Cannabidiol Offer Boost Towards a Healthy, Cancer-free Body | Marijuana Compounds: Highly Beneficial, Yet Illegal


Anna Hunt, Contributor
Activist Post

Research institutions around the world are beginning to discover the many positive effects that the cannabis plant has on the human body. More scientists are researching how the properties of marijuana could fulfill the need for effectivecancer prevention and treatment. As a result, a growing amount of research now supports the claims that both cannabinoids (CBD), the non-psychoactive component of the marijuana plant, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component, can “have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors” and potentially inhibit the growth of all types of cancer such as brain and breast cancer. (source: National Cancer Institute)

In a growing number of countries, marijuana is being prescribed to cancer patients allowing them to better manage cancer symptoms such as loss of appetite, pain and nausea. Research is also supporting the idea that both THC and CBDs may have anti-tumor properties and retard cancer cell growth.

The first clinical study assessing the antitumor effect of THC in human beings was conducted by Guzman et al. at Complutense University in Spain. Published in 2006, the study revealed that THC “inhibited tumour-cell proliferation.” (source: British Journal of Cancer)

In 2007, McAllister et al. from California Pacific Medical Center, published the results of a study highlighting the cancer-fighting properties of CBDs. “CBD represents the first nontoxic exogenous agent that can significantly decrease Id-1 expression in metastatic breast cancer cells leading to the down-regulation of tumor aggressiveness.” (source:PubMed.gov)

Cannabidiol offers hope of a non-toxic therapy that could treat aggressive forms of cancer without any of the painful side effects of chemotherapy – Dr. Sean McAllister (source: The Daily Beast)

Below is a video excerpt from the show “Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis,” which aired on Montana PBS. The video outlines how CB2 receptors in the brain bind with CBDs from the marijuana plant that then communicates through the body and results in the death of cancer cells.

Similar findings have been published by scientists at St. George’s University in London, Harvard University, Lancaster University … and the roster of research organizations that claim marijuana is an effective anti-cancer agent is growing. Of course, don’t expect CBD and THC-based cancer medication anytime soon due the complicated politics and regulations in our pharmaceutical industry.

Luckily, there are now various hemp-based nutritional supplements, such as hemp oil and shelled hempseed, available following FDA’s approval of CBD cannabinoids in 2004 (source: Scientific American) in response to the discovery that our own body produces compounds very similar to that of CBDs. Perhaps within the near future, the anti-cancer properties of cannabis will further build the case for the legalization of industrial hemp and marijuana.

Anna Hunt is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She and her husband run a preparedness e-store outlet atwww.offgridoutpost.com, offering GMO-free storable food and emergency kits. Anna is also a certified Hatha yoga instructor. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. Read more of her excellent articles here.

 

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Marijuana Compounds: Highly Beneficial, Yet Illegal

Elizabeth Renter
Prisonplanet.com
Dec 11, 2012

Is marijuana bad for you? Marijuana has the potential to get you high: most people know this. And a growing number of people are becoming aware of the medicinal properties of this plant. But, the compounds that make marijuana such a healer are largely unknown to the general public. These compounds won’t get you high, when separated from the psychoactive ingredient known as THC, but they are still classified as being highly dangerous and addictive by the U.S. government.

Cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabichromene (CBC), Cannabigerol (CBG), and Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) are all active, organic compounds in the marijuana plant—and each offers unique benefits.

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CBD or cannabidiol is said to be the most-studied cannabinoid. It has potentially therapeutic effects on conditions like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, nausea, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. Martin Lee, of the non-profit group Project CBD, calls cannabidiol the “Cinderella molecule” and the “little substance that could.”

Related Read: Does Marijuana Cause Cancer?

Cannabinol (CBN) is available in marijuana in very small quantities. It is far less researched than CBD, but is said to induce sleep, ease pain and spasticity, increase appetite, reduce the spread of MRSA, and delay the symptoms of Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS).

Cannabichromene (CBC) has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and analgesic benefits. It may “promote anti-cancer activity in malignant cell lines” as well. This also is a relatively under-researched compound.

The other compounds of marijuana show similarly impressive potential benefits and uses. The wealth of information on this compounds is growing each day, though scientists sometimes struggle for funding in the face of the federal government who is committed to criminalizing this healthful plant.

Marijuana’s classification under the Controlled Substances Act is as a Schedule I substance. This places it on the same level as heroin. According to the government, these drugs have no medical uses and high potential for abuse and addiction. Marijuana is considered a very dangerous drug by the government, despite all of the research to the contrary.

But of course marijuana does have medicinal uses. In one case, a young boy’s father actually says marijuana oil is what made his son beat cancer. While the story isn’t recent, it is one that everyone should hear about.

Is marijuana bad for you? Simply recognizing that marijuana compounds have some medical use would reduce the plant from a Schedule I drug to another classification, allowing the medical marijuana trade to flourish freely in the states where voters have worked so hard to get those laws in place. But, the feds refuse to budge, white-knuckling their Drug War in the face of the American people who have spoken out on several occasions in opposition, and in the face of science which clearly says this plant has real, medical applications.

Additional Sources:

AlterNet

This post originally appeared at Natural Society


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