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IBD – How can cannabinoids help?

They cause considerable suffering: chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s Disease (MC), Colitis Ulcerosa (CU) and some lesser-known forms are associated with unpleasant symptoms such as constant diarrhea, weight loss, severe abdominal pain and reduced performance. Although studies on the mechanism of action in the gastrointestinal tract are inconclusive, there is increasing evidence […]

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Medical cannabis: from wonder drug to hate object

Doctors in Germany have been allowed to prescribe medicines containing cannabinoids for five years now. Nevertheless, the prescription of medicinal cannabis continues to meet with skepticism – from patients and experts alike. Why is that the case? A look at history provides some explanations. China: Cannabis as medicine mentioned for the first time Today, medicinal […]

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Anandamide – this endocannabinoid makes us happy

“Bliss” – this is the meaning of anandamide, the best known and scientifically first described endocannabinoid. It is one of the most important endocannabinoids for controlling the balance in our body, called homeostasis. Humans – but also other mammals and insects – produce endogenous cannabinoids, so-called endocannabinoids. These activate the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), just […]

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Cancer and Cannabis: the state of pre-clinical research

Cannabinoids are already used for cancerous diseases to relieve symptoms such as pain, vomiting from chemotherapy and anorexia. Preclinical studies on animals and cultures of cancer cells increasingly show that cannabinoids have an anticarcinogenic effect, therefore, they also fight cancer. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is involved in tumor defense, from which therapeutic effects for phytocannabinoids […]

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How does cannabis work in our body?

Our body has its own cannabinoid system, called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The main function of this system is to maintain or restore balance (homeostasis) in the body. The components of this ECS are distributed throughout the organism. In addition to receptors and enzymes, the ECS also includes endogenous ligands called endocannabinoids.  This is where […]

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Cannabis for sleep disorders

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) controls many bodily functions such as pain perception, memory, and sleep. An analysis by Canadian researchers of 24,189 user data from the cannabis app Strainprint showed significant relief from insomnia. Discomfort decreased by more than half. Indica-dominant cannabis strains, which contain mainly psychotropic tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), were preferred. Sleep disorders – widespread […]

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Ulcerative colitis and medicinal cannabis

Many studies point to the medical potential of the cannabis plant. Among other things, its ingredients are said to have a pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effect, which could be beneficial in the chronic disease ulcerative colitis. Like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). While ulcerative colitis only inflames the rectum […]

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Multiple sclerosis: treatment with medical cannabis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) usually occurs between the ages of 20 and 40. The neurological disease progresses episodically, and symptoms may vary. While standard therapies can reduce the frequency and duration of relapses, drug therapies are not free of severe side effects. Medical cannabis provides a complementary therapy option low on side effects, to alleviate various […]

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HIV-positive and still living life to the fullest

In Western industrialized nations, the “Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome” – AIDS for short – is no longer a death sentence. The disease is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and can be well controlled with medication: Those who receive timely and regular treatment with antiviral agents can now expect an average life expectancy with […]

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