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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29923025/cannabinoids-for-treatment-of-ms-symptoms-state-of-the-evidence
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Jessica Rice, Michelle Cameron
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cannabis and cannabinoids have been used medically and recreationally for thousands of years and recently there has been a growing body of research in this area. With increased access now that medical marijuana is available in many jurisdictions, patients and providers want to know more about the evidence for benefits and risks of cannabinoid use. This paper provides an overview of the available cannabinoid-based formulations, a summary of the highest quality evidence for the use of cannabinoids for treating spasticity and pain associated with multiple sclerosis (MS), and a discussion of possible dosing regimens based on information from these studies...
June 19, 2018: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770251/review-of-the-neurological-benefits-of-phytocannabinoids
#2
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Joseph Maroon, Jeff Bost
Background: Numerous physical, psychological, and emotional benefits have been attributed to marijuana since its first reported use in 2,600 BC in a Chinese pharmacopoeia. The phytocannabinoids, cannabidiol (CBD), and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) are the most studied extracts from cannabis sativa subspecies hemp and marijuana. CBD and Δ9-THC interact uniquely with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Through direct and indirect actions, intrinsic endocannabinoids and plant-based phytocannabinoids modulate and influence a variety of physiological systems influenced by the ECS...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29560966/medical-cannabis-in-the-treatment-of-cancer-pain-and-spastic-conditions-and-options-of-drug-delivery-in-clinical-practice
#3
Leos Landa, Jan Jurica, Jiri Sliva, Monika Pechackova, Regina Demlova
The use of cannabis for medical purposes has been recently legalised in many countries including the Czech Republic. As a result, there is increased interest on the part of physicians and patients in many aspects of its application. This mini review briefly covers the main active substances of the cannabis plant and mechanisms of action. It focuses on two conditions, cancer pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis, where its effects are well-documented. A comprehensive overview of a few cannabis-based products and the basic pharmacokinetics of marijuana's constituents follows...
March 2018: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29512125/evaluation-of-marijuana-compounds-on-neuroimmune-endpoints-in-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
#4
Barbara L F Kaplan
Cannabinoid compounds refer to a group of more than 60 plant-derived compounds in Cannabis sativa, more commonly known as marijuana. Exposure to marijuana and cannabinoid compounds has been increasing due to increased societal acceptance for both recreational and possible medical use. Cannabinoid compounds suppress immune function, and while this could compromise one's ability to fight infections, immune suppression is the desired effect for therapies for autoimmune diseases. It is critical, therefore, to understand the effects and mechanisms by which cannabinoid compounds alter immune function, especially immune responses induced in autoimmune disease...
February 21, 2018: Current Protocols in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273844/attitudes-perceptions-and-use-of-marijuana-in-youth-with-multiple-sclerosis
#5
J Nicholas Brenton, Teri Schreiner, Krystle Karoscik, Meg Richter, Samantha Ferrante, Amy Waldman, Brenda Banwell
BACKGROUND: Studies have shown a negative impact on cognition and brain volume in marijuana-using adult multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and healthy adolescents. Given that onset of MS during childhood and adolescence negatively impacts brain growth and the normal maturation of neuronal networks, the addition of marijuana exposure in these youth may be even more harmful. OBJECTIVE: Determine attitudes toward and prevalence of recreational marijuana use in MS youth...
February 2018: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29185555/perspectives-on-marijuana-use-and-effectiveness-a-survey-of-narcoms-participants
#6
Stacey S Cofield, Amber Salter, Tuula Tyry, Christina Crowe, Gary R Cutter, Robert J Fox, Ruth Ann Marrie
Background: Interest in and use of marijuana by persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) has increased. While potential benefits have been reported, so have concerns about potential risks. Few large studies have been conducted about the perceptions and current usage of marijuana and medical cannabinoids in persons with MS. Methods: Participants in the North American Research Committee on Multiple Sclerosis (NARCOMS) registry were surveyed in 2014 regarding legality and history of marijuana usage, both before and after diagnosis with MS...
August 2017: Neurology. Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29176975/targeting-cannabinoid-signaling-in-the-immune-system-high-ly-exciting-questions-possibilities-and-challenges
#7
REVIEW
Attila Oláh, Zoltán Szekanecz, Tamás Bíró
It is well known that certain active ingredients of the plants of Cannabis genus, i.e., the "phytocannabinoids" [pCBs; e.g., (-)- trans -Δ9 -tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), (-)-cannabidiol, etc.] can influence a wide array of biological processes, and the human body is able to produce endogenous analogs of these substances ["endocannabinoids" (eCB), e.g., arachidonoylethanolamine (anandamide, AEA), 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG), etc.]. These ligands, together with multiple receptors (e.g., CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors, etc...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725842/understanding-patients-process-to-use-medical-marijuana-a-southern-new-jersey-community-engagement-project
#8
Tara L Crowell
Given the necessity to better understand the process patients need to go through in order to seek treatment via medical marijuana, this study investigates this process to better understand this phenomenon. Specifically, Compassion Care Foundation (CCF) and Stockton University worked together to identify a solution to this problem. Specifically, 240 new patients at CCF were asked to complete a 1-page survey regarding various aspects associated with their experience prior to their use of medicinal marijuana-diagnosis, what prompted them to seek treatment, level of satisfaction with specific stages in the process, total length of time the process took, and patient's level of pain...
