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Medical Cannabis


One of the most important aspects of the Cannabis College is our effort to provide the public with the most accurate and up-to-date medical information as possible. Whether this means offering international directories of medical activist groups or healthcare professionals for potential patients or simply offering links to scientific research, we attempt to help as many people as possible. Medical use of Cannabis is very different than recreational; the consumer must not achieve an intoxicated state or what is classified as a “medical overdose” is reached. Therapy is much more subtle than recreation and needs to be thoroughly researched. Do not self medicate, as certain combinations of cannabinoids may actually increase your symptoms (for example, high THC varieties such as Sativas will keep an insomniac awake, whereas the CBD and CBN in Indica plants may help you sleep.) Information regarding safe medical consumption of Cannabis (vaporising, tea or space cakes) is available within this section of our site.

Besides wide support for the use of the plant for the indications described in modern literature (such as discomfort and nausea during chemotherapy and radiotherapy, arthritis, glaucoma, spasms, AIDS Wasting Syndrome and chronic pain) much more has been written about the medicinal effects of Cannabis. Dr. Lester Grinspoon, M.D., professor at the Boston Medical School, has presented himself as a strong supporter of the medical use of Cannabis and has written two books, Marijuana Reconsidered and Marijuana, the Forbidden Medicine. The College relies heavily upon his research as well as that of many other groups including the British Medical Association and GW Pharmaceuticals (the latter being producers of THC-dominant Tetranabinex®, CBD-based Nabidiolex® and the almost equal mix known as Sativex®). These drugs are known as “whole plant extracts,” whereas drugs such as Marinol® (Dronabinol) are synthesised forms of naturally-occurring cannabinoids. Read on to find out more about these drugs, their trial phases and even patient testimonies.

Dr. Grinspoon presents various examples of ailments for which Cannabis may be used as a medicine. The Cannabis College attempts to provide as much information as possible regarding relief for Crohn’s disease/IBS, ADD/ADHD, epilepsy, MS, paraplegia and tetraplegia, schizophrenia, fybromyalgia, migraine, itching, cramps during menstruation and pain during childbirth, and mental disorders such as depression and mood swings. Grinspoon’s works also describe other cases whereby Cannabis might prove effective: Parkinson’s, chronic fatigue/ME, other causes of severe nausea, for antibacterial action, dystonia, eating disorders (including anorexia and bulimia) and action against tumours. The fact that these cases are sometimes primarily based upon the evidence of patients and not on scientific literature does not mean that they are in any way incorrect, false or deceptive; however, within these pages you will also find much in the way of current scientific evidence regarding how well Cannabis works in the treatment of certain medical problems.

www.gwpharm.com, www.bma.org.uk, www.maps.org, www.medicalcannabis.com


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