for you.

Cannatonic

Fibromyalgia patients like using Cannatonic because of its high CBD and low THC levels. Cannatonic is a good choice for both beginners and veteran users since it produces just a slight psychoactive effect that does not last too long. This strain supposedly crushes the pain in minutes after using it.

Tahoe OG

It’s highly recommended to use this strain when you are at your comfy house, ready to chill, and not when you have to run your errands. Tahoe OG is strong, so if you are suffering from severe pain, as well as depression, this might be just the right strain for you.

Blue Dream

A very popular medical strain for daytime experience, it provides relief from fibromyalgia symptoms without sedating effects. It’s a very popular strain for treating pain and depression. If you need a break from everything that’s going on in your life, get some Blue Dream and you should be good for a few hours at least.

Charlotte’s Web

The ultimate strain for every medical condition — Charlotte’s Web is the strain with almost no THC content, but is very high in CBD. That’s why patients don’t feel high and buzzed, but rather relaxed and pain free. Prepare yourself to be happy and without stress for a while.

Critical Mass

Critical Mass is a strain that you should use before going to bed, especially if you have a sleeping disorder, depression or anxiety. Because of its high THC content, this strain provides intense “body high” feeling but without heavy sedative effect. It wears off after about three hours.

Harmonia

Its name says it all. Harmonia gets you into balance, with a feeling of harmony and pleasure in your entire body. This Indica strain has slightly higher levels of CBD than THC, which makes it perfect for daytime use since it provides almost no psychoactive effects.

Key Lime Pie

Beginners should be careful with Key Lime Pie since users report it to be quite overwhelming. Its high THC levels help to relax the muscles and introduce that much needed sleep after a long day of fighting fibromyalgia symptoms.

Marijuana is the next road to explore

Medical marijuana is now available more than ever, especially in the US and Canada.

If you, or people you care about, are struggling with fibromyalgia symptoms, this can definitely be a solution.

Marijuana is being successfully used for treating different sorts of medical conditions (especially pain) and therefore it can bring relief to many people around the world without jeopardizing their health.

Studies and surveys I found in my research claim it helps and if you didn’t manage to find relief with prescription drugs, maybe try experimenting with medical cannabis, in consultation with your doctor.

If you use cannabis for fibromyalgia, please comment below and share your experience. It just might help someone else get the better of this horrific condition.

Would you try Marijuana gum for pain relief?

As of June, 29 states (and Washington D.C) have legalized marijuana for medicinal use, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). That means millions of people suffering from chronic pain have access to a new way to relieve their suffering.
Some studies have already shown that inhaling marijuana can relieve chronic nerve pain. One study revealed that the pain symptoms dropped slightly when participants inhaled a marijuana vapor three times per day, according to WebMD.

This study showed that the actual pain relief was only marginally better than those who took a placebo, and some participants experienced a headache, dry eyes, numbness and a cough.
Medical marijuana is available in several forms including capsules and oils. Doctors prescribe the medication for cancer patients (to ease nausea), anxiety, insomnia, arthritis, migraines, inflammation, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy, among others.
According to How Stuff Works, cannabis is useful because cannabinoids in the marijuana bind to endocannabinoids the body naturally produces. This creates reactions in the body that help block pain receptors (and creates a high feeling).

One problem doctors are running into is that when patients take Cannabis in capsule form, the body metabolizes 90% of the medication in the liver before it can reach other areas of the body. Gum could make it easier to distribute the pain-relieving properties without mind-altering side effects, according to Herb.

Cannabis gum could deliver lower doses of the cannabis to patients. This would allow patients to get the pain relief with fewer side effects, according to Herb.
This form of dispersing the medication is still new, but there are already some possible drawbacks.
A study published in a 2008 edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association, showed a link between people who smoked marijuana and patients with gum disease. The study showed that individuals who regularly smoked marijuana were 60% more likely to have gum disease, according to WebMD. It’s unclear what effect chewing it would have on gums and teeth.

