"Cannabis is a genus of flowering plants that includes three putative species, Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. These three taxa are indigenous to Central Asia, and South Asia. Cannabis has long been used for fibre (hemp), for seed and seed oils, for medicinal purposes, and as a recreational drug. Industrial hemp products are made from Cannabis plants selected to produce an abundance of fiber. To satisfy the UN Narcotics Convention, some hemp strains have been developed which contain minimal levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), one of the psychoactive molecules that produces the "high" associated with marijuana."
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[YEA] 04/08/2013: Stevie Lynn from Lala Land, Ca, USA: "I am new here, and I was very surprised to not find any mention of medical marijuana in the cancer remedy section. Medical marijuana has come a long way from somoking a joint to relieve the pain of glaucoma (though that is a remedy that I have heard from several patients works better than any other), or eating a magic browing to increase appetite in chemo patients...
Until recently most of the limited research that has been done in the US has been on the compound THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the active canabanoid that causes you to feel high upon cannibus consuption. Dr. William Courney, the leading researcher in medical cannibus, has isolated a previously unknown cannabanoid CBD (cannabinol) that is showing lots of promise as a cure for cancer and many other ailments. Strains of cannibus are even being developed that have a higher CBD to THC ratio and they do not even make you get the crazy head high that you get from THC. When you use Dr. Courney's prefered method of juicing, there is no high assoiated with it at all.
I am not very computer savvy, so I do not know how to post links, but if you type Dr. William Courtney MD into Google you will get enough info to keep you reading for days. He also has several very good lectures on Youtube.
Noteworthy cases are those of his wife Kristen, and he also recently cured two small children who were sent home to die with terminal brain cancer.
I am fully aware that marijuana is illegal in most places, however if you are sick and have the money to do so, moving to a state where it is legal could be a possible option....
In any case, it never hurts to be educated. I encourage you to learn as much as you can and educate others... Marijuana is a mirical plant that has many uses. The only way things will ever be changed is by education and by remembering to vote (assuming our votes count).
Before you write marijuana off as a drug, please concider this: when it was determined in supreme court that lifeforms could be pattented, the first pattent on a life form that the US Gov took for themselves was marijuana."Replies
04/10/2013: Fabio from Campinas, Brazil replies: "There is a wonderful documentary about this called "Run from the Cure". It's posted on youtube for those who are interested.
I agree... Cannabis has obviously been demonized on behalf of special interests. Think about it: when was the last time someone for consuming it? IT HAS NEVER HAPPENED.
Now think in terms os aspirin, alcohol, table salt, chemotherapy, antibiotics, cortizone, allergy medication, etc... it's insane! We just need to go back to common sense."
04/10/2013: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "They found some leaves in a four thousand year old mummy, who they thought was a shaman. We seem to have come a long way backward. The herb never killed anyone. It's probably the one main herb that the human brain has specific receptors for. It's good for so many things, and I don't mean just getting high, that there must be a reason for its demonising, probably vested interests like so much in the pharmaceutical world."
04/11/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, USA replies: "I was, as a young man, fortunate to have used Cannabis recreationally with very little negative effects. The worst situations can occur in bad company, although in good company it can form deep interpersonal. And then there's the mildly psychedelic effect that can transform an otherwise mundane experience into something quite mystical or transcendental. An afternoon in a pristine natural environment with a beautiful setting sun, at sundry times arouses the greatest passion and tears flow in wonderment. It's those peak moments that fills the mind with love and courage that are held as priceless for a lifetime. This is why, in certain circles, Cannabis is considered a sacrament."
[YEA] 12/09/2011: Pattycake64 from Senimole, Oklahoma, Usa: "I am a 40 year nurse. I have never used cannabis but am very familar with its effects from my patients. I work as a hospice nurse for 5 years at one point. I had a bone cancer patient. He was in the last stages of the illness. He refused to have morphine or any other medication normally used. He told us he had a little patch out back and he would take care of his pain. He never had nausea and vomiting. He never had pain. He never had depression. He never lost his appetite. He lived 9 months longer than the doctors had expected. Let's legalize this herb....."
03/25/2012: David from Chicago, Il, Usa: "Hi there, couldn't find your cannabis section when looking under remedies. Where might I find it? I wanted to add a link about a Dr. in California that is using the raw plant not the smoke or ingested plant, medicinally. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa0nLdVJiIgÂ
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!"
