I remember when I was in junior high-school and they made us watch Reefer Madness . For those of you who aren’t familiar with this hilarious attempt at propaganda, it was the straight world’s attempt to convince teens that smoking marijuana led to murder, rape, suicide, and eventual madness. My friends and I used to get stoned and watch it, laughing hysterically the entire time. Now, many years later, I am pleased to discover that not only did marijuana not drive me or my friends to crime or insanity, but recent studies have shown that marijuana has useful applications in psychiatric pharmacology.
The uses for marijuana in healing are many. I have written about marijuana saving children who suffer from extreme forms of epilepsy, as an analgesic for people who suffer from chronic pain, and used topically to help with arthritis and skin diseases. Medical marijuana is routinely prescribed to help cope with stress and anxiety. All this is true and interesting, but a recent study read blew my socks off.
For years, marijuana has been linked to schizophrenia in a negative way, pseudo-sources claiming it has a causal relationship. A recent study at Harvard has debunked this urban legend, and other studies have suggested that some elements in marijuana could be helpful in treating the disease. There are many obstacles in the way before a definitive answer can be had. Marijuana is a complex organic substance with hundreds of elements and cannabinoids. Part of the problem is that marijuana has been cultivated and bred for years, with a preference towards strains that are high in THC. The element that may help with mental disease is CBD, and the more popular strains are very low in that.
Of course, these tests are still in the very early stages but the research is essential. Schizophrenia is a devastating disease and the drugs used to treat it are frequently harsh with drastic side-effects. And, of course, there are those for whom the usual treatment has proven to be ineffective.
He stressed that they are not producing medical marijuana. He differentiated their product by noting that medical marijuana is simply an organic product grown for medical purposes, escpecially when smoked through a vaporizer such as Arizer Extreme Q. They grow specific plants in laboratory conditions and extract precisely the chemicals they need for their purposes. G W Pharmaceuticals produces many cannabinoid medicines including Sativex, which is successful in treating spasticity due to multiple sclerosis.
Other studies have indicated that cannabinoids may be useful in treating anxiety, bipolar affective disorder, depression, insomnia, and post-traumatic stress disorder.