Monthly Archives: October 2011

Relief Of Pain Demonstrated to be Positive Impact of Weed Use

Pain relief is one of the most heavily invested areas of medicine today. Tons of money are poured into research and development each year for the creation of newer, more effective pain management drugs. However, there is an effective alternative to modern medicine in regards to pain relief that has existed for millions of years.

The remedy I speak of is medical marijuana. Studies are emerging in these times that show the efficacy of cannabis as an organic way to relieve pain. This news is especially welcome for anyone that feels like putting artificial chemicals into their body to treat their ailments over a long period of time is detrimental to their personal health.

A Study to Determine Pain Relief Efficacy

One of the basic positive effects of weed remains its activation of our inner cannabinoid system. Energizing this system provides a multitude of benefits such as mood control, appetite stimulation, and the focus here, pain relief.

A study was conducted in 2010 led by Dr. Mark Ware and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal to find out if marijuana does indeed provide pain relief, and if so, how effectively cannabis provides it.

The study was performed by finding a baseline of pain intensity in patients who suffered from chronic pain on an 11-point scale, administering a dosage of THC over a 2-week period, then determining what changes had occurred in pain intensity. The study also tried to discern any changes in mood, quality of life, and ability to sleep.

After the trial ended, researchers found that there was a statistically significant drop in pain levels from a score of 6.1 to 5.4, a 0.7 decrease. This may seem relatively marginal, but consider this number is an average, and for some people the drop was likely much greater. The researchers also found that individuals who were taking the most potent THC dosages reported an easier time falling asleep as well as more sound sleep. The study found no major differences in mood or quality of life.

Medical Marijuana Is A Pain Relief Solution

Considering that the effects of weed on the body are primarily attributed to the reaction of our cannabinoid system to THC and other phytocannabinoids, it is easy to understand why cannabis treats ailments so comprehensively. Pain relief is just one of its myriad of benefits, and this study provides further evidence.

As this site progresses, I will continue to highlight studies such as this one that further display the benefits that medical marijuana can provide. I hope you will join me by commenting below and drive a conversation relating to the positive effects of weed.

 

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The Positive Effects of Weed Upon Appetite Amongst Cancer Sufferers

One of the most easily observed and accepted effects of weed on the body is a stimulation of appetite. This effect has been documented empirically throughout multiple civilizations for centuries. Only in the last few decades have scientists been able to start identifying the process taking place within our bodies that causes this reaction. This process is a stimulation of our internal cannabinoid system through the consumption of phytocannabinoids, mainly THC.

For most people, an increased appetite is a non-issue at its worst, but for others it can have positive effects on nutritional health and dramatically increase quality of life. The specific group I am referring to is users of medical marijuana for the treatment of cancer-related symptoms. Whether the patient’s appetite has been decreased directly from cancer or whether chemotherapy is the main culprit, revitalizing it through the consumption of marijuana can be of immense relief to cancer sufferers.

The Endocannabinoid System

Within the human body is a system that has garnered a significant amount of research in recent years, the endocannabinoid system. This system is a lot like the opioid system, which has been under study for a long time as well, in that it runs throughout the body and provides a multitude of benefits including pain relief and mood control when active.

Our bodies can use this system through its own creation of cannabinoids, and it does this naturally when a certain need arises that the cannabinoid system can fill. However, it can also be activated through synthesization of external cannabinoids, or more specifically, phytocannabinoids. Cannabis is known to be densely concentrated in these highly effective cannabinoids with the main active chemical being THC.

Effectiveness for Cancer Patients

There are numerous studies that surround the positive effects of weed on cancer patients, but I want to focus on one in particular published in Annals of Oncology on Feb 2011. This study focused on changes in appetite and quality of life (QOL) in patients who used medical marijuana versus a placebo.

The results were relatively unsurprising and mainly helped to confirm previously observable behavior, that is that weed can be a powerful booster of appetite. Caloric intake was relatively unaffected, but patients asserted that the food they ate “tasted better” and this allowed them to eat foods that were otherwise undesirable before, especially meats and proteins. These findings were documented as increases in QOL.

Additionally, the research showed that sleep and relaxation were also increased in marijuana users, which is also a significant increase in QOL. However, there was no indication as to whether these increases were due to the cannabis or more complete nutrition due to a healthier appetite.

Yet Another Benefit of Marijuana

Marijuana has been a haven for many who suffer from lack of appetite and malnourishment, and the research here further backs what can be seen through the lens of common sense. As scientists continue to focus on the effects of weed on the body, they are sure to uncover more rewarding discoveries that will help modern medicine better treat the sufferers of debilitating diseases such as cancer. I hope you will continue with me in my conversation regarding what the impact of weed truly is on individuals and society.

 

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My Encounters With Marijuana and Its Effect Upon Stress and Anxiety

The effects of weed have helped me with my anxiety and panic attacks, and I want to share exactly how that has happened. But before I elaborate on that though, I want to start with an important disclaimer.

