Opioid Crisis Opening Minds on Medical Marijuana

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that states with medical cannabis are associated with a 25% reduction in average opioid overdose mortality rates. Secondarily, doctors in medical marijuana states prescribed 1,800 fewer painkiller prescriptions for patients a year.

Physicians and activists alike are using findings like these to highlight the cannabis plant’s powerful properties in the face of federal attempts to disrupt the legalization of it. The opioid crisis has, in fact, helped spotlight the role medical marijuana can play in reducing the spread of it.

Compared to opioids, cannabis is less addictive both physically and psychologically. “Any drug which provides relief from pain may be habit-forming, but from a clinical standpoint, physical addiction to cannabis has not been proven,” Zeyead Gharib, CEO of Harvest Direct Enterprises related to me in an email interview. His company’s products, Weed Pillz™ (THC-Dominant) and Med Pillz™ (CBD-Dominant), are cannabis edibles offer an alternative to patients seeking to manage chronic pain, and preventing addiction and overdoses.

SOURCE: Bourque, A. (2018, January 31). Entrepreneur. The Opioid Crisis Is Forcing Open Minds About the Lifesaving Potential of Medical Marijuana. Retrieved from https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/308174

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Chemo Nausea Subsides with Medical Marijuana

Even three queasy pregnancies didn’t prepare Kate Murphy for the nonstop nausea that often comes with chemotherapy.

In the early months of 2016, the Lexington, Mass., mother tried everything the doctors and nurses suggested. “But for the most part I felt nauseous 24/7,” she said.

Murphy, then 49 and fighting breast cancer, dropped 15 pounds from her already slim frame in just two months. Then, she remembered what a fellow cancer patient had advised while she was waiting for her first dose of chemo: “Make sure you get some medical marijuana.”

Scientific research, mostly in animals, supports the idea that cannabis can effectively treat the nausea of cancer therapy, in addition to some types of cancer-related pain, according to the National Cancer Institute’s cannabis information page.

And roughly a quarter of cancer patients use cannabis in Washington state, where both medical and recreational marijuana is legal, a study from September found.

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SOURCE: Weintraub, K. (2018, January 21). NPR. Cancer Patients Get Little Guidance From Doctors On Using Medical Marijuana. Retrieved from https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/01/21/578986845/cancer-patients-get-little-guidance-from-doctors-on-using-medical-marijuana

Medical Marijuana and Cancer Treatment

Medical marijuana is seen as a potential way to help patients with the nausea associated with chemotherapy treatment. Cancer treatment via chemotherapy is a debiitating process and can cause a lot of problems. The current drugs sometimes don’t work for every person. Medical marijuana is a potential choice for people who have found other drugs unsuccessful.
The risk associated with medical marijuana aren’t to be ignored though. There are a few problems such as nausea, vomitting, paranoia and a euphoria called a “hugh” by users who some may find unpleasant.to name a few. Doctors agree though that medical marijauna offers ome acceptable uses and should be studied in more detail.

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The Case for Cannabis Oil and Leukemia

In February of 2009, doctors told the family of a 14 year-old girl with a particularly aggressive form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the white blood cells, that they had failed at treating her cancer and there was nothing more they could do. She had already undergone a bone marrow transplant, aggressive chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Out of options, her parents decided to give cannabis oil a try after reading research about cannabinoids as potential anti-cancer agents.

Over the next 78 days, the patient’s blast cell count[1] went from 374,000 near the start of treatment with cannabis oil to less than 2000 by the last day. With no further intervention for the disease, it appeared that the cannabis oil was working. Moreover, spontaneous remission was ruled out as a possibility as the effectiveness of the treatment was clearly dose-dependent.

Sadly, despite the apparent success of cannabis extract in getting rid of the leukemia, the patient died due to chemotherapy-induced complications.

What makes this account stand out from the many other anecdotes of individuals who successfully treated their cancers with cannabis oil is that it was documented in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, Case Reports in Oncology, in 2013.

