Sir Patrick Stewart Reveals He Uses Marijuana Daily to Reduce Arthritis Pain

The English actor indulges in edibles, ointments, and sprays and says he hasn’t experienced one negative side effect from using the product.

Professor X is all about that herb and wasn’t shy to admit so when recently, he disclosed in a statement that he uses cannabis sprays, ointments, and edible products nearly every day to soothe his arthritis. The Telegraph reports that the 76-year-old actor opened up about his use of cannabis to support a project from Oxford University that seeks to explore the medical benefits of the plant.

“Two years ago, in Los Angeles, I was examined by a doctor and given a note which gave me legal permission to purchase, from a registered outlet, cannabis-based products, which I was advised might help the ortho-arthritis in both my hands,” shared Stewart. “This, it would seem, is a genetically-based condition. My mother had badly distorted and painful hands.”

The English actor explained that he uses the ointment at night and applies the spray to his fingers and joints several times each day. He noted that he has not experienced any negative side effects and that his stiff joints and pain have dramatically decreased since utilizing his medical marijuana card.

“I have had no negative side effects from this treatment and the alternative would have been to continue taking NSAID’s, Advil, Aleve and Naproxen, which are known to be harsh on the liver and to cause acid reflux,” Stewart said.

Addressing the misconception that marijuana is a “gateway” drug and more harmful than legalized substances such as alcohol, the actor stated:

“This is an important step forward for Britain in a field of research that has for too long been held back by prejudice, fear and ignorance. I believe this program of research might result in benefits for people like myself as well as millions of others.”

Stewart is one of 350 million people worldwide that suffers from arthritis. Perhaps as the plant is legalized for medical and recreational use elsewhere, more people will benefit from its numerous properties.

(from TrueActivist)

Scientists Discover Marijuana Helps Heal Broken Bones, & Even Makes Them Stronger

Source: Real Farmacy

A marijuana chemical known as cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) helps fractures heal faster and even make the bones stronger than they were before, according to a study conducted by researchers from Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University and published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
CBD has no psychotropic effects.

“We found that CBD alone makes bones stronger during healing, enhancing the maturation of the collagenous matrix, which provides the basis for new mineralization of bone tissue,” researcher Yankel Gabet said. “After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future.”

Bones contain cannabinoid receptors

The researchers inflicted mild femoral fractures on rats, then injected some of them with CBD, and others with CBD plus tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the ingredient that causes the marijuana high). They then evaluated the healing of the rats, comparing them with rats who had not received any marijuana chemicals.

The researchers found that rats injected with CBD had the same effect whether or not it was accompanied by THC.

“We found CBD alone to be sufficiently effective in enhancing fracture healing,” Gabet said.

“Other studies have also shown CBD to be a safe agent, which leads us to believe we should continue this line of study in clinical trials to assess its usefulness in improving human fracture healing.”

The study supported the same team’s prior findings that the body contains receptors that respond to cannabinoid compounds, and that these receptors are not confined to the brain.

“We only respond to cannabis because we are built with intrinsic compounds and receptors that can also be activated by compounds in the cannabis plant,” Gabet said.

The prior study found that the skeleton contains cannabinoid receptors that stimulate bone formation and inhibit bone loss. The new study seems to confirm these findings.

Medical marijuana benefits “undeniable”

The study is part of a growing body of research into the medical benefits of marijuana compounds, including CBD. The findings may lead to new research into ways that marijuana could be used to treat osteoporosis or other bone diseases.

“The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point,” Gabet said.

“While there is still a lot of work to be done to develop appropriate therapies, it is clear that it is possible to detach a clinical therapy objective from the psychoactivity of cannabis. CBD, the principal agent in our study, is primarily anti-inflammatory and has no psychoactivity.”

The list of benefits to medical marijuana continues to grow. It is currently used primarily for chronic pain, to reduce side effects of chemotherapy and to improve appetite in AIDS patients. It has also shown promise in regulating blood sugar and slowing the progression of HIV. It is also being researched as a treatment for multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

Studies have shown that CBD suppresses seizures, stops the mestastasis of many aggressive cancers and may even kill leukemia cells.

A 2013 study in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology found that CBD was just as effective as a popular antipsychotic drug in the treatment of schizophrenia and paranoia, but without the dangerous side effects. Other studies have confirmed the effectiveness of CBD as a safe antipsychotic.

Although marijuana remains technically illegal under U.S. federal law, it is legal to use CBD for research or for limited medical functions in 17 U.S. states. The medical use of marijuana itself is legal in 23 other states.

The federal government still classifies marijuana as having “no currently accepted medical use.” Yet even this may be starting to change. The FDA recently approved CBD extracts as an experimental treatment for Dravet syndrome, a rare form of childhood epilepsy. Preliminary clinical trials are now going forward.

Sources:
Cannabidiol, a major non-psychotropic cannabis constituent enhances fracture healing and stimulates lysyl hydroxylase activity in osteoblasts, Natalya M. Kogan et al., Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, doi: 10.1002/jbmr.2513, published online 10 May 2015, abstract.
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Oxford University to spend millions researching cannabis

Oxford University to spend millions researching cannabis

Source: RT

The university will partner with private equity company Kingsley Capital Partners, which will provide up to £10 million (US$12.36 million) as a start-off investment to look into the use of medical cannabis.

The partnership aims to devise new treatments for people affected by cancer, chronic pain and inflammatory diseases.

“Cannabinoid research has started to produce exciting biological discoveries and this research program is a timely opportunity to increase our understanding of the role of cannabinoids in health and disease,” Ahmed Ahmed, professor of gynecological oncology at Oxford, said in a statement.

The announcement follows calls by some MPs to legalize the use of medical cannabis.

