Marijuana Research Takes a Few Surprising Turns

Marijuana Research Takes a Few Surprising Turns
Posted by CN Staff on July 18, 2006 at 06:50:48 PT
By Karl B. Hille, The Examiner
Source: San Francisco Examiner
Baltimore -- Research being conducted around the globe hints at the potential for marijuana to treat cancer, as well as lead to pre-cancerous conditions.A Spanish paper published in the journal Nature Reviews-Cancer explored the potential for the active ingredient in marijuana to inhibit cancer growth, while Johns Hopkins researchers are studying compounds that might render the drug ineffective for those seeking its high.
“Further basic research and more exhaustive clinical trials are still required before cannabinoids can be routinely used in cancer therapy,” wrote Manuel Guzman in his research paper “Cannabinoids: Potential anticancer agents.”A biochemist with the Complutense University in Madrid, Guzman identified the process by which cannabinoids, found in many forms in marijuana, can inhibit cell growth and trigger cell death — processes that can get out of control in cancerous cells. One specific compound, delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol, has been proven a valuable compound in fighting nausea and vomiting, stimulating appetite and controlling pain, he writes.Don’t look for the federal government to approve marijuana cigarettes any time in the foreseeable future, said Dr. Richard Wahl, a researcher with Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. “There are all kinds of compounds in smoke. For medical purposes, you want to be able to isolate the compounds that have the desired effect,” he said.In addition, marijuana smoke has been known to create conditions that lead to lung cancer, though scientists have not positively linked the drug to cancer, according to The Archives of Internal Medicine. Wahl and his colleagues have mapped parts of the brain that respond to cannabinoids by tailoring compounds with radioactive tags for injection, then reading them through positive electron tomography — PET scans. Through their research, scientists now know these compounds predominantly affect parts of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thought, concentration, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movement.Some types of cancer, including breast cancer, also have cannabinoid receptors on their surfaces, he said. “There are also other compounds that bind to these receptors,” Wahl said.They are looking for a National Institutes of Health grant to identify drugs that can block those receptors, rendering the marijuana ineffective.Source: San Francisco Examiner (CA)Author: Karl B. Hille, The ExaminerPublished: July 18, 2006 Copyright: 2006 San Francisco ExaminerContact: letters sfexaminer.comWebsite: Articles:Study Finds No Cancer, Marijuana Connection May Help Combat Cancer May Stall Brain Tumor Growth
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on July 19, 2006 at 15:56:16 PT
Same Sex Marriage
I don't have any opinion about same sex marriage. To each his own is what I was taught. Let people decide their own life and lifestyle. If they are allowed to get married then they will have to get a divorce too if things don't work out. 
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Comment #16 posted by MikeC on July 19, 2006 at 15:33:37 PT
I don't really have an opinion either way in regards to same sex marriage. I suppose that if I am pressed to vote then I would allow same sex people to wed.What get's me is that rep. Musgrave feels compelled to vote the will of the people (so she says) to ban same sex marriage but ignores the will of the people in regards to medical marijuana.I hate hypocrites.
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Comment #15 posted by runderwo on July 19, 2006 at 11:43:54 PT
I support traditional marriage too. You would think from the tone of the sponsor of the bill that somehow traditional marriage is under attack. I don't know of any supporter of gay marriage that would deny the right of a man and a woman to get married, but that seems to be how she is putting it. Makes for a more divisive debate I guess.
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Comment #14 posted by Celaya on July 18, 2006 at 23:32:21 PT
Talk About Passing The Peace Pipe!
