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Worth repeating: National Cancer Institute says pot fights cancer

Posted by on May. 15, 2013 at 5:40 PM
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Worth repeating: National Cancer Institute says pot fights cancer

Last year, the National Cancer Institute — “the U.S. government’s principal agency for cancer research” — created a stir by publishing the truth: the molecules found in pot kill breast and lung cancers in lab tests. Marijuana remains a federally illegal, schedule 1 drug with “no medical use” and “a high potential for abuse”, so the NCI was pressured to take down the statement. But it remains.

Last week, a press release falsely attributed to NBC News indicated that the NCI’s statement was new. It’s not. But it’s worth repeating: pot kills cancer, so why is the federal government arresting hundreds of medical cannabis patients and providers across the country?

Here’s the germane NCI statement:

“Studies in mice and rats have shown that cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells.

A study in mice showed that cannabinoids may protect against inflammation of the colon and may have potential in reducing the risk of colon cancer, and possibly in its treatment.

A laboratory study of delta-9-THC in hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) cells showed that it damaged or killed the cancer cells. The same study of delta-9-THC in mouse models of liver cancer showed that it had antitumor effects. Delta-9-THC has been shown to cause these effects by acting on molecules that may also be found in non-small cell lung cancer cells and breast cancer cells.

A laboratory study of cannabidiol in estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative breast cancer cells showed that it caused cancer cell death while having little effect on normal breast cells.”

How many people have pot prohibition killed, in terms of cancer patients not treated and research not done? Marijuana: Gateway to Health author Clint Werner says potentially tens of thousands.

“These federal policies hurt people. That’s one reason I get angry. When you know these compounds block the progression of cancer and you do research to promote the idea that it doesn’t work, when it really does — this is evil. It’s a moral evil to keep people from having these remedies.”

For more on cannabis and cancer, read my interview in CULTURE magazine with Dr. Donald Abrams, chief of Oncology and Hematology at San Francisco General Hospital.

 

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by on May. 15, 2013 at 5:40 PM
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romalove
by Roma on May. 15, 2013 at 5:42 PM
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I have a friend who has a son who has a marijuana induced psychosis.

There is no way to know if he would have become psychotic anyway.  We do know the doctors said the pot pushed him into a psychosis.

All pot is not created equal, some is much more concentrated than others, etc.

I think we need more study and it should be regulated and legalized.

Mommabearbergh
by on May. 15, 2013 at 5:44 PM
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Was he smoking off the street stuff because a lot of the time that stuff is mixed with crack and speed


Quoting romalove:

I have a friend who has a son who has a marijuana induced psychosis.

There is no way to know if he would have become psychotic anyway.  We do know the doctors said the pot pushed him into a psychosis.

All pot is not created equal, some is much more concentrated than others, etc.

I think we need more study and it should be regulated and legalized.


kcangel63
by Bronze Member on May. 15, 2013 at 5:45 PM
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I've seen these studies and I believe them. The BIG reason it is illegal is because pharmaceutical companies can't patent marijuana. They can't make money on it like they do chemicals.
romalove
by Roma on May. 15, 2013 at 5:45 PM


Quoting Mommabearbergh:

Was he smoking off the street stuff because a lot of the time that stuff is mixed with crack and speed


Quoting romalove:

I have a friend who has a son who has a marijuana induced psychosis.

There is no way to know if he would have become psychotic anyway.  We do know the doctors said the pot pushed him into a psychosis.

All pot is not created equal, some is much more concentrated than others, etc.

I think we need more study and it should be regulated and legalized.


I don't think so but don't know.

I do know he is still smoking pot and it is interfering with his ability to be appropriately medicated.

AlekD
by Gold Member on May. 15, 2013 at 5:46 PM
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Stuff like this really makes you wonder what the world would be like if the people in power were more concerned with the common good than their own pocketbooks.
Talee
by Gold Member on May. 15, 2013 at 5:49 PM
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Quoting kcangel63:

I've seen these studies and I believe them. The BIG reason it is illegal is because pharmaceutical companies can't patent marijuana. They can't make money on it like they do chemicals.

Oh but I'm sure good ole Monsatan will get their claws in sooner or later.

 

Jen #1238904688930684906

trippyhippy
by Gold Member on May. 15, 2013 at 5:50 PM
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That is so not true.  No drug dealer in the world is going to add free drugs to your drugs.  Sorry but I have been smoking for 25 years and I have never even heard of a single friend, dealer, family member or myself ever getting pot tainted by other drugs. 


Quoting Mommabearbergh:

Was he smoking off the street stuff because a lot of the time that stuff is mixed with crack and speed


Quoting romalove:

I have a friend who has a son who has a marijuana induced psychosis.

There is no way to know if he would have become psychotic anyway.  We do know the doctors said the pot pushed him into a psychosis.

All pot is not created equal, some is much more concentrated than others, etc.

I think we need more study and it should be regulated and legalized.




Talee
by Gold Member on May. 15, 2013 at 5:51 PM
Quoting AlekD:

Stuff like this really makes you wonder what the world would be like if the people in power were more concerned with the common good than their own pocketbooks.
No kidding...

 

Jen #1238904688930684906

kcangel63
by Bronze Member on May. 15, 2013 at 5:52 PM
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Freaking HATE Monsanto.

They really are the devil.


Quoting Talee:


Quoting kcangel63:

I've seen these studies and I believe them. The BIG reason it is illegal is because pharmaceutical companies can't patent marijuana. They can't make money on it like they do chemicals.

Oh but I'm sure good ole Monsatan will get their claws in sooner or later.

stormcris
by Christy on May. 15, 2013 at 5:55 PM

That is a good point and he could have gotten some laced with LSD.

Quoting romalove:

I have a friend who has a son who has a marijuana induced psychosis.

There is no way to know if he would have become psychotic anyway.  We do know the doctors said the pot pushed him into a psychosis.

All pot is not created equal, some is much more concentrated than others, etc.

I think we need more study and it should be regulated and legalized.


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