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Marijuana Compounds Can Kill Some Cancer Cells

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, October, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
mj-can-kill-cancer-cellsA scientist in the United Kingdom has found that compounds derived from marijuana can kill cancerous cells found in people with leukemia, a form of cancer that is expected to cause an estimated 24,000 deaths in the United States this year.
 
"Cannabinoids have a complex action; it hits a number of important processes that cancers need to survive," study author Dr. Wai Liu, an oncologist at the University of London's St. George medical school, told The Huffington Post. "For that reason, it has really good potential over other drugs that only have one function. I am impressed by its activity profile, and feel it has a great future, especially if used with standard chemotherapies."
 
Liu's study was recently published in the journal Anticancer Research. It was supported by funding from GW Pharmaceuticals, which already makes a cannabis-derived drug used to treat spasticity caused by multiple sclerosis.
 
The study looked at the effects of six different non-psychoactive cannabinoids -- compounds derived from marijuana that do not cause the "high" associated with its THC ingredient -- when applied alone, and in combination, to leukemia cells. Cannabinoids displayed a "diverse range of therapeutic qualities" that "target and switch off" pathways that allow cancers to grow, Liu told U.S. News & World Report.
 
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Liu stressed that that his research was built around the testing of the six purified cannabinoid forms -- not traditional cannabis oil, which Liu described as "crude" in comparison and generally containing 80-100 different cannabinoids. "We do not really know which are the ones that will be anticancer and those that may be harmful," Liu said.
 

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Strain Review; Wonder Woman

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, October, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
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Growers favor the Wonder Woman strain. Not only because it's a really good looking lady but because they believe that it's a plant that yields a larger harvest than most other strains. If this is the case, than this lady should be a favorite for all growers. This strain is an indica dominant but with a hint of sativa.
 
An odd smelling mixture of scents permeates the small, sugary looking buds of the Wonder Woman strain. I've heard that it's a mix of fruit and gasoline, so I'm not quite sure if that's accurate. I don't know if I would smoke gas-smelling weed. But not all weed smells like it smokes. This strain is amazing for those that have problems sleeping. Since it has a high indica percentage , it'll knock you out when you need to sleep and keep you asleep.
 
Indicia was always my preference, even for every day tasks. A strain like Wonder Woman should be tried before smoking a ton of it. It's always a good idea to test these strains a bit before you end up in a situation that doesn't go well with the strain you chose to use for your wake and bake!
 
See more amazing strains here: http://www.thcfinder.com/strains/

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Super Cat Piss - Sativa

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, October, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
super-cat-piss-weedSo I may have picked this strain solely based on it's name. Super Cat Piss is an extremely interesting choice in names for a strain of weed. Apparently, this bud really does smell like cat piss. In my experience, I've definitely seen smelled some awful weed that smoked amazing. Before you knock these stinky buds, you should definitely try it!
 
This strain is good for people who have to deal with nausea and a lack of appetite. I would absolutely try this strain, as I definitely have issues with eating. Highly recommended for patients in chemo and who have stomach problems. The only downside is that it seems to wear off quickly, thus you smoke more of it.
 
As said before, this strain smells awful. But if you're not feeling very well or having a problem eating, give Super Cat Piss a try. While you might be giggling at the name and gagging at the smell, this strain is sure to make you feel better. Not only that but it will stop the stress associated with being sick. No one likes nausea.
 
See more strains here: http://www.thcfinder.com/strains/

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New research shows marijuana compounds do fight cancer

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, October, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
study-finds-marijuana-compounds-fight-cancerDebate is just beginning in Washington over how medical marijuana will be grown and distributed now that the rules for the recreational market are established. Meanwhile, research into medical benefits of compounds within the cannabis plant continues to show effectiveness.
 
Effectiveness against pain in its many forms and other side effects of major diseases – or the palliative side of marijuana use – have been pretty well established, but can marijuana directly take on a disease as big, scary and deadly as cancer?
 
“What we’ve shown using just a few of these (cannabis) compounds is that the effects against cancer are really profound. They really are,” said Dr. Wai Liu, a senior research fellow at St George’s University of London.
 
Anticancer success
 
Quick note: Cannabinoids are the chemicals in marijuana that have effects in the body, some have psychoactive (or make you high) effects such as THC, and others such as CBD don’t have psychoactive effects but do interact with the body’s “cannabinoid receptors.” There are more than 85 “cannabinoids” in marijuana.
 
Liu’s most recent published research “explored the activity of six cannabinoids, used both alone and in combination in leukaemic cells.” The research was published in Anticancer Research: International Journal of Cancer Research and Treatment.
 
He said the anticancer activity of THC has been “known for sometime” but that THC’s psychoactive effect or tendency to get you high limits its use as a cancer-fighting agent. That’s partly due to the negative social stigma about getting high and, of course, not everyone wants to experience a high.
 
So, he set out to explore the cancer fighting ability of other cannabinoids that don’t get you high.
 
“We have shown that these six other agents that lack psychoactivity are also just as effective as an anti-cancer agent,” he said. Chief among the six was cannabidiol or CBD.
 
His research found that “if you were to use one or two of these on their own, that would inhibit cancer growth. However, we’re clinicians. Not only do we want cancer to not grow, but we’re also wanting to see cell death.”
 

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Strain Review; Ace Of Spades

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, October, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
ace-of-spades-weedAn interesting mix of Black Cherry Soda and Jack the Ripper, the Ace Of Spades is a sweet and sometimes sour strain. I highly recommend eating some Sour Patch Kids while smoking it, as they seem to compliment each other. It has a very pungent smell of earthy berries and citrus that permeates whatever space the weed happens to be in.
 
Ace Of Spades plants get huge and will take over small spaces fast, so those of you looking to grow it, make sure there's adequate room. Flowers appear in about 8 weeks. The buds that are produced from these plants are like little rainbows, varying in colors of purple, green, orange, blues, and pinks. Ridiculous, right? It gives Northern Lights a run for it's money in the colorful department.
 
The effects of the Ace will make the user incredibly creative. Art school? Make this your new favorite strain. It'll help you bust out that shading final with ease. It also relieves stress in patients. A creative, stress free high sounds pretty awesome to me! And as always with weed, there really are no bad side effects other than that cotton mouth!

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FDA Approves Trials For Marijuana-Based Epilepsy Medicine

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, October, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
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The U.S. Federal Drug Administration has given unprecedented approval for two separate trials of Epidiolex, a liquid medicine made entirely of cannabis; the substance contains 98% cannabidiol, a nonpsychoactive compound found in cannabis – the remaining 2% consist of various trace amounts of other cannabinoids.
 
The studies will be led by Orrin Devinsky, MD at New York University’s School of Medicine, and Roberta Cilio, MD, PhD, at the University of California.
 
Each study will involve 25 participants, all children.
 
Epidiolex is manufactured by GW Pharmaceuticals, the company behind Sativex, a cannabis-derived medicinal spray which has been approved for treating multiple sclerosis in multiple countries, including Canada.
 
According to Geoffrey Guy, MD, chairman of GW Pharmaceuticals, cannabidiol is more than just an anti-seizure agent. “It’s anti-inflammatory, neuro-modulatory, and has been shown in animals to counter neonatal hypoxic ischemia [oxygen starvation during delivery] —an important problem you see after seizures in these children.”
 

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