Richard - I can believe that easily. I've always felt John Lennon was done in by our government.Speaking of Cannabis Culture Magazine, check this out!Peace in the Middle East: Cannabis Culture Sponsors Arab-Israeli SummitLeading up to Israel's last election, Cannabis Culture worked to endorse the Israeli Green Leaf Party, 'Ale Yarok'. After the campaign ended, Ale Yarok and Cannabis Culture decided to organize a peace summit in the Middle East, with representatives from Arab nations and Israel. The hope is that, with cannabis as a uniting force, both sides can come together and discuss how to establish peace between Arabs and Israelis. Although Cannabis Culture has pledged a sponsorship to see this summit through, it's an amount that CC definitely doesn't have laying around – but we feel this conference too important to not support. As such, donations will be the driving power behind actualizing the event. Here's the most recent update from Ale Yarok: Dear Marc Emery: Ale Yarok has been working very hard to organize the first Israeli-Arab Joint Conference on Drugs Policy and Peace for October 2006. We are currently in the process of choosing the space from two excellent options: Hebrew University or the Society for the Protection of Nature headquarters. Our speakers' list is coming together nicely and includes a variety of both Israeli and Arab participants. In regards to your question, we are in communication with an Arab feminist activist, an Arab journalist for the prominent Israel newspaper, Haaretz, as well as an Israeli-Arab parliament member who have all expressed interest in taking part in this exciting project. Finally, we are exploring the possibility of inviting Ethan Nadleman as a guest speaker. Our progress in organizing this event is in thanks to your very generous promise of $5000. In order to confirm the space, our speakers, as well as inviting guests from abroad, these funds are required. Would it be possible for you to transfer this money to Ale Yarok as soon as possible? We deeply appreciate this contribution and we will be happy to recognize Cannabis Culture Magazine as our primary sponsor during the event and on all event publications. We want you to know that we are thinking of you in this difficult time, and we hope that your situation will allow you to attend the event. We look forward to hearing from you. 
Ohad Shem-Tov 
Telephone: 972-54-4890360 
P.O.Box 2901 
Jerusalem 91028 
Israel Recent events unfolding in Israel, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and Gaza, Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan make this kind of "Alternatives to War" conference all the more urgent. Please send your support through emails, donations, and sponsorships to anyone involved in this planning. We here at Cannabis Culture hope to send messages of peace through political and peaceful action. You can contact Marc Emery by phoning (604) 689-0590 if you have ideas or questions about this conference. Go to the Cannabis Culture Forums to read planning and updates. • Visit Ale Yarok's website (in English) at to learn more about the party.
Cannabis Peace In The Middle East
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Comment #13 posted by mayan on July 18, 2006 at 18:06:26 PT
No Link
In addition, marijuana smoke has been known to create conditions that lead to lung cancer, though scientists have not positively linked the drug to cancer, according to The Archives of Internal Medicine.After thousands of years of use, wouldn't we know by now? THERE ARE NO BODIES!!! If there was indeed a link the probibitionists would have found it long ago and made damned sure that it made headlines.  On an unrelated note, the ptb need a good excuse for when the economy tanks. I guess WWIII just might be their excuse. But their ends or their means?Federal Reserve: U.S. headed for bankruptcy: WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...Fresh 9/11 Truth Aftershocks in Norway's National Press: woman explains conspiracy views of 9/11: from Across the Political Spectrum Question 9/11: Prior Knowledge and Government Complicity Archive: for 9/11 Truth: for 911 Truth:
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Comment #12 posted by Max Flowers on July 18, 2006 at 18:02:59 PT
To Dr. Richard Wahl I say, don't worry doctor, I don't look to the federal government to do ANYTHING except perhaps to defend the country, and they've shown that they can't even do that properly (in fact, they perpetrate attacks).
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Comment #11 posted by charmed quark on July 18, 2006 at 16:32:40 PT
Sometimes I can't take it ....
"Don’t look for the federal government to approve marijuana cigarettes any time in the foreseeable future, said Dr. Richard Wahl, a researcher with Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. “There are all kinds of compounds in smoke. For medical purposes, you want to be able to isolate the compounds that have the desired effect,” he said."So we should sit around in pain and nauseous, having spasms, having our MS progress, maybe getting cancer and wait until you tell us it's now OK to use the drug, you've removed that nasty little high?Makes me sick sometimes. And I mean that literally.-CQ
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Comment #10 posted by MikeC on July 18, 2006 at 15:07:37 PT
I was reading the news release about the rejected constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage. This quote caught my eye:"The overwhelming majority of the American people support traditional marriage," said Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Colorado, sponsor of the amendment. "And the people have a right to know whether their elected representatives agree with them."What about the overwhelming majority of American people who support the use of medical marijuana? Does Marilyn Musgrave decide which majorities she should or shouldn't agree with? I remember seeing a quote from one prohibitionist that said something along the lines of:"We don't make decisions based on popular opinion. We'll decide what's best for the American public."I see something very wrong here.
