Cannabis once again demonstrates its multifarious healing versatility in the latest report of a yearlong research study hailing from Tel Aviv University. As research on the therapeutic possibilities of cannabinoids has gained further acceptance, an ever increasing number of scientists are deciding to delve deeper into marijuana's potential applications.
To mention just a few of their prospective uses, cannabidiol (CBD), a cannibanoid found within cannabis, has been shown to effectively inhibit the metastization of certain cancers, treat schizophrenia as an atypical anti-psychotic, reduce heart attacks, diminish insulin dependent diabetes, and inhibit nerve inflammation to those living with Alzheimers.
Dr. William Courtney goes on to recommend implementing a variety of cannabis based products within your daily diet for improved living. Physiologically, hemp based products are known to be rich in both omega 3 and omega 6 and contain high levels of globulin edestrin. With a perfect 3:1 ratio of omega fatty acids and a protein resembling the human globulin, these nutrients have been known to restore cellular and DNA damage, respectively.
Zach Klein, the documentary director for Prescribed Glass and a current MA student at TAUs Porter School of Environmental Studies, went on to study the effects of cannabis administration to 19 nursing home patients between the ages of 69 and 101 years old. He treated these patients with cannabis three times daily in a powder, oil, vapor, or smoke form over a years time for an assortment of conditions including pain, lack of appetite, muscle spasms, and tremors. Over the course of the year, what he found was that muscle spams, tremors, stiffness, pain, and PTSD-flashbacks all decreased with a coinciding decline in the use of antipsychotic drugs, Parkinsons treatment, mood stabilizers, and pain relievers reducing drug intake an average of 1.7 medications a day saving them from experiencing some of the severe side-effects of these pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Donald L. Abrams, Chief of Hematology and Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital and Professor of Medicine at the University California was quoted as saying that, "if cannabis were discovered in an Amazon rainforest today, people would be clambering to make as much use as they could out of the potential benefits of the plant, unfortunately, it carries with it a long and not so long history of being a persecuted plant.
Yet, although that may be, nationwide acceptance of the plant appears to be growing and with an amassing wave of states revising marijuana policy more than ever before, the future of cannabis remains bright.
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