Canadian Cannabis Industry

Medical cannabis (marijuana) refers to the parts of the herb cannabis used as a physician-recommended form of medicine or herbal therapy, or to synthetic forms of specific cannabinoids such as THC as a physician-recommended form of medicine.

The Cannabis plant has a long history of use as medicine, with historical evidence dating back to 2737 BCE. Cannabis is one of the 50 "fundamental" herbs of traditional Chinese medicine, and is prescribed for a broad range of indications.

Psychiatrist Tod H. Mikuriya, who helped develop Proposition 215, the state ballot that allowed doctors to recommend marijuana for patients in California, began researching marijuana's therapeutic possibilities in the 1960s.

He believed the symptoms of over 200 ailments could be treated with marijuana including stuttering, insomnia, premenstrual syndrome, and writer’s cramp. Even the National Cancer Institute agrees with Mikuriya — specifically the use of marijuana for treatment of side effects of chemotherapy, preventing nausea and vomiting, increasing appetite, relieving pain, and improving sleep.

Treatments using medical marijuana for the following have been documented:

  • Marijuana can be used to prevent blindness from glaucoma

  • It controls epileptic seizures

  • A chemical found in marijuana stops cancer from spreading

  • It may decrease anxiety

  • THC slows the progression of Alzheimer's disease

  • The drug eases the pain of Multiple Sclerosis

  • It lessens side-effects from treating hepatitis C

  • Benefits to Inflammatory bowel diseases

  • Marijuana alleviates pain, reduces inflammation, and promotes sleep, which may help relieve pain and discomfort for people with rheumatoid arthritis

  • Medical cannabis blocks the spread of breast cancer by downregulating a gene called ID1.

  • Medical cannabis helps to alleviate pain and to improve quality of life for HIV-positive patients

  • THC found in medical cannabis eliminates brain cancer while leaving healthy brain cells intact

While the benefits and risks of smoking pot may be overstated by advocates and opponents of marijuana legalization, the new legalization will help researchers study the drugs' medicinal uses, and better understand how it impacts the body.

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