Nature provides us with many healing agents but these are often pushed to the periphery of public knowledge to ensure big pharma profits.
- 1 Blackberries
- 2 Cannabis
- 2.1 The endocannabinoid receptors
- 2.2 Endocannabinoids
- 2.3 Phytocannabinoids
- 2.4 Synthetic cannabinoids
- 2.5 Other plants that contain compounds that are active in cannabinoid receptors
- 3 Cannabis therapeutics
- 3.1 Medical cannabis research and information organizations
- 3.2 External links about cannabis as medicine
- 3.3 Literature about cannabis as a medicine
- 3.4 Anecdotal testimonies about medical cannabis
- 3.5 Alzheimer's disease and cannabis
- 3.6 Asthma and cannabis
- 3.7 Autism and cannabis
- 3.8 Autoimmune diseases and cannabis
- 3.9 Cancers and cannabis
- 3.9.1 Key things everyone needs to know about cancers and cannabis
- 3.9.2 Links about cannabis and cancer in general
- 3.9.3 Brain cancer and cannabis
- 3.9.4 Breast cancer and cannabis
- 3.9.5 Cervical cancer and cannabis
- 3.9.6 Colon cancer and cannabis
- 3.9.7 Langerhans cell sarcoma
- 3.9.8 Leukemia and cannabis
- 3.9.9 Liver cancer and cannabis
- 3.9.10 Lung cancer and cannabis
- 3.9.11 Lymphoma
- 3.9.12 Oral cancer and cannabis
- 3.9.13 Osteosarcoma
- 3.9.14 Ovarian cancer and cannabis
- 3.9.15 Pancreatic cancer and cannabis
- 3.9.16 Prostate cancer and cannabis
- 3.9.17 Skin cancer and cannabis
- 3.9.18 Testicular cancer and cannabis
- 3.9.19 Thyroid cancer and cannabis
- 3.10 Crohn's disease and cannabis
- 3.11 Epilepsy and cannabis
- 3.12 Dermatitis
- 3.13 Migraines and cannabis
- 3.14 Pain treatment with cannabis
- 3.15 Parkinsons disease and cannabis
- 3.16 Non-somatic issues with cannabis
- 3.17 Sclerosis
- 3.18 Administering cannabis
- 4 Ginger
- 5 Pineapple
- 6 Stevia
- 7 Turmeric
- 8 Information sources on natural therapeutics
- 9 References
Cannabis is the oldest and most versatile medicine known to humankind.
Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica are the main cannabis variants though most strains are mixes of these. A third cannabis line is the Cannabis ruderalis, a rugged northern cannabis that has adapted to flower even under northern long summer days.
The endocannabinoid receptors
Main article in wikipedia Endocannabinoid system
CB1 receptors predominantly located in the nervous system, connective tissues, gonads, glands, and organs.
CB2 receptors, primarily found in the immune system and also present in the spleen, liver, heart, kidneys, bones, blood vessels, lymph cells, endocrine glands, and reproductive organs.
The two main endocannabinoids are Anandamide and 2-AG.
It has been referred to as the endocannabinoid version of THC.
2-Arachidonoylglycerol aka. 2-AG was discovered in 1994-1995.
N-Arachidonoyl dopamine discovered in 2000.
2-Arachidonyl glyceryl ether
2-Arachidonyl glyceryl ether discovered in 2001.
Virodhamine discovered in 2002
Lysophosphatidylinositol is a contender to be the 6th endocannabinoid.
- Endocannabinoids – Beyond the Brain is a good 2017 article on the Hemp Edification blog] adapted from Your Body Is Teeming with Weed Receptors, a 2017 article on the website the-scientist.com and Endocannabinoids in the Groove, a 2017 article on the website the-scientist.com
List of known phytocannabinoids from Wikipedia:
- THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)
- THCA (Tetrahydrocannbinolic acid)
- CBD (Cannabidiol)
- CBDA (Cannabidiolic Acid)
- CBN (Cannabinol)
- CBG (Cannabigerol)
- CBC (Cannabichromene)
- CBL (Cannabicyclol)
- CBV (Cannabivarin)
- THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin)
- CBDV (Cannabidivarin)
- CBCV (Cannabichromevarin)
- CBGV (Cannabigerovarin)
- CBGM (Cannabigerol Monomethyl Ether)
- CBE (Cannabielsoin)
- CBT (Cannabicitran)
Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid THCA is the what cannabis plants produce to fend off insects from harming it. In pure form THCA is a clear translucent crystalline of white color.
