The Cannabis industry is rapidly rising in popularity as an accepted mode of treatment and as a healthy relaxation method. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most abundant cannabinoid in marijuana, it closely follows THC. In hemp, CBD is more abundant than THC which only appears in trace amounts. While CBD is lauded for its great calming effect on epileptic patients, some of its other health benefits are largely unknown to many people because CBD lacks the colourful high that is associated with marijuana. This is because unlike marijuana, isolated CBD does not cause much of noticeable effect especially in the short term.
Reliable and extensive research has ascertained that CBD is effective in acne treatment
Unless you hit the genetic lottery, you have probably suffered through bouts of acne at some point in your life. Acne is a common skin condition in adolescence and is rapidly becoming a big problem for adults. An exhaustive study done by a number of reliable institutions such as the National Institute of Health has concluded that cannabidiol is a potential effective treatment for acne. Scientifically speaking, CBD is effective in acne treatment because it has anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative and lipostatic effects that make it effective in the alleviation of acne. According experts and people who have sought the use of CBD in acne treatment, it is not only fast acting but also extremely effective and easy to use. Additionally, since it is natural it does not come with a slew of side effects like other commercial acne treatment products.
Studies have proved that CBD can help in PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) treatment
Research proves that cannabidiol produces anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects when slowly ingested. CBD is known to relax and calm stress and anxiety. CBD provides a calming effect that has antipsychotic benefits hence providing a stable mental environment for people trying to recover from the detrimental side-effects of PTSD. The side effects
CBD is effective in insomnia treatment
One of the most prominent side effects of CBD is causing tiredness which can help put you to sleep. Pharmaceuticals are not the ideal choice although they are effective because they pose a risk for addiction. Additionally they also cause grogginess the next day. Since CBD doesn’t have any of these unpleasant side effects, it is the safer choice. If you are looking to combat insomnia, opt for CBD-heavy indica strains that will knock you out just when you need it most.
Fibromyalgia is treated using anti-inflammatory medications such as corticosteroids and opiod-pain medications. Since cannabidiol has strong anti-inflammatory effects on the body, it can serve as natural treatment for this frustrating untreatable condition. Although research is still being carried out to clearly ascertain how effective CBD can be in helping to manage fibromyalgia symptoms. Many fibromyalgia patients swear by its efficiency
CBD can help in the management of Diabetes
Did you know that over 400 million people globally suffer from Diabetes resulting in close to 5 million deaths annually? Substantial scientific evidence proves that CBD can come in handy in preventing and managing this chronic ailment.
How can CBD aid in diabetes treatment?
Reliable studies have proved that cannabis can help control insulin levels by lowering insulin resistance. However, the specific mechanism that enables this has thus far not been established. This article barely scratches the surface when it comes to the potential uses of CBD. In the last 10 years there have been over twenty three thousand studies published on the benefits of CBD and more research is still being done to ascertain just how valuable this herb extract is. Now that we understand the benefits of CBD, let us look at the medical controversy surrounding the leaglization of marijuana
The legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana in the United States is moving at a breakneck speed. Did you know that over 50 States in the US have adopted regulations that approve medical marijuana programs?
Why is legalization of marijuana a factor in organ transplantation?
Scores of patients suffering from chronic diseases across the United States currently rely on medical marijuana to help ease their symptoms and live a functional life. There is no doubt that this natural remedy is extremely effective. However; it may be the very thing that disqualifies such individuals from receiving a long-awaited and much-needed life saving organ transplant. Even more devastating is the fact that most patients often don’t find out that marijuana use has disqualified them from organ transplantation until it is too late. This article explores the controversial relationship between medical marijuana and donor transplant lists.
Why does this controversial rule exist?
Although the rise in the use of medical marijuana has spurred debate about organ transplantation, most states are still imposing restrictions. The reason this imposition exists is simple: donated organs are in short supply.
Why is this rule such a big deal in the current medical environment?
The statistics are alarming; according to data by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services close to 22 people die on a daily basis waiting for an organ transplant! Transplant centers employ this rule because they want to make sure that they only transplant to patients with the greatest likelihood of a successful outcome.
Is there any medical research to justify this rule?
