Cannabis to cure paralysis?Nov 23 03:49
It’s been long known the beneficial side effects that cannabis can have on those with spinal cord injuries. THC, once consumed, trickles throughout the body and does it’s thing. Many claim it can reduce muscle spasticity, decrease neuropathic pain, make anxiety go away, increase hunger (helpful for anyone needing to gain weight) and more. But for cannabis to have a direct effect on the actual spinal cord? I would have never believed it.
Researchers at the University of San Paolo in Brazil are the scientists behind this study. Using rats as the experimental subject, they damaged their spinal cords cryogenically at the T10 level, with one control group receiving an injection of the non-psychotropic cannabis plant constituent cannabidiol (CBD) and the other receiving a placebo. The two groups received their injections directly before their injury, three hours after the injury, and daily for the following six days.
And what they found was astounding. Other than having some high rats on their hands, they discovered the rats that received the cannabis-derived injection had more locomotive return by the end of the week compared to the control group that did not. They concluded, “Cannabidiol improved locomotor functional recovery and reduced injury extent, suggesting that it could be useful in the treatment of spinal cord lesions,” the investigators said of their study, which was published in the journal Neuraltoxicity Research.
This isn’t the first time cannabis has proven to have therapeutic benefits. In the past, it’s proven to have anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-epileptic, anti-cancer, and bone-stimulating properties. The problem however lies in one big fat roadblock: Cannabis is still deemed illegally by the Feds. Obviously, stronger evidence is needed to prove the possible SCI or others healing properties, but if it ever is presented, let’s hope some medical exceptions will be applied to the current Federal law.
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1. Weed Biid person ready to help | Jul 02 10:25
salut a tous je suis du canada et je vient de lire cette etude,jai une tres forte tendence a croire cette etude et voila pourquoi.Et la je ne veux pas manquer de respect a qui que ce soit car je sais comment cette "maladie"est mal vue par le monde en general,mais si ca peut aider les gens atteint dune blessure medulaire alors je me lance,pour faire court je suis atteint de biid du plus loin que je me souvienne javais 5 ans,jen ai aujourdhui 30.Pour faire court jai fait plusieur essaie et croyer moi avec des outils asser hard a peut pres niveau t10 sans de gros resultat,mais ce qui me pousse a croire cette etude cest que depuis environ 10 ans je fume du pot regulierement quotidiennement.Alors si je peut aider a concretiser les resultat de letude en servant de cobaye humain pour venir en aide a la cause SCI et quon peut me donner un coup de main avec mon BIID alors donner moi des nouvelle
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Tiffiny Carlson is freelance writer and writes the “SCI Life” column for New Mobility. She's also a C6 quad from a diving accident that occurred when she was 14 years old. A lifelong resident of Minneapolis, Tiffiny has been a writer in the disability community for over 10 years and writes for several publications and blogs, as well as her personal blog BeautyAbility. Her work has also appeared in mainstream publications such as Nerve.com and Playgirl.