Source: home.remedydaily.com

People With Depression Use Language Differently – Here’s How to Spot it

From the way you move and sleep, to how you interact with people around you, depression changes just about everything. It is even noticeable in the way you speak and express yourself in writing. Sometimes this “language of depression” can have a powerful effect on others. Just consider the impact of the poetry and song lyrics of Sylvia Plath and Kurt Cobain, who both killed themselves after suffering from depression.

Scientists have long tried to pin down the exact relationship between depression and language, and technology is helping us get closer to a full picture. Our new study, published in Clinical Psychological Science, has now unveiled a class of words that can help accurately predict whether someone is suffering from depression.

Traditionally, linguistic analyses in this field have been carried out by researchers reading and taking notes. Nowadays, computerised text analysis methods allow the processing of extremely large data banks in minutes. This can help spot linguistic features which humans may miss, calculating the percentage prevalence of words and classes of words, lexical diversity, average sentence length, grammatical patterns and many other metrics.

So far, personal essays and diary entries by depressed people have been useful, as has the work of well-known artists such as Cobain and Plath. For the spoken word, snippets of natural language of people with depression have also provided insight. Taken together, the findings from such research reveal clear and consistent differences in language between those with and without symptoms of depression.

Content

Language can be separated into two components: content and style. The content relates to what we express – that is, the meaning or subject matter of statements. It will surprise no one to learn that those with symptoms of depression use an excessive amount of words conveying negative emotions, specifically negative adjectives and adverbs – such as “lonely”, “sad” or “miserable”.

More interesting is the use of pronouns. Those with symptoms of depression use significantly more first person singular pronouns – such as “me”, “myself” and “I” – and significantly fewer second and third person pronouns – such as “they”, “them” or “she”. This pattern of pronoun use suggests people with depression are more focused on themselves, and less connected with others. Researchers have reported that pronouns are actually more reliable in identifying depression than negative emotion words.

Kurt Cobain’s song lyrics were loved by many. Maia Valenzuela/Flickr, CC BY-SA

We know that rumination (dwelling on personal problems) and social isolation are common features of depression. However, we don’t know whether these findings reflect differences in attention or thinking style. Does depression cause people to focus on themselves, or do people who focus on themselves get symptoms of depression?

Style

The style of language relates to how we express ourselves, rather than the content we express. Our lab recently conducted a big data text analysis of 64 different online mental health forums, examining over 6,400 members. “Absolutist words” – which convey absolute magnitudes or probabilities, such as “always”, “nothing” or “completely” – were found to be better markers for mental health forums than either pronouns or negative emotion words.

From the outset, we predicted that those with depression will have a more black and white view of the world, and that this would manifest in their style of language. Compared to 19 different control forums (for example, Mumsnet and StudentRoom), the prevalence of absolutist words is approximately 50% greater in anxiety and depression forums, and approximately 80% greater for suicidal ideation forums.

Pronouns produced a similar distributional pattern as absolutist words across the forums, but the effect was smaller. By contrast, negative emotion words were paradoxically less prevalent in suicidal ideation forums than in anxiety and depression forums.

Our research also included recovery forums, where members who feel they have recovered from a depressive episode write positive and encouraging posts about their recovery. Here we found that negative emotion words were used at comparable levels to control forums, while positive emotion words were elevated by approximately 70%. Nevertheless, the prevalence of absolutist words remained significantly greater than that of controls, but slightly lower than in anxiety and depression forums.

Crucially, those who have previously had depressive symptoms are more likely to have them again. Therefore, their greater tendency for absolutist thinking, even when there are currently no symptoms of depression, is a sign that it may play a role in causing depressive episodes. The same effect is seen in use of pronouns, but not for negative emotion words.

Practical implications

Understanding the language of depression can help us understand the way those with symptoms of depression think, but it also has practical implications. Researchers are combining automated text analysis with machine learning (computers that can learn from experience without being programmed) to classify a variety of mental health conditions from natural language text samples such as blog posts.

Such classification is already outperforming that made by trained therapists. Importantly, machine learning classification will only improve as more data is provided and more sophisticated algorithms are developed. This goes beyond looking at the broad patterns of absolutism, negativity and pronouns already discussed. Work has begun on using computers to accurately identify increasingly specific subcategories of mental health problems – such as perfectionism, self-esteem problems and social anxiety.