THC is produced from the raw THCA by a process called decarboxylation. Basically means to heat the stuff over certain temperature.
THCA found in raw marijuana apparently has some health enhancing properties. The issue is being researched.
- Hightimes in detail piece on CBD
- Leafly lists strains high in CBD
- Piece on CBD as anti-pain agent (contains ads)
- WHO preliminary report on CBD
Cannabidiolic Acid is the raw form. Decarboxylating CBDA yields CBD.
Cannabinol is a sleeping aid and has also other therapeutic qualities.
“Cannabigerol has been shown to promote apoptosis in cancer cells and inhibit tumor growth in mice. It acts as an α2-adrenergic receptor agonist, 5-HT1A receptor antagonist, and CB1 receptor antagonist. It also binds to the CB2 receptor.”
Links about CBG
Tetrahydrocannabivarin can be used to inhibit appetite.
Links about THCV
Cannabigerol Monomethyl Ether
Synthetic cannabinoids are a class of molecules that bind to cannabinoid receptors in the body — the same receptors to which THC and CBD attach – which are cannabinoids in cannabis plants. (Wikipedia)
Word of caution: Many synthetic cannabinoids are dangerous and should not be administered by others than medical professionals.
- List of synthetic cannabinoids on Wikipedia
- Structural scheduling of synthetic cannabinoids on Wikipedia
Other plants that contain compounds that are active in cannabinoid receptors
- Echinacea contains N-alkylamides, that function via cannabimemetics to provide immune-boosting and is also used to relieve anxiety, fatigue, migraines and arthritis.
- Black pepper contains high levels of the terpene called β-caryophyllene (BCP). BCP functions as a cannabinoid, and has a binding affinity with the CB2 receptor.
- Flax (linen) seeds produce cannabinoid-like compounds very similar to CBD.
- Cacao contains lots of magnesium, but also "happy-brain" chemicals like theobromine, phenethylamine, tryptophan, and anandamide. Cacao affects the endocannabinoid system by deactivating the enzyme called FAAH. This enzyme breaks down the endocannabinoid known as anandamide.
- Black truffles contain anandamide.
- Helichrysum umbraculigerum contains cannabigerol (CBG).
- Rhododendron anthopogonoides (Chinese Labrador) contains anthopogocyclolic acid and anthopogochromenic acid and five related compounds known as synthetic analogues of cannabinoids: cannabichromene (CBC) type, cannabicyclol (CBL) type and cannabicitran (CBT) type, have been isolated together with geranyl orsellinic acid. 
- Liverwort contains Perrottetinene, a cannabinoid similar to THC.
Cannabis can be applied to treat a wide assortment of illnesses. In this case it is called medical cannabis.
Due to the inbuilt default to always take the safe route and also to backup the back of your fellow MD colleague the Wikipedia does not yield the right infos on how useful and versatile a medication cannabis is.
Research has been held back by arcane laws even as cannabis is the oldest medicine known to man and it should be gladly appreciated and not outlawed because of big pharma interests.
Medical cannabis research and information organizations
- International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines is also available in German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian
- The Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids is a Canadian non-profit organization
- The Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California
- Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research and Innovation by the govt of New South Wales
- http://www.calgarycmmc.com/ a large compendium on medical cannabis sorted alphabetically by ailment.
- http://expand-your-consciousness.com/100-scientific-studies-agree-cannabis-annihilates-cancer/ about 100 nih.gov studies linked some cases briefly described.
- Harvard Health Blog article on medical cannabis is naturally very reserved about not raising too much hopes
- 71 medical uses of cannabis compiled by LearnGreenFlower.com
Literature about cannabis as a medicine
- MARIJUANA AS MEDICINE? - The Science Beyond the Controversy (full book online), a somewhat skeptical and reserved book published in 2000 that you can read online from The National Academies Press.