EC: Here is the cannabis section under "herbs":
[YEA] 01/17/2012: Tizzababe385 from Salt Lake City, Utah: "YEA: I personally used to smoke a lot of cannabis, not necessarily for healing, but I learned a lot about how it can be healing and how it helps physical and emotional pain. A lot of it has to do with how much and how often you smoke. Obviously, you are not supposed to smoke it at all. Eating it can be very strong, and needs to be taken in small dosages.
If I was suffering from a serious condition such as cancer or something like it, I would definitely resort to cannabis if that meant helping and possibly living a lot longer. Correct me if I'm wrong, but nowhere have I ever seen anything saying consumption of cannabis is fatal. In large amounts it can have some negative memory effects, but I doubt the people using it medically are using it in that way. The reason people are so scared of it is because it's illegal in most areas and/or they have never tried it. It is sad because it is all natural, unlike a lot of medicines today. Millions and millions of people have had it. Don't judge what you have never tried for yourself. You'll never know until you do. It's obviously not for everyone, but if it means saving you a lot of discomfort, pain, nausea, etc. then by all means what are you waiting for??"Replies
02/05/2012: Carol from Bridgetown, Barbados replies: "I do know that when you burn the cannabis and you get the ash and put it on a cut it heal the cut or if you have ringworm in your skin mix it with some petroleum jelly into a paste put it on the ringworm and it does get healed, I also boil it and give it to my daughter when the dr say that she is asthmatic and she no longer have asthma. This is about twenty years that she is healed. She is thirty years old now.
Cannabis is a herb that God created just like any other herbs it is not to be smoked. Smoking does defile your body, I do not know why people have cannabis as a crime if you are caught with it. Probably someone smoke it find out it get you feeling high, they like that feeling, pass it on to someone else then people that try smoking it, like it. Then someone decide to sell it, then they find out that can get you rich so someone in a higher position decide to make it illegal, so they can become rich. But as I say that God created all herbs for the healing of the nation."
02/06/2012: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Hi Carol (from Bridgetown, Barbados ), I've never heard of it being used any other way than smoking but as you said it is a herb that God created so thanks for the info. Some people smoke it to relieve their severe continuous pain, would you know if drinking the water the Cannabis has been boiled in helps with pain? Thanks."
02/06/2012: Chris from Essex, Vermont replies: "The active ingredient in Marijuana is THC and is not water soluble. It must be broken down with an oil for the body to get any effect from it."
04/08/2013: Stevie Lynn from Lala Land, Ca, USA replies: "What Chris is saying is true in all but one case, and that is ice water extraction hash... Also known as bubble hash... But this is very strong and concentrated.... however if you make it with a herb that has a higher CBD than THC ratio, than you can have a concentrate that is high in healing properties that will not make you high or as high, depending on the THC content of the plant. Many people find it tastes pleasing and eat it straight, or use it to make glycerine based tinctures."
10/18/2011: V Qiong from Kampong Cham, Cambodia: "Yea, even though I don't use or have any apparent need for it now, I am all for Cannabis legalisation after having read much about its medicinal efficacy online, especially after listening to Rick Simpsons on you tube and much more."
04/05/2011: Holly from Portland, Or: "Marijuana/Cannabis
I'm VERY surprised that Cannabis is not listed here, depending on the state you live in, it can easily be a "home" remedy b/c you can often grow it yourself. My husband is a Doctor for Medical Marijuana, and is the son of a woman who's life has been distroyed by chronic back pain and pain killers... and the resulting depression/weight gain.
He has begun polling patients and found that 100% said their back surgery either worsened their condition or did nothing to ease the pain. Cannabis reduces inflammation and helps localize the pain so it doesn't radiate over the body and can be put into easy dose capsules. It also helps with mood issues that may have been caused by the condition.
It is all natural, and has no negative side effects. It's not a CURE for back pain... although is curative for some other problems."
EC: Dear EC-ers,
All in favor of a new remedies page on this topic, say YEA. Not in favor, say NAY.
[YEA] 04/07/2011: R. from Dallas, Texas, Usa replies: "Hell yeah! I guess that would be a YEA!"
04/07/2011: Annie from San Bruno, California replies: "yea"
[YEA] 04/07/2011: Donna from Drexel Hill, Pa replies: "Yea on the cannibus page. Lots of info out there supporting its healing properties."
[NAY] 04/07/2011: Knute from Sacramento, Ca replies: "NAY.
Why? Well, take a look at one of many, many reasons by doing a google search for 'Smoking just one cannabis joint raises danger of mental illness by 40%'"
04/07/2011: Carly from Seattle, Wa replies: "First of all, I am not a pot smoker (since my High School days anyway, wich were a long time ago).
I did a web search on the term you listed.
I see MANY websites with these results, but not a single documented case of RESEARCH that was done listed on any of them.
