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Science: 2015’s 5 Most Significant Cannabinoid Studies

With just over two months to go before we ring in 2016, this has been another stealer year for cannabinoid research. One in which countless studies have provided new and compelling evidence that marijuana’s cannabinoids offer an incredibly wide spectrum of safe, non-addictive, and effectual remedies for many of today’s more perplexing health issues.

While there have been several cannabinoid related studies performed in 2015, below are my top 5 choices for the most compelling studies/news stories published so far this year.

Research Shows THC Could Inhibit Organ Rejection in Transplant Patients:

In this September 2015 study performed by scientists at the University of South Carolina, researchers were more than pleasantly surprised when they discovered that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) worked wonders for inhibiting organ rejection in transplant patients. Potentially planting the seed of a whole new anti-rejection therapy for patients who have recently undergone organ transplants.

Research Shows Aggression Reduced by Cannabinoids:

This important nugget of research demonstrates, I think, why most young males are drawn towards smoking weed as a means of coping with an onslaught of rage inducing news on a daily basis. Or, as PubMed.gov dubbed it in their July 2015 report – “the role of CB2 receptors in social and aggressive behavior.”

Research Shows CBD Cannabinoid May Prevent Broken Bones:

In this July 22, 2015 study, the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research reported that marijuana’s CBD cannabinoid had yet another miracle cure in it’s bag of tricks; helping broken bones heal faster and making them harder to break in the future.

Research Shows Marijuana Cannabinoids are Safe, and Help with Chronic Pain:

While not summarized exactly the same way, an October 2nd study from the Great White North suggested that 2 1/2 grams of cannabis a day was a perfectly sensible and safe way of managing chronic pain. According to the research published in the Journal of Pain, small daily doses of marijuana can be safely utilized as part of a pain management program; minus the fear of addiction, mood swings, or a diminished IQ.

The National Cancer Institute Updates FAQ Page: ‘Cannabinoids Kills Cancer’:

An August 2015 update from the National Cancer Institute to their ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page noted that “Cannabinoids Kill Cancer” by inhibiting tumor growth and restricting the necessary blood vessel development required for tumors to spread within the host.

As the 2015 harvest season begins for outdoor cultivators, who knows what kind of scientific miracles they’ll attribute to marijuana’s myriad of beneficial cannabinoids by the end of the year?

Fingers crossed…

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CBD in Marijuana found to Treat Schizophrenia with few Side Effects

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Within a matter of weeks the United States Supreme Court will issue a ruling on the controversial “Obamacare” program.  In particular, the mandate that requires Americans to carry health insurance has drawn the most scrutiny and is being challenged on its constitutionality.  Combining that with Mitt Romney’s campaign going national after winning the GOP nomination, the healthcare reform battle should be front and center as both Romney and Obama (often considered very similar plans) have enacted sweeping health care changes.

Luckily in the meantime we have less partisan political healthcare updates to lift our spirits.  This week researchers at The University of Cologne in Germany have found that CBD (a cannabinoid found in marijuana) looks to have excellent potential in treating schizophrenia symptoms.  Of the 39 patients who participated in the study, 20 were treated with CBD while the others were treated with amisulpride, a drug not legal in the U.S. but similar to medications used in America.  Daniel Piomelli, co-author of the study was pleased with the results and said “The results were amazing. Not only was CBD as effective as standard antipsychotics, but it was also essentially free of the typical side effects seen with antipsychotic drugs.”

This development builds on many of the recent studies that have linked health and quality of life to marijuana.  Soldiers have often reported that marijuana use has helped with their PTSD symptoms.  Recently, marijuana.net reported on a study that showed cannabis relieved patient’s painful MS symptoms.  Additionally, marijuana has been linked to help patients suffering from cancer, AIDS, Glaucoma, chronic pain, muscular dystrophy, migraines, and of course so many other ailments.  We encourage readers in our comment section to share stories about these or other medical issues marijuana aids.

Schizophrenia has baffled medical professionals for centuries and perhaps even thousands of years.  Egyptians have described ancient ailments over two thousand years ago that sound very much like what we call schizophrenia today.  Treatments in the middle ages included exorcisms and even drilling holes in the head in order to draw out the “evil spirits”.  In the modern times scientists came up with a new method that was not much more sophisticated.  The lobotomy may indeed treat schizophrenia, with a major side effect being that the patient is turned into a zombie.  Let us not forget that shock therapy which is still used today even as scientists have not been able to fully determine why it produces results, or often does not.  These extreme treatments only highlight just how incredible the German discovery is for patients suffering from this long misunderstood condition.

The hope is that research such as this will also be conducted in the United States.  Healthcare is still a prevailing issue in the United States with our country seeming like they are reserved to second class care.  The president’s plan has increased coverage but is not as far reaching as initially thought on the campaign trail.  This may not be his fault entirely as the GOP and economy presented major roadblocks.  Either way, this marijuana research is encouraging and could provide patients with relief immediately with far less economic cost than the typical big pharmaceutical treatments.  As the complexity of the health care arguments plays itself out in the media, let us keep in mind that there is one simple source for so much healing.

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Medical Marijuana Industry News December 16, 2011

Further Evidence Of Marijuana’s Medicinal Value Uncovered   New evidence highlighting marijuana’s effectiveness in treating pain was discovered in a study conducted by University of California San Francisco.  The new study showed that marijuana combined with opiates alleviated pain more successfully than with just opiates alone.  The study was published in this month’s Clinical Pharmacology …continue reading

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