The promise & threat of cannabis discussed at BGSU public health symposium

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News Cannabis offers a promise for addressing forms a dementia, a researcher said recently at a public health symposium at Bowling Green State University. Dr. Norbert Kaminski, a researcher from Michigan State University, has studied possible use of cannabinoids in treating the dementia that arises in HV/AIDS patients, and that may extend to other diseases that affect the brain. Milan Karna, of the Wood County Prevention Coalition Milan Karna and Kyle Clark, from the Wood County Prevention Coalition, issued a strong warning that the use of marijuana itself was a danger to the minds and bodies of local youth. Both presentations were part the public health symposium on the topic: “Is Marijuana Good for Public Health?” That question almost caused Kaminski to decline the invitation to speak. He’s a researcher, and is not interested in issuing judgments. Kaminski was the Ned Baker Keynote Speaker. “I don’t care what therapeutic agent you have, it will have its beneficial effects as well as detrimental effects. I don’t know any therapeutic agent that doesn’t have those properties,” he said. “As a scientist I don’t think about cannabinoids as recreational. I think that they may be able to help people who have various illnesses.” THC has anti-inflammatory properties. Researchers found that this helped to fight the inflammation in the brain of those suffering from AIDS hat caused dementia. AIDS patients first took cannabis medically as an appetite stimulant.  The inflammation in the brains of AIDS patients, Kaminski said, is similar to that found in those suffering from Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, and other neurodegenerative diseases.  “There’s a  potential that some of these cannabinoid compounds that we’re studying may help individuals with those conditions as well,” Kaminski said. “It’s not a cure. It would just slow the progression of those diseases.”  Karna said that tobacco and alcohol companies once used health claims to market their products. Cannabis has been cited as a treatment for more than 20 conditions, according to Kaminski. Medicinal properties of hemp were first noticed in the first century AD in China. Karna showed a documentary video where someone went online and consulted with a doctor who gave him a prescription for medical marijuana and the drug was delivered to his door within an hour. That ease of access is troubling, said Clark. Increased access leads to increased use by youth. He compared it to the opioid epidemic that…

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