Please name the source of such wide claims?
Where were these "studies" that were done and when they were performed?
In my opinion, much more information would be needed to believe such claims. Heck, if one out of seven people I smoked pot with in HS became schitzophrenic... Well - I would know one hell of a lot of mentally ill people!!!!
PLEASE - Look at the web SOURCES you are quoting. If there are no bonafide hospitals or universities listed... Well.... that says a lot.
Just my OPINION."
[YEA] 04/07/2011: Carly from Seattle, Wa Usa replies: "After my last post on the subject - I realized I didn't actually post a vote."Yeah". I would like to see this as a topic. Interesting stuff -Thanks!"
[YEA] 04/08/2011: Kay from In The Valley, Ca replies: "I give a resounding YEA. Even though I do not use marijuana and can't see myself ever using it, I feel the topic is an important one. I believe that we should put all the info. on the table and let people choose what is best for them. If, indeed, the danger of mental illness is raised by 40%, then the earth clinic family can warn us of the side effects they have encountered. At the same time, we will have the opportunity to hear the good results others have encountered. Let's not silence those who do not agree with our limited thinking. I truly believe this forum should be a safe place for people to share their experiences, yea or nay, for the good of all of us. Thanks, Kay"
04/08/2011: Heather from Jerusalem, Israel replies: "To all those wanting research on Marijuana/Cannabis, please note the following post:
D'Souza DC, Pittman B, Perry E, Simen A. Preliminary evidence of cannabinoid effects on brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels in humans. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2008 September Epub ahead of print.
Schizophrenia Biological Research Center, VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, CT, USA.
the scope of the above paper publised 3 years ago is that smoking pot depleted the BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) - it was a double blind study. A person who has lower levels of BDNF will have a predisposition to depression and other mental disorders.
and YES this should be known. I agree. Thanks for all the wonderful info!"
04/09/2011: Earth Clinic replies: "Thanks so much for the input, everyone. A new remedies page has been created and all posts in this thread moved to the new page."
04/11/2011: Archimedes from San Diego, Ca replies: "Seriously? We are publishing one stinking big corporation funded study to judge the medicinal value of canabis? This whole site is for PEOPLE to help each other with remedies of all sorts that may no tbe available through modern medicine. I have a cousin who uses canabis FOR DEPRESSION. All her life she struggled form one med to another and then finally began using canabis. All I can say is she has lost 50 pounds, she glows with happiness and it is very clear that she has found the correct medicine for her condition. I saw the crazy side effects of antidepressants on several family members, not good, not good at all. For those of us who know that nobody is going to seriously study a plant that can be grown at home and gains them no profit. Wake up folks, listen to your peers not the elitists."
04/12/2011: Zan from Trinidad, California replies: "I will add another YEA! To the vote for a cannabis page. And thanks for a terrific site."
[YEA] 04/30/2011: Spirit Bear from Minto, N.b Canada replies: "Yea!
Before prohibition Cannabis was considered by MANY to be a Panacea (meaning Cure All)...
Cannabis has strong medicinal properties for a wide range of diseases, which is owed to it's THC content and Cannabinoids (various chemicals in the plant that have a healing value)
If you just google "cancer and cannabis" you will find NUMEROUS studies showing that cannibinoids AND thc are both effective and inhibiting Cancer growth.
Furthermore, there is a long list of diseases which Cannabis can cure or at least give relief from (whether smoked, vaporized, eaten, or made into healing oil for skin conditions etc)
Here's just a short list (all backed by research) :
The pharmaceutical companies probably find this both detrimental and promising (depending on the outlook). Eventhough they've begun to use chemicals from the cannabis plant in over the counter medications, it's detrimental to their business for us to have the knowledge that we can simply grow and utilize the plant ourselves without having to buy anything from them. Plus, in my view the whole plant should be utilized, not just certain selected phyto-chemicals. (the synergy is important)
At any rate, knowledge about the cureative properties of Cannabis (ganja, marijuana, etc) is growing amongst the general population. Already, many people utilize it for medicine where it's legal for medicinal use. So, I think it should definately have it's own remedy page. Why not? :-)
~ Spirit Bear"
06/21/2011: Georgie from Rapid City, Sd, Usa replies: "Does anyone have any feedback on hemp hearts/seeds? I would be interested in hearing about anyone's use of those. Thank you."
06/21/2011: Crystal from Salyersville, Ky, Usa replies: "YEA!!!! I have an autoimmune disorder and fibromyalgia... And suffer from chronic fatigue. I would love to hear more on this subject because I have yet to find any medicine that has been effective for my conditions."