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Comment #9 posted by whig on July 18, 2006 at 14:53:36 PT
Seems like "Wars Gone Wild" doesn't it? Not only do they make billions of dollars selling the weapons systems to kill people, they'll even charge the victims $4,000 apiece for the honor of being targeted. Heck, they're even charging the dead! Nobody gets out for free, dead or alive.
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Comment #8 posted by Graehstone on July 18, 2006 at 14:46:37 PT
I agree with Max
It's not a good thing to be an American anymore. Even now ..."Extreme Capitalism: Charging for Evacuation
The French, British, Danish, Spanish, Ukrainians... are evacuating at the cost of the State (duh!)
But the Americans? Well... you must first sign a Promissory Note that you may be Billed up to 4000 US$ for being evacuated out of Lebanon... (yes, this is for US Citizens)
oh, and it's not called "evacuation", it's called "forced travel"... I bet that'll save 'em from the lawsuits."
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Comment #7 posted by lombar on July 18, 2006 at 14:41:19 PT
Tinfoil hats?
Aluminium wont work, you need authentic tinfoil! ;) A market for scanners that burn out these chips will be created...----------------------Hewlett-Packard unveiled a memory chip the size of a tomato seed on Monday in its Palo Alto laboratories. The tiny chip, called the Memory Spot, can be attached unobtrusively to any object and carry media or data.
 	The Memory Spot will rival RFID tags in carrying information on movable physical objects, but HP calls it the smarter alternative.
HP Unveils RFID's Future Competitor 
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Comment #6 posted by Max Flowers on July 18, 2006 at 14:32:38 PT
Al-queda is not f-king around when they say they want the holy land back. And that is the U.S. main motive for hating them.Al Queda is largely a fabrication OF the US/CIA. You might be buying into the illusion a little too much there. And after realizing what has happened with 9/11, as far as I'm concerned, nearly everything that can be attributed to Al Queda could easily have been done by the US, including the embassy bombings in Africa. If they will kill innocent American civilians to acheive their ends, I'm sure killing Africans would have been even easier for them.
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Comment #5 posted by Richard Zuckerman on July 18, 2006 at 14:27:01 PT:
Has anybody read the article in this month's issue of Cannabis Culture Magazine, taking the position that John Lennon was killed to stifle his Marijuana decriminalization activism? Same article contains evidence that Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimi Hendrix, and Hunter Thompson may not have died under the circumstances put out by major media! Similarly, The Free Press, from Kerrville, Texas, from around four months ago, contained an article put out by the late Congressman Lawrence McDonald (phonetic last name, offhand) advising everybody that the Rockefeller Family are conspiring against the American people. Congressman McDonald was killed under very suspicious circumstances in Korean Airlines Flight 007. It was rumoured that Congressman McDonald was about to reveal to the public the results of his investigation about a conspiracy against the American people by very wealthy families, including the Rockefellers!I laminated the Ralph Nader poster and stuck it up on the back window of my Hyundai Accent, so that everybody will see the poster.'m stuck in New Jersey, litigating against liar cops, awaiting the court date for oral argument on appeal, in the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey, asking the panel to establish a cause of action for Retaliatory Prosecution under the 1947 New Jersey Constitution, Article 1, Paragraph 6, Liberty of speech. HAVE YOUR STATE COURTS ESTABLISHED A CAUSE OF ACTION FOR RETALIATION UNDER YOUR RESPECTIVE STATE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH?Last week, I attended a North Brunswick, N.J., Board of Education meeting, and made a comment during their "public comment" time, complaining that of the four elections I have worked at during the past 10 years, only about 1/3 of the registered voters have shown up to vote, except the Presidential Election, which was about 50%, and that this is attributable to the lousy public school curriculum. The Board of Education member who controlled the floor asserted that there "...has been no correlation shown" between public school curriculum and voter apathy! Has anybody read the article in the June issue of Phi Delta Kappan, entitled IT'S THE CURRICULUM, STUPID! THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH IT!, by a Mr. Brown, taking the position, as I have for years now, that public schools do not prepare the students for adulthood?Richard Paul Zuckerman, (Cell phone number)(848) 250-8879.
