There is Nothing New About Marijuana Treating Cancer
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 08/24/2011 in Medical Marijuana Conditions
Long before the worldwide demonization of marijuana by the cabal of Harry Anslinger, William Randolph Hearst, and DuPont petrochemicals the virtues of cannabis had already been established. Cannabis even found its way into the vintage doctor’s medicine bags that are valuable antiques today. One often finds the bottle labeled “cannabis” missing or empty. While present in cultures as old as ancient Egypt, marijuana mostly flew under the western radar until the 19 century when it was used as an antiemetic, analgesic, and hypnotic in folk medicine. It was also a common ingredient in patent medicines.
The combination of a novel method of ingestion (vapor/smoke), antiemetic, analgesic and orexigenic (appetite stimulant) makes cannabis uniquely qualified to help those with “wasting syndrome” as seen with so many conditions like aids-related cancers. But what if the chemicals that help relieve the symptoms could fight the cancerous growth at its core?
You might be surprised to find out the oldest study on THC and cancerous growth was done at the medical college of Virginia in 1974. It was funded by the National Institute of Health to find evidence that marijuana damages the immune system. What scientists actually found was that THC slowed the growth of lung cancer, breast cancer, and that of a virus-induced leukemia. The DEA quickly shut down the Virginia study and all further such research. The silence that still surrounds these findings has been almost as effective the outright lies about marijuana. Perhaps that’s why it took almost thirty years before any more research was done.
February of 2000 in Madrid, following up on the 1974 Virginia study, researchers injected THC into the brains of 45 rats with brain cancer. Treated rats survived significantly longer than control rats and in three cases the tumors were eliminated altogether. When the news headlines read “cannabis fights cancer” and when the quick clips for the story came on TV how many people though this was not news? Medical marijuana dispensaries and cannabis clubs have been giving relief to aids and cancer patients since the 90’s but the media barely notices their everyday success. Those who hear the whole story are so amazed they might be left wondering if is it pro pot propaganda and the big pharmaceutical corporations only benefit from the silence.
We are indoctrinated to believe that all smoking causes cancer. How could marijuana help cancer? One of the biggest objections to cannabis is that it is often smoked. Yet this method of administration is what makes it a great antiemetic for those who can not hold medicine down or wait for an oral medicine to work. Along with the medical marijuana industry boom have come evolved methods of administration. Vaporizers and cannabis confections have helped to legitimize medical marijuana to an often close-minded medical community. Marijuana infused foods eliminate the smoking component altogether for those who do not want, while an ever growing roster of vaporizers offer a safer inhalation experience with some added benefits. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) recently funded a vaporizer study which suggested that up to 60- 80% THC is lost with traditional combustions techniques. Certainly, anyone who claim that the problem with marijuana is that it has to be smoked knows not the first thing about the plant.
It is unacceptable that time and time again, groundbreaking studies are swept under the rug and the mainstream media continues to be act as if marijuana is some unproven remedy. The reality is that it is a phenomenally versatile medicine which holds the key to miraculous cures that only the full support of modern science can fully unlock; if it was allowed to.
By: Eldred G. Crowley