I’m all for medical marijuana. I went through cancer recently; enough said. I know ganja can be used to help with everything from glaucoma to epileptic seizures, but marijuana actually killing cancer cells? This was news to me. I thought I’d do a little research and this is what I found.
Everyone Should Know:
Let’s face it, while the U.S. is slowly starting to come around where marijuana is concerned, we aren’t there yet. Main stream medicine (pharmaceutical companies) don’t like to even hint to the possibility that their drugs aren’t effective, harmful, or that a natural solution might have their poisonous drugs beat hands down. Guess what? Radiation almost killed me; not cancer.
The National Cancer Institute states that cannabinoids may prevent the growth of blood vessels that supply tumors and block cell growth. The National Cancer Institute can accept donations, but it is also an agency of the United States Government. When a government agency says things like may prevent cell growth; I take that to mean “yes” it absolutely does prevent cell and blood vessel growth. Turns out, that study after study proves this to be true.
Nobel Prize Winner:
If that doesn’t even begin to convince you; will a Nobel Prize recipient do it for you? Doctor Manuel Guzman, 2005 Nobel Prize winner for physiology and medicine, along with his associates from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Madrid, Spain made some fascinating discoveries. You can read the full study yourself, as it is available to the public. The study states, ” Cannabinoids are known to exert an antitumoral action on gliomas (tumors) that relies on at least two mechanisms: induction of apoptosis (programmed cell death) of transformed cells and inhibition of tumor angiogenesis. The conclusion of the study was, “Overall, our results demonstrate that cannabinoids target glioma stem-like cells, promote their differentiation, and inhibit gliomagenesis, thus giving further support to their potential use in the management of malignant gliomas (tumors).” In plain English, marijuana causes cancer cells to self destruct. If the blood vessels that grow to feed the tumor are destroyed; the tumor can’t feed itself and dies. Interested yet? Keep reading.
Another study was done in 2006 by medical researchers from the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Pharmacology and Toxicology Department on leukemia patients. What did the study find? That cannabis oil or THC oil actually reduces the number of cancer cells in the body. You can go to the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health website and read that, “Plant-derived cannabinoids, including Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), induce apoptosis (programmed cell death), in leukemic cells, although the precise mechanism remains unclear.” They don’t know how it works, but it does work.
This was in 2006! Eight years ago! Why is marijuana still illegal? Why are people, like myself, still subjected to poisonous chemotherapy drugs and radiation? Radiation destroyed over half of my intestines; they literally caved in on themselves and I was put on hospice! I beat the odds and lived, but my body will never recover from the effects. I have a permanent ostomy because of radiation treatments.
Studies as far back as the 70’s support these findings. You can visit Cannabis Research and find a listing of 21 studies made by microbiologists, doctors, physiologists, and pathologists who are in the top of their fields that all support these findings. There is a plethora of reliable information available that all leads to the same conclusion: marijuana is really bad for cancer! Don’t take my word for it though, research it for yourself. After you’ve waded through thousands of pages of hard scientific facts that prove beyond any reasonable doubt that cannabinoids kill cancer cells, please vote to legalize medical marijuana in your state. Even better, vote to allow people to grow a couple of plants for personal use.
The Hardest Question:
The hardest question to answer at this point should be, “If I have cancer, is it more beneficial to smoke it or ingest it?” Well that depends, the effects of smoking marijuana can be felt in about two minutes, whereas taking a pill like Marinol (which is very expensive and chemo patients sometimes cannot hold down) can take up to two and a half hours. In many studies that I reviewed before writing this article, many of the cancer subjects were given THC oil to ingest. The Los Angeles Times reported that, ” Studies show that the chemicals delivered to the body differ, depending on whether marijuana’s active compounds travel through the stomach (as they do when swallowed) or the liver (as they do when smoked),” but that’s another article entirely. Really, it’s going to depend on your desired goal.
Did You Know?
Did you know that the human body actually makes it’s own cannabinoids? This is the endocannabinoid system and it basically stimulates chemicals in your body that control physiological functions and processes. If this system is lacking, cannabinoids outside of your body can help to stimulate the process. That’s where marijuana comes in. Pretty fascinating isn’t it? You can find more information on the endocannabinoid system from The US National Library of Medicine, to websites like wisegeek.com.
If you were on the fence about the medicinal benefits of marijuana, I hope you’ve changed your mind. If you want to convince other people in order to get it legalized in your state, pass this on and let people look at the facts for themselves. If you have cancer, I urge you to read the studies at Cannabis Research. Best of luck to you.
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