Researchers from St. George’s, University of London have confirmed that cannabinoids are effective in destroying the cells of leukemia, a cancer of blood-forming organs. When used in conjunction with chemotherapy treatments, cannabinoids, the active chemicals in cannabis, results against the blood cancer cells improved significantly. The new findings, which have been published in the International Journal of Oncology, suggest that lower doses of chemotherapy can be administered to patients.
The researchers set out to test the efficacy of existing chemotherapy treatments alongside cannabinoids, and to determine whether the order of the drugs had any impact on potency. Different types of cannabinoids, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), were then paired up and used in combination the chemotherapy drugs vincristine and cytarabine. Based on their results, the researchers determined that using cannabinoids after chemotherapy improved the chances of cancer apoptosis, or programmed cell death. The outcome was less favorable when the order was reversed and the cannabinoids were given prior to chemotherapy.
“We have shown for the first time that the order in which cannabinoids and chemotherapy are used is crucial in determining the overall effectiveness of this treatment,” lead author Dr. Wai Liu said of the study. “Studies such as ours serve to establish the best ways that they should be used to maximise a therapeutic effect.”
The researchers noted that more tests would be needed before this practice can be implemented on a larger scale. Liu also pointed out that the team didn’t use the entire plant during their study; instead, he and his team utilized cannabis extracts. “These extracts are highly concentrated and purified, so smoking marijuana will not have a similar effect,” Liu told the DailyMail.co.uk.
Regardless, the results of the study are very promising. Chemotherapy has numerous severe side effects such as hair loss, mouth sores, and an increased risk of infections. If combined with cannabinoids, then chemotherapy dosages could be greatly diminished.
Moreover, the news could not have been more timely. Ireland is poised to legalize the use of cannabis for treating certain medical conditions such as severe epilepsy and multiple sclerosis in order to offset the damaging effects of chemotherapy. Simon Harris, the Irish Health Minister, has expressed his support for medical cannabis, especially in cases “where patients have not responded to other treatments and there is some evidence that cannabis may be effective.”
Meanwhile, Australian actress Olivia Newton-John revealed that she will be using cannabis oil and “other natural remedies” after her second breast cancer diagnosis. Newton-John’s daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, stated that her mother opted to use cannabis oil in addition to modern medicine. “My mom and best friend is going to be fine. She will be using medicine that I often talk about. CBD oil! (Cannabis has scientifically proven properties to inhibit cancer cell growth) and other natural healing remedies plus modern medicine to beat this,” said Lattanzi. (Related: Cannabis oil (CBD) CURES 12-year-old girl of life-threatening seizure)
Though controversy still surrounds cannabis, its healing effects are gaining more attention, and its medical potential is gaining traction. What Liu and his colleagues have unearthed has opened the door to for cannabis, and like Liu said: “Cannabinoids are a very exciting prospect in oncology.”
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“We don’t see more people doing more marijuana in Colorado after legalization. It’s through a regulated process now,” he said.
“But we haven’t seen a big spike in teenage consumption, we haven’t seen a big spike in any consumption.”
Colorado —Three years after legalizing cannabis, Colorado has the lowest unemployment rate in the country. “While the national unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in May, the lowest since 2001, Colorado’s jobless rate is the nation’s lowest at 2.3 percent,” CNBC reported Monday.
According to Governor John Hickenlooper, multiple factors have contributed to Colorado’s job growth, including the state’s business-friendly policies. He touts the state’s very low business tax rate, noting Colorado has “one of the lowest business income tax levels at just a little over 4.6 percent.”
This approach has helped create over 60,000 jobs in the clean energy sector, a fact that should please both business and environmental advocates. One of the main factors in Colorado’s successful economy, however, is undeniably the cannabis industry.
Last year, cannabis generated $1.3 billion in profit, which yielded nearly $200 million in tax revenue that the state is using for various programs, including education, substance abuse and cannabis awareness programs for youth, and even the Attorney General’s office.
