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Medical marijuana for cancer patients

Medical marijuana for cancer patients

Marijuana, or also known as cannabis, has always been a subject of controversy, especially in the field of traditional medicine, since in recent years a wide variety of options have emerged for consuming the plant and obtaining benefits in the body, especially in people suffering from cancer.

Chemical compounds of Marijuana 

First of all, it is important to understand its origin and natural composition, which is why we will now talk about the plant and then the benefits that certain components bring to the health of many people.

The main chemical compound that predominates in the cannabis plant is tetrahydrocannabinol, known by the acronym THC. However, the plant is home to more than 400 different chemical compounds among which we find 66 cannabinoids different from THC, some of the most representative being the following:

Cannabidiol or CBD. It has an anxiolytic and relaxing effect.

Cannabinol or CBN. Its consumption usually implies a reduction of the heart rate and some anticonvulsive effects. It has hardly any psychoactive action.

Tetrahydrocannabivarin THCV

Cannabigerol or CBG. It does not have psychoactive properties of any kind but it does have important antibiotic properties. It also serves to reduce intraocular pressure.

Cannabicromene or CBC. It has anti-inflammatory and sedative effects.

All these chemical components of cannabis cause different effects from THC but they all have one thing in common: they act directly on our central nervous system when we consume them.

Medical use of CBD for cancer patients

Medical use of CBD for cancer patients 

However, the use of cannabidiol, in the form of an extract or oil of CBD, has gained much attention in recent years because of its potential therapeutic properties, especially for the management of the complications and symptoms inherent in different types of cancer. 

In the United States, the use of medical marijuana is legal in 33 states. 

“Cannabidiol offers hope for a non-toxic therapy that can treat aggressive forms of cancer without any of the side effects of chemotherapy,” says McAllister, who is seeking support for clinical trials of the marijuana compound in breast cancer patients. Cannabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ®)–Health Professional Version

While marijuana becomes a topic of discussion because of its chemical components and recreational use, it is clear that on a medical level its properties are promising, even in very advanced cancer cases, not only for treatment but also for prevention.

Its use in traditional medicine is resonating more and more and is being studied to obtain more precise results and to start applying them in certain types of cancer and treatments. If there is one thing that is indisputable, it is that within the medical scientific community, the discovery of the anti-tumour properties of cannabinoids is being increasingly recognised as a seminal advance in cancer therapy.

Medical marijuana, everything you need to use it 100%

Medical marijuana, everything you need to use it 100%

The benefits of the therapeutic use of marijuana are well known. Although prohibition makes it difficult to conduct scientific studies on medical marijuana, there are more and more that corroborate its usefulness for different pathologies.

The benefits of the therapeutic use of marijuana are well known. Although prohibition makes it difficult to carry out scientific studies on medical marijuana, there are more and more that corroborate its usefulness for different pathologies.

Furthermore, although they cannot be used as the results of a scientific study, we have the experiences and testimonies of many patients who claim to have been able to alleviate the effects of their illnesses thanks to Cannabis.

Medical marijuana, everything you need to use it 100%
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Medical marijuana: a brief history

Cannabis is recognized as one of the first plants cultivated and used by man. In fact there is evidence of its use in China 4,000 years before Christ.

During the 19th century it was introduced into Western medicine by the French psychiatrist Jacques-Joseph Moreau and the Irish doctor William B. O’Shaughnessy.

During the 20th century, the prohibition of the use of Cannabis, both recreational and medicinal, is materialized. The persecution of Cannabis begins in the USA with the publication in 1937 of the Marijuana Tax Act and extends throughout the planet with the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.

Medical marijuana: the cannabinoids

It is the cannabinoids, substances present in the resin of Cannabis, that provide the medicinal effects of marijuana. Possible therapeutic benefits of terpenes and flavonoids (odorous and taste substances) are also currently being studied.

Of the cannabinoids, THC was the most studied, as it is responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana. Many therapeutic applications for CBD are also known today.

For this reason many of the most sought-after strains of marijuana currently for medical use are known to have a 1:1 ratio. These varieties produce plants that contain similar percentages of THC as CBD.

Synthetic cannabinoids, such as Nabilone (Cesamet) in the case of THC, have been manufactured. But it seems that for many diseases, it is the combination of all cannabinoids in the plant that produces the medicinal effect.

According to information disclosed by Canna Research Laboratories, the differences between the characteristics of the main cannabinoids present in marijuana

Cannabigerol (CBG)

  • The first cannabinoid produced by the plant
  • Precursor of CBD and TCH.
  • Non-psychoactive.
  • Predominantly soporific.
  • Cannabidiol (CBD)

It is created by degradation of the CBG.

  • Precursor of THC.
  • Slightly psychoactive.
  • Suppresses feelings of fear and panic.
  • Reduces the effect of THC

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

  • It’s created by CBD degradation.
  • CBN precursor.
  • Main psychoactive component of marijuana.
  • Its effects can be: relaxants, stimulants or hallucinogens and raise the pulse

Cannabinol (CBN)

  • It is created by degradation of THC.
  • Present in poorly preserved plants or cut too late.
  • Slightly psychoactive.
  • Relaxing.

When cannabinoids are in the plant it has an acid form, a bud does not contain THC but THCA, which is much less powerful.

The difference is that THCA has a tail composed of a carbon molecule, which must be lost to become THC. This is known as decarboxylation. The easiest way is to heat it up to a certain level. This is easily done with cannabis that’s smoked, steamed or cooked.

If, for example, you want to consume the buds directly, without burning or cooking them, it is recommended that you leave them in a bain-marie for two hours to decarboxylate them, transform the THCA into THC and thus achieve the same effect using a smaller amount of marijuana.