Release the Green!
Cannabis, or marijuana, should be legalized for medicinal usage because of its beneficial effects on a wide array of patients and diseases. It is a natural plant that is grown containing THC, a chemical that causes psychoactive reactions. Cannabis is an effective way to treat Alzheimer's disease, symptoms of the terminally ill, mood disorders, chronic pain, conditions in which conventional medicines have no effect or have negative side-effects on the patient, Tourette's Syndrome, HIV symptoms, and incontinence. In short, Cannabis has many positive and beneficial uses within the medicinal field.
Maria L. de Ceballos, PhD, said: "Our results indicate that cannabinoid receptors are important in the pathology of AD [Alzheimer's disease] and that cannabinoids succeed in preventing the neurodegenerative process occurring in the disease." The ingredients in cannabis slow down the process of deterioration within the brain enabling the Alzheimer's patient to live a prolonged life. As positive results occur, the patient will become more accepting of the regressive disease they possess. As the patient keeps their disease under control, he/she is now capable of carrying out everyday tasks he/she would have done before the disease. Therefore, it can be argued that cannabis can assist with treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
In 2005, Ceballos's team conducted a study where rats were injected with amyloid-beta peptide—a protein thought to be the cause of Alzheimer's Disease—then administered synthetic cannibinoids to observe the effects it had on their brains. The studies conducted by Ceballos team found that the cannabis prevented cognitive impairment, meaning that it was successful in blocking out the effects of Alzheimer's Disease. They also found that the cannibinoids reduced inflammation within the brain that is often associated with Alzheimer's disease. Basically, their studies proved that cannabis was successful in assisting with the treatment...