Atherosclerosis and Medical Marijuana
“A single ultra low dose of THC before ischemia [Insufficient Blood flow] is a safe and effective treatment that reduces myocardial ischemic [Heart Attack] damage.” Felsenstein Medical Research Center, Israel
Hardening of the arteries or Arteriosclerosis occurs when vessels become rigid and thick. Arteries are damaged - through the aging process - or because of a metabolic disorder, where of the body fails to maintain integrity; substances such as calcium, proteins, lipids are deposited slowly throughout the circulatory system. Over time this disorder is often life threatening, however, the good news is that Atherosclerosis is preventable and treatable.
“Hardening of the heart ages people more quickly than hardening of the arteries”
How Can Marijuana Help in Atherosclerosis and Heart Disease?
Cannabinoid receptors throughout the cardiovascular system play a major role in the regulation of heart function and circulation. Both the body's own Cannabinoids and Hemp Cannabinoids are now known to be major regulators of circulatory and immune-inflammation system functions. Since inflammation is a large aspect of atherosclerosis, researchers have suggested that cannabinoids of Marijuana can counter the progression of this disease.
"I don't think any drug that can cause brain damage, failing kidneys, hardening arteries, pain, and suffering should be made available." - Layne Staley
Did you Know?
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, claiming more lives than cancer. 75% of all cardiovascular related deaths result from atherosclerosis, a treatable disorder.
- chest pain
- leg, arm and body pain near a blocked artery.
- shortness of breath
- confusion when blockage affects circulation to the brain
- muscle weakness in legs from lack of circulation
"With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and definite hardening of the paragraphs." - James Grover Thurber
Amiodarone Side Effects: Wheezing, cough, chest pain, coughing up blood, breathing problems that get worse; a new or a worsening irregular heartbeat pattern (fast, slow, or pounding heartbeats);a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out; blurred vision, vision loss, headache or pain behind your eyes, sometimes with vomiting; liver problems--nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);signs of overactive thyroid--weight loss, thinning hair, feeling too hot or too cold, increased sweating, irregular menstrual periods, swelling in your neck (goiter); or signs of underactive thyroid--extreme tired feeling, dry skin, joint pain or stiffness, muscle pain or weakness, hoarse voice, feeling more sensitive to cold temperatures, weight gain.
Doctors Speak: How Medical Cannabis can Treat Atherosclerosis Conditions and Symptoms
"Low doses of oral THC inhibit progression of atherosclerosis in mice. 1 mg/kg daily dose of THC elicited the most beneficial response, which is much lower than the amount of THC that causes psychoactive effects. THC acts to decrease the inflammatory response of the immune system, providing further support for its anti-inflammatory role in heart disease." - Dr. Steffens (paraphrase)
"Animal and Human studies have shown that Marijuana activation of CB2 receptors can reduce a number of endothelial-related problems (circulatory issues) - like high glucose diets like fat buildup"
“Cannabinoids affect blood vessels by causing them to relax and widen. Cannabidiol has been shown to be effective in protecting endothelial function and integrity in human coronary artery endothelial cells.” - Dr. Saoirse O’Sullivan
“CBD could be used for treating symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases, diabetes, nausea, bowel disorders, and many other hard-to-control side effects.”
- Dr. Sean McAllister,
“A single ultra low dose of THC before ischemia [Insufficient Blood flow] is a safe and effective treatment that reduces myocardial ischemic [Heart Attack] damage.” - Felsenstein Medical Research Center, Israel
"CBD reduces myocardial dysfunction, cardiac fibrosis, oxidative-nitrative stress, inflammation, cell death, and interrelated signaling pathways, which collectively offers therapeutic benefits in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases." - Dr. Rajesh
"In addition, administering CBD shortly after a heart attack has been shown to reduce infarct size and myocardial inflammation, thus showing potential as a treatment for myocardial ischemia." - Dr. Durst.
420Evaluationsonline: Atherosclerosis patients who wish to try Medical Marijuana or others that are not yet legal can get Recommendations and ID Cards online here. Simply type in your name, address, California ID and write brief description about your health issues and you are done. A licensed medical doctor evaluates your file the same day. Clients only pay once they are approved.
FURTHER READING - HOW MEDICAL MARIJUANA TREATS ATHEROSCLEROSIS