- MARIHUANA: THE FORBIDDEN MEDICINE (excerpts from the book online), a 1997 book by Lester Grinspoon, M.D and James Bakalar, J.D
Anecdotal testimonies about medical cannabis
- Anecdotal testimonies on medical cannabis at calgarymmc.com
- Anecdotal testimonies on medical cannabis at rxmarijuana.com
Alzheimer's disease and cannabis
Cannabis has been found to be beneficial for Alzheimer's sufferers. Especially true this is for THC which inhibits the formulation of toxic beta amyloid protein plaque on braincells which causes Alzheimer's disease.
- News (2016): "Cannabinoids remove plaque-forming Alzheimer’s proteins from brain cells" @ salk.edu - Preliminary lab studies at the Salk Institute find THC reduces beta amyloid proteins in human neurons
- Wikipedia article on Alzheimer's disease research has only a few words about cannabis therapeutics and those are very sceptical.
Asthma and cannabis
- Extensive compendium of research about asthma and cannabis compiled by calgarycmmc.com
Autism and cannabis
- Extensive compendium of research about autism and cannabis compiled by calgarycmmc.com
Autoimmune diseases and cannabis
Cannabis helps with many autoimmune diseases due to its anti-inflammatory and other properties.
Links about autoimmune diseases and cannabis
Rheumatoid arthritis and cannabis
Cannabis helps with Rheumatoid arthritis.
Links about Rheumatoid arthritis and cannabis
Lupus and cannabis
Cannabis helps with Systemic lupus erythematosus
Coeliac disease and cannabis
Cannabis helps with Coeliac disease.
Psoriasis and cannabis
You could also be looking for dermatitis, also known as eczema.
Cannabis helps with Psoriasis and when applied externally.
Type 1 diabetes and cannabis
Cancers and cannabis
Key things everyone needs to know about cancers and cannabis
Warning: Smoking the cannabis as the method of cannabinoid delivery the smoke contains quite a few carcinogenic substances i.e. cancer inducing substances. See the section administering cannabis for alternatives to smoking it.
Internet is rife with stories about winning the battle against cancer with the help of phytocannabinoids. What does the science say?
- Anti-proliferative - cannabis is against tumor growth 
- Anti-metastatic - cannabis is against cancer spreading to other parts in the body because of metastatic activity
- Anti-angiogenetic - cannabis is against new blood vein growth to tumor
- Apoptotic - cannabis causes cancer cells to programmedly kill themselves via Apoptosis. 
- Pain relief - cannabis works very well against the somatic and nonsomatic pains brought on by cancer.
- Appetite stimulator - cannabis helps maintain a good appetite.
- Anti-nauseatic - cannabis helps with the chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting if you receive chemotherapy. World's first study of cannabis for chemotherapy's negative effects is underway in Australia.  
Phytocannabinoids are harmless to healthy cannabinoid receptor containing cells.
- Everything You Need To Know About Cannabis And Cancer Treatment, a 2017 article at herb.co
- These Are The 4 Ways Cannabis Kills Cancer, a 2016 article at herb.co
Links about cannabis and cancer in general
- National Cancer Institute of USA on cancers and cannabis (health professional version)
- National Cancer Institute of USA on cancers and cannabis (patient version)
Cannabis and cancers advocacy
- A compendium of research regarding cancers and cannabis at calgarycmmc.com
- Cannabis Research A to Z, the letter 'C' at calgarycmmc.com
- Exposing The Truth: Links with abstracts to 123 scientific articles on cannabis and cancers
- http://www.healedbycannabis.com/ Healed by Cannabis website] by a cancer survivor David Triplett who healed his skin cancer with cannabis oil
Testimonies about cannabis and cancer
Cancer surviving cases with cannabis
Scientific studies and papers about cannabis and cancers in general
- "Anticancer mechanisms of cannabinoids", a 2016 paper published in Current Oncology
- "Cannabidiol as potential anticancer drug",a 2017 paper published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Learn from videos by experts in phytocannabinoid treatment of cancers
- Dr. Cristina Sánchez is a molecular biology research scientist who did her doctorate on cannabinoids and cancers. She is a leader in researching the anti-cancer qualities of cannabinoids. She works at the w:Complutense University of Madrid
- Dr. Manuel Guzmán also works as a molecular biology researcher on researching the potential of cannabis as a cancer medication in the Complutense University of Madrid.
- Dr. Wai Liu works on researching medical cannabis for cancer (among other things) at the w:St George's, University of London.
