Marijuana is real medicine for a long list of ills

Marijuana keeps Craig Rodgers alive.

With his muscular physique and energetic, fast-talking personality, the 36-year-old Las Vegas resident seems the epitome of health — except for the banana-size scar on the left side of his head.

Rodgers was on a good career track as a trade-show organizer until 2006, when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Now he's a passionate advocate of medical marijuana, lives on government disability, and earns a few extra bucks making candles that look like brains.

Rasta Miracle, a skin-healing product offered by a subsidiary of Bob Melamede's Cannabis Science company.
Ray Stern
Rasta Miracle, a skin-healing product offered by a subsidiary of Bob Melamede's Cannabis Science company.
Craig Rodgers, 36, hopes that smoking and eating marijuana will slow the progression of his brain cancer.
Ray Stern
Craig Rodgers, 36, hopes that smoking and eating marijuana will slow the progression of his brain cancer.

He was one of several patients who attended a conference in Tucson last month regarding the use of marijuana in medicine.

Rodgers was fishing in Canada when the first seizure struck. He was rushed from the backcountry to a hospital, but doctors didn't find the cause until three months later, after another seizure. The diagnosis is seared in his memory.

"Your tumor is here," his doctor told him while pointing at an x-ray of his head. "You're going to die."

Rodgers was given 18 months to live. Surgeons were able to remove about 80 percent of the tumor in 2007 and told him it probably would come back. They also put him on a chemotherapy regimen, which was when he "got involved in cannabis." He'd tried it a few times in his late teens and early 20s, but this experience was different.

"I took two puffs, and it was incredible," he says. "It made me feel well."

Every day, he smokes a little and eats more. Pot eases his stress and helps him sleep. It helped with the nausea that comes from the chemo drugs he's taking: "I even gained a couple [of] pounds." It helps with the "mild" pain he feels in his head. And, he says, it keeps him from having seizures.

Even more than that, Rodgers believes strongly that the pot has extended his life by slowing growth of the cancer.

The proof, he says, is that he's still alive, five years after his surgery. Still, the cancer did return and Rodgers had another surgery in December. This time, he was told there could be no more operations and that he had three years to live.

Pot, he feels, may be his best chance to beat the odds. He grows seven plants under Nevada's medical-pot law. Besides cooking pot into "edibles," making pot tea, and smoking marijuana occasionally, he also takes pot oil in pill form and turns raw weed into juice, which is rich in cannabidiol (CBD), the second-most-abundant active compound in marijuana behind delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

No hard evidence proves whether pot helps Rodgers' cancer. The possibility exists, nonetheless.

THC and CBD have been found in scientific studies to shrink tumors and inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

THC and other cannabinoids, including CBD, "can act as direct anti-cancer agents in multiple types of cancer" both in laboratory cultures and in the human body, according to a 2010 article in the medical journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. The article goes on to relate that a study showed THC and CBD were successful in treating glioblastoma, the same type of cancer that Rodgers has.

That study, conducted by researchers at California Pacific Medical Center Research and the University of California-San Francisco, was conducted in a lab and not on humans. It revealed that the combination of THC and CBD is more effective at fighting cancer than either compound alone, a finding that suggests the marijuana plant's ingredients and oils may work together to produce beneficial medical results.

"With the growing evidence showing cannabinoids are effective inhibitors of multiple types of cancer, it is likely that additional clinical trials will be carried out," wrote the authors of the California study. "Combination treatments with cannabinoids" may improve the results of such future trials.

The study didn't address questions that would be important for Rodgers' self-medicating experiment, such as how much marijuana he'd have to consume and how best to consume it to treat his cancer.

Without scientifically valid evidence, all he can do is have faith that marijuana is reducing his tumor, or at least preventing it from getting worse.

"I hope for that every single second of my life," he says grimly.

For millions of patients with cancer, chronic pain, and other maladies, the potential benefits of marijuana can't be discounted.


Many consider marijuana a wonder drug, and the list of ailments that scientists say it benefits is long.

Pot helps more with some things, like nerve pain, appetite stimulation, and nausea, and less with others, such as glaucoma. It's shown at least the potential to help with a wide range of maladies, from Parkinson's disease to arthritis.

