Hippies were correct
Source Charles Brown
Date 13/04/24/12:40

and not just about make love, not war.

Federal Government Reports Marijuana Effective in Combatting Certain
Cancers Reports ADSI

LOS ANGELES (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The following is a
statement by Advocates for the Disabled and Seriously Ill:
In a recent report, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the
Federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH), stated that
marijuana "inhibited the survival of both estrogen receptor–positive
and estrogen receptor–negative breast cancer cell lines." The same
report showed marijuana slows or stops the growth of certain lung
cancer cells and suggested that marijuana may provide "risk reduction
and treatment of colorectal cancer."
Referring to the NCI report, Patient Rights attorney Matthew Pappas
said, "The Federal government's continuing attack on people prescribed
medical cannabis by their doctors is hypocritical considering the
benefits reported by its own National Cancer Institute." Pappas
represents patients in defending their right to reasonably obtain
medical marijuana. The patients contend the Federal government and
various municipalities are trying to prevent them from obtaining
cannabis for medical purposes in direct contravention of state laws.
"Cities that ban dispensaries are denying patients the ability to
obtain a medicine the Federal government's National Institutes of
Health says fights cancer and they're doing it with the Obama
Administration's help." Recently, the City of Los Angeles repealed its
ban of medical marijuana collectives after Bill Rosendahl, a member of
its city council diagnosed with cancer and prescribed medical
marijuana said to fellow council members about the ban, "You want to
kill me? You want to throw me under the bus?"
The NCI report also examined whether patients who smoke marijuana
rather than ingesting it orally are exposed to a higher risk of lung
and certain digestive system cancers. According to the government, 19
studies "failed to demonstrate statistically significant associations
between marijuana inhalation and lung cancer." The report also
identified a separate study of 611 lung cancer patients that showed
marijuana was "not associated with an increased risk of lung cancer or
other upper aerodigestive tract cancers and found no positive
associations with any cancer type." In the area of prostate cancer,
the NCI report was inconclusive and suggested further research was
necessary. In its report, the National Cancer Institute also
identified a "study of intratumoral injection of delta-9-THC in
patients with recurrent glioblastoma" that showed tumor reduction in
the test participants.
Despite the Federal government sanctioned and authorized NCI report,
Pappas said Congress and the Obama Administration have continued to
thwart marijuana research. In an announced effort to displace state
medical marijuana laws, the Office of National Drug Control Policy
described "medical" marijuana as a "myth" fueling "troubling
misconceptions" in documents found on its website. The Federal
government appears to be focused on creating more chemical drugs, many
of which are the subject of various attorney television commercials
seeking out those adversely impacted by those drugs. Pappas said both
the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Office of National Drug
Control Policy continue to assert marijuana lacks any medicinal value
despite the research showing cannabis reduces certain cancer risks and
inhibits the growth of tumor cells. He also commented that the Federal
government's anti-marijuana position contributes to and encourages
prejudice and public misconception about the legitimate use of medical
cannabis as treatment for seriously ill patients.
In addition to anti-cancer properties, separate research reported
marijuana appears to have "profound nerve-protective and
brain-enhancing properties that could potentially treat many
neurodegenerative disorders." In its report, the National Cancer
Institute stated cannabis effectively treats insomnia and referenced a
placebo-controlled study in cancer patients showing increased quality
of sleep and relaxation in those treated with tetrahydrocannabinol, an
active component in marijuana.
Responding to a White House statement that only a small percentage of
patients prescribed medical cannabis under state laws use it to treat
cancer, Pappas said "marijuana isn't just for cancer or AIDS patients
– it can also treat, for example, sleeplessness." Although generally
not a life threatening condition, Pappas referred to insomnia as a
health issue regularly treated with prescription drugs zolpidem (brand
name Ambien) and eszopiclone (brand name Lunesta). According to their
manufacturers' websites, zolpidem and eszopiclone have been shown to
cause severe side effects including aggressiveness, hallucinations,
confusion, or suicidal thoughts. Pappas noted that, unlike those
drugs, studies on insomnia similar to those reported by the National
Cancer Institute show medical marijuana effectively treats insomnia at
a far lower cost and with fewer side effects. Marijuana has also been
prescribed for glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, and a
variety of other physical and mental conditions.
Addressing the White House website statement that medical marijuana
should remain criminally illegal under federal law, Pappas said that
"with every drug, the doctor must consider the benefits versus any
possible side effects. In its 3000-plus year history of medicinal use,
there has never been a known, confirmed death caused by overdose of
marijuana. To suggest that prescription drugs known to have severe
negative side effects are alright and that marijuana can only be used
for cancer or AIDS is nonsensical. It demonstrates how the Federal
government's decision to usurp state sovereignty is harming people
because burdening citizens with federal criminal records based on
medical marijuana provided for under state law is simply wrong. To
continue outlawing the use of a drug shown to have life-saving,
anti-cancer benefits that has been used safely as a medication for
thousands of years is irresponsible."

Jan., 2013 National Cancer Institute PDQ® report on cannabis:
July, 2009 NIH report on cannabis reducing neck and head squamous cell
Nov., 2012 NIH report on cannabis breast cancer treatment:
Report on study showing smoked marijuana does not cause cancer:
Report on neuroprotective benefits of marijuana:

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