Across the United States, people are leading healthier and happier lives because of Cannabis. Those who have ailments like arthritis, glaucoma and epilepsy have found successful treatment and relief through the use of Medical Cannabis. Even if you aren't experiencing any of these ailments, chances are good that you know someone who is, and whose suffering could be remedied by looking at treatment options past the hands of pharmaceuticals.
At this time, at the Federal level in the United States, Cannabis is prohibited, but with the rise of legalization in individual states, many people, including many chronic pain Doctors are speaking up about the benefits of medical cannabis. Dr. Harvey Rose is among one of the longtime advocates for chronic pain patients, and he recently told this to Americans For Safe Access (an advocacy group that ensures safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic uses and research):
Cannabis for Arthritis:
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. As the pill-poppin, instant-gratification nation we've become, there is no doubt that most people who suffer from this or similar ailments are merely using over-the-counter pills to soothe their aches.
But as more research is being conducted about the benefits of Cannabis for the treatment of Arthritis, hope has been spread among those who have long-suffered from inflammatory diseases, like arthritis.
J. Michael Walker, PhD, Professor of Psychology and the Linda and Jack Gill Chair of Neuroscience at the University of Indiana, in the Dec. 2000 issue of Arthritis Today, stated:
"The spinal cord is loaded with cannabinoid receptors. These cannabinoid compounds [from marijuana] apparently reduce swelling from inflammation [a major symptom of arthritis]. But more than that, they kill the pain from inflammation specifically. They work on the peripheral nerves that carry pain from your joint into the spinal cord."
Americans For Safe Access states the following in their published brochure entitled "Arthritis and Medical Marijuana":
Cannabis for Glaucoma:
Advocates of medicinal Cannabis cite evidence that hemp products can lower intraocular pressure (IOP) in people with glaucoma.
Thomas Orvald, MD, a cardiac surgeon, stated the following in a YouTube video he created with the Hemp & Cannabis Foundation, uploaded on Apr. 29, 2009:
"The treatment for glaucoma is to somehow get the [intraocular] pressure down within the globe [of the eye]. It just so happens that one of the many virtues of cannabis is that it has the capability of decreasing intraocular pressure… Cannabis is a very effective way, used properly, to decrease the pressure within the eye and to preserve this wonderful retina back here that transcribes all the visual sights into the brain."
Patient testimonials can often be just as powerful as scientific evidence in the case for cannabis for the treatment of glaucoma.
Elvy Musikka, a patient in the federal Compassionate IND program for medical marijuana gave her personal testimony in a YouTube video created by Medical Marijuana 411 and uploaded by Sam Sabzehzar on May 28, 2010:
"I was diagnosed with Glaucoma in 1975. Within a year, I already knew that there was nothing absolutely nothing that was on the market then worked for my glaucoma except for marijuana... One of the benefits of using marijuana is that most of us drop all the other drugs that really do a number on our heads and make it difficult for us to stay healthy between our livers, kidneys and everything else about us. It takes other pills to take care of everything else. I don't have to deal with that. I did discover marijuana and pretty soon I found that it was the only medicine I ever needed."
Cannabis For Epilepsy
Studies have found that medical Cannabis high in CBD and THC are effective in seizure control. Cannabis contains numerous cannabinoid compounds that differ in convulsant and anticonvulsant properties. Anticonvulsant properties were first noted in the 15th century, yet studies in humans have been few.
A series of articles published in the journal Epilepsia investigates the use of medical Cannabis and pure cannabidiol in treating severe forms of epilepsy. In one case study is a mother who provides medical marijuana to her child with Dravet syndrome - a severe form of epilepsy. The child's frequency of seizures reportedly decreased from 50 convulsions per day to 2-3 convulsions each month as a result of this adjunct therapy.
The form of marijuana administered to the child is known as "Charlotte's Web" - a strain of marijuana high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. The family is based in Denver, CO - one of the states that recently legalized marijuana.