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OST DOCTORS NO longer contend the medicinal value of cannabis. There are hundreds of scientific studies that prove it, making the point difficult to argue. Furthermore, pharmaceutical companies are developing cannabinoid-based medicines, affirming that cannabis benefits the human body. It is these substances – cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – that give the cannabis plant its medicinal properties. Thanks to extensive research, we have discovered that cannabis is effective in treating a wide variety of illnesses, including chronic pain, seizures and PSTD. Some would even argue that cannabis can treat cancer, with many individuals curing cancer with cannabis oil. Yet, it is rarely pointed out that cannabis is also a potential preventative medicine for some very common health problems. Below are several examples of scientific research that show the preventative properties of cannabis.

Studies Show


Can Prevent Several Common Diseases

v THC Keeps the Brain “Clean” to Prevent Alzheimer’s In 2014, researchers at the University of South Florida and Thomas Jefferson University found that the cannabinoid THC helps prevent plaque build-up on the brain. This plaque, called beta amyloid plaque, is associated with the development of Alzheimer’s. This illness is the most common form of dementia. Furthermore, the study showed that THC helps with mitochondrial function. The mitochondria of the cell takes in nutrients from the cell, breaks it down, and turns it into energy. Evidence exists indicating that mitochondrial dysfunction plays an early and significant role in Alzheimer’s disease. Lead author of the study, neuroscientist

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Chuanhai Cao, Ph.D., wrote: THC is known to be a potent antioxidant with neuroprotective properties, but this is the first report that the compound directly affects Alzheimer’s pathology by decreasing amyloid beta levels, inhibiting its aggregation and enhancing mitochondrial function.

v THC Protects the Brain from Many Neurodegenerative Diseases Another 2014 study out of Tel-Aviv University in Israel tested whether extremely

low dose of THC could protect the brain from inflammation-induced cognitive deficits. Some of the more common neurodegenerative diseases include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s disease. The researchers concluded: Our results suggest that an ultralow dose of THC that lacks any psychotrophic activity protects the brain from neuroinflammation-induced cognitive damage and might be used as an effective drug for the treatment of neuroinflammatory conditions, including neurodegenerative diseases.

v Cannabis Can Prevent Symptoms of Osteoarthritis In 2017, a group of researchers out of Dalhousie University in Canada published their findings on the effects that CBD has on osteoarthritis (OA). OA is a degenerative joint condition that affects millions around the world. Symptoms often include inflammation, numbness, pain and joint neuropathy. The researchers, including HT Philpott of the Departments of Pharmacology and Anaesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine, concluded that CBD may prevent OA patients from developing nerve damage and joint pain. In addition to CBD’s neuro-protective properties, the substance reduced joint inflammation when administered locally. The researchers published their study in the medical journal PAIN. They stated: The data presented here indicate that local administration of CBD blocked OA pain. Prophylactic CBD treatment prevented the later development of pain and nerve damage in these OA joints. These findings suggest that CBD may be a safe, useful therapeutic for treating OA joint neuropathic pain.

v Cannabis Compounds May Prevent Spread of Cancer So far, as with many studies on medical cannabis, researchers examining the plant’s effect on cancer have only conducted studies in a lab and/or on animals. Therefore, it is difficult to proclaim as fact that cannabis can prevent cancer. Nevertheless, there are numerous studies that show cannabis has the potential to prevent

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The New Agora January 2018  
The New Agora January 2018