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 - Cancer Cure?

May 21, 2010

Many people think that when talking about cancer and marijuana it is only good for treating nausea and pain, while increasing sleep and appetite, and enhancing the mood of the patient.   However, there is scientific evidence that marijuana significantly reduces the spread of cancer.  A Harvard study released on April 17, 2007 shows that the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread!

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070417193338.htm

Researchers at Harvard tested the chemical THC in both lab and mouse studies. They say this is the first set of experiments to show that the compound, THC actually activates naturally produced receptors to fight off lung cancer. The researchers suggest that THC or other designer agents that activate these receptors might be used in a targeted fashion to treat lung cancer.

Although a medical substitute of THC, known as Marinol, has been used as an appetite stimulant for cancer patients and other similar treatments, few studies have shown that THC might have anti-tumor activity.

*HERE IS THE INTERESTING PART* The only clinical trial testing THC as a treatment against cancer growth was a recently completed British pilot study. For three weeks, researchers injected standard doses of THC into mice that had been implanted with human lung cancer cells, and found that tumors were reduced in size and weight by about 50 percent in treated animals compared to a control group. There was also about a 60 percent reduction in cancer lesions on the lungs in these mice as well as a significant reduction in protein markers associated with cancer progression.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601202&sid=aLRKiCeoXoRQ&refer=healthcare

And the good news gets even better.  Watch the Phil Simpson story.  Phil has been successfully treating patients with marijuana (hemp, cannabis) . 

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7331006790306000271#

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