Reuters: Pot Kills Cancer But Don't Even Think About Using It!

The MSM may be starting to pay attention. I just got off the phone with CBS News radio, who will be covering this story imminently.
It was just yesterday that I was lamenting about the mainstream media’s failure to report on the anti-cancer properties of cannabis. And then along comes Reuters with this:

Cannabis chemicals may help fight prostate cancer
via Reuters News Wire
Chemicals in cannabis have been found to stop prostate cancer cells from growing in the laboratory, suggesting that cannabis-based medicines could one day help fight the disease, scientists said Wednesday.
After working initially with human cancer cell lines, Ines Diaz-Laviada and colleagues from the University of Alcala in Madrid also tested one compound on mice and discovered it produced a significant reduction in tumor growth.
Their research, published in the British Journal of Cancer, underlines the growing interest in the medical use of active chemicals called cannabinoids, which are found in marijuana.
Experts, however, stressed that the research was still exploratory and many more years of testing would be needed to work out how to apply the findings to the treatment of cancer in humans.
“This is interesting research which opens a new avenue to explore potential drug targets but it is at a very early stage,” said Lesley Walker, director of cancer information at Cancer Research UK, which owns the journal.
It absolutely isn’t the case that men might be able to fight prostate cancer by smoking cannabis,” she added.

Well, well, well, leave it to the MSM to misrepresent the facts and miss the real story. First, the chemicals assessed in this study, R(+)-Methanandamide and JWH-015, are neither “cannabinoids” nor are they “chemicals in cannabis.” Rather, they are synthetic, selective CB2 receptor agonists. In short, they are chemicals created in a lab to mimic certain elements in marijuana, and to bind to specifically to those cannabinoid receptors that are not located in the brain. After all, we can’t possibly have the terminally ill feeling ‘better’, now can we?
Second, US federal researchers have known for some 35 years that the naturally occurring chemicals in cannabis — not just synthesized agonists — can halt the proliferation of multiple types of cancer, including including brain cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, and pancreatic cancer. We even know how.

Cannabinoids: potential anticancer agents
via Nature Reviews Cancer (2003)
Cannabinoids are usually well tolerated, and do not produce the generalized toxic effects of conventional chemotherapies. … Cannabinoids inhibit tumor growth in laboratory animals. They do so by modulating key cell-signaling pathways, thereby inducing direct growth arrest and death of tumor cells, as well as by inhibiting tumor angiogenesis and metastasis. Cannabinoids are selective anti-tumor compounds, as they can kill tumor cells without affecting their non-transformed counterparts.

Of course, the real question — conveniently ignored by Reuters and the rest of the MSM — is this: Why, after three decades and dozens of preclinical trials documenting cannabis’ potent anti-cancer abilities, are “many more years of testing” necessary? Last I checked, humans die en masse from cancer, not rats! Yet for some 35 years scientists have been content to replicate these  cancer-killer findings in animals and in petri dishes, all the while warning, “It absolutely isn’t the case that men might be able to fight prostate cancer by smoking cannabis.”
Well why the hell not? Not only can cannabis alleviate cancer patients’ nausea and pain, elevate their mood, and increase their appetite, but also — as dozens of preclinical trials over the past three decades consistently demonstrate — marijuana may help to alleviate the very disease that’s ravaging their bodies. Of course, rather than put this theory to the test, investigators for more than three decades have been willing to let people with a terminal illness die while they piddle around with their petri dishes. And to date, not one reporter from the mainstream media has ever had the guts to ask them why.

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  1. #99 Trey,
    “I enjoyed your remark, it shows the clean thinking of a brain that’s been thoroughly washed.”
    best one I’ve heard all day!!!

  2. #86 Todd Says:
    August 23rd, 2009 at 12:32 pm
    “Maybe if more people who get regular MSM exposure wouldn’t be such cowards —
    Phelps, I’m lookin’ in your direction.”
    RE: In other words, Todd
    pot apologies…

    – Serving as or containing a
    formal justification or defense:
    an apologetic treatise on church doctrine.
    [God made cannabis to fulfil the human-body’s
    requirement for specific compounds integral
    for its proper-functioning].

