Recent Posts on

***IMPORTANT*** THE YOUNG JURKS ***Like us on facebook***

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Dad Gives Toddler Battling Brain Cancer Medical Marijuana

Dad Gives Toddler Battling Brain Cancer Medical Marijuana

Uploaded by KXLY on Apr 29, 2011

"To call what the Hyde family has been through a "parent's worst nightmare" sounds like a horrible cliche. But, it's hard to imagine what else you could call it. Their two-year old son Cash was diagnosed last year with a stage 4 brain tumor; he nearly died more times than they can count. He was miserable from the chemotherapy coursing through his body. Until his dad made a controversial decision to give cannabis to his young son. KXLY 4's Melissa Luck reports."

1 comment:

  1. In the early 1990s, research scientists identified a system they named “the endocannabinoid system”. It is made up of receptors and the chemicals that bind to these receptors. This system has been identified in the some of the most primitive creatures on earth. It has been found to be the most widespread receptor system in the human body. These receptors are found throughout the nervous system, immune tissues, blood cells, liver, lungs, and kidneys. This system appears to regulate many important physiologic pathways in the human body, including gastrointestinal activity, cardiovascular activity, pain perception, maintenance of bone mass, protection of neurons, hormonal regulation, metabolism control, immune function, inflammatory reactions, and inhibition of tumors cells.

    The cannabinoid receptor system has two kinds of receptors:

    1. CB1 receptors – found mostly in the brain, spinal cord and other parts of the body including the heart, uterus, testis, liver, small intestine and peripheral cells

    2. CB2 receptors – found mostly on cells of the immune system, including the spleen, T-cells, B-cells and macrophages

    The cannabinoid receptor system has three groups of chemicals, called cannabinoids, which can bind to the receptors:

    1. Endocannabinoids – these are produced by the body, five have been identified including anandamide and 2-AG

    2. Synthetic cannabinoids – these are produced by scientists in a laboratory and include dronabinol (Marinol) and nabilone (Cesamet)

    3. Phytocannabinoids – these are produced by the cannabis plant; there are over 70 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant

    The cannabinoids interact with the receptors, much like a lock and key. The receptor is the lock and the cannabinoid molecule is the key – when the cannabinoid “key” attaches to the receptor “lock”, which is on the cell wall, a reaction is triggered resulting in an effect on the brain and body. For instance, the area of the brain that controls memories is called the amygdala. When cannabinoids bind to the receptors on the cells of the amygdala, memory is affected. For those that suffer from past traumatic events who relive horrible memories (such as those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), the triggering of the cannabinoid receptor appears to change the brain function and memories are minimized.

    A study using weakly radioactive THC-like synthetic drugs investigated where the receptors that cannabinoids were binding to were located. When people were given this radioactive drug and their brains were x-rayed, CB1 receptors were found all over the brain. The results showed that cannabinoid receptor binding sites in the human brain are localized mainly in: forebrain areas associated with higher cognitive functions; forebrain, midbrain and hindbrain areas associated with the control of movement; and in hindbrain areas associated with the control of motor and sensory functions of the autonomic nervous system. This is consistent with the fact that cannabis has many different effects on mental function. Interestingly, receptors were not found on the part of the brain that controls breathing and heartrate - this is why an overdose of cannabis does not kill you like an overdose of opiates can.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
The Young Jurks | Promote Your Page Too


Make your own