Cannabis is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried flowers of Cannabis sativa.
Some people smoke marijuana in hand-rolled cigarettes called joints;
in pipes, water pipes (sometimes called bongs), or in blunts (marijuana rolled in cigar wraps).
Marijuana can also be used to brew tea and, particularly when it is sold or consumed for medicinal purposes,
It is frequently mix into foods (edibles) such as brownies, cookies, or candies.
Vaporizers are also increasingly use to consume marijuana.
Stronger forms of marijuana include sinsemilla (from specially tended female plants) and
concentrated resins containing high doses of marijuana’s active ingredients, including;
honeylike hash oil, waxy budder, and hard amberlike shatter.
These resins are increasingly popular among those who use them both recreationally and medically.
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Cannabis has various mental and physical effects to its users, which include;
euphoria, altered states of mind and sense of time,
difficulty concentrating, impaired short-term memory and
body movement, relaxation, and an increase in appetite.
Onset of effects is felt within minutes when smoked, and about 30 to 60 minutes when cooked and eaten.
The after effects of cannabis consumption last for two to six hours, depending on the amount used.
At high doses, mental effects can include anxiety, delusions (including ideas of reference), hallucinations, panic, paranoia, and psychosis.
There is a strong relation between cannabis use and the risk of psychosis, though the direction of causality is debated.
Physical effects include increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, nausea, and
behavioral problems in children whose mothers used cannabis during pregnancy;
short-term side effects may also include dry mouth and red eyes.
Long-term adverse effects may include addiction, decreased mental ability
in those who started regular use as adolescents, chronic coughing, susceptibility to respiratory infections,
and cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome.
Marijuana has been used for medical purposes for a very long time now.
Scientists have identified many useful active biological components in marijuana.
These active components are referred to as cannabinoids.
The two best research components are the chemicals delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (often referred to as THC),
and cannabidiol (CBD).
Other cannabinoids are being studied.
The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) lists marijuana
and its cannabinoids as Schedule I controlled substances.
This means that they cannot legally be prescribed, possessed, or sold under federal law.
Whole or crude marijuana (including marijuana oil or hemp oil)
is not approve by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for any medical use.
But the use of marijuana to treat some medical conditions is legal under state laws in many states.
Dronabinol, a pharmaceutical form of THC, and
a man-made cannabinoid drug; Nabilone is approve by the FDA to treat some health conditions.
Medically studied, it shows that approximately 30 percent of all Americans will develop cancer in their lifetimes.
Although two-thirds of those affected by cancer will eventually die as a result,
many will live with cancer for years beforehand.
For this reason, researchers not only seek medicines to prevent and cure the disease
but also drugs to make life more comfortable for people with cancer.
People with cancer who use marijuana say that it benefits them in several ways:
by quelling nausea, suppressing vomiting, increasing appetite, relieving pain, and soothing anxiety.
Clinical studies indicate that marijuana does none of these things as well as the best medications available,
but marijuana has the apparent advantage of treating several symptoms simultaneously.
Medicines based on certain chemicals in marijuana could also be used to complement standard medications
or to treat patients for whom such therapies have failed.
Smoked marijuana has also helped improve food intake in HIV patients in studies.
Recently, scientists reported that THC and other cannabinoids such as
CBD reduces the growth and also causes death in certain type of cancer cells.
Research on animals shows that certain cannabinoids reduce the spread of cancer cells to the whole body.
There have been some early clinical trials of cannabinoids in treating cancer in humans and more studies are to come.
While the studies so far have shown that cannabinoids can be safe in treating cancer,
they do not show that they help control or cure the disease.
Relying on marijuana alone as treatment while avoiding or delaying other medical care for cancer may have serious health consequences.
there are 2 main drugs that are substituents of marijuana and are legally approved in the United states for the treatment of cancer.
is a gelatin capsule containing delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that’s approve by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
to treat nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy as well as weight loss and poor appetite in patients with AIDS.
Nabilone (Cesamet®) is a synthetic cannabinoid that acts much like THC.
It can be ingest by mouth to treat nausea and vomiting due to
cancer chemotherapy when other drugs have not worked.
is a cannabinoid drug which is still under studies,
This is because it also has great potentials in cancer treatment in the USA.
It’s a mouth spray consist of a whole-plant extract with THC and cannabidiol (CBD) in an almost one to one mix.
Nabiximols is available in Canada and parts of Europe to treat pain linked to cancer,
as well as muscle spasms and pain from multiple sclerosis (MS).
They are not approved in the US at this time,
but it’s being tested in clinical trials to see if it can help a number of conditions.
Does cannabinoids treat cancer?
Hundreds of scientific papers looking at cannabinoids and cancer have been published so far,
but these studies simply haven’t found enough concrete scientific evidence to prove that these can safely and effectively treat cancer.
Research is still ongoing, with hundreds of scientists investigating
the potential of cannabinoids in cancer and other diseases as part of The International Cannabinoid Research Society.