Further, with over a billion dollars in business, jobs undoubtedly follow.
In 2015, alone, the state’s cannabis industry created 18,000 new full-time jobs. As the Washington Post reported:
“These indirect impacts of marijuana legalization came from increased demand on local goods and services: growers rent warehouse space and purchase sophisticating lighting and irrigation equipment, for instance. Marijuana retailers similarly rely on other companies, like contractors, lawyers and book-keeping services, to conduct their own businesses.”
That growth has continued. In July of last year, CBS reported that according to the Marijuana Business Daily, “Colorado now has 27,000 occupational licensees, up from about 16,000 at the end of 2014, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue.”
Though clean energy jobs currently outnumber on-the-record cannabis jobs by roughly 35,000, the speed of job creation appears far quicker with weed. According to the Denver Business Journal, for example, the clean energy sector created 1,583 new jobs in 2014. By comparison, the Marijuana Business Daily reported in May of 2014 that less than six months after legalization, the cannabis industry had already generated between 1,000 and 2,000 new jobs — roughly the same number of jobs as clean energy created in the course of the whole year.
Further, according to a 2016 Clean Jobs Colorado report by the organization Environmental Entrepreneurs, Colorado already had 62,000 clean energy jobs in 2015 — roughly where it rests now — making that industry’s growth apparently slower than the 18,000 new cannabis-related jobs the Post reported for the same year (it’s important to note, however, that some of these jobs already existed but were part of the black market and were counted as “new” when the industry was legalized).
This is promising news not just for Colorado, but the broader market. “Cannabis-related companies now employ an estimated 100,000 to 150,000 full and part-time workers, according to a new report by Marijuana Business Daily,” CBS noted last year.
As Business Insider pointed out in March, “California, home to the world’s sixth largest economy, fully legalized marijuana last November. Its state capital region alone could see 20,000 jobs created if it becomes a hub for the industry.”
According to a report from the New Data Frontier, which focuses on cannabis industry data, there could be as many as 283,000 jobs in cannabis by 2020. Business Insider points out that this figure will outpace the manufacturing industry, which is expected to lose 814,000 jobs by 2024.
In Colorado, where Governor Hickenlooper initially opposed legalization but changed his mind when he saw the positive results, there are yet to be serious negative consequences. Though Hickenlooper told CNBC it’s still “too soon to know” what the downsides may be, he remained optimistic. “We don’t see more people doing more marijuana in Colorado after legalization. It’s through a regulated process now,” he said.
“But we haven’t seen a big spike in teenage consumption, we haven’t seen a big spike in any consumption.”
It appears the only spike so far has been in jobs, coupled with other forward-thinking developments like the growth of the clean energy sector and the freedom for businesses to thrive.
When someone first smokes cannabis, and the conditions are right, something remarkable and concerning happens… The user is suddenly thrust upon a world of wonder, relaxation, humor, passion, creativity, and perhaps even gnosis. The cannabis trance dissolves the invisible bars of a psychic prison held together by an ignorant and incorrect drug education program and rhetoric. It opens a gateway to seeing how demented, contorted, and flat out wrong much of what they have been told about the world truly is.
Next thing you know, that same kid who was smoking marijuana starts reading about philosophy and history and questioning authority. Maybe they will even go so far as to eat LSD or magic mushrooms and reconnect themselves with an inner spiritual authority that can completely dismantle the socially conditioned obedience, stupidity, and mediocrity that it has taken generations to establish!
Ok, maybe I went too far in my parody there, but in all seriousness, that paragraph above isn’t too far from the mentality of the early years of cannabis prohibition and was a major contributor to the US President Nixon’s launching of the War On Drugs in 1971. The deviant behavior of young people in the early era of cannabis prohibition was a strong factor that led to its criminalization. During Nixon’s era, the spread of cannabis use, as well as LSD (an extension of Beat culture, which was an extension of early Jazz culture), was rampant among anti-war and civil rights activists, which was a threat to the established power that needed to be squashed.