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Comment #4 posted by SystemGoneDown on July 18, 2006 at 13:18:08 PT
Nuclear War and why we can't stop it... 
I say toke up because we're in a ticking time bomb that will lead to a chain reaction of military strikes. No matter if the U.S. has 10 times better military than the enemy, we won't have a chance if just 1, JUST ONE! nuclear bomb reaches U.S. land. Even if that would be the only bomb the enemy could succesfully hit us with, it would inevitebly spark a chain reaction of nuclear attacks. When we bombed Japan, we and Russia were the only ones with the technology to do so. Now, you have North Korea selling it to Iran who is selling it to Terrorists who are selling it to ruined countries like Somalia and Syria. Al-queda is not f-king around when they say they want the holy land back. And that is the U.S. main motive for hating them. Their plan is and always was to give the holy land to the miserable Jews after the holocaust and let the Islamic world get so pissed off that they become radicals. This will consent us to do whatever we need to do and kill whoever we need to kill in order to prevent radicals from occupying crude oil fields.......As time goes on, and WHEN, not if, WHEN the nuke hits the U.S., we will bomb every country like Iran, Syria, Egypt, Somalia, Sudan, Lebenon, and eventually North Korea, who are just a small little country with the military might to protect the interst of China. East vs. West. It's right back to the same fight. And soon, Bush and his corporate pals will be lighting cigars in a space shuttle launching themselves into the first of many space colonies built above the abandoned planet.
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Comment #3 posted by SystemGoneDown on July 18, 2006 at 13:17:17 PT
Death of the World... 
With all the wasted resources on busting pot offenders, no wonder we're in a trillion dollar deficit. We're(the government) expecting to pay it off in the future in the means of military economics. The right-wing plan is to drain the resource-less United States of whatever's left, and look elsewhere for fresh resources. Ironically, they are doing this in the name of good for the country when it's not. With the middle-east, north korea, china's expanding markets, Europe's divided public opinion, who's to say that we will have a world to live in after this apparent World War III..............................P.S. That's not to mention all the oppressed angry tyrants in Africa and South America. Sheesh, we have no chance. God Bless America. I salute you. 
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Comment #2 posted by paulpeterson on July 18, 2006 at 10:40:21 PT
30 million women served up dead in 30 years
Yes, this is a tragedy of utmost impact. 30 million women dead in 30 years & hundreds of thousands (700,000 per year) facing the gauntlet of the long arm of the law for knowing or believing that something is wrong here.And each new article published about peer journal reports being published about one cancer type after another (7 now known to be sensitive to cannabinoid therapies) gets just a bit of press-and never cited or published outside the realms of gitsy papers-a local minister once cried foul to me when he said "why don't we know this?". My response was that we don't know this because people that are gutsy enough to speak out about these things invariably get taken out and their careers shot.Just keep speaking up and out about these things so that people might not find themselves riddled with cancer in a bed, without hope of any respite.Over and out, from Iowa. PAUL PETERSON
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Comment #1 posted by observer on July 18, 2006 at 08:03:50 PT
forbidden knowledge, taboo medicine
''If it turns out—as my story would seem to indicate—that cannabis is the cure for cancer and the government suppressed this information for 25 years (and continues to suppress it), then the body count alone will make this the biggest holocaust in recorded history. Virtually all federal drug policy makers of both parties since 1975—including legislators, presidents and the DEA—will be complicit and criminally liable.That’s why they don’t want this story covered.''
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