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With the recent surge in dispensaries making medical marijuana available (in California, Sacramento medical marijuana dispensaries could be as many as 80-”other areas could have more), there's also an increased interest in medical marijuana's use as food supplements. Two substances (cannabinoids) in marijuana might yet make it into the list of known food health supplements. As early as 1998, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) have been found to have an antioxidant effect that prevents cell damage due to free radicals. The antioxidant industry-”or rather, the multibillion-dollar multivitamin industry-”regularly churns out lots of products loaded with all imaginable combinations of vitamins to keep the body healthy and the skin beautiful. Foremost among the vitamins in these products are the vitamins C and E-”THC and CBD were found to be more effective antioxidants than these. The implications for research are exciting. Marijuana extracts have the potential for treating or preventing damage due to stroke, brain-wasting diseases like Alzheimer's Disease, and heart attacks. Since then, chemists have created synthetic chemicals with properties similar to THC (the -˜high' producing chemical in marijuana) and CBD (won't make you high). An example of a THC-like synthetic is cannabicyclohexanol-”found in the marijuana like herbal products K2 and Spice. A synthetic CBD-like substance is dexanabinol. When there's billions of dollars to be found, expect government not to be left behind. Indeed, by 2003, the US government filed and was awarded US Patent 6630507 for synthesizing marijuana-like substances for use as antioxidants and brain-protectants. The illegal status of marijuana could be behind that move. This means that it would be in the interest of government (and private companies) to keep marijuana extracts illegal so they can continue manufacturing synthetic counterparts. With America's schizo stand on marijuana (THC is legal as medicine in some states while remaining illegal at the federal level), don't hold your breath for nationwide federal marijuana legalization any time soon. What could happen instead (though unlikely) is that one day we might find CBD- infused health food supplements offered in pharmacies while THC-rich extracts could be found in legal medical marijuana dispensaries as aid for the terminally ill and debilitated. There's a strong evidence that THC/CBD like substances produced in the body play a major role in almost every important life function. That act as effective cell protectors is part of the reason why. But may we ask, if cannabinoids are so healthy, why do marijuana smokers look bad? Bad hair, bad skin and all? The answer could be partly due to marijuana smoking and its associated habits of taking unhealthy junk food and alcoholic drinks. Besides, cannabinoids are effective as antioxidants. Since smoking is an oxidative process, it will counter the health benefits antioxidants are supposed to give. The lesson is smoking-”whether it be tobacco or hemp- ”isn't healthy. Related Articles - sacramento medical marijuana dispensary, medical marijuana dispensary, medical marijuana supplement, marijua food supplement, Email this Article to a Friend! Receive Articles like this one direct to your email box!Subscribe for free today!
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