Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Brain injury, PTSD & Epilepsy

Brain injury, PTSD, Epilepsy and Medical Marijuana

 by: Debbie Wilson

Dear friends if you have a brain injury, PTSD, depression, post traumatic headaches or lack the feeling of overall well being like I did for over two decades please read further.

If you are NOT improving you may have to take things beyond conventional medicine and the comfort of your doctors knowledge base. I was fortunate and both my neurologist and primary care doctors have documented my cannabis trial in my medical records. They were an integral part of this medical cannabis journey.

I was honest with my doctors and this is what I found.

Most doctors are relieved when a chronic patient gets some relief even in an illegal state if you document and then take the documents to them! My first primary care doctor was married to an attorney and he would NOT document the truth so I changed primary care doctors!

I learned the hard way to question my doctors!

Please learn from my personal loss of organs from mega doses of medication! It is not the easiest way. I had no idea what a political arena I would end up in.

I am a medically retired felony probation and parole officer, I never saw how medical cannabis could help me until three years ago. We may only be in a small percentage but it is time to have a voice for neurology patients! We count also!

Our medicine also needs to be legal, accessible and affordable, GLOBALLY! Visit me and learn the science behind the medical cannabis component cannabidiol (CBD) and the brain!

Debbie Wilson
Neurology and CBD

Source: By Debbie Wilson  on January 22, 2013 From noahsarkconsulting.blogspot.com

Monday, January 21, 2013

Marijuana And Cancer

Marijuana And Cancer: Scientists Find Cannabis Compound Stops Metastasis In Aggressive Cancers

A pair of scientists at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco has found that a compound derived from marijuana could stop metastasis in many kinds of aggressive cancer, potentially altering the fatality of the disease forever.
"It took us about 20 years of research to figure this out, but we are very excited," said Pierre Desprez, one of the scientists behind the discovery, to The Huffington Post. "We want to get started with trials as soon as possible."
The Daily Beast first reported on the finding, which has already undergone both laboratory and animal testing, and is awaiting permission for clinical trials in humans.
Desprez, a molecular biologist, spent decades studying ID-1, the gene that causes cancer to spread. Meanwhile, fellow researcher Sean McAllister was studying the effects of Cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-toxic, non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. Finally, the pair collaborated, combining CBD and cells containing high levels of ID-1 in a petri dish.
"What we found was that his Cannabidiol could essentially 'turn off' the ID-1," Desprez told HuffPost. The cells stopped spreading and returned to normal.
"We likely would not have found this on our own," he added. "That's why collaboration is so essential to scientific discovery."
Desprez and McAllister first published a paper about the finding in 2007. Since then, their team has found that CBD works both in the lab and in animals. And now, they've found even more good news.
"We started by researching breast cancer," said Desprez. "But now we've found that Cannabidiol works with many kinds of aggressive cancers--brain, prostate--any kind in which these high levels of ID-1 are present."
Desprez hopes that clinical trials will begin immediately.
"We've found no toxicity in the animals we've tested, and Cannabidiol is already used in humans for a variety of other ailments," he said. Indeed, the compound is used to relieve anxiety and nausea, and, since it is non-psychoactive, does not cause the "high" associated with THC.
While marijuana advocates will surely praise the discovery, Desprez explained that it's not so easy as just lighting up.
"We used injections in the animal testing and are also testing pills," he said. "But you could never get enough Cannabidiol for it to be effective just from smoking."
Furthermore, the team has started synthesizing the compound in the lab instead of using the plant in an effort to make it more potent.
"It's a common practice," explained Desprez. "But hopefully it will also keep us clear of any obstacles while seeking approval."

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/19/marijuana-and-cancer_n_1898208.html