Medical Marijuana 2017 breakthroughs

Medical marijuana has been making breakthroughs for years now, but 2017 is definitely the year that has seen the most innovative uses of cannabis. With more research being done on the cannabinoids found in medical marijuana, and legalization laws surrounding cannabis changing all the time, this is definitely a year that medical marijuana users should be celebrating. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the top medical marijuana breakthroughs so far.


Bringing new hope to those with brain cancer

Glioblastoma multiforme is one of the most serious, and most fatal, forms of brain cancer. In the past, an average of 70 percent of patients diagnosed with the disease had any chance of surviving. And most didn’t live beyond two years of diagnosis. But thanks to GW Pharmaceuticals, a company based out of Britain, there could be new hope.

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GW Pharmaceuticals tested two groups of patients. One of these groups was given medical marijuana containing both of the main cannabinoids found in cannabis – THC and CBD, and the other was given a placebo. Those that took the actual medical marijuana were shown to have an increased life expectancy of six months longer than those who took the placebo. But the research is still in a fairly early phase, which means that with even further study, those six months can be extended even longer.

 

Treating fibromyalgia and other nerve pain disorders

California has always been one of the most progressive states in the U.S., actually being the first state to legalize medical marijuana. So it may come as no surprise that this is also the state to introduce a transdermal patch that can deliver the medicinal effects of cannabis in a way very similar to the nicotine patches that help people quit smoking. And because these patches can be applied right to the site of pain, they could help patients suffering from fibromyalgia and other nerve pain disorders, including diabetic neuropathy.

The patches have been developed and study by Cannabis Science, Inc. and there are two different types, depending on the type of pain and the type of cannabinoid ratio best for the patient. The patch just needs to be applied to a clean area of skin, where its self-adhesive properties will keep it attached throughout the day, delivering a steady stream of pain relief.

Helping with pain in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients

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In Canada, researchers at the University of Manitoba have tested the effects of cannabinoid oil on mice to determine if it would reduce the amount of neuropathic pain in MS patients. Currently the researchers are testing two different types of oil, each with their own concentrations of THC and CBD, the two main cannabinoids found in cannabis. One has an equal concentration of each, while the other is much higher in CBD, containing a 1:20 ratio of THC to CBD. Currently the studies have only been done on mice but if they continue being successful, it may not be long before cannabinoid oil is developed for use on humans suffering from neuropathic pain from MS.

 

Using a 3-D printed cannabis inhaler for pain, cancer, and other ailments

An Israeli company known as Syge Medical has arguably made one of the biggest breakthroughs in medical marijuana so far this year, and they have the backing of the Israel Health Ministry. This company has created a cannabis inhaler that can actually be printed using a 3-D printer. Each inhaler will hold 100-microgram cartridges of cannabis, along with a caregiver interface, thermal and flow controllers, lung interfacing, and wireless connectivity to clinical databases. This type of treatment allows doctors to prescribe an exact amount of cannabis to their patients. It also eliminates the worry associated with smoking medical marijuana, which can be problematic for patients.

This inhaler could potentially be distributed to pain clinics, cancer centers, and intensive care units, providing a broad range of use for many patients suffering from different ailments.

Allowing IBS patients to manage their symptoms

IBS, short for irritable bowel syndrome, is a condition in which the gastrointestinal tract becomes inflamed and irritated. It can lead to extreme pain, discomfort, and diarrhea and can have a negative impact on a person’s quality of life, sometimes leaving them unable to perform everyday functions such as going to work.

But a company based out of the Netherlands, AXIM Biotechnologies, has now created a gum called CanChew Plus that can help patients manage their symptoms and enjoy life once again. The company states that the gum eliminates the worry that smoking can bring, as the effects of smoking cannabis can wear off in a relatively short time. And consuming medical marijuana in edibles also isn’t very desirable for those suffering from IBS, as it could exacerbate their symptoms. When taken in gum form, cannabinoids such as CBD can still be delivered, without any negative side effects.

Greece legalizes medical marijuana

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With so much research and studies being done on medical marijuana, more and more countries are starting to legalize it. One of the latest has been Greece, who voted in the summer of 2017 to legalize the use of medical marijuana for conditions such as muscle spasms, chronic pain, PTSD, epilepsy and cancer. Greece is only the sixth country in the EU to legalize cannabis for medicinal use, but with so many breakthroughs, there’s no doubt that more are going to be soon to follow.

Mexico legalizes medical marijuana

But Greece isn’t the only country to recognize the positive effects that CBD and other cannabinoids can bring to patients suffering from different ailments. Mexico, a country that decriminalized the use of marijuana back in 2009, has now gone one step further in legalizing medical marijuana; and they have a child to thank for it.

It was in 2015 when Graciela Elizalde, who was eight at the time, took oil high in the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD to help treat the seizures that came with the epilepsy she suffered, and to improve her overall quality of life. After her case went all the way to the Supreme Court, she became the first medical marijuana patient in Mexico. Now, thanks to her, more can too as the medical marijuana legalization bill was passed in Mexico in June of 2017.

This year has certainly been a good one for medical marijuana patients and, as trends continue, there’s no doubt going to be even more good news for those who want to consume cannabis either medicinally or recreationally in the future.

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