U of G Research Show Pot Helps Sick People Cope

  U of G Research Show Pot Helps Sick People Cope

Posted by CN Staff on July 29, 2006 at 05:56:05 PT
By Thana Dharmarajah 
Source: Guelph Mercury 

Canada -- Marco Renda's fits of vomiting have stopped since he started inhaling marijuana vapours. The 46-year-old was diagnosed with hepatitis C more than 20 years ago and spent many days hospitalized because of his vomiting attacks."Even when there was no vomiting, there was retching," said the Dundalk-area man, who is now allowed by Health Canada to grow and use marijuana to combat his illness.
Renda said at one point he distributed marijuana to several cancer chemotherapy patients in Canada to help them find relief from similar symptoms of nausea. Now, he provides advice so patients can find the strain of the drug that gives them maximum relief.Linda Parker, a University of Guelph behaviour neuroscientist, recently discovered marijuana may help prevent nausea among chemotherapy patients in a way anti-vomit and anti-nausea drugs can't.Many cancer patients get nauseated when they go in for treatment because they're anticipating the effects of the chemotherapy, and even the environment of the hospital can trigger nausea, she said.Parker's research has been published in recent issues of the journal Physiology and Behavior.She said there's always been anecdotal evidence marijuana reduced nausea in cancer patients, but it was only in the 1990s that researchers figured out how it affected the brain and the body.In her work, she's used rats and shrews to figure out how two compounds -- THC, a chemical that makes people high, and cannabidiol -- can treat vomiting and nausea.Parker said rats and other rodents don't vomit but they do open their mouths as though they're about to retch when they feel nauseous, she said.In the study, she placed shrews and rats in a test chamber several times and injected a drug to cause vomiting.When she put them back in the chamber later without the drug, she noticed the shrew retched and the rat gaped although they didn't have a toxin in their system, because they were anticipating nausea in the way a chemotherapy patient might anticipate nausea upon entering a hospital.Parker then gave them THC or cannabidiol and noticed their reactions were suppressed.She said both compounds have the same effect, but cannabidiol isn't intoxicating in the way THC is, so it could be used to develop treatments that won't make people feel high.The drug Sativex incorporates both compounds and is already on the market. It's applied by spraying it into their mouth.Note: Confirms previous suspicions of researchers.Source: Guelph Mercury (CN ON)Author: Thana DharmarajahPublished: July 29, 2006Copyright: 2006 Guelph Mercury Newspapers LimitedContact: editor guelphmercury.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives

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Comment #46 posted by mayan on July 31, 2006 at 01:55:27 PT
That's 6:10 PM/ET.
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Comment #45 posted by mayan on July 31, 2006 at 01:54:22 PT
For those who missed it, C-SPAN will be airing the 9/11 Scholars Symposium again on Tuesday at 6:1- PM/ET...C-SPAN to broadcast 9/11 Scholars Symposium on Tuesday:
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Comment #44 posted by FoM on July 30, 2006 at 18:23:28 PT
Paul McCartney
I don't believe that he would have liked being bossed around. Linda was a strong woman. There is a difference between being a strong woman and a bossy one and she didn't get it. 
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Comment #43 posted by John Tyler on July 30, 2006 at 18:13:34 PT
Heather was on the View or some such show not too long after they were married. She told the viewers and the host that she bossed Paul around all the time. She said that he liked it. I suppose she “kept him apart from the things that he loved” a little too long and he had enough of her and her bossiness. Maybe Paul can start making some wonderful music again. 
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Comment #42 posted by FoM on July 30, 2006 at 17:44:44 PT
A World Trade Center Video
Someone put a Pink Floyd song to pictures of 9/11. I thought since this is something we've been talking about some might want to see it.
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Comment #41 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on July 30, 2006 at 16:00:37 PT
McCartney's marriage was doomed from the start....
"I think the 'Just say no' mentality is so crazed. I saw a thing in a women's magazine the other day. 'He smokes cannabis, what am I to do? He laughs it off when I try to tell him, he says it's not really harmful...' Of course you're half hoping the advice will be, 'Well, you know it's not that harmful; if you love him, if you talk to him about it, tell him maybe he should keep it in the garden shed or something,' you know, a reasonable point of view. But of course it was, 'No, no, all drugs are bad. Librium's good, Valium's good. But cannabis, ooooh!' I hate that unreasoned attitude."
- an old Paul quote"...I would not get married to him if he was taking drugs. I hate it.... I could not have him lying to our child (they have a two-year-old daughter, Beatrice) about not taking drugs and then going out for a sneaky puff."
