Medical Marijuana Council

January 21, 2011

The Medical Marijuana Council provides a great deal of information on medical marijuana and studies that have been done regarding marijuana and it's effectiveness and safety with regard to various illnesses.  Most all information they provide is in layperson terms and is extrapolated from scientific studies to help the patient who is considering medical marijuana make a decision. 

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Medical Marijuana Council

January 21, 2011

The Medical Marijuana Council provides a great deal of information on medical marijuana and studies that have been done regarding marijuana and it's effectiveness and safety with regard to various illnesses.  Most all information they provide is in layperson terms and is extrapolated from scientific studies to help the patient who is considering medical marijuana make a decision. 

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Marijuana and Lung Cancer

October 18, 2010

UCLA's Dr. Donald Tashkin states he would be in favor of legalization of marijuana.  Why?  After all he did study chronic marijuana smokers and the effects of heavy long term marijuana smoking on the lungs with regards to lung cancer and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).  Prior to the study he hypothesized there would be a link between heavy marijuana smoking and lung cancer or COPD.  Guess what?  He was wrong!  To his surprise the study concluded otherwise. 

"What we found instead was no association and even a suggestion of some protective effect," says Tashkin, whose research was the largest case-control study ever conducted. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Tobacco smokers in the study had as much as a 21-fold increase in lung cancer risk, and developed COPD more often in the study.  Researchers found marijuana did not impair lung function. (perhaps this is why Michael Phelps was able to win 8 gold medals in the Bejing Olympics... of course in all fairness he did win the medals prior to getting caught on camera smoking marijuana).

 

Tashkin, supported by other research, concluded that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), an active ingredient in marijuana, has an "anti-tumoral effect" in which "cells die earlier before they age enough to develop mutations that might lead to lung cancer." 

"Early on, when our research appeared as if there would be a negative impact on lung health, I was opposed to legalization because I thought it would lead to increased use and that would lead to increased health effects," Tashkin says.

"But at this point, I'd be in favor of legalization. I wouldn't encourage anybody to smoke any substances, because of the potential for harm. But I don't think it should be stigmatized as an illegal substance.

"Tobacco smoking causes far more harm. And in terms of an intoxicant, alcohol causes far more harm," Tashkin stated.

And of course this is ONLY in reference to smoking marijuana.  It doesn't take into consideration the other methods of medicating, such as vaporizing marijuana and marijuana edibles. 

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Marijuana and Brain Cancer

October 13, 2010

At Clomputense University in Spain, brain cancer was successfully treated with THC, one of the active ingredients found in cannabis.  The cancer cells essentially digest themselves when fed THC.  The wonderful find is that not only do the cancer cells digest themselves, but the THC also does not cause damage to surrounding tissue. 

The type of cancer cells that were treated were glioblastoma muliforme, which are highly aggressive brain tumors.

The findings appear in the April 1 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

This study along with many others shows that cannabis is not only treating the symptoms of cancer such as nausea, appetite and sleep, but can also be used to actually treat the cancer itself.  While the findings of the study indicate that THC was responsible for killing brain cancer cells, one has to remember that there are wide fluctuations in the amount of THC in marijuana.  And for those people who live in an area where no medical marijuana is available, they may be getting marijuana with much lower percentages of THC. 


The Federal Govt. provides cannabis patients with pre-rolled joints that contain 10% THC, which is considered low.  However the THC level in most strains of medical marijuana is  anywhere from 10-25%.  The thing about the live plant is that there are other active compounds that have been found to be beneficial as well.  One which looks very promising is CBD.  It is impossible to know how all these compounds interact in nature when using only one in a study.  Regardless, THC has been shown to precipitate the Death of Brain Cancer cells, which certainly goes way beyond the happy, hungry, sleepy effects cannabis known for.

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V.A. Accepts Marijuana

July 24, 2010

Veterans can now obtain medical marijuana, in States with Medical Marijuana laws,  without fear of telling their V.A. Dr. 

Click Here to get the full story on this policy change by the Veteran's Administration, a branch of the Federal Government, which has many marijuana activists cheering since the Federal Government has completely failed to acknowledge the medical benefits of marijuana.....  at least publicly.  Even though the Federal Government did file patent # 6,630,507 stating that cannabinoids were effective in treating and preventing a wide variety of diseases.  The patent is assigned to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Marijuana for PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

July 14, 2010

THC Activates a Network of Receptors in the brain which are useful for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Although the Colorado Department of Health does not recognize PTSD on their list of diseases and disorders that can be treated in Colorado with medical marijuana.  This video clearly shows that post traumatic stress disorder may very well be one of the disorders that marijuana can significantly benefit.

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Marijuana Facts

July 14, 2010

Marijuana Facts AND a Very Nice Soundtrack!

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Marijuana Myth - Marijuana is a Gateway Drug

June 13, 2010

FACT:  Marijuana is NOT a gateway drug.  If marijuana was a gateway drug, use of harder drugs would be a much more massive problem than it is.  It is estimated that over 83 million people in the US have smoked marijuana. 

