Marijuana/ Weed: the beneficial effects and uses in today’s world

Marijuana or weed as it is mostly commonly called is a plant that grows naturally world wide. Medically it can prove beneficial in the treatment of cancer or AIDS patients. As well it is well known to aid those suffering from glaucoma. Legal now in the United States of Washington and Colorado, it is now being studied and tested for medical uses and practices.

Marijuana has the ability to stop cancer by turning off a gene called Id-1. I started smoking marijuana at the age of 16, in all honestly I was to young to begin using marijuana but it had no adverse effects on me physically or mentally I averaged 78% coming out of high school. I used it with a couple of my friends one night after a street basketball game. After that I didn’t touch it again until I was in my grade 12 year, so I definitely did not become addicted or dependent on it. When I got older and wiser I learned that marijuana actually works to slow down tumor growth in brain, breast, and lungs considerately. I had stage 1 lung cancer in college from smoking cigarettes, I started smoking marijuana again and my symptoms vanished. I can confidently say that smoking marijuana cured my disease. Marijuana improves lung functions and increases lung capacity. Compared to tobacco smokers who loose lung function over time. This being said everything in moderation, to much of anything is bad for you.

Now me being a 26 year old male, I haven’t had to deal with the desease Alzheimer’s and because I smoke marijuana I probably never will have to. THC, the active ingredient in marijuana slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. THC slows the formation of amyloid plaques by blocking the enzyme in the brain that makes them. These plaques kill brain cells and lead to Alzheimer’s. As well I avoid antiperspirant which contain dangerous chemicals such as aluminum.

In 2011, researchers reported that cannabis reduces pain and inflammation, and promotes sleep, which may help relieve pain and discomfort for people with rheumatoid arthritis. In my own personal experience with cannabis used in the treatment of my own arthritis I no longer experience pain in my hands and knees. As a young athlete I tore my Achilles’ tendon during a game and marijuana also proved beneficial in treating the pain from my injury. As well kept me away from harmful addicting pharmaceuticals for the treatment of sports related injuries like OxyContin.

Weed can also treat Glaucoma studies in the early 1970s showed that marijuana when smoked lowered intraocular pressure in people with normal pressure and those with glaucoma. These effects of the drug can prevent blindness.

A 2003 study showed that marijuana use can control epileptic seizures.  It was found that THC controlled the seizures by binding the brain cells responsible for controlling excitability and regulating relaxation.

No one in recorded history has died from smoking marijuana, there have been many alcohol related deaths.

In a study done in Israel 10 out of 11 patients showed that smoking a joint reduced Crohn’s disease symptoms considerably. Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disorder that causes pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss. It also caused 5 of the 11 patients to be cured of the disease entirely. As well as treating Crohn’s disease, patients with inflammatory bowel disease like ulcerative colitis could benefit from marijuana use. In 2010, University of Nottingham researchers have found that chemicals in marijuana, including THC, and cannabidiol, interact with cells in the body that play an important role in gut function, and immune system health. THC like chemicals made by the body increase the permeability of the intestines, allowing bacteria in. The plant derived cannabinoids in marijuana block these body-cannabinoids, stopping the permeability and making the intestinal one tighter together.

Treating Hepatitis C infection has severe side effects, so severe that many people are unable to continue their treatment. Side effects range from fatigue, nausea, muscle pains, loss of appetite, and depression, lasting for months. 86% of patients who used ganja successfully finished their therapies, while only 29% of the non-smokers completed their treatments, maybe because ganja helps lessen the treatments’ side effects. Cannabis (ganja) also helps to lessen the treatment’s effectiveness. 54% of the Hep C patients smoking Ganja got their viral levels low, and kept them low, compared to only 8% of the non-smokers.

Motto (marijuana) as well eases the pain of multiple sclerosis, motto or pot works to stop the negative neurological effects and muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis. A study published in the Canadian Medical Association suggests that marijuana may ease painful symptoms of multiple sclerosis. (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/14/us-marijuana-sclerosis-idUSBRE84D0RS20120514).

Soothes tremors for people with Parkinson’s disease. Protects the brain from concussion, and trauma. I believe these problems are related and that Parkinson’s stems from the brain being concussed or dealing with trauma. Much how a symbol from a drum set works. Although I don’t believe tremors are helped by smoking marijuana, the pain from them would be subdued from the medicinal pain relieving properties. Israel has made medical marijuana legal, and a lot of research into the medical uses of weed is done there, supported by the Israel government.

Improves symptoms of Lupus, and autoimmune disorder (AIDS). Medical marijuana is used to treat the autoimmune disorder called Systemic Lupus Ertyhematosus, which is when the body starts attacking itself for unknown reasons. We’ve all been given life blood that pumps from our hearts and into our veins from our mother and father. Drinking lots of water, taking vitamin C and oil of oregano can help boost the immune system in fighting off disease. Marijuana, ganja, motto, cannabis, pot is not the cure all miracle drug. It can be a beneficial medicine if used with monitored Doctor supervised treatments.

All in all its how you treat the medicine, if you abuse it you will become sick with anything. Children should not smoke marijuana! Very dangerous for children. Ingesting is not a crime (THC pills) if they are showing cancer like symptoms or been diagnosed with cancer. Happy smoking adults.

~Johnny Ryan~