Is Cannabis and Kratom a Drug or a Medicine?

Is Cannabis and Kratom a Drug or a Medicine?

July 14, 2021

Is cannabis and kratom a drug or a medicine?

Medicinal properties of cannabis

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Paracelsus knew 500 years ago that the distance between poison and medicine is measured only by dosage. It makes no sense to talk about what the human liver thinks about the difference between a glass and a bottle of wine. However, how easy it is to cause violent indignation in medical and near-medical circles by stating that the same is the case with the famous cannabis (seeded Indian cannabis, Cannabis sativa), from which no less famous marijuana is made.

Meanwhile, in this case, the situation is exactly the same: low doses of this plant raw material can be an excellent medicine. The use of cannabis for medicinal purposes is rooted in the medical traditions of ancient China, India and Egypt, says the chairman of the society "Cannabis — into medicine", a doctor from Cologne, FranjoGrotenhermen (FranjoGrotenhermen). By the way, the mentioned society is a union of German-speaking doctors, pharmacologists and, most importantly, patients who advocate the permission to use cannabis for medical purposes. They justify their speeches with the desire to help many patients suffering from the side effects of traditional medicines.

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Medicinal properties of kratom

There is also a similar plant-Kratom. It has been known about it for a very long time, but it has not been fully investigated, so this plant is also included in the list of narcotic substances in many countries, although it has medicinal properties. A small addition of kratom powder to food or water:

  • increases metabolism;
  • controls blood sugar levels;
  • improves immunity;

There is kratom tea and its use in small doses contributes to:

  • lowering blood pressure
  • improving blood circulation
  • protecting against viruses and bacteria;

What diseases does cannabis help with?

25 years ago, after combing the human body from top to bottom, we were still able to describe specific cannabinoid receptors found in the brain, in the immune system and some other organs. Especially many of these receptors are present in those parts of the brain that are responsible for the perception of pain. That is why cannabis is often used for chronic pain (migraines, degenerative changes of the musculoskeletal system, nerve damage, etc.).

The ability of THC to suppress nausea and stimulate appetite in AIDS patients and cancer patients has been best studied. Thus, patients with severe forms of malignant tumors often suffer from the effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, the most common of which is nausea. It can be so strong that patients often simply cannot eat. And since the substances contained in cannabis, in addition to suppressing the feeling of nausea, also stimulate appetite, their use could prevent the increasing weight loss of patients (we add: if the use of cannabis is allowed).

Also, the positive effect of cannabis in eye diseases associated with increased intraocular pressure has been clinically studied and confirmed (under the influence of cannabis, the pressure inside the orbit decreases by 50%). As for an overdose of cannabis, this condition is dangerous only for the patient's psyche, since there are no cannabis receptors in the vital centers of the medulla oblongata. Despite these benefits, cannabis is officially banned in most countries.

Side effects of kratom and cannabis

If you use kratom or cannabis wisely – then you will not meet any side effects. But with prolonged use, as well as use kratom extract in large doses, dry mouth, nausea, and sometimes even vomiting, drowsiness, dizziness, chronic runny nose, constipation, apathy, and even paranoia occur.