Pain relief, increased appetite, decreased nausea, sleep aid.
Science News Writes About Medical Marijuana
The scientific literature now brims with potential uses for cannabis that extend beyond its well-known abilities to fend off nausea and block pain in people with cancer and AIDS. Cannabis derivatives may combat multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory conditions, the new research finds. Cannabis may even kill cancerous tumors.
Cannabinoids Found to be Associated with Anti-Carcinogenic Effects -- This study reveals that medical marijuana can be an effective treatment for cancer, as announced by doctors in Germany who concluded that this clarification of the mechanism of cannabinoid action may help investigators to further explore their therapeutic benefit. The medical article was originally published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Advance Access and online on December 25th 2007.
Cancer, Medical Research
Active Ingredients in Marijuana Found to Slow Invasion by Cervical and Lung Cancer Cells -- THC and another marijuana-derived compound slow the spread of cervical and lung cancers, test-tube studies suggest.
Cancer, Medical Research
Study Finds No Cancer, Marijuana Connection -- The largest study of its kind has unexpectedly concluded that smoking marijuana, even regularly and heavily, does not lead to lung cancer. The new findings "were against our expectations," said Donald Tashkin of the University of California at Los Angeles, a pulmonologist who has studied marijuana for 30 years.... [...More]
Cancer, Medical Research
Marijuana Use and the Risk of Lung and Upper Aerodigestive Tract Cancers: Results of a Population-Based Case-Control Study
Despite several lines of evidence suggesting the biological plausibility of marijuana being carcinogenic, epidemiologic findings are inconsistent. These Los Angeles researchers conducted a population-based case-control study of the association between marijuana use and the risk of lung and upper aerodigestive tract cancers. You may also read the news story associated with this study.
Cancer, Medical Research
Cannabinoids in Medicine: A Review of Their Therapeutic Potential
Published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology -- Seventy-two controlled studies evaluating the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids were identified. For each clinical trial, the country where the project was held, the number of patients assessed, the type of study and comparisons done, the products and the dosages used, their efficacy and their adverse effects are described.... [...More]
Israeli researcher develops cannabis compound with unique anti-cancer action
Whether or not the potential medical benefits of marijuana outweigh the dangers is a long-debated issue and currently a political hot potato. A recent Israeli breakthrough adds a new twist: a 25-year old Hebrew University doctoral student has developed a derivative of the cannabis plant which has been shown to be effective in arresting cancerous growths in laboratory and animal tests.
Cancer, Medical Research
Testimony of Lester Grinspoon, M.D.
Mr. Chairman and members of the subcommittee, I appreciate the opportunity to appear before you this morning to share my views on the use of marihuana as a medicine.... [...More]
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