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Cancer Pain Treatment Using Marijuana is Safe 
Posted by CN Staff on June 01, 2022 at 11:11:43 PT
By Jessica Thomson
Source: Newsweek
USA -- Scientists have gathered evidence showing cannabis significantly improves the symptoms of cancer patients, with minimal side effects.In a paper published last week in the journal Frontiers in Pain Research, researchers from Israel stated that cannabis could be a promising alternative to the current standard opioid pain relief offered to cancer patients, which can cause addiction and other negative side effects. Medicinal cannabis use also has side effects, ranging from nausea and weakness to psychosis. However, as the paper says, "the adverse effects from cannabinoids for cancer treatment are generally well tolerated by the patients and categorized as mild to moderate."
Cannabis contains compounds called cannabinoids, which are the active ingredients in both medicinal cannabis and recreational marijuana. THC ((-)-?9-trans-tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main psychoactive compound, while CBD (cannabidiol) is non-psychoactive and has long been thought to help with pain relief.Before this study, the authors state in the paper, research on the use of medicinal cannabis in pain relief was sparse, mostly small-scale studies. However, this paper used a comprehensive and large-scale cohort of 404 patients. In this study, patients were prescribed a dosage of medicinal cannabis by an oncologist, which was administered via two routes: inflorescences (for smoking or inhaling) and/or oil extracts (under the tongue). The initial dose given was 20 grams (0.7 ounces) a month regardless of how it was administered.Before starting treatment, the patients filled out questionnaires regarding their cancer treatment symptoms, which can include pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, increased disability, and negative effects on sexuality. At various points during the proceeding six months, the patients would do the questionnaires again, the results of which gave the researchers data on improvements or changes in these symptoms. In the paper, the authors say that most of the studied cancer comorbidities improved significantly during the 6 month period of medicinal cannabis treatment, with total cancer symptoms burden declining by a median of 18 percent, and average weekly pain intensity being reduced by a median of 20 percent. Additionally, they found that the use of medicinal cannabis treatments in cancer patients was "well tolerated and safe", and that over the course of the 6 months, patients did not need to increase their dosages in order for the cannabis to be as effective as it was originally at the beginning of the treatment.While 40 percent of the patient sample stopped all analgesic medications after the 6 cannabis treatment period, the authors say that 25 percent reported that their pain intensity had increased after stopping the cannabis treatment, with 20 percent of the sample beginning to take analgesics afterwards. One explanation that the authors posit is that those who survived the 6 months of treatment had a less severe disease, and therefore naturally had fewer comorbidities by the end of the study.The researchers concluded that medical cannabis could provide an "overall mild to modest long-term statistical improvement of all investigated measures including pain, associated symptoms and, importantly, reduction in opioid (and other analgesics) use", according to the paper. However, the authors clarified that the efficacy and clinical relevance of medicinal cannabis may be limited, and that their results may have been affected by survival bias, because, as they write, "as time progressed patients showed higher response rates for most measures.""Although our study was very comprehensive and presented additional perspectives on medical cannabis, the sex, age, and ethnicity, as well as cancer types and the stage of the cancer meant the variety of patients in our study was wide-ranging. Therefore, future studies should investigate the level of effectiveness of medicinal cannabis in specific subgroups of cancer patients with more shared characteristics," co-author David Meiri, assistant professor at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, told PsyPost.This result is certainly a step in the right direction for treating pain in cancer patients where opioids cannot or should not be an option, and for expanding the field of research into medicinal cannabis.Source: Newsweek (US)Author:  Jessica Thomson Published: June 1, 2022Copyright: 2022 Newsweek, Inc.Contact: letters newsweek.comWebsite: http://www.newsweek.comURL: http://drugsense.org/url/fkAv6uBnCannabisNews -- Cannabis Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/cannabis.shtml 
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Comment #39 posted by FoM on November 09, 2022 at 07:23:46 PT
Missouri Won 
I didn't expect, North and South Dakota or Arkansas to win but at least we got two wins.
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Comment #38 posted by FoM on November 08, 2022 at 19:04:16 PT
Maryland Votes to Legalize Marijuana
https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/11/08/maryland-marijuana-legalization-results-question-4/
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Comment #37 posted by The GCW on November 08, 2022 at 16:27:48 PT
Election Vote
5 states are voting to move forward today on Election Day.Let's see how that goes. 
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Comment #36 posted by FoM on October 19, 2022 at 06:22:05 PT
John Tyler
I agree with you 100%. I have lost family members down the rabbit hole, and I will never understand their devotion to Trump and his way of thinking. It is heart breaking to see what this man has created.
