Marijuana And Cancer

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Scientists Find Cannabis Compound Stops Metastasis In Aggressive Cancers

A pair of scientists at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco has found that a compound derived from marijuana could stop metastasis in many kinds of aggressive cancer, potentially altering the fatality of the disease forever.

“It took us about 20 years of research to figure this out, but we are very excited,” said Pierre Desprez, one of the scientists behind the discovery, to The Huffington Post. “We want to get started with trials as soon as possible.”

The Daily Beast first reported on the finding, which has already undergone both laboratory and animal testing, and is awaiting permission for clinical trials in humans.

Desprez, a molecular biologist, spent decades studying ID-1, the gene that causes cancer to spread. Meanwhile, fellow researcher Sean McAllister was studying the effects of Cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-toxic, non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. Finally, the pair collaborated, combining CBD and cells containing high levels of ID-1 in a petri dish.

“What we found was that his Cannabidiol could essentially ‘turn off’ the ID-1,” Desprez told HuffPost. The cells stopped spreading and returned to normal.

“We likely would not have found this on our own,” he added. “That’s why collaboration is so essential to scientific discovery.”

Desprez and McAllister first published a paper about the finding in 2007. Since then, their team has found that CBD works both in the lab and in animals. And now, they’ve found even more good news.

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Buyer’s Guide | 5 Super Strains of Mile-High Medical Marijuana

As you may have noticed, we are on-board with medical marijuana. It comes from a seriously wonderful plant with an astonishing number of applications. One of these days, maybe we will dig into the bounty of civilization-altering uses its red-headed stepsister, hemp, affords, but it is the 20th of April, so we are bringing you a round-up of five fine and functional strains available in the model medical marijuana state: Colorado.

The more money and research that goes into MMJ (as it is called) the more amazing information comes out. These strains are useful in treating everything from chemo sickness, to back pain, to, let’s face it, boredom. Obviously you need a medical license to try them, but if Amendment 64 on November’s ballot gets voted into law, anyone 21 or older in the state will be able to buy bud.

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Presidential Kush

Speaking of November elections, Presidential Kush seems like an appropriate strain to begin with. A blend of two legendary strains (OG Kush and Lemon Skunk) created by Colorado Alternative Medicine, Presidential Kush weighs in with a hearty 22-percent THC rating. Available exclusively at CAM, this is a hybrid plant that combines clear-headed sativa high accompanied by a slight body-numb afforded by the indica.

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