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Medical Marijuana - What’s It Good For? IFL Science.

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posted on Apr, 9 2018 @ 01:19 PM
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I read this article on FB. This is a shorter version. Can't find the longer one. It's from 2014 but still pertinent. IDK if it's been posted before. The search isn't loading.

Medical marijuana. What is it good for?


Interest in medical marijuana is growing steadily, fanned by a large political movement that aims to increase its availability and legality. But what's it actually good for? Inaccurate, uncited memes claiming its efficacy in treating everything from cancer to epilepsy travel on social media like wildfire, but what does the science actually say?

Marijuana, or Cannabis sativa, is an annual plant originally from Central Asia that has been used for medicinal purposes for at least 3,000 years. The biologically active compounds found in the plant are called cannabinoids; at least 66 have been identified so far. These interact with two types of receptor; CB1 receptors which are found predominantly on cells in the brain and spinal cord, and CB2 which are found in various immune cells. The most potent cannabinoid is thought to be delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

It is thought that cannabinoids may be useful in treating a variety of ailments, namely glaucoma, pain, nausea, muscle spasms and loss of appetite. It is also being investigated in cancer patients as a way to alleviate the side effects of cancer therapy, but some laboratory tests are also investigating antitumor properties.


While we can chuckle at the scientific version of the Munchies:


Cannabinoids such as THC have been shown in numerous animal studies to increase food consumption and some human trials have also shown positive results.


...it's informative on what the plant could do, as well as what it probably does. Breaking it down. Testing the properties. What works where? In the longer version it mentioned, "At what dose?" For anxiety it was found that a couple puffs reduced anxiety but more actually increased it.

There's 29 probable and possible uses in the longer article. If someone can find it that'd be great. It's a good read.

What they stressed all through the article was MORE RESEARCH.
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posted on Apr, 9 2018 @ 01:23 PM
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It's also good for racing thoughts, which some patients confuse for hearing voices. Yet the answer for those who suffer from that are SSRI's which if it wasn't for HIPPA Big Pharm would be in trouble. Slippery slope yea, but I think it should be okay for it to be known what drugs an individual is on when committing a crime such as this new wave of shooting up people?

Now that I think about it, it's okay for a person who commits a crime to have it told what "illegal" drugs they were on so why not "legal"?



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posted on Apr, 9 2018 @ 01:34 PM
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Every cell in the body has endocannibinoid receptors. That article is not correct. Cannabis does have some medical properties, but so do other plants. It is not a miracle drug, it can treat some diseases and keep some diseases from progressing. Many people are making it seem like it is way better than it really is. I think it should be legal for some medical purposes, but should not be made completely legal, it does get people high. Age restrictions and restrictions on strength should be put in place. Also some of the pot is laced.



posted on Apr, 9 2018 @ 01:38 PM
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Perhaps Congress should make it legal, it would solve the opiate crisis.

People could get their pain relief, and opiates could be relegated to in-hospital use only.

I realize, however, that some pain requires a very strong pain-killer, so limited short-term use and tighter control would be necessary.



posted on Apr, 9 2018 @ 01:40 PM
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originally posted by: rickymouse
Every cell in the body has endocannibinoid receptors. That article is not correct. Cannabis does have some medical properties, but so do other plants. It is not a miracle drug, it can treat some diseases and keep some diseases from progressing. Many people are making it seem like it is way better than it really is. I think it should be legal for some medical purposes, but should not be made completely legal, it does get people high. Age restrictions and restrictions on strength should be put in place. Also some of the pot is laced.

1) THC gets you high. CBD, the active ingredient in medical cannabis, doesn't
2) What's wrong with getting high?



posted on Apr, 9 2018 @ 01:41 PM
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originally posted by: rickymouse
Every cell in the body has endocannibinoid receptors. That article is not correct. Cannabis does have some medical properties, but so do other plants. It is not a miracle drug, it can treat some diseases and keep some diseases from progressing. Many people are making it seem like it is way better than it really is. I think it should be legal for some medical purposes, but should not be made completely legal, it does get people high. Age restrictions and restrictions on strength should be put in place.


