Herbalism and Cannabis: a lovely equation

herbalism and cannabis

Herbalism and Cannabis: a lovely equation

Herbal medicinal products are natural therapeutic products consisting of various varieties of plant parts such as leaves, berries, or roots. The growing element of Herbalism may have different medicinal properties and various types of chemical components produce different procedures of extraction.  Based on the herb, both fresh and dried vegetables are used.

Herbal medicine is ideal for all ages, including babies, who respond especially well to gentle herbal acts. A medical herbalist understands that two patients are not alike. Each patient is regarded as an entity.

Herbalism also presents several problems, in which I would prefer to find either the problem in transmission and the question of absorption rate the most possible (or maybe the least probable) of modality generally linked to “complementary or alternative medicine” or “integrative medicine.” 

Herbalism and Cannabis:

What are usually the primary ingredients?

For short, drugs are hydrogenated medications as they work. The primary ingredient is typically a small ingredient in thousands of other herb components and the accuracy of the material or active substances is nearly impossible to regulate, considering the location, temperature, conditions in the soil, precipitation and many others may.

To illustrate, we found out that it is more effective and consistent, with a therapy window (the contrast between doses required in order to achieve beneficial effects and the lower dosage that would induce severe toxicity, to prescribe Digoxin to a patient who requires heart intervention, than it will be for the patient to chew any FOXGLOVE leaves).

That takes us to a medicinal weed known as marijuana

The arguments have far outweighed the facts, as is so much herbalism — and, make no mistake, medicinal marijuana is now the latest mainstream herbalism. However, proponents of medicinal marijuana agree that “local legislation regulating the drug do not benefit from thorough scientific literature analysis.” This was pointed out in the NYT report.

It’s the exaggeration of the year, and also esteemed doctors like Sanjay Gupta pick up a study, ‘Cannabis Mania,’ full of anecdotes and jargon about ‘patient care.’ Personally, I agree that marijuana, much as alcohol and tobacco, will be legalized, regulated, and taxed.

If cannabis is to be licensed for therapeutic purposes, rather than for commercial usage, the criteria of proof that it must follow will be no different from any other pharmaceutical drug and the requirement is not even sufficiently met with the vast number of reasons with which it has been claimed to be a therapeutic weed.

The details of how this happens aren’t essential for this post, but when these receptors are stimulated by the binding of cannabinoid molecules, including endocannabinoids, plant cannabinoids such as and synthetic cannabinoids, downstream chemical signaling pathways are initiated from the receptor to the inside of the cell, thus producing the effects on the cell and organism. 

 
In particular, stimulating CB2 receptors cannabinoids could be potentially useful as anti-inflammatory drugs. One of the most frequent claims I see is that cannabis can be used to treat cancer. Suffice to say that interesting preclinical studies of herbalism have been exaggerated beyond all evidence, but nonetheless, certain cannabinoids could have potential in the treatment of certain cancers
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Extra info about cannabinoids, herbalism and other significant medical issues

 

I might also review the evidence base for cannabinoids and autism, given how I’ve been seeing discussions of its use starting to pop up lately on the usual sites. In all fairness, in this country, at least, studying the medicinal properties of marijuana and its constituents are not easy, given that it is currently an illegal drug, as was discussed in the NYT article. Given that many of the conditions for which medical marijuana is touted are conditions with a large subjective symptomatic component, such as pain, nausea, fatigue, or lack of appetite, clinical studies of medical marijuana are going to require really good placebo controls. That’s why most of the more rigorous studies have used specific purified cannabinoids.

For example, in this study, a titanium pipe loaded with doses of THC varying potencies is used rather than the plant, while this study of cannabis for neuropathic pain used high-dose cannabis, low-dose cannabis, and placebo cigarettes. 
 
Be that as it may, let’s look at the evidence base for conditions for which medical marijuana might provide a benefit. Leaving these aside, here are the potential medical uses for marijuana for which evidence exists that ranges from reasonably good to suggestive. Appetite stimulation.
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Herbalism and Cannabis:

What are the plausible causes of herbalism?


If you have never smoked marijuana, but those who have, have told you about the «munchies,» something that anyone who’s ever seen a comedy in which characters smoke post has likely seen used as fodder for jokes. Given its ability to stimulate appetite, it is therefore plausible that medical cannabis might be useful for appetite stimulation in patients with cachexia due to cancer or HIV/AIDS. 
 
