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THC Gives Cancer Cells the Munchies Too : The Scientific Activist

THC Gives Cancer Cells the Munchies Too : The Scientific Activist
Through the results of widespread experimentation of the… well… let’s say “non-scientific” variety, it’s pretty well known that marijuana has the side effect of making the user very hungry. This is one of the many physiological effects of the active ingredient THC (?9-tetrahydrocannabinol). More relevantly, however, THC and other cannabinoids are actively being investigated for various useful clinical purposes, including the treatment of cancer through the inhibition of tumor growth. A new study by Salazar et al. in The Journal of Clinical Investigation demonstrates that THC causes tumor cells to begin to degrade themselves from the inside (a process called autophagy, i.e. Despite the imagery that the title of this post (and maybe even casual experience) may imply, it’s not that THC causes cancer cells to ravenously and indiscriminately destroy themselves. Mostly, this is interesting (to me) more for the big picture aspect and the implications for clinical medicine. Related:  Medical Cannabis Review

Weed sequenced. No really — weed. (Credit: stock image) DNA sequencing hit a new high with the release of the Cannabis sativa genome, says Nature News. The raw sequence, done in Amsterdam (where else?), was posted on Amazon’s EC2 public cloud computing service by a young company called Medicinal Genomics, which aims to explore the genomes of therapeutic plants. Medicinal Genomics founder Kevin McKernan says he estimates the size of the C. sativa genome to be about 400 million bases. “Ongoing scientific research suggests that the Cannabis plant harbors beneficial compounds as it pertains to cancer apoptosis, antiemesis for HIV and chemotherapy patients, reduction of muscle spasms for multiple sclerosis patients, as well as the treatment of glaucoma, inflammatory diseases, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder, among other health conditions,” according to a statement by the company. “Of the 85 identified Cannabinoids in the plant, only one is independently psychoactive.

What cannabis actually does to your brain Chances are they would've ended up brainless morons with or without the pot. It's quite frankly not strong enough of a narcotic to destroy one's life such as you describe. It's very dependent on the user's persona. @Tadashii: Are you also for alcohol and tobacco prohibition? Wow- Tadashii, pot is not meth or cocaine. Yes, its a chemical that can intoxicate and has been embraced by, and been the cause of some lazy folks, underachievers, and Grateful Dead fans not amounting to much. Pot is like anything else- tobacco, alcohol, vicodin, valium, caffeine, etc. Cannabis has great promise for any treatment that requires appetite stimulant (such as cancer, HIV, etc), and has also been found to act as an anti-inflammatory or nausea reliever, Don't just stamp marijuana "evil". Do you enjoy any caffeinated sodas, cigarettes, or the occasional alcoholic beverage? Yes I am against alcohol too and I agree that it's worse than pot.

Israeli company grows medical marijuana which doesn't get you high Situated in an undisclosed location near Tzfat, northern Israel, is a government-approved medical marijuana plantation which was founded in 2004 by a retired biology teacher. Named Tikun Olam, the plantation has created a new cannabis strain which contains very low traces of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main constituent in cannabis responsible for making people feel "stoned". By virtually eliminating THC in the new strain, Tikun Olam can now offer the drug's medicinal benefits to those patients who wish to keep a clear head. Marijuana contains over 60 constituents named cannabinoids and though THC is the most famous due to its psychoactive effects, another important constituent is cannabidiol (CBD). The new strain of marijuana created at Tikun Olam does just that. The promotional video below sheds more light on the Tikun Olam plantation. Source: Tikun-Olam , via: Reuters

Molecular mechanism found that controls marijuana-like substance in body | KurzweilAI - (Build 20100722150226) A newly discovered molecular mechanism helps control the amount and effectiveness of a substance that mimics an active ingredient in marijuana, but that is produced by the body’s own nerve cells. The results were reported in the latest Nature Neuroscience. The lead author on the study is William R. In previous papers, Stella and other scientists have noted that the body manufactures several cell signals called endocannabinoids that mimic the actions of marijuana-derived chemicals. Because cannabinoid signaling systems are common throughout the body and affect a variety of functions, therapies aimed at these systems might be more wide-ranging than simply a better substitute for medicinal marijuana. Controlling cannabinoid receptors to control pain, anxiety, and brain inflammation Earlier Stella’s group discovered a key endocannabinoid, called 2-AG, that carries a type of messaging between brain cells. 2-AG is also implicated in brain cell migration and brain tissue inflammation.

How to Open a Medical Marijuana Dispensary? Ask Stewart Richlin How to Grow Marijuana… What Should Your Medical Marijuana Plants’ Roots Grow In? When you look at the details on how to grow marijuana, you can get mighty confused about what your marijuana roots should grow in. Obviously they have to grow in a container, because they need to be in the dark, they need to be kept moist, they need to be fed, they need oxygen. But the choices for how you achieve the right place for your marijuana roots are many. Let’s line it out here… Soil: This seems like a simple, logical choice, but it’s not as simple as you might think, because most store-bought potting soil, even kind stuff like Fox Farm Ocean Forest, just isn’t nutritious enough for long enough to feed marijuana for maximum bud production. Is there a “best” medical marijuana hydroponics growing medium or method? 14617 views | Share this article now with friends, co-workers and family To create link towards this article on your website,copy and paste the text below in your page. Preview :

Prevention and treatment of powdery mildew on cannabis and marijuana Powdery mildew is one of the most widespread plant pests. It tends to affect flowering plants and fruit trees or bushes (roses, apple trees, etc.) as well as cannabis. The spores are in the air or on contaminated plants in the garden and can easily be drawn into your grow room by ventilators. In warm, dry climate powdery mildew spreads widely. Powdery mildew can be detected by the white-coating on leaves and shoot tips, which succumb to the infestation by atrophy and eventually die. Mildew is a surprisingly aggressive fungus taking second place only to bud/grey mold (Botrytis). Photo 1: The first signs of powdery mildew are small circular white spots. Photo 2: As the infection progresses the mildew becomes more visible and covers the leaf surface. Photo 3: Powdery mildew can spread very quickly; older leaves start to yellow and wilt. Photo 4: A heavy infestation can be difficult to contain. Avoid this sign when purchasing a fungicide! Fungicides to avoid: Neem oil Lecithin Is milk the answer?

Seven Things You Didn't Know About Medical Marijuana Get Topic Updates Share Slideshow Written by Emily Lapkin and Medically Reviewed by Scott Pearlman, M.D. 1. Legal in 15 States Think you know it all about medical marijuana? Advertisement Teen Marijuana Use Shows No Effect On Brain Tissue, Unlike Alcohol, Study Finds A teen who consumes alcohol is likely to have reduced brain tissue health, but a teen who uses marijuana is not, according to a new study. Researchers scanned the brains of 92 adolescents, ages 16 to 20, before and after an 18-month period. During that year and a half, half of the teens -- who already had extensive alcohol and marijuana-use histories -- continued to use marijuana and alcohol in varying amounts. The other half abstained or kept consumption minimal, as they had throughout adolescence. The before-and-after brain scans of the teens consuming typically five or more drinks at least twice a week showed reduced white matter brain tissue health, study co-author Susan Tapert, neuroscientist at University of California, San Diego, told HuffPost. However, the level of marijuana use -- up to nine times a week during the 18 months -- was not linked to a change in brain tissue health. The researchers are not sure why alcohol had an effect and marijuana did not. Related on HuffPost:

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