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Comment #35 posted by John Tyler on October 11, 2022 at 16:35:48 PT
Big election coming up
We have a very important election coming up. The control of the US Senate and House of Representatives is in the balance, in addition many state governorships and other important state offices are on the ballot also. Today’s GOP is not the political party of your grandfather’s era. It is now a political cult of the rich, racist, and religious nut cases where winning is the only thing and they will resort to any means necessary to achieve that goal, even to the point of political violence. (Remember Jan 6th.) The Republicans have shown us over and over that they are against everything that we now take for granted. The Republicans have just over tuned Roe vs Wade and want to ban all abortions for any reason, anytime and anywhere. However as usual, the people with money and connections will still be to get the health care they need. To heck with everybody else. Next on the agenda, birth control, women’s rights, gay rights, voting rights, civil rights, inter-racial marriage. The Republican want some kind of weird authoritarian theocracy where only elite white folks have power. I’m old enough to remember the bad old days when people of color couldn’t vote, had to ride in the back of the bus, and drink from “colored only” water fountains. Racial discrimination was the law of the land. Women couldn’t get financial services on their own, such as a credit card, a car loan, a mortgage, rent an apartment, or even get a telephone without a male to cosign for them. Birth control was illegal. Abortion was illegal. Inter-racial marriage was illegal. Being gay was illegal. Same sex marriage was out of the question. In most states simple cannabis possession was a serious felony.In the 1960s, people of color and the boomer generation said enough is enough and worked hard to make the changes we take for granted today and are now in serious jeopardy.In case you are thinking, I don’t care because I don’t have an interest in this debate, consider this: The Republicans really want to get rid of Social Security and Medicare too with nothing to replace it. So unless you are rather wealthy, you do have a big interest in it whether you know it or not.Don’t let the Republicans undo all of the advances that have been made in the last 75 years. So for God sake, for the sake of the country, for your own sake, and for your children’s sake VOTE DEMOCRATIC.Thank you.
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Comment #34 posted by FoM on October 09, 2022 at 16:33:28 PT
The GCW
I am too!
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Comment #33 posted by The GCW on October 08, 2022 at 04:48:17 PT
Perspective
"Glad to see Willie Nelson is alive to see this." Kimmel
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Comment #32 posted by FoM on October 06, 2022 at 16:13:12 PT
New York Times Article
Biden Pardons Thousands of People Convicted of Marijuana Possession Under Federal LawURL: http://drugsense.org/url/rA4pg0Yw
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Comment #31 posted by FoM on October 06, 2022 at 12:10:37 PT
Biden to Pardon Marijuana Offenses
Biden to Pardon Marijuana Offenses, Call for Review of Federal LawThe president will also be urging governors to do the same for cases regarding state offenses of civil possession of marijuana.By EUGENE DANIELS10/06/2022 03:01 PM EDTPresident Joe Biden is planning to issue an executive order pardoning all people convicted of simple marijuana possession under federal law, senior administration officials said on Thursday, in what amounts to the most extensive White House action taken to date in U.S. drug policy.The president will also be urging governors to do the same for cases regarding state offenses of civil possession of marijuana. In addition, he is asking the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Attorney General to “expeditiously” review how marijuana is scheduled under federal law.Currently, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I narcotic, meaning it’s deemed to have no medical use and a high potential for abuse. Heroin and LSD are other Schedule I drugs.“The President has been clear that marijuana laws are not working,” said a senior administration official. “The president has been considering his options and he is now taking executive action.”
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Comment #30 posted by FoM on October 06, 2022 at 12:08:20 PT
The GCW
Thank you so much. I got some good news to post here.
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Comment #29 posted by The GCW on October 04, 2022 at 19:14:27 PT
FoM, M,
"So many people I wonder how they are doing and I hope all is well!"I want to say, I AM doing fine.Between playing hockey, tormenting trout, cycling, gathering firewood, thinking about alpine skiing, AT skiing and BC Nordic skiing soon ahead, and ohh there's work too; LIFE is LIFE.M,Thank You.I sense I don't know where Cannabis News is going in the future but I know what You've done. I take great pause in Your accomplishments. You are part of why We are Here. Great pause because there is so much to reflect on.Many times You have helped Me be a better person. Many times other posters here have helped Me be a better person.So many people here through the years who do not know each other have touched other.Thank You.And yet I still don't know what to say, except thank You.Your efforts have made a difference for all creation.Your existence has been a joy in My life.HugsThe Green Collar Worker
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Comment #28 posted by FoM on October 03, 2022 at 06:38:11 PT
Love Earth by Neil Young
Love his new song. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/aTouMWlq754
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Comment #27 posted by FoM on October 03, 2022 at 06:31:32 PT
Thank You Everyone
It has been a remarkable journey. Thank you, for the song John Tyler. So many people I wonder how they are doing and I hope all is well! 
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Comment #26 posted by John Tyler on September 23, 2022 at 12:04:41 PT
Seasons
As we transition from the Summer season to Fall, I am reminded of the song, “Seasons”, by the Steve Miller Band (Steve Miller Band “Brave New World” 1969). Give it a listen.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0ZBBJNADpwHope, thank you for thinking of me.I hope you are enjoying all of your seasons.Best Wishes,John T.
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Comment #25 posted by FoM on September 22, 2022 at 13:17:15 PT
Why The 2022 Midterms are the Marijuana Election
URL: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2022/09/legalize-weed-midterms-fetterman-oz-crist-desantis.html
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Comment #24 posted by afterburner on September 19, 2022 at 09:35:55 PT
BTW: NORML has Quite a Few Links 
But I Get it only in Email. No way to combine the various links.
