Marijuana Drastically Shrinks Aggressive Form Of Brain Cancer, New Study Finds
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, November, 19th 2014 by THCFinder
Over the past few years, research has revealed that marijuana can both destroy certain cancer cells and reduce the growth of others. Now, a new study in mice has found that when combined with radiation treatment, cannabis can effectively shrink one of the most aggressive types of brain tumors.
In a paper published Friday in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapies, a team of researchers from St. George's University of London outlined the "dramatic reductions" they observed in high-grade glioma masses, a deadly form of brain cancer, when treated with a combination of radiation and two different marijuana compounds, also known as cannabinoids. In many cases, those tumors shrunk to as low as one-tenth the sizes of those in the control group.
"We've shown that cannabinoids could play a role in treating one of the most aggressive cancers in adults," Dr. Wai Liu, one of the study's lead authors, wrote in an op-ed earlier this week. "The results are promising...it could provide a way of breaking through glioma and saving more lives."
In an email to The Huffington Post, Liu pointed out that while research surrounding marijuana's cancer-fighting properties is nothing new, his team is the first to document its effect on the disease when used alongside radiation. "The results showed that the final effect was superior to the sum of the parts," he said. "Hopefully, these results will support calls for formal trials in humans to test these combinations."
Liu and his colleagues examined mice that had been infected with glioma and subsequently treated with radiation alone or in combination with varying levels of two cannabis compounds: THC, the psychoactive compound associated with the "high" sensation, and CBD, which doesn't produce psychoactive side effects.
They found that the tumors were best treated by low doses of both THC and CBD that, when used in concert, made the tumors more receptive to radiation treatment. "Our data suggests a 'triple threat' approach using all three may be of value," Liu told HuffPost.
The researchers also found that together, the low doses of THC and CBD produced a similar effect to a large dose of either compound, which is noteworthy because it indicates that patients may ultimately experience fewer side effects.
THC and CBD are just two of the dozens of chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. While research surrounding the therapeutic effects of these compounds has been limited, a team of scientists from the U.K. last year found that a combination of six different purified cannabinoids can kill the cancerous cells found in individuals with leukemia.
Meanwhile, when used alone as a form of treatment, THC has been shown to reduce the size of other cancerous tumors and stop the spread of HIV, and CBD strains of marijuana have had a profound effect on children and adults who suffer from debilitating seizure disorders.
Despite these findings, marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I drug in the United States, meaning the federal government believes it has no medicinal value. The federally-funded National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grows a limited supply of marijuana in Mississippi, which is used for government sanctioned research. While critics have long accused NIDA of only funding experiments that examine the substance's negative effects, the agency has conducted a handful of studies that look at its potential benefits.
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Ban of medical marijuana in hospitals threatens sick children
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, November, 11th 2014 by THCFinder
DIXFIELD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Twelve-year-old Cyndiamae Meehan loves painting and drawing to express herself. Watching her, it's hard to believe that she couldn't paint with a steady hand several months ago.
"We noticed the cognitive brightening, we notice her talking more with us when she's coloring, she is looking at the shape she is coloring instead of randomly coloring a page," said Cyndiamae's mother, Susan Meehan.
Things that never happened before, like running, playing, feeding herself, are now a reality because of medical marijuana, according to her parents. Cyndiamae has Dravet Syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy, that left her with constant seizures. The seizures turned off her brain and kept her from developing at a normal pace. After trying 23 different epileptic drugs with little success, her neurologist suggested that Cyndimae and her family move from their Connecticut home to Maine, where she could be legally treated with medical marijuana or cannabis.
Once in Maine, Meehan began using a rescue medication consisting of specific marijuana strains whenever her daughter had a grand mal seizure. This type of seizure causes a loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions. Family members started taking video of the seizures to show Cyndimae's doctors. The video shows that once given the rescue medication, the seizure slowly stops. In the past ten months, Meehan said she has weaned Cyndimae off all of her medications.
"Without the cannabis, we would still be in that situation where she would be so drugged she couldn't eat. She is up to 85 pounds now which is just amazing. Her muscle tone is good," said Meehan.
Meehan said that medical marijuana saved her daughter's life. It is a controversial treatment, but more parents are turning to it for seizure treatment. Four-year old Kaylee Brown suffered her first seizure at 9-months-old.
"It ended turning into a full blow very severe seizure. She was turning blue, salivating profusely and when we go to the hospital she finally responded to medications," Kalyee's mother, Samantha Brown.
Doctors prescribed Kaylee medications that caused horrible side effects and more seizures. Kaylee was eventually diagnosed with a mild form of Dravet syndrome. After hearing other success stories, Brown began Kaylee on cannabis and tried weaning her daughter off other medications. The combination was too much for the small child, and doctors put Kaylee in a medically iunduced coma this past summer. Kaylee was transferred to Maine Medical Center and while at the hospital, the neurologist on duty discovered that Kaylee was using medical marijuana and asked Brown if she had the drug with her.
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Happy Mondays Star Treats Son's Cancer With Cannabis
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, November, 3rd 2014 by THCFinder
Paul Ryder, the Happy Mondays star and a former drug addicted has recently revealed that he treated his son’s cancer with cannabis. The eleven year old child was diagnosed with a rare form of soft tissue cancer in 2012. Doctors told Chico Ryder’s parents that surgery was too risky and that the young child would need chemotherapy as well as radiation treatment if they wanted to see their child get healthy again. But the doctors also prescribed the boy with a synthetic form of cannabis in order to give him some relief from the grueling terror of “traditional” treatments.
