Cannabis News: The Cannabinoid System Reverses Dementia, Treats PTSD and Controls Diabetes Top May’s News Digest from Publius

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The Cannabinoid System’s role in reversing dementia, treating PTSD and controlling diabetes highlight May’s cannabis news from Publius, the pen name used by the authors of The Cannabis Papers - Federal ignorance goes on unabated.

The Cannabis Papers: A citizen's guide to cannabinoids

Cannabinoids also supercharge mitochondria in the brain, which are the powerhouses of energy that maintain proper cell function.

The Cannabinoid System’s (CS) role in reversing dementia, treating PTSD and controlling diabetes highlight May’s cannabis news from Publius, the pen name used by the authors of The Cannabis Papers: A citizen’s guide to cannabinoids (2011).

In 2012, Time magazine reported “How Cannabinoids May Slow Brain Aging.” This month provides more confirmation of the CS’s role in a healthy brain; Natural News reported on the CS’s role in reversing dementia. In “Marijuana cannabinoids slow brain degradation and aging, reverse dementia: here's how,” researchers present the CS as fundamental to a healthy brain: “The brain’s cannabinoid system is fully capable of not only cleansing damaged brain cells from the brain, but also triggering the production of new brain cells within the brain, a concept that contradicts years of conventional thinking about how the brain works.”

The report continues with evidence of how: “Cannabinoids also supercharge mitochondria in the brain, which are the powerhouses of energy that maintain proper cell function.”

There was also a well-covered media story in May on the CS and veterans with PTSD. Science Daily discussed two reports: “Brain-Imaging Study Links Cannabinoid Receptors to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: First Pharmaceutical Treatment for PTSD Within Reach,” and “For Combat Veterans Suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, ‘Fear Circuitry’ in the Brain Never Rests.”

Concerning combat veterans, their brain’s CS and PTSD, researchers from the NYU School of Medicine noted: “The effects of trauma persist in certain brain regions even when combat veterans are not engaged in cognitive or emotional tasks, and face no immediate external threats. “

“This is significant science,” noted Bryan W. Brickner, publisher and one of the many co-authors of The Cannabis Papers. “The CS is fundamental to our emotional states, how we process feelings, so it only makes sense it would ease PTSD.”

May also included news on the role of the CS in controlling diabetes. The Chicago Tribune noted this new diabetes science in: “Marijuana Tied to Better Blood Sugar Control.” Citing data from a 2005-10 national health survey, researchers found: “When other health and lifestyle measures were taken into account, recent pot use was linked to 17 percent lower insulin resistance, indicating better blood sugar control, and slightly higher HDL ("good") cholesterol levels.”

“Is this war over yet?” Brickner rhetorically stated. “The CS is fundamental to health; America’s health care debate hasn’t even begun yet if we haven’t recognized the CS as a fact of biology.”

“Yet the federal war continues,” added Brickner in reference to the recent sentencing of four Michigan citizens for violating federal cannabis laws.

Americans for Safe Access (Michigan) highlighted the four at a May Detroit press conference. Their press release noted advocates were staging the news conference at the federal building in Detroit to draw attention to the Obama administration’s ongoing imprisonment of state lawful medical marijuana patients and providers.

“It really is too much,” concluded Brickner. “The CS is biologic; it modulates our thoughts, emotions and well-being; and yet we can’t form the national will – the American will – to make peace with it.”

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