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COLORADO’S pioneering biotech company Cannabis Science, Inc have released graphic photos of a patient, suffering with what their physician described as “the worst case of squamous cell carcinoma cancer” he had ever seen, being healed by cannabis oil administered at home.
From Skin Cancer.org “Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) are the second most common form of skin cancer and are very small usually when they are first noticed. It is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells arising in the squamous cells, which compose most of the skin’s upper layers (the epidermis). SCCs often look like scaly red patches, open sores, or warts; they may crust or bleed. SCC is mainly caused by cumulative UV exposure over the course of a lifetime. It can become disfiguring and sometimes deadly if allowed to grow. An estimated 700,000 cases of SCC are diagnosed each year in the US, resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths.”
The first pictures released by Cannabis Science, Inc. show a tumour protruding the skull with two sinus-like holes in the top. Cannabis extract was then applied in and around the holes and to all of the surrounding tissue on the scalp whilst the patient was undergoing radiotherapy treatment which can be seen in the second photos. This kind of extract which contains cannabinoids such as THC and CBD is more commonly referred to as “hash oil” or “concentrate” in the fledging regulated cannabis industry in Colorado, most particularly, Denver. Colorado made it legal for patients with qualifying conditions, after citizens used ballot initiatives and petitions, to use Cannabis to treat their symptoms. MS, chronic pain and nausea are all qualifying conditions, not just life threatening ones.
Claims of cannabis’ ability to shrink tumours have been made for many years, but within the last decade the anecdotal evidence has stacked up to the point that pharmaceutical companies have started taking these claims more seriously. GW Pharmaceuticals, who are set to go global in 2012 with their cannabis tincture spray Sativex, are currently Phase III trialling their oromucosal mouth spray for cancer pain in both the UK and the US. It is already prescribed to a select number of MS suffers in parts of the UK and in continental Europe in countries such as Italy, Germany, Sweden and even Czech Republic this year.
What is visible in the next set of photos is what has been described as the cannabis oil being drawn out of the wound and, in the words of Cannabis Science, Inc., “killing the cancer cells from these lesions”. If this is “killing” the cancer cells then surely this must be an indication that the anecdotal claims and evidence that we have seen more of in the press so recently and many times in 2011, shows that cannabis does cure cancer.
Back in 1974, researchers at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond inadvertently found the THC slowed the growth of cancer cells in mice with cancer of the lung, breast and a virus-induced leukemia. Their funding ended since the original goal was to determine its harmful effects to the immune system. In 2000 Guzman and his research team in Madrid, Spain demonstrated that injected THC could shrink or destroy brain cell tumors (Glioma) in rats. The 1974 studies were never published and in recent years there has been little coverage in the U.S. about Guzman’s work.
In 2006 a Canadian man by the name of Rick Simpson dropped the film Run From The Cure on the cannabis world with claims and a full video guide of how to make a cure for cancer from whole plant cannabis extract. Since then he has become a modern icon for the movement and his video has been used to help reach hundreds of thousands, if not millions, who need help to treat not only cancer but diseases affecting every part of the human system. He is now on the run as a fugitive from the DEA of America.
For the full story goto: CannabisCure.co.uk
On Tuesday, 10th of January 2011 a study – one of the most substantial of its kind, has been released by researchers at the University of Alabama, California and San Francisco in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
has concluded that smoking cannabis once a week or even more does not harm the lungs, The Associated Press wrote.
The study mimics smaller ones carried out previously similar to that of Dr. Donald Tashkin, a medical professional whose name may and should ring a bell with some cannabis truth enthusiasts. Although he did not take part in the study he said “It’s not clear why that is so, but it’s possible that the main active ingredient in marijuana, a
chemical known as THC, makes the difference. THC causes the “high” that users feel. It also helps fight inflammation and may counteract the effects of more irritating chemicals in the drug” as an answer to why cannabis does not carry the same problems seen in tobacco users.
Dr. Donald Tashkin, is a marijuana researcher, professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles has studied the effect of cannabis on lung cancer. Here is an interview conducted by Dr. Bob Malamede of Colorado Springs University. Tashkin reveals that there is even some indication of evidence in reduced cancer rates in those who use cannabis over those who smoke neither tobacco or cannabis.
