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Does medical marijuana affect the nerves in the body, or the mind?

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Aug 15 in Miscellaneous ♑ by Korvo (496 points)

I know some creams etc. rubbed on a sore spot will affect the nerves that the cream comes in contact with, and some drugs just affect the brain, so you do not recognize the pain (or it is not so intense). So does marijuana affect the nerves, or the brain? 

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TheOtherTink Aug 15

Since the brain is made up of specialized nerve cells, I would guess marijuana probably affects both.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9202932

Korvo TheOtherTink Aug 15

Thanks for your input. I tried reading that article, and didn't understand much. But I did try :) 

Have a good day.

Kninjanin Aug 15

You should ask your doctor. I have never use marijuana. 

Korvo Kninjanin Aug 15

Thanks for your input anyway. Have a good day.

Virginia Aug 15

Hi Korvo,

Although lots of research has already been done, the research is not complete yet. However, I did learn some things that might help you get started...

First of all, medical marijuana has been used to treat such diverse conditions as "nausea (especially as a result of chemotherapy), loss of appetite, chronic pain, anxiety, arthritis, cancerAIDS, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, insomniaADHD, epilepsy, inflammation, migraines and Crohn's disease."

Marijuana works because it contains cannabinoids similar to endocannabinoids produced naturally in the human body, where they mediate a variety of responses. The receptors for these natural endocannabinoids are found throughout the body, but are especially prominent in the brain, as you can see in the graphic below. 

So I think the answer to your question would be that where medical marijuana works depends on the condition it is used to treat!

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And then here is the link where I found this information:  http://science.howstuffworks.com/medical-marijuana1.htm

Korvo Virginia Aug 16

Thank you for your reply. My friend (who died two years ago) suffered from cancer, and that was the only thing that helped him with his pain and problems.  He is now finally free from all the suffering,

Virginia Virginia Aug 16

Oh Korvo...I am so sorry. Yes, as I was doing the research I saw some instances where medical marijuana was the only thing that would relieve intractable pain.

I was a bit surprised; I did not realize that marijuana could be THAT helpful with pain...and gratified, that it is now more available to help the people who really need it.

Marianne Aug 16
Korvo Marianne Aug 16

thanks for your input. I will check the links later


Marianne Marianne Aug 17

You're welcome, Korvo! :)

Rooster Aug 16

I think it affects both to a certain degree. Although I was using it to help with my Meniere's disease with great results. It's legal here now so it doesn't really matter that much but it does help with brain issues. Also stimulates cancer patients appetites after chemotherapy. It was all that worked so my Mother would eat before she passed away. I personally see no harm in it's use whatsoever.

Korvo Rooster Aug 16

thanks for your input.

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