In their discussion about the significance of this case study, the authors note that:

…where our most advanced chemotherapeutic agents had failed to control the blast counts and had devastating side effects that ultimately resulted in the death of the patient, the cannabinoid therapy had no toxic side effects and only psychosomatic properties, with an increase in the patient’s vitality.

Based on a demonstration of complete disease control and a dose response curve, the authors rally behind greater research and development to advance cannabinoid therapy for cancer.

They also note “many cannabinoids within the resinous extract have demonstrated targeted, antiproliferative, proapoptotic[2] and antiangiogenic[3] properties.”

Foremost among these is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the most prevalent cannabinoid, famously known for its psychoactive properties. Its anti-cancer effect is well-established in cannabis research, but its unwanted side effects motivate researchers to examine less known, non-psychoactive cannabinoids that might also act just as powerfully as THC as anti-cancer agents.

Six Different Cannabinoids Found to Kill Leukemia Cells

In response to this research need, scientists from the UK published a study in the journal Anticancer Research in 2013, showing the anti-cancer effects of six different non-psychoactive cannabinoids: cannabidiol (CBD), cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), cannabigerol (CBG), cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), cannabigevarin (CBGV), and cannabigevaric acid (CBGVA). These cannabinoids represent the most common ones found in cannabis apart from THC.

Coincidentally, these cannabinoids were tested on leukemia cells, either alone or in combination with each other. A press release about the research stated:

Of six cannabinoids studied, each demonstrated anti-cancer properties as effective as those seen in THC. Importantly, they had an increased effect on cancer cells when combined with each other.  

Lead researcher, Dr. Wai Liu, said of his team’s results to the Huffington Post:

It just so happens that a number of cannabinoids can target these very same mechanisms that make cancer what it is, and so any cancer that exhibits these faults should respond well to cannabinoids.

Dr. Liu sees the potential of cannabinoids to result in much more cost-effective anti-cancer drugs in the future.  He also believes that in combining cannabinoids with existing cancer treatments, scientists could discover some highly effective strategies for tackling cancer.

As a matter of fact, he and his research team would go on to publish groundbreaking work demonstrating that the most dramatic reductions in cancer combines the cannabinoids, THC and CBD, with conventional treatment – in this case, radiation therapy on mice with glioma.

To read more about this research and other research into the anti-cancer effects of cannabinoids as well as an explanation for how cannabinoids work on cancer cells, check out our entire Cannabis and Cancer series – Part IPart II, and Part III.

You may also be interested in learning about the success that cannabis oil has had on killing brain cancer cells and in reading how well it has worked for our patient-members who battled cancer. Another popular piece on our site regarding children and medical cannabis is the discussion of ACDC, an alternative to Charlotte’s Web grown right here in northern California.

[1] Blast cells refer to immature myeloid cells that become red and white blood cells and platelets. In the case of leukemia, there is an overproduction of abnormal blast cells that take over the bone marrow, unable to develop into mature cells and preventing production of other types of blood cells.

[2] inducing cancer cell death

[3] inhibiting the development of new blood vessels that spread cancer

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Theres No Known Cure For Arthritis But Cannabis Can Help

There’s No Known Cure For Arthritis, But Marijuana Works Wonders

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More than 50 million Americans suffer from this painful. debilitating condition.

 

Here’s some good news: Medical marijuana is helping people with arthritis improve their quality of life. Most of us know someone — an aunt, uncle or grandmother — suffering from arthritis. It is one of the most common health ailments in the world, with more than 50 million people affected in the U.S. alone.

The term “arthritis” is actually a category that includes over 100 conditions and diseases affecting joints and surrounding tissue. Symptoms of pain, stiffness and swelling aching joints are common. Arthritis can seem inescapable and changes people’s quality of life. There is no known cure.

Despite anecdotal evidence about efficacy of marijuana for arthritis, physicians simply don’t know enough about it to engage their patients about it as a treatment option. In one study, 70 percent of physicians said they would not know how to discuss possible interactions with other meds or suggest dose.

