CANNABIS (Sativa/Indica): Benefits, Uses and Virtues of Cannabis? (Marijuana, Hashish, Weed, Pot, etc.) Medicinal properties? Dosage? Dangers and Side-effects of Cannabis? Origins, Composition, Expert opinions, Combination with other plants and more Information on Cannabis.

Cannabis

Cannabis (Marijuana, Hashish, Weed, Pot, etc.) is a powerful medicinal plant that has been banned in many regions in the world due to its psychotropic properties (the famous THC). However, it is these same properties that allow Cannabis to be used to treat numerous diseases and for pain relief, leading some countries to legalise the plant for medicinal uses. Moreover, the potential number of beneficial health effects outweighs the psychotropic properties of Cannabis, and Hemp oil (which is legal once it is free of THC) is one of the most nutritionally rich existing oils. However, it is true that the careless consumption of Cannabis is not without danger and certain undesired effects can be destructive to health.

Cannabis: Medicinal Properties

Stress – Anxiety – Depression

stress- difficulty in disengaging (+++)
- anxiety, irritability, agitation (+++) (synergy with Ginseng)
- nervous exhaustion, depression (++) (synergy with Rhodiola)
- psychic or physical dependance (++)
- helpful for hypochondriacs (++)
- nervous muscular spasms (+++)
- mobility problems (++)
- reduces frequency of epileptic fits (++)
- stress (+++) (synergy with Ashwagandha)

 

 

Insomnia – Sleep – Dreams

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- insomnia, helps with falling asleep (+++) (particularly the leaves) (synergy with Ashwagandha)
- improves quality and duration of sleep (+++) (particularly the leaves) (synergy with Goji Berry)
- promotes deep sleep (+++) (leaves and Cannabis oil)
- relaxes the body and muscles (++) (particularly the leaves and seeds)
- increases ability to remember dreams (++)
- reduces anxiety prior to falling asleep (+++) (synergy with Lemon Balm and Ashwagandha)

 

 

Digestion – Lack of appetite

digestion- increases appetite and hunger (+++) (particularly the resin and seeds)
- irritable bowel syndrome (++) (particularly the leaves)
- combats nausea and vomiting (+++)
- balances intestinal flora (++)
- stomach ache, colic (+++)
- diarrhea, constipation (regulation) (++)
- Crohn’s disease (++) (according to several serious studies) (synergy with Turmeric)
- helps to prevent colon and intestinal cancer (++) (several serious studies to be confirmed) (synergy with Turmeric and Ginger)
- heartburn, gastric reflux (+)
- menstrual pain, painful periods (+++) (synergy with Spirulina)

 

Pain – Autoimmune disease – Cancer

immunité- considerable reduction of pain (+++) (notably during chemotherapy)
- anorexia, lack of appetite, cachexia (+++) (synergy with Ginseng)
- multiple sclerosis (++) (Cannabis oil as treatment; leaves or resin to reduce pain)
- epilepsy (++)
- asthma (++) (without the use of tobacco)
- dependance and withdrawal symptoms (paradoxically, Cannabis itself can provoke such symptoms)
- autoimmune diseases (+++) (synergy with Goji Berry)
- diseases that cause inflammation (such as Crohn’s disease) (++) (synergy with Turmeric)
- helps to prevent colon and intestinal cancer (++) even (+++) (several serious studies to be confirmed) (Cannabis oil and Hash oil)
- helps to prevent tumor and cancer (++) (several serious studies to be confirmed) (Hash oil more than Cannabis oil)
- back pain, rheumatism, joint pains (+++)
- supports the immune system, promotes good general health (+++) (Hemp oil and Hash oil)

 

Heart – Blood pressure – Circulation

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- protects from cardiovascular disease (++) (Cannabis oil, leaves)
- blood pressure problems (regulation) (opposite effects in strong doses)
- balances cardiac functions (++) (Cannabis oil, leaves)
- cardioprotective, protects the heart (++) (particularly Cannabis oil) (synergy with Rhodiola)
- reduces high blood pressure (++) (particularly the leaves)
- reduces blood lipid levels and cholesterol (++) (Cannabis oil) (synergy with Ginseng)
- regulates or reduces glycemia, reduces blood sugar level (+) (Hemp oil) (synergy with Ginseng)

 

 

Dry skin – Eczema – Hair – Eyes

peau - extremely effective for dry, dehydrated skin (+++) (Cannabis oil – Internal and external usage)
- irritated, tired skin (+++) (Cannabis oil, leaves)
- effectively combats wrinkles and ageing of skin (+++) (Cannabis oil, leaves)
- effectively combats eczema and psoriasis (+++) (Hemp oil)
- skin allergies (++) (Cannabis oil, leaves) (synergy Aloe Vera)
- restores sheen to hair, tones the scalp (+++)
- prevents glaucoma (+++)

 

 

