What Do We Know About the Effects of Cannabis Use During Pregnancy? Is it Safe?

In this article, we are going to look at the facts. We will look at the research and outcomes, and evaluate their worth. We will look at populations that used cannabis during pregnancy and see how their children are doing now. The information shared may help you make your own decision about using cannabis during pregnancy.

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Using Cannabis to Manage HIV and AIDS

There have been significant advances in treating HIV/AIDS since the emergence of the disease a few decades ago, however patients still face significant challenges in managing a variety of symptoms that commonly include pain (neuropathic and otherwise), nausea, loss of appetite, anxiety, and depression.HIV/AIDS patients use medical cannabis to treat many of these symptoms. 

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The Endocannabinoid System

Cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system (ECS) encompass both ancient and complex aspects of our biology. The endocannabinoid system exists in all vertebrate species, and may have begun evolving as early as 600 million years ago.

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Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome

Neurotransmitters carry messages throughout the central nervous system, and when these messengers are deficient the effects are catastrophic. If acetylcholine is deficient, we see Alzheimer’s Disease. If dopamine is deficient, we see Parkinsonian syndromes, and if serotonin and norepinephrine are deficient we diagnose depression. Clearly, the healthy functioning of neurotransmitters is essential to our well-being.

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Cancer and Cannabis: Palliative and Antitumor Effects

There is clear evidence that cannabinoids can be an effective palliative care option for cancer patients, however whether “cannabis cures cancer” is a complex topic with lots of promise, many unknown variables, and as yet, little conclusive evidence.  

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Can Cannabis Help with Traumatic Brain Injury in Football Players?

It was at the 2017 Patients Out of Time conference in Berkeley, CA when I heard an NFL football player say, “We should have cannabis right there on the field with us.”  He said this while we watched videos of him being repeatedly tackled, at times needing to be helped off the field because he was so disoriented by the head trauma that goes with his sport.

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