That said, it is of course possible to use a language associated with depression without actually being depressed. Ultimately, it is how you feel over time that determines whether you are suffering. But as the World Health Organisation estimates that more than 300m people worldwide are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% since 2005, having more tools available to spot the condition is certainly important to improve health and prevent tragic suicides such as those of Plath and Cobain.

Groundbreaking Research: Cannabis Treats ADHD Better Than Adderall

The medical use of marijuana is no secret. It can be used to treat a number of ailments, chronic and short term.

According to a groundbreaking new medical study of 30 patients with ADHD, all 30 reported improved concentration and sleep as well as reduced impulsivity after using medicinal cannabis.

These 30 patients all reported having limited success with conventional treatments like Ritalin and Adderall.

22 of the 30 patients opted to forgo their previously prescribed medications and use marijuana to manage their symptoms instead.

It’s a small sample group, yet it’s an incredibly positive development.

“Cannabis appears to treat ADD and ADHD by increasing the availability of dopamine,” said Dr. David Bearman, a cannabinoidologist.

“This then has the same effect but is a different mechanism of action than stimulants like Ritalin and dexedrine amphetamine, which act by binding to the dopamine and interfering with the metabolic breakdown of dopamine.”

Basically, cannabinoids in marijuana might correct dopamine shortages in the brain that’s seen with people who have ADHD. Right now, Colorado and California are the only two states that allow prescription of medical marijuana to treat ADHD.

With any luck, more studies like this one will move more states to allow treatment.

Autistic Boy Gains Ability To Speak After Just 2 Days Of Cannabis Oil Treatment

At 10 months of age, Kalel Santiago of Puerto Rico was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He endured chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and surgery for two yearsand survived. Then he was diagnosed with something permanent: severe autism that disabled him from speaking.

“While he was in the hospital, we noticed he didn’t speak at all and had some behavior that wasn’t right, like hand flapping, and walking on his toes,” his father Abiel Gomez Santiago told Yahoo News. “But we waited until he was 3 and cancer-free to look at his behavior.”

According to Yahoo, “He and his wife Gladys — also parents to two older boys, now 18 and 20 — did a cram course in educating themselves on autism. They tried various schools and therapies and eventually found impressive success with a unique surf-therapy school near their home.”

Eventually, the Santiago family stumbled upon a treatment of real potency and potential: CBD oil.

Through a fundraising program, they were able to receive a tiny bottle of the oil. Kalel was given oral doses twice a day.

WITHIN JUST TWO DAYS, HE WAS FINALLY ABLE TO SPEAK. “HE SURPRISED US IN SCHOOL BY SAYING THE VOWELS, A-E-I-O-U. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME EVER,” ABIEL SAID. “YOU CAN’T IMAGINE THE EMOTION WE HAD, HEARING KALEL’S VOICE FOR THE FIRST TIME. IT WAS AMAZING. THE TEACHER RECORDED HIM AND SENT IT TO MY WIFE AND ME AND WE SAID WELL, THE ONLY DIFFERENT THING WE HAVE BEEN DOING IS USING THE CBD.”

Soon after, he began using consonants, too, speaking like his parents never thought possible. “He said, ‘amo mi mama,’ ‘I love my mom,’” Abiel says. “I don’t know how to thank [the CBD oil makers].”

Kalel’s story is yet another piece of evidence piling onto the mountain of support for cannabis oil and full marijuana legalization. Please share this with as many people as possible.

Fibromyalgia is Declared as a New Long Term Disability

After osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia is the second most common rheumatic disease.However, it is difficult to choose the previous fibromyalgia because its symptoms fluctuate.

This condition mainly affects women than men. It is characterized by pain in the body accompanied by stiffness and fatigue.

According to Daniel Clauw, MD, professor of anesthesiology at the University of Michigan, said the treatment of pain in an abnormal way in fibromyalgia.

He also added that the sensation of pain is amplified and can occur in any part of your body. For this reason, chronic headaches, hyper-sensory responses and visceral pain are very common in people with fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia can also affect its functionality and can interfere with activities of daily living.

