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The Health Benefits of THC Are Overlooked in CBD Mania

The Health Benefits of THC Are Overlooked in CBD Mania
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The Health Benefits of THC Are Overlooked in CBD Mania

Having just undertaken a “critical study” of CBD, the non-psychoactive cannabinoid held to have multifarious medicinal applications, the World Health organization is now opening such a study on THC. Stigmatized due to its psychoactive properties and currently in the shadow of the suddenly sexy CBD, tetrahydrocannabinol shows its own potential for application by the medical industry.

The World Health Organization this month issued its long-awaited statement on cannabidiol, or CBD, following a review of its medical uses and potential risks that was launched last year.

The “critical review” was turned in at the 40th meeting of the WHO’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD), which was held in Geneva, Switzerland, in June.

The two conclusions reached at that meeting were issued in August in a WHO fact-sheet. First, the ECDD recommended that “preparations considered to be pure CBD not be placed under international drug control as the substance was not found to have psychoactive properties, and presents no potential for abuse or dependence.” Secondly, it found “sufficient evidence to proceed to a critical review of cannabis and related substances,” including THC. A “pre-review” of THC had determined that it should now follow CBD to the next stage. The critical review of THC is scheduled to turn in results at the next ECDD meeting in November.

With the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) now reviewing CBD’s status as a Schedule I controlled substance, the ECDD recommendation increases the pressure to reschedule or deschedule CBD. A similar ECDD finding on THC would place greater pressure on the DEA — especially given the puritanical taboo about the THC “high” that still persists even as nine U.S. states have now legalized cannabis.

Mounting Medical Evidence

Overshadowed by the hoopla about CBD, a growing body of evidence points to the efficacy of THC to treat a spectrum of disorders.

Cannabis Now reported earlier this month on research at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children which found that use of cannabis oil containing both CBD and THC is effective in preventing seizures in sufferers of Dravet Syndrome — and is “safe and tolerable” for patients. CBD alone had already been demonstrated efficacious in this capacity, but researchers determined that adding a “conservative” amount of THC strengthened the results.

This was but the most recent of such findings in past years. A study from a team at UC San Diego, released in December 2013, evaluated “the analgesic efficacy of vaporized cannabis in subjects.” Published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the study looked at patients who were “experiencing neuropathic pain despite traditional treatment.” Use of traditional cannabis strains containing THC produced “a clinically significant outcome.” The study concluded: “Low-dose vaporized cannabis significantly improves neuropathic pain.”

The NCBI in 1998 published findings of a team at the National Institutes of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, finding that CBD and THC are neuroprotective antioxidants. Using methodology that would have appalled animal rights advocates, they first introduced agents that cause neurological damage in rats, then studied the efficacy of the cannabinoids in correcting or preventing it. 

THC’s neuroprotective properties have been demonstrated since then. In October 2014, Reuters Health reported on a study finding that the death rate following traumatic brain injury was lower among patients who tested positive for THC at one California hospital.

“This data fits with previous data showing that (THC) may be neuroprotective,” said Dr. David Plurad of UCLA, one of the study’s authors.

The team reviewed data on 446 adults treated at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California, for traumatic brain injuries. About 2.4 percent of those who tested positive for THC died of their injuries, compared to about 11.5 percent of those with negative THC test returns. 

Post-traumatic stress is another area where THC seems effective. The journal Clinical Drug Investigation in August 2014 published findings of a team led by Raphael Mechoulam, the legendary Israeli scientist who first isolated THC and CBD in the 1960s. It noted: “Marijuana is often used as compassion add-on therapy for treatment-resistant PTSD.” Reviewing its effects on a study group, the team found: “Orally absorbable Δ9-THC was safe and well tolerated by patients.”

As Cannabis Now has noted, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services actually secured a patent in 2003 for the use of cannabiniods as antioxidants and neuroprotectants. The Department recently granted license to develop these patents to NY-based KannaLife Sciences. And while it is CBD treatments that are now under development, the patent — number 6630507 —  is also for THC. 

The absurd contradiction of federal policy is well illustrated by the fact that just three years after Health & Human Services secured this patent, a U.S. Food & Drug Administration memorandum paradoxically reiterated the official position that cannabis has “no medical value.”

 But the pressure is growing on the U.S. federal bureaucracy and the WHO’s findings on THC may considerably heighten the contradiction.

TELL US, have you experienced medical benefits from THC?

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Shelli

    September 26, 2018 at 3:11 am

    THC does work for myoclonic jerk seizures. I used 2 drops sublingually on my daughter, just as the myoclonics started, she stopped instantly for the rest of the day…IT WORKS. I promise.

  2. Dane (Brody) Clements

    September 6, 2018 at 8:04 am

    I have been a grower since 1992 and after lumbar surgery in 2013 I began making edibles for myself in hopes of abandoning the opiate regimen that pain management had me on. Maybe 14 months after beginning my pain management program I was dismissed from the program due to “no drugs in my system”. Meaning my levels of opiates was well below where it should be given all of the prescriptions they had given me. With the flowers from my garden, the concentrates available, and the foods I was able to infuse, I was able to remain focused, lower my pain levels, and sustain a healthier life without opiates. Cannabis never gave me out of control dandruff, memory loss, or widely varied emotional episodes. There are so many advantages cannabis affords us and I will dedicate the rest of my life to bringing this plant and it’s healing properties to as many orhers as I can!

