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Beyond the Psychoactive Effect: Studies Show that THC Has Medical Benefits, Too

THC Medical Banefits

If you enjoy the psychoactive effects of cannabis – a sense of euphoria and well-being – you have tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to thank. But there’s more to it than providing an emotional lift, especially when combined with cannabidiol (CBD). Studies show that together these two components work synergistically to also provide medical benefits.

How THC Works

On a structural level, THC binds to cannabinoid receptors in the body that manage mood, appetite and memory. What we experience as a result is the marijuana “high”. The more THC, the more impact it has.

THC presents at varying levels, depending on how the cannabis plant is “bred”, and medical marijuana patients typically self-dose. According to Mahmoud ElSohly, Ph.D., director of the University of Mississippi Marijuana Project, back in the 1970s THC content was around 1 or 2 percent; today it tends to max out at 11 or 12 percent.

The level of THC in extremely large doses can have negative effects, including paranoia and irritability, in some people. At reasonable levels, though, THC is a natural solution for calming, creating a feeling happiness, fighting nausea, and more.

Top Health Benefits

Alzheimer’s – Research conducted by Scripps Research Institute and published in Molecular Pharmaceutics demonstrates that THC may slow the advance of Alzheimer’s disease.

Nausea and Vomiting – THC has been found to be a powerful treatment for nausea and vomiting, which is particularly useful for dealing with the treatment side effects for cancer, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

Anxiety – A Harvard Medical School study found that, in lower doses, cannabinol can reduce anxiety, improve mood, and act as a sedative.

Anorexia and Weight LossStudies show that when used to treat poor appetite – a symptom of many diseases and conditions, from anorexia to AIDS – THC has been found to double appetite and to help patients retain a stable body weight.

Spasms and Movement Disorders – Clinical trials indicate that spasticity caused by multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and spinal cord injury can be calmed and suppressed by THC, cannabis and nabilone, a synthetic cannabinoid that mimics THC. Anecdotal reports show THC can positively impact Tourette’s syndrome.

Glaucoma – The positive effect of cannabis with THC on glaucoma is one of the most documented, starting with a study in 1971. It has been shown time and again that cannabis reduces intraocular pressure.

Crohn’s Disease –  Results of a study at Meir Medical Center in Israel show that subjects suffering from Chrohn’s, an IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), saw a significant reduction in Crohn’s symptoms (pain, diarrhea, fatigue and weight loss) when smoking cannabis twice a day. Many were shown to have complete remission.

Miscellaneous – Patient reports indicate that cannabis with THC has successfully treated a variety of other health conditions including attention pruritus due to liver diseases, restless leg syndrome, chronic hiccups, and more.

These are not all of the benefits provided by cannabis and research continues to expand. As more studies are completed, we’ll no doubt be able to identify many other health and medical benefits of THC.




An Introduction to Marijuana Edibles

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For many people, one of the safest ways to consume medical marijuana is through marijuana edibles. Controlled doses of edible marijuana or tinctures can deliver a longer lasting therapeutic effect than inhaling marijuana. The digestive processes alter the metabolism of cannabinoids and produce a different metabolite of THC in the liver.  The onset of effects are delayed and last longer due to slower absorption of the cannabinoids. Using edible cannabis effectively will usually take some experimentation with particular product types and dosage. Because everyone’s body metabolizes the cannabinoids somewhat differently, it can produce different subjective effects depending on the individual. Some claim it is more intense than others. Another advantage to marijuana edibles over smoking is smoking entails inhaling tars and other potential irritants that often produce unpleasant bronchial effects such as harsh coughing.


What’s The Difference?

For people with cancer, or children with epilepsy or MS, it sometimes seems to be a better option to consume edibles in one form or another.  Consuming cannabis can have slightly different effects than it does when smoking. Marijuana edibles kick in slower, wear off in a slower amount of time, and can usually be felt as more of a “body” high then a “head” high. These effects can be extremely beneficial for those with severe pains related to serious illness or disease.


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The Process

Medical marijuana is commonly extracted into cannabutter or cannabis infused oil, which is then used to make edible products such as cookies, or brownies.   There are a vast variety of products to choose. A good word of caution when buying edibles is to look for products that are clearly labeled with serving size. Some edibles can be too strong for people who have a low tolerance. For those of us who like preparing edibles ourselves, it is a learning curve to make our product portion specific, especially for those with a temptation to eat too much.


The Future Of Edibles

Here in San Diego, there is a push to get government oversight with products on the market. This may help to reduce any discomfort with experimenting for the correct dosage. Professional marijuana edible producers are pushing for better warning label laws and training for people who are making edibles at dispensaries. Without these laws, people are selling home-cooked edibles online with no indication of THC content and marijuana volume. This can be extremely problematic, and there have been a few instances where medical marijuana patients have been unaware of edibles effects, eaten too much, and had unpleasant experiences. Legislators in states that have completely legalized medical marijuana, like Colorado, are considering creating laws that would require the edibles themselves to be marked showing that they contain cannabis. As a whole, medical marijuana groups are supporting the creation of laws like these to keep the future of cannabis safe.

