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.
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.
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.
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:
Top 11 Marijuana Documentaries by Evilpig on May 3, 2010 | 56 Comments This list was written by Hail Mary Jane.com These are by far some of the best marijuana documentaries to date. All of them are eye-opening and most of them make a serious case for the legalization of marijuana and/or medical marijuana. Except for Reefer Madness, I threw that in for a different reason. 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.
End the Ban on Psychoactive Drug Research Discovery of new psychiatric medication, whether for the treatment of depression, autism or schizophrenia, is at a virtual standstill. As just one example, the antidepressants on the market today are no more effective at reversing the mood disorder than those that first became available in the 1950s. New thinking is desperately needed to aid the estimated 14 million American adults who suffer from severe mental illness. Innovation would likely accelerate if pharmacologists did not have to confront an antiquated legal framework that, in effect, declares off-limits a set of familiar compounds that could potentially serve as the chemical basis for entire new classes of drugs. LSD, ecstasy (MDMA), psilocybin and marijuana have, for decades, been designated as drugs of abuse.
Connecticut Approves Pot Decriminalization Bill In Connecticut, possession of 30 joints or less will be akin to receiving a speeding ticket. sea kay's flickr After much debate over the weekend, the Connecticut Senate narrowly approved legislation to decriminalize small amounts of pot. And today, after more heated debate, the House gave final legislative approval to the bill. And Connecticut Gov.