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The impact of medical cannabis on human health – an educational video

The impact of medical cannabis on human health – an educational video

Hey folks, if you’re looking for a great information on the impact of medical cannabis on human health, here’s a great video.  -Dr. Jake Felice

 

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Complete remission of Crohn’s disease, improved sleep, appetite, and NO TOXICITY – welcome to the cannabis revolution

Complete remission of Crohn’s disease, improved sleep, appetite, and NO TOXICITY – welcome to the cannabis revolution

By Chris Weller at MedicalDaily

Crohn’s disease, one of several inflammatory bowel diseases, achieved “complete remission” in nearly half the subjects of one study that were exposed to smoking medical marijuana on a regular basis.

Smoking medical marijuana achieved remission in five of 11 subjects with Crohn’s disease who smoked twice a day for eight weeks, as part of a study.

Published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the study examined the effects of consistent marijuana use on Crohn’s patients who suffered from severe cases of the disease. The results of the 21-subject study point toward the drug’s anti-inflammatory properties as being responsible for quieting symptoms in many patients, and even reaching total remission in others.

Mortar pestleThe Disease: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatments

Often mischaracterized as an autoimmune disease, Crohn’s disease is in fact an immune deficiency state. Arising from a host of genetic, environmental, and immunological factors, the disease causes a chronic inflammatory disorder that attacks the person’s gastrointestinal tract — anywhere from the mouth to the anus — in order to fight the body’s antigens that otherwise do no harm. Symptoms of the disease range from mild abdominal pain to more severe cases of bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and fevers.

There is no cure for Crohn’s; however, various methods are aimed at limiting flare ups and keeping the disease in remission. Treatments, like disease severity, fall on a spectrum depending on the person. Simple dietary changes suffice for some, while invasive surgery to remove the affected area may be needed for others. Corticosteroids and other medications are also prescribed for less severe cases.

The disease affects around 400,000 to 600,000 people in North America, although many people do not get diagnosed until they’ve had the disease for years, simply because no symptoms were present.

The Study And Its Findings

Scientists at Meir Medical Center in Israel wanted to examine the effects of Cannabis sativa on patients with severe Crohn’s disease, relying on the underlying drug’s anti-inflammatory effects in treating other ailments, such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

“The marijuana plant Cannabis sativa has been reported to produce beneficial effects for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases, but this has not been investigated in controlled trials,” the researchers wrote. “We performed a prospective trial to determine whether cannabis can induce remission in patients with Crohn’s disease.”

Twenty-one people with severe, intractable Crohn’s comprised the study. Out of those 21, 11 subjects smoked two joints a day for eight weeks. The other 10 made up the placebo group.

The results were particularly telling, according to the researchers. In total, five of the 11 subjects smoking marijuana daily achieved total remission of their Crohn’s. They reported greater appetites and sleep patterns. (People with severe cases of Crohn’s sometimes defecate 20 times per day, and may even wake up at night to do so.) Moreover, “a clinical response” was found in 10 of those 11. Only four of the 10 placebo subjects reported any improvements.

These findings, argued the researchers, demonstrate how “THC-rich cannabis produced significant clinical, steroid-free benefits to 11 patients with active Crohn’s disease, compared with placebo, without side effects.”

The researchers were hesitant to call the study a total success, however, saying that the “primary end point of the study (induction of remission) was not achieved,” despite the five of 11 people who reported those effects.

Still, they noted that their findings merit further attention. “Further studies, with larger patient groups and a nonsmoking mode of intake, are warranted,” they wrote, pointing to the potentially diminished effects of smoking marijuana, as opposed to extracting the anti-inflammatory drugs directly from the plant.

Source: Naftali T, Lihi BL, Iris D. Cannabis Induces a Clinical Response in Patients With Crohn’s Disease: A Prospective Placebo-Controlled Study. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 2013.

 

 

 

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Cannabis helps patients forget PTSD night terrors

Cannabis helps patients forget PTSD night terrors

How in the world can forgetting be a useful thing? Well, it can be very helpful for us to forget traumatic events such as those that cause PTSD.  This can be a godsend for patients.  The majority of my Veterans with PTSD night terrors sleep through the night and also achieve relief from their night terrors on the first night.  Cannabis is a wonderful helper in integrating the memories of our painful past. The painful memories can be emotional as well as almost purely physical. Check out the amazing healing power of whole plant cannabis, and share with someone you love.  -Dr. Jake Felice

Here is another informative video on the benefits of cannabis for PTSD.  I hope that you enjoy and share this information with friends and loved ones.  -Dr. Jake Felice

In the video below, Dr. Sue Sisley Talks About Medical Marijuana and PTSD.  Another very informative video….  -Dr. Jake Felice

The following video a veteran discusses how cannabis has helped him on multiple levels, including overcoming his addiction to opiate based pain killers by his successful substitution of low toxic cannabis.

