Marijuana Shrinks Aggressive Form Of Brain Cancer
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Marijuana Shrinks Aggressive Form Of Brain Cancer
Posted by CN Staff on November 19, 2014 at 05:29:46 PT
By Carly Schwartz, The Huffington Post
Source: Huffington Post
World -- Over the past few years, research has revealed that marijuana can both destroy certain cancer cells and reduce the growth of others. Now, a new study in mice has found that when combined with radiation treatment, cannabis can effectively shrink one of the most aggressive types of brain tumors.In a paper published Friday in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapies, a team of researchers from St. George's University of London outlined the "dramatic reductions" they observed in high-grade glioma masses, a deadly form of brain cancer, when treated with a combination of radiation and two different marijuana compounds, also known as cannabinoids. In many cases, those tumors shrunk to as low as one-tenth the sizes of those in the control group.
"We've shown that cannabinoids could play a role in treating one of the most aggressive cancers in adults," Dr. Wai Liu, one of the study's lead authors, wrote in an op-ed earlier this week. "The results are could provide a way of breaking through glioma and saving more lives."In an email to The Huffington Post, Liu pointed out that while research surrounding marijuana's cancer-fighting properties is nothing new, his team is the first to document its effect on the disease when used alongside radiation. "The results showed that the final effect was superior to the sum of the parts," he said. "Hopefully, these results will support calls for formal trials in humans to test these combinations."Liu and his colleagues examined mice that had been infected with glioma and subsequently treated with radiation alone or in combination with varying levels of two cannabis compounds: THC, the psychoactive compound associated with the "high" sensation, and CBD, which doesn't produce psychoactive side effects. They found that the tumors were best treated by low doses of both THC and CBD that, when used in concert, made the tumors more receptive to radiation treatment. "Our data suggests a 'triple threat' approach using all three may be of value," Liu told HuffPost. The researchers also found that together, the low doses of THC and CBD produced a similar effect to a large dose of either compound, which is noteworthy because it indicates that patients may ultimately experience fewer side effects. THC and CBD are just two of the dozens of chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. While research surrounding the therapeutic effects of these compounds has been limited, a team of scientists from the U.K. last year found that a combination of six different purified cannabinoids can kill the cancerous cells found in individuals with leukemia. Meanwhile, when used alone as a form of treatment, THC has been shown to reduce the size of other cancerous tumors and stop the spread of HIV, and CBD strains of marijuana have had a profound effect on children and adults who suffer from debilitating seizure disorders.Despite these findings, marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I drug in the United States, meaning the federal government believes it has no medicinal value. The federally-funded National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grows a limited supply of marijuana in Mississippi, which is used for federally-approved research. While critics have long accused NIDA of only funding experiments that examine the substance's negative effects, the agency has conducted a handful of studies that look at its potential benefits.Although 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, many experts argue that the lack of federally regulated studies of cannabis limits doctors' and scientists' understanding the full medical benefits of the plant, resulting instead in a trial-and-error attitude towards treatment. "You can find publications from the '70s and '80s that show pure cannabidiol is an anti-convulsant," Catherine Jacobson, the director of research at the Epilepsy Foundation, told HuffPost last month. "And here we are 40 years later and we still don't have any new information about this." Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Carly Schwartz, The Huffington PostPublished: November 18, 2014Copyright: 2014, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite:   Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on November 22, 2014 at 17:37:04 PT
It's a blessing. It's a BENEFICIAL plant.
"THC has been shown to reduce the size of other cancerous tumors and stop the spread of HIV, and CBD strains of marijuana have had a profound effect on children and adults who suffer from debilitating seizure disorders."Cannabis does and can help some people. It's wrong to keep human kind and the earth, itself, from having access to this amazing and beneficial herb.Prohibition of this substance is another clear example of the evil hearts and deeds of the grotesquely self righteous. 
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Comment #6 posted by Oleg the Tumor on November 19, 2014 at 16:42:12 PT
How's that again?
"Liu pointed out that while research surrounding marijuana's cancer-fighting properties is nothing new . . ."Nothing new? Thousands of years of trials and all we have to show for it is 25% of the world's jail population, broken lives but also great wealth, for those determined, deranged and deluded enough to squelch anything "new"?STOP BIG PROHIBITION!THE PROOF IS OUT OF THE BAG!THE CURE FOR CANCER IS "NOTHING NEW"!WAKE UP AMERICA!FREE THE PRISONER OF SCHEDULE ONE!
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Comment #5 posted by observer on November 19, 2014 at 13:49:15 PT
Truth Slips By US Govt Truth Embargo
re: "While critics have long accused NIDA of only funding experiments that examine the substance's negative effects,"Because that is NIDA's (National Institute on Drug Abuse) entire reason for existence: to prove to those liberals and hippie long-hairs (NIDA was founded circa 1972, remember) how bad pot is for people. If the study is designed to show pot's benefits, NIDA won't fund it and will black-list the researcher. Occasionally (1% or less?) researchers can't, won't, or don't hide the benefits in the funded NIDA studies. Hence, some truth about pot's benefits evades this US Govt (NIDA) repression. It slips through the cracks. But woe unto such a researcher, for they shall be blacklisted by US Govt., for ever and "the agency has conducted a handful of studies that look at its potential benefits."Right... This was accidental; some truth slipped through the cracks, the researcher never to be funded by NIDA again. Face it folks, the US Govt, especially at the federal level, is filled with inveterate liars, filled with violence and murder, and corrupt to the core. Pick any thread you see and tug at it (follow the money). Whole US Govt fiefdoms, bureaucracies, departments, and bureaus are devoted to lying, to fool you into unquestioning obedience to government dictates. NIDA fits that pattern completely.According to research done by Jack Herer, the US Govt has even gone back and censored/destroyed research results that show anti-cancer properties of cannabis. 