06/21/2011: Camanokat from Camano Island, Wa replies: "I am replying to the cannabis thread. Your readers may want to look at GreenPassion.org as it has thousands of studies of medical cannabis cures."
[YEA] 07/28/2011: Snicklefritz from Rome, New York replies: "I have found cannabis to help me put an end to my eating disorder. A few years ago I became somewhat obsessed with self-image and was comparing myself with photoshopped models. I developed an eating disorder, was militant about counting calories, I was anorexic for about a year and to be honest looked quite skeletal. I have my familly to thank for bringing me to the realization of the issue. But my personal self-will to eat thankfully began again by cannibis use. I also became more happy and confident in myself.
Therefore through my experiences I find cannabis to be a very helpful cure for eating disorders, minor to moderate insomnia episodes, minor to moderate depression episodes, and stress."
08/19/2011: Lyn from Falling Waters, Wv replies: "I don't know where everyone who commented here really got their information. But this is what I have learned about cannabis. Refer to this link
The part of the plant that gets smoked is NOT curative. It is the oil that is extracted out of the bloom part at the top that is what is actually very, very healing and big pharma wants it clouded over, just like all of the other natural cures that come from the earth."
08/20/2011: R. from Dallas, Texas, Usa replies: "Lyn, I never said it cured me or any of my ailments! It helps with the side effects! Also part of what I smoke is the "the bloom part" that you speak of. Sometimes it is so sticky because of the heailing oil that you speak of! So you may want to study more than just one you tube video before you start criticizing others! Another thing you may want to know is the oil in the blooms comes form the roots, stalk, stems, and leaves, inwhich residue of the oil still remains!"
04/08/2013: Stevie Lynn from Lala Land, Ca, USA replies: "I am seeing a lot of debate about the uses of cannabis and the proper parts of the plant to use.... I have lived in Nor Cal for 8 years and I have done extensive independent research... The best I can tell, all parts of the plant in all of the plants many varieties and forms have value... Different parts and compounds of the plant are valuable for different ailments... and the best, most heathy way of consuming it as a preventative or a cure is by juicing the leaves of juvanile plants or CBD heavy strains made into a glycerine based tincture.
Dr. William Courtney recently cured a baby sent home to die with a massive brain tumor. CURED. You can see the full story by looking him up on YouTube or Google."
10/21/2011: Aasif from Mumbai, In: "I am 65 have been using cannabis in different forms since I was 15. Don't take my word for truth just google Raphael Mechoulam THC he is from Hebrew university and researched cannabinoids for over 40 years. Cannabinoids are the greatest Anti-inflammatory natural substanse known to man. He says 'there is hardly a biological system in which one or the other derivative of cannabis does not participate'. Youtube has all lectures of Dr.MECHOULAM."
06/17/2011: Andrew from Paisley, Renfrewshire: "Hello there have you heard of the above cure all please see attached video files
07/21/2011: Crystal from London, On replies: "This is a website for the cure for cancer among other things. This gentlemen has been trying to get this information out, and has cured the cancer patience who came to see him. If you or someone you know has cancer or other issues such as head trauma, epilepsy, depression, heart conditions, high blood sugar or diabeties and many more, check out this link, http://phoenixtears.ca/ . For those of you that believe the bad hype around canabis, please do some research yourself on the internet and ask yourself why we were created with Canabaniod receptors!"
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[YEA] 04/12/2011: R. from Dallas, Texas, Usa: "Since I posted a Yea earlier, I feel I should tell of my experiences and how Cannabis has helped me with my issues. I have had Hiv/Aids for 21 years, and take toxic medications to keep me alive. But these drugs have horrible side effects, like nausea, and loss of appetite, to name a few.. These same drugs that keep me alive, have also caused Peripheral Neuropathy, in my feet and legs. So to combat these toxic side effects I take in the Cannabis, when the nausea or loss of appetite hit. It does help with the Neuropathy, in that it takes the mental edge off of the discomfort!
I do not like taking these toxic drugs, but hey they keep me alive. So I have been told to learn to live with the side effects... And the Cannabis is the best option I have discovered, and I have tried many remedies before the Cannabis....
I would love to read how this herb has helped others!"Replies
04/17/2011: Rory from Plymouth, Devon, Uk replies: "YEA
Cannabis grows in the wild throughout Southern Africa and in the early days of the Dutch and later English Settlers it was a stick item in their home medicine chests. Very effective in normalising BP, it was and is an excellent remedy
for many other conditions. 'tis said that if smoked it even makes governments disappear (though not recommended where nice governments rule)And it is a declared and listed drug (As was China Tea when the British East India Company siezed the monopoly on it from China, exported it in great quantities from China, crammed processed opium smoking mixture into that country in order to cause population drug addiction in that country. Strange how countries can reverse their ideas on herbs and drugs when it comes to objectives.
