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Video Shows How THC Kills Cancer Cells

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By on May 25, 2015

THC has the miraculous capacity to help those who suffer from cancer. The wonder compound increases appetite, reduces nausea and can even help to quell pains that patients suffer from cancer and its unpleasant list of symptoms. However, despite the numerous findings and studies that have been published about this, cannabis is still vilified by the government and kept federally illegal.

A clip from documentary called “Clearing the Smoke” depicts a microscopic view of cancer cells that have had THC administered to them, which causes the malignant cells to weaken and eventually die completely.

In the beginning of the video, the malignant cancer cells are seen quickly moving under the lens of the microscope. But as the THC molecules begin to affect them, they turn blue and begin to slow down. Eventually they cease moving completely and some can even be seen dying from the effects of the THC near the end of the clip.

The video itself is fantastic visual evidence that THC, even administered in low doses (as was depicted), can be a highly-effective tool in the ongoing fight against cancer.

News as exciting as this is not something new to the federal government; in fact, a study that was published in the August 18, 1974 issue of the Washington Post reported finding that THC “slowed the growth of lung cancer, breast cancers, and virus-induced leukemia in laboratory mice, and prolonged their lives as much as 36 percent.”

The results themselves read: “Animals treated for 10 consecutive days with delta-9-THC, beginning the day after tumor implantation, demonstrated a dose-dependent action of retarded tumor growth. Mice treated for 20 consecutive days with delta-8-THC and CBN had reduced primary tumor size.”

The study was conducted by a team of researchers at the Medical College of Virginia acting on the behalf of the federal government. Unfortunately, the government was unhappy with the results and had U.S. officials dismiss the study completely and buried it under the Watergate scandal. The findings were eventually published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute a year later.

No new reports of findings regarding THC and cancer surfaced after this study until a clinical trial that was conducted in the mid-1990s. This study was conducted by the U.S. National Toxicology program and worked off a $2 million federal budget.

The clinical trials gave very similar results: “that mice and rats administered high doses of THC over long periods experienced greater protection against malignant tumors than untreated controls.”

Even tests conducted throughout the world have found similar results to these. In 1998, researchers at Madrid’s Complutense University released a study that concluded that by administering THC to malignant brain tumor cells, the doctors were able to selectively induce apoptosis, or planned cell death. This allowed the researchers to systematically kill individual cancer cells without harming any of the nearby healthy cells.

And yet government officials and politicians have been adamant in keeping the law the same and condemning cannabis to be federally illegal, making this form of treatment an impossibility for a majority of U.S. cancer patients.

Hopefully this video will be enough visual and scientific proof that THC can be beneficial to be used by those suffering from cancer. At the very least, it may be able to save a few lives from suffering and bring new hope to those who are fighting cancer.


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Ben Miller is a writer and musician living in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s in English and Philosophy from Wofford College. He has written 18 different drafts for this bio, but this is the only one you will ever see.

Ty Bollinger & Carol Alt talk Hemp – Fox News

“Marijuana as wonder drug” – Lester Grinspoon, MD

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This article originally appeared in The Boston Globe, 2007

A [2007 study] in the journal Neurology is being hailed as unassailable proof that marijuana is a valuable medicine. It is a sad commentary on the state of modern medicine — and US drug policy — that we still need “proof” of something that medicine has known for 5,000 years.
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Ohio family who moved to California finds relief for daughter’s seizures with medical marijuana

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The Ohio family who moved more than 1,000 miles away to California so their daughter who suffered up to 1,000 seizures a day could be treated with medical marijuana is celebrating the toddler’s latest milestones.

Addyson Benton, 3, was diagnosed with intractable myoclonic epilepsy before her first birthday. The family tried multiple medications without success before researching medical marijuana and deciding to try it for their daughter.

Addyson was prescribed an oil heavy in cannabidiol and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), that is applied through a patch on her ankle twice a day.

“Two days after we moved here, we started a THCA treatment,” Heather Benton, Addyson’s mom, told ABC 7.

After a few weeks, Addyson went from having about 100 seizures a day to only 19, Heather said.

On Thursday, a photo on the family’s support page “Addyson’s Warriors” showed a calendar with the number of seizures per day written down. Each day in May has fewer than 17 seizures marked. The family has started a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of her treatment, as the medication is not covered by insurance.

“Her eye flutters are completely gone, and her jerks are limited to when she is trying to fall asleep,” Debbie Miller, Addyson’s grandmother, wrote on the page. “This brings everyone hope and it’s only the beginning of their journey.”