 Some 10,000 studies were done on cannabis, 4,000 in the U.S., and only about a dozen have shown any negative results and these have never been replicated. The Reagan/Bush Administration put a soft “feeler” out in September of 1983 for all American universities and researchers to destroy all 1966-76 cannabis research work, including compendiums in libraries.  Scientists and doctors so ridiculed this unparalleled censorship move that the plans were dropped…for the moment.  However, we know that large amounts of information have since disappeared, including the original copy of the USDA’s own pro-marijuana film Hemp for Victory. Worse yet, even the merest mention of the film was removed from the official record back to 1958, and has had to be painstakingly re-established as part of our national archives. Many archival and resource copies of USDA Bulletin 404 have disappeared.  How many other such priceless documents (more irreplaceable knowledge) have already been lost? that next time you hear some prison-happy prohibitionist croak out some excuse for arresting people for pot, like, "We need to research marijuana!".  "We" have - and when "we" discover that cannabis heals and cures, lying prohibitionists shoot those facts with down the ol' memory hole. Typical - but at some point the truth will come out. I think plan of many of these knowingly lying bureaucrats is to studiously pretend not to notice or care they are lying about pot in every manner possible, but to wait until they retire get their fat government pensions. Then their lies and the effects of those lies about pot become another bureaucrat's problem.
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Comment #4 posted by Garry Minor on November 19, 2014 at 12:36:03 PT:
FoM #1
You said;
"God Bless Cannabis!"I'm pretty sure that's been done! It is in the Holy Oil, Chrism required of a priest, king, prophet and ....... Christian/Anointed One!From:
EARLY DIFFUSION AND FOLK USES OF HEMPfrom "Cannabis and Culture," Rubin, Vera & Comitas, Lambros, (eds.) 1975. 39-49 Tracing the history of hemp in terms of cultural contacts, the Old Testament must not be overlooked since it provides one of the oldest and most important written source materials. In the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament there are references to hemp, both as incense, which was an integral part of religious celebration, and as an intoxicant (Benet
1936) Cannabis as an incense was also used in the temples of Assyria and Babylon "because its aroma was pleasing to the Gods." (Meissner 1925 (II): 84).Both in the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament and in the Aramaic translation, the word 'kaneh' or ' keneh' is used either alone or linked to the adjective bosm in Hebrew and busma in Aramaic, meaning aromatic. It is 'cana' in Sanskrit, 'qunnabu' in Assyrian, 'kenab' in Persian, 'kannab' in Arabic and 'kanbun' un /chaldean. In Exodus 30: 23, God directed Moses to make a holy oil composed of "myrrh, sweet cinnamon, kaneh bosm and kassia." In many ancient languages, including Hebrew, the root 'kan' has a double meaning --- both hemp and reed. In many translations of the Bible's original Hebrew, we find 'kaneh bosm' variously and erroneously translated as "calamus" and "aromatic reed," a vague term. Calamus, (Calamus aromaticus) is a fragrant marsh plant. The error occurred in the oldest Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, Septuagint, in the third century B.C., where the terms 'kaneh, kaneh bosm' were incorrectly translated as "calamus." And in the many translations that followed, including Martin Luther's, the same error was repeated. 
In Exodus 30: 23 'kaneh bosm' is translated as "sweet calamus." In Isaiah 43: 24 'kaneh' is translated as "sweet cane." although the word "sweet" appears nowhere in the original. In Jeremiah 6: 20 'kaneh' is translated as "sweet cane." In Ezekiel 27: 19 'kaneh' is translated as "calamus." 
In Song of Songs 4: 14 'kaneh' is translated "calamus."Another piece of evidence regarding the use of the word 'kaneh' in the sense of hemp rather than reed among the Hebrews is the religious requirement that the dead be buried in 'kaneh' shirts. Centuries later, linen was substituted for hemp (Klein 1908).For more; bless you, FoM!Thanks for all you do!
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Comment #3 posted by HempWorld on November 19, 2014 at 07:31:32 PT
Ha, ha...
The article should state:from; "both THC and CBD that, when used in concert, made the tumors more receptive to radiation treatment.")"Receptive?" Huh, what?I would rather note this;the tumors were reduced in size DESPITE radiation therapy.But hey, same news, different wrapper.
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on November 19, 2014 at 07:22:09 PT
World -- Over the past few DECADES...We have known! The information is suppressed."Saving lives!" sounds good but you are in it for the money buddy!If it was about "saving lives" we would all have to mandatorily inhale daily!Where is my medicine, I'm getting extremely nauseous as well from the 'breaking news'.Read Manuel Guzman, or google him, etc.But, you STILL can't have it! Poor you!
Legalise It! Yes, also in the UK! Thanks.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on November 19, 2014 at 05:31:14 PT
Just One Thought
God Bless Cannabis!
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