"I've never taken drugs in my life," she said.
"I never drank either until I met Paul. I was drunk (recently) on two glasses of wine at a Christmas party. I'm a very cheap date."
- Heather, during "happier" timesActually, she's going to be quite the expensive date.On the other hand, maybe this will get Paul active in the movement again.A quarter of his fortune sure could have bought a lot of pro pot ads.
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Comment #40 posted by FoM on July 30, 2006 at 14:57:26 PT
Thanks! I am so excited about this tour. What a way to end the summer. I might not be able to change the world but I will see many others who want to see change too and I won't feel so darn alone.
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Comment #39 posted by mai_bong_city on July 30, 2006 at 14:51:55 PT
as the great ones said...
"Carry on. Love is coming to us all."thinkin' of ya' as they play gobs of CSN&Y, y'all.
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Comment #38 posted by FoM on July 30, 2006 at 11:34:31 PT
Max Flowers
There was something else I noticed. Israel hadn't started bombing Lebanon when the conference was taped. They mentioned that something could happen and how interesting it is to me to see it has in only a few weeks.
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Comment #37 posted by FoM on July 30, 2006 at 11:30:25 PT
Max Flowers 
I am a Pollyanna type person. I am not into conspiracy theories but I firmly believe that people should be involved in searching and turning every stone over for something important. When it is all laid out before me and I see clearer I then will say I get it. If this is true God help us all.
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Comment #36 posted by Max Flowers on July 30, 2006 at 11:23:29 PT
Now you are starting to see how deep we are in it. You knew we had big problems before, but you didn't know just HOW big. When the full realization of just how evil this evil is that we are dealing with, it shatters your whole concept of the world you thought you were living in. Brace yourself for a thousand waking hours of dismay contemplating it (unless you are far more skilled than I am at putting it out of your mind). I was never the same after the reality of it struck me. 
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Comment #35 posted by FoM on July 30, 2006 at 10:49:40 PT
Thank you. That's what I wanted to know. 
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Comment #34 posted by Dankhank on July 30, 2006 at 10:43:19 PT
in a word .....
nodo not believe so ...
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Comment #33 posted by afterburner on July 30, 2006 at 10:35:26 PT
Follow-Up on #6
Marc Emery tells Chris Goodwin: Retreat is Not Surrender 
"Hamilton, Ontario's activism and cannabis days are unfortunately over. Once Chris Goodwin gets out of prison, he will leave Hamilton and start his campaign for freedom elsewhere. Marc Emery, Chris' mentor and inspiration, has experienced the very same situation that Chris now faces and has planned with him what his next moves should be." full story accompanying the article:
Like a phoenix from the ashes, Chris Goodwin will rise again
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Comment #32 posted by FoM on July 30, 2006 at 10:31:24 PT
I understand what you are saying but grieving families lost loved ones. Did any of them from any of the planes get a body to bury?
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Comment #31 posted by Dankhank on July 30, 2006 at 10:14:05 PT
what happened?
I've read a few things re: passangers, and this is what I think I know.there was no need for any of the planes to have people in them, it's even a possibility that the pentagon strike was not a plane, but a missle. Why did the FBI confiscate all video from businesses around the pentagon, some video that might have shown what hit?I,too, looked at the recent release of FBI footage to see the "plane" hit the pentagon and thought the ssme that the young man did on the show. How can we know WHAT that brief flash of white was?There are many things we still don't know. We will never know anything if we don't ask ...These men on that show ask the loudest ...
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Comment #30 posted by FoM on July 30, 2006 at 06:27:16 PT
A Question
At the end of the C-Span show last night a man asked a question and it is a question that I want answered too. It would confirm it all for me if the question was answered. What happened to the people on the planes? They died we know. Did they recover any bodies from the New York plane crashes? Did they recover any bodies from the Pentagon? Were they identified? 
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Comment #29 posted by The GCW on July 30, 2006 at 05:01:40 PT
What was said on C-Span?
What was said on C-Span?
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Comment #28 posted by Wayne on July 29, 2006 at 20:35:11 PT
OT: Policeman tips off suspect on drug raid
Sounds like this guy might be a good addition to the LEAP team:
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Comment #27 posted by Dankhank on July 29, 2006 at 18:54:54 PT
thomas friedman on Russert
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Comment #26 posted by JR Bob Dobbs on July 29, 2006 at 18:45:04 PT
Think I'll be looking through the Sunday paper to find a cheap spindle of DVDs so I can make plenty of copies of this! Gotta love C-Span... speaking of which, let's send some thanks their way:
Contact C-Span
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Comment #25 posted by FoM on July 29, 2006 at 18:17:30 PT
I Am Overwhelmed
I went and found the link. If this is all true what they are saying what in the world is going to happen to the USA?
