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Cannabis as a Treatment for Autism and Cancer?

Two great stories came through on my newsfeed this morning; both medical-related, and both claiming that cannabis could be of potential medical benefit for Autism and Cancer.

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I’ve written about the medical applications of cannabis as a treatment for Cancer in previous posts on this blog. However this story, which has been republished from The Huffington Post, claims that scientists in San Francisco have discovered a cannabis-derived compound that could halt metastasis in many kinds of aggresive cancer. There’s an aggresive cancer-causing gene called ID-1 which CBD, apparently, turns off. The full story can be read by clicking here.

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The other story about Autism and cannabis is also very interesting. It comes straight from Nature.com and the story is here for you to read the full version. It’s a bit long-winded and techy so you have been warned!

Anyway, the crux of the story is that there is a genetic condition called ‘Fragile X syndrome‘, which is the most common gentic cause of autism. Males are more prone to this syndrome as we only carry one X chromosone (females obviously have two of these, so if one is damaged the other X chromosone compensates). Scientists have been testing on mice and they’ve found that by linking the pathways dependent on these 2-AG endocannabinoid transmitters, it corrects the Fragile X fault. This apparently led to a dramatic improvement in behaviour in the mice that had the condition.

Testing on mice is one thing, testing on humans is something altogether different, but it’s all good steps in the right direction, and yet another reason to continue the research into what else cannabis can offer us in terms of medical breakthroughs.

Cannabis Being Tested As A Treatment For Epilepsy

Cannabis MedicineSo this piece of news was waiting for me in my inbox this morning. It’s a story from foxnews.com so how accurate it is, is debatable! …FULL STORY HERE

Anyway it looks like, as well as the myriad other medical applications that cannabis is being tested on (see my previous posts here, here, and here), it is also now coming to light that one of the cannabinoids (CBDV) found in this wonder weed is showing positive indications that it could be used as an anticonvulsant treatment for epilepsy.

It’s early days yet though as the people in white coats at GW Pharma have only tested on rats and mice so far. Let’s see how this evolves over time, but it can only be positive news for this much vilified plant.

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Have a nice weekend people…and Free the Weed!

More Cannabis Myths Put Into Touch

Doobons.comOver in the US there’s a great organisation called Doobons (who recently changed their name to ‘United Patients Group’). They offer a free medical resource for alternative medicine, including medical marijuana. They tend to focus on helping find the right treatment for those people with terminal and acute diseases such as: Cancer, MS, severe pain, etc.

Even though this is a Brit blog I would urge you to check out their site and then wonder “why the hell have we nothing like this over here in the UK?”. I mean they offer all this free alternative medical advice to the needy…and heck they even have a free app to boot!

The reason I’m blogging about this organisation is that recently they have officially debunked a few cannabis myths that are circulating. For an organisation of this size and stature to be doing this certainly made me prick up my ears and take notice.

I’ll quote directly from John in bold below (John is the owner and founder of Doobons):

Myth #1: Cannabis is an addictive drug that poses significant health consequences to its users.

“Unlike many of the medicines frequently used, acute lethal overdoses of marijuana have not been reported and there is no research proving increased mortality attributable to chronic use. In fact, in a recent study, the Institute of Medicine concluded that, ‘Compared to most other drugs…dependence among marijuana users is relatively rare.’”

Myth #2: Supporting medical cannabis endangers our children and encourages abuse of the drug.

“I think it’s also really important for parents to understand that dispensaries are even harder for their teenagers to get into than nightclubs, not to mention the prices are higher,” said John. “There have also been studies that show a decrease in teens’ marijuana use since the legalization of medical cannabis in California, and no evidence supporting that the passage of Proposition 215 increased marijuana use.”

Myth #3: More access to medical marijuana for legitimate patients will increase the number of marijuana-related car crashes and fatalities.

“Similar to any other medication, medical marijuana patients are held accountable to the same standards and laws of those who take any medicine with the potential to impair coordination and decision-making. There are literally hundreds of prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs that can cause delayed reactions and drowsiness and should not be used while driving; medical marijuana is no different.”

Myth #4: Cannabis must be smoked in order to benefit from its medicinal components.

“In fact, there are several ways to use medical cannabis other than lighting and smoking it. The options for patients range from vaporizing and oils to edibles and medical cannabis pills. “It just depends on what the patient feels comfortable with and what works best for them.”

Myth #5: Medicinal cannabis is only used by teenagers.

United Patients Group has found that many of the people who visit the website are older patients that have never stepped foot inside a dispensary, or caregivers and parents of pediatric patients who desperately want to know all their options.

“United Patients Group has people from all over the world, from all walks of life calling us in need of direction and guidance, as they have days, not months or years, to wade through the ever changing laws and legislations of the cannabis world.”

A very interesting Q&A there, and I couldn’t agree more with John’s answers. I still firmly believe that these myths have been spun because of the powers-that-be – they want us to believe that cannabis is bad for us, is a gateway drug, causes mental problems, etc etc. But trust me people, just do a bit of research into this area, like I did, and that veil of lies is soon lifted. Sure, cannabis can be bad for you if you abuse it – it is a psychoactive drug after all, but there are so many uses for this plant, so many unexplored medical outlets, that it shouldn’t be vilified the way it is.

That is all, rant over 🙂

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