While the move has been stressful for the family, Heather said the benefits for Addyson are worth it.

“It’s been night and day,” she told WCPO. “I never in a million years would have every thought that six hours after putting this patch onto my daughter that she was walking with ease. It’s been amazing.”

A mildly schizophrenic stoner showed me the meaning of life (via r/trees)

Gotta love r/trees

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I took a sick day today after waking up feeling like doodoo, physically and mentally. I live in a very high-class, wealthy, and frankly, kind of stuck-up area, but today I was visiting a nearby, sleepy seaside town where I go to find solace and peace and to be among people with whom I can relate. Continue reading

Dr. Carl Hart: Why You Should Teach Your Kids How to Get High

From Alternet

Editor’s Note: Last week, Dr. Carl Hart, world-renowned neuroscientist and Associate Professor of Psychology at Columbia University—and the first African American to be tenured in the sciences at the school, participated in a townhall phone conversation with the The Drug Policy Alliance, the nation’s most influential organization working to end the war on drugs and its resulting mass incarceration and criminalization. It was the latest in a series of calls designed to increase public understanding about the myths about drugs that drove the explosion of laws and sentencing schemes that cemented the United States as the world’s largest incarcerator.

Hart’s textbook, Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior, is widely used, and his award-winning, best-selling memoir, High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society, was broadly acclaimed by members of the science community. Regularly featured in the New York Times, on CNN and other outlets, Dr. Hart has been called to testify before Congress, and consult with presidents.

Below is an edited transcript of Dr. Hart’s conversation with journalist/activist asha bandele and participating callers from across the country on the concerns parents have about drugs and the laws that prosecute those who use them.

asha bandele: Carl, as the nation relaxes some of its laws on drug use and possession, how do we keep our children safe as it seems that are drugs both evermore available and potent?

Dr. Carl Hart:  When people say that, they’re really talking about marijuana. But we’ve always known how to breed marijuana with high THC concentrations. There have always been people who’ve smoked really good marijuana while others smoked “garbage” weed.  The internet allows us to share how to breed the really good marijuana and so some have argued that this puts kids at risk of smoking different marijuana than their parents smoked.…different being more dangerous. That’s an example of how we take a little information and the distort it to the point where we’re wrong. Think about it this way: we have some alcohol that’s a 151 percent proof.  We also have Budweiser, which contains a small amount of alcohol. No one is talking about how this is now some new alcohol that’s posing more danger to your children. It’s just that people drink the alcohol that is 151 differently than they do beer.

One of the advantages of smoking a drug is that you detect the psychoactive effects more rapidly so when people use a stronger marijuana, they don’t smoke it in the same way they smoke whack weed. That’s just common sense and it doesn’t do young people any good when we miss an opportunity to help educate kids and say, “Please understand there’s something about the strength of the marijuana that you’re smoking. If you are a novice in terms of smoking marijuana, don’t start smoking like a champion. Start with lower doses.”

ab: I can imagine parents saying, “If I tell my child to learn how to smoke like a novice” it would be tantamount to telling him or her it’s okay to get high.

CH: All children will do things that you may not want them to. That’s part of parenting. The key becomes: do you give them information to help them stay safe and live another day even though it may be about behavior in which you’d like them to not engage in?  As a parent, a scientist and educator what I know is that it’s always better to provide the education that will help keep my children—all people—safe even if I don’t want them to engage in the behavior. So this notion that giving sold information that keeps children safe somehow condones the behavior, is frankly, stupid—and dangerous.

ab:  In your memoir, High Price, you say that you’re less concerned with your sons’ potential engagement with drugs than you are their engagement with police. Are you being hyperbolic when you make statements like that?

CH: As a scientist who studies drugs I’ve given thousands of doses of drugs like marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine and methamphetamine to people who use them in order to carefully study their effects.  These effects are not unpredictable as we were told in the 1980s, if you understand a few variables: the dose that was taken, the experience of the user, the conditions under which the drug was taken, where the drug was taken and the route of administration. You can predict them such that you’re more likely to enhance the positive effects of the drugs and minimize the negative effects of the drug, which means I can teach my children some lessons about drugs, the drugs young people are most likely to use—alcohol, marijuana and tobacco.

But I don’t know how to keep my children safe with the police because, particularly when it comes to Black folks, interactions with police are not predictable. When you have this sort of unpredictability versus predictability, that’s not a controversial statement that’s a smart statement and I would be remiss as a parent if I don’t make this understood to my children. Continue reading