    – An acknowledgment expressing regret
    or asking pardon
    for a fault or offense.
    [The Bible is replete with warnings
    specific to the dangers of alcohol,
    which I failed to heed;
    My deepest regrets for being rude here
    while on booze,
    instead of being mellow on weed…].

  3. #91 bonnie Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 9:07 am

    “…But any medicine plant,
    that is continually used,
    after that, also destroys
    the neurons of the brain.
    That little fuzzy feeling you have,
    perhaps a “buzz” are the neurons dying.
    After a while, a person’s sharpness,
    alertness, is worn off, and they can be easily controlled, and you start to lose track of,
    or interest in this Reality.
    Same as fermented fruit, coca leaves,
    same as poppy, and peyote.
    A don’t know about Ayahuasca,
    one pays a heavy price right away with that.
    RE: Bonnie,
    What DO YOU KNOW about Ayahuasca???
    – Under the WRONG “set and setting” it
    can produce negative experiences…
    (That doesn’t mean that it’s bad in itself…).
    – Ayahuasca mixtures partaken according to
    precautionary indigenous rituals and settings
    can be spiritually-renewing and beneficial…
    – Medicinal-plants are
    wonderful gifts-of-nature;
    – I partially acknowledge what you are saying,
    (continuous use of one medicinal constantly
    tends to negate its effectiveness and can deplete
    other compounds in the body which it interacts with;
    just like eating the same food all of the time
    can get boring and tedious,
    and sometimes, be quite unhealthy…).

    – HOWEVER, the “buzz” from medicinal-plants
    is not from “brain-cells dying”,
    (This is an extremely-simplistic,
    erroneous view…),
    but instead, is due to specific
    interactions with distinct
    areas of the brain
    specific neurotransmitters,
    specific types of cerebral neurochemistry…

  4. #87 cat chow Says:
    August 23rd, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    “Sure… it’s A-OK to give us DRUGS that cause dizziness, nausea, anal bleeding, diarrhea, sensitivity to light, nosebleeds, suicidal thoughts, severe sexual or gambling urges, the urge to shoot up a McDonalds, the urge to suffocate your babies, dementia, blurred vision, etc…
    But NO WAY can you have marijuana… the side effects are too dangerous. Munchies, questions, answers, ideas, thoughts, wonder, creativity, and laughter.
    Hell.. they won’t even let you have Laetrille,
    which is nothing more than freeze dried apricot
    kernels that were crushed and encapsulated,
    and were scientifically PROVEN to KILL CANCER CELLS ALTOGETHER.
    In fact, the FDA banned it,
    and they put a few Doctors in jail and took their licenses to practice medicine for advising patients to go to Mexico to buy it.
    Reason? It cures cancer, and the FDA, the AMA, the American Cancer Society, and various I.G. Farben (old name, they’ve got a new name now… but just think Nazis and you hit it on the head) colluded together to see to it that it was taken off the shelves and banned.”

    RE: cat chow,
    – Part of “official” reason for the FDA banning
    and the related neo-amygdalin
    (extracted from apricot-seeds),
    is because amygdalin-molecules contain
    a CN component, which under certain conditions,
    releases hydrogen-cyanide.
    (in combination with the wrong foods, and if
    you haven’t guessed it/ know already…
    when interacting specifically with cancer-cells).

    – The OFFICIAL reason,
    (“could release free-cyanide
    under certain conditions”)

    is still a feeble, botaniphobic excuse for outlawing
    apricot pits, since amygdalins are also found
    in several other species of fruit-seeds,
    AND because
    the CN component generally,
    has much lower-toxicity as a
    part of the amygdalin-molecule,

    than as free cyanide…

  5. #98 Sam Says:
    August 25th, 2009 at 8:32 am

    “LOL! Protect them?
    Saying marijuana protects
    brain cells is like saying
    cigarettes protects against
    some mental illnesses.
    (Some studies indicate that
    small doses of nicotine can delay schizophrenia.)
    It’s a ridiculous statement.
    A single chemical or two,
    in it’s raw form, COULD be useful.
    But when you line that up the fact
    that other chemicals leave residue
    in the brain for about six months
    after you light up trumps any good
    it could do.
    After a while,
    this residue builds up and
    slows down neurons and practically
    stops nueroplasticity
    (this is the physical
    equivalent to learning.)
    That is how people become “burn outs”
    when they always seemed to be perpetually high.
    It’s because their brain is severely slowed down.”