    • Amanda Heiser

      January 4, 2019 at 7:29 am

      That’s amazing! Thank you for sharing. My friend was in opoides for a neck injury and after years of the drugs, he switched to CBD with THC and is totally off the drugs now, soley on CBD. It works!

  3. Chris

    September 4, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Man, it helps me in so many ways Pain and all the stress and lots more. By the way I am fully Disabled now 14 yrs! So, YES using THC and all works. Pain meds DIDN’T!!!!

  4. Richard Rose

    August 31, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    For the last 50 years, the health benefits of CBD were overlooked in the THC mania.

  5. David Baker

    August 29, 2018 at 5:35 am

    I feel more balanced and focused when I vaporize cannabis which has an equal amount of THC and CBD. With THC alone my mind wanders too much to stay focused. When I use high CBD cannabis with low THC I feel like I am missing something and lacking the positive outlook that I would like to be able to feel if I use both in equal amounts.

  6. Patricia Vaughn

    August 26, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    I use both CBD & THC at different times of the day. I take CBD two times during the day and THC at bed time. I come from a long line of family Alzheimer’s and decided I was not going down without a fight. I watched my Mother and Grandmother die a slow miserable death from this terrible disease and knew that I was probably next in line. I drastically changed my diet and went Vegan and started exercising so much, I have destroyed my knees. What has helped the most is Cannabis. The meds that were given to me by my Neurologist did nothing and I grew up in the generation that smoked pot. I also knew there was more to marijuana than getting high so started doing research and found a lot of positive information on using cannabis for Alzheimer’s. It is probably not going to cure me, but it has slowed it down considerably and it really helps the symptoms and makes me feel more like a normal human being.

  7. Baby

    August 26, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    I can’t believe with all the proof and videos somebody in the close minded dea..has said hey…maybe this stuff works…. shake my head

  8. loren paul wiener

    August 26, 2018 at 4:10 am

    • In Australia when they legalised Cannabis for medical use in 2016, they did something beyond reprehensible. They changed the definition of what Cannabis is in Australia.
    • In Australia, unlike the United Nations, USA, Canada or the rest of the world in article 7 & 7© of the Cannabis bill, they defined Cannabis as, “Anything that acts like Cannabis, anything that came from Cannabis (isolates), GMO, Pharma and of course synthetics as not from a plant at all”.
    • This means drugs not called Cannabis outside Australia are now imported and then redefined as “Cannabis”. Likewise, legal licenses to grow hemp that had over 2% CBD and less than 1% THC now defined as “medical Cannabis” and controlled as Cannabis, even if no one in the world would sell it as “Cannabis” or call it such.
    • This also meant a small niche hemp industry was killed that had state-licensed legal hemp products now redefined as Cannabis. This resulted in a quest class action law suit by the anti-Cannabis hemp industry (EVE hemp vs Australia) in late 2017, against the Australian department of health for over stepping. The government won of course but not before making Cannabis seem to be worse again thanks to the only thing the government and hemp agreed on.
    • Luanched as a result in Australia in 2016, was a new larger billion-dollar anti-Cannabis supported pharmaceutical, CBD isolates industry, / hemp industry and with the pharmaceutical industry even including the largest grower of opiates in the world Tasmania Alkyds, that bought into growing pharma Cannabis working with other anti-cannabis hemp players.
    • Many of these now had USA VC hemp / cbd money the next frontier for Cannabis / Hemp wellness.
    • By 2016, in Australia what would be allowed to be grown for human consumption was only hemp with no THC (less than 1%) but would be called Cannabis. Real Cannabis is not allowed for human consumption as the state laws forbid it by not having conditions allowing its use. This made “legal” demand only hemp or other, with less than 1% THC.
    • So the CBD craze is now born as a result.
    • If the anti-cannabis governments can convince people CBD is just like Cannabis rather than being part of Cannabis, like flour is not cake unless perhaps adding eggs
    • Real Cannabis would be allowed for R&D purposes only with mandated Gold standard trials and testing supposed to take 5-10 years.. before real Cannabis would be reviewed. Something the USA did over 20 years ago.
    • The resulting problem now media is controlled by government so the people are not aware of all of this, or it is too confusing.
    • Meanwhile with REAL Cannabis for medical use, a mature product in the USA & Canada they are evolving to what is next, like CBD & isolates.
    • Therein lies the problem for Cannabis law reform in Australia, a mature REAL Cannabis market outside & bypassing Australia in favor of the next new thing CBD / Pharma / Synthetics, before we ever got to the real thing.
    • The USA & Canada realised to change society that currently had every medical cannabis user the same as every recreational all criminals and all feeding the black market, to being real medical cannabis users impacting the black market by 30-50%.
    • Even the UK is drafting legislature redefining what Cannabis is, so as they pass to legalisation pharmaceutical not Real Cannabis is the controlling influence. Ironically the worlds largest supplier of pharmaceutical Cannabis is GW Pharma UK, that was created with GW Pharma & Bayer-Monsanto. Bayer Monsanto remains the worlds largest distributor of GW Pharma

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