Senin, 09 Mei 2011

Benefits of marijuana

Cannabis is known as a material enter the category of narcotic addicts and the first class in Indonesian law. However, later claimed marijuana has many benefits, especially for kesehatan.What say?

A recent study by a team from the University of Alberta shows that cannabis leaf turned out to contain active ingredients that can increase appetite of cancer patients.

"The active ingredient in marijuana called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), can increase appetite and taste ability in patients with advanced cancer," explained the researchers.

Previously, marijuana has been known to reduce symptoms of nausea in cancer patients, so the use of THC also can function as an appetite stimulant.

Results showed 37 percent of cancer patients who took 2.5 milligrams of the compound in pill form of THC 2 or 3 times a day for 18 days, reported an increase in appetite, compared with 30 percent of patients who took placebo (empty medicine).

And 64 percent of patients who took THC reported appetite increases as compared with 50 percent of patients who took placebo.

"Cannabis has a bad reputation for healthy people, but studies show that marijuana also has a good effect for cancer patients," says researcher Wendy Wismer, a food scientist at the University of Alberta in Canada.

Wismer said that cancer patients can enjoy a meal and not feel hungry is a big improvement to improve quality of life.

"Patients with advanced cancer often suffer from wasting syndrome, in which the body burns calories more quickly than people who do not suffer from cancer. But on the other hand, cancer patients often lose their appetite," said Wismer.

According to Wismer, this study may indicate that THC can help overcome wasting syndrome. "Furthermore, these findings should be tested in larger studies with more patients," said Wismer.

Epilepsy Cure

Useful addition to appetite enhancer for patients with cancer, cannabis is also claimed to cure epilepsy. Scientists from the United Kingdom have found that this plant could treat epilepsy and now scientists are preparing clinical trials in humans.

Dr Ben Whalley, drugs researchers from the University of Reading recently proved some compounds in cannabis plants to effectively relieve the electric prod prod-occur in the brain. Prod-prod it is the trigger seizures in people with epilepsy.

The compound is referred to in antaramnya cannabidiol, one of the cannabis content that users create can be drunk. In treating epilepsy, cannabidiol is assisted by another compound in cannabis plants whose names are still foreign enough that GWP42006.

Preclinical Tests on animals have shown, both compounds are very effective and safe to relieve electric prod prod-trigger seizures. To determine the appropriate therapeutic dose for humans, in the near Dr Whalley and his team will conduct clinical trials.

If successful, the results of this study will slightly change the image of marijuana that had been bad. Than originally synonymous with crime and abuse into plants that are beneficial to the development of pharmaceutical science and medicine.

"Previously, in the era of the '60s and '70s marijuana once synonymous with the abuse that is rarely seen its potential for medical purposes," said Dr Whelley as quoted by the Telegraph.

Benefits of marijuana in the medical field is already much studied in recent decades. Some of them also proved that the plant is efficacious as a medicine, among others overcome the pain in patients with multiple schlerosis and cancer.

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