"A Lyme Disease survivor expresses her appreciation of medical cannabis"
Cannabis is effective at killing bacteria, viruses, and fungus. All 5 major cannabinoids (THC, CBD, CBN, CBG, and CBC) has been shown to kill MRSA, known as the “flesh eating virus.” Less studied cannabinoids such as 8-hydroxycannabinol have potent antibacterial properties, and single extracts may provide new targets to kill the bacteria that causes lyme disease. Cannabis may also be effective at treating the later stage symptoms of Lyme disease. Cannabis can help reduce pain, spams, headaches and nausea.
MEDICAL CANNABIS ON SICKLE CELL ANNEMIA DISEASE
The condition causes the body’s red blood cells to become sticky and misshapen. When this happens, they cannot perform their function of transporting oxygen.They are, as a result, more prone to become wedged in blood vessels, leading to limited or blocked circulation.These blockages make it difficult for the blood to carry oxygen to tissues in the body. Because of the decreased oxygen reaching the tissue, the patient may experience sudden severe pain attacks, referred to as pain crises. Over time, that lack of oxygen can cause damage to various organs. The most common parts of the body affected by this long-term damage include the spleen, brain, heart, lungs, eyes, liver, kidneys, penis, skin, bones and joints. The cells are rigid and don’t change shape well, they often burst apart easily. This shortens the life of the cells significantly. Marijuana for sickle cell disease can have a significant effect on the pain. The chemicals in marijuana called cannabinoids work with the natural receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system. That interaction can ease pain, reduce inflammation and help with many other processes in the body. Pot is known as an analgesic with positive effects on both acute and chronic pain. Because sickle cell disease can cause both types of pain, pot can be effective in controlling pain during and between crises. Its anti-inflammatory properties can also make pot effective in treating sickle cell disease.
MEDICAL CANNABIS ON CANCER
A number of studies involving individuals undergoing cancer treatment have shown that medical marijuana can help in managing the following: Pain. Marijuana can work similarly to opioids (the strongest pain relievers available) when treating individuals living with cancer related pain. Additionally, it may have anti-inflammatory effects that can help with pain. Some treatment plans may include both opioids and marijuana.Neuropathy. Neuropathy is a medical term for nerve damage, which is a common complication of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. It is typically characterized by a feeling of weakness, numbness, tingling, or burning in the hands and feet. Medical marijuana has been shown to provide relief for those experiencing pain from neuropathy.Nausea and vomiting. Many individuals living with cancer experience nausea and vomiting as a side effect of chemotherapy. There are many medications available to treat this symptom. Dronabinol is a synthetic cannabinoid that is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for this indication. Additionally, studies have shown that medical marijuana can be an effective treatment for nausea and vomiting.
MEDICAL CANNABIS ON LUPUS DISEASE
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which your body can’t tell the difference between viruses, germs and bacteria and your body’s own healthy tissue. This leads to your immune system creating antibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue, leading to inflammation, pain and damage to body parts.“I decided to treat lupus with cannabis because I was on methotrexate,” Angie told us. “I ended up getting pulmonary fibrosis from the methotrexate.” Alarmingly, methotrexate is known to carry this risk along with many other adverse effects.Relief pain and inflammation are two commonly recognized therapeutic properties of cannabis, so its ability to treat lupus effectively is not surprising. “Cannabis seems to be the only safe, natural, and effective treatment that exists for lupus,” survivor says.