    [Editor’s note: “Ridiculous statement”?
    Only if you’re ignorant of the emerging
    scientific reports regarding cannabis and cancer…]
    RE: Editor,
    – Since you mentioned
    Sam’s possible “IGNORANCE”
    of emerging scientific reports…
    It was written…
    “War is Peace;
    Freedom is Slavery;
    Ignorance is Strength.”

    in George Orwell’s “1984”)
    RE: Sam,
    – Ridiculous are the assumptions you’re making,
    (that lighting-up cigs or joints is the only way that
    the whole-botanical forms of tobacco and cannabis are consumed).
    – Ridiculous is “ruling-out” the efficacy of
    the whole botanical-forms of the herbs
    soley in favor of isolated-compounds from these.
    Have you ever heard of …???
    (useful for safer-consumption of
    nicotiana as well as cannabis…).
    AND… edibles…
    – If the essential-oils in cannabis-herb are dissolved in
    vegetable-oil, if one is getting sufficient plant-based
    fatty-acids in their diet, “residues” won’t “accumulate”
    as quickly…
    (FYI, certain vitamins are also fat-soluble…).
    – Minimally-processed chewing-tobacco,
    (whole-leaf, not snuff),
    is a tasty way of getting small doses of
    botanically-derived nicotine,
    (which functions as an acetylcholine-agonist,
    increases levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine,
    responsible for memory-formation…),
    (Apply where needed,
    avoids the “burnout-syndrome” entirely…).

    – Why should an inexpensively-grown
    tincture-component be kept artificially-overpriced
    via a bogus “war on SOME drugs” any longer?!?!?!

  6. Jay: I know a similar story about a lady who had colon problems for many years. It was mild but she decided to quit smoking her “leafys” (weed). Within two years she had developed full blown Crohn’s Disease which like cancer has been linked to mutating cells. Is it coincidence? Should Cannabis be part of our diet? Was the small THC amounts enough to prevent cell mutation? These are questions which should be addressed not buried in media hype about the evils of cannabis. Now, a few years later, 3/4 of her colon has been surgically removed. Much worse!
    It has been proven, over and over, that THC in high enough doses will stop cell mutation, which is cancer, Crohn’s,even heart disease and more. So, any disease linked to mutating cells could conceivably be treated this way with extracts. Of course it might not work for everything, but who cares? It’s one more tool in an arsenal.

  7. h1, just passing by and noticed this “burnout-syndrome” someone brought up 🙂 I smoke weed for 10 years now (23)
    since i was 12 and my brain is okay is not working slow and as a matter i get some very good ideas about web design when high…and other thinks too, plus i make cracks too and smoking is not altering any of my skills … and i have all top living necessities … if someone call me a “burn-out” he must be blind, deaf and little stupid…

  8. The Good News is that God is not on their side this time. So often in the coarse of time this country gas relied on the fact that God was on their side during times of War.
    Memories meander through time on a voyage over an ocean of ages. One of them traveled back to the day God said, “Let us make man in our image, and after our likeness”. Remembering the words came easy, because at that time we were talking about how Neanderthals were still dragging their knuckles…
    Mother Nature’s course of evolution had done a fine job so far; but God knew He could do a lot better. God did make man in His own image, both male and female; He created them and blessed them. God gave them dominion over every living thing that moved upon the earth, including the evolved species, the cattle of the land, even the fish of the seas and the fowls of the air. Every living thing that moved upon the earth was a gift to humanity whose purpose was to subdue and replenish the earth. God said to be fruitful and multiply; this is His Divine Will.
    When God created man, there were already living beings through out the universe, and upon this very planet that had evolved. Among the original beings were 144,000 angels assigned to watch over and serve God’s creation. We did watch in awe and admiration as the beginning of time became manifest before our very eyes. We watched this all week long!
    Of course in God’s Kingdom the days are not measured in earth’s 24 hour increments. There are millions of earth years in just one of God’s days, and seven days at God’s house is really quite a long time compared to a week on this little planet.
    Trey Haltom
    Colonel Pepper