More people use the drug these days. One survey based on self-reported information shows that 17.4 million Americans admitted using weed in 2010, up from 14.4 million in 2007. The modern medical-marijuana movement apparently is responsible for the increase.

Sixteen states and Washington, D.C., now have medical-pot laws on the books.

Because of this, people who wanted to try pot previously but were deterred because of the law can now possess it legally. In addition, older generations, who were lied to about the dangers of marijuana, are fading away, replaced by people who are more knowledgeable about the relative safety and therapeutic potential of the drug.

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cialis store
cialis store

You guys must be kidding... Marijuana and health are pretty closed terms! :) But who knows?

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

"The truth is, marijuana appears useful in treating some medical problems. But claims that pot can cure just about anything clearly are bogus."

Gray Phoenix Scott
Gray Phoenix Scott

And? What's your point? It's been used for over 4,000 years for various medical uses and recent studies only confirm it's medical properties, so your point is...?

Lawrence Herbert
Lawrence Herbert

Swollen Prostate? Cannabis, the First President's Choice for hemp, health and happiness: http://blog.norml.org/2012/05/...Neuropathic pain is a "terrible condition" caused by nerve damage that often isn't relieved by traditional painkillers- Cannabis does not have the toxic, lethal and highly addictive attributes of readily available prescription alternatives.

lodoloft
lodoloft

Well what do you know, Westwood has now replaced the New England Journal of Medicine in reporting medical news...or is this really news? Sorry, I'm not buying it.

Badtastic
Badtastic

Why are you apologizing? Are you truly sorry that you are not buying it or is that dramatic effect I smell?

Esosbo01
Esosbo01

All the hate. Obviously you need to smoke a bud and feel some love. The only crime is not allowing freedom to live life as it was intended, without judgement. Hate the plants, you hate the earth. And who do you thing is running this show anyway. Love your momma. Gotta go, my lazy ass has tons of work to do.

Tscasey
Tscasey

The study was completed by UC of San Francisco? We all know what San Fran is famous for...? Very interesting and very sad... I would love to see the study that UC San Fran claimed that pot smoke can increase lung function!! This just shows that the liberal media will exploit a terminally ill man just to push a ridiculous agenda so that stoners can get stoned and America can waste away. Good job libs! What are you going to do when you've completely ruined America and there is no more system to leech off of? Oh wait, who cares when everybody is stoned right? Ridiculous....

Chris
Chris

It is right here. http://jama.jamanetwork.com/ar... Based on your view that science from SF is liberally influenced somehow, where would you suggest that the truest science is being done. Somewhere in rural Mississippi? That should be free from liberal influence. While I agree that the article is leaning on the side of pro-cannabis, as a molecular biologist, I have had to change my mind and have become very in favor of medicinal and recreational use. The endocannabinoid and anandamide pathway are strongly liked to health. More science should be completed. Though, I imagine you consider funded scientific research to be a horrible burden on you as the only person to have ever paid taxes.

Chimneygeorge
Chimneygeorge

Pot is "medicine" for stoners that have no ambition other than to get high. 99% of the idiots using this drug do so solely for the self medicating high and will not come out of their mothers basement for anything else other than to get their "prescription". Its really just another tool of big brother to keep the population dumbed down and ignorant so more rights and freedoms can be stolen and whittled away. You want change, move in a more aware direction, do not move in directions that numb awareness. If your life sucks and you want a change, try things that actually enrich your life.

ANDROLOMA
ANDROLOMA

Brother, you're entitled to your opinion, no matter how wrong and incredibly typical it is. I'm just glad that I don't know you. You insult too much, and don't think enough. I went to school with people such as yourself. Too good for everyone else. Best people in the world to avoid studiously.

Lillyproductions
Lillyproductions

The reasons that pot is illegal can be traced to people such as William Randolph Hearst. He was afraid that hemp (not pot) was going to replace lumber as a go-to source for paper, etc. It was his campaign (and his cronies) that started the whole evil weed scenario. Before that it was legal. We just need to apply common sense and leave the hysteria out of it. There are many drugs that help people and also have some side effects but we still use them. Pot is no different. Most of our medicines come from the natural world, plants especially. So stop with the judging and hysteria and let doctors and patients decide what is right for themselves.

