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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-27-07 09:26 AM
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46. Cannabis not only eases pain and nausea -- it attacks cancer cells and kills them.
Here is a recent news item worth reading:

"Pot Compound Should Be Evaluated As Brain Tumor Treatment, Study Says

"Ramat-Gan, Israel: The primary psychoactive agent in cannabis, THC, possesses anti-tumoral activity in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) cell lines and should be evaluated in clinical trials as a treatment for brain cancer, according to preclinical data to be published in the journal Acta Oncologica.

"Investigators at Bar-Ilan University in Israel report that the administration of THC significantly affects the viability of GBM cells. Glioblastoma multiforme, the most aggressive form of glioma (brain cancer), strikes some 7,000 Americans annually, and generally results in death within one to two years following diagnosis.

"'THC an essential mediator of cannabinoid antitumoral action,' investigators concluded. 'Administration of Delta(9)-THC to glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) cell lines results in a significant decrease in cell viability. t is suggested that Delta(9)-THC and other cannabinoids be implemented in future clinical evaluation as a therapeutic for brain tumors.'

"In 2006, investigators at Complutense University in Spain reported that the intracranial administration of THC decreased recurrent GBM tumor growth in humans.

"Separate preclinical studies indicate that cannabinoids can inhibit the proliferation of various cancer cell lines, including breast carcinoma, prostate carcinoma, lung cancer, and lymphoma."

For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Senior Policy Analyst, at: . Full text of the study, "Delta9-Tetrahydrocannabinol inhibits cell cycle progression by downregulation of E2F1 in human glioblastoma multiforme cells," will appear in Acta Oncologica. Additional information on the anti-cancer properties of cannabis is available in NORMLs booklet, "Emerging Clinical Applications for Cannabis and Cannabinoids," available online at: .

So not only are we maintaining unnecessary levels of pain and suffering among people who could benefit from access to cannabis, but we are allowing some people to die needlessly because they cannot benefit from the anti-tumorogenic effects of cannabis components.

I am only sorry that some Montana cannabis grower didn't hook up with this woman and provide what she needed for free, the feds be damned. That is going on around the country, though the risks are REALLY real. Here's my experience:

Fortunately, states continue to pass medical marijuana laws despite the feds' jack-booted resistance and federal judges continue to signal that a change in cannabis policy would be very welcomed by the judiciary. I really appreciate Bill Richardson working hard to make sure that New Mexico became the thirteenth state to legalize medical cannabis. I also like that NM became the first state to authorize the production and distribution of cannabis by state-licensed contractors so that this medicine could be made available to people as soon as they need it, not five to seven months later (the time it would take them or their caregivers to grow cannabis for the approved patient's use). One of the reasons I like that idea is that I helped introduce it to Richardson's predecessor, Gary Johnson, a libertarian Republican who was very supportive of drug policy reform.

If America needs to be protected from any theocracy, it is our own home-grown version that takes money from all of the above-mentioned corporations to keep up the drumbeat that cannabis use a "sin" and a "moral failure" in the eyes of some Americans (fortunately, a group that is about the same size as the Smirking Chimp's support base.)

Cannabis use isn't a sin -- it's a sacrament. Peace out.

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