Who Is Cannabis?

Kathleen Harrison MD

Homo sapiens, and all the Homo species that preceded us, or cohabited with us for a part of our history, are in fact far younger than are the plants that we embrace. The Cannabaceae is the old family that includes the several Cannabis species (C. sativa, C. indica, and C. ruderalis) and their cousin, also our dear friend, hops (Humulus lupulus). The origins of this plant family date back ninety million years. Our genus, Homo, is currently considered to be a mere 2.8 million years old. So the ancestors of this plant that we so love were doing there own thing for a very long time before we two-leggeds showed up to appreciate their leafy descendants. The antecedents of the Cannabis we now know were hanging out with the dinosaurs, and with many stranger life forms that are now long gone. All that accumulated experience is in the Cannabis story, written right there in the genes of every bud of our beloved herb.

When humans personify a plant species, what that means is that we sense the persona that the plant presents, the character of the plant. Personification is something that even modern humans do, although mostly unconsciously. We name hurricanes, forest fires, diseases, then we talk about them in the terms of human qualities and motivations. Read Article

CANNABIS MAY OFFER CURE FOR DEMENTIA, STUDY FINDS

As a next step, the researchers hope to conduct a clinical trial to investigate whether THC also reverses aging processes and improves cognitive ability in the human brain.

The findings by the research team from the University of Bonn and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem were recently published in the journal Nature Medicine, and may pave the way for new treatments for human dementia and other cognitive disorders

The active ingredient in marijuana – tetrahydrocannabinol or THC – was first discovered by a team of researchers from the Hebrew U.’s School of Pharmacy in 1964, with its isolation, structure elucidation and total synthesis reported by organic chemist Prof. Raphael Mechoulam in 1970.

As the brain ages, cognitive ability decreases, making it more difficult to learn new things or multitask.

Although this process is normal, in some cases, it can evolve into dementia.

Researchers have long sought ways to slow or even reverse this process.

Over a period of four weeks, the German-Israeli research team administered a small quantity of THC to mice aged two, 12 and 18 months. Mice normally show pronounce cognitive deficits as early as age one. (A interesting study to follow)

Cannabinoids in Pediatrics

Despite its controversial nature, the use of medical marijuana and cannabis-derived medicinal products grows more popular with each passing year. As of November 2016, over 40 states have passed legislation regarding the use of either medical marijuana or cannabidiol products. Many providers have started encountering patients experimenting with cannabis products for a wide range of conditions. While the debate continues regarding these agents for both medicinal and recreational use in the general population, special consideration needs to be made for pediatric use. This review will deliver the history of marijuana use and legislation in the United States in addition to the currently available medical literature to equip pediatric health care providers with resources to provide patients and their parents the best recommendation for safe and appropriate use of cannabis-containing compounds.

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Why Kyle Kushman Swears by Veganic Cannabis Grow Methods

I find this interesting as a alternative method which might work well for the cottage grower.

Veganics is a growing technique that uses no animal by-products. As the medical cannabis marketplace rapidly expands, veganic methods are gaining traction with growers concerned with healthier medicine. Many smokers swear it creates a much more flavorful flower.

https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/kyle-kushman-veganic-cannabis-growing-interview

Mexico Legalizes Medical Cannabis

We heard about this when Ed and I were at Hope4Cancer and i am happy to see this has come to pass.

A decree issued by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto today confirmed that Mexico has legalized cannabis for medicinal use after overwhelming support from Mexico’s Lower House of Congress.

Sure wish our country would finally take it out of the Schedule 1 status,

https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/mexico-legalizes-medical-marijuana?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=B2C%20NEWSLETTER%202017-06-21

MS and cannabinoids

Here are a few links to explore if you or a loved one have MS. Cannabis has been found quite helpful with symptom control and slowing down MS.
Much more research is needed.

Multiple Sclerosis – Medical Marijuana Research Overview

Cannabis Saved My Life — Multiple Sclerosis

 

Medical Cannabis: A Complex Question

shutterstock_316097636The National Multiple Sclerosis Society in the US takes the view that the question of whether marijuana — produced from the flowering top of the hemp plant, cannabis Sativa — should be used for symptom management in MS is a complex one.

It says that there is general agreement that better therapies are needed for distressing symptoms of MS — including pain, tremor and spasticity — that may not be sufficiently relieved by available treatments. Still, there are uncertainties about the benefits of marijuana relative to its side effects.

https://multiplesclerosisnewstoday.com/blog/2016/06/14/medical-cannabis-has-a-role-to-play-in-ms-treatment/

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