In addition, it has been reported that people with fibromyalgia do not get the services they would need. Swallowing pills and implementing more effective strategies could be extremely useful in controlling fibromyalgia, but as there is no cure for fibromyalgia, it is difficult to completely eliminate the disease.

In several states, fibromyalgia has been considered the long-term problem, decreased quality of life.

Why fibromyalgia can be considered as the long-term problem?

When symptoms appear and disappear, it makes the person more tired and cranky. Dealing with fibromyalgia seem easier, but people with fibromyalgia would better understand how each time you fight advanced symptoms up.

The intensity and severity of the disease can leave a negative impact on their work performance. While experiencing the symptoms of fibromyalgia, office work would be much more difficult than all expectations. Additionally, triggers can also worsen your condition.

The symptoms of fibromyalgia will not let you excel deeper and somehow you prefer relaxing at home instead of going to work.

All problems need long-term support and long-term care. But unfortunately, people with fibromyalgia do not receive optimal care.

Fibromyalgia is difficult to understand, not only because of its clinical symptoms, in fact, their relapse and remission phases are also confusing.

If you do not receive long fibro flare, you are lucky, but that does not mean that you will not break out again.

And when symptoms nailed in place, it is terrible to think about doing something else, whether that relates to your work or home.

Fibromyalgia is now a long-term disability

With the help of the efforts of three years of patient and Customer service in Northern Ireland, fibromyalgia has been declared as a long-term disability.

Now dedicated services may establish trusts and centers for the management of fibromyalgia as a long-term condition.

Patients can get medical advice and interventions by health professionals. Moreover, it is difficult to decide which alternative therapy that best way to handle the costumes of fibromyalgia; Therefore, you can also get information about therapies.

As pain is the main complaint of most patients with fibromyalgia, most drugs are for treatment of pain perception; However, other symptoms are less noticed.

Increase awareness of the condition could contribute to the early detection of this disease. Also, if the people around him, like family and friends are well aware of the fluctuations of symptoms and behavioral problems, they can provide the highest level of comfort and can participate in household chores. Fibromyalgia Awareness person could make life easier.

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It is also suggested that human relationships with fibromyalgia may not be healthy with your colleagues, friends and family. This happens because the people around you have little knowledge about the disease.

Increasing awareness programs, not only the fight against the person with fibromyalgia is polite, but be not as bad the idea of ​​how to treat the person with fibro, how you can help them and what they allow to be feeling better.

At the other end of the spectrum, the legal declaration of fibromyalgia as a long-term disability can also let the doctor know more about this disease and suggest effective drug for the final disposal of symptoms.

The availability of treatment for fibromyalgia is a serious problem. In clinical practice, the availability of services are not the same because of the lack of resources to target specific population more effectively.

People with fibromyalgia often feel isolated and alone. Social isolation may be a barrier to receiving treatment. Doctors find it very difficult to treat. Therefore, physicians should also welcome the exchange of information and knowledge by the patient.

In addition, more research will be conducted to find ways to improve overall health.

disability insurance and long-term benefits

It is more difficult to persistent work and stay in the workforce, while fighting against fibromyalgia.

In fact, it also happens that people continue to work even in the face of pain, fatigue, headaches and migraines occur because of fibromyalgia.

As long-term disability insurance is now available in several countries, it might be less concerned about the financial burden of medications, periodic inspections and other expenses.

The symptoms of fibromyalgia can be debilitating. Based on the subjective complaints and physical examination, the doctor can check and identify fibromyalgia.

There are many types of insurance available long-term disability. However, you should have an idea of ​​what the long-term disability insurance, be right for you.

 Serious consideration leads to better results

Recognition of fibromyalgia as a long-term disability will certainly increase the awareness and knowledge of the condition not only among health professionals, however, non-medical people are also aware of the characteristics of fibromyalgia.

After the diagnosis of fibromyalgia, the patient will receive a means by which you can get complete information on medications, exercise, and other alternative therapies.

Changes in diet could play a vital role in improving the condition of fibromyalgia. The treatment of fibromyalgia is a multidisciplinary approach, where each operation has its own importance.

