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This article was written for us by the Mesothelioma.net project:

Those who are suffering from mesothelioma often feel as if they don’t have any hope. This aggressive form of cancer is a disease that spreads quite rapidly, can’t be diagnosed until it has settled into the body and is hard to treat. There is almost no chance of a remission or cure of this disease. In the modern era, many people are starting to seek treatment from alternative therapies in the hopes of getting better treatment and a relief from the unpleasant symptoms of cancer.

One of the most popular alternatives for persons suffering from cancer and other painful and chronic disease is medical marijuana. The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and twenty-eight US states have decreed that "Mary Jane" is legal for medical purposes. Although the federal government still has not legalized cannabis, the statewide expansion of medical marijuana is looking very promising for cancer patients.

"MJ" is a drug that is gleaned from a plant called cannabis. This plant originated in Asia, but is now grown all over the world. There is a resin in the plant that contains compounds called cannabinoids. These compounds are psychoactive, which means that they act on the central nervous system and can affect both the mood and consciousness. For decades, the cannabis plant has been in high demand for spiritual, medicinal and recreational purposes. In the United States, marijuana is still a schedule I controlled substance, which means that by federal law it is illegal for any type of use. As mentioned above, however, there are many states where the drug can be taken under strictly regulated circumstances.

Currently, there are two prescription drugs that have been created based on the way that cannabinoids react in the body and are available to patients in states where cannabis for medicinal purposes is legal. One is Dronabinol, which is typically prescribed to persons in order to treat vomiting and nausea that results from chemotherapy. It is also given to AIDS and HIV patients to assist in the reversing of weight loss and improving appetite. The other drug is called Nabilone. It is used for similar ailments as Dronabinol, but is considerably stronger and is more of a last resort.

A life with cancer is very stressful. Frequently, cancer patients suffer from emotional distress, depression, anxiety and sleep problems. Cannabinoids have been shown to be quite useful at reversing these problems. In animal studies, cannabinoids have been shown to have a solid anti-anxiety effect.

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Hemp CBD Series - Part 2

 

How Hemp CBD works:

In part 1 of this CBD series, you were introduced to a small portion healing effects hemp CBD has on medical conditions.  

Part 2 is much more in depth as we continue to explore the glorious healing powers of Hemp CBD. 

Understanding the endocannabinoid system

cbd2.jpgThe ‘endocannabinoid system’ is the largest neurotransmitter system in the human body, regulating relaxation, eating, sleeping, and memory.
Discovered in 1995, the endocannabinoid system powers to heal and balance the other systems of the body by turning on or off the expression of genes. Cannabinoids hold the key that unlocks receptor sites throughout the brain and immune system triggering.

There are two types of cannabinoid receptors in the body as previously mentioned, the CB1 receptors found primarily in the brain and the central nervous system, while the CB2 receptors that are distributed but primarily found in the immune system. These receptors respond to cannabinoids, naturally in your body and from diet, as we know gut health is essential to health. 

“Deficient cannabinoid levels may be the underlying cause of numerous conditions alleviated by cannabis.”– Ethan Russo (Senior medical advisor GWPH)

Supplementing the body’s cannabinoid supply could be of benefit, need depending. Essential fatty acids like Omega-3 have received a recent amount of attention, because hemp CBD is "high" in fatty acid, an absolute must, when understand the cannabinoid system. There are three types of cannabinoids known to scientists today: endocannabinoids (found within the human body), phytocannabinoids (found in the cannabis plant), and synthetic cannabinoids (created in a lab).

So we now understand that deficiencies in the endocannabinoid system, can be the biggest contributors. Medscape suggests, these deficiencies contribute to the following: 

  • Chronic Stress
  • Obesity
  • Nervous system
  • Heart and Blood vessels
  • Cancer (sigh)
  • Gastrointestinalsystem
  • Liver
  • Reproductive system
  • Skeletal system


Continuing our journey in part 3, will be the break down of each deficiency/illness, Pharmacological Therapy through phytocannabinoids Hemp CBD.

 

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Hemp CBD Series - #1

 


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Scientific research now points to the many health benefits of CBD. Cannabidiol is a component but without the psychoactive effects, that THC can produce. Research shows, CBD helps with some of the the following aliments but this is a small portion.

Appetite:
Some illnesses and pharmaceutical drugs decrease the appetite to the point of preventing the body from healing itself. CBD stimulates appetite, according to the National Cancer Institute. 

Analgesic:
CBDs bind to CBD1 receptors in the body to relieve pain. CBD also has an anti-inflammatory effect for reduction of swelling. 

Anxiety:
Treatment with CBD may be better and more effective alternative than anti-depressants because it acts quickly and does not cause side effects or withdrawal symptoms such as 
Benzodiazepine drugs. 

Cancer Spread:
The National Cancer Institute details several studies into the anti-tumor effects of CBD. 
One study by California Pacific Medical Center suggests CBD “turns off” the gene involved in the spread of breast cancer. 

Anti-psychotic:
CBD relieves psychotic symptoms associated with schizophrenia, according to research by University of Cologne in Germany. 

 

Good new is hemp CBD is LEGAL in all 50 States. Unfortunately, the bad coming from government agencies. CBD is not FDA approved or regulated. When interviewed by the U.S. News, Jeff Ventura says the FDA “has not issued guidance or an opinion on these kinds of products, but the agency reserves the right to take action when appropriate to preserve and protect the public health.” Keep in mind, the DEA is not legally required to follow the FDA's advice, which is very concerning. U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has stated, "marijuana may be helpful for certain medical conditions and symptoms." In January 2015, American Academy of Pediatrics Calls for DEA to Reclassify Marijuana.

Further studies with marijuana plants and primary components is important and must continuously need researching. Especially, on the benefits of it's TWO primary components, CBD (non-phycoactive) and THC (the euphoric "high"). When it comes to CBD products, several companies have been under scrutiny with the FDA, letters have been sent out with warnings to the following, Canna Companion, CBD life, Hemp oil care, Natural organic solutions, and Twin fall bio tech. These letters have no legal recourse, but as consumers this is important information when choosing the right product for you. Third party testing is available, to verify products and quality. Researching brands before making your selection is the best when making a selection. Stay turned for further information on this CBD series. 

 

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