Famous scientific studies on weed

Published Feb 16, 2019 10:31 p.m. ET
Below: Some of the most significant scientific studies on cannabis and cannabis use, over the years.

Whether you like to partake in a little green now and then, or you use marijuana for medical reasons, you no doubt already know firsthand the various benefits that the plant has to offer, but do you know what evidence there is to back that up? With legalization in effect or on the horizon almost everywhere in the world, it is important to familiarize ourselves with the facts. Since recent decades have been filled with anti-pot propaganda, many still don’t hold the highest opinions of the plant. Here you will find several specific studies on the effectiveness of THC and or CBD on various ailments that have already benefited the medical marijuana community by zeroing in on the most healing components of the plant.

Cannabis Shrinks Tumors

According to one study conducted by the Augusta University Medical Center, CBD may be a helpful aid in treating melanoma tumors in cancer patients. Their research showed that the cannabinoid CBD can shrink tumor sizes by up to 50% and that it can increase a person's chances at recovery. Unfortunately, the results did not appear to be as effective as the conventional therapy medication Cisplatin, but researchers claimed that those who received CBD instead achieved a higher quality of life.

How Marijuana Helps Aids Patients

HIV/AIDS is an immunodeficiency that takes down the body’s immune system by killing off essential white blood cells that are needed to help the body heal. There are several studies that have shown how cannabis can benefit aids patients. One Harvard marijuana study that was published by the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management in 2013 showed that patients who consumed both THC and CBD showed an increase in appetite, a reduction in nausea, lower levels of anxiety or stress, less pain, and less pressure on nerves and joints that is felt by those who suffer from neuropathy.

Marijuana and Lung Cancer

A study performed by the UCLA School of Medicine showed that the cannabinoid CBD breaks down tumors by boosting the body's natural production of cancer-fighting cells. LAK are white blood cells that can eliminate a tumor when introduced in large enough quantities. The best part is that when THC was used instead of CBD, the results were essentially the same meaning both cannabinoids harbor amazing healing qualities. The same study looked at those who smoked pot vs those who smoked cigarettes, and the chances of those who only smoked pot to get cancer of any type were 50% lower than those who smoked cigarettes. This seems to imply that smoke from marijuana and smoke from tobacco react differently when introduced to the lungs and that cannabis has in the very least, a much lower risk of causing cancer.

Science of Cannabis

There are hundreds of different cannabinoids produced by a marijuana plant, and we are only beginning to understand a select few of them. Right now, the focus has remained on the more active components like THC, CBD, and terpenes that we enjoy when using cannabis. Who knows what the future will hold, but one thing is for sure, and that is the future is looking bright on the medical front for marijuana use and its benefits.

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