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California Scientists Say Marijuana Compound Cures Cancer
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Posted 2/12/13
http://theintelhub.com/2013/02/13/california-scientists-say-marijuana-compound-cures-cancer/

The Huffington Post reports that two researchers in San Francisco, California have made the astonishing discovery that the compound called cannabidiol, or CBD, extracted from the marijuana plant, could help stop the spread of cancer.

Cancer is spread by genes called ID-1’s and when Pierre Desprez and Sean McAllister combined their research knowledge they also combined cannabidiol with these killer ID-1 cells in a petri dish and this is what they found:

“What we found was that his Cannabidiol could essentially ‘turn off’ the ID-1,” Desprez told HuffPost.

The cells stopped spreading and returned to normal (1).”

If these findings are as promising as they seem it would mean people all over the world who are afflicted with cancer could have hope for a cure.

Studies in laboratories and on animals have shown similar results and now Desprez and McAllister are eager for human clinical trials to begin. These trials are still waiting on approval.

The pair of scientists first posted a paper on the subject back in 2007 and here are a few telling excerpts from the abstract (1):

“Here, we report that cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabinoid with a low-toxicity profile, could down-regulate Id-1 expression in aggressive human breast cancer cells (2).”

“In conclusion, CBD represents the first nontoxic exogenous agent that can significantly decrease Id-1 expression in metastatic breast cancer cells leading to the down-regulation of tumor aggressiveness (2).”

When considering the progress that could have been made into CBD cancer-cure research in the six years since this paper was published it is rather disheartening.

Many people have been diagnosed since then, but the outlook thanks to this discovery is hopeful and the research that has been done points to a cure for this devastating illness.

“We started by researching breast cancer,” said Desprez.

“But now we’ve found that Cannabidiol works with many kinds of aggressive cancers–brain, prostate–any kind in which these high levels of ID-1 are present.”

Desprez hopes that clinical trials will begin immediately (1).”

Certainly cancer patients would agree, in light of this promising research. If marijuana were legal in all fifty states it would cut through the red tape that has been impeding research into this field for years.

Colorado and Washington will have to take the lead on the front of cannabis-based cancer-cure research for now, or until the human clinical trials are approved in California.
Posted 2/12/13
i have a friend with testicular cancer, marijuana helps him with the pain, he still hurts, but marijuana makes him forget about the pain and laughs it off for hours. Two puffs voting yes in 2016
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Sadly this gets ignored. IMO it is because big pharma and their investors and money junkies cannot get rich off a control / cure that can be produced cheaply with minimal skill in your own home. The giant industry of Cancer would lose massive funding, fat cats would lose jobs, stock holders would cry they would not get rich off the terminally ill.

We do know cannabis slows the metabolism of cancer cells, which inhibits growth and spreading as seen in this photo.



Breast cancer cells killed by CBD on right compared to untreated breast cancer cells on left. (Courtesy Pacific Medical Center)


" Cannabidiol offers hope of a non-toxic therapy that could treat aggressive forms of cancer without any of the painful side effects of chemotherapy. " -- http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/06/marijuana-fights-cancer-and-helps-manage-side-effects-researchers-find.html

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Key word: 'Compound'.

Tl;dr. Now, don't get me on the wrong track here, but marijuana is an excuse for a wide variety of things. Possibly migraines are even a reason to get high. However, with technology quickly advancing, we shouldn't really rely on pot/weed/whatever you want to call it for a treatment. I hope a true cure for cancer does arise from the brilliant scientists that are working very hard to find one.

Also, curing cancer will devastate many professions.
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Beastlyblu wrote:

Key word: 'Compound'.

Tl;dr. Now, don't get me on the wrong track here, but marijuana is an excuse for a wide variety of things. Possibly migraines are even a reason to get high. However, with technology quickly advancing, we shouldn't really rely on pot/weed/whatever you want to call it for a treatment. I hope a true cure for cancer does arise from the brilliant scientists that are working very hard to find one.

Also, curing cancer will devastate many professions.


