Taxing Cannabis

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Thursday, 30th March 2017

Cannabis Medicinal Use

Medicinal use of Cannabis

Cannabinoids and Cancer Review 2012

 

Review of scientific evidence of direct anti-tumour activity of cannabinoids over a wide range of cancer types.

Research into direct anti-tumour activity of cannabinoids and the mechanisms by which such activity is exerted has exploded since I last reviewed this field in 2003, with nearly 600 new studies published.

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Cardiovascular Effects of Cannabis

 

One of the most consistent effects of cannabis intoxication is an increased heart rate[i]. For this reason alone it would not be normally recommended for patients with cardiovascular problems. However, THC also acts as a smooth-muscle relaxant, relaxing the walls of the arteries, which can result in lower blood pressure and increased blood flow to the tissues[ii][iii]. The effect taken together is analogous to a car changing down a gear.

 

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Cannabis and Stress Anxiety

 

In recent IDMU surveys, relaxation and stress relief were overwhelmingly the most commonly perceived benefits of cannabis use.  However, the Department of Health identifies panic attacks and anxiety as effects of acute cannabis intoxication, particularly among naive users, in justifying the refusal of the UK Government to permit the prescribing of cannabis.

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Summary of Medical Cannabis Uses

 

Cannabis contains over 200 chemical compounds, several of which may have a beneficial, or harmful, effect either working alone, or in concert with other compounds.

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Cannabinoids and the Gastrointestinal Tract

 

Although the use of cannabinoids as antiemetics (anti-nausea) is well-established, with Dronabinol available to stimulate appetite and counter effects of cancer chemotherapy, the effect of cannabinoids on disorders of the gut has only recently been extensively studied.

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