Someone didn't read the article:


Marijuana is a fascinating plant, with a wide range of uses. Its use in medicine is currently being researched all around the world, and there are many situations in which it can be helpful. However, anything being touted as a "miracle" cure for anything should be treated with suspicion. There is no such thing as a miracle, and everything that has an effect also has side-effects. The positives and negatives to every treatment must be carefully weighed up. It is also important to not overstate the importance of laboratory and animal models - while useful and scientifically interesting, they do not prove anything with regards to human treatment. Long term, human trials are required before we can state definitively how useful medical marijuana is in treating each of these illnesses.



Also some of the pot is laced.


Medical wouldn't be.



posted on Apr, 9 2018 @ 01:44 PM
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originally posted by: Cygnis
Perhaps Congress should make it legal, it would solve the opiate crisis.

People could get their pain relief, and opiates could be relegated to in-hospital use only.


That's covered in the longer article.

29 states so far legalize MMJ. Closer to amendment strength for the dreamers.



posted on Apr, 9 2018 @ 01:47 PM
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originally posted by: Krazysh0t

originally posted by: rickymouse
Every cell in the body has endocannibinoid receptors. That article is not correct. Cannabis does have some medical properties, but so do other plants. It is not a miracle drug, it can treat some diseases and keep some diseases from progressing. Many people are making it seem like it is way better than it really is. I think it should be legal for some medical purposes, but should not be made completely legal, it does get people high. Age restrictions and restrictions on strength should be put in place. Also some of the pot is laced.

1) THC gets you high. CBD, the active ingredient in medical cannabis, doesn't


CBD is being tried for brain and seizure problems. THC for others. That's also in the longer article. I hope someone with better skills can find it.



posted on Apr, 9 2018 @ 01:47 PM
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MORE research is needed, because they haven't yet found any serious adverse side effects to it's usage. All of the government funding being thrown at researchers will not cease until the government gets what it wants: verifiable proof that it's still the Devil's lettuce, and that it will kill everyone that comes into contact with it.



posted on Apr, 9 2018 @ 01:57 PM
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a reply to: intrepid

CBD is generally the active and preferred ingredient for medical pot. There are some medical uses being discovered for THC but for the most part it, medical cannabis, won't get you high.

Of course that doesn't matter anyways, since again what's wrong with getting high? It's not like using the plant with large concentrations of THC in it is that bad for you, and beer which is FAR worse is plenty legal. It really baffles me why people want to ban a drug because other people want to use it recreationally.
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posted on Apr, 9 2018 @ 02:26 PM
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Also some of the pot is laced.


This is just pure propaganda to scare people, stop spreading it.. Laced with what?

Im 45 been doing that since im 12 . I have never bought a bag of laced pot. The only time you get laced pot is if you lace it yourself.

Drug dealers aint putting extra drugs on your weed for free.



posted on Apr, 9 2018 @ 02:48 PM
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originally posted by: notsure1
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Also some of the pot is laced.


This is just pure propaganda to scare people, stop spreading it.. Laced with what?

Im 45 been doing that since im 12 . I have never bought a bag of laced pot. The only time you get laced pot is if you lace it yourself.

Drug dealers aint putting extra drugs on your weed for free.



They will if it increases your dependancy. Return customers are good for business. Without going into too much detail per T's and C's, there is a certain stimulant on the market where dealers would lace it with a Viagra type powder to make their "brand" better than their competitors in the next city over. When competition is tough you what what you can to gain an edge. Think what you will about it, but it's all business.

Don't think that if big pharma gets involved they may lace things with Fentynal stock that's about to expire to get THEIR dealers return customers.

MMC isn't the cure-all that people make it out to be anyway. It's very helpful in some areas, that's for sure, but all the hype comes from pot-heads who are just beside themselves about these turns of events.



posted on Apr, 9 2018 @ 03:34 PM
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originally posted by: Taupin Desciple

originally posted by: notsure1
a reply to: rickymouse




Also some of the pot is laced.


This is just pure propaganda to scare people, stop spreading it.. Laced with what?

Im 45 been doing that since im 12 . I have never bought a bag of laced pot. The only time you get laced pot is if you lace it yourself.

Drug dealers aint putting extra drugs on your weed for free.



