Top 10 Studies Released in 2016 that Exemplify Cannabis’ Medical Diversity

studiesIn recent years there has been a vast amount of research released that exemplifies cannabis’ diverse medical value, and 2016 – despite being far from over – has been no different.

Below is a list featuring 10 of the top studies released this year that demonstrate this diversity:

 

A  study published last month in Nature Partner Journals found that  THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) stimulates toxic plaque removal in the brain, and also blocks inflammation (which can damage neurons).

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Study: Cannabinoids May Prevent Cartilage Breakdown in those with Osteoarthritis

cannabisA new study published in this month’s issue of the journal Molecular Medicine Reports, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, has found that cannabinoids may prevent cartilage breakdown in those with osteoarthritis.

According to researchers; “A central feature of osteoarthritis (OA) is the loss of articular cartilage, which is primarily attributed to cartilage breakdown.” The current study explored the effects of a synthetic cannabinoid meant to mimic the effects of cannabis-based cannabinoids on preventing this breakdown.

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Illinois Panel Approves Medical Cannabis Use for Eight New Conditions

By Associated Press

illinoisAn advisory board voted Wednesday to add eight health conditions — including chronic pain syndrome, autism, osteoarthritis and post-traumatic stress disorder — to the list of illnesses that can be treated by medical marijuana in Illinois.

The state’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Board had expressed frustration last month when Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration rejected its first 11 suggestions for expanding the list of medical conditions. Osteoarthritis and PTSD were on that earlier list, so Wednesday’s votes reaffirmed the board’s viewpoint and put the matter back in Rauner’s hands.

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Illinois State Board Recommends Migraines, PTSD and Other Ailments As Medical Cannabis Conditions

The illinoismedicalIllinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board on Monday voted to recommend a variety of medical ailments as conditions that qualify an individual to become a legal medical cannabis patient.

The Board voted 8 to 2 to recommend to the Illinois Department of Health that migraines be added as qualifying conditions for medical cannabis use. The panel voted unanimously to recommend irritable bowel syndrome, post traumatic stress disorder, periphery polyneuropathy and diabetic neuropathy, and voted 7 to 4 to recommend osteoarthritis.

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New Study Finds Cannabinoids May Treat Osteoarthritis

A study published in this month’s issue of the European Journal of Neuroscience has found that cannabinoids may be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis.

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An example of Osteoarthritis.

According to the study; “Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease associated with articular cartilage degradation. The major clinical outcome of osteoarthritis is a complex pain state that includes both nociceptive and neuropathic mechanisms.”

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