Wellness Benefits of Cannabis

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When you look at the scientific data, its clear that there’s more to cannabis than recreation. A growing body of research indicates that marijuana has many medical benefits, and the list of treatments continues to grow.

After writing an anti-marijuana opinion piece in 2009, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s respected chief medical correspondent, changed his mind. While researching a documentary about the medicinal benefits of the plant recently, he concluded that “we have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for that.”

From our heads to our toes, cannabis works to alleviate or diminish symptoms and side effects of many diseases. Some examples include:

Glaucoma – According to the National Eye Institute, cannabis was found to lower the intraocular pressure (IOP) in those with normal pressure as well as people who have glaucoma. It’s believed that marijuana may slow the progress of the disease, preventing blindness.

Epileptic Seizures – In a 2003 study at Virginia Commonwealth University, the power of cannabis to calm and diminish epileptic seizures was shown in a study with rats. Anecdotally, we’re seeing evidence that humans experience the same benefit for other types of seizures as well.

Cancer – Scientists at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco found that a compound derived from marijuana can stop many kinds of aggressive cancer. They concluded that the compound could potentially lead to reducing mortality rates among cancer patients.

Anxiety – Cannabis has been shown to reduce anxiety by working through brain receptors in the amygdala, which regulates anxiety.

Suicide – Marijuana use appears to prevent suicide. A study from Germany concludes that in U.S. states where medical marijuana is legalized, rates of suicide have diminished.

Lack of Appetite – As explained in a Smithsonian Magazine, marijuana heightens appetite, a huge relief for cancer patients battling side effects of chemotherapy; the effect can also potentially boost appetite in a number of diseases and conditions.

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases – A recent research trial found that cannabis use reduced the pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss caused by Crohn’s Disease in 10 out of 11 subjects. According to, chemicals found in cannabis could be an effective treatment to both Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis.

Autoimmune Disorders – A study found that cannabis might effectively treat autoimmune disorders such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis by decreasing inflammation in the body.

Parkinson Disease – The National Center for Biotechnology Information reports that an observational study found that marijuana use resulted in significant improvement in symptoms of Parkinson Disease, such as tremors and rigidity. Sleep and pain were also greatly improved.

AIDS – Besides helping AIDS patients manage nausea and loss of appetite, marijuana-like compounds (cannabinoid drugs) might also fight the HIV virus in late-state AIDS patients, according to research.

PTSD – A study published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs led Arizona’s Department of Health Services to approve the use of marijuana for PTSD patients to relieve and treat their suffering.

The number of states that approve the use of medical marijuana continues to increase and government roadblocks to cannabis research are starting to ease. A growing acceptance of marijuana’s medical benefits is leading to new research to build on past studies and to discover other health benefits of the plant.


CBD Packs Quite the Medicinal Punch

Think of cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as the yin and yang of cannabis. THC, the more well known of the two components (cannabinoids), is primarily responsible for the feelings of euphoria and well being associated with the plant. The CBD component, which is found in cannabis in smaller levels than THC, is taking center stage because of its non-psychoactive effects. The two work synergistically; in high quantities, in fact, CBD enhances the positive effects of THC while negating negatives.

CBD Delivers More Medicinal Value

CBD is stealing some of the spotlight from THC these days because of its medicinal effects, and research backs it up. CBD has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-anxiety properties. Evidence reveals that it has strong medical uses, especially promising for conditions such as Crohn’s disease, PTSD, multiple sclerosis, and Dravet’s Syndrome, a hard to treat form of epilepsy that affects children.

Treats Alcohol-Induced Brain Damage

A University of Kentucky, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences study indicates that transdermal delivery (absorption through the skin) of CBD is likely to help in the treatment of neurodegeneration (progressive brain damage) due to alcoholism.

May Block Spread of Cancer

A U.S. biotech company that develops pharmaceutical products reports that scientists at California Pacific Medical Center have demonstrated that CBD can switch off a gene that causes aggressive cancers to metastasize, or spread. This research indicates that besides reducing pain and nausea among cancer patients, CBD has value as an actual treatment.

Effectively Treats Schizophrenia

A preliminary clinical trial at the University of Cologne in Germany shows that CBD is better than antipsychotic drugs at treating schizophrenia—and with substantially fewer side effects. This antipsychotic value indicates that CBD in medicinal marijuana may counter any psychotic episodes that can be triggered in some people by high doses of THC.

Reduces General Anxiety

A scientific study shows that CBD can reduce Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD).  Cannabidiol has been shown to have an anti-anxiety benefit for both in humans and in animals.

Given the power of CBD, some are now willing to approve the use of cannabis medicinally, but without the THC component. However, this shortsighted approach ignores the value that a combination of THC and high CBD levels brings to relieving symptoms and treating many health conditions.