Unfortunately, a recent Cochrane review noted variable outcomes and concluded that the «efficacy and safety of cannabis and cannabinoids in this setting is lacking» and noting no good evidence of long-term effects on AIDS-related mortality and morbidity. 
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Clinical trials and other findings

Regarding cancer cachexia, Peter Lipson noted several years ago a study that failed to find any benefit from cannabis extract for cancer-related cachexia, speculating that maybe the mechanisms that cause appetite suppression in cancer are different than the mechanisms by which cannabinoids modulate appetite.

Currently, there are few controlled trials cited at the NCI website, which, taken together, find that oral THC has variable effects on appetite stimulation and weight loss in patients with advanced malignancies and human immunodeficiency virus infection. Indeed, as the NCI notes, there are no randomized controlled trials of smoked cannabis for this indication in cancer patients. Despite many advances in anti-emetics agents, cancer-induced nausea and vomiting are still among the most troubling symptoms cancer patients face. There are two FDA-approved cannabis products for this indication, dronabinol, and the synthetic cannabinoid Nabilone.

The NCI cites several clinical trials and meta-analyses finding that these two drugs are efficacious against CINV, and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines recommend these drugs as treatment for breakthrough nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy. One systematic review from 2001 found that cannabinoids were slightly more effective antiemetics than prochlorperazine, metoclopramide, chlorpromazine, thiethylperazine, haloperidol, domperidone, or alizapride, but were not more effective in patients already using large doses of antiemetic drugs.

Herbalism and Cannabis:
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Let's review more about cannabinoids and the Cochrane system

 A more recent systematic review and meta-analysis found that cannabinoids were superior to conventional drugs but that «adverse effects were more intense and occurred more often among patients who used cannabinoids.  In children with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, a Cochrane systematic review concluded that «cannabinoids are probably effective.

But produce frequent side effects» and that the review «suggests that 5-HT antagonists with dexamethasone added are effective in patients who are to receive highly emetogenic chemotherapy although the risk-benefit profile of additional steroid remains uncertain». Lastly, falls, the first clinical trial of cannabis in IBD was reported by a group of Israeli researchers.
It was a small trial, in which subjects were assigned randomly to groups given cannabis, twice daily, in the form of cigarettes containing 115 mg of 9-tetrahydrocannabinol or a placebo containing cannabis flowers from which the THC had been extracted. 
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Science tells us otherwise

Clinical response was achieved in 10 of 11 patients receiving cannabis with THC and 4 of 10 in the placebo group. Cannabinoids have been shown to lower intraocular pressure, making them potentially useful for treating glaucoma, although using cannabis to treat glaucoma is impractical in the vast majority of patients, and there exist better treatments. After that, other conditions for which medical cannabis is frequently recommended include schizophrenia, for which a Cochrane Review concludes that there is no good evidence for or against the use of cannabis for schizophrenia.

For epilepsy, data from double-blind randomized controlled clinical trials are lacking, although clinical trials are finally being done. Indeed, all of these studies tend to suggest that purified drugs from cannabis or synthetic drugs based on compounds designed to mimic either endocannabinoids or cannabinoids from marijuana will be the future. You would realize that that’s not what medical marijuana activists want to hear. In any case, is a reasonable interpretation of the currently existing medical literature.

In conclusion

Moreover, contrary to what advocates will claim, herbalism and cannabis, particularly smoked cannabis, is not without adverse health effects, as was recently reviewed in the New England Journal of Medicine. Potential medical effects reported in long time users include motor vehicle collisions, chronic bronchitis, schizophrenia, depression, and addiction to other drugs. Although the risk for cancer due to marijuana smoke appears to be much lower than with tobacco cigarettes. 
 
True, drug warriors and moralists will frequently exaggerate the risks in order to promote their agendas, but that doesn’t mean that cannabis is perfectly safe and doesn’t produce significant side effects or complications.

They ought to learn how efficient the new level of treatment is relative to. The latest research shows that in many cases cannabis is not so effective as conventional drugs, with a potential exception to its use as an antiemetic, except with signs of efficacy.
 
 But none of this distorts zealots, as similar data does not affect practitioners in herbalism with regard to certain plants. Legal cannabis is becoming a big industry fast in the meantime.

This is because the current herbalism is hemp. We desperately need a more rational, empirical solution.
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