BEWARE!  MILK IS A GATEWAY DRINK TO DANGEROUS SODA!

Obviously people drink soda because they choose to drink soda.  Not because milk led them to drink soda.  The same is true for cannabis and hard drugs.  People who use hard drugs choose to use hard drugs, not because marijuana made them seek out something stronger, but because that is a choice they make. 

While some research shows that many hard drug users used cannabis or alcohol before moving on to the harder substances, other research shows that some serious drug abusers have used other drugs before using cannabis or alcohol.  The former is particularly evident in individual drug-abuse histories which tend to show that "hard drug" users tend to jump from drug to drug, or progress from one drug to another.   When you take into account that less than 1% of marijuana smokers use harder drugs the gateway theory is further eroded.


Study on San Francisco vs. Amsterdam

In 2004, a study comparing cannabis users in San Francisco to those in Amsterdam was done to test the effects of the differing drug policies in the two cities on drug use patterns. The Netherlands has a drug policy of decriminalization in which cannabis can be bought by adults over 18 in quasi-legal "coffee shops" and used publicly, while in the United States cannabis is criminalized and must be bought in the black market  (often from the same dealers that sell hard drugs) and used "underground". The results found that, compared with their counterparts in Amsterdam the San Francisco cannabis users were significantly more likely to use cocaine, crack, amphetamines, ecstasy, and opiates despite similar cannabis use patterns and a more permissive drug policy in the NetherlandsOne plausible explanation is that the black market itself acts as a gateway to harder drugs, as opposed to the effects of cannabis. 

Marijuana is NOT a gateway drug.  99% of marijuana use is by people who only use marijuana because they choose to only use marijuana.  In fact, it would be much easier to hide the use of most of the harder drugs because they don't smell, are  much easier to hide, simpler to use, quicker to use,  and often times easier to get.    Pop an Oxycontin - it takes 2 seconds, there is NO smell, it's easy to conceal, there is no rolling, you don't have to wait for the vaporizer to warm up, you can get a script so if you are searched you are totally legal.   Yet people CHOOSE to use marijuana - because they know it is LESS harmful if they are using recreationally, and can be more helpful if they are using medically.   

Mile High Medical Cannabis is a Denver Medical Marijuana Dispensary providing Medical Marijuana to Medical Marijuana Patients.

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Marijuana Myth - Marijuana Harms Have Been Scientifically Proven

June 13, 2010

FACT:
In 1995, based on thirty years of scientific research, editors of the highly respected and well regarded British medical journal "The Lancet" concluded that "the smoking of cannabis, even long term, is not harmful to health."

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Marijuana is Safer than Acetaminophen

June 11, 2010

In Five Thousand years of marijuana use, there has not been one death.   However, every year acetaminophen poisoning results in 100,000 calls to poison control centers, 56,000 emergency room visits, 26,000 hospitalizations, and more than 450 deaths from liver failure.

What is Acetaminophen?  Tylenol is Acetaminophen among other brand names.  Marijuana is Safer than Tylenol and the other brand names of acetaminophen.  The LEADING cause of acute liver failure in the U.S. is not alcohol abuse, nor viral hepatitis.  The number one reason Americans suffer acute liver failure is a drug the FDA has allowed to be sold for decades after its lethal toxicities were known. 

The FDA has bent over backwards to protect billions of dollars of profits earned annually by pharmaceutical companies who sell this deadly drug.  As the body count mounted in 2009, the FDA was forced to mandate a lower dosage and remove it from prescription combinations that were particularly lethal. 

 

When acetaminophen is ingested a rapid depletion of glutathione in the liver occurs.  The result of glutathione depletion is free radical destruction of liver cells.  A scientist suggested to a supplement company that they produce a combination product that probably eliminate virtually all acetaminophen related acute deaths.  It is a very long story, but the short version is this:  The FDA prohibits combining existing drugs and dietary supplements unless a New Drug Application is filed, tens of millions of dollars of clinical studies are performed, and the FDA agrees to allow the combination to be sold.  The process can cost upwards of $100 million and take a decade to complete.  EVEN if both of the ingredients that would go into the new drug are sold "over the counter".  So by bureaucratic edict, a safer form of acetaminophen never made it to market. 

Mile High Medical Cannabis is a Denver Medical Marijuana Dispensary providing Medical Marijuana to Medical Marijuana Patients.

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Scientists find Marijuana can Suppress and "Turn off" Cancer Cells

June 7, 2010

Denver medical marijuana  dispensary

Scientists are discovering new benefits of marijuana including the ability of marijuana to stop the spread of cancer or turn off cancer cells. 

The diagram below shows the different forms of cancer and the effects of THC which is one of the active ingredients in marijuana. 

More information from new studies on the effects of cannabis on cancer cells can be found here.

Mile High Medical Cannabis is a Denver Medical Marijuana Dispensary providing Medical Marijuana to Medical Marijuana Patients.


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