Marijuana Ingredient May Fight Brain Cancer

  Marijuana Ingredient May Fight Brain Cancer

Posted by FoM on February 28, 2000 at 12:15:38 PT
The Associated Press 
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Marijuana-like drugs eradicated some brain cancers in rats and helped other animals live longer, possibly hinting at a new approach for treating the disease, researchers say. But brain cancer experts said they aren't impressed. The study dealt with gliomas, the most common category of cancer arising in the brain. Gliomas are highly lethal in people despite treatment with drugs, surgery and radiation. 
The rat study was published in the March issue of the journal Nature Medicine. It was conducted by scientists at the Complutense and Autonoma universities in Madrid, Spain. They injected glioma cells into the brains of rats to produce tumors. Untreated rats died within 18 days. Other rats were treated with drug infusions for seven days through a tube leading to the tumor. Fifteen rats got infusions of THC, the main active component in marijuana. Tumors disappeared in three animals, and nine other rats outlived the untreated ones, surviving up to 35 days. When researchers used a different but similar drug, five of 15 rats became tumor-free and four others outlived untreated animals, the researchers said. But Dr. Philip Gutin, chief of neurosurgery at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, said other experimental therapies work better in rats. And the paper doesn't demonstrate that the effect came from the drugs rather than simply the infusion of liquid into the brain, he said. Dr. Rolf Barth, who studies brain tumors at Ohio State University, called the work interesting. But he said the type of glioma cells used to create the tumors does not provide a very good mimic of the human disease. New York (AP)E-Mail: comments Published: February 28, 2000© Associated Press. All rights reserved. Related Medical Marijuana Articles & Archives:

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Comment #8 posted by steevy on July 22, 2002 at 11:15:19 PT:
good job on the research
this is just the kind of evidence we need to say enough is enough. make love not war, stop the war on drugs. we should not have a government policing us around and trying to tell us whats good for us, i know what i need and i don't use drugs to party. i smoke marijuana recreationally every day . i gained 20 lbs ask me how
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Comment #6 posted by CongressmanSuet on February 28, 2000 at 18:28:15 PT

Yes Kap, that was my take.......

  Puritan was just being sarcastic and cynical[which I happen to believe are EXCELLENT traits] Basically what he was trying to do was re-illustrate the drug warrior adage " any possible positive medical benefits are far outweighed by the negative derived from the euphoria that marijuana causes" So, lets take it easy here, dont jump to conclusions. If you had been paying attention to these comments, you would know Puritan is on our side. Gee.....
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Comment #5 posted by Puritan on February 28, 2000 at 18:21:55 PT


Sorry folks, sometimes my sarcasm gets the best of me. No offense intended. Of course smoked cannabis should be available for medical uses whenever and wherever it proves benefical.
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Comment #4 posted by kaptinemo on February 28, 2000 at 16:09:41 PT

Hold up there , guys!

I doubt very seriously that Puritan meant any callousness; it is much more likely that he was commenting on the seeming mindset of those doctors who want to create a new medicine out of cannabis... without the high. As if there was something innately wrong about feeling good while being medicated. The antis have always jumped to conclusions, right from the beginning. We shouldn't emulate them.
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Comment #3 posted by Thomas on February 28, 2000 at 13:40:26 PT

Puritan the Idiot

I'm not really a name caller, but I couldn't help myself. I guess morphine can't do anything positive either. It is this kind of closed-mindedness that holds the truly intelligent people back.
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Comment #2 posted by greenfox on February 28, 2000 at 13:36:09 PT

Regarding Post

"So what? It also creates euphoria therefore cannabis can not do anything positive."I hope this was sarcasm. If not, all I have to say about it is when I was dealing with food poisoning they gave me comizine (sp?), which as they so nicely said "*MAY* create a diseuphoric side effect reaction". Well, it did. I felt suicidal the entire 12 hours I was on this particular FDA-approved drug. It was the most unpleasant feeling I've ever experienced, and if faced with the situation again, I'd sooner continue to vomit blood then to take that particular drug. So cannabis creates EUPHoRIA, which makes it... bad? i'm missing the logic, here. -greenfox.
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Comment #1 posted by Puritan on February 28, 2000 at 13:12:17 PT

Help against cancer

So what? It also creates euphoria therefore cannabis can not do anything positive. 
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