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Comment #24 posted by Dankhank on July 29, 2006 at 17:57:00 PT
yessir .....
I'll burn the first tonight.
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Comment #23 posted by whig on July 29, 2006 at 17:50:23 PT
If it's that good is there any chance you could send a copy my way? hzdkuabg should work to get in touch off-board.
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Comment #22 posted by Dankhank on July 29, 2006 at 17:46:38 PT
on C-Span
It's incredible, the information in the show.I'm saving this show on the DVR, will be burning DVD's starting tomorrow.Thanks to Mayan and others ... not much is a surprise. It's great to see it come together like this.
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Comment #21 posted by whig on July 29, 2006 at 17:41:09 PT
Can't watch today -- no television yet, and my bandwidth quota for the week is nearly exhausted.
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Comment #20 posted by FoM on July 29, 2006 at 17:28:12 PT
This is totally amazing. I can't believe we are seeing this on C-Span. 
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Comment #19 posted by JR Bob Dobbs on July 29, 2006 at 15:41:51 PT
Can't wait
Mayan - got the DVD recorder set, will be making a copy for a friend without cable or internet. I really liked Alex Jones' cameo in A Scanner Darkly, but I hope in real life he keeps on doing what he's doing for as long as possible.Global Warming, and anyone else counting down to the 2009 inauguration - Funny Times magazine sells a keychain which counts the years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds until he's out of office. I can't copy the specific link, but click on "political" on the right side of the page below and you'll find it there.
Funny Times store
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on July 29, 2006 at 15:21:37 PT
We will be watching it. Thanks for the reminder.
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Comment #17 posted by mayan on July 29, 2006 at 15:03:54 PT
September 11th Terrorist Attacks Discussion on C-Span, Saturday Evening:
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Comment #16 posted by lombar on July 29, 2006 at 12:47:59 PT
I always wondered...
When I look at the US cannabis arrest statistics, 70% posession only, I ask myself "If the 'war on drugs' was an effective means of reducing drug use, why do the stats continually rise? I mean if it was effective, would not the numbers of people using drugs go down thus lowering the numbers available to be arrested? Since the numbers continually rise, that is glaring evidence of the total failure of the current system to meet its stated goals. No other government program that was so innefective would be tolerated for that cost...
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Comment #15 posted by global_warming on July 29, 2006 at 12:29:58 PT
In the meantime
Cannabis use is in deep turpitude,the prisons are 'so fullso much for zero tolerancejustice and freedomFree Cannabis UseAnd watch abuse statistics fall,
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Comment #14 posted by global_warming on July 29, 2006 at 12:07:41 PT
That will be a hot one
Wonder who is going to come up to the table,In a proper election,
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on July 29, 2006 at 11:59:24 PT
I'll shout out a big yippie on that one!
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Comment #12 posted by global_warming on July 29, 2006 at 11:25:33 PT
It is only 2years 3months 8 days until the next presidential election..
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Comment #11 posted by whig on July 29, 2006 at 10:48:52 PT
McCartney has filed for divorce now.
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Comment #10 posted by Global_Warming on July 29, 2006 at 10:40:34 PT
I Hope Alaska and the Free People Prevail
Over the norco infested corporate prohibitionist are allowed to take more civil rights from the good people of Alaska. link above is to a latest article by Fred Gardener.."We, the voters passed it by a 56-44 margin. We were trying to tell the government something about marijuana, based on our collective experience and understanding. That message has been ignored. How dare they call this system "democracy?" What a bunch of liars are at the helm."Hope it is not old news..
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Comment #9 posted by billos on July 29, 2006 at 09:57:05 PT
                McCartney's Wife
won't let him smoke pot.
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on July 29, 2006 at 08:22:31 PT
Update on Alaska
Marijuana Appeal by State***By Andrea Gusty, CBS 11 News Reporter  
July 28, 2006 
Earlier this month, Juneau Superior Court upheld a ruling that challenges the marijuana provisions in House Bill 149. The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska sued the state saying that those provisions went against Alaskan's right to possess marijuana for their own use--and the judge agreed. Now the state is countering with an appeal they feel confident about. 
