Cannabis Research Studies

Cannabis Research Studies

2014, Drugs  -   173 Comments
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Israel is the marijuana research capital of the world. The man who started it all, the grandfather of the marijuana research, is Professor Raphael Mechoulam. He is a chemist and he became interested in marijuana in the 1960s. Morphine had been isolated from opium in the early 19th century, cocaine had been isolated from coca leaves in the mid 19th century and yet in the mid 20th century the chemistry of the cannabis was not known.

It looked like an interesting project but not an easy one because in Israel, like almost everywhere else, marijuana was illegal. So how did Professor Raphael Mechoulam get the marijuana for his work? He went to the police and took five kilos of hashish. He didn't have a car at that time so he used public transport for carrying the hashish, while people were complaining of the strange smell. They tested the "merchandize" on few volunteers including themselves.

It might seem like a simple experiment but the results were revolutionary. They were the first to isolate THC and CBD decades ago - two ingredients in marijuana that might have powerful abilities to treat disease. In Israel today marijuana is an accepted part of medical care - for pain, for cancer patients, for sleep problems, epilepsy, and digestive problems. They're even looking at Parkinson's and Tourette's. The list is expanding but there hasn't been too much research in patients because it's very difficult to do that... especially in the United States which classifies marijuana as a dangerous Schedule 1 drug.

In the US researchers have to jump through extra hoops to work with it. It's expensive and time consuming but the grandfather of this science says he is proof it can be done. Over the last forty years his work has been supported by the National Institute of Health. And now the country's ministry of health licensed 10,000 patients to use marijuana medicinally and has approved more than a dozen studies to treat illnesses like PTSD, pain, Crohn's disease, and even cancer.

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Vanz
Vanz
4 years ago

Vanz
I read half of the whole conversation here and am left with one question or point to make. CBD oil can and should be used proactively like a vitamin to prevent cancer from ever occurring.

Susan
Susan
6 years ago

Watch the series "The Sacred Plant" to get a comprehensive view of research and applications. Being that there is little oversight of its manufacture because it is still federally illegal, it also presents how to find truly clean, organically grown and processed cannabis, dosing, methods of delivery, how to find your correct balance of CBD and THC, and much more.

Matt
Matt
6 years ago

A_no_n your absolutely bat **** crazy, when marijuana is injected into kids with severe epilepsy and makes seizures go away you dont think their is hidden potiential? Pretty sure, you just do not like weed haha. Or the fact that its a better CURE then pills. Or any other substance big pharma throws in your mouth. How old is willie nelson and he has been smoking since when? Marijuana is the leaat harmful substance on this planet. Alcohol, tobacco, planes, cars, cellphones kill more people then marijuana. So, i really think you have done 0 research or talked to anyone with an actual disease that uses it. Your the quack here not other dude.

Aerika
Aerika
7 years ago

Very disappointing documentary. If you're looking for legitimate information you may want to look for a more science-focused documentary. This one is full of the kind of language one comes to expect from propaganda docs.

While the information is, on its surface, interesting, it's followed up by absolute bunk riding on the coattails of legitimacy. If you're familiar with documentaries you'll notice contradictory statements, the use of voice changes and editing to attempt to provide legitimacy to statements that are, in reality, weak or unproven. Sad that this is what is up for offer in defense of what is a remarkable but often propagandized drug. Some of the scientists make conclusive statements that are blatant speculation. There is only one real scientific mind in this entire doc and his words are cut and pasted between flowery and pampered hacks.

It is the flawed presentation of information, the inability to admit weakness or lack of knowledge, which - I believe - is what leads to many religious people likening science to religion. Some so-called 'scientists' create a religion out of science, and so lose the perspective that makes them scientists in the first place.

If you're a scientist or a doctor, I recommend padding your desk. The frustration you get from some of these scientists' conclusions about human biology may lead to brain injury.

Artemis2318
Artemis2318
7 years ago

I really don't see the point why some people keep on researching for treatment for something when marijuana has been laying all the evidences that it works amazingly with many types of diseases. The problem here is not marijuana but the government and the people who thinks negatively of marijuana even if they really have no idea how much this plant has been helping the sick people.

Connie
Connie
8 years ago

I had cancer and I have many more Parkinson, Rheumatoid arthritis, and low bone mass. Michael J Fox had some good information on hemp oil. Ok I have 7 doctors,I am talk to 4 of them and they do recommend the hemp oil with low THC. They believe in this treatment

Guest
Guest
9 years ago

This is a fantastic documentary!!! I watched this many many times and am always enthralled! Up there with The Union for sure. This is a must watch for my pro-cannabis brothers and sisters.

31jetjet
31jetjet
10 years ago

Thanks to Health Canada I too can use my medicinal marijuana

With Fortitude
With Fortitude
10 years ago

Why is there some belief that cannabis cures cancer ?

bulldogg18
bulldogg18
10 years ago

It's hard to call this a documentary when they just took parts of other documentaries and spliced them together. More of a "best of" cannabis information.

D. B.
D. B.
10 years ago

I believe it's a good medicine to several medical conditions, and it should be available to patients worldwide. Somehow a lot of backward country's make this substance illegal while allowing a far more dangerous substance like alcohol and tabac. Unfortunately , like many other medicine (morphine, ritalin , etc..) this substance is also abused by a lot of people. In my country (the netherlands) where you can buy cannabis legally, there is about the same number of people in treatment for cannabis addiction as there is in treatment for heroin.
Cannabis can for sure destroy people' s life. At the same time it can improve people' s life greatly. So both the pro and anti cannabis people got a legit point.
The problem is, everywhere where cannabis is illegal it is available anyway at higher prices and/or possibly bad quality. including the crimes associated with dealing and addicts.

Legalizing seems to be the best option. if governments feel responsible for the wellbeing of their citizens , they better make alcohol and tobacco illegal, because they serve no other purpose but "enjoyment"

Chaz Smith
Chaz Smith
10 years ago

Really Good Documentary on How this One NATURAL Herb Can be used to cure so many different illness's and from CNN to DR's and All sorts of different Organizations, they have discovered in controlled laboratory's, then, in rat, the amazing potential for Cannabis in the future. This may threaten many pharmaceutical industry's since Cannabis is Natural, and cannot be PATENTED in its Natural State ... so technically cant make money from it in the Pharmaceutical industry since they cannot legally own it.