Research was recently published in the journal Neurology documenting how medical marijuana reduces chronic pain. Dr. Haggai Sharon was the Israeli study author. He is a researcher measuring pain at the Sagol Brain Institute, Tel Aviv Medical Center.

He explained: “Pain is a complex experience that involves both the senses and emotions. Our study results link pain relief from THC with a reduction in the connections between areas of the brain otherwise heavily connected, suggesting that THC may alleviate pain by disrupting signals between these pain processing pathways. Interestingly, our results also show that the more connected the areas of the brain that process emotion and sensory prior to treatment, the greater the pain relief experienced when taking THC.”

For those of us who study the science of glycobiology, we know that sugars on the cell receptors are involved. Besides THC, other different chemicals in cannabis, like cannabidiol, and associated cell receptors like CB1 and CB2 receptors will require further investigation.

In the U.S., medical marijuana is legal in 30 states. Medical marijuana is prescribed for a variety of conditions, including nausea, cancer, stress and schizophrenia.

In August 2018, researchers found cannabidiol could ease the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease in mice studies. CBD oil is not psychoactive. The authors of the study published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation concluded a molecule in cannabis had similarities to one the body naturally releases to soothe gut inflammation. There are many natural benefits present in the cannabis plant. See the chapter on cannabis in my book available on Amazon for more information.

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