Cannabis can make patients ‘less bothered by pain’

Cannabis makes pain more bearable rather than actually reducing it, a study from the University of Oxford suggests.

Using brain imaging, researchers found that the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis reduced activity in a part of the brain linked to emotional aspects of pain.

But the effect on the pain experienced varied greatly, they said.

The researchers’ findings are published in the journal Pain.

The Oxford researchers recruited 12 healthy men to take part in their small study.

Participants were given either a 15mg tablet of THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) – the ingredient that is responsible for the high – or a placebo.

The volunteers then had a cream rubbed into the skin of one leg to induce pain, which was either a dummy cream or a cream that contained chilli – which caused a burning and painful sensation.

Each participant had four MRI scans which revealed how their brain activity changed when their perception of the pain reduced

Dr Michael Lee, lead study author from Oxford University’s Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain, said: “We found that with THC, on average people didn’t report any change in the burn, but the pain bothered them less.”

MRI brain imaging showed reduced activity in key areas of the brain that explained the pain relief which the study participants experienced.

Dr Lee suggested that the findings could help predict who would benefit from taking cannabis for pain relief – because not everyone does.

“We may in future be able to predict who will respond to cannabis, but we would need to do studies in patients with chronic pain over longer time periods.”

He added: “Cannabis does not seem to act like a conventional pain medicine. Some people respond really well, others not at all, or even poorly.

“Brain imaging shows little reduction in the brain regions that code for the sensation of pain, which is what we tend to see with drugs like opiates.

“Instead cannabis appears to mainly affect the emotional reaction to pain in a highly variable way.”

Mick Serpell, a senior lecturer in pain medicine at Glasgow University, said the study confirmed what was already known.

“It highlights the fact that cannabis may be a means of disengagement for the patient, rather than a pain reliever – but we can see that happen with opioids too.”

The study was funded by the UK Medical Research Council and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Biomedical Research Centre.

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Medicinale cannabis

Ernstig zieke patiënten kunnen bij de apotheek terecht voor medicinale cannabis. Met een recept van de huisarts kan een patiënt het middel ophalen bij de apotheek.

Cannabis heeft een gunstig effect op de klachten van veel ernstig zieke patiënten. Zo kan cannabis helpen tegen misselijkheid bij chemotherapie en bestraling. Ook kan het de eetlustvermindering tegengaan bij aids en kanker.

Uit onderzoek onder huisartsen en medisch specialisten blijkt dat de meeste huisartsen en specialisten het gebruik van medicinale cannabis volledig acceptabel vinden.

Bureau voor Medicinale Cannabis

Om cannabis voor medische doeleinden te kunnen voorschrijven, is in 2003 de Opiumwet gewijzigd. De cannabis moet aan dezelfde wettelijke eisen voldoen als andere geneesmiddelen. HetBureau voor Medicinale Cannabis (BMC) controleert de kwaliteit van de cannabis en organiseert de distributie. Dit bureau is onderdeel van het ministerie van VWS.

De minister van Volksgezondheid wil dat medicinale cannabis een gewoon geregistreerd geneesmiddel wordt. Daarom blijft de medicinale cannabis nog beschikbaar, zodat een geneesmiddel ontwikkeld en geregistreerd kan worden.

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Smoking Medical Marijuana May Decrease Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms, Study Suggests

Smoking Medical Marijuana May Decrease Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms, Study Suggests Smoking medical marijuana could help relieve some symptoms of multiple sclerosis, a small new study suggests.

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, found that people with MS who smoked cannabis had decreased pain and muscle tightness, called spasticity. However, the researchers warned that smoking the cannabis also led to problems with focus and attention.

The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, included 30 people — 63 percent of them women — with an average age of 50. More than half the participants needed aids for walking, and 20 percent of them were in wheelchairs. Some of the study participants were randomly assigned to have the cannabis, while others received a placebo.

At the end of the study, researchers found that people who smoked the cannabis had lower numbers on a spasticity scale, as well as a 50 percent decrease in pain scores.

