A Harvard study released on April 17, 2007 shows that the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread!
Researchers at Harvard tested the chemical THC in both lab and mouse studies. They say this is the first set of experiments to show that the compound, THC actually activates naturally produced receptors to fight off lung cancer. The researchers suggest that THC or other designer agents that activate these receptors might be used in a targeted fashion to treat lung cancer.
The only clinical trial testing THC as a treatment against cancer growth was a recently completed British pilot study. For three weeks, researchers injected standard doses of THC into mice that had been implanted with human lung cancer cells, and found that tumors were reduced in size and weight by about 50 percent in treated animals compared to a control group. There was also about a 60 percent reduction in cancer lesions on the lungs in these mice as well as a significant reduction in protein markers associated with cancer progression.
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A biochemist tells the story of how he cured himself of prostate cancer using cannabis oil. Skip over the introduction if you want to get straight to the biochemist's testimony, which begins about a third of the way into the video.
A Canadian activist and maker of cannabis oil tells how the oil he gives away has cured others of a variety of diseases including cancer, diabetes, migraine headaches and heart disease. This video includes interviews with those who have used this oil successfully. It also tells how he was then convicted of distributing an illegal drug.
CBC Television's THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki examines the medicinal uses of marijuana. There is a growing number of people who regard marijuana (cannabis) as a benign medicine, offering relief to people suffering from a variety of illnesses, including epilepsy, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and glaucoma as well as lessening the side effects of medications and treatments given to cancer and HIV patients.
People who use marijuana to alleviate their suffering, live with the added anxiety of possible arrest, jail and forfeiture of property. They all say it's worth the risk. This program tells the stories of those who have shown courage in providing marijuana to the sick and suffering as well as the stories of people whose lives have been transformed by its medicinal properties.
This program travels to India where marijuana is openly cultivated and used in medicine, rituals and recreationally, as it has been for thousands of years with little indication of its supposed damaging effects. Marijuana came to the West in the mid-1800s, and was commonly used as a folk medicine. In the United States of the 1930s, it became identified with the corrupting influence of the jazz culture and with Mexican and Chinese immigrants. From then on, it was labeled as a Schedule 1 dangerous drug.
A movie called Reefer Madness 2 introduces audiences to the personal stories of two women who provide marijuana to the sick. Valerie Corral of California established the Women's Alliance for Medical Marijuana ( WAMM ) and supplies over 200 people in the Santa Cruz area. Vancouver's Hilary Black runs The Compassionate Club. She talks about her dealings with sufferers, the police and the growers she relies on for supplies.
Dr. Lester Grinspoon of Harvard Medical School and the author of Forbidden Medicine, recounts how a personal experience affecting his own family reinforced his determination to try and set the record straight about the marijuana use and cancer patients.
The foregoing information is from the Canadian Broadcasting Company's web site.
Marihuana, the Forbidden Medicine
A 1997 book by Dr. Lester Grinspoon, M.D. and Dr. James B. Bakalar