Unlike cigarette smokers, marijuana users tend to breathe in deeply when they inhale a joint, which some researchers think might strengthen lung tissue. But the common lung function tests used in the study require the same kind of deep breathing that marijuana smokers are used to, so their good test results might partly reflect lots of practice, said Kertesz, a drug abuse researcher and preventative medicine specialist at the Alabama university.
One of the co-authors, Dr. Stefan Kertesz, suggested that there may be another reason for the better than expected results, the possibility that the nature of smoking cannabis and the method of inhaling deeply may have an accidentally beneficial side-effect.
The breathing test that was used in the experiment, a common one, uses similar lung function to that of cannabis smoking something that provides as a good practice. Bongs and water-pipes are much the desired and preferred item among many a toker/average patient.
While cannabis is Federally illegal the study was Federally funded, the analysis was paid for by the National Association of Drug Abuse. It will be interesting to see if it maintains its position on the harmfulness of smoking cannabis.
America has 16 states that have made exemptions in their state laws to allow patients with qualifying medial problems from being interfered with by the police. The main form of ingestion by over a million patients now is smoked and California was the first to sign into legislation Proposition 215 in 1996. One might imagine there would be reports by now of more significant lung damage being caused if this study is to be ignored.
In Britain and Europe cannabis is usually mixed with tobacco when smoked but in America the cannabis culture and medical community particularly alike have adopted combusting it pure, simply because tobacco is more harmful. It is the sad case in Europe that even those who do not smoke cigarettes fill half of their spliff with part of a cigarette or rolling tobacco, a harm problem inflicted by prohibition for many who do not have enough access to the cannabis they would like or require so it is cut with the more toxic and addictive legal substitute.
“Overall, about 37 percent reported at least occasional marijuana use,and most users also reported having smoked cigarettes; 17 percent of participants said they’d smoked cigarettes but not marijuana. Those results are similar to national estimates.”
With statistics like this it is surprising that The National Association on Drug Abuse aren’t calling for the two to be swapped if there is to be a smoked drug at all.
AP writes, “The study randomly enrolled 5,115 men and women aged 18 through 30 in four cities: Birmingham, Chicago, Oakland, Calif., and Minneapolis. Roughly equal numbers of blacks and whites took part, but no other minorities.”
However, the findings did suggest a slight decline in lung function in cannabis smokers but not enough evidence really to suggest anything significantly damaging. The analysis did note that this may be down to there not being enough heavier users in the test group.
The authors of the study did not recommend that smoking cannabis should be stopped but recommended “caution and moderation when marijuana use is considered.”
When comparing the typical American cannabis usage to that of a cigarette smoker’s daily habit Kertesz says tobacco users smoke an average of 9 cigarettes a day as apposed to the 3 or so joints a month of those using the still Federally illicit substance.
Analysts from NADA highlighted that tobacco use does lead to worse scores than even toking cannabis daily and that is why the choice of hippies, and rappers alike came out looking less demonic than the governments of around the world have made even them to be. Just as they have cannabis.
Arm yourself with the truth delivered by science and take it to the
debating ground whenever cannabis’ cancer causing or lung damaging
properties are claimed. This is the only way to challange the
non-believers and those adamant on spouting and repeating utter reefer
Association Between Marijuana Exposure and Pulmonary Function Over 20 Years
- Mark J. Pletcher, MD, MPH;
- Eric Vittinghoff, PhD;
- Ravi Kalhan, MD, MS;
- Joshua Richman, MD, PhD;
- Monika Safford, MD;
- Stephen Sidney, MD, MPH;
- Feng Lin, MS;
- Stefan Kertesz, MD
- Author Affiliations: Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Drs Pletcher and Vittinghoff and Mr Lin) and Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine (Dr Pletcher), University of California, San Francisco; Asthma-COPD Program, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois (Dr Kalhan); Department of Surgery (Dr Richman) and Division of Preventive Medicine (Drs Safford and Kertesz), University of Alabama at Birmingham; Center for Surgical, Medical and Acute Care Research and Transitions, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Birmingham (Drs Richman and Kertesz); and Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente of Northern California, Oakland (Dr Sidney).