September 2016: Journal of patient experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549263/prevalence-reasons-perceived-effects-and-correlates-of-medical-marijuana-use-a-review
#9
REVIEW
Ji-Yeun Park, Li-Tzy Wu
BACKGROUND: The use of marijuana for medical purposes is now legal in some U.S. states and other jurisdictions, such as Canada, and Israel. Despite the widespread legalization of medical marijuana globally, there is limited information on patterns and correlates of medical marijuana use (MMU). We conducted a literature review to assess prevalence, reasons, perceived effects, and correlates of MMU among adolescents and adults. METHODS: We searched peer-reviewed articles in English between January 1996 and August 2016 from several databases (PubMed, Google Scholar, Embase, CINAHL, and PsycINFO) using different combinations of keywords...
August 1, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174520/modulation-of-human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cell-signaling-by-medicinal-cannabinoids
#10
Wesley K Utomo, Marjan de Vries, Henri Braat, Marco J Bruno, Kaushal Parikh, Mònica Comalada, Maikel P Peppelenbosch, Harry van Goor, Gwenny M Fuhler
Medical marijuana is increasingly prescribed as an analgesic for a growing number of indications, amongst which terminal cancer and multiple sclerosis. However, the mechanistic aspects and properties of cannabis remain remarkably poorly characterized. In this study we aimed to investigate the immune-cell modulatory properties of medical cannabis. Healthy volunteers were asked to ingest medical cannabis, and kinome profiling was used to generate comprehensive descriptions of the cannabis challenge on inflammatory signal transduction in the peripheral blood of these volunteers...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829351/recent-updates-in-imperative-natural-compounds-for-healthy-brain-and-nerve-function-a-systematic-review-of-implications-for-multiple-sclerosis
#11
Nima Sanadgol, Shahram Shahraki Zahedani, Mohammad Sharifzadeh, Roghayeh Khalseh, Gullam Reza Barbari, Mohammad Abdollahi
BACKGROUND: The evolution of the 'Green' movement in western society has changed attitudes in the general population who now perceive natural compounds as being inherently harmless and more desirable than artificial chemical products. OBJECTIVE: Considering the growing interest towards introducing naturally emerged medicines, the purpose of this review was to overview the ongoing research into prevention and treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) lesions. METHOD: This review was carried out by searching bibliographic databases such as PubMed and Scopus for studies reported between 1th January 2008 to 30rd January 2016 on MS patients or animal models of MS, investigating the beneficial effects of natural compounds in MS treatment...
November 8, 2016: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789118/adverse-structural-and-functional-effects-of-marijuana-on-the-brain-evidence-reviewed
#12
REVIEW
David E Mandelbaum, Suzanne M de la Monte
The growing use and legalization of cannabis are leading to increased exposures across all age groups, including in adolescence. The touting of its medicinal values stems from anecdotal reports related to treatment of a broad range of illnesses including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, muscle spasms, arthritis, obesity, cancer, Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, post-traumatic stress, inflammatory bowel disease, and anxiety. However, anecdotal data and the high level of interest in this treatment must not obscure objective assessments of any potential and realized short- and long-term adverse effects of cannabis, particularly with respect to age of onset and chronicity of exposure...
January 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27757048/medical-cannabis-the-canadian-perspective
#13
REVIEW
Gordon D Ko, Sara L Bober, Sean Mindra, Jason M Moreau
Cannabis has been widely used as a medicinal agent in Eastern medicine with earliest evidence in ancient Chinese practice dating back to 2700 BC. Over time, the use of medical cannabis has been increasingly adopted by Western medicine and is thus a rapidly emerging field that all pain physicians need to be aware of. Several randomized controlled trials have shown a significant and dose-dependent relationship between neuropathic pain relief and tetrahydrocannabinol - the principal psychoactive component of cannabis...
2016: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27428345/-cannabis-effects-in-the-central-nervous-system-therapeutic-societal-and-legal-consequences
#14
REVIEW
Víctor Manuel Rivera-Olmos, Marisela C Parra-Bernal
The consumption of marijuana extracted from Cannabis sativa and indica plants involves an important cultural impact in Mexico. Their psychological stimulatory effect is widely recognized; their biochemical and molecular components interact with CB1 and CB2 (endocannabinoid system) receptors in various central nervous system structures (CNS) and immune cells. The psychoactive element Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can be reproduced synthetically. Systematic reviews show evidence of therapeutic effectiveness of therapeutic marijuana only for certain symptoms of multiple sclerosis (spasticity, spasms and pain), despite attempts for its widespread use, including refractory childhood epilepsy...
