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Marijuana Use Associated With a “Significantly Reduced Risk” of Head and Neck Cancers — Will The Mainstream Media Care?

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director July 30, 2009

    For some 35 years the United States federal government has been well aware that cannabis possesses potent anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties. And for the past three years, government-funded researchers have speculated that these qualities may offer “protective” effects against the onset of various types of cancer in humans, including lung cancer.

    Yet to date, virtually no investigators have taken the time to assess marijuana’s potential anti-cancer effects in humans — until now.

    In a clinical abstract just published online on the Cancer Prevention Research website, a team of U.S. investigators report that marijuana use, even long-term, is associated with a “significantly reduced risk” of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.

    A Population-Based Case-Control Study of Marijuana Use and Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma
    via nih.gov

    Cannabinoids, constituents of marijuana smoke, have been recognized to have potential anti-tumor properties. However, the epidemiologic evidence addressing the relationship between marijuana use and the induction of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is inconsistent and conflicting. Cases (n = 434) were patients with incident HNSCC disease from nine medical facilities in the Greater Boston, MA area between December 1999 and December 2003. Controls (n = 547) were frequency matched to cases on age (+/-3 years), gender, and town of residence, randomly selected from Massachusetts town books.

    … After adjusting for potential confounders (including smoking and alcohol drinking), 10 to 20 years of marijuana use was associated with a significantly reduced risk of HNSCC [odds ratio (OR)(10-<20 years versus never users), 0.38; 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.22-0.67]. Among marijuana users moderate weekly use was associated with reduced risk (OR(0.5-<1.5 times versus <0.5 time), 0.52; 95% CI, 0.32-0.85). The magnitude of reduced risk was more pronounced for those who started use at an older age (OR(15-<20 years versus never users), 0.53; 95% CI, 0.30-0.95; OR(>/=20 years versus never users), 0.39; 95% CI, 0.17-0.90; P(trend) < 0.001).

    Our study suggests that moderate marijuana use is associated with reduced risk of HNSCC.

    I’ve said this before but it bears repeating. What possible advancements in the treatment of cancer could have been achieved over the past 35 years had U.S. government officials, or for that matter members of the mainstream media, chosen to advance — rather than to suppress — clinical research into the anti-cancer effects of cannabis? It’s a shame we have to speculate; it’s even more tragic that tens of thousands of families must needlessly suffer while we do.

    78 Responses to “Marijuana Use Associated With a “Significantly Reduced Risk” of Head and Neck Cancers — Will The Mainstream Media Care?”

    1. Buggsy13420666 says:

      Our government is at it again with their propaganda machine to keep marijuana from being legal in th U.S.. We finance their research through our tax dollars and they play the cloak and dagger game with MARIJUANA PROHIBITION that is filling up our prisons for a plant that has been used by mankind for thousands of years. The injustice brought on by insane marijuana drug laws and draconian authority trying to enforce these laws. Like i said before, the government has their own underground research labs and this is the NEW AMERIKA OF BIG BROTHER TECHNOLOGY. Our taxes pay for it. It’s like BIG PHARM DRUGS, do you think that if they had a medicine to cure cancer and put it on the market they would go bankrupt. All the side effects are worse than the medical condition being teated. If one does’nt work we will give you another and the domino effect sets in. Just adding more problems to the main problem, and it just keeps going on and on like the energizer bunny, and were the victims of FDA on approved drugs for the masses. Yes i have cancer and it’s called MARIJUANA PROHIBITION and its side effects are just as bad as BIG PHARM DRUGS. Just put all the DEA (DEAD END ATROCITIES) people on a round trip rocket to Mars and by the time they get back marijuana will be legal and the oppression will end and sanity will be back in the system to a certain degree. 420 ALL THE WAY!

    2. #36 American Says:
      July 31st, 2009 at 10:06 am

      It is mostly law enforcement officers
      that claim there is no medicinal use for cannabis.

      Why the hell should the American public listen to them?
      They depend on the illegality of marijuana and
      other substances for their profession!

      RE: American,
      – All LEO’s don’t think this way…

      Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
      believes the
      War On Drugs
      MUST END!!!

      LEAP

      http://www.leap.cc

      Also,
      Please read
      #42 nesomania’s post,
      quoting
      Peter Christ,
      a retired New York police captain and
      Co-Founder of LEAP.

