4/20 Special – Cannabis Research Studies – 2015 Update

Cannabinoid Research

1. US Government Finally Admits Cannabis Can Help Kill Cancer Cells

2. Further Evidence that Cannabis Reduces Tumor Growth

3. Cannabis Extract has Dramatic Effect on Brain Cancer

4. Anticancer Potential of Plants and Natural Products

5. CBD “enhances fracture healing” in bone fractures in a rat model.

6. B.C. Study Urges Easier Access to Medical Cannabis

7. Marijuana Extract Curbs Seizure Frequency in Trial of Epilepsy Patients

8. Pharmacological Management of Chronic Neuropathic Pain

9. The Potential Therapeutic Effects of THC on Alzheimer’s

10. Smoking Marijuana is 114 Times Safer than Drinking Alcohol


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  2. History News Network: 2400 year old Bongs
    Archaeologists Discover 2,400 Year Old Golden Bongs
    Archaeologists Discover 2,400 Year Old Golden Bongs
    Posted By: David DeMarPosted date: June 02, 2015
    A startling archaeological find in southern Russia has revealed proof that the ancient Scythians, a nomadic race that ruled the region some 2,400 years in the past, smoked a concoction of cannabis and opium regularly enough to craft ornate devices to do so. A pair of large cups, nicknamed “bongs” after modern cannabis paraphernalia, were unearthed in an archaeological find first discovered while workers were preparing to install power lines in the Caucasus Mountains. As reported by New Historian last week, archaeologists have speculated that some of the artifacts in the site may be of Greek origin. Now, another use has been found for some of the golden objects excavated from this dig.

    The two bucket-shaped cups were found upside-down and covered with intricate carvings on the outside that depicted creatures from mythology; on one, winged griffons are seen attacking both a stag and a horse while another carving showcases an older man engaged in combat with a larger group of younger warriors. The interior of both cups were coated with a black residue that proved to be a mix of opium and cannabis after it was analyzed by forensics experts.

    The chamber where the golden bongs were discovered had been cleverly concealed beneath a layer of clay and stored within a chamber lined with broad, flat stones. In the end, nearly seven pounds of golden artifacts were excavated including two neck rings, a finger ring, a bracelet, and a collection of three cups in addition to the two cannabis cups.

    While the site was initially uncovered in 2013, the decision was made to keep the discovery a secret in order to discourage looters. Archaeologists say that there was already evidence that the burial mound had been scoured by looters sometime in the indeterminate past, prompting the secrecy and initially leading them to believe that any valuable artifacts had long since vanished. The site itself is known as a kurgan, one of the few pieces of permanent construction left behind by the Scythians; the largely itinerant civilisation constructed these burial mounds across their territory, which stretched from the Black Sea in the west to as far as Mongolia to the east over the close to a thousand years that the nomadic people ruled the region.

    Andrei Belinski, the archaeologist that led the excavation team that took over following the discovery of the site, says that the historical value of the find is noteworthy, especially since the bongs are in such excellent condition and the carvings on the cannabis cups harbor such minute details. “I’ve never seen such a detailed representation of the clothing and weaponry of the Scythians,” the archaeologist remarked, adding that “it’s so detailed you can see how the clothing was sewn.” Hopes are high that the cups, and the remainder of the gold uncovered from the kurgan, will help shed additional light on Scythian culture.

    It has long been thought that the Scythians used cannabis and opium in ceremonial or religious rites. Herodotus, the Greek historian living in the fifth century BCE, described Scythians as smoking a type of plant that affected the cognition of Scythian warriors prior to entering battle. Archaeologists believe the two golden cups uncovered in the Caucasus were likely the possessihttp://www.newhistorian.com/archaeologists-discover-2400-year-old-golden-bongs/3933/ons of a tribal chief.


  3. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/ubc-researcher-gets-1-million-grant-to-study-link-between-pot-hivaids/article24839207/
    UBC researcher recvs. grant to study how pot fights HIV/AIDS

    A University of B.C. researcher who recently found that daily pot use might help fight HIV/AIDS is getting a $1-million grant from a commercial cannabis grower, which could lead to more clinical evidence for doctors skeptical of a drug still outlawed in Canada.

    National Green BioMed, a Richmond-based company partly owned by former Liberal MP Herb Dhaliwal, has already provided $200,000. It has committed to paying the full million dollars over five years, even if it fails to secure a licence from Health Canada to grow marijuana at its Fraser Valley facility.

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    Mr. Dhaliwal said a team led by M. J. Milloy, an infectious-disease epidemiologist with the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, will have “all the freedom in the world” to conduct research that meets the “highest ethical standards” into the possible therapeutic benefits of cannabis.

    While doctors can prescribe pot, there is a dearth of clinical evidence on the efficacy of the plant’s touted benefits and many simply don’t know enough about the drug to recommend it to patients. This is complicated by Health Canada refusing to approve marijuana as a drug or medicine, but being compelled to regulate it by the courts, which have ruled that Canadians must have reasonable access to medical cannabis.

    Globally, concerns have also been raised about controlled studies using placebos in humans, a standard test for pharmaceutical drugs, because marijuana’s psychoactive properties make such clinical trials difficult to administer, said Dr. Milloy, who is also an assistant professor at UBC.

    HIV/AIDS patients in B.C. have long been prescribed medical marijuana to help them deal with their pain and to stimulate an appetite lost because of effects of the disease. But Dr. Milloy’s study, recently published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review, was the first to draw a link to its potential ability to fight the virus itself. (That follows research by colleagues at Louisiana State University that showed similar effects when macaque monkeys infected with a related disease were administered the THC compound found in cannabis.)

    Dr. Milloy’s team compared data from two groups of injection drug users on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. It found those with the virus who consumed cannabis at least once a day had less than half the level of HIV in their blood compared with those who rarely or never took the drug.

    Dr. Milloy said the funding, to be announced Monday morning, could allow him and his team to test one hypothesis that pot’s anti-inflammatory properties lead to its compounds “cooling off” the inflammation to help “bring down the replication of the virus” in the bloodstream.

    When she was diagnosed HIV positive at an Edmonton clinic, Claudette Cardinal was told she had two years to live. She stopped taking the prescribed anti-retroviral drugs to combat the disease because they made her violently ill and her ears ring.

    “The side effects I was getting from those meds at the time was like I was actively injecting [illegal drugs] again,” Ms. Cardinal said.

    Several years later, after she had moved to Victoria, she began taking the anti-retrovirals again, but this time with a cannabis prescription to help her keep her appetite. The alcohol in the concentrated cannabis tinctures made her gag, but she found relief from the side effects of her HIV/AIDS drugs through smoking or eating strains of marijuana known for their physical rather than mental effects.

    Twenty years after being diagnosed, the 47-year-old Ms. Cardinal says the marijuana has helped her to “maintain a healthy weight because I do not want to go back to that skeleton of bones … it’s not a pretty sight.”

    “I do believe [marijuana] does help suppress the actual part of something in there, but I’m not quite sure what it is.”


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