Friday, June 4, 2010

MMJ An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Every time I hear the saying "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" I can not help but think of Medical Marijuana. A little internet research shows Ben Franklin made this saying famous, though it seems it was around long before it became a famous Franklinism.

Fires were very dangerous threat to Philadelphians, so Franklin set about trying to remedy the situation. In 1736, he organized Philadelphia's Union Fire Company, the first in the city. His famous saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," was actually fire-fighting advice.


So Ben Franklin was not talking about disease at all. But the advice is still sound, in medicine we know that many diseases can be prevented much easier by proper diet rather than expensive surgeries later.

But what about cancer, we know that cancer can be cured by marijuana, so why not add it to our daily diet as preventative against the development of cancer. A recent article has been going around the web about THC the active psychotropical ingredient in MMJ destroys cancer brain tumors. So if marijuana is consumed on a regular basis it could prevent cancer.

THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, causes brain cancer cells to undergo a process called autophagy in which cells feed upon themselves, according to a study conducted by Guillermo Velasco and colleagues at Complutense University in Spain. Using mice designed to carry human brain cancer tumors, the researchers found that the growth of the tumors shrank when the animals received THC. The study also involved two patients with glioblastoma multiforme, a highly aggressive form of brain cancer. Both patients had been enrolled in a clinical trial designed to test THC's potential as a cancer therapy. The researchers used electron microscopes to analyze brain tissue taken before and after a 26- to 30-day THC treatment regimen. They found that THC eliminated the cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact. In addition, in what they described as a "novel discovery," the specific signalling route by which the autophagy process unfolds was isolated.

As more evidence is accumulating that Marijuana can fight and reduce tumors logic tells us that it would prove a more effective preventative. Who would not rather consume small amounts of organically pure MMJ, rather than battle cancer through chemo, other prescription drugs and surgeries.

For the past 30 years, U.S. officials have willfully ignored clinical research indicating that marijuana can inhibit the growth of certain type of malignant tumors. However, the recent publication of a trio of clinical studies and a pair of scientific reviews have effectively blown the lid off "Cancergate," and revealed that pot’s medical value may be far greater than ever presumed.

This wasn’t always the case. In fact, the first ever experiment documenting pot’s anti-tumor effects took place in 1974 at the Medical College of Virginia at the behest of the U.S. government. The results of that study, immortalized in an August 18, 1974 Washington Post newspaper feature, were that "THC slowed the growth of lung cancers, breast cancers and a virus-induced leukemia in laboratory mice, and prolonged their lives by as much as 36 percent."

Despite these favorable preliminary findings, U.S. government officials banished the study, and refused to fund any follow up research until conducting a similar – though secret – study in the mid-1990s. That study, conducted by the U.S. National Toxicology Program to the tune of $2 million concluded that mice and rats administered high doses of THC over long periods had greater protection against malignant tumors than untreated controls. However, rather than publicize their findings, government researchers shelved the results – which only became public one year later after a draft copy of its findings were leaked in 1997 to the journal AIDS Treatment News, which in turn forwarded the story to the national media.


I find the fact that so many states are re- allowing the use of the medicinal herb marijuana exciting. Though I'm afraid that all the states are allowing state and local Law Enforcement to harass and imprison their MMJ caregivers and MMJ patients. To further our problems are MD's are trained as pill pushers and have no formal training as herbalists or training in MMJ. The few Dr's that have studied and understand the medical benifits of MMJ are constantly harassed as they write to many prescriptons for a non toxic herbal remedy.

I keep bringing up the acronym FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) one specific example of this we are seeing is the Officer's stake out a compassion club and make the statement that they saw many people going in there that did not have a thing wrong with them. It would be nearly impossible to rebuke the statement, but it is easy to ridicule the statement. First it would seem that the Police Officers who make such a statement are diagnossing patients without a license to practice medicine, secondly what gives Law Enforcement the right to second guess trained Dr's?

The mainstream media loves hyping FUD that marijuana causes mental illness, particularly schizophrenia. It is a sad thing that we need to fact check everything that MSM states about cannabis / marijuana, but then we live in a society motivated by greed so profit out weighs truth.

The mainstream media loves to spill ink hyping the allegation that marijuana causes mental illness, particularly schizophrenia. In fact, it was in March when international media outlets declared that cannabis use ‘doubled’ one’s risk of developing the disease. Yet when research appears in scientific journals rebuking just this sort of ‘reefer madness,’ it generally goes unreported. Such is the case with a pair of just-published studies slated to appear in the journal Schizophrenia Research. The first study, conducted by a team of researchers at various New York state hospitals, the Yale University School of Medicine, and the National Institutes of Mental Health assessed whether there exists a causal association between cannabis use and the age of onset of psychosis in patients hospitalized for the first time for an episode of schizophrenia. Despite previous media claims to the contrary, researchers concluded:
“Although the onset of cannabis use disorder preceded the onset of illness in most patients, our findings suggest that age at onset of psychosis was not associated with cannabis use disorders. Previous studies implicating cannabis use disorders in schizophrenia may need to more comprehensively assess the relationship between cannabis use disorders and schizophrenia, and take into account the additional variables that we found associated with cannabis use disorders.”


It would seem that taxation of marijuana is the future of better health as it would allow people who are not sick to use MMJ as a preventative and we all know
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".

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