- Dr. Cristina Sanchez interview where she expains how apoptosis makes cancer cells kill themselves
- Dr. Cristina Sanchez on how cannabinoids work against cancers
- Dr. Cristina Sanchez at Cannafest Prague 2015
- Dr. Cristina Sanchez lecture in Australia (no slideshow shots, sorry)
See also: Cancers and turmeric (intra-article link)
Brain cancer and cannabis
A glioma is a type of tumor that starts in the glial cells of the brain or the spine. (Wikipedia) A blastoma is a type of cancer, more common in children, that is caused by malignancies in precursor cells. (Wikipedia)
- Extensive compendium of research about brain cancer and cannabis at calgarycmmc.com
Breast cancer and cannabis
Cervical cancer and cannabis
Colon cancer and cannabis
Langerhans cell sarcoma
Langerhans cell sarcoma is extremely rare.
Leukemia and cannabis
There are 2 main types of Leukemia:
Links about Lympoid and Myeloid leukemia and cannabis
- Dronabinol (synthetic THC) has preferential antileukemic activity in acute lymphoblastic and myeloid leukemia with lymphoid differentiation patterns
- Enhancing the Activity of Cannabidiol and Other Cannabinoids In Vitro Through Modifications to Drug Combinations and Treatment Schedules, a 2013 study published in the journal Anticancer Research
Links about Lymphoid leukemia and cannabis
Links about Myeloid leukemia and cannabis
- Extensive compendium of reasearch on leukemia and cannabis at calgarycmmc.com
Liver cancer and cannabis
Lung cancer and cannabis
Laboratory and mice studies seem to indicate that THC can slow down the growth of lung cancer tumours from growing by binding to the same receptors as epidermal growth factor (EGF): the epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFR).
- Extensive compendium of reasearch on lung cancer and cannabis at calgarycmmc.com
- Marijuana Compound May Fight Lung Cancer at abcnews.go.com
- An article on a 2007 study on THC against lung cancer on sciencedaily.com
- Study: "Δ-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol inhibits growth and metastasis of lung cancer." presented at the 2007 AACR Annual Meeting
- Extensive compendium of reasearch on lymphoma and cannabis at calgarycmmc.com
Oral cancer and cannabis
w:Osteosarcoma is a bone cancer.
Ovarian cancer and cannabis
Pancreatic cancer and cannabis
Prostate cancer and cannabis
Cannabis helps with prostate cancer.
- Extensive compendium of research on prostate cancer and cannabis at calgarycmmc.com
Skin cancer and cannabis
- Extensive compendium of research on skin cancer and cannabis at calgarycmmc.com
Melanoma and cannabis
- Extensive compendium of research on melanoma and cannabis at calgarycmmc.com
Testicular cancer and cannabis
Thyroid cancer and cannabis
Crohn's disease and cannabis
Study shows THC helps with Crohn's disease.
- Extensive compendium of research about Crohn's disease and cannabis compiled by calgarycmmc.com
Epilepsy and cannabis
Cannabis can be used to treat epilepsy.
Dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a group of diseases that results in inflammation of the skin that includes atopic dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, irritant contact dermatitis and stasis dermatitis. (Adapted from Wikipedia)
- Extensive compendium of research about dermatitis and cannabis compiled by calgarycmmc.com
Migraines and cannabis
It has been suggested that clinical endocannabinoid deficiency syndrome (CEDS) may be causing migraines. Many studies found medical cannabis as an effective prophylaxis against migraine attacks, especially the high CBD strains.
- Extensive compendium of research about migraines and cannabis compiled by calgarycmmc.com
- CBD Testers article on treating migraines with medical cannabis and link to the study 'Effects of Medical Marijuana on Migraine Headache Frequency in an Adult Population' at PubMed that the article is talking about.
- Abstracts of studies on migraines and medical cannabis at migrainebuds.com
Pain treatment with cannabis
“You just don't feel like thinking about the pain.”
“There is more to it than that.”
Cannabis is anti-inflammatory which helps relieve some of the pain. Pain is a signal of inflammation so counter-acting inflammation causing things cannabis naturally helps lower the pain.
Parkinsons disease and cannabis
Compendiums of research
Articles in media
Scientific studies on the issue of Parkinsons and cannabinoids
- A 2016 scientific review article: Marijuana Compounds: A Nonconventional Approach to Parkinson's Disease Therapy
Non-somatic issues with cannabis
Cannabis can help with various non-somatic problems such as psychiatry, depression and PTSD.
