Marijuana in general has always been frowned upon in the United States for quite some time now. However, most Americans do not know about the great beneficial side of the plant that may aid citizens that contain a health problem or psychological disease. Hemp (cannabis in Latin) is a plant first began cultivating man. Towards 3700 B.C. cultivation had expanded from their area of birth in China, to India, and the Middle East , the Nile Valley and Eastern Europe, and elsewhere, in America and in Sub-Saharan Africa where it is a native species .
In the first century A.D., Pen Ching, a collection which reflected the legacy of thousands of years of traditional Chinese medicine and speaks widely on the properties of hemp (which basically are the same that are known today). Regarding the Western Mediterranean amphorae have been found with traces of cannabis in Carthaginian war ships sunk during the First Punic War. And we know that in imperial Rome cannabis cost more expensive than opium.
Hemp is one of the most used in traditional European Pharmacopoeia since the Middle Ages to the twentieth century substances in the pharmaceutical industry, with its synthetic derivatives and compounds, wins the pulse traditional substances.
After thousands of years of coexistence with humanity without problems, cannabis prohibition for the first time in the United States in 1937 with the Marijuana Tax Act since fierce repression and propaganda campaign has tarnished the image of the plant in the eyes much of world opinion .
In recent years, there have been some new discoveries about the therapeutic applications for diseases of our time (AIDS and cancer) and have re-discovered many of the known for thousands of years for applications other ailments (headaches back, nausea, pain caused by menstruation, insomnia, etc.)
Therefore, the plant has again jump into the fray, but often the public (starting by the doctors themselves) do not know much about the cannabis or its real effects, leaving aside the myths and propaganda of those responsible for the fight against drugs. This is mainly because marijuana takes profit away from big pharmaceutical companies.
Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, have discovered that THC inhibits the formation of amyloid plaques, the first pathological marker of Alzheimer's disease. The study, to be published in Molecular Pharmaceutics, claims that THC is "a considerably superior inhibitor of platelet aggregation [amyloid plaque]" that many of the drugs currently approved to treat the disease.
According to the new study, experimental character, THC inhibits a protein that acts as an accelerator for the formation of amyloid plaque in the brains of Alzheimer's victims. Although experts disagree on whether the presence of these beta-amyloid plaques in critical areas of memory and cognition is a symptom or a cause, it remains a significant feature of the disease. With such inhibitory capability, the study, THC...