Also in 2015 the scientific journal Nature published a supplement of review articles about various aspects of cannabis. It’s free to access.
Claims that there is concrete “proof” that cannabis or cannabinoids can cure cancer is misleading.
They are misleading because all research on cannabinoids treating cancer has been done using cancer cells grown in the lab or other animals.
The results from this research might not be true for cancer treatment especially to us humans.
So far, the best results from lab studies have come from using a combination of highly purified THC and cannabidiol (CBD),
A cannabinoid found in cannabis plants that counteracts the psychoactive effects of THC.
But researchers have also found positive results using man-made cannabinoids, such as a molecule called JWH-133.
There have been interesting results from lab experiments looking at a number of different cancers,
including glioblastoma brain tumours, prostate, breast, lung, and pancreatic cancers.
But the output is that different cannabinoids have different effects on the various cancer types
so they can not be a ‘universal’ treatment.
There’s also evidence that cannabinoids have unwanted effects.
Although high doses of THC can kill cancer cells, they also harm crucial blood vessel cells.
Under certain circumstances, cannabinoids can cause cancer cells to grow.
It can also have different effect on the cancer cells depending on
the dose of cannabinoids use and the type of cancer present.
Like many other drugs, the prescription cannabinoids, dronabinol and nabilone,
can cause side effects and complications.
Some people have trouble with increased heart rate,
decreased blood pressure (especially when standing up), dizziness or lightheadedness, and fainting.
These drugs can cause mood changes or a feeling of being “high” that some people find so uncomfortable.
They can also worsen patients with depression, mania, or other mental illness.
Some patients taking nabilone in studies reported hallucinations.
The drugs may increase some effects of
sedatives, sleeping pills, or alcohol, such as sleepiness and poor coordination.
Patients have also reported problems with dry mouth and trouble and memory loss.
Older patients may have more problems with side effects and usually start by consuming lower doses.
People who have had emotional illnesses, paranoia, or hallucinations
may find their symptoms are worse when taking cannabinoid drugs.
Talk to your doctor about what you should expect when taking one of these drugs.
It is not a good idea to take this cannabinoid drug as a starter alone.
it is advisable that you should live with people especially as the side effects might be so strong on you.
there are numerous questions today that lot of people both cancer patients
and those that are not affected want to know related to marijuana and cancer.
There is no solid evidence that cannabis can prevent cancer.
There has been some research suggesting that endocannabinoids (mentioned earlier) can suppress tumour growth,
and in experiments where mice were given very high doses of purified THC,
they seemed to have a lower risk of developing cancer.
But this is not enough solid scientific evidence to suggest that;
cannabinoids or cannabis can cut people’s cancer risk.
The evidence is not clear when it comes to whether cannabis can cause cancer.
This is because most people who use cannabis smoke it mixed with tobacco, a substance that we know causes cancer.
In the UK, more than three quarters of people who smoke weed reported normally mixing it with tobacco.
This makes it very difficult to know if the cancer is cause by both weed and tobacco or the tobacco alone.
As of 2021, we can’t be sure whether the increased risk is due to tobacco
or whether cannabis also has an independent effect.
We do know from decades of evidence that there is no safe way to use tobacco .
it’s addictive and very harmful to the human health.
People who smoke weed mixed with tobacco increase their risk of cancer and other conditions.
Tobacco also contains the very addictive substance nicotine.
This means people who regularly smoke weed mixed with tobacco may find it harder to stop.
Cannabis is natural so it is better right?
There’s no doubt that the natural world is a treasure of biologically useful compounds,
and there are countless examples where these have been harness as effective treatments.
Numerous potent cancer drugs have also been develop in this natural way.
purifying a natural compound, improving it and testing it to create a beneficial drug;
But although these purified drugs in controlled high doses can treat cancer,
it doesn’t mean that the original plant (or a simple extract) will have the same effect.
So, although cannabis contains certain cannabinoids,
it doesn’t automatically follow that cannabis itself can treat cancer.
Cannabis is not harmful, so there is nothing to lose consuming it over alternatives?
If a cancer patient choses to reject proven tested drugs over others that have not being fully tested,
such as cannabis, in such a way they consume only cannabis,
then the patient is putting his own life at risk, and means he is not ready to live long on earth.
Many of these unproven therapies are also expensive, and aren’t covered by the NHS or medical insurance.
In the worst cases, an alternative therapy may even hasten death.
We understand the desire to try every possible avenue when conventional cancer treatment fails.
Although weed helps out cancer and cancer patients a lot,
it is advisable to see a doctor on the type of weed and how to take them.
we offer free online consultation on the type of weed to be smoke, and also depending on your cancer type.
you can contact us for more details.
There are different type of cancer today.
Brain cancer, Lung cancer, Prostate cancer, Breast cancer, Mouth and Throat cancer,
Uterine, Testicular, and Pancreatic Cancers,
Colorectal Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Blood Cancer, Skin Cancer,
Biliary Tract Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bladder Cancer.
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