Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Tuesday, March 28th, 2018, that the New Jersey medical cannabis program will be expanded to include new qualifying conditions.
It seems as though everyday new research is released proving the efficacy of marijuana as a medicine. The most recent example of this is a study published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience that confirms marijuana can be used to treat Tourette’s Syndrome and the symptoms associated with it. Why Study New Treatments
Tourette Syndrome is a neurological condition characterized by uncontrollable body movements that are often repetitive in nature and referred to as “tics.” This can include blinking, twitching, shoulder shrugging, etc. The condition can also involve repeated and compulsive sounds, oftentimes characterized by offensive language and/or profane speech. Some scientific studies provide evidence that THC cannabinoids
Medical use of cannabis has taken on momentum of its own, surging ahead of scientists’ ability to measure the drug’s benefits. The pace has been a little too quick for some, who see medicinal joints as a punch line, a ruse to free up access to a recreational drug.
But while the medical marijuana movement has been generating political news, some researchers have been quietly moving in new directions — testing cannabis and its derivatives against a host of diseases. The scientific literature now brims with potential uses for cannabis that extend beyond its well-known abilities to fend off nausea and block pain in people with cancer and AIDS. Cannabis derivatives may combat multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory conditions, the new research finds. Cannabis may even kill cancerous tumors.
Earlier you mentioned that maybe I was opposed to medical marijuana and I said no I was just dubious. And I certainly was dubious about the use of cannabis in treating ADD/ ADHD. But that was because I didn’t know anything and when I looked into it, I found out that there were at least 40 papers written before 2000 dealing with the endo-cannabinioid system, cannabis, and ADD/ ADHD. And that as early as 1998 efforts had been made in Oregon to add ADD/ ADHD to the list of conditions for which cannabis was appropriate or legal in the state of Oregon. I began to have people mention that they were able to focus and concentrate more with cannabis. I had people tell me that their grades went from Ds and Fs to As and Bs when they started using marijuana in Jr High School. I had one patient come in and attributed their graduating from the maritime academy to smoking marijuana. And another person who said that they were able to get their PHD as a result of smoking marijuana. I started looking into this and found that there were hundreds of research studies that had been done which provided some of the information as to why this might work.