Countless studies have highlighted the industrial and medicinal uses of marijuana (cannabis), yet the federal government claims that it has ‘no accepted medical use’ and continues to classify it in the same category as heroin, MDMA, and PCP. Despite the ruling, the medial marijuana market is priced at around $1.7-billion — that’s almost as much as the explosive Viagra market, coming in at around $1.9 billion.
Why do so many individuals suffering from disease swear by marijuana if it has no real medical use? And furthermore, were the thousands of studies on the medicinal benefits of marijuana completely incorrect?
Studies have found marijuana use to be beneficial in treating multiple sclerosis, Tourette syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, brachial plexus neuropathies, insomnia, pain, memory disorders, anxiety disorders, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, and many more conditions.
Marijuana Plant, Hemp, and Cannabinoids
Some cannabis activists actually state that certain properties of marijuana can act as a “cure-all” in the right forms. You may know that marijuana is usually quite high in THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the compound responsible for the psychoactive effect of cannabis. In contrast, it is also low in CBD (cannabidiol) content. Both THC and CBD are known as cannabinoids, however, which interacts with your body in a very unique way.
What you may not be familiar with is how CBD has been shown to block the effect of THC in the nervous system. This allows marijuana plants to exhibit the most psychoactive effects. Hemp, on the other hand, is high in CBD and low in THC. This is due to the fact that it is bred to maximize its fiber, seeds, and oil. Of course these key properties are what it is most commonly used for.
You see, hemp is a very powerful industrial substance, but it also has a number of health benefits. Interestingly enough, THC-free hemp is actually quite popular in protein drinks, green superfoods, and even clothing. This type of hemp has zero psychoative effects, yet it is still illegal to grow within the United States.
Two tablespoons of shelled hemp seeds contain about 11 grams of protein and 2 grams of unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids.
Cannabinoids are promoted as a health-promoting substance in the popular documentary “Run from the Cure” with Rick Simpson. The entire documentary is available free on Youtube:
The film speaks specifically on Hemp Oil, which Rick Simpson and his followers say can even cure cancer. Speaking on the subject of marijuana benefits, particularly in the form of Hemp Oil, Simpson states:
“I have been providing people with instructions on how to make Hemp Oil medicines for about 8 years. The results have been nothing short of amazing. Throughout man’s history hemp has always been known as the most medicinal plant in the world. Even with this knowledge hemp has always been used as a political and religious football.
Marijuana Made Illegal While Pharmaceuticals Kill More than Traffic Accidents
Research has shown marijuana to be beneficial to health, yet Marijuana has been classified as dangerous by the federal government, outlawed, and made illegal. Many pharmaceuticals, on the other hand, have gone unchecked despite causing more fatalities than traffic accidents. In fact, even slightly more than the recommended dose of Tylenol can kill you, while THC-free hemp will simply boost your immune system.
You do not have to smoke marijuana to enjoy its benefits. THC-free hemp, which comes without any mind-altering effects, is a great health superfood that is used by many. For the government to classify marijuana in the same category as heroin and PCP while allowing deadly pharmaceuticals to go unregulated shows how little they truly care about public health.
Smoking marijuana occasionally doesn’t seem to damage the lungs as cigarette smoke does, a new 20-year study suggests.
The study was published in Wednesday’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. It is hard to estimate the potential effects on the lungs from regular and heavy use of marijuana, researchers say. (CBC)
"With marijuana use increasing and large numbers of people who have been and continue to be exposed, knowing whether it causes lasting damage to lung function is important for public-health messaging and medical use of marijuana," said the study’s senior author, Dr. Stefan Kertesz of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Kertesz and his colleagues analyzed a database of measurements taken from about 5,000 people who were aged 18 to 30 when the study began in four U.S. cities. The researchers compared the lung function of marijuana and tobacco smokers.
Increasing someone’s exposure to cigarettes resulted in loss of air flow and lung volumes. The air flow measure is the amount of air you can blow out of your lungs in one second after taking the deepest breath possible.
Marijuana exposure was associated with increases in those measurements, but not enough to consider smoking marijuana as a way to improve lung health, Kertesz cautioned.
Previous smaller studies also suggested that smoking marijuana isn’t as risky to the lungs as cigarettes.
No one knows why. It’s possible that the main active ingredient in marijuana, THC, that causes a "high" also fights inflammation and may counteract the effects of more irritating chemicals in the drug, said Dr. Donald Tashkin, a marijuana researcher and an emeritus professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Tashkin was not involved in the study.