Context Marijuana smoke contains many of the same constituents as tobacco smoke, but whether it has similar adverse effects on pulmonary function is unclear.
Objective To analyze associations between marijuana (both current and lifetime exposure) and pulmonary function.
Design, Setting, and Participants The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study, a longitudinal study collecting repeated measurements of pulmonary function and smoking over 20 years (March 26, 1985-August 19, 2006) in a cohort of 5115 men and women in 4 US cities. Mixed linear modeling was used to account for individual age-based trajectories of pulmonary function and other covariates including tobacco use, which was analyzed in parallel as a positive control. Lifetime exposure to marijuana joints was expressed in joint-years, with 1 joint-year of exposure equivalent to smoking 365 joints or filled pipe bowls.
Main Outcome Measures Forced expiratory volume in the first second of expiration (FEV1) and forced vital capacity (FVC).
Results Marijuana exposure was nearly as common as tobacco exposure but was mostly light (median, 2-3 episodes per month). Tobacco exposure, both current and lifetime, was linearly associated with lower FEV1 and FVC. In contrast, the association between marijuana exposure and pulmonary function was nonlinear (P < .001): at low levels of exposure, FEV1 increased by 13 mL/joint-year (95% CI, 6.4 to 20; P < .001) and FVC by 20 mL/joint-year (95% CI, 12 to 27; P < .001), but at higher levels of exposure, these associations leveled or even reversed. The slope for FEV1 was −2.2 mL/joint-year (95% CI, −4.6 to 0.3; P = .08) at more than 10 joint-years and −3.2 mL per marijuana smoking episode/mo (95% CI, −5.8 to −0.6; P = .02) at more than 20 episodes/mo. With very heavy marijuana use, the net association with FEV1 was not significantly different from baseline, and the net association with FVC remained significantly greater than baseline (eg, at 20 joint-years, 76 mL [95% CI, 34 to 117]; P < .001).
Conclusion Occasional and low cumulative marijuana use was not associated with adverse effects on pulmonary function.
Will This help the UK media think more carefully or look harder about their reporting on cannabis. In “Should I Smoke Dope” Nicki Taylor is told by a Dr that cannabis causes irreparable holes in the lungs. This Dr has been used in several TV cannabis exposés. This kind of misinformation must stop!
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2011 saw an explosion in the UK cannabis movement.
Last Updated: 9 Jan 11
This has been down to refusing to keep the subject a taboo any more. We are here and we are proud of what we are, all with the common love of cannabis for whatever purpose but even more importantly we are here to BRING AN END TO THE UNJUST PROHIBITION OF CANNABIS!
If you have not yet connected with any of the newly established CSCs (Cannabis Social Clubs) please find the one that you fall into. Currently these are just an online presence but as 2012 unfolds I will be releasing information that will help us progress to the next phase. All things have to start somewhere and this is the fruit of a collaboration of work by people all over the UK. If there is no group already in your area why not Grow Your Own Cannabis Community and plant the seed that could start something to make a change! We are all in this together but no one is going to do it for you.
So, in alphabetical order until there are too many to sift through – here is a list of all currently active UK Cannabis Social Clubs. This will be updated as new groups establish themselves and eventually as they grow and the phases are rolled out an interactive map will be introduced to help people physically see us grow on the map of of our little islands. This is a serious strategy to make a change via presence in the UK, we can only be heard if we make ourselves a presence. By creating a network for activists and enthusiasts people can be helped on all levels, politically, medically and socially – everyone’s message can be spread.
There are 92 counties in the UK so ideally we would like to see at least one for each of them (no duplicates please) but already we have “East Surrey” and “West Yorkshire” to show that bigger counties will find more support in localizing the group slightly more. It will also help when future phases roll out and we bring this into the real world.
Thank you for the tremendous support in making this community and movement happen! You are the movement and you are the community, keep it fresh and keep it up to date – your freedom and happiness relies on your motivation!
Please promote YOUR LOCAL cannabis news stories, we must look at what is happening in our area. Please see the posters page for photos to add to your page for people to share and share the link to the page too. Find the Cannabis Support Network UK and if you need help or have anything to offer PLEASE do not hesitate to leave a message on the page, we are providing an open network for everyone in the cannabis community. Safety in numbers.