The same English China tea trading (and over taxing) triggered the American War of Independence, Hippocratic Oath at work ?
Keep up the Good Work , Ted in Bangkok!"
[YEA] 08/01/2011: B from Minneapolis, Mn replies: "Cannabis is a plant which grows from the Earth, and like so many such plants has been used traditionally as a medicine and I am addressing it in this manner.
The legal issue and the propaganda which has sprung up around it are an entirely different topic. A different healing is called for in that case, but let me get on to my own experiences.
I have consciously used this herb medicinally since my late twenties. I began experimenting with spiritual/medicinal applications for a few years before I decided to take it seriously.
I have tried a few modes of ingestion: eating, smoking, vaporizing, tincture.
In my twenties I was very depilitated. I had chronic debilitating pain in my muscle tissue & joints.
Chronic inflammation- systemically.
Headaches/Sinusitius/depressed immune system
Endometriosis....the list is larger than this post necessitates, so I'll stop here.
I did several things to dig myself out of that hole. I was beyond the doctors' scope of knowledge & I had no patience for their convulted process when my own instincts were very clear.
What I have found to be most effective is small dosage. Eating the medicine is difficult to dose (although if you are in state where it is legal, many dispensiaries have honed that & have a wide variety of consumables), smoking has been the easiest form for me to take the medicine. I have used a vaporizer a few times, and think they are a fantastic answer to the concern over smoking. However, they are expensive.
I will talk more about tincture in a moment.
What I have found works best for me thus far, is to take in one or two small inhalations. And without any breath holding, exhale. Of course, because of the legal classifications of the plant the medicine is very different depending upon where it comes from and many people have taken breeding to a science. I think the best thing is to do your research on this and follow your conscience as to how you obtain it & how it's grown. Again, dispensiaries are good sources of knowledge.
Back to it: Sometimes I will increase of decrease the dosage, depending upon what my body is saying. I have used it successfully for premenstrual & perimenipausal pain & anxiety. This has been immensly helpful because of the endometriosis issue. It has helped a considerable amount with cultivating mindfulness- which is the richest resource for helaing I know of.
It has helped with headaches reliably & opens my sinuses.
It has also helped to take the edge off of debilitating pain & relieved inflammation (not in a lasting way). Although, there are some strains (and I have not cultivated a base knowledge of them, so I cannot tell you what they are and are not) which will increase the body awareness in such a way that it becomes "more" painful.
Yoga is quite helpful under such circumstances.
Now to tincture: I have tried this only once, but one dropperfull, a typical tincture dose was more than I needed for a simple medicinal application. I've been working with other tinctures in a homeopathic way for number of years to great success with certain issues. Thus, I've been very curious about using cannabis tincture in this manner- meaning just a few drops in some water. I finally started some tincture and it should be ready at the end of this month. I'm very excited to experient with it.
Finally, I just want to add that The National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana Laws is a wonderful resource for information on both the medicinal and the legal issues surrounding this Gift of Earth. They have many links to reputable studies. There have been a plethora of studies and new information is being uncovered all the time. It is very exciting to see the science unfold (as many types of natural healing are being revealed in a similar nature)."
01/18/2012: R from Lynnwood, Wa replies: "I had a sacral laminectomy 7 weeks ago, 4 weeks ago a friend gave me some cream to try so I waited till my pain meds wore off and the ache was deep in my bone and rub the cream on. 5 minutes later the deep ache and pain were gone. Lasted about as long as my pain pills. I had no side effects from the application, no mental high, no smell of cannabis on me. The cream had only the medicinal elements of cannabis in in not the THC, it smelled good but more importantly it worked. I vote "YEA". I've since tried smoking it and used the vaporizer, it helps with tension headaches and stress and took the edge off my pain but not as well as the cream, same with eating it. So it depends on your medical needs. Since the cream does not have the THC it doesn't raise my own THC naturally occuring in my body so any random drug test would not pick it up. But its more natural than the drugs I was using and they left me feeling loopy at work the cream does not."
01/28/2012: Fiona from London, Uk replies: "Could you let me know where I can get hold of that cream? My dad is in much pain after vertebral fracture, and now has ulcer problems from the NSAIDS the doctor has prescribed. I was thinking of trying capsaicin cream as well."
04/13/2012: Emma from Lynchburg, Virginia replies: "Yea - for cannabis"