But with such positive results from the synthetic cannabis, Chico’s parents took it a step further and consulted with the doctors on whether or not they would be able to inject their son with the lifesaving cannabis oil that people have been using in order to treat cancer, epilepsy, and Alzheimer's. Doctors supported the parents idea and they began to administer the cannabis oil in to Chico’s stomach tube. After a long while of treatment, the Ryder family got a great bit of news; Chico was in remission and the cancer had receded.
Angie Smith, Chico’s mother, says that it’s time people pay attention to the evidence that states how positive cannabis can be on a person’s life. An eleven year old boy should not be spending his time in a hospital bed, but instead be riding his bike, goofing off with friends, and being somewhat of a bother (we were all a pain in the ass as kids, you know it). To see a young boy in a bed with tubes sticking out of him like some awful version of Wolverine is not how childhood should go. With the help of cannabis, Chico is now in remission and seems to be doing well.
Not only that but the Cancer Research UK support clinical trials proving that the plant has a positive effect on cancer. With more research, they hope to prove the effectiveness of marijuana on those with cancer, especially for children who suffer greatly when undergoing the chemotherapy treatments. To growing bones and organs, radiation can be deadly and chemo doesn’t have a 100% success rate. With a more natural way to treat the diagnosis, children (as well as all others with cancer) would be able to live more normally while combatting their illness.
Could Cannabis Treat Degenerative Brain Disorders
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, October, 28th 2014 by THCFinder
Could Cannabis Treat Sports Injuries?
Professional athletes suffer from a multitude of injuries in their careers. Everything from broken ankles to fractured skulls to severe concussions, these people get hit hard. Professional football players have been shown to develop certain illnesses later in life that effect their motor skills and memory.
The most common diagnosis for sports players is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, also known at CTE. This degenerative brain ailment is found in professional sports players, as well as Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE). HE is a loss of brain function due to liver disease. This results from the pain pills that are given to athletes in order to help with other ailments. Marvin Washington, a former NFL player and a spokesperson for the company funding athlete research, KannaLife, backs the search for CBD based treatments as an alternative to the “traditional” ones. “The pain pills they’re taking now, I think they’re heavy on your lungs and kidneys. They can eat the lining up out of your stomach,” Washington said.
The company KannaLife has signed a license with the National Institutes of Health in order to develop treatments. These new ideas will be up for the Food and Drug Administration approval within three to five years, hopefully in time to save a few brain cells and livers from the damage that sports lead to. KannaLife isn’t going to limit it’s reach though. They’re not looking to help only athletes but all patients with degenerative brain diseases.
A study recently published in the journal Biochemical Society Transactions and published at the National Institute Of Heath has found that the brain’s endocannabinoid system has neuroprotective and immunomodulatory capabilities. Not only that but the use of cannabis may lead to the growth of stem cells. This information could really benefit those suffering from all different kinds of degenerative brain disorders.
50 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries In San Jose File For Permits
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, October, 21st 2014 by THCFinder
SAN JOSE (KCBS) — There was a filing frenzy by owners of medical marijuana dispensaries in San Jose as they sought to beat a registration deadline on Friday, but strict new requirements may make it nearly impossible for them to get a permit.
During the summer, San Jose voted to shut down about 90 medical marijuana businesses by Oct. 17 and allow some to reopen with an operating permit in 2015 but by time the smoke had cleared after 5 p.m. deadline on Friday, 50 of the 78 dispensaries had filed an application.
“They have to be in industrial locations. They can’t be near residential homes. They can’t be near schoolsor pre-schools. There is a number of conditions we will look at and then we’ll screen those out right away,” San Jose city spokesman, David Vossbrink said. “What we don’t know for sure yet is: of those 50, how many of them are actually complete and will meet the threshold for either location or for all the material they need for our operating requirements?”
Former dispensary owner Dave Hodges, who was forced to close up shop thinks the zoning and operational requirements are so onerous that less than ten will likely survive the screening process.
“The locations that are available, I’ve heard of outrageous numbers such as $30,000 to $50,000 a month for rent with large deposits and even obligations to buy the building,” he said.
Marijuana and Ebola: Experts Weigh In
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, October, 20th 2014 by THCFinder
Cannabis Sativa, Inc. CEO Gary Johnson believes marijuana is "potentially an actual cure" for the Ebola virus. And his medical director predicts it "will help the survival of this deadly disease."
“We actually believe we have efficacy with regard to treating Ebola," Johnson recently said. “I am not a snake oil salesman. I’m not. You know, I’m the former governor of New Mexico.”
David B. Allen of Cannabis Sativa argues that cannabinoids inhibit VEGF and other Cytokines, which is critical to countering the effecs of Ebola. "Cannabinoids are emerging as a new class of drugs that treat infections of bacteria, fungi and virus by different mechanisms of action not found in any other class of drug." he writes. "Cannabinoids inhibit many different virus strains from replicating."
Allen calls on the "medical community to start human trials on survivability of Ebola infected patients" using cannabinoids, specifically cannabidiol (CBD), because "cannabis is so very safe especially under doctor supervision."
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