If you want to neglect any of them, symptoms may worsen. Therefore, the treatment of fibromyalgia is all about the efficiency with which medical professionals collect and treat the disease and the severity with which the patient follows the prescribed technique.

Reference http://todayhealth247.xyz/fibromyalgia-is-declared-as-a-new-long-term-disability/

There Are Now 100 Scientific Studies That Prove Cannabis Cures Cancer

Cannabis is a Schedule I drug in the United States. That means the government has designated the plant as having no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.

No accepted medical use? There are scores of studies that say differently.

Rick Simpson is a medical marijuana activist, and he has been on a crusade of healing. He considers Cannabis to be the most medicinally active plant that humans can use on this planet.

Marijuana has been shown in some cases to effectively treat numerous types of cancer, improve immunity, and fight anxiety and pain.

Here’s the full list of studies:

Cannabis kills tumor cells

Uterine, testicular, and pancreatic cancers

Brain cancer

Mouth and throat cancer

Breast cancer

Lung cancer

Prostate cancer

Blood cancer

Skin cancer

Liver cancer

Cannabis cancer cures (general)

Cancers of the head and neck

Cholangiocarcinoma cancer

Leukemia

Cannabis partially/fully induced cancer cell death

Translocation-positive rhabdomyosarcoma

Lymphoma

Cannabis kills cancer cells

Melanoma

Thyroid carcinoma

Colon cancer

Intestinal inflammation and cancer

Cannabinoids in health and disease

Cannabis inhibits cancer cell invasion

Cannabis Oil Cures 8 Month Old Infant of Cancer, Dissolving Large Inoperable Tumor In 8 Months

According to Dr. William Courtney, the western medical mind has a very hard if not impossible time trying to understand the diverse actions of Cannabidiol. He explains how his youngest patient who is 8 months old, had a very massive centrally located inoperable brain tumor.

The child’s father pushed for non-traditional treatment utilizing cannabis and put cannabinoid oil on the baby’s pacifier twice per day, gradually increasing the dose. Within two months there was a dramatic reduction. Dr. Courtney pointed out that the success of the cannabis approach means that “this child…is not going to have the long-term side effects that would come from a very high dose of chemotherapy or radiation.

While 10,000 year old cultural practices involve drying then heating cannabis to effect a nearly complete decarboxylation of THC-Acid into THC. The creation of massive amounts of THC is compounded by the introduction of a psychoactive side effect that has a 10 mg dose limitation secondary to CB1 receptor stimulation. Research conducted in Bethesda Maryland led to Patent 6,630,507 held by the United States of America since 2003 that teaches that the lack of psycho-activity in CBD allows doses that are 100-200 times greater than the tolerable dose of THC. The articulated “Effective oral human dosage schedule is 20 mg / kg body weight” requires a considerable amount of cannabis. The simplest approach is to consume the trichrome laden fully mature flower along with the 80-day leaf. Patient responses have exceeded any expectations. tumorincenterbabyt
Above: The progression of healing in the 8 month old infant as the tumor (large white center mass in upper left) gradually disappeared in 8 months through treatment with cannabinoids.

Historically, dietary use of the entire raw cannabis plant brings us back in line with 34 million years of cannabis evolution. Lipid messenger molecules preceded cannabis by billions of years. The 4 billion year old development of lipid messenger molecules not only regulated resource management in the most primitive life forms, but were central in the earliest autocrine and paracrine modulation of cellular function. I believe autocrine cross talk was the necessary precedent to symbiotic, then multi-cellular life forms. Tissue specific or paracrine cluster regulation is the domain of the lipid messenger molecules and is the path to comprehending the incredible diversity of function that are only now beginning to be understood. While our perception / publication of these physiologic properties are new, the phenomenal beneficial affects were there yesterday, last year, if not hundreds of millions to billions of years ago.

