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#1 Storm Crow

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 05:16 PM

http://www.foxnews.c...abis-deficient/ Marijuana Compound Treats Multiple Health Issues By Chris Kilham Published April 20, 2011 Today is known as National Marijuana Day or 4/20—and if the idea of having a marijuana deficiency sounds laughable to you, a growing body of science points at exactly such a possibility. Scientists have known that the active psychoactive compound in marijuana is THC, which is short for tetrahydrocannabinol. In August 1990, researchers reported in the journal Naturethe discovery of receptors in the brain that specifically accommodate the cannabinoids in pot. Cannabinoids bind to particular neurological sites in the brain, as though the brain was specifically designed to utilize this plant. Did nature toss cannabinoid receptors into the brain by random chance? Are cannabinoid receptors part of an intelligent design for deriving maximum benefit from cannabis? Is cannabis a divine elixir of sacred communion for which we are ideally suited? Actually, a more sober answer seems likely. When there are receptors in the brain for a particular type of compound, that compound is made in the brain. This is true of many important agents that work to transmit brain messages of all types. So a hunt began to find such a compound. In that vein, in 1992 researchers in Israel isolated the cannabinoid anandamide in the human brain. Unlike THC, anandamide is manufactured in the brain, and is therefore an endogenous cannabinoid. This agent, anandamide, is the compound that attaches to the built-in cannabinoid receptors in our brains. The name anandamide is based on the Sanskrit word ananda, which means bliss. Anandamide is a bliss molcule, enhancing greater well being and emotional satisfaction. Ever since the pioneering work of Dr. William O'Shaughnessy on cannabis and pain compiled in the 1840's a growing body of science has shown that cannabis offers relief for various types of pain. In the brain, the endogenous agent anandamide also plays a role in mitigating inflammation and pain. So both cannabinoids from inside and outside the body play a role in pain reduction. More recent studies show pain relief among sufferers of multiple sclerosis when cannabis is consumed. Anandamide also plays a role in proper appetite, feelings of pleasure and well-being, and memory. Interestingly, cannabis also affects these same functions. Cannabis has been used successfully to treat migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and glaucoma. So here is the seventy-four thousand dollar question. Does cannabis simply relieve these diseases to varying degrees, or is cannabis actually a medical replacement in cases of deficient anandamide? At least one author, medical doctor Ethan Russo, believes in the possibility of endocanabinoid deficiency, and suggests that such a deficiency might actually be a significant cause of the types of health problems listed above. His paper "Clinical Cannabinoid Deficiency," published in Neuroendocrinology Lettersin 2004, delved deeply into the various ways that cannabinoids function in the body, and how a deficiency in cannabinoids can lead to a broad range of diseases. Since the publication of that paper, a number of studies have further confirmed the effectiveness of cannabis for many health disorders. The idea of clinical cannabinoid deficiency opens the door to cannabis consumption as an effective medical approach to relief of various types of pain, restoration of appetite in cases in which appetite is compromised, improved visual health in cases of glaucoma, and improved sense of well being among patients suffering from a broad variety of mood disorders. As state and local laws mutate and change in favor of greater tolerance, perhaps cannabis will find it's proper place in the home medicine chest. Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter who researches natural remedies all over the world, from the Amazon to Siberia. He teaches ethnobotany at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is Explorer In Residence. Chris advises herbal, cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies and is a regular guest on radio and TV programs worldwide. His field research is largely sponsored by Naturex of Avignon, France. Read more at www.MedicineHunter.com. Read more: http://health.blogs..../#ixzz1KCL86R7P
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Posted 21 April 2011 - 05:46 PM

Great article! Well written... Kudos to Chris and thanks Storm Crow!! Pete
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Posted 21 April 2011 - 05:58 PM

Awesome! About time they clicked into the truth~! Thank you Granny. J
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Posted 22 April 2011 - 05:43 AM

Wow.. I almost feel like I smoked myself into another dimension. A dimension that still has logical thinkers.......thinking. LOL

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 06:57 AM

Great find and great article. Word by word and day by day the truth is being put forward. Thanks!!
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Posted 22 April 2011 - 08:45 AM

Great piece Strom Crow, they are finely getting it.It's a med that works and will not kill you or harm you ether. Peace
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Posted 22 April 2011 - 02:17 PM

Thank you Granny, makes ya feel good that they are listening and talking!!!!
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Posted 22 April 2011 - 02:35 PM

WOW! Fox News even! The info doesn't surprise me but the source is not something I would have thought to see without mention of "Drug War" and "criminal drug users" etc. Sweet! There is hope!!

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 01:32 PM

This is giving me chills knowing that a post this well written and informative existed on fox news!!! I have been without the internet for a while now, out of the loop! But how exciting!
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 03:29 PM

thank you Storm Crow...let's hope that other news medias "get it" and spread it, and quickly, Cannabis will be used by all who need it as medication/relaxation !!!!!!
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