They will if it increases your dependancy. Return customers are good for business. Without going into too much detail per T's and C's, there is a certain stimulant on the market where dealers would lace it with a Viagra type powder to make their "brand" better than their competitors in the next city over. When competition is tough you what what you can to gain an edge. Think what you will about it, but it's all business.

Don't think that if big pharma gets involved they may lace things with Fentynal stock that's about to expire to get THEIR dealers return customers.

MMC isn't the cure-all that people make it out to be anyway. It's very helpful in some areas, that's for sure, but all the hype comes from pot-heads who are just beside themselves about these turns of events.


Oh bull Shi..... Were talking over 30 years of buying it here.. Increase their dependency on weed LMAO..

nobody is dependent on weed .



posted on Apr, 9 2018 @ 03:54 PM
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Are You guys serious? Work on some BigPHarma™ poisons pushing Board?

Laced? really? Are You referencing "synthetic 'marijuana'" ? Because that has absolutely nothing in common with 'Cannabis' Did You know 'marijuana' is a Gov't. issued word? Did You know those who are "Anti Cannabis" have been pushing these "bath salts" to be referenced as 'synthetic marijuana' Why do You think that is???


I'm okay w/a little Lace.. Heels too? sign Me up!!

Stay Hydrated...

P.S. Just for edification. I used to be a State of Ca. Certified Drug Expert not only that but the ZigZag Man has a tattoo of Me on His back...



posted on Apr, 9 2018 @ 04:15 PM
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Im just flabbergasted at what people still actually believe about pot. That its laced , that people are dependent on it. and potheads are are out purse snatching from old ladies for their next hit..

Dependent on weed cmon man..




posted on Apr, 9 2018 @ 04:18 PM
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originally posted by: Krazysh0t

originally posted by: rickymouse
Every cell in the body has endocannibinoid receptors. That article is not correct. Cannabis does have some medical properties, but so do other plants. It is not a miracle drug, it can treat some diseases and keep some diseases from progressing. Many people are making it seem like it is way better than it really is. I think it should be legal for some medical purposes, but should not be made completely legal, it does get people high. Age restrictions and restrictions on strength should be put in place. Also some of the pot is laced.

1) THC gets you high. CBD, the active ingredient in medical cannabis, doesn't
2) What's wrong with getting high?


Back in the seventies and eighties I would have said nothing. Now, I am sixty two, I am not interested in it anymore. I do have some pills, hemp CBD oil, and they do effectively treat my epilepsy. I got them from the health food store. And they are legal. And expensive. About three bucks a gel cap. I can get taurine pills for a twentieth of the price and they work well too. I can't use just taurine to control it though, I will get some muscles spasms forming after a few days if I use that and disregard diet. The brain seizure noise and excitability activity seems to be different than the spasm problems. I never tried using the Hemp oil other than taking one pill. But I would guess from looking at the research on it that I might still have the spasms in muscles if I altered away from the special diet I use to control it. I like having options, sometimes it is nice to go out and eat all sorts of stuff for a day or two. I am getting kind of sick of eating the foods that I need to control my condition. The problem is that I am eating foods that are opposite of what I should be eating when we go out to the restaurants. Pizza is not good for epilepsy, neither is anything at a fast food restaurant or an Italian restaurant. So it is nice to have a pill I can take to help on occasion, I think the Hemp CBD oil will help for times like that.



posted on Apr, 9 2018 @ 04:21 PM
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originally posted by: notsure1

originally posted by: Taupin Desciple

originally posted by: notsure1
a reply to: rickymouse




Also some of the pot is laced.


This is just pure propaganda to scare people, stop spreading it.. Laced with what?

Im 45 been doing that since im 12 . I have never bought a bag of laced pot. The only time you get laced pot is if you lace it yourself.

Drug dealers aint putting extra drugs on your weed for free.



They will if it increases your dependancy. Return customers are good for business. Without going into too much detail per T's and C's, there is a certain stimulant on the market where dealers would lace it with a Viagra type powder to make their "brand" better than their competitors in the next city over. When competition is tough you what what you can to gain an edge. Think what you will about it, but it's all business.

Don't think that if big pharma gets involved they may lace things with Fentynal stock that's about to expire to get THEIR dealers return customers.

MMC isn't the cure-all that people make it out to be anyway. It's very helpful in some areas, that's for sure, but all the hype comes from pot-heads who are just beside themselves about these turns of events.


