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Six Drugs and Their Medical Uses Empty Six Drugs and Their Medical Uses

Post  hgforsajk on Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:46 pm

Cocaine Can Be Used to Treat Wounds

Cocaine has a couple of important properties that make it a valuable tool for treating wounds. First, it is an effective local anesthetic. Once applied, it numbs the relevant area very quickly, typically in less than two minutes. Secondly, cocaine is very effective at restricting bleeding, or even stopping it completely. It's a vasoconstrictor -- a drug that narrows blood vessels. The smaller a blood vessel gets, the less you bleed.

Doctors use a solution called TAC that is commonly used to treat bad cuts on the head, face or neck of kids, and it is 11 percent cocaine. It's used because it is less painful and invasive than injecting a topical anesthetic and it doesn't distort or misshape the wound, which can increase the chance of scarring. No other drug combines the properties of a vasoconstrictor and an anesthetic.

LSD Can Help Cure Alcoholism

Studies show that once the walls are finished melting and you're done talking to the universe, your chances of staying away from alcohol will be dramatically increased post-trip. Norwegian researchers found that LSD was used in a few clinics in the 1960s and 1970s to help some alcoholics, and according to a study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, should be revisited once again as a possible treatment. According to the study, recovering alcoholics are much less apt to drink excessively, and some even stopped drinking entirely for several months.

And this wasn't just one test performed on a few dozen people trading one addiction for another – six tests were done on over 500 participants, all based on administering a single dose of acid.
The LSD made the patients feel more confident, happy and satisfied with their lives, decreasing the feelings that led most of them to abuse alcohol in the first place.

Heroin is Used on Women in Labour

Heroin is an opiate, a class of drugs commonly used as painkillers (heroin itself is actually much more effective than morphine, working its magic in about two or three minutes). The National Health Service (NHS) in Britain recommends giving it to people in extreme pain, people in surgery and women in labor. Because the child is on its way out of its mother's body, the one-time use doesn't do any damage and doesn't cause dependency.

Ecstasy Can Help Cure Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Ecstasy has been shown to help treat people with post-traumatic stress disorder. The reason for this is actually the same reason that the drug is popular recreationally: It releases large amounts of the chemicals serotonin and oxytocin in your brain, making you relaxed and euphoric. For PTSD sufferers, this will calm their minds.

Ecstasy also allows PTSD patients to relive their experiences more easily while in therapy, which is crucial to overcoming the disorder. Ecstasy lets the sufferers do so without being overwhelmed, by activating responsible for controlling fear and stress. Over time, this results in long-term reduction of fear, allowing the victims to overcome their PTSD.

Methamphetamine Helps ADHD and Obesity

First of all, anorexia and dramatic weight loss are two of the primary telltale symptoms of chronic meth use. Desoxyn, the purest form of meth, is given to obese people for fast short-term weight loss. It's only prescribed as a short-term treatment for obesity for obvious reasons (meth is highly addictive and catastrophic to your well-being). It's also pretty uncommonly used in this way, as it's really only prescribed when all other treatments fail.

Meth helps regulate brain chemicals called neurotransmitters, which is very effective in treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). At least, that's what happens when the dosage is carefully controlled by a medical professional who can monitor the results.

Medical Marijuana for Nausea, Insomnia, and etc

One common use of medical cannabis is to ease the symptoms of nausea. In trials conducted by National Cancer Institute, two FDA-approved cannabis-based drugs, dronabinol and nabilone, helped to reduce chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting in cancer patients. When taken orally, the drugs "worked as well as or better than some of the weaker FDA-approved drugs to relieve nausea and vomiting"

Many users of medicinal cannabis also use the substance as a means to relieve anxiety and certain sleep disorders such as insomnia. According to the National Cancer Institute, studies testing the effectiveness of cannabis showed that test subjects who inhaled marijuana had "improved mood, improved sense of well-being and less anxiety."

Lester Grinspoon, MD, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, wrote in an Aug. 17, 2003 article published in the Boston Globe:

"Doctors and nurses have seen that for many patients, cannabis is more useful, less toxic, and less expensive than the conventional medicines prescribed for diverse syndromes and symptoms, including multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, migraine headaches, severe nausea and vomiting, convulsive disorders, the AIDS wasting syndrome, chronic pain, and many others."


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