There are many studies stating marijuana is a potentially dangerous drug for anyone who has a predisposition for schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders. If you fit into this category, you should take special care and speak with your doctor if you are really adamant about using weed. It is your health after all, protect it.

And now, here is the tale of my personal struggle with anxiety and how marijuana has actually helped me deal with that issue.

Practice Makes Perfect

Each individual possesses a natural affinity for certain things: math, writing, creativity, etc. We can further develop those attributes through practice and application. This is because the brain favors repetition and carrying out activities multiple times helps us to execute them again in the future.

I discovered in my early twenties that I inherited an affinity for anxiety. I can’t recall any particular event or issue that would cause me to suffer severe anxiety or panic attacks, but I now accept this as just a fact about myself and the way my brain operates.

Applying the Concept

At times, when using marijuana I suffer from extreme anxiety and panic. This feeling stems from activation of the portion of the brain called the amygdala, the area of the brain linked to such feelings. Battling that anxiety is the originator of rational thought, the prefrontal cortex. This area convinces me in these panicky times that the experience is a temporary feeling and it will go away in due time. This thought calms me down and allows me to once again collect myself.

And as I explained before, through practice we become better at performing. By repeating this process through the use of weed, I have set up a controlled environment to induce a panic attack. This method offers me opportunities to practice calming myself through my own reasoning when my anxiety starts to run rampant. This is a similar concept to exposure therapy, being put in a situation where one must face their fears and anxieties.

The Outcome

I have noticed that my panic attacks after using this methodology have become less severe, and I am quicker to pull myself back together. Even more rewarding is that my anxiety in everyday situations has all but disappeared. A large part of the credit should be attributed to facing the panic attacks created by using marijuana and learning the skills needed to deal with them on my own terms.

I don’t say this will work for everyone, and I’m not saying everyone should go out and inflict panic and paranoia on themselves as therapy. I’m just offering my own personal experience, what has become of it, and why it has worked for me. I only hope it helps someone who reads this to find their own inspiration and answers.

 

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Effects of Weed On Psychological Dependence

Addiction is a terrifying word. When discussing the negative effects of weed, a highly cited outcome is that of addiction. Understanding the definition of addiction is just as important as understanding one’s self in deciding if addiction may be an issue.

The Basics of Addiction

Addiction can be broken into two groups: physical and psychological. Physical addiction means that a particular substance must be used for a person to function normally, and in absence of that substance, the person will exhibit withdrawal symptoms.

On the other hand, psychological addiction has more to do with dependence on a process or behavior. Not carrying out this behavior won’t produce physical withdrawals, but it will certainly make the person feel like they aren’t right or can’t function properly. Also keep in mind, psychological addiction can be tied to any activity, even those outside drug abuse, such as with sex addiction.

Addiction as a Result of Marijuana Use

Marijuana has not established itself as a substance that causes physical addiction such as alcohol or heroin, but it displays evidence that it can be the source of psychological dependencies. Users who state they don’t feel normal or happy unless they are high is one strong sign of this sort of dependence. Another would be an individual who wants to use marijuana at all costs while pushing their goals, friends, or family to the side.

I mentioned sex as a source of potential addiction, but it is clear that not everyone who has sex becomes addicted even if they love it and engage in it daily. It has much more to do with the degree that activity occupies in someone’s life and the choices they make surrounding it.

Addiction to marijuana, like sex, can have regular users who have no discernible dependence to it and no trouble functioning normally in its absence. Then, obviously, there are people who may be completely consumed by their dependence, and their only focus is finding that next hit.

No clear formula indicates that someone is addicted to marijuana, but, as stated, it seems to have much more to do with what sort of priority marijuana plays in the user’s life and whether that is an acceptable level. Because it has more to do with behavior and less on physiological reactions, psychological dependence becomes much more subjective and particular to each user.

Responsibility and Education Helps Prevent Marijuana Addiction

I personally use marijuana on a daily basis, and I am always keeping a watchful eye on the effects of weed on my behavior as a result. Am I losing sight of my goals? Am I pushing away family and friends? Am I losing sight of what provides me with true happiness? These are all questions I ask myself relentlessly because it is my duty as a responsible user, no one else’s.

Everyone should be mindful of their usage and decide if marijuana is revealing itself as an enhancement or detriment in their own lives. Ultimately it is the responsibility of the individual user to achieve balance in their life through the course of their own decisions, and the most powerful choices have critical thinking and useful knowledge behind them.

 

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Surveys Demonstrate Harmful Effects of Weed Smoke on Lungs

Anyone who smokes any substance at all will be able to describe without hesitation the discomfort and pain that is associated with inhaling combusted matter. Often the most noticeable agitation that occurs when smoking marijuana is indeed throat and lung irritation.

Quite a lot of research has been conducted to determine the effects of weed smoke on the respiratory system. The purpose of these studies is to precisely determine what is going on inside the body when smoke is inhaled and what sort of consequences this practice may present.

