Cannabis blocks HIV entry into brain

Cannabis blocks HIV entry into brain

By Lynne Adkins

 

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A local HIV researcher has found that a substance in marijuana could keep the virus from entering the brain.

THC, the main active substance in marijuana, can block inflammation and slow down HIV”s ability to reproduce itself when it attaches to a specific protein, according to Dr. Servio Ramirez, assistant professor of pathology at the Temple University School of Medicine.

“The idea is to prevent a lot of these cells from moving into the brain during the course of infection and if you are able to suppress or somehow control hive replication in this particular immune cell, the whole hope is that less of these cells would be entering the brain through the course of infection,” says Ramirez.

He says keeping the virus out of the brain is important, because many of the drugs currently used to control HIV can’t get into the brain or are not effective once there.

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Medical cannabis and its impact on human health, a documentary video

Medical cannabis and its impact on human health, a documentary video

This is a great video if you want information on the healing benefits of medical cannabis. Medical experts discuss various topics including the history of cannabis as medicine, as well as cannabis for various disease states. Learn more about the healing benefits of cannabis here at CannabisMatrix.com

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Regular cannabis users are skinnier and have better blood sugar control: study

Regular cannabis users are skinnier and have better blood sugar control: study

People who regularly smoke marijuana may have better control of their blood sugar and may be skinnier than non-marijuana users, according to a new study.

The research, published in the American Journal of Medicine, shows that people who reported regularly using marijuana had a lower risk of insulin resistance and had lower fasting insulin levels, compared with people who never used marijuana. Researchers also found an association between using marijuana and having a smaller waist circumference and higher levels of “good” HDL cholesterol, compared with non-users. The research was conducted by scientists from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the University of Nebraska and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Though marijuana is illegal in much of the country medical marijuana is currently legal in 19 states to help alleviate symptoms from treatments such as chemotherapy, researchers noted.

From the Huffington Post

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120 year old woman claims daily cannabis is the secret to her long life

120 year old woman claims daily cannabis is the secret to her long life

A 125-year-old woman, said to be one of the oldest women in India, died at her home in Orissa, her family said Sunday. Fulla Nayak claimed that smoking cannabis every day was her secret to long life.  She had never suffered any debilitating ailment throughout her life. Except for her weak eyesight, Fulla maintained good health and used to walk without support.

125 Year Old Woman Claimed Smoking Pot Everyday Was Her Secret to Long Life.

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Frequent cannabis use linked to lower bladder cancer risk

Frequent cannabis use linked to lower bladder cancer risk

This is just one of many studies showing a positive impact on cannabis and cancer. To learn more about the healing properties of this plant, we need less government interference and more research on the healing benefits of this whole plant medicine.


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The healthiest way to make cannabis oil

The healthiest way to make cannabis oil

 

What is Cannabis oil?
Concentrated cannabis oils are named due to their viscous, oily, and sticky appearance.  They have been made famous by claims of the effectiveness of cannabinoids such as CBD in the treatment of cancer patients.  These oils are frequently used in edibles, topicals, vaporizers, and as a stand alone treatment.  The oil extraction helps pull out cannabiniods, as well as other healthy molecules such as terpenes in a highly concentrated form that can then be used by patients. 


How to make Cannabis oil?

The most popular method of oil preparation was developed by former cancer patient Rick Simpson.  Simpson oil typically uses naptha or a petroleum ether as a solvent for the extraction, though other solvents can be used.  Due to great success by patients with Simpson oil, patients and entrepreneurs have developed changes to the original recipe either by using safer solvents such as ethanol.  My personal favorite eliminates the use of organic solvents entirely by using olive oil.

 

What is naphtha or petroleum-ether?
Although different names are used, naptha and petroleum ether can frequently be referred to their equivalent also known as diesel or kerosene fuel making the use of these substances a significant fire hazard.  These solvents are available in a huge range of qualities many of which are not suitable for human consumption.   When using solvents in medicine, all solvent components should be considered potentially harmful.  Ingredients such as benzene and hexane for example are known neurotoxins.   Additionally both naptha and petroleum ethers are considered potential cancer causing so should be avoided.

 

Are residual solvents a health hazard?

The evaporation of solvents from the mixture does not guarantee purity as the more concentrated an extract becomes, the more difficult it is to remove the remaining solvent.  Although adding heat can help evaporation, many of the beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes can be lost from the mixture with too much heat.  Using non-toxic solvents such as olive oil therefore protects patients from potential harmful residues.

 

What is the best and healthiest way to prepare Cannabis oil?

As solvents, olive oil and ethanol can safely extract the full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes giving the patient the full benefit of the healing properties of these molecules.  However, alcohol can remove too much of the plant’s chlorophyll making the oil taste bad to patients. Alcohol can also be expensive to purchase.   Olive oil therefore is the best option at this point due to its low cost, and low toxicity.

To prepare the olive oil, heat to 100°C for 1-2 hours.  This can be done by using a double boiler method.  Although olive oil cannot be concentrated, patients can simply consume more in order to achieve the same results.  The lower concentration of olive oil extracts also gives patients more accuracy in terms of their dose titration as dosages can be complicated for more concentrated forms.

Preheating cannabis is necessary to activate the cannabinoids, though this can result in the evaporation of beneficial terpene molecules.  If patients need the full range of terpenes for their condition, dried buds and leaves can be used instead.

 

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