Common Sense
Common Sense

Look at all the dopers getting freaked out about someone who opposes legalizing marijuana. This just shows how psychologically addictive it is. You can't stand the thought of not having it available to support your habit.

You can't debate me or others who oppose illegal drugs without name calling and looking for spelling errors. LOL !! This is so freaking typical of someone that has no clue on how to intelligently defend their drug or alcohol problem. You can't defend the indefensible! For all the bogus info you post trying to convince others how safe pot is and all the medical benefits it has, I can put out factual and legitimate information about how destructive it is, not just to your health, but especially destructive to families that have to put up with a parent, child or sibling that is a drug abuser. Do a little research, there's a ton of documented case studies out there that support what I'm saying.

So you want to call me uneducated? LOL, I better file a complaint against my former professors and get my tuition fees refunded! Look, I don't have to prove anything and I'm not trying to persuade you. That would be a waste of time wouldn't it? I stated my views and you stated yours. Mine are factual and yours are drug effected wishful thinking.... hahahaha....Remember, I didn't insult you with my original post. I don't need to. The facts and common sense regarding the problems related to marijuana abuse speak for themselves.

Chris Hansen
Chris Hansen

As a cancer survivor and medical marijuana user I find it ironic that you are labeling people that are using marijuana as part of their treatment as having a " drug problem". It seems to me that you are the one that has the "problem". What medications I choose to use in my combat with cancer is my business. but perhaps this is just my "drug effected wishful thinking". Marijuana is much safer than the oxycontin and long list of other opiods doctors tried to give me to relieve some of my symptoms. There are much more harmful "legal drugs" out there that doctors are trying to push onto patients. I am just glad to live in a Country that is finally letting us, the patients, explore safer options for the therapies we need.

guest
guest

You have no clue what you are talking about this is nothing but an opinion with no facts and you are totally wrong. Alcohol is far worse more addicting and more accessible for children. Cannabis is far safer sorry to say but most your information is government lies to protect big pharm. Fact is cannabis is safer with far less side affects. I have no idea what you are reading but yes you should get your money refunded because you were educated with incorrect information. I am educated in the field pharmacology and your statements clearly show how uneducated you are. I would suggest using facts to back up your statement I can and use less personal feelings which your statements of "facts"clearly shows. From my stand point your not telling the truth about your education.

ANDROLOMA
ANDROLOMA

You respond to insults with more insults, Oh Wise One who claims to common sense? I'll stoop down a couple of levels to respond to your rabid bias.

NOT psychologically addictive. To use the addict argument is specious. It's analogous to saying that by being alive, we're also addicted to oxygen, water, food and sex. Because of regular use, does that make one an addict? Are you addicted to coffee? Have you applied for that tuition refund yet? You'll need the extra money.

You say marijuana is destructive, somehow. I say my 38 years of smoking it prove you utterly wrong. Prove me wrong. You can't, and we both know it.

I debase myself by speaking down to your level. To cleanse the foul experience from my psyche, my next bowl of potent indica will be dedicated to your name sake. But not to you.

Justliloleme
Justliloleme like.author.displayName 1 Like

My friends and I have been using pot for the better part of the last 40 years. I do know some who use the heck out of it if they have the money and desire, but I do not know one single person who is addicted to it. I may go weeks without a single puff, but then I may go weeks smoking a bit every day. For myself, it is less harmful than those who have their daily martini or two or three. I find that I feel more like doing something after a visit with my "friend". Sometimes I use it to mellow out and then find myself up running the vacuum instead.

The people who claim addictive qualities and destruction of lives just really do not have a clue. Given the choice of being with someone on pot or alcohol, I would choose the pot hands down time after time. I would not be afraid that they would do much more than try to out talk me or take the last twinkie (which I know they would share if I asked).

