New Research Shows Connection Between Stem Cells and Marijuana
You are here because you are committed to your health and you want to know about the cutting-edge research happening right now in the field of stem cells.
And this week’s blog is so exciting, interesting, and controversial that it needs its own disclaimer.
WARNING: The information in this article may shock and surprise you, or it may offend you. And it will certainly intrigue you.
This week’s article is about a powerful, extremely healing, highly-revered and often maligned plant. Medically it is known as Cannabis sativa, but you may know it as simply marijuana.
Currently, the US Federal Government classifies Cannabis sativa as a Schedule 1 Narcotic, meaning the US government believes it is more dangerous than cocaine and just as addictive as heroin. And, that it has no medicinal properties.
And yet many scientists, medical doctors, and researchers have found lots of practical applications for cannabis in medicine.
A recent report from the academic journal Neurology found cannabis was helpful with the following medical conditions:
- Physical pain and achiness
- Insomnia and sleep disorders
- Reducing eye-swelling in people suffering from glaucoma
- Nausea from chemotherapy
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
Cannabis can also be very helpful with cancer. It is a great pain medication during cancer treatments, and many studies have found that cannabis actually is a powerful anti-cancer agent.
New research shows cannabis can be helpful to those with anxiety and depression, and there is ongoing research on cannabis and ADHD.
For example, Forbes Magazine reported on a research study from Washington State University that found that symptoms of depression were reduced after smoking cannabis in 89.3% of the trials.
Not bad for a single plant.
Here’s where it gets really interesting…
Not only does cannabis help a wide variety of mental and physical disorders, it is also a powerful anti-inflammatory.
And, since you are a loyal blog reader, you know that inflammation is the #1 enemy of stem cells.
So, if cannabis is a proven anti-inflammatory, could cannabis be beneficial for stem cells?
This next section is really exciting because we are talking about CBD, not cannabis (aka marijuana).
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, and it is one of the active chemicals in cannabis. THC, the psychoactive substance in cannabis, is another well-known naturally-occurring chemical in cannabis.
Taking CBD won’t produce the same psychological effects as smoking cannabis, has a variety of health benefits, and is becoming more and more accessible each day.
CBD is legal in all 50 states in the United States, as well as in Canada and many European countries. And because it is legal in the US, there has been a lot of research on CBD all over the world.
CBD, Stem Cells, and Alzheimer’s
It turns out that CBD on its own is a powerful anti-inflammatory. That means that you can get the anti-inflammatory benefit of cannabis by using CBD oil without breaking any laws or upsetting any government regulators.
Because CBD is a proven anti-inflammatory, that means it could be beneficial for stem cells AND lots of other medical conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Joint pain
- Chronic physical pain
- Plus many more
In fact, an article from Harvard Medical School claims that chronic inflammation is the cause of many, if not most, diseases.
But wait, it gets better…
Not only is the anti-inflammatory capability of CBD good for helping treat or prevent many diseases (AND it is good for your stem cells), recent research shows that CBD can also help stimulate neurogenesis – the growth of new neural cells.
In other words, CBD could help grow new brain cells in the hippocampus, the memory area of the brain. This is especially good news for those worried about Alzheimer’s disease or who are over 65 years old.
Cannabis, CBD and New Stem Cells
Cannabis might also stimulate the growth and proliferation of new stem cells. This research is very new and cutting-edge, and there are a lot more questions right now than answers.
Scientists do not yet know if cannabis or components of cannabis directly impact the growth and proliferation of stem cells.
More about this in the next blog.
- Cannabis sativa has shown to have many health benefits for a wide variety of diseases
- CBD, which is non-psychoactive, is a powerful anti-inflammatory
- CBD can help treat or prevent many different diseases
- CBD can protect your stem cells by reducing inflammation
- Cannabis sativa has many healing properties, and future research may show a direct impact on stem cell growth and proliferation
Thanks for reading!
To your health,
The Healing Miracle Team
P.S. Are you curious and interested about the healing power of cannabis?
There is a FREE Documentary about the healing power of Cannabis and how you can use cannabis to live a healthier life.
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