Going back even further, in the 20s and 30s, cannabis was seen as a social danger jeopardizing racial segregation, its use was associated with young white people fraternizing with people of color, enjoying their music and attending their events, which was very concerning to the white elitist ideals of the United States government. The first US drug Czar, Harry J. Anslinger, who is responsible for the very first legislation banning cannabis use in the Untied States, is also responsible for the films like Reefer Madness, the perception of drug addiction as a criminal matter rather than a health concern, and quotes such as “Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind” and “reefer makes darkies think they are as good as white men”.
The foundations of modern day prohibition come from a history of lies, racism, unjust laws, and political rhetoric. Despite cannabis’ impending pseudo-clemency, these ever-present origins continue to echo through institutional drug education and into the minds of young people. The manner in which we educate our youth on cannabis usage remains driven by fallacious drug prohibition rhetoric.
Despite its incredibly long history of use alongside the human species, the establishment of its criminality being forged by corporate manipulation and fanatical racism, despite the reality of how reasonably mitigated and few the harms of cannabis are, it gets tossed the same category as heroin and cocaine, “illicit drugs.” This needs to change and one of the first things we need to do is to stop pretending that cannabis is a dangerous drug. It’s not.
Although making responsible choices in our usage to avoid unintentional harm is important, cannabis is a very safe drug. In fact, vastly safer than most of the drugs that will be prescribed to us by our doctors throughout the course of our lives.
We cannot continue to simply blanket all “illicit drugs” as holding the same risks and dangers. A clear differentiation between the potential harms and dangers across the vast spectrum of different drugs needs to be made (this is called “harm reduction”). When we don’t do this, and cannabis gets lumped in with the rest, then not only will the potential dangers and potential benefits of cannabis get lost in the mess of falsity, politics, and propaganda that constitute the majority of our society’s paradigm around “drugs;” but the disillusionment of youth educated into a broken drug paradigm that denigrates cannabis alongside heroin will set them up for risky behavior and dangerous choices.
We are moving in the right direction when we are moving into legalization here in Canada (although the government still has ample opportunity to make a dysfunctional mess of it all). But along with our progression into legal access for responsible adults, we as adults need to progress into educating our children how to be responsible. That starts with learning the facts (and releasing the rhetoric and lies) and speaking honestly with our youth.
In the same way that we shouldn’t teach our children Santa Clause is real knowing full well we are lying for what we pretend is their benefit but is only in favor of our own self-interest, we shouldn’t teach children cannabis is a dangerous drug like heroin and meth, knowing full well that isn’t true either.
We should educate ourselves properly so we can tell them the truth and then, in having earned their trust by way of our integrity, offer them guidance that helps them make responsible, well-informed, and mature choices.
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June 6, 2017
I saw a small sign stuck in the grass near the side of a road where I live in Orlando that I have never seen before. I wrote down the text on the sign so I could remember it. It simply said:
Office Visit $199
Signs like this were inconceivable until January 3 of this year. That is the day when Florida’s Amendment 2 took effect, “The Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative.” Amendment 2 appeared on the November 8, 2016, ballot in Florida as an initiated constitutional amendment under the title of: Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions. The ballot summary reads:
Allows medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients’ medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers. Applies only to Florida law. Does not immunize violations of federal law or any non-medical use, possession or production of marijuana.
Florida voters overwhelmingly passed Amendment 2 by a vote of 71.32 to 28.68 percent. Article X, section 29 of the Florida constitution has been amended to allow Floridians access to marijuana for medical use. There are now 29 states that have legalized medical marijuana, plus the District of Columbia.
But all is not well.
According to the text of Amendment 2, a “debilitating medical condition” means
cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated, and for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.
“Identification card” means “a document issued by the Department that identifies a qualifying patient or a caregiver.”
