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Study: Marijuana may lower risk of bladder cancer

In Cancer, Research Updates and News by David Silverberg

Smoking marijuana might lower a user’s risk for bladder cancer, a new study shows. Researchers at Kaiser Permanente in California found that patients who reported cannabis use were 45 percent less likely to be diagnosed with bladder cancer than patients who did not smoke at all, a news report states. “It’s very exciting because bladder cancer is hard to treat,” …

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Medical marijuana helps war veterans overcome post-traumatic stress

In Feature Stories, PTSD by Dr. Tim Sandle, Ph.D.

Researchers in Israel discovered marijuana can be beneficial treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related conditions. PTSD sufferers using marijuana reported fewer flashbacks, better sleep and clearer thinking. Dr. Yehuda Baruch, the head of the psychiatric hospital “Abarbanel” in Bat Yam, helped conduct the study and said he selected marijuana for the PTSD research because of its effect on the …

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Marijuana’s chemical compound THC can weaken most common strain of HIV virus

In Feature Stories, HIV, Research Updates and News by Chris Hogg

Preliminary research revealed THC can weaken HIV-1 infection, a new report published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology explains. A synthetic version of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, was developed to attack the HIV-1 virus, which represents the vast majority (more than 90 percent) of all HIV types. Researchers found compounds that stimulate the cannabinoid type 2 (CB2) receptor in …