Sunday, June 13, 2010

Marijuana poses a scientific challenge to the War on Drugs | CAIVN

Marijuana poses a scientific challenge to the War on Drugs | CAIVN

Yep, American Feds are in a quandary. They know that cannabinoids were found to fight cancers back in '74. Oh dear, how will they step around this?

his classification designates that the drug has “no current use for medical treatment in the United States.” Besides a slew ofscientific studies controverting this assertion, it seems the Department of Health and Human Services didn't get the "pot-has-no-medicinal-value" memo when they applied for a patent on the preventive and curative properties of cannabis in 1999.

Patent (#6,630,507), was awarded to the agency based on research carried out by the National Institute of Health. What scientists discovered in those studies was evidence that cannabinoids – the active ingredients in the marijuana plant – are antioxidants, neuroprotectants and anti-inflammatory agents, useful in the prevention and treatment of a wide variety of diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, HIV dementia, stroke, trauma and auto-immune disorders. The government is currently licensing its cannabinoid patent.

More recent studies by the DHHS's own health research agency found that “cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychotropic compound from the plant cannabis sativa, can inhibit the processes that allow breast cancer cells to grow and spread (metastasis).” It would be important to note that the NIH research has relegated itself to the 40% of the cannabis plant which does not contain the high-inducing compound known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), if there wasn't already a growing body of scientific literature extolling the anti-cancer properties of the psychotropic drug.

Steve Kubby, a writer for the Sierra Times, authored an article in the Fall of 2003 questioning the mainstream media's suppression of the "Cannabis-Cancer-Cure" during the previous 30 years. “That’s right, news about the ability of pot to shrink tumors first surfaced, way back in 1974,” writes Kubby, “Researchers at the Medical College of Virginia, who had been funded by the National Institutes of Health to find evidence that marijuana damages the immune system, found instead that THC slowed the growth of three kinds of cancer in mice — lung and breast cancer, and a virus-induced leukemia.”


twisty said...

It will be all lies and crap, whatever position they take...

its one of those "my ideals are truth"... and you all be damned..

Phoenix said...

It will become legal after the pharmaceutical companies can produce Sativex and similar man made products and distribute them to the whole world... well... the chemical versions will become legal (and probably quite expensive). The natural product, which everyone could potentially grow in their own back yard at a low cost, will always be smeared with lies and untruths. Big pharmaceutical companies won't give up their share of the pie without a huge fight... and the governments of the world know how much they make out of such companies, so they won't want to rock the boat. In the end, governments don't give a shit about their citizens. They don't care about lost production. I can possibly understand that point of view in the US where government and employers don't care because there's no humanitarian laws in place to protect workers... the average Joe on the street. "You can't work? Oh well, too bad... thanks for being a great employee for the last 10 years, but you're a useless piece of shit to me now, so fuck off!"
I DON'T understand why the Aus govt don't care. If one of our citizens becomes sick, their employer must give the employee paid leave and hold their job for a set time. This costs the employer (paid leave) and the government (medical expenses, etc) in lost production. If I were that employer, I would think that I'd prefer my employee to be treated effectively so that he can return to his job as soon as possible... but that's just my opinion.

In my eyes, governments are just as bad as the companies that make the money. None of them care how many people die or have to live with terrible indignities/pain/symptoms, as long as the profit margin continues to grow.