Oh bull Shi..... Were talking over 30 years of buying it here.. Increase their dependency on weed LMAO..

nobody is dependent on weed .


Nobody is dependent on weed?

Thanks for the laugh dude, you obviously don’t smoke that much do you?



posted on Apr, 9 2018 @ 04:24 PM
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originally posted by: notsure1
a reply to: rickymouse




Also some of the pot is laced.


This is just pure propaganda to scare people, stop spreading it.. Laced with what?

Im 45 been doing that since im 12 . I have never bought a bag of laced pot. The only time you get laced pot is if you lace it yourself.

Drug dealers aint putting extra drugs on your weed for free.



The Hawaiian was lased with opium at fifteen bucks a gram, so were the Thai sticks. I do not know what matanusa thunder# had in it but that was not just pot. Gee, I could have had a kid your age if I wasn't partying so much in the seventies.



posted on Apr, 9 2018 @ 08:20 PM
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I have recently discovered the joys of hemp CBD oil. When I'm not an idiot, it does take care of the pain. And my mood improves a LOT when I'm not in pain...



posted on Apr, 9 2018 @ 10:08 PM
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originally posted by: intrepid
I read this article on FB. This is a shorter version. Can't find the longer one. It's from 2014 but still pertinent. IDK if it's been posted before. The search isn't loading.

Medical marijuana. What is it good for?


Interest in medical marijuana is growing steadily, fanned by a large political movement that aims to increase its availability and legality. But what's it actually good for? Inaccurate, uncited memes claiming its efficacy in treating everything from cancer to epilepsy travel on social media like wildfire, but what does the science actually say?

Marijuana, or Cannabis sativa, is an annual plant originally from Central Asia that has been used for medicinal purposes for at least 3,000 years. The biologically active compounds found in the plant are called cannabinoids; at least 66 have been identified so far. These interact with two types of receptor; CB1 receptors which are found predominantly on cells in the brain and spinal cord, and CB2 which are found in various immune cells. The most potent cannabinoid is thought to be delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

It is thought that cannabinoids may be useful in treating a variety of ailments, namely glaucoma, pain, nausea, muscle spasms and loss of appetite. It is also being investigated in cancer patients as a way to alleviate the side effects of cancer therapy, but some laboratory tests are also investigating antitumor properties.


While we can chuckle at the scientific version of the Munchies:


Cannabinoids such as THC have been shown in numerous animal studies to increase food consumption and some human trials have also shown positive results.


...it's informative on what the plant could do, as well as what it probably does. Breaking it down. Testing the properties. What works where? In the longer version it mentioned, "At what dose?" For anxiety it was found that a couple puffs reduced anxiety but more actually increased it.

There's 29 probable and possible uses in the longer article. If someone can find it that'd be great. It's a good read.

What they stressed all through the article was MORE RESEARCH.



Hmmm well....I watched my mom slowly die of cancer for over 4 years. For most od.that time she was on morphine for pain. The morphine did not stop her pain and she spent most of her time nodded off and junked out and it made her fairly depressed. She decided she had enough of it and quit the morphine straight up and started smoking weed. It was the first time in a few years my mom wasnt in pain any more and was aware of the things around her.

Personally it helps my back pain, helps me focus, helps my anxiety, relaxes me and is generally something I enjoy. It's a fa more enjoyable activity to do with friends than drinking.

Also, just from a botanical point of view it's a pretty cool plant. It's in a family all it's own it shares only with the hops plant, it's dioecious and mutates readily so there are thousands of phenotypes. The plants contain thousands of compounds, many found in other plants, including.essential pile that are known to be beneficial. It's fibers can be used to produce just about anything from fabric to concrete to plastic. It's seeds contain complete proteins and are highly nutritious, it's oil is fairly healthy for us to consume and high in omega-6, and omega-3 fatty acids, there is zero toxicity in them.

Honestly I really need some good solid proof telling me it's bad for me in any way before I even begin to think anything from this plant is remotely bad for me.

Lol and Cannabis is one of the most highly studied plants in the world. There are millions of hours of research that have gone into this plant for hundreds of different applications. Of course there's more research needed, we're still discovering new awesome # you can do with it all the time.
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