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Comment #23 posted by afterburner on September 19, 2022 at 09:29:27 PT
What Do You Think of This?
https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/pei-cannabis-companies-aim-to-move-industry-to-next-phase/ar-AA120jGF
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Comment #22 posted by gloovins on September 10, 2022 at 12:06:21 PT
Go Maryland!
https://mjbizdaily.com/trulieve-backed-adult-use-cannabis-legalization-campaign-launches-in-maryland/
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Comment #21 posted by gloovins on September 10, 2022 at 12:04:42 PT
News
https://www.marijuanamoment.net/ca-gov-signs-cannabis-child-welfare-bill-newsletter-september-8-2022/
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Comment #20 posted by Hope on September 04, 2022 at 15:29:27 PT
We can try posting relevant articles
in the comments.I am starving for news!Somehow... I have a terrible need to know. To know something anyway!You want to know something sad? My great grandchild was looking for a t-shirt in my closet. They found my "Journey for Justice" t-shirt. I wept. It's twenty one years old.
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Comment #19 posted by Hope on September 04, 2022 at 15:19:30 PT
There is still too much injustice going on.
I feel like I might not know what's going on anymore as far as the injustices of the government and some of it's enforcers on cannabis.My feeling is we might ought to be up and running again.
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on August 23, 2022 at 08:10:30 PT
afterburner
I guess he could. I don't like to bother him though.
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Comment #17 posted by afterburner on August 16, 2022 at 18:18:15 PT
New Post Attempt 
FoM: could Matt Elrod help you figure out how to post your new article?
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on August 12, 2022 at 10:06:39 PT
Just a Comment
I finally found an article to post but the form throws everything to the left. I upgraded to a Windows 11 computer and use Microsoft Edge. Only Internet Explorer ever work to post not even Chrome so I am really sorry but I tried.
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Comment #15 posted by gloovins on August 09, 2022 at 21:32:19 PT
Hugs
...are appreciated!. PEACE :)
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on August 08, 2022 at 11:00:40 PT
GCW
I love you and all my old c-news friends. Very much.
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Comment #13 posted by The GCW on August 08, 2022 at 03:25:55 PT
Hope,
Thanks for the hug.
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on August 06, 2022 at 15:40:22 PT
Afterburner... FoM
Gloovins, the GCW, John Tyler, Mat Elrod. Hugs and love.
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Comment #11 posted by afterburner on August 06, 2022 at 13:30:23 PT
Hope. So good to hear from you. 
I did not want to ask about your whereabouts under the existing international situation we all have been experiencing for more than two years. Keep riding the Peace Train. Yes, I am listening to Cat Stevens.
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on August 05, 2022 at 09:51:06 PT
Not Over Yet
I wish it was over. I don't think I could even try to post an article now that I have a new Windows 11 computer. I could only use Internet Explorer before. I will see if I can.
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on August 02, 2022 at 09:09:45 PT
Peace
You'll.
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on August 01, 2022 at 12:13:30 PT
Oh, the things they have done to others
in support of their prohibition of cannabis.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on August 01, 2022 at 12:06:09 PT
This "Mountain" is not fully down.
Nor fully "Thrown into the sea".
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Comment #6 posted by gloovins on July 21, 2022 at 13:58:37 PT
Re-intro'd
https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/21/schumer-legal-weed-bill-00047058PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATORS!I called Dianne Feinstein's office in LA today and talked to them, left my phone # and name hoping Dianne would call me to talk about this issue. I know she will not call me back but oh well. Worth a try. She is of the ilk that medical cannabis -- ok but recreational cannabis? More studies needed and kids! KIDS! Ugh, what a dinosaur "polititian" this one is.PEACE ALL.
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on June 29, 2022 at 04:54:33 PT
N.Y. news
https://apnews.com/article/politics-health-marijuana-recreational-albany-dc53407aa50a46ec0e9797653474fc77New York’s 1st legal marijuana crop sprouts under the sunCLIFTON PARK, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s recreational marijuana market is beginning to sprout, literally, with thin-leafed plants stretching toward the sun in farms around the state. Cont.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on June 12, 2022 at 06:50:29 PT
The GCW
I am so tired of waiting. 
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on June 08, 2022 at 04:50:54 PT
news
https://www.npr.org/2022/06/08/1103649177/d-c-council-passes-bill-cannabis-marijuana-testing
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on June 06, 2022 at 04:20:55 PT
DECADES
Another test, another study. Still, in thousands of years of documented use, cannabis has not killed a single person. That's safety on a biblical scale.People should be allowed the choice to use cannabis.‹·)))‹
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Comment #1 posted by gloovins on June 02, 2022 at 22:25:12 PT
Old news
Yeah it mitigates pain and symptoms of cancer, society has known this for decades. We need more access and less discrimination against this plant. The whole "good people dont smoke marijuana" attitude has got to end. This plant HEALS. Fact.Peace all. :) 
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