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CANNABIS – An Answer, Part 2 – The Facts

Genesis 1:29 – Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”

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I realize there seems to be something missing from the conversations that I have started. So, this will be the thread on which I will add research based studies, journals and articles based on medicine. I realize simple testimonies from real people like you and me isn’t enough for most.  So, for those of you who are like me here is a link to what The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has to say about “Medical Marijuana Use in Oncology.”

Below is an excerpt from the ONE page dedicated t0 medical marijuana.  In particular, the role that cannabis and it’s parts play in reduction of tumor size and growth.

There is evidence that suggests that cannabis may be used as a potential chemotherapeutic treatment. Endocannabinoid signaling is increased in some human tissue malignant neoplasms when compared with noncancerous tissue, especially in highly invasive cancers, suggesting that endocannabinoids may play a role in tumor growth.46 In vivo and in vitro research propose that cannabinoids can inhibit tumor growth via various mechanisms including increasing cellular apoptosis and suppressing cell proliferation.47,48Conflictingly, McKallip et al49 showed that THC may increase tumor growth due to reduced immune function. Cannabinoid receptors are widespread throughout the body and regulate a variety of physiological functions, including neuronal development and energy metabolism. Activation of CB1 and CB2 receptors leads to a cascade of cellular activity affecting ion channels, production of cyclic adenosine monophosphate, and regulation of mitogen-activated protein kinase families involved with cellular signaling, proliferation, invasion, and adhesion.50 Cannabinoids may work to induce cancer cell death through cellular signaling pathways leading to apoptosis.40

And, sadly enough:

Finally, there has only been 1 clinical trial examining the effects of THC on cancer. Guzmán et al55 studied intracranial administration of THC to 9 patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme whose surgery and radiotherapy had failed. Treatment with THC decreased tumor growth and tumor progression, as assessed by magnetic resonance imaging and biomarker expression, in at least 2 of the 9 patients studied. The study is limited by the small sample size, lack of control group, and the study design’s inability to comment on the effects of THC on survival time.

Here’s the gist.  From a medical standpoint Cannabinoids, or the group of active compounds found in cannabis, might have tumor-reducing and apoptotic (causing cancer-cell death) qualities, but you got it.  They don’t know enough. Because there has been “ONE clinical trial examining the effects of THC on cancer.” ONE. That, my friends, is not enough.

By the way, we’re not talking about smoking weed, we are talking about taking medicine that exists in many different forms.

Here is another link to the medical journal entry in case you missed it above.

 

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