Marijuana May Be Studied for Combat Disorder

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For years now, some veterans groups and marijuana advocates have argued that the therapeutic benefits of the drug can help soothe the psychological wounds of battle. But with only anecdotal evidence as support, their claims have yet to gain widespread acceptance in medical circles.
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Bill would let states oversee marijuana

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Reps. Barney Frank and Ron Paul launch an effort to end federal enforcement of marijuana laws. CNN’s Brian Todd reports.

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Feds working with states to resolve medical-marijuana issues, U.S. Attorney General says

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder suggested on Thursday that the Justice Department will work with governors and other states to reach a satisfactory resolution to the establishment of dispensaries that sell marijuana to patients in state-sponsored medical-marijuana programs.

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Feds warn states, but not New Mexico, on medical marijuana

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Several states — but not New Mexico — have received warnings from the Department of Justice over their medical marijuana programs, leading them to reassess their programs, according to the Associated Press. The “ominous-sounding letters” have gone to the states in recent weeks.

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Understanding Your Medicine

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As a patient, it’s important to know what you are putting in your body. There are several important cannabinoids in cannabis that helps give it its medicinal proprieties. Below is a list of the most common cannabinoids and the reported medicinal benefits related to them.

CBD – Cannabidiol

CBD is a non-psychtropic cannabinoid that is believed to reduce the psychoactive effects of THC. CBD has been demonstrated to show a variety of medical properties.

Reported Medicinal Benefits

• Reduces the symptoms of anxiety.
• Reduces psychosis including delusions or hallucinations
• Reduces seizures and convulsions
• Protects against nerve damage
• Reduces tension in blood vessel walls
• Relieves spasms and convulsions
• Reduces risk of artery blockage
• Reduces spread of certain cancers
• Reduces vomiting and nausea
• Kills surface bacteria
• Reduces blood sugar levels
• Reduces effects of psoriasis
• Reduces contractions in the small intestine
• Reduces pain
• Promotes bone growth
• Reduces inflammation
• Reduces function in immune system

CBN – Cannabinol

CBN is a cannabinoid with low psychoactive properties formed by degenerating THC. High levels of CBN tend to cause drowsiness, dizziness or confusion and is often a sign of improperly stored or old marijuana that has past its prime. CBN has been demonstrated to show a few medical properties.

Reported Medicinal Benefits

• Relieves spasms and convulsions
• Reduces pain
• Reduces inflammation
• Fights free radicals in the bloodstream

CBG – Cannabigerol

CBG is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in hemp and marijuana. CBG tends to be higher in cannabis species without much THC and is found only in trace amounts in marijuana strains. While little research has been conducted on CBG, it has been found to have medical properties.

Reported Medicinal Benefits

• Kills surface bacteria
• Inhibits cell growth
• Promotes bone growth

CBC – Cannabichromene

A non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. While little is known about this cannabinoid, it is believed to have medical properties.

Reported Medicinal Benefits

• Reduces inflammation
• Reduces pain
• Promotes bone growth
• Kills bacteria or fungi
• Inhibits cell growth
• Prevents constricting of the blood vessels

THC – Tetrahydrocannabinol

THC is the most common compound and main psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana. THC requires heat to turn into a form that can be readily used by the body. THC has been shown to have a wide range of medical benefits.

Reported Medicinal Benefits

• Reduces the symptoms of anxiety
• Relieves spasms and convulsions
• Reduces spread of certain cancers
• Reduces vomiting and nausea
• Reduces pain
• Reduces pain from nerve damage
• Protects against nerve damage
• Encourages eating and appetite
• Fights free radicals in the bloodstream
• Reduces inflammation
• Promotes growth of new nerve tissue
• Reduces pressure in the eyes from glaucoma and other eye disorders