That is a great shame since cannabis has a better safety profile than the NSAIDS, steroids and opiates that are often employed to reduce arthritis discomfort but come with increased risk of heart attack, stroke, weakening of bones and addiction. Even if patients were able to use cannabis as a complementary therapy, they could very potentially cut back on the use of harder, more dangerous meds.

It’s no surprise that cannabis could offer arthritis sufferers relief. After all, cannabis is known to be as much as 20 times more effective than aspirin at reducing inflammation and can be an effective sleep aid. Some research certainly supports those decisions.

An Israeli study found that 90 percent of medical marijuana patients stayed on their medicine regimen and most reported reduced pain and function. Researchers at the University of Nottingham noted that targeting cannabinoid receptors with medical marijuana products may help bring pain relief to knee joint pain associated with osteoarthritis.

The first Health Canada approved cannabis clinical trial studying arthritis began in 2016. The CAPRI Trial (Cannabinoid Profile Investigation of Vaporized Cannabis in Patients with Osteoarthritis of the Knee) will compare the effects of different ratios of THC and CBD as well as the short term safety of vaporized cannabis. Results have not yet been published.

Similar to other ailments, a gap exists between physician knowledge base about cannabis and patient interest. Some patients and physicians will wait until there is irrefutable evidence before trying cannabis as an alternative therapy. Others will not wait for more information and seek to improve their quality of life with cannabis now.

What we do know is that as more states come online with regulated medical marijuana, more patients will have an alternative to consider, and having options is good news.

 

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14 Year old Deryn Blackwell and His Mother

British Teenager Survives Terminal Cancer After Mother Secretly Treats Him with Cannabis

A 14-year-old with leukemia has made a miraculous recovery after his parents bought him cannabis off of the black market. 

Although widespread illegality has continued to prevent cannabis from being properly researched for its medical benefits, there remains a strong belief that marijuana is a viable treatment for certain forms of cancer. While most compiled evidence thus far has been anecdotal, UK medical companies like GW Pharmaceuticals are working to prove its value.

But in some cases, anecdotal evidence can be used to help drive scientific research forward. One 17-year-old UK teenager named Deryn Blackwell was given a new lease on life, and his mother attributes his survival to cannabis.

At age 10, Deryn was diagnosed with a rare and ultra-aggressive form of leukemia. After he failed to recover following multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, doctors told his parents, Simon and Callie Blackwell, that there was little more they could do to save their son.

After a doctor denied the Blackwell family’s request for a cannabis-based painkiller, Deryn’s parents turned to the black market in desperation. After buying marijuana from a drug dealer, Simon and Callie turned it into oil at home using a pressure cooker and an online instructional.

While Callie Blackwell originally sought out cannabis to relieve her son’s anxiety and pain while he was in hospice, the teenager eventually made a miraculous recovery. His mother has attributed his survival to marijuana, but some cancer experts have taken the results with a grain of salt.

 

“Because it’s just one person’s story, without a doctor analysing all the clinical evidence and comparing him to somebody that didn’t get cannabis, we still don’t know for certain it was the cannabis that helped him,”  said Dr. Emma Smith, the science information manager for Cancer Research UK.

 

Unfortunately, without the ability to conduct controlled studies on the effect that cannabis has on fighting cancer, it’s difficult for researchers to pinpoint its precise impact. But many scientists believe that Deryn’s case proves the need for extensive research, and it seems that the UK is finally starting to get the ball rolling.

Earlier this month, Oxford University announced that it will spend up to $12 million to research the benefits of medical cannabis, particularly in regard to cancer, pain, and inflammatory diseases. Additionally, a clinical trial conducted on the only licensed cannabis-based medicine allowed in

Britain, a mouth spray called Sativex, showed that the drug helped treat a certain form of brain cancer.

It’s difficult to prove that the plant was the main factor in Deryn’s amazing recovery from leukemia, but it’s hard to believe that it didn’t at least play a partial role. Either way, the fact remains that we will not fully understand how cannabis might benefit cancer patients until further research is allowed. When you couple anecdotal cases like this one from the Blackwell family with impending studies by pioneering institutions such as Oxford, it seems that it might not be long until this potential treatment is given the shot that it deserves.

 

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