    3. R.O.E. says:

      Hear us leaders of this great country! Do as the people will you to do! End your corruption and greed! End the lies on all issues! Fear us or watch your political careers PARISH!

      If you dont think we can do this ?Leaders of this great nation, look how easy Obama was voted in! We can vote all of you out just as easy!

    4. Part ONE of …???:
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      #24 musclecarfreak Said:
      July 31st, 2009 at 12:57 am

      “…I believe in God.
      I also believe that Satan exists.

      According to the Bible
      he is in control of the kingdoms of the world
      (for the time being) as shown when he offered Jesus
      “all the kingdoms of the world”
      if he would perform one act of worship to him.

      Cannabis is the most important and useful plant
      on the face of the Earth. It benefits mankind in
      thousands of ways. If a person has the knowledge
      to recognize the cosmos as a thing not capable of
      existence without a creator then they must also recognize
      Satan as one who would promote cannabis as
      “the devils weed” to spite Gods gift to mankind.”

      RE:
      musclecarfreak,
      – Since cannabis,
      (as well as other plants which God made for us),
      contain compounds ALSO present in, and necessary
      for proper and OPTIMAL function of the human body,
      INTEGRAL to our bodies’ metabolic-processes / biochemistry…
      …the War On Some Plants, especially cannabis, is
      actually a form of making life-itself, illegal.

      – Granted, certain plants, plant-compounds can have
      profound and dramatic effects upon an individual,
      however, personal-responsibility, WISDOM, based upon truthful,
      accurate information about those things which God has provided
      us, rather than blanket-prohibition and government-mandated
      extinction of Creation, ought to prevail, instead.

      – The government-imposed, immoral, illegal,
      unconstitutional, prohibition of cannabis,
      (as well as other, all-natural, unadulterated-plants),
      is an un-Biblical
      religion of hate against marijuana.

      – I believe that Creator God,
      (a being, vastly different, more complex than ourselves),
      made ALL plants for our use,
      (stated in Chapter One of the book of Genesis).

      – It’s for us to be wise caretakers of this provision,
      not to let it fall into destruction through greed and fear.

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      Never had this problem before
      UNTIL norml-blog added mobile-capability…

      (What’s up with THAT?!?!)

      Paul Prophecies Hypocritical Liars Will
      Forbid Others From Partaking in God’s Gifts.

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      Never had this problem before
      UNTIL norml-blog added mobile-capability…

      Wanted: God, for Creating Illegal Plants!

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      Never had this problem before
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      NORML.org PSA for Marijuana Law Reform Bible Quote

      Christians Against Prohibition

      http://christiansagainstprohibition.org/

    8. Chrokee Fred Jesus says:

      I just went through 36 invitations all to support animal rights. I love animals but cannot get serious about this topic. Until we quit destroying over one million of our children every year. Because they feel they have or should have freedom of choice. The right to choose a natural herbal sedative rather the main stream alcohol or chemical drugs given to them by the legal drug pushers, doctors.

      These main stream drugs are bad for you and kill hundreds of thousands ever year. In fact if our legal drug pushers keep a closer watch, I feel they are the reason people commit suicide and kill people. It is well known the fowl chemical drugs cause some very serious long term side affects. In the history of the world cannabis has killed no one, addicted no one, caused anyone to act in a violent manner when used by itself and cannot kill you…

      So save the help cats issues until we end the war on drugs and quit enslaving and destroying millions of our human children. Continuing to jail adults over freedom of choice. I will only support one issue ending the war on US (drugs)…

      Please help when we stop the war on US I promise to try to make people treat animals better.

      Cherokee Fred Jesus

    9. The Oracle says:

      Regarding entry #2

      Has anyone seen this reported in the mainstream news?

      For all the unconvinced doubting Thomases out there, the answer is still no.

      Just so you know a bit more about that…

      As definition of power elite, I do not mean all rich and/or powerful people, of course. Messrs. Soros and Lewis et al., whom I thank most graciously, can not be lumped into that category, so that is not to create tension in that regard. That being said, the reference about the power elite and their influence on de facto destruction and depopulation of undesirable areas is evidenced in the book by Gary Webb titled Dark Alliance. It’s about crack, the veep of the time, and Iran-Contra, and of course flooding mainly poor minority neighborhoods with the supply side economics of crack. Need I say more. Educate yourselves more, please.