“Medical use” means “the acquisition, possession, use, delivery, transfer, or administration of an amount of marijuana not in conflict with Department rules.”
a person who is at least twenty-one (21) years old who has agreed to assist with a qualifying patient’s medical use of marijuana and has qualified for and obtained a caregiver identification card issued by the Department. The Department may limit the number of qualifying patients a caregiver may assist at one time and the number of caregivers that a qualifying patient may have at one time. Caregivers are prohibited from consuming marijuana obtained for medical use by the qualifying patient.
“Physician” means “a person who is licensed to practice medicine in Florida.” According to the Orlando Sentinel: physicians have been licensed by the state — with dozens in Orlando — to recommend medical cannabis to patients.”
“Physician certification” means
a written document signed by a physician, stating that in the physician’s professional opinion, the patient suffers from a debilitating medical condition, that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for the patient, and for how long the physician recommends the medical use of marijuana for the patient. A physician certification may only be provided after the physician has conducted a physical examination and a full assessment of the medical history of the patient. In order for a physician certification to be issued to a minor, a parent or legal guardian of the minor must consent in writing.
“Qualifying patient” means “a person who has been diagnosed to have a debilitating medical condition, who has a physician certification and a valid qualifying patient identification card.”
All medical marijuana treatment centers (MMTCs) must be registered with the Florida Department of Health.
The Department of Health is tasked with issuing “reasonable regulations necessary for the implementation and enforcement of this section” to ensure “the availability and safe use of medical marijuana by qualifying patients.” No later than six months after the effective date of section 29, “the following regulations shall be promulgated”:
The text of the amendment is also very clear that nothing in it “shall affect or repeal laws relating to non-medical use, possession, production, or sale of marijuana” or “authorizes the use of medical marijuana by anyone other than a qualifying patient.”
What a racket.
No one in Florida in pain because he suffers from a “debilitating medical condition” can obtain marijuana to alleviate his pain without jumping through numerous hoops and going to great expense even though he can easily purchase and consume all the Tylenol, aspirin, or alcohol he wants to. Yet, these three substances (especially alcohol) cause many deaths every year while the number of deaths from marijuana every year is still a big fat zero.
So, what’s a libertarian to make of all this?
First of all, some freedom is better than no freedom. Some marijuana freedom is better than no marijuana freedom. Legal medical marijuana and illegal recreational marijuana is better than illegal medical and recreational marijuana. Legal medical marijuana with regulations and restrictions is better than illegal medical marijuana.
Second, limited federalism is better than no federalism. On the federal level, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act with “a high potential for abuse” and “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.” The Supreme Court case of Gonzales v. Raich (2005) affirmed the power of the federal government under the Constitution’s commerce clause to ban the medical use of marijuana. Yet, 29 states, including Florida, are permitted by the federal government to allow the medical use of marijuana.
Third, any adult should be able obtain marijuana just like he would obtain any other medicine. It shouldn’t matter what his medical condition is. He shouldn’t have to obtain an identification card. He shouldn’t have to be a qualified patient. No physician should need a special license to prescribe marijuana. Patients should be able to chose anyone to be a caregiver. No qualifications and standards for caregivers should be promulgated. No physician certification should have to be issued. No MMTCs should have to be registered. No regulations, reasonable or otherwise, should be issued by the government. The amount of marijuana possessed by a patient should not be limited. No prescription should have to be obtained to purchase marijuana. No physician should have to be seen before one is able to use marijuana for some aliment.
And fourth, the use of marijuana for any reason should be perfectly legal. There should be no laws at any level of government regarding the buying, selling, growing, processing, transporting, manufacturing, advertising, using, possessing, or “trafficking” of marijuana for any reason. There should be no laws at any level of government to prohibit, regulate, restrict, or otherwise control what a man desires to smoke, drink, inject, snort, sniff, inhale, swallow, or otherwise ingest into his mouth, nose, veins, or lungs. There should be no federal or state DEAs, no Office of National Drug Control Policy, no drug schedules, and no Controlled Substances Act. There should be marijuana freedom. That is the libertarian position.