But researchers found that the people who smoked the cannabis had decreased cognitive functioning, in that they scored lower on a test that measured their focus. This effect was only seen for a short term.

“Smoked cannabis was superior to placebo in symptom and pain reduction in participants with treatment-resistant spasticity,” researchers wrote in the study. “Future studies should examine whether different doses can result in similar beneficial effects with less cognitive impact.”

Just last year, a study in the journal Neurology also showed that multiple sclerosis patients who smoked medical marijuana have a doubled risk of developing cognitive impairments.

“Whatever benefits patients feel they might be getting from smoking marijuana might come at the cost of further cognitive compromise,” the researcher of that study, Dr. Anthony Feinstein, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Toronto, told WebMD.

Marijuana use is currently legal for medical purposes in 16 states and Washington, D.C., the New York Times reported.

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease of the brain and spinal cord, according to the National Institutes of Health. It occurs when the myelin sheath, which is responsible for protecting nerve fibers, is damaged, causing symptoms of cognitive problems, muscle weakness, disturbed vision, strange touch sensations and balance and coordination problems.

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What is Medicinal Hemp?

A medicinal crop of Shiva Shanti, a potent Cannabis Indica strain

A medicinal crop of Shiva Shanti, a potent Cannabis Indica strain

Medicinal hemp, also known as medical marijuana and medi-wiet, refers to cannabis when it is used to treat or relieve a symptom, ailment or condition rather than for recreational or spiritual purposes. Any cannabis which contains an effective amount of active cannabinoids (i.e. not industrial hemp) can be considered medicinal cannabis if it is used for that purpose.

The history of medicinal marijuana use dates back to the earliest eras of medicine and pharmacology, when humans first began to deliberately use plants for their effects on the body rather than simply as a source of nutrition. The first recorded mention of cannabis used in a medical context comes from the Shennong pên Ts’ao ching (the Great Herbal encyclopedia of the Emperor Shennong),one of the earliest texts on herbal medicine, which dates back to 2700 BCE.

Cannabis continued to be an essential part of countless medicines, from cough syrup to digestive aids, from painkillers to corn plasters. After opiates, cannabis was the world’s most widely prescribed medicinal plant extract, until it was abruptly prohibited in many parts of the world during the 1930s.

Thankfully, a rediscovery in recent decades of the natural advantages of marijuana as a medicine has led to a resurgence in its use. In modern times, most patients opt to medicate using cannabis in its natural form, as opposed to concentrated or synthetic versions. Herbal cannabis and its extracts can enable more control and better judgment of dosage and can also impart fuller range of cannabinoids, many of which seem to have beneficial interactions when taken together.

Sensi Seeds varieties offer a wide range of choice for medicinal growers to select the best types of cannabis for their requirements. Our unparalleled collection of strains was selected by the Dutch government as the basis for their medicinal marijuana program, and has been described by Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry Lester Grinspoon M.D. as ‘the most comprehensive cannabis gene-bank in the world.’

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27-10-2010

Hello Brian,This is my friend and as I have told you yesterday, his wife had breast cancer. Since she started in November last year take the oil, vitamin B17, apricot kernel, and maple sirup mixed with baking soda, with her last check in beginning of June the doctors try to tell before actual checking that they have to take the other breast away. You can imagine how she felt. After checking her everything they didn’t find any sign of cancer anywhere. The bless and happiness was great. They called me immediately , and I was for them very very happy. This is what I want to tell you to let you know that our believe for the Gods flower was very strong and with your help and believe too and your kindness now at least one family can sleep with peace and happiness. Thank you Brian. Obviously she is taken still all the good things but much less as you have also suggested to keep the body working in good and healthy way. The are now short of the oil, so if you can send it to the address below as soon as you can that will be great. Together with this one send another one to myself . I am getting short too. I am taking the oil preventively like you, time to times.Thank you Brian, God bless you

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