      Here’s the Amazon link.

      http://www.amazon.com/dp/1888363932/?tag=yahhyd-20&hvadid=55307453511&ref=pd_sl_83g65g94yg_e

      You might also read Shattered Lives.

      Reading such books might not be in, but such are the circumstances contributing to the plight of potheads.

      By the way, don’t be surprised if the public option for universal health care coverage in the U.S. is stripped from the legislation, as the public option would undoubtedly in short time include coverage for cannabis as medicine. This administration has already halted the federal persecution/prosecution (raids) of medical marijuana in states where the MMJ folks are in compliance with state and local laws. Logically, the public option would open avenues of approaching the federal ban to change scheduling and move closer to legalization on the continuum from complete prohibition to regulated legalization.

      I’m am waiting eagerly to see what happens with health care reform after the Congress returns from their recess.

      Please contribute more than criticism to this online think tank.

    10. I used to be a Obamabot. From his elelction till he laughed at us on T.V. After that i took down the only flag ive ever hung and went back to hatin the gov and havin an all around foolish feeling. Everyone says dont support the black market and let hoodlums reign. I say im glad ive never broke my underworld ties because the hoodlums that kill and steal live in office.

    11. Chrokee Fred Jesus says:

      Interesting arrest God and Jesus for an illegal plant or plants. Most all drugs today are synthetic clones of coca, opium and cannabis. Used in their natural state do not cause much problem. That is why they trow the most popular herb cannabis in the war. The popularity and common knowledge it is better for you that liquor or chemical drugs. It alone fuels the war on drugs. Providing Mexico with 70% or more of their drug income. Supporting the jail system no telling how many cops and DEA types. They love busting they pot people and destroying their lives..Atlanta just started a get tough on crime drive. On the local news they show them busting blacks in the ghetto selling dime bags. The war still does what is was designed to do provide the racist a way to enslave more of the people they hate…

      Cherokee Fred Jesus

    12. Chrokee Fred Jesus says:

      In case its a news flash to some. The rich racist that support the war on drugs. Have included poor whites they feel are of no worth to the list. People the system can feed on. As long as they kick back a few mil a year to our lawmakers that continue to fund the war on US using our money to do it…

      CFJ

    13. Jennifer says:

      I know this is true. I had cancer. The doctors gave me bottles and bottles of addictive pain medication. High doses of it, it never took the pain away. Never. I would smoke a joint and the pain be gone for like 3 hours. When you have a mass tumor in your lower intestines, 3 hours is heaven. Well, i am cancer free now. And i contiue to smoke on a regular basis. However, DSS took my rights as a parent away because i popped for thc in my system. I am not aloud to be unsupervised with my babies, 5 and 6……. because i smoke frken pot!!!!! Obama needs to come up off it. This is just too much. Something that helps? Why make it illegal because of tax purposes, and regulations? that so stupid. People are dieing out there, and for just a moment, the pain goes away. This doesnt make sense……

    14. R.O.E. says:

      Some days I think this is a watered down version of hell. Where else would you have ‘Ice cream’ but not allowed to ‘Eat’ it?

      Now replace the words ‘icecream’ and ‘eat’ with words we know. Get the picture?

    15. Rebel with a cause says:

      64 R.O.E

      YES SIR! YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!

      “You can have the orange juice…but…you can’t touch the orange.”

      So!…how do we implant this ridiculous logic in the minds of sensible men and women. Anyone who woould agree with their logic…can’t be from this planet. Why do I hear the theme from “The Outer Limits.”

    16. Joseph "Ironman" Siler says:

      The fed has unreasonable restrictions on research into the curative properties of cannabis. I KNOW that there is a cure for cancer in the compounds found in the cannabis plant, as stated in #47 above. The only reason I can think of for these rediculous restrictions is that OVER 500,000 people DIE every year from cancer. Way to go POPULATION CONTROL. Think of it, since the “War on Drugs” started over 30yrs ago there are 15,000,000 less people in the US because of cancer. Mass Murder? Sounds like it to me.

    17. #65 Rebel with a cause Says:
      August 2nd, 2009 at 9:16 am

      64 R.O.E

      YES SIR! YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!