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June 5, 2017
The big wave in conservative communities in cannabis is CBD oil. It doesn’t cause the “high” of THC, which so many people seem to have a problem with.
But CBD only helps with a few conditions. THC is the true healer. Compared to the side effects of most pharmaceuticals, feeling good is a benefit, not a drawback.
For many, it is this controversial cannabinoid that holds the key to healing.
Rick Simpson on clearing the air
Cannabis.net sat down with Rick Simpson recently to talk about his life, his mission to help people, and his amazing cannabis oil.
People are under the misconception that I live in the US and all of this, and I can’t even travel into the US.
On the miracle of cannabis
The simple truth is the American government or nobody anywhere ever had the right to outlaw this plant’s use in the first place.
We used it for thousands of years all through history. It was basically man’s best fiend.
But the big money didn’t want it that way, the same big money that controls our governments in the shadows, they wanted [to] sell their own.
Cannabis doesn’t present a danger to the public, but it does present a great danger to these big money types.
THC vs CBD and his own oils
Well, the cannabis oils that I produced were all from the indica strains, they heavy sedative indica strains, and the more powerful the better…
Now, my oils or the extracts that I produced did contain a certain amount of CBD, there’s no question, maybe 2%, maybe even up to 6%, but the THC levels in the oils that I produced were very very high.
So, and if you look at things, like the American Cancer Institute itself openly admits right on their own webpages, that THC is very effective in the treatment of several different forms of cancer.
It’s like I said, I don’t say that CBD doesn’t have it’s benefits, but I’ll tell you one thing brother, if you’ve got cancer, you better be looking for THC.
Having a small CBD content could be beneficial, no question, but it’s the THC that to me it’s the main cancer killer.
You can watch the complete interview on Cannabis.net, the new “Facebook of weed”.
The site is a great community forum for veteran cannabis connoisseurs and new canna-converts alike.
By Christopher Teague, Guest author
Don’t believe the hype – cannabis is not a gateway drug, it is a medicine. From helping people naturally relieve their anxiety to literally curing cancer (over 100 studies have validated this), the plant is incredibly therapeutic. Because it is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, however, marijuana is still illegal in many U.S. states.Fortunately, new findings from a study published in Frontiers In Pharmacology seem to support arguments for its decriminalization. Preliminary investigations by medical researchers from McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Tufts University indicate that pot actually improves cognitive performance.
For the study, entitled “Splendor in the Grass? A Pilot Study Assessing the Impact of Medical Marijuana on Executive Function,” behavioral scientists tracked 24 certified medical marijuana patients over a three-month dosing period. The patients were repeatedly measured for cognitive proficiency through a series of intelligence tests, including the STrrop Color Word Test and Trail Making Test.
Lead researcher, Staci Gruber, is the director of the Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery (MIND) program at McLean Hospital. As KINDLAND reports, her initial report is positive. The first benefit reported is that medical marijuana led to patients excelling at brainteasers with enhanced speed and accuracy.
Says the McLean Hospital report:
“After three months of medical marijuana treatment, patients actually performed better, in terms of their ability to perform certain cognitive tasks, specifically those mediated by the frontal cortex,” explained Gruber.
Study participants also reported improvements in their specific clinical conditions, sleep, and overall health as well as a decreased use of conventional medications, particularly opiates.
“We saw a 42 percent reduction in opioid use,” reported Gruber. “This is significant, particularly for those of us in Massachusetts and other areas of the country where the opioid epidemic is ravaging so many. This preliminary finding certainly warrants deeper and broader investigation.”
The preliminary findings from the McLean Hospital’s pilot study indicates that humans do receive benefits from smoking cannabis that exceed a temporary reduction of pain and/or anxiety. Considering one of the most common arguments against legalizing cannabis for recreational use is that it makes people lazy and stupid, this data has profound implications.
“People are going to use it,” Gruber concluded. “It’s up to us to figure out the very best and safest ways in which they can do that.”