  9. to whome it may concern you can,t kill cancer by smoking pot . you have to get the oil containing thc that is in the plant and ingest it for the cure.there is a man named rick simpson in canada who will show you how . he tells you for free ,not like some of the sleasebags who want money. wake up people there is a cure for this dreadded disease. just punch this into your computerand find out it is free no gimmicks.punch in run from the cure rick simpson please people we have to get this word out .these greddy drug companies are watching our loved ones die because they can,t patten the cure. please look dave
    [Editor’s note: There is no credible scientific study or scientist (Rick Simpson is not a scientist or researcher; he is an advocate for reform) that claims that cannabis use, including cannabis oil, ‘cures’ cancer. Caveat emptor! ]

  10. Ignoring the many people that identify themselves as the so-called government will not make them go away. Wouldn’t it be nice if it did? However, one cannot educate without first being educated. And only through peace, education, and probably shame for the wicked, can we expect to enlighten the ignorant.
    You are all supposed to be kings free to do as you please. Remember that the people who purport to hold office and dictate to you what you can and cannot do, all took oaths which they are obliged to obey by law. That law comes from, “…the consent of the governed.”(Declaration of Independence). Without your consent there are a great many rules, statutes, and ordinances which simply do not apply to you. In 1970 there existed approximately 700 Million “laws” in these united states (capitalization intentional). How many “laws” are there now? You simply cannot be required to obey that which you do not have enough life to read. Truth be told, you cannot even be required to read.
    The real law is self-evident, do not harm others. It is harming someone to pretend to be their master, and even more so to actually be their master. It is also harming others to pass enough so-called laws that all men are criminals. Thought is powerful, if you think you are a slave or a criminal, who besides Mom will try to convince you otherwise? My advice, if I may offer it without insulting, is to learn about the supremacy of contract. The Constitution that so many point to as the source for their rights, binds those that purport to be the government. It does not bind you. Allow me to provide a couple of simple questions then I will go.
    Do any one of you have a legitimate claim to be able to require me to do anything? (I am assuming you realize you do not.)
    Since no one of you purports (I hope) to be able to require me to do anything. I just have one more question.
    How can two or more of you vote to give someone else power that you do not possess?
    I recommend reading Lysander Spooner (or listen to his work No Treason on Youtube). Also, try to keep in mind that all crime requires a real flesh and blood victim. You could violate statues, rules, and ordinances all day long, but if no flesh and blood person is harmed, you have not committed a crime. (And yes, stealing is harming someone.)
    Apologies around for going on so long, but hopefully this will remind some of you not to despair. You are in charge, why not start enjoying your freedom?
    By the way, this study seems to indicate that pot consumption causes new brain cell growth.
    Peace and Love