PTSD and cannabis
- Extensive compendium of research about PTSD and cannabis compiled by calgarycmmc.com
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and cannabis
Cannabis helps with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and motor neurone disease (MND).
- Extensive compendium of research about Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and cannabis compiled by calgarycmmc.com
Multiple sclerosis (MS) and cannabis
- Extensive compendium of research about Multiple sclerosis and cannabis compiled by calgarycmmc.com
- 'Cannabis and Multiple Sclerosis—The Way Forward' at FrontiersIn.org
There are various other ways to administer cannabis methods besides smoking it:
- Vaping (short for vaporizing), a method where the plant material is heated hot enough for the cannabinoids to become gaseous but cold enough that the plant matter does not combust and thus avoiding the carcinogens that come from burning the plant matter. Vaping is also the preferred method to consume concentrates.
- Edibles, tinctures and cannabis oil may be administered orally. Cannabinoids are soluble to alcohol and to fat and cannabis can be infused into many forms of edibles, but the problem is with efficiency as your stomach acids will destroy a lot of the cannabinoids.
- Harvard Health Blog on edibles
- Do Edibles Give You A Different High Than Smoking? article at tonic.vice.com
- Herb.co article on cannabis tinctures
- Herb.co guide to making cannabis oil (word of caution: the procedure is dangerous as there are risks of explosion if done wrong, so don't be toasted outta it if and when you decide to make cannabis oil)
- Rectal - some doctors recommend taking cannabis rectally as this is method of administering allows you to take very large doses efficiently.
- Topicals - for some skin affecting conditions this is a good way to administer the medicine. Many skin condition sufferers praise the combination of cannabis and coconut oil to make a topical to apply to the affected skin.
Links about ginger
In vitro and in vivo studies demonstrate that bromelain exhibits various fibrinolytic, antiedematous, antithrombotic, and anti-inflammatory activities. Bromelain accounts for many therapeutic benefits like the treatment of angina pectoris, bronchitis, sinusitis, surgical trauma, and thrombophlebitis, debridement of wounds, and enhanced absorption of drugs, particularly antibiotics.
Stevia and Lyme disease
Links about stevia and Lyme disease
Cancers and turmeric
Curcumin has been found to have anti-cancer properties. Curcumin interferes with cancer via multiple cell signaling pathways, including cell cycle, apoptosis, proliferation, survival, invasion, angiogenesis, metastasis and inflammation.
- Study: Curcumin and Cancer Cells: How Many Ways Can Curry Kill Tumor Cells Selectively?
- General info: Turmeric and cancers article by Cancer Research UK
See also: Cancers and cannabis (intra-article link)
Alzheimer's and turmeric
- 'Optimized Turmeric Extract Reduces β-Amyloid and Phosphorylated Tau Protein Burden in Alzheimer’s Transgenic Mice' suggests that turmeric may be useful for Alzheimer's sufferers as it has been shown to inhibit beta amyloid aggregation and secretation in mice.
See also: Alzheimer's and cannabis (intra-article link)
Information sources on natural therapeutics
- GreenMedinfo - The Science of Natural Healing
- HealthLine.com contains a myriad of information about different medical conditions and in addition to having info on conditions and natural therapeutics it also covers main stream medications
- United Patients Group focuses on the healing potential of cannabis, but also carries stories on other natural therapeutics. United Patients Group also maintains and updates a directory of medical cannabis health care professionals and clinics.
- Mechoulam, Raphael; Peters, Maximilian; Murillo-Rodriguez, Eric; Hanuš, Lumír O. (2007). "Cannabidiol – Recent Advances". Chemistry & Biodiversity 4 (8): 1678–92. PMID 17712814. doi:10.1002/cbdv.200790147.
- Cascio, MG; Gauson, LA; Stevenson, LA; Ross, RA; Pertwee, RG (2010). "Evidence that the plant cannabinoid cannabigerol is a highly potent α2-adrenoceptor agonist and moderately potent 5HT1A receptor antagonist". British Journal of Pharmacology 159 (1): 129–41. PMC 2823359. PMID 20002104. doi:10.1111/j.1476-5381.2009.00515.x.