cannabis

Research tackles some long held beliefs about cannabis' effects

Saturday, August 31, 2013 by: Raw Michelle
Tags: cannabis, medical research, medicinal marijuana

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
The five biggest lies about Ebola being pushed by government and mass media
Why does the CDC own a patent on Ebola 'invention?'
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
Ultraviolet light robot kills Ebola in two minutes; why doesn't every hospital have one of these?
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Oregon man serving prison sentence for collecting rainwater on his own property
The best way to help your body protect itself against Ebola (or any virus or bacteria)
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
Healthy 12-year-old girl dies shortly after receiving HPV vaccine
Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
Ben & Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
W.H.O. contradicts CDC, admits Ebola can spread via coughing, sneezing and by touching contaminated surfaces
BREAKING: CDC whistleblower confesses to MMR vaccine research fraud in historic public statement
Delicious
(NaturalNews) Despite the incredible advances in modern scientific understanding, the medical community's knowledge of cannabis persists being largely limited to anecdotal evidence. Even many of the characteristic effects of the drug's use that seem firmly established and undisputed may only been surface impressions that need to be tested.

The science behind the munchies

Under even rudimentary examination, it becomes clear that not all of these claims have unilateral support.

The human body produces its own chemicals for stimulating cannabinoid receptors in the brain. These 'endocannabinoids' are involved, much in the same way as plant-derived cannabinoids, in mood elevation, anxiety relief, reduction of the effects of stress on the body, and appetite regulation.

While it may seem obvious that one of the plant's effects is to "increase appetite," this perception isn't necessarily correct. The impression that it increases appetite comes from the increase in sensory pleasure from taste, which can manifest in an increase in food-seeking behaviors. The belief is reinforced by marijuana's use in conjunction with chemotherapy. Explanations are often simplified as "improving appetite," but what the cannabinoids actually do is reduce nausea to access the body's normal demand for food. In China, by contrast, cannabis has been used as an appetite suppressant for hundreds of years. The effect would occur after, rather than during its use. When the brain's levels of anandamide, an endocannabinoid, are supplemented by cannabis use, the body adjusts its own output to normalize levels.

Anandamide is one of the chemicals responsible for the increase in sensory pleasure associated with cannabis consumption. When the cannabis is removed, the body loses some of its inclination to seek pleasure from food, effectively making it a natural weight loss aide.

Chemistry of a bad trip

Dr. Celia Morgan of the University College London is conducting an unique study by examining some of the effects claimed by users, but in interesting test settings - in their own homes, and with their own cannabis supply.

In the majority of cannabis studies, an identical cannabinoid sample is used by multiple users. These studies limit their external validity by only studying tightly controlled and naturally unavailable forms of cannabinoids. Dr. Morgan is leading a study that focuses the specific relationship between a single user, the chemical makeup of their own cannabis supply, and how changes in the levels of different cannabinoids affects the experience. The researchers hope that this will allow them insight into a macrocosm of the effects of cannabis chemicals on users in real world situations.

The second strongest active chemical in cannabis, after THC is the cannabidiol, which are found in resin pockets, nestled amongst the THC deposits. Cannabidiol brings with it a more mellow high, but also some other interesting effects. Self-reported anxiety levels, tended to be higher in users whose cannabis also contained lower-than average amounts of the cannabidiols. While only a loose correlation at this point, this indicator has some researchers suspecting that lower levels of mediating cannabidiol may be the trigger of reported marijuana-induced feelings of paranoia or dissociation, which are caused by the THC.

Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3282525/?tool=pmcentrez
http://www.bap.org.uk
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2906701/?tool=pmcentrezs

About the author:
Raw Michelle is a natural health blogger and researcher, sharing her passions with others, using the Internet as her medium. She discusses topics in a straight forward way in hopes to help people from all walks of life achieve optimal health and well-being. She has authored and published hundreds of articles on topics such as the raw food diet and green living in general.

Click here to see more by Michelle

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.