What are you talking about? You're saying that cannabis shouldn't be used to treat any illness? Why the heck not? and what does technology have to do with it?

That's like saying you shouldn't use aspirin for a headache...
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THC causes cancer.

Also, it can cause long term memory loss as well as psychosis.

Also also, it can cause you to become sterile, as well as cause testicular/ovarian cancer.

Carcinogens to treat cancers. Smart? No.

High is fun, though.
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Beastlyblu wrote:

THC causes cancer.

Also, it can cause long term memory loss as well as psychosis.

Also also, it can cause you to become sterile, as well as cause testicular/ovarian cancer.

Carcinogens to treat cancers. Smart? No.

High is fun, though.




Breast cancer cells killed by CBD on right compared to untreated breast cancer cells on left. (Courtesy Pacific Medical Center)

“Cannabidiol offers hope of a non-toxic therapy that could treat aggressive forms of cancer without any of the painful side effects of chemotherapy. " http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/06/marijuana-fights-cancer-and-helps-manage-side-effects-researchers-find.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2206056/Cannabis-compound-stop-breast-cancer-spreading.html

Where are your proofs as you claim that THC causes cancer, show us please.

" Studies in mice and rats have shown that cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells. " http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/patient/page2

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Hmm, reading deeper into it...

WHY IS IT NOT LEGAL?!
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Beastlyblu wrote:

THC causes cancer.

Also, it can cause long term memory loss as well as psychosis.

Also also, it can cause you to become sterile, as well as cause testicular/ovarian cancer.

Carcinogens to treat cancers. Smart? No.

High is fun, though.


From the USA governments own website http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22038019

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16266285

" CB receptor antagonists are under investigation for medical use in obesity and nicotine addiction. Additional potential was proposed for the treatment of alcohol and heroine dependency, schizophrenia, conditions with lowered blood pressure, Parkinson's disease and memory impairment in Alzheimer's disease. "

Seems it helps others besides cancer patients, quite contrary to what you are claiming without a shred of proof.

From the National Cancer Institute: " Cannabinoids appear to kill tumor cells but do not affect their nontransformed counterparts and may even protect them from cell death. " http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page4

It is simply amazing what this one single plant can do, something so easily cultivated in your own home for very little money. Big pharma or the cancer industry will not make a penny off it though, could that be the issue?
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Hmm... I've been brain washed by countless friends and family members.

I apologize. I'm gunna go sign several petitions.
Posted 2/19/13

Beastlyblu wrote:

Hmm... I've been brain washed by countless friends and family members.

I apologize. I'm gunna go sign several petitions.


I'ts rare for someone to hold their hands up in mid debate...
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Awwhhh, c'mon. Really? If I'm proven wrong, I'll wave my white flag.

Just saying. ;3



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Beastlyblu wrote:

Hmm, reading deeper into it...

WHY IS IT NOT LEGAL?!


CBD *IS* legal, as it is an unscheduled drug. THC is the one that is a schedule 1 drug (illegal). And just so potheads don't get their hopes up, CBD isn't psychoactive so you can't get high off of it. This is one of the reasons why it is being aggressively researched: it has many of the benefits of THC without any of the side effects.
Posted 2/19/13
you know salvia is legal? hahaha
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It is absolutely ridiculous that they are now discovering shit like this! This kind of research would have, and should have been going on for decades! If the press, political figures, and certain governmental agencies would stop demonizing and spreading false propaganda about WEED using treatments like these would be commonplace these days. It would be more acceptable in the medical community and treatments using natural health care would be more widely available not to mention cheap. Think of all the suffering people that could have benefited from this research if it had been 50yrs ago! And by the way THC does NOT cause cancer! There haven't been any documented deaths from smoking bud in the history of mankind i.e. nobody has ever smoked himself unto death PERIOD. Learn your facts please. It is not the pot that has the carcinogens. The carcinogens are created when you light it on fire, as with any burning object it produces carbon monoxide. Do not forget marijuana can be ingested in a number of ways that are far safer than smoking it though with the advent of vaporizers smoking has become much safer in the way that you don't actually have to burn it to smoke it.
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