September 2016: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27086601/endocannabinoid-system-a-multi-facet-therapeutic-target
#15
REVIEW
Rimplejeet Kaur, Sneha R Ambwani, Surjit Singh
Cannabis sativa is also popularly known as marijuana. It has been cultivated and used by man for recreational and medicinal purposes since many centuries. Study of cannabinoids was at bay for very long time and its therapeutic value could not be adequately harnessed due to its legal status as proscribed drug in most of the countries. The research of drugs acting on endocannabinoid system has seen many ups and downs in the recent past. Presently, it is known that endocannabinoids has role in pathology of many disorders and they also serve "protective role" in many medical conditions...
2016: Current Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26929665/a-urinary-test-procedure-for-identification-of-cannabidiol-in-patients-undergoing-medical-therapy-with-marijuana
#16
Paul T Wertlake, Michael D Henson
Marijuana is classified by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as Schedule I, drugs having no accepted medical value. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. This conflict inhibits physicians from prescribing marijuana and the systematic study of marijuana in medical care. This study concerns the use of the clinical laboratory as a resource for physicians recommending cannabidiol (CBD) to patients, or for patients using medical marijuana. Marijuana containing delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is psychoactive...
2016: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26772776/cannabidiol-limits-tcell-mediated-chronic-autoimmune-myocarditis-implications-to-autoimmune-disorders-and-organ-transplantation
#17
Wen-Shin Lee, Katalin Erdelyi, Csaba Matyas, Partha Mukhopadhyay, Zoltan V Varga, Lucas Liaudet, György Haskó, Daniela Čiháková, Raphael Mechoulam, Pal Pacher
RATIONALE: Myocarditis is a major cause of heart failure and sudden cardiac death in young adults and adolescents. Many cases of myocarditis are associated with autoimmune processes in which cardiac myosin is a major autoantigen. Conventional immunosuppressive therapies often provide unsatisfactory results and are associated with adverse toxicities during the treatment of autoimmune myocarditis. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive constituent of Marijuana which exerts antiinflammatory effects independent from classical cannabinoid receptors...
January 8, 2016: Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26443472/medical-marijuana-patient-counseling-points-for-health-care-professionals-based-on-trends-in-the-medical-uses-efficacy-and-adverse-effects-of-cannabis-based-pharmaceutical-drugs
#18
REVIEW
Jayesh R Parmar, Benjamin D Forrest, Robert A Freeman
The purpose of this report is to present a review of the medical uses, efficacy, and adverse effects of the three approved cannabis-based medications and ingested marijuana. A literature review was conducted utilizing key search terms: dronabinol, nabilone, nabiximols, cannabis, marijuana, smoke, efficacy, toxicity, cancer, multiple sclerosis, nausea, vomiting, appetite, pain, glaucoma, and side effects. Abstracts of the included literature were reviewed, analyzed, and organized to identify the strength of evidence in medical use, efficacy, and adverse effects of the approved cannabis-based medications and medical marijuana...
July 2016: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26336632/clinical-perspectives-on-medical-marijuana-cannabis-for-neurologic-disorders
#19
Terry D Fife, Heidi Moawad, Constantine Moschonas, Katie Shepard, Nancy Hammond
The American Academy of Neurology published an evidence-based systematic review of randomized controlled trials using marijuana (Cannabis sativa) or cannabinoids in neurologic disorders. Several cannabinoids showed effectiveness or probable effectiveness for spasticity, central pain, and painful spasms in multiple sclerosis. The review justifies insurance coverage for dronabinol and nabilone for these indications. Many insurance companies already cover these medications for other indications. It is unlikely that the review will alter coverage for herbal marijuana...
August 2015: Neurology. Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26103031/medical-marijuana-for-treatment-of-chronic-pain-and-other-medical-and-psychiatric-problems-a-clinical-review
#20
REVIEW
Kevin P Hill
IMPORTANCE: As of March 2015, 23 states and the District of Columbia had medical marijuana laws in place. Physicians should know both the scientific rationale and the practical implications for medical marijuana laws. OBJECTIVE: To review the pharmacology, indications, and laws related to medical marijuana use. EVIDENCE REVIEW: The medical literature on medical marijuana was reviewed from 1948 to March 2015 via MEDLINE with an emphasis on 28 randomized clinical trials of cannabinoids as pharmacotherapy for indications other than those for which there are 2 US Food and Drug Administration-approved cannabinoids (dronabinol and nabilone), which include nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and appetite stimulation in wasting illnesses...
June 23, 2015: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
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