Chimneygeorge
Chimneygeorge

Finally, a voice of reason. I feel the same as you with the exception that I know counseling and other failed behavior mod courses of action usually don't work. What passes for mental health activities often do more damage than good. The drugs they get you on are highly addictive and more damaging than the neuroses and psychosis they are supposed to insulate you from! Pot dulls awareness which for most, is what they are looking for, wether to escape the drudgery of a meaningless existence or to chase away the demons that haunt them from things they have seen or done, if only temporarily.

ANDROLOMA
ANDROLOMA

Whether, not wether, genius.

Texasmojomusic1957
Texasmojomusic1957

I understand where you are coming from. As a Navy Vet, I saw a great deal. Some of it still haunts me to this day. I smoke pot trying it out for my PTSD. Believe me, yesterday was a really bad day for me. I got home smoked a little pot and in less than 5 min it turned me completly around. If you dont have all of the crap that the government put us through, than you will never understand how it works for us.Thank Youtexasmojomusic1957@yahoo.com

Chimneygeorge
Chimneygeorge

Thanks for your service and I feel for your travails. Most idiots defend their drug use cuz they are too lazy to seek ways to enrich their existence, at least you are putting it to a proper use. My only advice is to use it to cope while actively seeking ways to work through the misery you are trying to supppress. Life is often about pain and sacrifice, we only grow when we learn how to shoulder our burdens and work through the inner conflicts. There are many ways to get genuine help out there, I suggest you begin an active search and don't just let a drug numb you to life's pain. Any drug should only be used as a temporary measure while real healing can be begun, wether physical or emotional. Recreational drug use is eroding this once great country at a horific rate. Can't really blame the stoners, they allowed themselves to be caught up in the okey doke. SUCKERS!

Common Sense
Common Sense

Thanks for your service and your sacrifices. Yes pot can help temporally for PTSD, but it can also make you paranoid and psychologically addicted in the long term. There are legal drugs that can effectively treat PTSD, and no drug should be administered without frequent counseling services and documentation of behavior and progress. Any drug that alters your state of mind, impairs your judgement and reflexes has the potential to be addictive which is why counseling is so important. That should all be paid for by the government! You are a true patriot!

STEVE
STEVE

"Yes pot can help temporally for PTSD". Your earlier post said it was only good for glaucoma? So not only are you stupid but a lire too. Tex, the only thing this guy said that makes since is Thanks for your service and your sacrifices. I was in the Marines and let me tell ya, the so called "legal drugs" they have available either kill you slowly and make you an irritable ass, or zombie you where you sit and droll on your self all day, I've had them all pushed on me and let me tell ya pot is the only one i could trust myself in public on, the others make you edgy and want to snap, as for the paranoid commit this guy makes, the only reason ppl are paranoid is because it's illegal in most states and they don't want to go to jail for it. Move to a state where it's legal and theirs no paranoia. Pills are more addictive than pot and yes there's proff of that. Oh and by the way how many deaths are there from pills vs pot? look that up common sense, pot is safer than aspirin and alcohol

Activist1942
Activist1942

Whatever happened to the idea that we live in a free country? Growing your own potand smoking it yourself is no different than brewing and drinking your own beer. (A thought from a Libertarian)

Jim Jam Flam
Jim Jam Flam

Benjamin Franklin would be very proud of your statement. A TRUE Congressman he was, and an even true-er citizen for his country.

chris
chris

Oh go drink you beer. Your probably a slob anyway, wells

Larry Wells
Larry Wells like.author.displayName 1 Like

For a guy with the name "Common Sense" you obviously don't have any. Guess the liquor store isn't telling you to educate yourself, isn't that odd? There are numerous scientific studies that show its beneficial for many things. Below are just a few of the MS studies alone. Seems like if you can type in a forum you could at least have the decency to educate yourself on the subject first. Google is for more than porn, try it!

[1] Chong et al. 2006. Cannabis use in patients with multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis 12: 646-651.

[2] Rog et al. 2005. Randomized, controlled trial of cannabis-based medicine in central pain in multiple sclerosis. Neurology 65: 812-819.

[3] Wade et al. 2004. Do cannabis-based medicinal extracts have general or specific effects on symptoms in multiple sclerosis? A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study on 160 patients. Multiple Sclerosis 10: 434-441.

[4] Brady et al. 2004. An open-label pilot study of cannabis-based extracts for bladder dysfunction in advanced multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis 10: 425-433.

