Posted: January 2nd, 2010 by Militant Libertarian
The Medical Monopoly rashly marginalizes empirical (observed) cures as anecdotal (just stories). Yet their scientists have been caught often with faulty testing parameters and doctored results. Ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic (India) medicines are still safely efficacious today. They managed without double blind tests or cruel experiments on animals.
After determining certain human and herbal attributes, they observed the results of applications on humans empirically. The same is true of indigenous healers. An American Native medicine man gave the world Essiac Tea for curing cancer 110 years ago.
So what about Rick Simpson’s successful cancer cures in Nova Scotia with THC, the banned active ingredient ofhemp oil? Several modern medical scientific reports support Rick’s empirical evidence of THC for medicinal purposes.
Medical Marijuana Use
Hemp with THC has a medical history of 5000 years. THC extracts were sold in American pharmacies until the 1930’s. Then opiate based pharmaceuticals began taking over the market place.
Over the past few decades, medical marijuana has emerged slightly for some medicinal uses. Since 1972, more and more physicians actually promote it. There were many cases of chemo sufferers managing better and glaucoma victims maintaining painless eyesight with marijuana.
Today the Federal Government’s harassment makes it very difficult for individual states that want to allow medical marijuana. Many individuals who need cannabis medically have to go underground and risk harsh drug enforcement, or do without and suffer.
Some Scientific Contributions
The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently endorsed non-smoked THC in an effort to reverse the USA Federal Government’s stance on medical cannabis. The Philadelphia based ACP is the second largest physician’s association in the USA.
Dr. Mark Sircus of Brazil asserted, “THC should be included in every cancer protocol.” He cites the fact that cannabinoids of THC are able to penetrate all body barriers, making it effective if taken orally.
Dr. Tod H. Mikuriya also endorses THC for medical purposes. His method of applying hemp oil from a hot air vaporizer avoids the irritating, toxic byproducts of smoking.
Dr. Manuel Guzman’s research team at Madrid’s Complutense University discovered in animal studies that the less potent synthetic THC can selectively induce cell death in brain cancer tumors while healthy cells remain unharmed. This was reported in the journal Nature Medicine in 2000.
At the University of Milan in Naples, Italy, researchers reported in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics that even non-psychoactive compounds in marijuana inhibited the growth of brain cancer cells, selectively killing malignant cells through apoptosis (cellular suicide).
Other Positive THC Reports
Dr. Robert Ramer and Dr. Burkhard Hinz of the University of Rostock in Germany, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Advance Access December 2007 that medical marijuana can be an effective treatment for cancer.
Also in 2007, a Harvard Medical School study showed marijuana cutting lung tumor growth in half.
Anju Preet, Ph.D., a researcher in the Division of Experimental Medicine, has determined cannabinoids/THC affect several biological functions positively, and can lead to “… a new road to therapy against lung cancer.”
There are even more studies hidden from public awareness. A most revealing irony was from a Virginia study funded by the National Institute of Health to find evidence that marijuana damages the immune system. Instead, what they found was that marijuana slowed the growth of lung cancer, breast cancer, and a virus-induced leukemia. The DEA(Drug Enforcement Agency) promptly shut down the Virginia study from further cannabis/cancer research.
Sources for more information:
Phoenix Tears, Rick Simpson’s site
An analysis of natural cancer cures by Dr. Mark Sircus http://www.thenhf.com/articles/arti…
Reference for THC hemp medical history