The practice of oncology in the United States is in need of a host of reforms and initiatives to mitigate the problem of over diagnosis and overtreatment of cancer, according to a working group sanctioned by the National Cancer Institute. Using natural chemotherapy agents like medical marijuana needs to be part of that reform. The mainstream press is turning to embrace medical marijuana, which is now acknowledging that it is more effective and certainly safer than many pharmaceutical drugs.
Pharmaceutical strength marijuana is now available legally to the four corners of the globe because Cannabidiol (CBD) has no illegal THC. No longer do people need to sneak around to obtain one of the most useful plants on the planet and the medicines that can be made from them.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) issued a policy statement years ago endorsing medical marijuana use. The group has urged the government to reverse its ban on medical treatments using marijuana. “ACP encourages the use of non-smoked forms of THC (the main psychoactive element in marijuana) that have proven therapeutic value.” The Philadelphia-based organization, the second largest doctor’s group in the United States, cited studies into marijuana’s medical applications such as treating severe weight loss associated with illnesses such as AIDS, and treating nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy for cancer patients.
Cannabinoids offer cancer patients a therapeutic option in the treatment of highly invasive cancers. The medical science is strongly in favor of hemp oil as a primary cancer therapy,not just in a supportive role to control the side effects of chemotherapy. According to Dr. Robert Ramer and Dr. Burkhard Hinz of the University of Rostock in Germany medical marijuana can be an effective treatment for cancer. Their research was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Advance Access on December 25th of 2007 in a paper entitled Inhibition of Cancer Cell Invasion by Cannabinoids via Increased Expression of Tissue Inhibitor of Matrix Metalloproteinases-1.
Marijuana cuts lung cancer tumor growth in half, a 2007 Harvard Medical School study shows..The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies. “The beauty of this study is that we are showing that a substance of abuse, if used prudently, may offer a new road to therapy against lung cancer,” said Anju Preet, Ph.D., a researcher in the Division of Experimental Medicine.
Researchers reported in the August 15, 2004 issue of Cancer Research, the journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, that marijuana’s constituents inhibited the spread of brain cancer in human tumor biopsies.
Researchers at the University of Milan in Naples, Italy, reported in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics that non-psychoactive compounds in marijuana inhibited the growth of glioma cells in a dose-dependent manner, and selectively targeted and killed malignant cells through apoptosis. “Non-psychoactive CBD produce[s] a significant anti-tumor activity both in vitro and in vivo, thus suggesting a possible application of CBD as an antineoplastic agent.”
According to Dr. Allan Frankel, “Cannabidiol will be used to treat chronic pain, anxiety and other mood disorders, as well as being a neuro-protectant and a very helpful anti-cancer drug.” CBD is an extremely powerful anti-inflammatory. While inflammation is normally treated with corticosteroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), the improvements in quality and understanding of CBD content increases the opportunity for inflammation and associated pain to be treated with Cannabidiol.
Dr. Frankel goes on to say, “CBD works against pain primarily in the peripheral nervous system. It does not work like typical pain meds by affecting the central nervous system; it works at the neuro-synapse. When we sustain injuries, often the pain is acute and disappears completely. Other times we have persistent or intermittent pain, but it is still not that big of a deal. However, with many disorders the pain is either part of the underlying problem itself (multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.) or the pain becomes a syndrome of its own. In other words, the pain takes on a life of its own and is now crippling the patient.”
CBD has no side effects and becomes very effective as an anti-psychotic when given in larger doses. With more antioxidant potency than either vitamin C or E, CBD has consistently demonstrated neuro-protective effects.
Researchers believe they’ve found a substance that might help fight cocaine addiction—marijuana. Doctors from the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that the brain has receptors for many drug compounds, including marijuana compounds such as Cannabidiol, which has a synthetic form called JWH133.
Using synthetic compounds of Cannabidiol works but natural marijuana does not have the side effects that come from all things synthetic. But we can learn a lot about how natural marijuana works when we study synthetics in action.
When scientists gave samples of JWH133 to mice that were trained to be regular users of cocaine, the mice’s use of cocaine decreased. The more JWH133 the mice got, the less coke they wanted. “The researchers deduced that the reason the mice dialed back their cocaine habits was that the drug no longer made them feel so good,” says Karen Kaplan in the Los Angeles Times.
The receptors for drug compounds work by stimulating the brain’s reward system. JWH133 apparently eliminates the rewarding effect that comes from taking cocaine. In one experiment, mice given cocaine ran wildly on a treadmill—until they were given JWH133, which dampened cocaine’s effects and caused them to run more slowly.
Provided by: Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P) (acupuncturist, doctor of oriental and pastoral medicine)