Studies Show Weed Smoke Wreaks Havoc on Lungs

A substantial study was conducted by Donald P. Tashkin, of the UCLA School of Medicine, in 1997 concerning the damage that smoking weed has on lung tissue and the respiratory system as a whole. He felt that the risks of smoking tobacco were well established and so overwhelming that it would be wise to analyze the second most widely smoked substance, marijuana.

This study focused on two particular kinds of damage: lung cancer as well as infection. As far as cancer is concerned, the research made a few assertions. Smoking weed produces tar in the lungs much like tobacco does and tar is known to be a major player in the development of lung cancer. Secondly, the study stated that one of the problems associated with marijuana is that it suppresses the body’s natural ability to heal itself via the immune system. This finding is especially troubling news for those who already are suffering from other diseases that may already be wearing down the immune system such as individuals suffering from AIDS.

I previously wrote an article about the effects of weed on cancer that addressed this issue. I discovered that modern research did agree with these findings that smoking marijuana may contribute to the growth of lung cancers and lower the effectiveness of the immune system. However, an emerging trend is the study of the positive effects of weed on the cannabinoid system which arguably counteracts both of these potential dangers.

In regards to lung infection though, it’s clear as of now that smoking weed is a leading factor. When the researchers inspected throat and lung tissues by bronchoscopy, they noticed that individuals who smoked marijuana daily had noticeably increased amounts of redness and inflammation in both areas.

They also analyzed the effects of weed on the population and found that regular smokers had an increased chance of developing lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes diseases like bronchitis and emphysema. This appeared to be due to the erosion of protective lung tissues, which led to a greater chance for microbial infections.

Weed Smoke Has Adverse Effects on Lungs, Mostly Avoidable

Though the negative effects of weed on cancer are still very much debatable, it is difficult to find research that will dispute the notion that smoking can, and most likely will, lead to respiratory system infection over a long period of time. Because the damage is mostly associated with the act of smoking and not marijuana itself, an individual can still experience the advantages that cannabis and THC present while minimizing the danger upon lungs by utilizing smokeless options through consumption of marijuana food products and vaporization.

 

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Outcomes of Weed on Cancer Both Bad and Good

A constant debate centers on the effects of weed and its role in cancer development as well as treatment. As research is continuously published, it is often contradictory, so it can be hard to understand what is really happening in our bodies as a result.

Many publications have alluded to the fact that smoking weed can be of great detriment to the lungs and be a major factor in the existence of tumors. On the other hand, other research comes to the conclusion that THC may be a safeguard against the development of cancer while also providing other inherent benefits simultaneously.

Here is an analysis of a few studies regarding the search to find the underlying answers to what sort of influences marijuana has on cancer. This is meant as inspiration for those who use marijuana to continue looking for emerging answers because ultimately it is the user who is responsible for those end results.

THC Shown to Reduce Immune System Effectiveness

Led by Dr. Prakash Nagarkatti from the University of South Carolina, a study was published last year (2010) in the European Journal of Immunology detailing their team’s findings on the effects of THC on the immune system. They found that THC has a suppressive effect on the immune system and its ability to fight maladies in the body. In other words, using marijuana may have a negative effect on the fight against cancer by further hindering the body’s ability to target cancerous tumors and other malignant cells.

Though this is a bit alarming to anyone suffering from cancer or other serious infections, where the immune system is obviously of great importance, it may be great news for those suffering from an overactive immune system. For instance, this may show THC to be useful in treating autoimmune diseases where the body attacks its own cells or in cases where patients have received a transplanted organ and need to prevent rejection of the foreign organ.

THC Displayed as Catalyst for Cancer Cell and Tumor Deterioration

In stark contrast, there is a wealth of studies that suggest the positive effects of weed include benefits such as cancer risks and tumor growth being greatly reduced through the utilization of THC. A study in the American Association for Cancer Research, 2007, found that lung cancer tumors were reduced by as much as 50% in size and weight when THC was introduced to test subjects and lesions were reduced by as much as 60%. Though the study gave no clear reason why, they speculated THC was interfering with the tumors’ ability to sustain itself and grow.

Another study released by Guillermo Velasco of Complutense University in Spain stated in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, 2009, that THC creates an environment where tumors and cancerous cells have little chance in flourishing. The study found that brain cancer cells could be reduced or eliminated by the introduction of THC in the subject. However, unlike the aforementioned study, this particular research suggested the reason for the reduction had to do with cell autophagy. In other words, THC was coaxing the body to cannibalize the cancerous cells.

Understanding Marijuana Effects is a Responsibility of the User

Though it is still very much controversial on whether the negative effects of weed outweigh the positive, and what the true net outcome will be, progress will continue to find new discoveries in the realm of marijuana use. The best action you can take is to stay vigilant and stay informed, so that you can protect not only yourself (if you are a user) but also potentially help others who may be suffering from misinformation.

 

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