  11. It’s High Time We Legalize Marijuana and Hemp!
    The War on Drugs is more than a colossal failure, it’s a farce and a criminal conspiracy brewed up among a few politicians and business leaders for personal and corporate profit. True examples of corruption
    The good news is that God is not on their side in the War on Drugs. So often Americans went to war under the distinct impression that God was on their side. But that is not the case in the Drug War, in fact He is quite offended by the activities of the drug warrior zealot who brings misery to his own people and kindred. This is a sad state of affairs, because these well meaning otherwise useful citizens are destroying their own country with this civil war they are prosecuting.
    Enough is enough, and I tell you the truth, You’re in a heap of trouble with the Lord God Almighty… Shame on you!
    These folks are bought and paid for by lobbying, PR, and advertising firms representing companies that profit greatly from the prohibition and the ensuing War on Drugs. They are putting their children through the best colleges and Universities with the robust profits derived from nothing other than the prohibition against marijuana.
    That plus the total elimination of the totally harmless commodity of hemp, which would compete fiercely with their products of paper made from trees, and rope made from nylon. We all know who these people are, and so does the government who’s politicians are also bought and sold by these same individuals. It is up to us to rid congress and the senate of these political leaders that are the best that money can buy, and we can do it by the ballot.
    I highly recommend you consider electing Colonel Pepper to the office of President. I inhaled and won’t lie about it. Furthermore due to the fact that possession of even small amounts has always been a felony along the the use of marijuana itself a felonies, I figure that in the past 40 years I have committed about 5,000 felonies that I was never caught committing, and no proof exists to win a conviction either, so I just got away with it and nobody was hurt.
    Furthermore, I believe there is a provision written into law that states something along the line, “If a law is repugnant to the Constitution, then it is null and void.”
    Well marijuana prohibition laws are repugnant to the Constitution, because, they were the result of a criminal conspiracy between certain legislators and a few industry leaders. (ie: Randolf Hurst from the lumber mills and Du Ponts chemical company to name a couple right away. This law is based on the lie that marijuana is a narcotic drug and those hopelessly addicted to this drug are a menace to society. (See the propaganda movie, “Reefer Madness”)
    The prohibition itself is a menace to society, and it has devided this nation in two; with brainwashed masses up in arms against the reform minded individuals who seek to change the law. The brainwashed seem to think that to have an opinion different from the government’s own criminal code is a crime in it’s own right. John McCain once wrote me in response to my inquiry about reforming the laws against marijuana, that I deserved to be in prison because of my point of view. It makes you wonder how he ever lost the election to President. I myself am going to seek the nomination from the GOP, and plan to run against President Obama in 22012.
    Elect Colonel Pepper For President 2012

  12. i think some of you posting on this site have been smoking to much cannabis.
    if any of this is true then why have my friends died of cancer when he used to smoke it everyday. when he found out he had cancer he stopped smokin and started eating it. the cancer had been removed by the drs but there was a chance it could come back it came back even though he was taking canabis
    can you please give me a good enough reason rather than a government cover up

  13. My husband has been smoking cannabis to help him have a better quality of life b/c the heart medications leave him completely exhausted. He’s also been using cannabis oil tincture on his cancerous lesions (the cancer is a side effect of some of his pills and his doctor even told him as much) and his lesions are disappearing! But b/c we have very fascist-minded neighbors who reported the smoke smell, the sheriff’s department searched and seized all of his medicine. Don’t tell me there is no conspiracy!!! They are planning on putting a sick man in jail, and if they do, he will die there. The Federal government and the local Sheriff’s department are guilty of assisting in my husband’s demise. I WILL SUE!!!!!!!!

  14. Marihuana is Technically a natural herb, not a drug. Cannot be patented. Pharmaceutical companies are public companies that make money selling drugs. FDA is paid 800 million for the permission to patent a drug. Natural herbs will cut into profits. do the math. There was an interesting report on the history channel recently regarding this.

  15. I could not have written a better article about this hypocrisy. It takes a lot of work to be this informed. A+

  16. I think there might be a lot of misunderstanding in this article… What I am referring to is the misunderstanding of the method of administering the cannabinoids. Smoking marijuana is not the method that these scientists are using. They are creating solutions in an oil form which are concentrated in THC or cannabidiol and they inject it intratumorally. Smoking it will most likely due nothing to actually help fight the cancer itself, other than palliative therapy, because the concentration of THC isn’t enough to induce apoptosis, autophagy, or decrease cell proliferation. So it is not like cannabis is this magnificent drug that the government is keeping from the people. They just don’t know enough about it, they hardly have the mechanisms down for the endocannabinoid system. Also it is necessary to understand that in vitro, or animal models will respond differently than in humans. Check out the pilot clinical trial to see how the 9 glioblastoma multiforme patients responded. They all still didn’t make it past one year, which is the unfortunate prognosis of GBM. And just because pharmaceutical companies cannot patent the plant, they can patent methods of injecting it. So if cannabis works they will find a way to patent it. As of right now, we cannot say that it really works until we get into phase 2/3 clinical trials where we have a mass amount of people in the trial.

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