Undesired effects – Danger – Side-effects

danger- mistaken understanding of time and space (+++) (short term)
- risk of over-excitation (+++) (short term)
- increases heartbeat, heart palpitations (in strong doses) (++) (short term)
- fear, sensation of losing control (++) (short term)
- total detachment from the present moment and from immediate necessities (+++) (short term)
- hallucinations (in very strong doses) (+++) (short term)
- not recommended to those with low blood pressure (+)
- loss of memory and concentration (++) (short and medium term)
- reduced ambition and motivation (++) (short and medium term)
- impairment of reflexes and loss of sensations (++) (short term)
- sweating, hot flushes, lack of appetite (period of withdrawal) (++)
- weakening of the immune system due to bodily imbalance (period of withdrawal) (+)

Cannabis: Origins

Cannabis most likely originated in China, although this has never been confirmed. Today, the plant is cultivated in numerous countries including China, France, Chili, Russia, Turkey, Spain, Morocco, Canada… However, many of the species cultivated are very weak in THC. There are 4 sub-species of Cannabis: Sativa, Indica, Spontanea and Kafiristanica, but it is the Sativa species that has been most studied. This plant has been widely cultivated and used by numerous civilisations to treat various diseases for more than 5,000 years (in the same manner as plants recognised worldwide today such as Ginseng, Maca, Turmeric, Rhodiola or Ashwagandha). The worldwide ban begins to be called into question when one considers that the Greeks, the Romans, the ancient Egyptians, the Persians and Middle Eastern civilisations, as well as ayurvedic medicine (India) and ancestral Chinese medicine, have all used Cannabis for medicinal purposes. In fact, historically it has been one of the most widely cultivated plants in the world, along with Garlic. It should be noted, however, that its usage in medicine (outside its usage for pain relief), has varied through different cultures, giving testament to the plant’s broad range of action for medicinal purposes. In the Middle Ages, the inquisition waged war with consumers of Cannabis, who they considered to be satanists. But it was not until 60 years ago that Cannabis began to be seriously considered as a harmful product for the body (outside the religious context) throughout the world. Meanwhile, over the past 15 years, numerous scientific studies have demonstrated the benefits of Cannabis in combating a very large number of problems and diseases including cancer prevention (which formed the basis of several studies conducted in the US and Canada in the 1970s). The richness of the composition of Hemp Oil may help to provide a scientific explanation.

Cannabis: Composition

Cannabis (seeds, roots, resin, leaves) is an extremely rich plant. Cannabis contains between 2 and 10% THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the most active substance that gives Cannabis its psychotropics properties. Hashish, meanwhile, contains between 5 and 40% THC. The level of THC varies from one plant to another among the numerous existing varieties of Cannabis. Additionally, Cannabis contains cannabidiol (closely related to THC), whose quantity also varies according to species. Cannabis oil (which unlike Hash oil is legal), more commonly known as Hemp oil (Hemp being one of the species with the lowest THC content), contains a large variety of vitamins (A, B1, B2, B6, C, D, F) and Omega acids (Omega 9, Omega 6 and Omega 3) which is quite rare. Cannabis oil contains a large quantity of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids that are essential for the survival of the human body. Omega acids play a fundamental role in the cardiovascular system, the nervous system, the skin and vision. Deficiency can lead to: depression, fatigue, deteriorated memory, dry skin, vision problems and an increased risk of heart attacks. Cannabis oil is thus one of the nutritionally rich existing oils, and its cost is relatively weak compared to its benefits. The oil is used by many restaurant owners to enhance the flavor of their dishes.

Cannabis: Dosage

Cannabis oil or Hemp oil (legal because it has a low THC content), can be applied to the skin, either pure or diluted with a virgin oil. It can also be ingested or used as a condiment in dishes. It should be noted that it does not preserve well, and should be stored in a cool, dry place such as a refrigerator.

As regards the psychotropic effects of Cannabis, it is impossible to give an accurate dosage, given the fluctuations in the advancement of medical problems and on the plant’s level of THC. Small doses are recommended in the beginning, followed by a gradual increase. In strong doses (for the unaccustomed body), Cannabis can provoke heart palpitations, dizziness and loss of control.

Cannabis: Ultimate effects, benefits, virtues

The benefits and virtues of Cannabis are becoming more and more recognised by the scientific community, and its therapeutic usage consequently more tolerated. Cannabis is a powerful pain reliever whose main effects are anaesthetisation and the soothing of pain. Numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of Cannabis on pain, and it is essentially for this usage that Cannabis is prescribed in Canada. Cannabis is also a powerful anti-depressant that plays a role in the nervous system and regulates dopamine. Finally, Cannabis is very effective for restoring appetite to those suffering from anorexia. Hemp Oil (Cannabis Oil), meanwhile is exceptionally rich in vitamins and Omega acids, and is consequently of great help in combating numerous diseases (including cardiovascular diseases and blood pressure problems). It should also be noted that several historic uses and benefits have been lost in time; however, Cannabis is not alone in this regard.