Someone caught with the Class B drug in the UK can be landed with a five-year prison sentence, although in some areas of the country it has essentially been decriminalized, as poorly resourced police forces focus on more serious offenses.

While the Tories and Labour have still not clarified their positions on the issue, the Liberal Democrats and Green Party have called for a temporary legalization of the drug for medical use.

Although cannabis is proven to alleviate pain for people affected by chronic diseases such as Parkinson’s, it is also linked to mental health problems.

Dr Zameel Cader, another member of the research team, pointed out that at no stage will the research be aimed at providing cannabis for smoking, which is normally associated with “unwanted effects.”

The research will instead concentrate on isolating the cannabinoids, compounds that are found not only in the plant but also in the human body, which give positive effects.

“The problem with smoking cannabis is that it’s associated with unwanted effects,” Cader was reported as saying on the BBC.

“So if you take cannabis when you’re young there seems to be an increased risk of developing problems like schizophrenia.

“What we know though is that there are cannabinoids both from the plant and the body that have beneficial effects.

“So the aim of the research program is to try and isolate those cannabinoids that are beneficial but don’t have the risk of psychiatric problems,” Cader said.

The study also has the backing of Star Trek and X-men actor Patrick Stewart, who used marijuana-based products to help his osteoarthritis.

“Two years ago, in Los Angeles I was examined by a doctor and given a note which gave me legal permission to purchase, from a registered outlet, cannabis-based products, which I was advised might help the osteoarthritis in both my hands,” he told the Telegraph.

The film star claims a chewy bar and ointment had helped him sleep, while a daytime spray had brought mobility back into his hands, allowing him to clench them into a fist.

He therefore “enthusiastically supports” Oxford’s research plan.

“This is an important step forward for Britain in a field of research that has for too long been held back by prejudice, fear and ignorance.”

As cannabis-based products are illegal in the UK, Cader said Stewart’s story is a testimony to how more research is needed to make them legal and regulated treatments.

“The fact that there are so many people who describe benefits with pain and with anxiety really shows the potential therapeutic value.

“What we really need to do is work out how we can harness that benefit without getting the unwanted side-effects.”

Asked whether the research could lower the risks arising from recreational drug use, and therefore clear the way for its legalization, Cader said: “It’s an interesting question.

“The kind of research that we’re aiming to do is to develop a medicine rather than try and increase the hedonistic effects of cannabinoid compounds.

“So I’m not sure the kind of medicines we’d be developing would substitute for recreational cannabinoids,” the doctor said.

The Late John Trudell Explains Why We Need Hemp Now (and Why The World Simply Cannot Survive Without It)

By Vic Bishop | Waking Times

The time for hemp is now, and the return to this sustainable, healthy, and common sense crop is already underway. Since 1937, hemp has been prohibited by the federal government, however in recent years, a handful of U.S. states have moved to permit government regulated hemp production. Most recently, New Mexico introduced a bill to legalize the plant by removing it from the state’s list of controlled substances.

“If HB166 successfully passes, a farmer would not need a license to grow hemp. There would also be no regulatory structure so hemp would be grown, bought, and sold just like tomatoes or pumpkins.” [Source]

John Trudell was a Native American rights activist, musician, actor, poet, and protector of the earth who moved into the immaterial realms of the spirit in 2015. His legacy lives on, and the 2006 full-length documentary Trudell tells the story of his inspiring yet tragic life. Among many social issues, he was outspoken about the need to re-open American farmland to the cultivation of industrial hemp, a crusader for the many uses of this uniquely versatile plant.

Ironically, hemp was not only legal in America’s past, but for a time the federal government actually required farmers to produce industrial hemp as part of the original plan to turn the United States of America into an industrial global powerhouse. Many of the nation’s founding documents were even written on hemp paper, again, highlighting the remarkable history of hemp and casting suspicion on the reasons given for its prohibition.

In 2011 gave the following explanation of why hemp is the king of all crops and why the world simply cannot survive without it. In simple, direct language, Trudell explains why a hemp-based economy would be much more advantageous for our world than a fossil-fuels-based economy. The message is especially prescient at a time when Native Americans are engaged in a struggle to prevent oil pipeline progress in America’s wild lands, as hemp offers an incredibly salient alternative to oil.

The conspiracy against hemp is coming to an end, and for good reason, as explained by one of America’s greatest activist and poets.

About the Author

Vic Bishop is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com and OffgridOutpost.com Survival Tips blog. He is an observer of people, animals, nature, and he loves to ponder the connection and relationship between them all. A believer in always striving to becoming self-sufficient and free from the matrix, please track him down on Facebook.

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Breaking: Australia Has Just Legalized Medical Marijuana Across the Entire Continent

By: Organic & Healthy

Australia has made become the first entire continent to legalise marijuana, after their Parliament took a vote on Wednesday.

Australia, with a population of around 23 million has followed several states in the U.S. and decided to decriminalise the use of marijuana.
The amendments were made to their Narcotic Drugs Act,which means legal cannabis farms and the distribution of marijuana products will have to governments go-ahead.
Sussan Ley, the Minister of Health, said in a statement“This is a historic day for Australia and the many advocates who have fought long and hard to challenge the stigma around medicinal cannabis products so genuine patients are no longer treated as criminals,”  she went on “This is the missing piece in a patient’s treatment journey, and [we] will now see seamless access to locally produced medicinal cannabis products from farm to pharmacy.”
The details have not been finalised just yet, but it is thought within the next few months patients with a prescription for medical marijuana will be allowed to start growing their crops.
This is a huge leap for supporters of legalised marijuana across the world, and hopefully now other continents such as North America and Europe will do the same.