Researchers have now found that the compound, called cannabidiol, has the ability to ‘switch off’ the gene responsible for metastasis in an aggressive form of cancer. Importantly, this substance does not produce the psychoactive properties of the cannabis plant.

cannabis-piechartCannabinoids can prevent cancer, reduce heart attacks by 66% and insulin dependent diabetes by 58%. Dr. Courtney recommends drinking 4 – 8 ounces of raw flower and leaf juice from any Hemp plant, 5 mg of Cannabidiol (CBD) per kg of body weight, a salad of Hemp seed sprouts and 50 mg of THC taken in 5 daily doses.
“If you heat the plant, you will decarboxylate THC-acid and you will get high, you”ll get your 10 mg. If you don’t heat it, you can go up to five or six hundred milligrams & use it as a Dietary Cannabis. . . and push it up to the Anti-oxidant and Neuro-protective levels which come into play at hundreds of milligrams,” stated Dr. William Courtney.

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“The Hemp plant is actually an excellent plant because the THC content can be low, that’s if you’re treating a condition for which appears CBD food supplement is in order. . . The plants we’re using in Luxembourg have only 1% CBD, a 1% CBD plant is providing you with 19 times more CBD per pound than Oranges provide you of vitamin C. A 1% is an excellent source, you can make tremendous concentrates you can eat the plant raw – and the absence of the THC – you can heat Hemp, which you can’t do with other strains because the THC acid comes out and you end up with a psycho-toxic substance,” says Dr. William Courtney.

Cannabis and Coconut Oil Make Powerful Mixture to Kill Cancer Cells

Humans have cultivated and used the flowering tops of the female cannabis plant, known colloquially as marijuana since history was recorded. Archaeologists in Central Asia even found over 2 pounds of cannabis in a 2,700-year-old grave of a shaman.

Written and pictorial evidence of cannabis use is scattered throughout numerous cultures indicating a wide acceptance and use of the plant for thousands of years.
Drug Classification Halts Use

Federal prohibitions outlawing the therapeutic and recreational use of cannabis were first imposed by Congress with the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. Later, the plant’s organic compounds (cannabinoids) were classified as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.

This classification puts the plant in the same pool as heroin and states that cannabis possesses “a high potential for abuse … no currently accepted medical use … [and] a lack of accepted safety for the use of the drug … under medical supervision.”

In contrast, cocaine and methamphetamine – illegal for recreational use, may be consumed under a doctor’s supervision and are classified as Schedule II drugs. Examples of Schedule III and IV drugs include anabolic steroids and Valium. Analgesics that contain codeine are defined by law as Schedule V drugs, the most lenient classification.
In Support of Therapeutic Use

Federal lawmakers continue to use the dated drug classification as a means to defend criminalization of marijuana. However, there appears to be a very little scientific basis for the categorization of the plant. As its prohibition has passed 75 years, researchers continue to study the therapeutic properties of cannabis.

There are over 20,000 published reviews and studies in a scientific literature that pertain to the cannabis plant and its cannabinoids, almost one-third of these have been published in the last 4 years. A keyword search on PubMed Central (the US government library of peer-reviewed scientific research) shows 2,100 studies alone since 2011.

Modern culture is now catching up on what our ancestors knew, and public opinion and relaxing state legislation are leading the way for more people to use medicinal marijuana for a wide number of medical conditions. At present, marijuana for medical purposes is legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia.

While the debate continues to boil at both state and federal levels, there has been a strong and growing trend of acceptance related to the growing body of scientific evidence indicating that marijuana may indeed contain some powerful medicinal properties that we would be foolish to overlook.

Joycelyn Elders, MD, former US Surgeon General, wrote the following in a March 26, 2004, article titled “Myths About Medical Marijuana,” published in the Providence Journal:
“THE EVIDENCE IS OVERWHELMING THAT MARIJUANA CAN RELIEVE CERTAIN TYPES OF PAIN, NAUSEA, VOMITING AND OTHER SYMPTOMS CAUSED BY SUCH ILLNESSES AS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, CANCER, AND AIDS — OR BY THE HARSH DRUGS SOMETIMES USED TO TREAT THEM. AND IT CAN DO SO WITH REMARKABLE SAFETY. INDEED, MARIJUANA IS LESS TOXIC THAN MANY OF THE DRUGS THAT PHYSICIANS PRESCRIBE EVERY DAY.”

