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CA scientists prove marijuana fights aggressive cancers, human trials soon

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, September, 20th 2012 by THCFinder
A pair of scientists at San Francisco's California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute are preparing to release research data which proves cannabidiol (CBD) - a marijuana compound - has the ability to "turn off" the activity of a gene which causes cancers to metastasize.
 
"The preclinical trial data is very strong, and there's no toxicity. There's really a lot of research to move ahead with and to get people excited," said Sean McAllister, who along with scientist Pierre Desprez, has been studying the active molecules in marijuana - called cannabinoids - as potent inhibitors of metastatic disease for the past decade, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle.
 
Marijuana is already proven to alleviate nausea and pain related to cancer therapies, but these recent findings indicate a much more vast use for the natural plant which has been vilified by politicians and U.S. laws for decades.
 
McAllister's previous research has shown marijuana has anti-cancer properties as well.
 
The implications of further scientific research are staggering, yet severely limited, given current federal prohibition of the cannabis plant.
 
After seeing the initial results of testing cancer cells with the CBD compounds found in marijuana, Desprez and McAllister wondered if they'd made an error, so they repeated the tests again and again, each time receiving the same result: the cancer cells not only stopped acting "crazy" but reverted to a normal, healthy state.
 
"It took us about 20 years of research to figure this out, but we are very excited," said Desprez to The Huffington Post. "We want to get started with trials as soon as possible."
 
Desprez hopes the human clinical trials will start without delay.
 
 

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The Blunt Bowl

Category: Fun | Posted on Thu, September, 20th 2012 by THCFinder

 


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The "Recreational" Component to Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, September, 20th 2012 by THCFinder

Arizona’s medical marijuana program will have stronger controls than other states, but some people will still exploit it to get the drug for recreational use, the state’s top health official said Wednesday.

 

“Is there a recreational component to the program? Absolutely, yes. Have we done everything we could to stretch our statutory authority to keep it as medical as possible? We have done that,” Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services.

 

Humble opposed the medical marijuana proposition, but once it passed, he said it was his job to execute the will of voters.

 

“Obviously there’s a conflict with the Controlled Substances Act at the federal level,” Humble added. “I’m certain at some point this will end up in front of the Supreme Court.”

 

He went on to belittle the effect medical marijuana will have, expressing his wish that the resources devoted to it would go to other health issues. “In medical marijuana, the payoff was not profound,” Humble said.

 

I’m sure the people who have chosen cannabis as a safer and more effective alternative to dangerous and addictive prescription drugs would disagree.

 

Beyond that is this notion that recreational users getting their hands on some legal medical marijuana will somehow lead to a collapse of the system, or worse. Even if 10,000 recreational users get it and only one “real” patient is helped, then it is worth it. It’s not like the recreational users are costing the state money; they pay the same taxes and fees as everyone else for the privilege of participating in the program.

 

It all goes back to the belief that marijuana is a drug that can be abused instead of a plant that should be used by adults with no consequences as long as they don’t infringe on the rights of someone else.

 

Source: http://cronkitenewsonline.com


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Raspberry Kush

Category: Nugs | Posted on Thu, September, 20th 2012 by THCFinder

 


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How Does A Flower Become A Felony?

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, September, 20th 2012 by THCFinder

This video features a lecture from Doug Fine, author of the new book Too High to Fail - which shows how marijuana can revolutionize our economy. He gives a history of prohibition in this lecture as well as showing the incredible revenue that can be gleaned from legalization.

 

“ABC News reports that underground cannabis’s $35.8 billion annual revenues already exceed the combined value of corn ($23.3 billion) and wheat ($7.5 billion),” it says on Doug’s website (http://www.dougfine.com/too-high-to-fail/). Imagine if the American economy benefited from those numbers, instead of going into criminal drug gang bank accounts.  Actually, you don’t have to imagine: it’s already happening in Canada and Europe, though as yet U.S. leaders won’t heed the call to end the forty-year, trillion-dollar Drug War you have been financing to almost no effect since 1971.

 

“Considering the economic impact of cannabis prohibition—and its repeal—Too High to Fail isn’t a commune-dweller’s utopian rant, it’s an objectively (if humorously) reported account of how one plant can drastically change the shape of our country, culturally, politically, and economically.”

 

We are throwing so much money down the drain in a useless attempt to control people’s lives through laws when we should be focused only on those people who infringe on the rights of others.

 


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Are you a Stoner?

Category: Tokers | Posted on Thu, September, 20th 2012 by THCFinder


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