Cannabis Law & Cannabidiol (CBD)
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When you think of Cannabis, you might still think that it is criminalized around the world. Well, that simply isn’t true anymore because there have been plenty of places that allow you to smoke it freely without being bothered by the authorities. In 1996, California was the first of the states within the US to pass a law allowing people to have cannabis in their possession and smoke it freely. This law was for medical marijuana and not every day consumption. After California pioneered the acceptance of medical cannabis, there were 28 additional states that enacted similar cannabis laws allowing people to use cannabis for medical reasons. Additionally, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico jumped on board and made their own laws allowing people to smoke cannabis for medical reasons.
In total, there are 29 states within the US, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico that are now allowing people to smoke medical cannabis if they are in need of it. Of course you would have to go into a physician or doctor and get a check up to figure out if you actually need medical cannabis in order to start smoking it. You aren’t allowed to just have marijuana on your person and smoke it because you have a cough, that’s still against the cannabis law. Once approved and given your medicinal marijuana card, you would be able to go to specific dispensaries and purchase cannabis. The cannabis law specifically says that you need to purchase from specific dispensaries and not someone on the street, a dealer, in order to still be within the law. The only way to still obtain medical cannabis without going to a dispensary is to grow it yourself, which needs a license to do so, but can be better for you since it will likely save money compared to purchasing at a dispensary.
Medical Uses in Accordance to Cannabis Law
There have been plenty of studies on medical cannabis that have shown promise for many ailments, diseases, sicknesses, etc. Only recently has medical cannabis been allowed to be smoked legally due to the new cannabis laws put in place for people within specific states.
There are a few different ways that cannabis helps for medical reasons:
Therapeutic: Many studies have shown that cannabis, mainly the THC within it, can help with pain, help control nausea and vomiting as well as help stimulate ones appetite.
Psychological: Smoking or vaping medicinal marijuana with THC has been shown to help in phycolocical ways such as reduce ones anxiety, help sedate someone, and help put someone into a euphoric state to help with therapy.
Using medical marijuana within the guidelines of the cannabis law can help with many different ailments or sicknesses. The THC content within medicinal marijuana varies and each can affect you in a different way, so you should definitely be doing some research or at least talking with the employees at the dispensaries before you decide on which medical cannabis you want to use for your ailment, if you have one.
Some of the bigger things that marijuana is effective with is reliving symptoms of Glaucoma, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), HIV/AIDS and even Cancer. Now these can’t be reversed with medicinal marijuana like how you can increase your appetite, but they do help alleviate the symptoms of them in order to have a better life.
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US Government Patent On Cannabinoids
The U.S. government issued a patent (#6,630,507) for the use of cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants way back in October of 2003. That patent was backed by the research of Nobel Prize winning biochemist Julius Axelrod.
US Patent #6,630,507 – Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants – The United States of America as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services
Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention.
It is an object of this invention to provide a new class of antioxidant drugs, that have particular application as neuroprotectants, although they are generally useful in the treatment of many oxidation associated diseases.
Yet another object of the invention is to provide a subset of such drugs that can be substantially free of psychoactive or psychotoxic effects, are substantially non-toxic even at very high doses, and have good tissue penetration, for example crossing the blood brain barrier.
It has surprisingly been found that cannabidiol and other cannabinoids can function as neuroprotectants, even though they lack NMDA receptor antagonist activity. This discovery was made possible because of the inventor’s recognition of a previously unanticipated antioxidant property of the cannabinoids in general (and cannabidiol in particular) that functions completely independently of antagonism at the NMDA, AMPA and kainate receptors. Hence the present invention includes methods of preventing or treating diseases caused by oxidative stress, such as neuronal hypoxia, by administering a prophylactic or therapeutically effective amount of a cannabinoid to a subject who has a disease caused by oxidative stress.