Ray Cavanaugh, Ph.D., National Director of the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis (AAMC), wrote the following in a 2002 article titled “The Plight of the Chronically Ill,” posted on the AAMC website:
“MANY OF THE CHRONICALLY ILL HAVE SUCCESSFULLY SOUGHT RELIEF WITH THE USE OF MEDICAL CANNABIS, AN AGE-OLD REMEDY THAT NOW SHOWS REAL SCIENTIFIC EFFICACY. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF THE SICK HAVE REPLACED DISABLING NARCOTICS AND OTHER PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATIONS WITH NONTOXIC AND BENIGN CANNABIS. THE ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE IS OVERWHELMING.

FOLKS WITH SPINAL INJURIES ABLE TO GIVE UP THEIR WALKERS, AIDS PATIENTS ABLE TO GAIN WEIGHT AND KEEP THEIR MEDICATIONS DOWN, CANCER PATIENTS FINDING RELIEF FROM THE TERRIBLE NAUSEA OF CHEMOTHERAPY, CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS ONCE AGAIN FUNCTIONAL WITH THEIR CONSCIOUSNESS RESTORED FROM NARCOTIC LETHARGY, AND FOLKS ONCE DISABLED FROM CRIPPLING PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS AND ADDICTIONS, RETURNED TO SANITY AND SOCIETY WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF A NONTOXIC HERB WITH REMARKABLE HEALING POWERS.”

The American Nurses Association (ANA) wrote the following in its Mar. 19, 2004 “Position Statement: Providing Patients Safe Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis,” posted on the ANA website:
“THE AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION (ANA) RECOGNIZES THAT PATIENTS SHOULD HAVE SAFE ACCESS TO THERAPEUTIC MARIJUANA/CANNABIS. CANNABIS OR MARIJUANA HAS BEEN USED MEDICINALLY FOR CENTURIES. IT HAS BEEN SHOWN TO BE EFFECTIVE IN TREATING A WIDE RANGE OF SYMPTOMS AND CONDITIONS.”

Researchers at the University of California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research announced findings from a number of randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials on the medical utility of inhaled cannabis in 2010.

The studies used the FDA ‘gold standard’ clinical trial design and reported that marijuana should be the “first line of treatment” for patients suffering from neuropathy and other serious illnesses.

Neuropathy is a type of pain associated with diabetes, cancer, spinal cord injuries, HIV/AIDS and other debilitating conditions. The trials indicated that marijuana controlled pain as good or better than available medications.

Scientists continue to study the effectiveness of cannabinoids all over the world. In Germany, there have been over 37 controlled studies, with over 2,500 subjects, assessing the safety and efficacy of marijuana, since 2005. In contrast, most FDA-approved drugs go through far fewer trials with fewer subjects but are approved for use.

The research on cannabis has shifted from studying its ability to alleviate symptoms of a disease such as nausea associated with chemotherapy to its potential role in modifying disease. Medical marijuana has been shown to slow the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and moderate autoimmune disorders including multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Cannabis and Coconut Oil

Medical marijuana capsules infused in coconut oil are an alternative way to therapeutically use cannabis without having to inhale it through smoking. Infusing cannabis into coconut oil also allows for easy entry into the liver where it can be rapidly processed.

Coconut oil is used because of its high amount of essential fatty acids which makes it a good binding agent for the cannabinoids. Not to mention its amazing health properties. Half of the fat in coconut oil is comprised of a fat that is not frequently found in nature, lauric acid.

Lauric acid has been called a “miracle” ingredient due to its health-promoting capabilities and is present in a mother’s milk. In fact, it can be found in only three dietary sources—small amounts in butterfat and larger amounts in palm kernel and coconut oil.

In the body, lauric acid is converted to monolaurin, which is a potent antiviral, antibacterial and antiprotozoal substance. Because monolaurin is a monoglyceride, it can destroy lipid-coated viruses including measles, influenza, HIV, herpes and a number of pathogenic bacteria.

Testimony – A Success Story

While many remain suspicious of the therapeutic benefits of cannabis, Stan and Barb Rutner are convinced of its efficacy. This couple has stood in the face of cancer a number of times and survived to learn from their experiences.

