• Cannabis for lung and other cancers

    Asked by CAS1 on Monday, March 18, 2013

    Cannabis for lung and other cancers

    Federal Government Reports Marijuana Effective in Combatting ...
    The same report showed marijuana slows or stops the growth of certain lung cancer cells and suggested that marijuana may provide "risk reduction and ...
    www.nbcnews.com/.../federal-government-reports-marijuana-...

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    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      the link you posted isn't working -sounds interesting.

      about 4 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar
      Clyde

      This is being studied in Europe (far ahead of any research here in the States) and also here (it was a couple of months ago in San Fran that it first hit the news). It holds promise, but is a long way from even being offered in trail form. It has to be noted, that smoking pot does not and cannot supply enough to the elements necessary to provide any protection or slowing of growth. Plus, the smoking would cause so many more health problems before it did any good and I'm not one of those anti-drug people, just did my research.

      about 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      http://www.nbcnews.com/id/51148243/ns/business-press_releases/t/federal-government-reports-marijuana-effective-combatting-certain-cancers-reports-adsi/

      Try this full link..I try not to post something if it does not have strong reliable data behind it. I read so much material everyday that I am pretty fast at knocking out the weak stuff. There has been alot of chatter about this but never before have I seen credible support.

      In this case though there is NCI and NIH data behind the material.. I have not followed the research on either site so feel free to pull the thread and then post..

      I prefer to do cutt and pastes of the articles with the link because i get to busy to go back on the data. I read and distribute too much data everyday. I am an off site researcher.

      Maybe if we had a section "Without" word limit I can do that. Hello..Greg??

      about 4 years ago
    • rabbits4ever's Avatar
      rabbits4ever

      I live in California and just wanted to throw out there that there are lots of ways of getting marijuana into the system other than smoking. It's a big industry here.

      about 4 years ago
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    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Cas,
      I sincerely doubt that such a study took place. Could you just imagine the protocol for that study? That being said, it would be impossible to regulate cannabis. And who would hold that patent? Many of the holistic drugs never get FDA approval for the same reason. Those products are a creation of Mother Nature. Knowing what we all know about drug companies and the amount of money that could be made on legalizing marijuana, don't you think that if there was a way it would have been done by now? I know that it increases an appetite and does combat nausea. I have never had a patient tell me it stopped cancer pain and/or increased their survival time. I live in the great state of Illinois. Here a pack of cigarettes in Cook County is about $9.00 a pack. If marijuana were legalized even if only as a treatment, treatments would have to be a millionaire here to get it. I have worked in research and I am well aware of the NCI's talk of studies done to advance science in oncology. It remains to be seen as is no study data available on FDA website. I doubt it will ever happen in my lifetime but stranger things have happened. I never thought my state would be the gutter of the U.S., Carm.

      about 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      I don't really know anything about it but at the end of this link were the NIH trials listed with links so I felt this was a reliable bit of information. As I said I did not review the links or any data.

      On the other hand given what I know about drugs and the impact on society I think we are doing a terrible job of controlling illegal drugs now so I don't know how we could possibly do much worse.

      about 4 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar
      Clyde (Best Answer!)

      My onc first mentioned these studies to me (in a favorable manner), my research has shown them to be reliable, well founded, medical studies so I hold them to be real. There are also some snake oil salesmen claiming the same thing so I can understand there is some trepidation. I believe we need to look at every possibility and keep an open mind to remain objective but not buy into any unrealistic promises. Any cures that are found may come out of the least expected place, but may also come from the areas currently being pursued. This particular potential is fraught with the reputation and stigma of a so called "hippie drug" that has been demonized by some and considered harmless by others so it carries extra baggage. There is also so much abuse of pot as a medical treatment that you can't help but be suspicious. I feel this holds promise as a potential treatment, but I'm not going to put myself out there as a guinea pig until it has been through full, reliable testing with all the bells and whistles by credible, medical researchers and research centers.

      about 4 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar
      AlizaMLS

      Dear CAS,

      Sue Rae is right. The link isn't working. Without knowing the full report from the Feds, it seems problematic at best because there are Medical Marijuana Laws in only a handful of States. I know the most about California because, well, an acquaintance of a friend who lives in Humboldt County used to grow the stuff. This is what the economy of Humboldt and 2 other northern Ca, counties thrive on. If you drive into Humboldt County and drive up into the hills you'd better be sure you're expected or you may hear shotgun fire ring out (no, I'm not kidding). Only problem is technically, it's only legal according to State law. It's still illegal according to Federal law. The Medical Marijuana bars (selling places) in S.F. (I haven't been to one [I've been to S.F. many times]) sell pot in many forms - as hash, to smoke, in cookies, brownies, salad dressing, and other items to take home to eat. They also run a legit cafe where you can leave your kids while you make your purchases (as in an alcohol bar [all with an M.D's prescription, of course) and probably order these same items while getting something sans pot for the kids. If you want to see Humboldt County in full swing, then you can attend an event called "Reggae on the River" (as in Russian River). I've never been. I headed up further north on Coastal Route 1 to Mendocino for Whale Watching...;)

      In NY State, where I'm from, we still have (unfortunately) "Rockefeller Drug Laws" on the books. These are unreasonably long term consequences for carrying just a joint. These may stay because of pressure from the drug companies. Instead of cannabis off the vine, we have "Marinol", synthetic marijuana that can only be obtained through an MD (via a pharmacy) by prescription (for Cancer and HIV patients). I know this because my Dad, a CLL patient who was very thin was given Marinol to stimulate his appetite in hopes of helping him gain weight. It helped. He had the munchies, he had the answer to the "mystery of life"...;) (I didn't ask what that was, I figured I'd find out sooner or later on my own or not).

      As mentioned, I don't what what the clip showed because the link's just not there, but since the feds won't even permit the growing of the type of cannabis that would allow us to grow flax to make clothing (we have to hemp oil from Canada [where they're sane]). Sorry if I'm bursting any bubbles, but our government is very slow when it comes to any kind of drug reform.

      about 4 years ago
    • Misty's Avatar
      Misty

      Hi everyone. I have my "medical marijuana card" from my state and thank my lucky stars for having it when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in Sept. of 2011. I can honestly state that it was a positive attitude and medical grade marijuana that got me through everything. I had my last Herceptin infusion 3/26/13, and during my visit with my PA-C she stated (again) how well I did all through my treatments. I told her that I believe the marijuana is what helped me so much, and she told me that she's "all for medical marijuana."

      My pre-surgical biopsies showed two separate tumors, one ER+ and PR+, HER2/neu; the other tumor was PR-. During surgery they could not find any trace of the PR- tumor. My honest belief is that the marijuana is responsible for the 2nd tumor disappearing. I also had a cancerous lymph node.

      I'm a 66 yr. old woman. I urge anyone contemplating marijuana use during your cancer treatment to try it if you can obtain it. There's no need to feel ashamed of what you're doing. You have CANCER for cryin' out loud. If you can ease your suffering, why not?

      about 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      Thanks to everyone who posted the correct link.

      Just so you know..I post links to help inform people ..I did not write the material and I did not perform the study so I have no intention of defending the material..if you don't agree with the article or the study perhaps you might wish to contact the authors and debate the material with them directly.

      What I do know is many many cancer survivors use weed to surpress pain. I also know its a big business and is being sold in most states and the list is growing.

      about 4 years ago

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