Marijuana May Fight Lung Tumors WebMD

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“Cannabis Compound Slows Cancer Spread in Mice, Researchers Say.
 
… the active ingredient in marijuana may help combat lung cancer, new research suggests. In lab and mouse studies, the compound, known as THC, cut lung tumor growth in half and helped prevent the cancer from spreading, says Anju Preet, PhD, a Harvard University researcher in Boston who tested the chemical.While a lot more work needs to be done, “the results suggest THC has therapeutic potential,” she tells WebMD.Moreover, other early research suggests the cannabis compound could help fight brain, prostate, and skin cancers as well, Preet says.

The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.

The finding builds on the recent discovery of the body’s own cannabinoid system, Preet says. Known as endocannabinoids, the natural cannabinoids stimulate appetite and control pain and inflammation.

THC seeks out, attaches to, and activates two specific endocannabinoids that are present in high amounts on lung cancer cells, Preet says. This revs up their natural anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation can promote the growth and spread of cancer.

In the new study, the researchers first demonstrated that THC inhibited the growth and spread of cells from two different lung cancer cell lines and from patient lung tumors. Then, they injected THC into mice that had been implanted with human lung cancer cells. After three weeks, tumors shrank by about 50%, compared with tumors in untreated mice.

Paul B. Fisher, PhD, a professor of clinical pathology at Columbia University, says that though the work is “interesting,” it’s still very early.

“The issue with using a drug of this type becomes the window of concentration that will be effective. Can you physiologically achieve what you want without causing unwanted effects?” he tells WebMD.”

More:http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/news/20070417/marijuana-may-fight-lung-tumors

{Delta}-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol inhibits growth and metastasis of lung cancer.”  http://www.aacrmeetingabstracts.org/cgi/content/meeting_abstract/2007/1_Annual_Meeting/4749%20?maxtoshow&hits=80&RESULTFORMAT&fulltext=cannabinoid&searchid=1&FIRSTINDEX=1760&resourcetype=HWCIT

“Delta9-Tetrahydrocannabinol inhibits epithelial growth factor-induced lung cancer cell migration in vitro as well as its growth and metastasis in vivo.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17621270

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  1. Can you PLEASE help me with my current situation:

    Hi, I appreciate you don’t know me. I’m from England and I’ve got the RS oil, but something lately is very wrong and I’m hoping you can find the answer. I appreciate you taking the time to read this and I send all my best wishes to anyone working to help people with this oil.
    I’m getting so frightened and really hoping you can answer my query. I value your expertise. I’m halfway through the 60ml course and all internal organs have just been checked by the doc and don’t have to have more tests for 6 months so the oil IS working.
    I have lung cancer and am taking the Rick Simpson method oil in an attempt to cure it..or give me longer to live..However, this past 2 weeks have been horrendous, just taking a miniscule amount, (just 1/2 drop) prior to driving my sister home, I started to feel “something wrong” in the head department and I couldn’t coordinate myself thus crashing (no involvement with anyone) and resulting in the officer driving me home because I couldn’t even form sentences to answer him…he wanted to take me to the hospital, that’s how “gone” I’d gone. He actually took my licence from me and I’ve got to prove to the driving agency I’m a fit and proper person.
    This “losing sentences” has happened a lot, but only in this past 2 weeks and naturally my family and myself are concerned. The only thing that is different, is that I had just started to suffer anxiety and panic attacks that I’ve learnt to live with over the last 24 years and have never bothered me like this.
    I looked at the constituents of the oil (I was there when it was made) and realised it had both Indica and Sativa, but more Sativa than probably should have, because that can affect the mind, but I suppose that the risk of side effects is worth it in an attempt at a cure. Previous to this period I was taking 3-4 full doses a day and ok, I felt a bit weird at times, but it was worth it for a few months. However I cannot even take a drop at this moment in time because of the current effects. Could it be possible that as Ive suffered panic attacks for many years and was having a few at the start of this episode, the Sativa in the oil, which reacts with the mind, has put extra pressure on my mind along with the pressure on it from anxiety/panic. Do you feel that if I can make the oil with just Indica this “may” be the answer.
    Really hope you’ve got the answer, but if not I understand.
    Thank you, Jason

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