A new study, conducted by Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles from the Montreal General Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, Canada, examined the relationship between medical marijuana and the alleviation of fibromyalgia symptoms.
“According to the study, approximately 10% of patients suffering from fibromyalgia use medical marijuana to ease their symptoms. Other studies show that Medical Marijuana may be more effective at treating the disease than traditional prescription drugs.
Along with her colleagues, Fitzcharles surveyed 302 patients with fibromyalgia and 155 patients who suffered from other forms of chronic pain. Of those who participated, 13% were given cannabinoids to treat their symptoms and 80% were given marijuana.
72% of the patients who used marijuana reported using one gram or less per day to alleviate their symptoms.
Epilepsy is characterized as a central nervous system disorder with uncontrollable twitching of the arms or legs and/or seizures. The Epilepsy Foundation has stated 1 – 26 Americans will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. Convention treatment is medications and sometimes surgery.
The University of South Florida (USF Health) found extremely low levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or most famously THC, may slow or halt progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
These low doses reduce the production of amyloid beta, found in a soluble form in most aging brains and prevent abnormal accumulation of this protein. Additionally, it also selectively enhanced mitochondrial function needed to help supply energy, transmit signals and maintain a healthy brain.