Cannabis: Reducing The Stigma
Reducing the Stigma around Cannabis
As someone who advocates for the use of Medical Marijuana for the treatment of a plethora of medical conditions; I would like to encourage you to take a moment to consider the facts about it.
The brain makes its own endocannabinoids, and the endocannabinoid system covers all cells and nerves. It is the messenger of information between our immune system and central nervous system. It is responsible for neuro protection and micromanages the immune system.
Cannabis reduces inflammation, reduces the immune response in the body, and exerts neuroprotective effort. It reduces frequency of muscle spasms which can reduce fecal and urinary incontinence.
You cannot fatally overdose on cannabis. The most it may do is make you sleep for extended periods of time or experience an increased heart rate temporarily.
Why Marijuana is Good for Those With Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis is a condition where an overactive immune system attacks the central nervous system, causing demyelination of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Endocannabinoids are responsible for homeostasis of every organ system in the body.
"Endocannabinoids are the only neurotransmitters that engage in such 'retrograde signaling,' a form of intracellular communication that inhibits immune response, reduces inflammation, relaxes musculature, lowers blood pressure, dilates bronchial passages, and normalizes overstimulated nerves. Retrograde signaling serves as an inhibitory feedback mechanism that tells other neurotransmitters to 'cool it' when they are firing too fast." - Source: https://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/how-and-why-your-brian-makes-its-own-cannabinoids
Cannabinoids, Ceramide and Cancer
Cannabis interferes with tumor growth as it is carried through the blood stream.
When THC connects to the CB1/CB2 cannabinoid receptor sites on cancer cells, it causes an increase in ceramide synthesis.
Ceramide is a signalling metabolite which drives cell death (apoptosis).
A normal, healthy cell does NOT produce ceramide in the presence of THC and thus is not affected by the cannabinoid.
Only the cancerous cells will die, leaving healthy cells unharmed. The cells die not because of cytotoxic chemicals, but because of a shift in the mitochondria (use of energy).
Ceramide and other shpingolipids inhibit pro-survival pathways in the cell, leaving no possibility of cancer cell survival.
Success Stories and Further Information:
- Story of a man with bowel cancer who successfully treated his condition with Cannabis Oil.
- Another person with colon cancer who successfully treated their cancer with Cannabis Oil.
- PubMed Journal: Inhibition of colon carcinogenesis by a standardized Cannabis sativa extract with high content of cannabidiol.
The traditional Rick Simpson Cannabis Oil (RSO) that you may have heard of, is decarboxylated extract produced from strong indica strains of marijuana which have THC in the 90% range. This is the product I am referencing if I ever make mention of "cannabis oil".
None of the information I am sharing in this post is a recommendation, but information gathered from various sources online. Please speak to your health care provider about this if you have any interest in medical marijuana.