The Effects of the Active Ingredients of Marijuana
Marijuana has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. The active ingredients in marijuana,delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and cannabidiol (CBD) have been studied to see if they serve any medical purposes. The different compounds found within marijuana have different effects. For instance, the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) causes people to feel high. It also can cure nausea, relieve pain, act as an antioxidant and reduce inflammation. Cannabidiol (CBD) can help reduce seizures and help treat anxiety and paranoid in some cases. However, in other cases it may contribute to mental disorders including paranoia and anxiety. It varies from individual to individual.
The Legality of Marijuana Use for Medicinal Purposes
Currently, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) lists marijuana and cannabinoids as Schedule I controlled substances. This means that it is illegal to possess and prescribe marijuana. In many states it is illegal to possess cannabis, however, many states are making it legal for medicinal purposes. Some cannabinoids are available commercially including, dronabinol and nabilone, are approved for the treatment of cancer side effects.
Studies on Marijuana’s Effectiveness as a Cancer Treatment
Some recent studies have shown that CBD cannabinoids (e.g. cbd capsules) may have the ability to kill cancer cells directly and can inhibit tumor growth. However, it is not currently approved by the FDA for cancer treatment and many medical professionals are not convinced that it is an effective treatment. In reality, it really depends on who you ask and what source of information you are basing your opinion off of. However, many scientific and medical professionals seem to agree that CBD cannabinoids do help treat cancer symptoms. Many of the tests regarding cannainoids and cancer growth have been done in test tubes and on mice. There have not been a lot of human trials. However, the human trials that have been conducted have not shown strong evidence so far.
More human trials are planned in the future to test marijuana’s effectiveness at treating cancer. When tested on mice and test tubes the cannibinoids have shown to suppress lung cancer cells. It is also believed that the cannibinoids can kill off cancer cells before they become full blown tumors and may play a role in cancer prevention due to the fact that cannbinoids have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Many doctors believe that using cannibinoids will not have a negative impact on cancer so it is worth a try but you should not discontinue your regular, doctor provided treatments because the scientific evidence is not clear yet. So far the only conclusive evidence regarding marijuana and cancer is that it helps to increase appetite and reduce nausea associated with chemotherapy and cancer. It also helps with pain management for those who are suffering from the disease. More scientific research and human trials need to be conducted before marijuana could be considered and effective treatment. Relying solely on marijuana as opposed to convention treatment can lead to very negative side effects.