Jun 12, 2011

Marijuana Cure Cancer: U.S. Govt. Acknowledges Cannabis As Alternative Treatment For Cancer

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According to National Cancer Institute website  the Cannabis plant produces a resin containing psychoactive compounds called cannabinoids which are a group of terpenophenolic compounds found in Cannabis species (Cannabis sativa L. and Cannabis indica Lam.)., activate specific receptors found throughout the body to produce pharmacologic effects, particularly in the central nervous system and the immune system. Cannabinoids benefits in the treatment for people with cancer -related symptoms caused by the disease itself or its treatment.

Cannabis, also known as marijuana, originated in Central Asia but is grown worldwide today. In the United States, it is a controlled substance and is classified as a Schedule I agent (a drug with increased potential for abuse and no known medical use).

Cannabis use for medicinal purposes:

Cannabis use for medicinal purposes dates back at least 3,000 years. It was introduced into Western medicine in the 1840s by W.B. O’Shaughnessy, a surgeon who learned of its medicinal properties while working in India for the British East Indies Company. Its use was promoted for reported analgesic, sedative, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and anticonvulsant effects.

Cannabis use for medicinal purposes dates back at least 3,000 years. It was introduced into Western medicine in the 1840s by W.B. O’Shaughnessy, a surgeon who learned of its medicinal properties while working in India for the British East Indies Company. Its use was promoted for reported analgesic, sedative, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and anticonvulsant effects.

In 1937, the U.S. Treasury Department introduced the Marihuana Tax Act. This Act imposed a levy of one dollar an ounce for medicinal use of Cannabis and one hundred dollars an ounce for recreational use.
Physicians in the United States were the principal opponents of the Act. AMA believed that objective evidence that Cannabis was addictive was lacking and that passage of the Act would impede further research into its medicinal worth. In 1942, Cannabis was removed from the U.S. Pharmacopoeia because of persistent concerns about its potential to cause harm.

In 1951, Congress passed the Boggs Act, which for the first time, included Cannabis with narcotic drugs. In 1970, with the passage of the Controlled Substances Act, marijuana was classified as a Schedule I drug. Drugs in this category are distinguished as having no accepted medicinal use. Other Schedule I substances include heroin, LSD, mescaline, methaqualone, and gamma-hydroxybutyrate.

Despite its designation as having no medicinal use, Cannabis was distributed to patients by the U.S. government on a case-by-case basis under the Compassionate Use Investigational New Drug program established in 1978. Distribution of Cannabis through this program was discontinued in 1992. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs approved marijuana use for patients in states where its medicinal use is legal.


But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved (under big pharmaceuticals companies) the use of Cannabis as a treatment for any medical condition till this date.

Big Pharma’s big contributions to many legislators means they have many elected officials willing to see things the drug companies’ way on this, as on many other issues. Even legislators known to take a strong states’ right stance on other issues, such as offshore drilling, somehow find themselves standing up for federal oversight on this topic. For example, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who holds the dubious distinction of the being the member of Congress who has accepted the largest amount from pharmaceutical firms, has taken a stance against state legalization of marijuana.

If you have a politician in your state who speaks out against medical marijuana, you may want to look into his/her ties to Big Pharma. As the American Independent observes, the pharmaceutical giants’ strategy as regards marijuana seems to be “demonize it, prosecute it, shut it down, then grab the market.” Let your friends and family know that many of those who fight against medical marijuana are not, as they may prefer to present themselves, taking a pro-family stance against drug addiction, but shills for multinational drug corporations who want to keep all drug profits in their coffers.

The idea that a drug can be denounced as evil in one context but hailed as a medical miracle if sold within the pharmaceutical system is nothing new.

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  1. Yes! Haha gotta love the Cannabis! I can almost taste that sweet freedom. I hope legalization will be the beginning of the end of our police state.

  2. i had cancer joined wamm started oil treatment next doctors appointment it had dissapeared amazing med. drug company dont want you to know worked on skin cancer also love it

  3. The Largest point is almost always passed over in this argument and that argument is how many people have died from marijuana use? Zero. More people have died from children Tylenol or cough medicine than from marijuana. People die from Booze, fast food (obesity), cigarettes, bean sprouts, etc yet none of them are illegal. Marijuana is a naturally occurring plant that is relatively harmless and a great alternative to alcohol or pain killers (which have many side affects to liver, kidneys, etc) The governments are paying huge dollars Billions! To fight a war on drugs that hasn't made any progress whatsoever! Some drugs really are bad, crystal meth, heroine etc but Marijuana was banned to get the cotton industry going. Get with the times people! Keeping marijuana illegal is absolutely stupid, and the people encouraging it are ignorant or being paid off by big pharm. ZERO DEATHS!

  4. Why don't you think 0 people have been killed? What about car accidents? There are some cases that said the person who crashed and died was under the influence of marijuana but was pulled out so thats odd to me. I have friends in the medical field and if you think everything is all fine its not, a friend of mine studied the plant for the military and CIA and its a mind altering drug and the CIA and military want it for mind control or harness it. the oil state is fine but other than that no. Why do you think the stuff is illegal anyway? more people would want to try and get their hands on it. lol its kinda funny because everyone thinks its illegal because it's the best and theres no consequences.

  5. Alex just told you why it was made illegal. I don't even smoke marijuana and I can see how legalization would have far more positive effects than negative. Tax marijuana like cigarettes and make concentrated forms for medical use only. You will take a billion dollar industry out of the hands of criminals and give it to the american people, not to mention the medical uses not yet discovered from this "magical" plant.

  6. Anonymous 6/15/2011 08:46:00am......are you allowed out of the house,alone! very ofter?

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