Reuters: Pot Kills Cancer But Don’t Even Think About Using It!

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director August 18, 2009


    The MSM may be starting to pay attention. I just got off the phone with CBS News radio, who will be covering this story imminently.

    It was just yesterday that I was lamenting about the mainstream media’s failure to report on the anti-cancer properties of cannabis. And then along comes Reuters with this:

    Cannabis chemicals may help fight prostate cancer
    via Reuters News Wire

    Chemicals in cannabis have been found to stop prostate cancer cells from growing in the laboratory, suggesting that cannabis-based medicines could one day help fight the disease, scientists said Wednesday.

    After working initially with human cancer cell lines, Ines Diaz-Laviada and colleagues from the University of Alcala in Madrid also tested one compound on mice and discovered it produced a significant reduction in tumor growth.

    Their research, published in the British Journal of Cancer, underlines the growing interest in the medical use of active chemicals called cannabinoids, which are found in marijuana.

    Experts, however, stressed that the research was still exploratory and many more years of testing would be needed to work out how to apply the findings to the treatment of cancer in humans.

    “This is interesting research which opens a new avenue to explore potential drug targets but it is at a very early stage,” said Lesley Walker, director of cancer information at Cancer Research UK, which owns the journal.

    It absolutely isn’t the case that men might be able to fight prostate cancer by smoking cannabis,” she added.

    Well, well, well, leave it to the MSM to misrepresent the facts and miss the real story. First, the chemicals assessed in this study, R(+)-Methanandamide and JWH-015, are neither “cannabinoids” nor are they “chemicals in cannabis.” Rather, they are synthetic, selective CB2 receptor agonists. In short, they are chemicals created in a lab to mimic certain elements in marijuana, and to bind to specifically to those cannabinoid receptors that are not located in the brain. After all, we can’t possibly have the terminally ill feeling ‘better’, now can we?

    Second, US federal researchers have known for some 35 years that the naturally occurring chemicals in cannabis — not just synthesized agonists — can halt the proliferation of multiple types of cancer, including including brain cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, and pancreatic cancer. We even know how.

    Cannabinoids: potential anticancer agents
    via Nature Reviews Cancer (2003)

    Cannabinoids are usually well tolerated, and do not produce the generalized toxic effects of conventional chemotherapies. … Cannabinoids inhibit tumor growth in laboratory animals. They do so by modulating key cell-signaling pathways, thereby inducing direct growth arrest and death of tumor cells, as well as by inhibiting tumor angiogenesis and metastasis. Cannabinoids are selective anti-tumor compounds, as they can kill tumor cells without affecting their non-transformed counterparts.

    Of course, the real question — conveniently ignored by Reuters and the rest of the MSM — is this: Why, after three decades and dozens of preclinical trials documenting cannabis’ potent anti-cancer abilities, are “many more years of testing” necessary? Last I checked, humans die en masse from cancer, not rats! Yet for some 35 years scientists have been content to replicate these  cancer-killer findings in animals and in petri dishes, all the while warning, “It absolutely isn’t the case that men might be able to fight prostate cancer by smoking cannabis.”

    Well why the hell not? Not only can cannabis alleviate cancer patients’ nausea and pain, elevate their mood, and increase their appetite, but also — as dozens of preclinical trials over the past three decades consistently demonstrate — marijuana may help to alleviate the very disease that’s ravaging their bodies. Of course, rather than put this theory to the test, investigators for more than three decades have been willing to let people with a terminal illness die while they piddle around with their petri dishes. And to date, not one reporter from the mainstream media has ever had the guts to ask them why.

    123 responses to “Reuters: Pot Kills Cancer But Don’t Even Think About Using It!”

    1. Jim K says:

      Quote: “And to date, not one reporter from the mainstream media has ever had the guts to ask them why.”

      hmmm….maybe tobacco and alcohol companies paying them not to.

    2. yea? and what else is new? im lovin it! now we just need to get the MSM to report it….. its sad that when arguing with prohibitionists, they wont believe any scientific studies at all mainly because they dont hear about them from the most trustworthy people in the entire world…. of course im talking about the MSM and our wonderful trustworthy government…… please… i, along with a quickly growing number of americans(and the world), dont believe a thing that spews out of the government! WE SHOULD ALL DEMAND THAT CONGRESS BE SUBJECTED TO MONTHLY DRUG TESTS! think of what we will find….. think of how quickly their views on the drug war will change…. of course there are ways around a simple piss test so at least the first one should be a hair folicle test….. im sure most americans will not mind tax dollars going towards making sure our government is (somewhat) honest.

    3. R.O.E. says:

      GAWD!!! Im gonna pull my freaking hair out!!!

      My father died 5 years ago due to lung cancer…thats why I got into this fight. I watched this man, this GOOD man die terribly from this disease,If cannabis could or could not have cured him is of question. What is not of question is what these freakin pharma drugs did to him!! In the end he was STAVING TO DEATH!! He couldnt eat or keep PILLS down!!
      His heart finally gave out!! Why would this heartless government keep cannabis from him or the millions that die like this!?!?!

      Once again I say..could cannabis cured him? That remains the question. I do know this..It would have made him more comfortable and let him EAT. Am I angery? YOU BET! My grandmother died the week before from cancer. What if I get cancer? Will they throw me in jail for looking for a way to survive? Force me to DIE?

      Im in this fight to the very end, I will fight against ANYONE that gets in my way. All you heartless bastards that refuse to try something different can GO TO HELL!

    4. Adam says:

      I love how the goverment won’t let us use a natural substance to prevent cancer and yeild tumors, but okays having another life sucked out of your body and dumped in the trash.(abortion). NORML, keep fightin the good fight….

    5. Bill says:

      Last night on NightLine news, Lisa Ling did a report from Cali. She did a good job on the report for the most part. Perhaps someone (NORML) 🙂 might suggest to her that she pose that question to said parties… she’s got some balls…

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    7. Trey Haltom says:

      What’s it gonna’ take to open these closed minds and hardened hearts. Anti-drug zealots make me sick.

    8. Preston says:

      shit like this frustrates the hell out of me

    9. Steve says:

      I’m a dialysis patient and am wondering why I never hear anything about kidney failure/dialysis being one of the ailments that “pot cures”?? After being on a dialysis machine for 3-4 hours you get a “nauseating feeling”!! Why can’t dialysis patients get medical marijuana, or medical canabis cards? I also have been hearing how canabis helps with your immune system – well I’m also on the kidney transplant list – what effect would canabis have on a transplant?????