Cannabis: Side-effects, contraindications

Hemp Oil (Cannabis Oil) has no contraindications and can be consumed regularly without risk. However, Cannabis (which is high in THC content), when consumed regularly or in strong doses, has a tendency to unbalance the nervous system in the short and medium term (loss of memory, concentration, reduction of ambition…) and can weaken the immune system (when it is smoked). In the short term, it can lead to the loss of self-control and ability to analyze situations, and can cause great detachment (whether for better or for worse). Bodily sensations, reflexes and reactions are considerably reduced.

Advice on the consumption of Cannabis

Caution: Small doses in the beginning should be increased gradually. In strong doses, for an unaccustomed body, Cannabis can provoke heart palpitations, dizziness, and loss of control. It should be noted that the body adapts to these side-effects after a certain amount of time, and learns to better manage the substance. The only side-effects of Cannabis that can be considered irreversible are those pertaining to loss of memory and concentration. Caution: Never consume Cannabis containing THC for more than 7 days in a row. A rest of at least 7 days should be taken, except for those suffering from cancer with chronic pain.

Withdrawal from Cannabis

Some people who try to withdraw from Cannabis can suffer from immune problems, hot flushes, reduced appetite and nervous problems. Natural Vitamin C (Goji Berry, Sea Buckthorn and Acerola) and plants that balance the nervous system such as Ginseng, Ashwagandha and Rhodiola are strongly recommended to rebalance the body during the period of withdrawal. In general, these symptoms fade after 2 weeks.

Cannabis: Opinions of experts

Cannabis is one of the most powerful plants in phytotherapy, but suffers from a bad reputation. Its banning across the world has reduced its reputation over the years to that of a harmful psychotropic plant. However, Cannabis is a medicinal plant that has been recognised and used for more than 5,000 years. Recently, more and more countries have taken a step back from these total bans and begun to use Cannabis for therapeutic purposes. Research is currently under way on the therapeutic use of Cannabis in reducing the effects of tumors and cancer. Several research attempts have been conclusive in this regard (notably thanks to the Canadian Cancer Society), but it appears that the means (and the will) invested in such research remains too weak.

Cannabis: More information

Some countries have legalised the consumption of cannabis in its therapeutic usage, including Canada, the Netherlands, and certain regions of Switzerland. In these countries it is possible to procure Cannabis in pharmacies by prescription. The level of tolerance for the possession and consumption of Cannabis varies between different countries, and sanctions can be very firm. Marijuana is the most consumed illegal substance across the world. Furthermore, the Canadian Cancer Society has alerted authorities that it should be the right of every patient to decide whether or not to resort to Cannabis in order to reduce pain and treat cancer. In Germany, no individual who has resorted to Cannabis in order to treat cancer has been subject to legal action. It seems, then, that there has been an advance in the attitude of authorities and customs towards the benefits of Cannabis for medicinal purposes. It should be noted that even if the plant shows marked side-effects, they will always be less strong than those brought about by the use of certain chemotherapies and medicines that completely destroy intestinal flora and the immune system. Further, Cannabis can complement these same treatments and reduce their side-effects, as is the case with Cat’s Claw, Ganoderma (Reishi), Shiitake, Maitake or Astragalus.

Cannabis: Combination with other plants

Cannabis combines very well with Ashwagandha (promotes sleep, relaxes the muscles, fortifies the body, reduces stress), Lemon Balm and Hops (anti-stress, relaxation), Kudzu (withdrawal from other drugs, alcohol, tobacco…), Ginseng (nervous balance, withdrawal, energy, cholesterol and diabetes), St. John’s Wort and Rhodiola (depression, protection of the heart) Valerian, Hawthorn, and Passion Flower (reduces speed of heartbeat, promotes sleep) Goji Berry (sleep, immunity, natural vitamin C), Turmeric (digestion, inflammatory disease, helps to prevent cancer).

Cannabis: How to quit/find a replacement

Kudzu is excellent in aiding withdrawal from tobacco, cannabis and alcohol. Kudzu reduces addictions by helping the nervous system. Ginseng and Ashwagandha similarly help in restoring good nervous balance, fortifying the body and restoring vitality. They are very good substitutes for Cannabis, unlike tobacco which is too often used by those seeking to quit Cannabis. For restoring vigilance and increasing concentration, Guarana and Rhodiola can also be effective. For detoxifying the body, Spirulina and Chlorella are particularly recommended. Finally, plants rich in natural vitamin C (Goji Berry, Sea Buckthorn, Acerola), can reduce sweating and hot flushes while reinforcing immunity. For those suffering from chronic pain or incurable cancer, there are few substitutes as effective as medicinal Cannabis for relieving pain.

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