[5] Vaney et al. 2004. Efficacy, safety and tolerability of an orally administered cannabis extract in the treatment of spasticity in patients with multiple sclerosis: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study. Multiple Sclerosis 10: 417-424.

[6] Zajicek et al. 2003. Cannabinoids for treatment of spasticity and other symptoms related to multiple sclerosis: multicentre randomized placebo-controlled trial [PDF]. The Lancet 362: 1517-1526.

[7] Page et al. 2003. Cannabis use as described by people with multiple sclerosis [PDF]. Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences 30: 201-205.

[8] Wade et al. 2003. A preliminary controlled study to determine whether whole-plant cannabis extracts can improve intractable neurogenic symptoms. Clinical Rehabilitation 17: 21-29.

[9] Consroe et al. 1997. The perceived effects of smoked cannabis on patients with multiple sclerosis. European Journal of Neurology 38: 44-48.

[10] Meinck et al. 1989. Effects of cannabinoids on spasticity and ataxia in multiple sclerosis. Journal of Neurology 236: 120-122.

[11] Ungerleider et al. 1987. Delta-9-THC in the treatment of spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis. Advances in Alcohol and Substance Abuse 7: 39-50.

[12] Denis Petro. 1980. Marijuana as a therapeutic agent for muscle spasm or spasticity. Psychosomatics 21: 81-85.

[13] Jody Corey-Bloom. 2010. Short-term effects of cannabis therapy on spasticity in multiple sclerosis. In: University of San Diego Health Sciences, Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research. Report to the Legislature and Governor of the State of California presenting findings pursuant to SB847 which created the CMCR and provided state funding. op. cit.

[14] Clark et al. 2004. Patterns of cannabis use among patients with multiple sclerosis. Neurology 62: 2098-2010.

[15] Reuters News Wire. August 19, 2002. "Marijuana helps MS patients alleviate pain, spasms."

[16] Pryce et al. 2003. Cannabinoids inhibit neurodegeneration in models of multiple sclerosis. Brain 126: 2191-2202.

[17] de Lago et al. 2012. Cannabinoids ameliorate disease progression in a model of multiple sclerosis in mice, acting preferentially through CB(1) receptor-mediated anti-inflammatory effects. Neuropharmacology [E-pub ahead of print]

[18]Killestein et al. 2003. Immunomodulatory effects of orally administered cannabinoids in multiple sclerosis. Journal of Neuroimmunology 137: 140-143.

[19]Wade et al. 2006. Long-term use of a cannabis-based medicine in the treatment of spasticity and other symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis 12: 639-645.

[20] Rog et al. 2007. Oromucosal delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol/cannabidiol for neuropathic pain associated with multiple sclerosis: an uncontrolled, open-label, 2-year extension trial. Clinical Therapeutics 29: 2068-2079.

Common Sense
Common Sense

Pleeeeze! Beside treating glaucoma, there is NO medical benefit to smoking pot. Pot smoking brain dead liberals keep pushing their drugs and immoral standards on the public that would rather keep the trash in the dumpster where it belongs.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

Nice try blaming the "liberals". Are you a big government "conservative" that thinks that the nanny state ought to spend $10 billion+ per year trying to enforce an unenforceable law? Exactly how is using marijuana any more "immoral" than drinking a beer? How about "pot smoking brain dead conservatives"? Quoting former marijuana user Newt Gingrich in 1981: "On September 16, 1981, Representatives Stewart McKinney and I introduced legislation designed to end bureaucratic interference in the use of marijuana as a medicant. We believe licensed physicians are competent to employ marijuana, and patients have a right to obtain marijuana legally, under medical supervision, from a regulated source." (Journal of the American Medical Association March 19, 1982). Quoting Rick Santorum: “Well, yeah, I admitted you know, back when I was running for the Senate, that when I was in college that I smoked pot and that was something that I did when I was in college.” August 31, 2011, Santorum appearing on “Piers Morgan Tonight”

Common Sense
Common Sense

I said drugs and immoral standards. Drug laws ARE enforceable. Drug laws need to be better enforced and penalties for breaking the law need to be tougher..

