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Medical Marijuana Research Blocked by Politicians
Northwest Herblal Care (TOTAL POSTS:3) 3/25/2013 2:01:44 PM


 Medical Marijuana Research Blocked By Politicians Despite Overwhelming evidence. of its cancer fighting properties.

`For over 30 years, US politicians and bureaucrats have systematically
turned a blind eye to scientific research indicating that marijuana
may play a role in cancer prevention -- a finding that was first
documented in 1974. That year, a research team at the Medical College
of Virginia (acting at the behest of the federal government)
discovered that cannabis inhibited malignant tumor cell growth in
culture and in mice. According to the study`s results, reported
nationally in an Aug. 18, 1974, Washington Post newspaper feature,
administration of marijuana`s primary cannabinoid THC, "slowed the
growth of lung cancers, breast cancers and a virus-induced leukemia in
laboratory mice, and prolonged their lives by as much as 36 percent."

Despite these favorable preclinical findings, US government officials
dismissed the study (which was eventually published in the Journal of
the National Cancer Institute in 1975), and refused to fund any
follow-up research until conducting a similar –- though secret –-
clinical trial in the mid-1990s. That study, conducted by the US
National Toxicology Program to the tune of $2 million concluded that
mice and rats administered high doses of THC over long periods
experienced greater protection against malignant tumors than untreated
controls.

Rather than publicize their findings, government researchers once
again shelved the results, which only came to light after a draft copy
of its findings were leaked in 1997 to a medical journal, which in
turn forwarded the story to the national media.

Nevertheless, in the decade since the completion of the National
Toxicology trial, the U.S. government has yet to encourage or fund
additional, follow up studies examining the cannabinoids` potential to
protect against the spread cancerous tumors.

Fortunately, scientists overseas have generously picked up where US
researchers so abruptly left off. In 1998, a research team at Madrid`s
Complutense University discovered that THC can selectively induce
apoptosis (program cell death) in brain tumor cells without negatively
impacting the surrounding healthy cells. Then in 2000, they reported
in the journal Nature Medicine that injections of synthetic THC
eradicated malignant gliomas (brain tumors) in one-third of treated
rats, and prolonged life in another third by six weeks.

In 2003, researchers at the University of Milan in Naples, Italy,
reported that non-psychoactive compounds in marijuana inhibited the
growth of glioma cells in a dose dependent manner and selectively
targeted and killed malignant cancer cells.

The following year, researchers reported in the journal of the
American Association for Cancer Research that marijuana`s constituents
inhibited the spread of brain cancer in human tumor biopsies. In a
related development, a research team from the University of South
Florida further noted that THC can also selectively inhibit the
activation and replication of gamma herpes viruses. The viruses, which
can lie dormant for years within white blood cells before becoming
active and spreading to other cells, are thought to increase one`s
chances of developing cancers such as Karposis Sarcoma, Burkitts
lymphoma, and Hodgkins disease.

More recently, investigators published pre-clinical findings
demonstrating that cannabinoids may play a role in inhibiting cell
growth of colectoral cancer, skin carcinoma, breast cancer, and
prostate cancer, among other conditions. When investigators compared
the efficacy of natural cannabinoids to that of a synthetic agonist,
THC proved far more beneficial – selectively decreasing the
proliferation of malignant cells and inducing apoptosis more rapidly
than its synthetic alternative while simultaneously leaving healthy
cells unscathed.

Nevertheless, US politicians have been little swayed by these results,
and remain steadfastly opposed to the notion of sponsoring – or even
acknowledging – this growing body clinical research, preferring
instead to promote the unfounded notion that cannabis use causes
cancer. Until this bias changes, expect the bulk of research
investigating the use of cannabinoids as anticancer agents to remain
overseas and, regrettably, overlooked in the public discourse.

References

National Geographic Cannabis Info
http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/american-weed/videos/prepping-for-420/
Beverly (TOTAL POSTS:20) 4/4/2013 2:03:46 PM

It`s such horrible irony how for  years Congress let their palms be greased by the tobacco industry (cigarettes being a known cancer causer) and allowed them to operate unfettered to distribute a dangerous product.  All the while blocking research into the medical uses of marijuana or the ability of patients to receive it as treatment.  I`m hoping they wake up soon and realize that when properly obtained, medical marijuana can have many beneficial effects as a cure and preventative. 
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