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In 1992, researchers identified a brain constituent that binds to cannabinoid receptors. They named it anandamide from the Sanskrit word for bliss. When delivered to your body by way of inhalation, ingestion or oromucosally, the chemical compounds in marijuana (Cannabinoids) can produce a host of biological effects.

Cannabinoids have a natural role in:

  • Pain modulation
  • Immune system

Research on animals has demonstrated the potential for cannabis dependence, but this potential is observed on a narrower range of conditions than with opiates, cocaine, nicotine or benzodiazepines. That is according to the 1999 Institute of Medicine Report, Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base.

The problem with cancer is. It gives most people no symptoms or signs that indicate that you may have it until it’s too late. Another problem is, almost all symptoms of cancer can be explained by a harmless condition. The sad truth is, not knowing what ails you, will cost you lots of money.

I remember my father had to go through 7 doctors before he got diagnosed with stomach cancer.

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The most common risk factors for cancer include:

  • Family history (it may run in the family)
  • Viruses such as HPV
  • Bacteria
  • Being overweight
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Tobacco and alcohol use
  • Certain hormones
  • Poor diet

If you have cancer or if you are at risk of getting it, one of the best choices you can make today is to start using medical marijuana, why?

We know that weed prevents cancer and it helps those suffering from cancer in the following ways.

Anti-emetic Effects

One of the biggest problems associated with chemotherapy is vomiting; see the thing is if you vomit everything you eat. Your body won’t get the energy it needs to repair itself.

Guidelines issued by The National Comprehensive Cancer Network, recommend Cannabinoids as a breakthrough treatment for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, why?

Cannabis works in the same way as nabilone and dronabinol, when smoked or ingested, Cannabinoids block the binding of serotonin and dopamine, both of which are associated with nausea and vomiting, at receptor sites. But here is the thing, sometimes dronabinol and other drugs recommended by oncologists fail to stop nausea and vomiting. If that happens, some doctors recommend marijuana, why?

Numerous studies have shown that cannabis is effective at reducing nausea and vomiting and unlike dronabinol (fake weed) it doesn’t come with any serious side effects.

Appetite Stimulation

There are very few treatments available for weight-loss, cachexia, early satiety, and anorexia. A number of clinical trials have demonstrated that, when administered orally, THC stimulates appetite and slows down weight loss in patients with advanced malignancies.

It is worth noting that, cannabis is not only an antiemetic it also has orexigenic action. That means that you get two benefits from it when you smoke or ingest it. On top of that, there is mounting evidence that suggests that there is lower prevalence of obesity in the non-cancer cannabis user population.

Neuropathic Pain

The administration of CBD has been shown to prevent the onset of neurotoxicity in mice. Neuropathic pain is a serious symptom in cancer patients, especially those treated with taxanes or platinum-based chemo.

Unlike most of the drugs used to treat neuropathic pain, cannabis has no serious side effects, and it is not addictive. The only problem is. It may be illegal in your state.

Does Marijuana Hinder or Help Chemo?

Cannabis contains compounds that help prevent and fight tumors. When combined with chemotherapy, you give a double knockout blow to cancer.

The truth is. I can’t guarantee you that cannabis will cure your cancer, but using it will make life more livable.

 

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