7 Powerful Clinical Trials That'll Make You Rethink The “Marijuana” Stigma

There are many powerful clinical trials throughout the United States that saved many lives, especially in cannabis and its’ treatments toward illnesses. These are including illnesses that are incurable like cancer or aids and many others. Cannabis comes into play as it’s eased illnesses from epilepsy, alzheimer's’, high blood pressure, to arthritis and Parkinson's disease. Even, more so these clinical trials contain positive effects toward cannabis in HIV, cancer, epilepsy, parkinson's and even high blood pressure. These are the scratch of the surface in viewing these 13 clinical trials, especially if you're still stuck in the “marijuana” stigma.



Cannabis In HIV


This clinical trial associates cannabis in HIV symptoms from 2008, which allows cannabis to treat HIV patients. According to a clinical trial report called, “Smoked Medicinal Cannabis for Neuropathic Pain in HIV: A Randomized, Crossover Clinical Trial,” it examines how smoked cannabis affects HIV patients with pain, numbness, weakness, and burning sensations. About 127 patients were screened and only 34 enrolled, but out of those 34, 28 completed cannabis and placebo treatments.  The trial examined the pain intensity within these patients while on these two treatments. It also points out that patients received doses of  Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol for a few weeks until the results came in. The results showed the patient’s pain decreased with cannabis than with the placebo treatment. All this means is that patients have received doses of the psychoactive or “high” element from cannabis and after a time on this treatment, they felt less pain.


Cannabis In Cancer Study


Cancer is threatening the lives of many humans worldwide. It’s often said as an incurable disease. This may be so, but there are studies that show remarkable results of cannabis killing off cancer cells and inhibit the growth of tumour cells in culture and animal models by modulating key cell-signalling pathways according to a study report of, “Cannabinoids: potential anticancer agents” by Manuel Guzman.


In addition, another study called “The stress-regulated protein p8 mediates cannabinoid-induced apoptosis of tumor cells,” reported identifying the protein in common studies of rats. The study identified the reduction or curbing the cancer growth when administered by the cannabinoids in rats and mices. This ultimately induces apoptosis in tumor cells. This means the cannabinoids persuades the death of tumor cells.


How Cannabis Saved Patients with Epilepsy


It's true cannabis is a lifesaver for epileptic patients, especially children. However, it’s not the pure cannabis, but the element that’s extracted from the plant. This is cannabidiol or CBD. One study, reports the cannabinoid enrich effects within epilepsy called, “Report of a parent survey of cannabidiol-enriched cannabis use in pediatric treatment-resistant epilepsy”. The report identifies there were 19 participants with different types of epilepsy such as  Dravet syndrome, Doose syndrome, Lennox–Gastaut syndrome, and idiopathic epilepsy. The results of these participants showed a large reduction of seizures by 80% and the other 11% reported complete seizure freedom. These results are astounding as the treatment is cannabis or rather one element from it.


Cannabis Study of Psychosis in Parkinson’s


This study report, called “Cannabidiol for the treatment of psychosis in Parkinson’s disease” evaluates cannabis in Parkinson’s with psychosis, a severe mental disorder. The treatment was CBD to medicate patients with either negative or positive result. In this case, the study analyzed the trial positively as the  Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale and the Parkinson Psychosis Questionnaire showed patients improved over time. The men and woman had decreasing Parkinson symptoms, because of CBD.


Cannabis in High Blood Pressure


This study identifies cannabis in patients with high blood pressures. The study called “A single dose of cannabidiol reduces blood pressure in healthy volunteers in a randomized crossover study,” reports that there were nine healthy males taking doses of CBD during the study. The results led to these individuals with a lower resting BP and a BP increase of stress in humans. The study proves us cannabis has a place in helping with high blood pressure.


Cannabis in Anxiety


Curiosity came into the study of “Cannabidiol Reduces the Anxiety Induced by Simulated Public Speaking in Treatment-Naïve Social Phobia Patients,” when these researchers studied anxiety. They examined 24 patients with social anxiety disorder in a double-blind crossover test. This is where they give one group a placebo and the other CBD. These patients treated with CBD, as pretreatment, had a reduction of anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance, and significantly decreased alert in their anticipatory speech. Another small success in understanding the positive role cannabis has in anxiety.


Cannabis in PTSD


Lastly, this study named “Mitigation of post-traumatic stress symptoms by Cannabis resin: A review of the clinical and neurobiological evidence” analyzed the role of cannabis in PTSD. It shows a review of a 19-year-old patient, during a clinical trial, using recreational drugs like cannabis to further smooth out his PTSD. It showed positive results and since then studies have found cannabis to help PTSD patients with their symptoms.


Overall, these studies reviewing clinical trials gives us enough information on cannabis and how it helps medically with illnesses.




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Kat Rae Kat Rae
Denver, CO
Great Read.

Great read. Very informative. Cannabis cures all.

January 2018

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28 Nov 2017

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