In the last 100 years, cannabis has gone from being legal, to illegal, to entering a strange legal gray area in our society. The stigma surrounding cannabis has led people to believe that it is a “drug” that is bad for their health, when in reality, it is a plant that has incredible healing properties.
Cannabis can significantly help people suffering from anxiety or chronic pain, and can even kill cancer cells. Some of the most recent innovations that use cannabis were two pain relief patches created by Cannabis Science, designed for patients with fibromyalgia and diabetic neuropathic pain.
Medical uses for cannabis
Cannabis can and has been used for many years to treat a wide variety of diseases, including cancer. Cannabinoids refer to any of a group of related compounds that include cannabinol and the active components of cannabis.
Cannabis use activates cannabinoid receptors in the body, and the body itself creates compounds called endocannabinoids, which help produce a healthy environment. Cannabinoids play an important role in the generation and regeneration of the immune system, which is why cannabinoids reduce cancer cells.
A study published in the British Journal of Cancer, conducted by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Complutense University of Madrid, determined that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other cannabinoids inhibit tumor growth. Numerous organizations and universities, including Harvard Medical School, have also been studying the effects that cannabis has on cancer cells, demonstrating its success and recommending its use as a cancer treatment for specific types of cancer.
Many cancer patients will smoke marijuana or take cannabis oil by mouth to alleviate the pain and nausea associated with chemotherapy. THC has been available in pill form to treat nausea and vomiting in patients with cancer since the 1980s.
Even the US government UU He has unconsciously confirmed that cannabis kills cancer cells. A group of federal investigators commissioned by the government were selected to prove that cannabis has no accepted medical value, but their findings proved otherwise (read our article here).
Studies show that THC, the compound found in cannabis that gives it its “euphoric” effect, activates the pathways in the central nervous system that work to prevent pain signals from being sent to the brain. It has also been shown that cannabis is especially effective against neuropathic pain or nerve-related pain. Cannabis is essentially a totally natural form of Advil!
Cannabis can also be used to decrease anxiety and mitigate the symptoms of PTSD, since the maximum THC is associated with a temporary alteration of memory. Recent studies confirm that oral doses of THC can help relieve a variety of symptoms related to PTSD, including flashbacks, agitation and nightmares.
Innovative “Patch for pain” of Cannabis Science
Two of the latest medical innovations on cannabis were created by Cannabis Science, a US company specializing in the development of cannabis-based medicine, particularly those for the treatment of cancer. Cannabis Science already has some products on the market in California, such as its “When Nature Meets Science” product line, which includes healing balms, drops and tinctures, all made with cannabis.
Recently, the company designed two new analgesic medications for patients who self-medicated with diabetic neuropathy, nerve pain and fibromyalgia.
Diabetic neuropathy is a form of peripheral neuropathy, which is damage or disease that affects the nerves. Side effects include alterations in the sensations, movement and function of glands and organs. Neuropathy can cause painful cramping, fasciculation (fine muscle spasms), loss of muscle mass, bone degeneration and changes in the skin, hair and nails.
Fibromyalgia is a condition in which patients have generalized chronic pain and experience a greater response to pain under pressure. Symptoms include fatigue, problems with sleep, memory and bowel function, restless legs syndrome, numbness and tingling and sensitivity to noise, lights or temperature. Fibromyalgia can also have psychological effects, such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Medications for these two conditions will be offered in the form of a transdermal patch.
which will allow users to absorb a specific dose of medication through the skin, which will then travel to the bloodstream. This method is favorable because it provides users with a controlled release of drugs, which in this case is a large amount of cannabinoid extract (CBD). As CBD enters the bloodstream, it enters the central nervous system, allowing the pain to subside.
“As more states at the national level legislate for the legalization of cannabis and cannabis-derived drugs, here at Cannabis Science we are focused on developing pharmaceutical formulations and applications to supply the enormous growing demand that is expected in the coming years,” explains CEO of the company, Raymond C. Dabney.
Although the medical uses of cannabis have been proven over and over again through numerous accredited scientific institutions and universities, the stigma surrounding cannabis remains significant and controversial. Because it is an illegal substance, many people avoid doing so, even those who suffer from diseases that cannabis could cure or seriously help treat.
It is inevitable that once it is legalized in more places, it will become a common practice for the medical industry to recommend its use. I am not a doctor, but I can imagine people who use cannabis-based pain patches for a variety of problems besides fibromyalgia and diabetic nerve pain. Pharmaceutical pain patches have been designed in the past to treat localized pain in many areas of the body, so why can not we do the same with cannabis