Saturday, September 8, 2012

Does Marijuana Cause Cancer? Research Says Marijuana Fights Cancer

Lisa Garber
Activist Post

Does marijuana cause cancer? The censorship-happy government’s war on marijuana may be sorely misplaced, especially when considering all the other issues in need of focus. Dr. Sean McAllister of the Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco has spent years researching cannabidiol, a cannabinoid found in cannabis, the plant that flowers marijuana. “Cannabidiol offers hope of a non-toxic therapy that could treat aggressive forms of cancer without any of the painful side effects of chemotherapy,” he says.

You might remember Cash Hyde, the 3-year-old boy from Montana diagnosed with brain cancer but who beat it with his father Mike’s help and marijuana oil. Well, Hyde’s case isn’t the only one revealing the positive relationship between marijuana and cancer.

Does Marijuana Cause Cancer? THC as Therapy

In 1998, Cristina Sanchez of Complutense University in Madrid reported in a European biochemistry journal that THC—the famed psychoactive component in marijuana—“induces apoptosis [cell death] in C6 glioma cells,” which are a type of brain cancer.

Lead author of another study and Harvard University researcher Anju Preet says, “THC can have a potential therapeutic role.” His findings, presented in a 2007 American Association for Cancer Research in Los Angeles, showed that THC has a direct antitumoral effect.

THC’s First Human Trial

The first clinical trial studying THC’s antitumoral effect on humans was conducted by Manuel Guzman and his team of Spanish scientists. Guzman administered THC to nine patients who had not responded to traditional brain cancer therapies for the study. As published in a 2006 issue of the British Journal of Pharmacology, tumor cell proliferation reduced in response to THC administration through a catheter – showing the medical benefits of marijuana.

THC and the Lungs

Another Harvard study reports that THC slows lung cancer progress. Moreover, unlike chemotherapy which damages all cells—healthy or cancerous—THC specifically destroyed tumoral cells without harming healthy ones.

In another study published in the Journal of American Medical Association, spanning from 1985 to 2006, over 5,000 men and women smoked about one joint daily for seven years. Co-author Stefan Kertesz found that subjects, rather than having damaged lungs, showed increases in lung air flow rates. Surprising findings indeed.

Cannabidiol and Breast Cancer

With backing from the National Institute of Health, Dr. Sean McAllister conducted a study and found that cannabidiol inhibited breast cancer cell proliferation, metastasis, and tumor growth.

McAllister researched cancer’s relationship to the ID-1 gene—a protein active during embryonic development but, in healthy subjects, turns and stays off. In the case of breast cancer patients, the gene turns back on, which causes malignant cells to metastasize. In the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, McAllister wrote that cannabidiol switches off the gene’s expression.

McAllister found that cannabidiol can even work alongside standard chemotherapy treatments by performing synergistically with pharmaceuticals. This means that maximum, toxic doses don’t have to be administered.

Despite accusations that marijuana smoking can compromise the immune system, mountains of research indicate that the plant has more to offer than a high. More studies are undoubtedly in the works.

In this research, Manuel Guzman located in Madrid, Spain discovered that cannabinoids substantially inhibit the growth of tumors in a variety of lab animals. In the study he also found that not one of these tested animals endured any kind of side effects seen in many similar chemotherapy treatments.

If all of the research doesn’t appeal to you, then maybe the 2,500 total studied patients throughout these 37 controlled studies may. None of the patients reported any kind of adverse side effects from the use of THC and based medication – further adding to the benefits of medical marijuana and strengthening the positive connection between marijuana and cancer.

So, does marijuana cause cancer, or does it fight cancer?

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Anonymous said...

Also cannabis will slow you down. This is a concept contrary to modern life. The rat race is a direct result from our modern, fiat, fractional reserve banking system. The ever arching need for more and more money as it inflates creating a need to work more, faster and more effectively, beyond what is healthy and natural.
The more you open your mind the more you will discover ancient tribal people live a healthy more spiritual and happier life. Fact, in the early history of the US, people captured and living with natives, after returning to European style society would often return to the native peoples. Rarely did natives stay in 'so called' civil of European style society. said...

of course it cures cancer, that is why TPTB do everything in their power to make sure their monopoly (the aleopathic medicine system) has no composition from something that actually cures something!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

my partner smoked weed every day of his life, from age 17 until he passed away at the age of 62....from renal cancer. so who knows?

Anonymous said...

Watch a doc called Run from the cure

Anonymous said...

I've been hearing about these positive effects for a long time and I'm not at all surprised to see this further confirmation. I've always pondered on why g'ments have been so harsh on the divine weed. As a hippie chick I used to joke that government didn't want us to use puff because it increased the thinking process. I always thought it peculiar that government would suppress a happy high which facilitated thought process, laughter and cerebral enjoyment as opposed to the results of alcohol which, as we all know often leads to violent and abusive mindless behavior. Well now we know, don't we? I'm really sick and tired of nasty little fawning puppets, preventing people from gaining access to one of nature's benign healing agents. Aren't you?

Anonymous said...

brilliantly said. you should have written the article. Who has said that weed causes cancer and what is thier proof?


Who in the Hell said it causes cancer?
That is a first. a little misleading to say the least. We have been hearing about the healing powers of pot for a long time and I have never heard that it could cause cancer.

Anonymous said...

War on Drugs, or against drugs?

We know for centuries that Marijuana is a helpfull medicine in many ways, but it is always good that some "real" scientists admit to this.
The laws against Marijuana, and other medical drugs are dated 1917, and are "War" laws.
We know that the Petro chemical and Pharmaceutic industries have "fueled" wars, and still do.
The laws against Cannabis, and other medical drugs "are" illegal

drbob melamede said...

There are about 800 peer reviewed articles dealing with cannabinoids and cancer. The majority of them show the killing of cancer cells and inhibition of metastasis, in tissue culture and animal models, by cannabinoids. The site photo-documents patients using topical cannabis for basal and squamous cell carcinomas. The pictures are worth a thousand words. drbob

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