Barb had two bouts of breast cancer and Stan were diagnosed 20 years ago with non-Hodgkin lymphoma which, after treatment, disappeared. However, in 2011, it returned. Cancerous nodes in his lungs were diagnosed and later he was told that the cancer was in his brain. The outlook was grim indeed.

As he went through the harsh treatment of chemotherapy and radiation, Stan and his family wanted to find a natural solution that would help improve his quality of life and even prolong it. Hearing that cannabis was effective in helping with the pain and other effects of chemotherapy for cancer patients they were more than open to give it a try. According to Stan and Barb, medical cannabis was the golden ticket.

The Rutners daughter, Corinne and her husband did some research and it was decided that daytime cannabis capsule infused in coconut oil would be a good choice. After two weeks of taking the capsule, Stan was able to give up his oxygen tank that he was tied to around the clock. He began to gain weight, sleep better and get stronger overall. After several months, a brain scan revealed that Stan was completely cancer free.

The Rutners are convinced that cannabis works as an anti-cancer medicine. According to John, the Rutners son-in-law:

“THERE IS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT CANNABIS PULLED MY FATHER-IN-LAW OUT OF THE WASTING STAGES OF CANCER AND ENABLED HIM TO GAIN STRENGTH AND IN TURN FIGHT THIS HORRIBLE CELL MALFUNCTION WITH SUCCESS. WHILE MANY WOULD SAY THAT THE CHEMO AND RADIATION COULD HAVE PLAYED A PART, HE WOULD NEVER HAVE LIVED LONG ENOUGH TO FIND OUT WITHOUT CANNABIS OIL.”

Big Pharma Is Synthesizing Cannabis To Make A Patent-able Pill And It’s Killing People

Big Pharma is hurriedly attempting to imitate these same effects — in their labs.

Throughout the bodies of every human on the planet is a physiological system that plays a crucial role in establishing and maintaining human health. The endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS), discovered by scientists unafraid of studying marijuana, is made of endocannabinoids and their receptors which are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells.

The goal of the ECS is to maintain homeostasis within your body.
While the human body produces its own version of endocannabinoids to stimulate these receptors, scientists have discovered that phytocannabinoids, plant-based substances, can also stimulate these cannabinoid receptors. The most well-known, and most psychoactive phytocannabinoid is Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is derived from the cannabis plant. However, other, non-psychoactive cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabinol (CBN) are gaining the interest of researchers due to a variety of healing properties.

There are over 20,000 articles searchable on PubMed detailing the effects of “cannabinoid”(s). New research has shown that cannabis is an effective treatment for a myriad of ailments ranging from cancer, to epilepsy, to PTSD.

These seemingly miraculous benefits have gotten the attention of the pharmaceutical industry which is likely interested in profiting from said benefits. The thing about cannabis, however, is that it doesn’t need Big Pharma to produce it, package it and distribute, as it can grow in your backyard.

But, when government-connected industries wish to shut out their competition, which in this case is a plant, they lean on the state’s ability to stifle competition through claiming a right to the intellectual property behind a particular set of ingredients – otherwise known as a patent.

Since no one can patent a wild plant, pharmaceutical industries turn to their labs and chemistry to recreate nature.

The drug Marinol is an example of a pharmaceutical chemical compound that is produced by Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc. and used to mimic nature. It contains a nearly identical molecular structure as the THC molecule and has similar effects of marijuana on cancer patients in regards to increasing appetite, etc. But unlike its natural counterpart, Marinol does not grow on trees.

This impulse to exclusively own the rights to life-saving medicines is nothing new. However, with the ever-increasing scientific data showing the miraculous effects of cannabis on healing the human body, Big Pharma is hurriedly attempting to imitate these same effects — in their labs.

This haste is proving to be deadly, at least in one example, in France.

According to Ouest France, a recent test conducted by Biotrial, on behalf of the Portuguese pharmaceutical company Bial, has left six people hospitalized in Rennes. One of those six people was declared clinically dead at the University Hospital of Rennes last week.