"We think we have a strong case, and if we work through the process, even respecting a person's right to privacy, it's a different day in Alaska and we have a different understanding of marijuana,” said Mark Morones of the Alaska Department of Law. For the Department of Law, that new understanding means there needs to be tougher laws regarding the search for dealers. To contact Andrea, call 907-273-3186
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on July 29, 2006 at 08:09:05 PT
I feel really bad for everyone being effected by the changes in Canada. Canada is almost the 51st state and it will follow the rules of the Bush administration. When they elect a conservative that's what will happen. Conservative doesn't mean less spending but more moral restrictions on society. 
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Comment #6 posted by afterburner on July 29, 2006 at 07:35:58 PT
Harper's War on Cannabis Continues
Marco Renda is a good man and one of Canada's leading medical cannabis activists. I met him at the Hot Box Cafe in Toronto for a planning meeting with the two founding partners of Hamilton's Up In Smoke Cafe and Hamilton Compassion Society, preparing for the launch in August, 2004. His advice and support were invaluable to the successful launch of the cafe and compassion club nearly two years ago. Here is Marco's website:[ Treating Yourself - Home ]The Hamilton police have been very unsympathetic to the need for such institutions in their town and have raided the cafe over 200 times. This week they are arrested all the principal activists involved in the public face of both the cafe and the compassion club. [ Up In Smoke Cafe open, selling shirts, books, magazines; ownership change ahead. 
Early on Thursday, July 27th, Ontario's Hamilton police raided the Up In Smoke Cafe and seized all merchandise from the popular radical smoke-easy. After arresting employee John Anderson on Tuesday and Chris Goodwin and Stephanie on Wednesday, the police arrested Chris Lawson at the store during the raid on Thursday. Hamilton's police have harassed the Cafe and activists relentlessly since day one. full story
] I met Chris Lawson, head of the Hamilton Compassion Society, last night after his release. He described to me the onerous and unconstitutional bail restrictions that the judge placed upon him. Alison Myrden, a federal MMAR exemptee and LEAP speaker, was at the courthouse. Following is her account of the proceedings: 
[ Report on Chris Goodwin, Chris Lawson Court Appearances, Friday. 
I spent the better part of today at the John Sopinka Court House in Hamilton, Ontario. We arrived first thing and sat until about noon when Chris Goodwin came out. His accumulated charges are: possession of marijuana; breach of recognizance x 2; and two new charges of selling instruments for illegal substances. full story
]In case anyone is wondering about the title: Prime Minister Steven Harper met with a police organization before he met with Parliament. He also appointed an arch-prohibitionist as Justice Minister. Local police forces and judges seem to be taking the cue from this federal direction and are increasingly cracking down on all things cannabis.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on July 29, 2006 at 07:21:53 PT
The movie was about exposing the Chimps to radiation and then monitor them as they flew the planes as far as they could to see if they could meet their destination and drop a bomb before they died.
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Comment #4 posted by Wayne on July 29, 2006 at 07:15:54 PT
Re: Sam
I remember that movie. That was Matthew Broderick back in the pre-Ferris-Bueller days. I remember as a kid it scared the crap out of me, but I forget what the monkeys were being tested for.
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Comment #3 posted by Had Enough on July 29, 2006 at 07:09:28 PT
McCartney Reportedly Files for Divorce
LONDON (AP) - Paul McCartney has filed for divorce from Heather Mills McCartney, formally beginning proceedings in what could be one of Britain's most expensive breakups, newspapers reported Saturday. The 64-year-old former Beatle blamed his estranged wife for the split, saying her behavior was unreasonable and argumentative, The Sun and The Daily Mirror reported. Her spokesman, Phil Hall, said she was unhappy about the reports.and…
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on July 29, 2006 at 06:45:56 PT

I learned about animal abuse when I was in 10th grade and I went orbital. We had a litter of half Labrador puppies on the farm. They were so sweet but we had to get rid of them. Someone told my parents to take them to the local farmer's market and they will be sold and they send you the money. When my parents got the $5.00 per puppy they all were bought by a experimental laboratory. I love animals and I lost it. The movie Project X is an excellent movie to watch about animals being used in government experiments.
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on July 29, 2006 at 06:01:08 PT

Hey ho!
We tortured some rats to find out what we already know! Great job!Just my Saturday morning thought for the day.I was flipping around last night & saw a bit of "Hooked: cocaine" on the History channel. There was one segment where they wanted to prove the addictive-ness of cocaine, they did an experiment with monkeys, which had this huge metal apparatus quite literally bolted to their backs. It was sickening to me to watch that, I had to change the channel immediately.I'm sad to be part of a culture that tortures other primates, whether in Gitmo or labs. It's so ironic, the sick bastards are torturing little monkeys in order to lock up and torture big ones. The whole thing is disgusting, I'm down with PETA. More power to those guys and the work they do.
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