The medical use of marijuana is limited because different strains of the plant contain different amounts of various compounds, which makes effects hard to predict. Medical researchers have isolated substances from the plant (cannabinoids) that can be used in precise doses alone and in combinations with other medicines to achieve more predictable effects. Certain cannabinoid drugs have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to relieve nausea and vomiting and increase appetite in people with cancer and AIDS. Other marijuana extracts are still being tested.
In 2011, Lindsay Bunn Rogers was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and was immediately placed on medication to control her symptoms. She became more ill and eventually her entire thyroid was covered with palpable masses. Despite her doctor's position that “nothing natural” would ever heal her, Lindsay found not only relief but a dramatic healing potential in cannabis oil.
This is her story.
In May 2011, it was discovered through a blood test at a routine Dr. visit that I was pregnant and also displaying signs and symptoms of Hyperthyroidism . Immediately I was placed on medication to control my thyroid and that is when my problems really started. I stayed very sick on the medication and my Dr. felt my concerns of being ‘poisoned' were over-exaggerated. I felt like I was dying, but I was afraid to go against the doctors orders as I was still suffering terribly inside from the loss of …
More recently, scientists reported that THC and other cannabinoids such as CBD slow growth and/or cause death in certain types of cancer cells growing in laboratory dishes. Some animal studies also suggest certain cannabinoids may slow growth and reduce spread of some forms of cancer. There have been some early clinical trials of cannabinoids in treating cancer in humans and more studies are planned. While the studies so far have shown that cannabinoids can be safe in treating cancer, they do not show that they help control or cure the disease.
Cannabinoid levels in marijuana are unpredictable and lower than doses used in most animal studies, so any benefit from this compound would require use of a purified and concentrated form. This is also true of marijuana oil or hemp oil, since purified oils contain roughly the same ratios of compounds as the plants from which they are made. Even though some proponents of marijuana oil recommend using Cannabis indica (rather than C. sativa) for its higher cannabidiol levels and lower THC levels, the levels cannot be considered consistent or predictable.
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