Why you need to help legalize marijuana for medical use


Have hope. Pot could be the new melanoma and metastatic cancer cure.

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Why help legalize pot for medicinal use?

Why is it illegal? Marijuana cuts lung cancer tumor growth in half, a 2007 Harvard Medical School study shows.

If you’re suffering from cancer, try pot in vaporized form or as cannabis oil. The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.

But this isn’t new stuff.

We all have heard pot can help with glaucoma. But since 1974 studies have also shown that cannabis has anti-tumor effects. 1974?? Yep – all of the people I’ve known who have died of cancer since I was in the 4th grade could have improved or been cured. The results of the 1974 study, reported in an Aug. 18, 1974, Washington Post newspaper feature, were that cannabis’s component, 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.”

Huh?

In 1975 an article in the Journal of the National cancer institute titled “Antineoplastic Activity of Cannabinoids,” they reported that “Lewis lung adenocarcinoma growth was retarded by the oral administration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinol (CBD). Mice treated for 20 consecutive days with THC and CBD had reduced primary tumor size.”

It doesn’t stop there.

In 1998, a research team at Madrid’s Complutense University Led by Dr. Manuel Guzman discovered that THC can selectively induce programmed cell death in brain tumor cells without negatively impacting surrounding healthy cells. They reported in the March 2002 issue of “Nature Medicine” they had destroyed incurable brain cancer tumors in rats by injecting them with THC.

In addition to Harvard Researchers finding compounds in cannabis cut the growth of lung cancer in half, The SETH Group has showed compounds in cannabis can stop the growth of human glioblastoma multiforma (GBM) brain cancer cells. The SETH Group says “No chemotherapy can match this nontoxic anti-cancer action.”

Sorry friends, but pharmaceutical companies are in business to make money – they are not in business to be your friend.

Think about what you’re putting in your body! Watch this video from a former drug sales rep Gwen Olsen who – while not a conspiracy theorist – speaks very simply about the role of drug companies and be a consumer. She says, for example, exercise is more effective than anti-depressants. Pharmaceutical companies make up more than 6 times than any other Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. We are considered “human commodities” to drug companies. According to this veteran drug sales rep, the industry has “run amuck”. While not directly cancer related, check out her site here.

If you’re facing cancer, research the following:

In 2012 a pair of scientists at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco found THC stops metastasis in many kinds of aggressive cancer.

Here’s another embarrassing fact: cigarette smokers who smoke pot twice a week are less likely to develop cancer. They also have a slightly higher lung capacity on average than those who don’t smoke pot.

It seems that pot has some amazing potential to rid your body of cancer.  I’ve seen all of my hippie Facebook friends touting it, but until I really started investigating pot as a cure for cancer I didn’t believe it. However, the evidence is mounting. Here are some links to start your reading. Medicinal pot, by the way, is not merely smoked. While some smoke it to help ease nausea, anti-cancer pot is taken as cannabis oil treatments from very specific plants.

Personally, I think the reluctance of the FDA to regulate pot for medicinal use is based on three key issues:

  • There’s no way to regulate, police and tax a readily available herb that works in its natural state (no need for biologic alteration)
  • The FDA cannot consistently determine dosage, potency and side effects from a completely organic plant, which varies from where its grown as well as what species the pot is. Also, how do you measure dosages and side effects when so many factors (like rain, plant and soil) go into the efficacy of the plant
  • Lastly – Drug companies don’t see the money – there’s nothing to patent for drug companies, and no way to make money from medicinal pot

Want to get all sciency? Here’s what they think pot does chemically:

In lab and animal studies the compound, Delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may inhibit EGF-induced growth and migration in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expressing non-small cell lung cancer cell lines. Lung cancers that over-express EGFR are usually highly aggressive and resistant to chemotherapy. THC that targets cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 is similar in function to endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are naturally produced in the body and activate these receptors.

This ain’t your run-of-the-mill, neighborhood burn-out stuff. Today’s good stuff is hydroponically grown and sold in dispensaries. I say, if you’re facing advanced cancer, who cares if they smoke or use pot anyway? And if the evidence truly points to pot getting rid of cancer than it must be made available to those who need it. In fact, I think recreational pot should be up to those who choose to smoke it as an option to self-medicate if they wish.

This week Colorado became the first state to sell marijuana legally for recreational use.

Read more here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/03/us/marijuana-laws-united-states/

Famous Pot Smokers

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While street marijuana is not recommended, nor is it considered medicinal due to impurities and comparatively low THC levels, here’s a funny look at some famous pot smokers.

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