Health Benefits

Brain Cancer

A 2006 study conducted by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Complutense University in Madrid determined that THC and other cannabinoids found in medical marijuana inhibit tumor growth. The administration of THC to the body via medical marijuana was found to decrease tumor cells in two out of the nine trial patients for whom traditional treatments were unsuccessful.


A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that THC reduced neuronal injury in test subjects. The results of this study provide evidence that stimulating the cannabinoid system naturally occurring in the brain can serve to protect the brain against neurodegeneration.


A study published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics has already acknowledged the fact that cannabinoids present in medical marijuana possess antitumor properties. This study concluded that cannabidiol was able to produce a significant antitumor activity by reducing the growth of Glioma cell lines on brain cells. Glioma is the word used to describe brain tumor.


Breast Cancer

A study published in the US National Library of Medicine determined that cannabidiol, also known as CBD, one of the main active ingredients in marijuana, inhibits human breast cancer cell proliferation and invasion. The study also demonstrated that CBD significantly reduces tumor mass.


A study published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics determined that THC as well as CBD dramatically reduced breast cancer cell growth.


A study published in the Journal of Molecular Cancer showed that THC reduced tumor growth and tumor numbers. The study determined that cannabinoids inhibit cancer cell proliferation, facilitate the natural process of killing off harmful cells within the body (apoptosis), and impair tumors from creating more cancerous cells. Thus, the study provides strong evidence for the use of cannabinoid-based therapies for the management of breast cancer.


Lung Cancer

A study published by Harvard Medical Schools Experimental Medicine Department states that THC should be explored as therapeutic molecules in controlling the growth and development of new growths of certain lung cancers.


A study published by the US National Library of Medicine provided data that indicated that cannabinoids, a naturally occurring chemical, decrease cancer cell invasiveness.


Blood Cancer

A study conducted by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology determined that cannabinoids aided in the death (apoptosis) of leukemia cells. Other studies published in the International Journal of Cancer and the Journal of Molecular Pharmacology found similar results in using medical marijuana to aid in the the death (apoptosis) of matle cell lymphoma, a rare form of blood cancer.


Oral Cancer

A study published by the US National Library of Medicine showed results that cannabinoids are toxic to highly dangerous and uncontrollable oral tumors.


Prostate Cancer

A study published in the US National Library of Medicine illustrates a decrease in prostatic cancer cells by acting through cannabinoid receptors. Another study published by the US National Library of Medicine determined that clinical testing of CBD against prostate carcinoma is a must.


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Dravet Syndrome

Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy of Infancy, also known as Dravet Syndrome is a rare form of epilepsy that develops in infancy and is extremely difficult to control. Children do not outgrow this condition, and it affects every aspect of their lives and development due to recurring seizures. Current treatment options are very limited. However, medical marijuana is offering hope in treating this disease. After hearing about other success stories of using legal medical marijuana, the Figis family in Colorado has seen vast improvement in the quality of life and cognitive development of their six year old daughter after all other treatment options showed little to no improvements, their daughter, Charlotte, is now prescribed a very special strain that is high in CBD and low in THC. To learn more about this disease and the Figis family's struggle click here.

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A study in the Open Neurology Journal found that the use of medical marijuana significantly reduced pain, the majority of patients using medical marijuana reported a 30%-40% decrease in pain intensity and resultant improved quality in life. Research using oral cannabis-based pharmaceuticals shows significantly reduction in neuropathic pain and muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis.


A separate study conducted by the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation saw a trend in reduced spasticity in patients treated with medical marijuana.

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Pain and Wasting Associated with HIV/AIDS

A study published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome examined the effects of smoked medical marijuana and ingested cannabis via Dronabinol, a cannabis-based pharmaceutical and its impact on HIV positive patients. The results showed that daily caloric intake increased for all patients using cannabis, as well as positive increases in mood. Smoking legal medical marijuana also led to improved sleep rating for patients as well.


Inhibiting the Virus

According to new findings published in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers have now discovered that marijuana-like chemicals trigger receptors in human immune cells that can directly inhibit a type of human immuno-deficiency virus (HIV) found in late-stage AIDS.

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In the scientific review Marijuana and Medicine, it is stated that THC has been shown to reduce by an average of 24% intra-ocular pressure (IOP), which is what causes pain to individuals suffering from Glaucoma.


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