Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Cannabis, Cancer, and Why You Aren't Adult Enough to Know

Paul Armento over at NORML posted an article up at The Huffington Post regarding something I've been personally researching for a while: What Your Government Knows About Cannabis And Cancer -- And Isn't Telling You.

Sadly, this information is not hypothetical:

"In fact, the first experiment documenting pot's potent anti-cancer effects took place in 1974 at the Medical College of Virginia at the behest federal bureaucrats. The results of that study, reported in an Aug. 18, 1974, Washington Post newspaper feature, were that marijuana's primary psychoactive component, THC, "slowed the growth of lung cancers, breast cancers and a virus-induced leukemia in laboratory mice, and prolonged their lives by as much as 36 percent."

WHAT?!?! This can't be. So what did they do?

"However, rather than publicize their findings, the U.S. government shelved the results, which only became public after a draft copy of its findings were leaked to the medical journal AIDS Treatment News, which in turn forwarded the story to the national media."

Nice. Shelve that shit. Not important I guess. Well, others didn't think so. I suggest you skeptics follow the links if you'd like to read the certified medical documentation:

"Fortunately, in the past 10 years scientists overseas have generously picked up where U.S. researchers so abruptly left off, reporting that cannabinoids can halt the spread of numerous cancer cells -- including prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and brain cancer. (An excellent paper summarizing much of this research, "Cannabinoids for Cancer Treatment: Progress and Promise," appears in the January 2008 edition of the journal Cancer Research.) A 2006 patient trial published in the British Journal of Cancer even reported that the intracranial administration of THC was associated with reduced tumor cell proliferation in humans with advanced glioblastoma."

Sadly, our nation's Pharmaceutical Companies cannot have us producing our own medicine in our backyard with light, air, and water. No matter how effective it's medicinal properties are.

Paul goes a bit more in depth in this video about the ridiculously safe therapeutic process that marijuana provides to cancer hosts:

Inhumane. Fucking INHUMANE.

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