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt like.author.displayName 1 Like

You have no common sense. If the laws banning marijuana were enforceable, then Americans would have stopped using marijuana a long time ago. It has been illegal for 75+ years, remember? The real reason that marijuana laws are not enforceable is that 56% of Americans think that it should be legal for recreational use, and 70% think it should be legal for medical use. Why don't you tell me all about how your anti-marijuana laws have been effective in reducing supply and demand in this country. While you are at it, please tell me how it has reduced crime both here and in Mexico. Please tell me why you think that alcohol prohibition was a resounding success. I'm all ears!

STEVE
STEVE like.author.displayName 1 Like

Look @ss face, you know nothing about it,that much is clear. I had a brain tumor back in 2001 and the doctors shoved pill after pill on me and nothing worked, some of them made it worse. A friend of mine had me try pot, for the first time in 2 yrs i was able to eat and keep the food down, my headaches started to fade, my mood's improved and I started to have a life again. It's dumb @sses like you that keep people from getting the help they need because your so damn closed minded to the fact of the help it gives. I moved to Colorado so i could get it legally, at least out here there not as judgmental as stupid fks like yourself! If you don't like it or don't need it then don't do it, but keep your retarded @ss comments to yourself and let the sick be healed without judgment passed on them because they use a plant that does no harm instead and not a government approved chemical that destroys their body!

Larry Wells
Larry Wells

For a guy with the name "Common Sense" you obviously don't have any. Guess the liquor store and church aren't telling you to educate yourself, isn't that odd? There are numerous scientific studies that show its beneficial for many things. Below are just a few of the MS studies alone. Seems like if you can type in a forum you could at least have the decency to educate yourself on the subject first. Google is for more than porn hater.

[1] Chong et al. 2006. Cannabis use in patients with multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis 12: 646-651.

[2] Rog et al. 2005. Randomized, controlled trial of cannabis-based medicine in central pain in multiple sclerosis. Neurology 65: 812-819.

[3] Wade et al. 2004. Do cannabis-based medicinal extracts have general or specific effects on symptoms in multiple sclerosis? A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study on 160 patients. Multiple Sclerosis 10: 434-441.

[4] Brady et al. 2004. An open-label pilot study of cannabis-based extracts for bladder dysfunction in advanced multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis 10: 425-433.

[5] Vaney et al. 2004. Efficacy, safety and tolerability of an orally administered cannabis extract in the treatment of spasticity in patients with multiple sclerosis: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study. Multiple Sclerosis 10: 417-424.

[6] Zajicek et al. 2003. Cannabinoids for treatment of spasticity and other symptoms related to multiple sclerosis: multicentre randomized placebo-controlled trial [PDF]. The Lancet 362: 1517-1526.

[7] Page et al. 2003. Cannabis use as described by people with multiple sclerosis [PDF]. Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences 30: 201-205.

[8] Wade et al. 2003. A preliminary controlled study to determine whether whole-plant cannabis extracts can improve intractable neurogenic symptoms. Clinical Rehabilitation 17: 21-29.

[9] Consroe et al. 1997. The perceived effects of smoked cannabis on patients with multiple sclerosis. European Journal of Neurology 38: 44-48.

[10] Meinck et al. 1989. Effects of cannabinoids on spasticity and ataxia in multiple sclerosis. Journal of Neurology 236: 120-122.

[11] Ungerleider et al. 1987. Delta-9-THC in the treatment of spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis. Advances in Alcohol and Substance Abuse 7: 39-50.

[12] Denis Petro. 1980. Marijuana as a therapeutic agent for muscle spasm or spasticity. Psychosomatics 21: 81-85.

[13] Jody Corey-Bloom. 2010. Short-term effects of cannabis therapy on spasticity in multiple sclerosis. In: University of San Diego Health Sciences, Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research. Report to the Legislature and Governor of the State of California presenting findings pursuant to SB847 which created the CMCR and provided state funding. op. cit.

[14] Clark et al. 2004. Patterns of cannabis use among patients with multiple sclerosis. Neurology 62: 2098-2010.

[15] Reuters News Wire. August 19, 2002. "Marijuana helps MS patients alleviate pain, spasms."

