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Posted on 04-18-08 01:30 PM Link | Quote
An article from my local newspaper, The Desert Sun:

http://www. mydesert. com/apps/pbcs. dll/article?AID=/20080412/COLUMNS26/804120315

"The Office of National Drug Control Policy has been spending millions of taxpayer dollars on advertisements and printed material declaring that marijuana causes cancer. The truth is just the opposite - marijuana can prevent cancer. Recent research has shown that the cannabinoids found in marijuana can not only halt the spread of cancer but can also kill cancer cells.

A study conducted in 2005 by Dr. Donald Tashkin at the UCLA School of Medicine demonstrated that people who smoke marijuana are at less risk of developing lung cancer than tobacco smokers. The study of 2,200 people in Los Angeles found that even heavy marijuana smokers were no more likely to develop lung, head or neck cancer than non-users. In comparison, tobacco users' risk of cancer increases the more they smoke.

Data in Dr. Tashkin's study suggest that people who smoke marijuana are less likely to develop lung cancer than people who do not smoke anything at all. Since marijuana smoke contains the same cancer-causing agents as tobacco and the only difference between the nonsmokers and the marijuana smokers was their use of cannabis, then it is not an unreasonable hypothesis that marijuana can prevent the development of cancer.

In 2003, Dr. Manual Guzman at the Complutense University in Madrid Spain published a research paper entitled Cannabinoids: Potential Anticancer Agents. Dr. Guzman's research on the brains of laboratory rats found that the cannabinoids in cannabis inhibit tumor growth and are selective antitumor compounds, as they can kill tumor cells without affecting noncancerous cells.

Investigators at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health reported in January 2008 that the administration of cannabinoids halts the spread of a wide range of cancers, including brain cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, pancreatic cancer, and lymphoma. The report noted that cannabis offer significant advantages over standard chemotherapy treatments because the cannabinoids in cannabis are both non-toxic and can uniquely target malignant cells while ignoring healthy ones.

Is the evidence incontrovertible that cannabis can inhibit the spread of cancer, kill cancer cells and prevent the development of cancer?

No it is not - but doctors are telling millions of people to spend billions of dollars and ingest all kinds of supplements on way less evidence than there is to support the anti-cancer properties of cannabis.

When taking any kind of medicine or supplement, a person needs to decide if the claimed benefits of a product outweigh the risks. Many times the answer is no.

Cannabis is not one of these products, as there has never been a single death attributed to cannabis or any other significant debilitating consequences.

Further, the vast majority of cannabis users report numerous beneficial effects.

If cannabis can prevent the development of cancer, then the appropriate ingestion of cannabis is desirable in the same way that the appropriate ingestion of calcium supplements can prevent or at least delay the onset of osteoporosis. Since for the vast majority of people, cannabis has no negative side effects and only beneficial effects, it would seem that the regular appropriate ingestion of cannabis as a cancer preventative agent would be a prudent course of action.

Lanny Swerdlow, a resident of Palm Springs, a registered nurse and is director of the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project, an Inland Empire-based medical marijuana patient support group and law reform organization. He may be reached at"


So what do you think? Will discoveries like this be the cause of the legalization of marijuana? Is this the beginning of a complete cure for cancer?


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Posted on 08-18-08 03:25 AM Link | Quote
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Posted on 08-18-08 03:57 AM Link | Quote
Sorry, I'm still not convinced.

While I'm pro-medicinal uses, because it does do some positive things like give AIDS patients an appetite so that they won't starve themselves to death among other provable things, I still haven't bought into it being that much of a miracle drug.

Inhalation of anything that isn't oxygen is dangerous. Several studies have shown that cannabis-smoking causes lung cancer to appear sooner in than those who smoke tobacco. Source.

In the end, I'd rather take my chances and not smoke anything at all.

EDIT: I'll add that were THC offered in the form of a pill or inhaler, I'd probably be more inclined to fully support medicinal legalization entirely.

Not being a supporter of our drugged-up world as it is (I do NOT believe there is such a thing as ADD, rather a cooked-up trend diagnoses of children to keep them from being kids), I'm not really a fan of meds to begin with.

(Last edited by Rogue on 08-18-08 04:28 AM)

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Posted on 08-22-08 05:41 PM Link | Quote
There is possible allergies to consider.

But yeah, as well as Rogue, I would be more inclined to support it if it was in pill form.

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Posted on 08-24-08 12:17 PM Link | Quote
What if it was just pure THC? Like the "Volcanoes" used in Amsterdam, they extract the THC oil and heat it up in a way that you can inhale it to where its basically pure THC?

The chemical that gets you high is not harmful to your body, its a fat, and can easily be burned away through Niacin or a regular workout twice a day.

Now, the Smoke itself I dont know, I know alot of people whom have smoked Cannabis for many many years, and their lungs are as strong as your average person.

In Pill form, I would agree, THC volcano-like? Even more.
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