 

©2013 J. F. Felice, ND

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Cannabis with CBD for heart health – Yes!

Cannabis with CBD for heart health – Yes!

CBD a chemical found in cannabis helps patients with diabetes, Huntington’s disease, cancer and ulcerative colitis.  New evidence also shows that CBD can benefit the cardiovascular system.  CBD does this through its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.  CBD relaxes arteries and improves blood flow to the heart.  It also protects the blood vessels from damage caused by high blood sugar in diabetes.

Cannabidiol_3DAdditionally, CBD reduces the size of heart attack damage in mice, and also helps animals deal better with stress.  CBD also helps our white blood cells stay healthy and live longer.  If you are a medical cannabis patient and your doctor has not spoken with you about the benefits of CBD, you’re not getting a real cannabis consultation and are missing information on the full value and healing potential of the plant.

CBD PubMed for heart health

Source:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22670794

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There is no pain killing medication less toxic than cannabis, period

There is no pain killing medication less toxic than cannabis, period

No other pain relieving medication is less toxic than cannabis, not even aspirin or Tylenol. If deaths from toxic effects from NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and Aleve were tabulated separately in the National Vital Statistics reports, these drug toxicities would constitute the 15th most common cause of death in the United States. This is why cannabis as medicine can be an excellent choice as a substitute for more toxic pain killers.  As patients become more attuned to the benefits of cannabis as an inexpensive natural pain reliever that doesn’t have death as a side-effect, many forward thinking doctors are recognizing the amazing benefits of low-toxic cannaibis for pain and inflammation.

Danger aheadSubstitution of less harmful medicines for more harmful drugs is intelligent medicine.  Cannabis is the least toxic of any pain reliever by almost any measure.  It has never caused a single death ever.  Cannabis does not have to be smoked to be effective, and medical cannabis patients don’t have to get ‘high’ to experience pain relief.  Over the counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (aka Advil, etc) kill more Americans than most people are aware.

Advil redThe July 1998 issue of The American Journal of Medicine stated the following: “Conservative calculations estimate that approximately 107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-related gastrointestinal (GI) complications and at least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone. The figures of all NSAID users would be overwhelming, yet the scope of this problem is generally under-appreciated.”  Medical cannabis has never killed a single patient.

And again in June 1999 the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine issued a similar statement:  “It has been estimated conservatively that 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur among patients with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis every year in the United States. This figure is similar to the number of deaths from the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and considerably greater than the number of deaths from multiple myeloma, asthma, cervical cancer, or Hodgkin’s disease. If deaths from gastrointestinal toxic effects from NSAIDs were tabulated separately in the National Vital Statistics reports, these effects would constitute the 15th most common cause of death in the United States. Yet these toxic effects remain mainly a “silent epidemic,” with many physicians and most patients unaware of the magnitude of the problem. Furthermore the mortality statistics do not include deaths ascribed to the use of over-the-counter NSAIDS.”  Again, medical cannabis has never killed a single patient.

A recent study in Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management notes that the number of deaths and hospitalizations from GI bleeding due to NSAIDs has remained unchanged since the 1999 study.

“From 1999 to 2007, the number of U.S. poisoning deaths involving any opioid analgesic (e.g., oxycodone, methadone, or hydrocodone) more than tripled, from 4,041 to 14,459, or 36% of the 40,059 total poisoning deaths in 2007. In 1999, opioid analgesics were involved in 20% of the 19,741 poisoning deaths. During 1999–2007, the number of poisoning deaths involving specified drugs other than opioid analgesics increased from 9,262 to 12,790, and the number involving nonspecified drugs increased from 3,608 to 8,947.”http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/wk/mm5932.pdf

The use of cannabis to treat pain is intelligent medicine.  Let the healing begin….

In health,  -Dr. Jake Felice

“Marijuana, in it’s natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man … One must reasonably conclude that there is accepted safety for use of marijuana under medical supervision. To conclude otherwise, on the record, would be unreasonable, arbitrary, and capricious”  – DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis J. young, 1988

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Slow down, relax, take it easy…. Working long hours is bad for your heart

Slow down, relax, take it easy….  Working long hours is bad for your heart

People who regularly work long hours may be significantly increasing their risk of developing heart disease, the world’s biggest killer, British scientists said Monday.

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