      “You can have the orange juice…but…you can’t touch the orange.”

      RE: Rebel,
      It’s worse than that:

      – You can’t even touch the orange JUICE, either…
      That’s ALSO a CRUDE, BOTANICAL-FORM…
      (Naranjo de Jugo).

      – Only the SYNTHETIC ascorbic-acid,
      MINUS the bioflavinoids, thiamine,
      fiber and potassium is permitted…

    18. Joel: The other Joel says:

      President Obama says he need to rethink about marijuana, when will that start?

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    20. proud pothead jared w says:

      i know this is a little off topic but come April 20 most people don’t want to wear a pot symbol out in public but that’s what we need im trying to get the pot community to wear green because most people have a boss,friend ,family that wouldn’t understand so this made the most sense. that way the anti smokers can’t screw with the guy wearing a pot leaf but know this is a issue that has spread like a wild fire and can’t be contained. im trying to blog every site that will listen and i hope it gets out there so tell a friend and norml please pick up the idea there is plenty of time to tell the community it is a cheap way to get the message out, that its time for change.

    21. #70 proud pothead jared w Says:
      August 4th, 2009 at 12:12 am

      …get the pot community to wear green

      i know this is a little off topic but
      come April 20 most people don’t
      want to wear a pot symbol out in public…

      RE:
      Superb idea,
      proud pothead jared w!

      – Could this augment,
      Saint Patrick’s Day?
      (Since they’re only a month away).

      – The heptate digitate palmate
      follows the four-leaf clover
      by 32 days.

    22. Rebel with a cause says:

      68 Joel: The other Joel says:

      “When will that start?”

      It will start when We the People make an impact on government with our “PHYSICAL PRESENCE.” It will start when all the “congressional clunkers” tell the President…”They’re coming after us.” A crowd scares everyone. “PHYSICAL PRESENCE” means TCB…”TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS.”

      We can all start…”start”…is the magic word…by
      E-mailing Whitehouse.gov…you know…like we did when Obama was campaigning. We made it the #1 issue…
      because…”We did it.” Now it’s time to do it again…
      but…that’s only the beginning. We have to drive our point home with “PHYSICAL PRESENCE.” In their face is the only thing they understand…non-violent in their face. Don’t thiink that they don’t take a head count on every E-mail they get. E-mail will wake them up…
      our “PHYSICAL PRESENCE” open their eyes wide.

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    24. RE: #72 Rebel,
      I’m fortunate enough to even have an
      INTERNET-PRESENCE,
      much less a temporal, physical one!

      HOWEVER, I do have at least two GREEN shirts!

    25. Rebel with a cause says:

      74 NeuroGenesis

      I praise your presence of any kind. You are always
      diligent in your attempts to educate…even myself from time to time, and I appreciate that.

      But, these representatives are all at home now, and instead of marching on D.C. the Green Door forces could march on their Town Hall Meetings, and their local offices.

      By the way…San Diego is at it again. They have placed a motatorium on sales until they can come up with laws?????? I will find out more when they open their doos for business Mon. a.m. I don’t get it. There is state law, and Attorney General’s Guidelines.
      What the hell laws are they talking about. More de facto bullshit. I’ll get the skinny asap.

    26. #75 Rebel with a cause Says:
      August 9th, 2009 at 9:26 am

      74 NeuroGenesis

      I praise your presence of any kind. You are always
      diligent in your attempts to educate…even myself from time to time, and I appreciate that.

      RE: Thank you, Rebel.

      …By the way…San Diego is at it again.
      They have placed a moratorium on sales until they can come up with laws??????

      RE: Rebel,
      This DOESN’T surprise me…
      – I have long ago concluded that San Diego is
      NOT really a part of California,
      (CONSIDERING their close-proximity to the
      U.S. / Mexico border),
      but are rather, instead,
      a Federalized “Land of Nigh”.

      (As are vast-portions of the backwards-places of
      Anozira, Saxet, Annaisiuol, Aigroeg, Amabala and
      Adirolf, among others…).

    27. Settor54 says:

      Could get you a space and help with logistics,if you wanted to do a lighting seminar, sell DVD’s. ,

    28. So interesting to read what is going on in research,marijuana use associated with a significantly reduced risk of head-and-neck-cancers i have never heared it before.

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