Marijuana and cigarette use
In the study, 37 per cent of participants said they’d used marijuana at some point. Most users also said they’d smoked cigarettes and 17 per cent of participants said they’d smoked cigarettes but not marijuana.
While the study included some long-term lung measurements, other types of lung measurements were not taken, the researchers said.
As well, marijuana users did not specify a type of smoking method, such as joint, pipe or bong. It is also difficult to estimate the potential effects of regular and heavy use of marijuana, they said.
Both cigarette smokers and marijuana users can develop throat irritation and cough, which the study didn’t look at.
The research was funded by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse.
The National Cancer Institute in France announced that it will decide on December 23 what to recommend to women that have used breast implants produced by the Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) company.
“Today, we’re in the process of evaluating these breast implants because of the apparent cancer risk,” said government spokeswoman Valerie Pecresse. “The government will announce its action plan between now and the end of the week.”
French Society of Plastic Surgeons found last year that PIP implants had higher rates of rupture than other implants.
Investigations showed that the company had used an unauthorized silicone gel in its product, which was associated with ruptures and higher risk of developing breast cancer.
Nine cancer cases, including one death, have been reported among women with PIP implants, but health authorities say there is no urgent risk since studies have not yet found a causal link between the implants and cancer risk.
However, French health officials have called on all women with PIP implants in the country to visit their surgeon, adding that costs of removal would be covered by state health insurance.
So far 523 women have already removed the implants and 2,000 have opened a criminal investigation into the firm that was shut down and its product banned since last year.
The French-manufactured PIP breast implants, which are one of the cheapest of its kind, were reportedly exported to other countries, and it is estimated that nearly 300,000 women around the world have received them.
The US government has asked the scientific journals Nature and Science to censor data on a laboratory-made version of bird flu that could spread more easily to humans, fearing it could be used as a potential weapon.
The US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity asked the two journals to publish redacted versions of studies by two research groups that created forms of the H5N1 avian flu that could easily jump between ferrets – typically considered a sign the virus could spread quickly among humans.
The journals are objecting to the request, saying it would restrict access to information that might advance the cause of public health.
The request was a first for the expert panel, formed after a series of anthrax attacks on US targets in 2001. It advises the Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies about "dual use" research that could serve public health but also be a potential bioterror threat.
"NSABB has never before recommended to restrict communications on research that NSABB has reviewed that has potential dual use implications," Dr Amy Patterson, director of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Biotechnology Activities, said in a statement.
The bird flu virus is extremely deadly in people who are directly exposed to infected birds but so far it has not mutated into a form that can pass easily from person to person.
The purpose was to discover whether fluoride (F) accumulates in the pineal gland and thereby affects pineal physiology during early development. The [F] of 11 aged human pineals and corresponding muscle were determined using the F-electrode following HMDS/acid diffusion. The mean [F] of pineal gland was significantly higher (p < 0.001) than muscle: 296 + 257 vs 0.5 + 0.4 mg/kg respectively. Secondly, a controlled longitudinal experimental study was carried out to discover whether F affects the biosynthesis of melatonin, (MT), during pubertal development using the excretion rate of urinary 6-sulphatoxymelatonin, (aMT6s), as the index of pineal MT synthesis. Urine was collected at 3-hourly intervals over 48 hours from two groups of gerbils, (Meriones unguiculatus), low-F (LF) and high-F (HF) (12 f, 12 m/group): under LD: 12 12, from prepubescence to reproductive maturity (at 9-12 weeks) to adulthood, i.e., at 7, 9, 11 1/2 and 16 weeks. The HF pups received 2.3 ug F/g BW/day from birth until 24 days whereafter HF and LF groups received food containing 37 and 7 mg F/kg respectively and distilled water. Urinary aMT6s levels were measured by radioimmunoassay. The HF group excreted significantly less aMT6s than the LF group until the age of sexual maturation. At 11 1/2 weeks, the circadian profile of aMT6s by the HF males was significantly diminished but, by 16 weeks, was equivalent to the LF males. In conclusion, F inhibits pineal MT synthesis in gerbils up until the time of sexual maturation. Finally, F was associated with a significant acceleration of pubertal development in female gerbils using body weights, age of vaginal opening and accelerated development of the ventral gland. At 16 weeks, the mean testes weight of HF males was significantly less (p < 0.002) than that of the LF males. The results suggest that F is associated with low circulating levels of MT and this leads to an accelerated sexual maturation in female gerbils. The results strengthen the hypothesis that the pineal has a role in pubertal development.