Cannabis Cures Cancer Researchers have now found that the compound, called cannabidiol, has the ability to ‘switch off’ the gene responsible for metastasis in an aggressive form of breast cancer. Importantly, this substance does not produce the psychoactive properties of the cannabis plant. A team from the California Pacific Medical Center, in San Francisco, first spotted its potential five years ago, after it stopped the proliferation of human breast cancer cells in the lab. Another Spanish team, led by Dr Manuel Guzmon, wanted to see whether they could prevent a form of cancer (glioblastoma multiforme) from growing by cutting off its blood supply. The mice were given a cancer similar to the human brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme). Cannabinoids halt VEGF production by producing Ceramide. Dr Guzmon said: “As far as we know, this is the first report showing that ceramide depresses VEGF pathway by interfering with VEGF production.” They then wanted to see if this would also happen with humans. Related Posts
Facebook founder donates to California marijuana vote 9 October 2010Last updated at 03:45 Mr Parker joined Facebook in 2004 and worked as the company's first president Facebook co-founder Sean Parker has donated $100,000 (£62,000) to support the US state of California's ballot measure to legalise marijuana. Financial filings for the Proposition 19 campaign revealed the donation. Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz also made donations totalling $70,000 to the measure last month. Californians vote next month on whether to legalise the possession and sale of marijuana. "What's interesting here is that [Parker] is a member of the generation that really gets it," Drug Policy Alliance spokesman Stephen Gutwillig told the Associated Press news agency. "We think he's pivotal to the future of drug policy reform in the country," said Mr Gutwillig, whose organization will be the main beneficiary of Mr Parker's donation.
The Brain's Own Cannabis What do chocolate cravings, forgetful mice, and blissful pigs have in common? The answer is anandamide, a recently discovered messenger molecule that plays a role in pain, depression, appetite, memory, and fertility. Its name comes from ananda, the Sanskrit word for "bliss". Anandamide's discovery may lead to the development of an entirely new family of therapeutic drugs. The bliss receptor Nerve cells communicate by releasing special 'key' molecules that are intercepted by other nerve cells downstream. The keys must be removed again from the lock somehow, or the nerve cell will be permanently prevented from firing. Drugs that have a powerful effect on the central nervous system often mimic natural molecular keys. Scientists reasoned that since morphine is not naturally present in the body, there must be a natural key molecule with a very similar shape that activates this receptor. THC isn't found naturally in the body. Forgetful mice and blissful pigs Chocolate and anandamide Dr. P. Z.
The 24 Types of Pot Smokers « This day and age, it seems like damn near everybody smokes pot. And with weed quickly coming into the mainstream in a big way, that number is only going to go up. So whether you’ve been smoking for years or are just getting into this awesome herb, here is a quick guide to the different types of pot smokers you’ll run into during your toking travels. 1. Signature smoking method: Steamroller He stopped taking his Ritalin a long time ago because it made him feel dead inside. 2. Signature smoking method: Cute pink bowl that fits in her purse When she’s smoking, this usually liberal arts-educated chick is cool as hell. 3. Signature smoking method: Homemade bong It’s no secret – creative people smoke pot. 4. Signature smoking method: Vaporizer With 16 states having already made medical marijuana legal, it seems everyone these days has some serious medical condition requiring the magical powers of marijuana. 5. Signature smoking method: Bowl This guy doesn’t f**k around. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
Build the movement: Join the Courage Campaign and pledge to support cannabis legalization MEDIA ALERT FOR: Wednesday, 01 October 2014 CONTACT: CJ Frogozo : 310 570 2622 : firstname.lastname@example.org Courage Campaign to Honor Legendary Guitarist Tom Morello and Rev. Frank Schaefer at Spirit of Courage Awards Morello to Perform Acoustic Set with Special Tributes from Miles Solay of Outernational, Anti-Flag, Wayne Kramer, and Boots Riley at Iconic House of Blues on Sunset Strip LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — The Spirit of Courage Award is presented each fall to someone who exemplifies Courage in the fight for a more fair and just society. The Spirit of Courage Award will also be given to Rev. Morello will play a short acoustic set. WHAT: 2014 Spirit of Courage Awards WHO: Tom Morello, Rev. All press must credentialed.
Smoking Pot Doesn't Cause Lung Cancer The largest study ever conducted on marijuana’s relevance to lung cancer has come up with some somewhat surprising results. The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse funded the University of California at Los Angeles study, which found that smoking marijuana does not cause lung cancer, and it doesn’t seem to matter how much or how often it is smoked. Donald Tashkin, a pulmonologist at UCLA, has studied marijuana for 30 years. Furthermore, Tashkin’s work has previously established a tenuous link between marijuana smoking and negative health effects. For example, he found that marijuana tar contained higher concentrations of cancer-causing substances, and because of that and the fact that marijuana smokers hold smoke deep in their lungs for an extended period of time, it previously seemed likely that the health effects of prolonged exposure would become increasingly damaging:
le chanvre : papeterie, fabrication du papier, fibre, utilisation I - Introduction L'idée d'utiliser du chanvre dans l'industrie papetière, ou dans d'autres matériaux, n'est pas nouvelle. Il y a 2000 ans en Chine, les premiers papiers étaient fabriqués à partir de chanvre et de mûrier. Avant 1883, plus de 70 % du papier est réalisé à partir des fibres de chanvre. D'ailleurs, jusqu'au XIXe siècle, le chanvre avait dans l'industrie une place très importante. II - Historique Originaire de Chine, durant des siècles, le chanvre joua un rôle fondamental dans la course à la maîtrise des mers. Au cours du XIXe siècle, la disparition progressive de la marine à voile et l'apparition d'une nouvelle fibre, le coton, plus compétitive du fait de la mécanisation de sa récolte, le chanvre va enregistrer une première régression importante. III - Morphologie de la plante et données botaniques Le chanvre, cannabis sativa, est une plante de plus de 2 mètres de haut. Cette productivité est largement supérieure aux bois compte tenu : IV-1 - Le chènevis IV-2 - La chènevotte 1.
Adults See Alcohol, Cigarettes Riskier Than Marijuana Americans view alcohol and cigarettes as more dangerous than marijuana. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that just 17% of Adults rate use of marijuana as riskier than drinking alcohol. Fifty percent (50%) say alcohol is more dangerous, while 26% rate the two as equally risky. These findings are consistent with a survey last August. Even a majority of adults who drink alcohol rate it as more dangerous than marijuana. Those who never drink alcohol are more closely divided. Similarly, 46% say smoking cigarettes is more dangerous than smoking pot. Twenty-six percent (26%) of adults say smoking cigarettes should be outlawed, while 42% think marijuana should remain an illegal drug. (Want a free daily e-mail update? The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on July 21-22, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. Men feel more strongly than women that both alcohol and cigarettes are more dangerous than marijuana. Men drink more heavily than women. - Press release from Rasmussen Reports.