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A Couple Of Recent Studies The Mainstream Media Forgot To Mention

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director July 6, 2010

    Investigators and pundits alike are fond of calling for ‘more research’ into the safety and efficacy of marijuana and its active compounds. Ironically, when such calls are heeded and new research is published, nobody wants to talk about it.

    For example, researchers at the State University of New York (SUNY), Upstate Medical University in Syracuse published data in the June issue of the journal Pharmacology concluding that the administration of the plant cannabinoids delta-8-THC and delta-9-THC halted cellular respiration and tumor growth in human oral cancer cells. Specifically, investigators reported that cannabinoids were a “potent inhibitor” of Tu183 human cancer cells, a notoriously difficult to treat type of oral cancer.

    Of course, this is hardly the first time that pot’s compounds have been demonstrated to possess anti-cancer properties. As has been widely reported here and elsewhere, US government researchers were first aware of this finding over 35 years ago, and today there exist published scientific studies demonstrating that cannabinoids can inhibit the proliferation of a wide range of cancers — including brain cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, pancreatic cancer, biliary tract cancer, and lymphoma. Nonetheless, abstract prohibitionist concerns regarding marijuana’s supposed cancer risk continue to dominate the headlines while actual scientific studies debunking these allegations tend to go unnoticed.

    Similarly, preclinical data published online last week in the journal Cell Communication and Signaling reported that the administration of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) increases adult neurogenesis (the active production of new neurons) in laboratory animals. Authors speculated that cannabis’ pro-neurogenic effects may explain why the plant appears to be useful in the treatment of certain neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease or ALS.

    As I wrote last week, to date there are now over 20,000 published studies or reviews in the scientific literature pertaining to marijuana and its active compounds — making marijuana the most studied plant on Earth. But what’s the point in further research if nobody even bothers to pay attention to the research that’s already been done?

    96 Responses to “A Couple Of Recent Studies The Mainstream Media Forgot To Mention”

    1. Don_M says:

      I am 54 years old and have been smoking pot since I was about 16. I have no mental or health problems. In fact, in spite of drinking a bit too much alcohol from time to time, I’d say that my physical and mental abilities are probably comparable to the average straight 30 to 35 year old. I just can’t fathom why our Govt continues to choose prohibition; assuming that is, that they have our best interest at heart!

    2. godzila says:

      they can’t handle the truth!!!

    3. Logan Reeder says:

      Hmm.. If delta-8 and 9 seem to be so beneficial, I wonder how good delta-420 is?

    4. Peaceful threat says:

      They will continue to deny any factual evidence regarding Cannabis. Nobody in power wants to give people free medicine, because they would all lose money, and their authority would be meaningless because of their false justifications for the so called “War on Drugs”. They will deny everything it has to offer until people finally get sick and tired of the hypocrisy, and start fighting the DEA and the government for keeping us controlled for 70+ years.

      This war will go on until WE end it OURSELVES.

    5. Billy Beans says:

      Thank you for this :]
      If we could pass information like this along to people who are misinformed, we could do great damage to the prohibition laws.

    6. Calculated says:

      My handle says it all.

    7. fishcreekbob says:

      all that matters is corruption.

    8. claygooding says:

      Within 10 years after the legalization of marijuana and its return to our medicine cabinets and recreational menu,our countries rate of cancer will drop from 1 chance in 3 too 1 chance in 7 or more.

    9. claygooding says:

      I sent the Prez a copy of the studies summary,not that it will do any good,his “follow the science” quotes have just been more political hot air,so far.

    10. VOICE OF REASON says:

      Having lost more than one relative to Cancer I find it VERY disturbing to know that our government continues to treat Cannabis as Public Enemy #1. All politicians who resist further studies or otherwise suppress results, should be found guilty of MURDER for each and every dead Cancer victim that possibly could have been saved or given extra time on Earth.

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