[16] Pryce et al. 2003. Cannabinoids inhibit neurodegeneration in models of multiple sclerosis. Brain 126: 2191-2202.

[17] de Lago et al. 2012. Cannabinoids ameliorate disease progression in a model of multiple sclerosis in mice, acting preferentially through CB(1) receptor-mediated anti-inflammatory effects. Neuropharmacology [E-pub ahead of print]

[18]Killestein et al. 2003. Immunomodulatory effects of orally administered cannabinoids in multiple sclerosis. Journal of Neuroimmunology 137: 140-143.

[19]Wade et al. 2006. Long-term use of a cannabis-based medicine in the treatment of spasticity and other symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis 12: 639-645.

[20] Rog et al. 2007. Oromucosal delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol/cannabidiol for neuropathic pain associated with multiple sclerosis: an uncontrolled, open-label, 2-year extension trial. Clinical Therapeutics 29: 2068-2079.

Cricket Scout
Cricket Scout

so the pot smokers are brain dead but you can't spell please correctly?

Steven B.
Steven B.

For medical purposes is one thing, but recreational usage NO WAY!!!!!!!!

Babydoll0630
Babydoll0630

Why not for recreational use as well?? It's safer than alcohol......you can get alcohol poisoning. I've never heard of THC poisoning.....I don't smoke it, but I support the legalization of it.

Hdmaiden
Hdmaiden

And who are you to decide whether or not someone should use cannabis recreationally or not... It doesn't hurt you personally in any shape or form.

Kimberly
Kimberly

Why not? As long as it's not hurting you it's not your right to judge other people's lives.

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

Researchers at the Kaiser-Permanente HMO, funded by NIDA, followed 65,000 patients for nearly a decade, comparing cancer rates among non-smokers, tobacco smokers, and marijuana smokers. Tobacco smokers had massively higher rates of lung cancer and other cancers. Marijuana smokers who didn't also use tobacco had no increase in risk of tobacco-related cancers or of cancer risk overall. In fact their rates of lung and most other cancers were slightly lower than non-smokers, though the difference did not reach statistical significance. Sidney, S. et al. Marijuana Use and Cancer Incidence (California, United States). Cancer Causes and Control. Vol. 8. Sept. 1997, p. 722-728.

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART 1):

Federal researchers implanted several types of cancer, including leukemia and lung cancers, in mice, then treated them with cannabinoids (unique, active components found in marijuana). THC and other cannabinoids shrank tumors and increased the mice's lifespans. Munson, AE et al. Antineoplastic Activity of Cannabinoids. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Sept. 1975. p. 597-602.

OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER, (PART 2):

In a 1994 study the government tried to suppress, federal researchers gave mice and rats massive doses of THC, looking for cancers or other signs of toxicity. The rodents given THC lived longer and had fewer cancers, "in a dose-dependent manner" (i.e. the more THC they got, the fewer tumors). NTP Technical Report On The Toxicology And Carcinogenesis Studies Of 1-Trans- Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, CAS No. 1972-08-3, In F344/N Rats And B6C3F Mice, Gavage Studies. See also, "Medical Marijuana: Unpublished Federal Study Found THC-Treated Rats Lived Longer, Had Less Cancer," AIDS Treatment News no. 263, Jan. 17, 1997.

OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART 3):

Researchers at the Kaiser-Permanente HMO, funded by NIDA, followed 65,000 patients for nearly a decade, comparing cancer rates among non-smokers, tobacco smokers, and marijuana smokers. Tobacco smokers had massively higher rates of lung cancer and other cancers. Marijuana smokers who didn't also use tobacco had no increase in risk of tobacco-related cancers or of cancer risk overall. In fact their rates of lung and most other cancers were slightly lower than non-smokers, though the difference did not reach statistical significance. Sidney, S. et al. Marijuana Use and Cancer Incidence (California, United States). Cancer Causes and Control. Vol. 8. Sept. 1997, p. 722-728.

KevinS
KevinS

look at the U.S. Dept. Of Human Services patent on cbd's at the U.S. patent and trademark website patent # 6630507

 
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