Medically speaking; there are conflicting research findings. Based on reliable studies, here are some medical reasons why marijuana users are taken off donor transplant lists.
- Numerous studies show that consistent use of marijuana can result in liver damage especially in people with fatty livers. In cases where a patient needs a liver transplant, marijuana not only accelerates the need but can also lead to damage of a newly transplanted liver.
- Another thing that comes up according to Dr David Klassen, the Chief Medical Officer at the United Network for Organ Sharing is that consistent use of marijuana increases the risk of developing pulmonary infections specifically a potentially fatal fungal infection known as
- This detrimental fungal infection is a devastating complication especially in patients whose immune systems are already compromised by years of illness.
Although these reasons seem legit enough there is no sufficient evidence to solidly prove that marijuana use has any long-term effect on organ recipients. Additionally, there is no direct prove or undisputable evidence that the fungal infection Aspergillosis is the direct result of marijuana.
Research has only ascertained that this infection has higher chances of occurring in patients who use marijuana. Researchers are desperately trying to ascertain the potential health risk that may be associated with marijuana use and organ transplantation.
Is there a law or formula being used and how does it compare to the use of other prescribed opioids
Since substance abuse is a major red flag. All transplant programs routinely scan organ recipients for any signs of drug use. This is an effort to make sure that this scarce resource only goes to individuals who will benefit most. Prior to the changes being made in some states, marijuana was viewed no differently than other street drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Prescribed opiods such as Oxycodone and Vicodin are not an issue.
Then why is medical marijuana use still rampant?
- Marijuana is effective and lacks detrimental side effects. Additionally, it relieves pain, relaxes the brain and helps live a quality life despite chronic illness.
- There is no standardized formula used; different centers follow different guidelines. The only consistency is that if transplant specialists determine through testing that you consistently use marijuana, you will be removed from the list. In a nutshell; most transplant centers in the United States will disqualify you if you test positive for 2 successive tests over a couple of months.
- The reason this limitation is aggressively being fought against is because 2 successive positive tests does not make one a heavy user. You may just be using it recreation-ally.
- And even if you are a heavy user, what if you are allowed by state laws and what if the medical marijuana was prescribed by a certified medical professional? Is it logical, reasonable or humane to be excluded?
What can a patient do to rejoin the donor list after being disqualified?
Imagine waiting for close to a decade then being removed from the donor list because you test positive for marijuana! This is what happened to Maine native Garry Godfrey.Like most potential organ recipients who go through this devastating predicament he was instructed to discontinue marijuana use for one year before returning to the bottom of the list.
This requirement varies from state to state but is mostly six months or more. For a patient to get back on the list they have to stay clear of cannabis progressively for a minimum of 6 months to maximum of one year before they get back and start again from the bottom. During this period these patients are tested routinely to ascertain that they are staying clear of marijuana.The main objective of imposing this rule on marijuana users is to ensure that every trace of cannabis is out of the patient’s system before they go back on the list. Whether this is fair or not is matter that is hotly debated.
- Garry Godfrey’s story of determination….
The patient from Maine mentioned above- Mr. Garry Godfrey did not take the life altering news that he would be excluded from the donor list lying down. He fought hard and is now the namesake and main instigator of a bill that if passed to law will prohibit the all hospitals in Maine from rejecting organ recipients solely on the grounds that they use marijuana.
Does the issue vary from one state to the next, or is it universal?
A total of seven states now prohibit denying the transplant of organs to recipients solely based on their use of Marijuana. The main argument is that there is very little evidence proving that the use of marijuana negatively affects organ transplants. For instance in New Hampshire the authorized use of cannabis is considered equivalent to the use of any other prescribed medication. In California Governor Jerry Bill signed a bill in 2015 which prohibited hospitals from disqualifying patients from receiving organs because of cannabis use. Other states that allow cannabis users to receive transplants include;
With medical marijuana use becoming a widely popular choice for chronic pain management in the United States, it will soon become impossible to restrict cannabis users from receiving transplanted organs. For this limitation to be completely eradicated there is need for more research to develop reliable ways of ensuring that marijuana use does not result in any complications that may cause detrimental side effects both in the short and long-term.