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Study: Crohn’s Disease patients given medical marijuana achieve ‘complete remission’

In GI, Research Updates and News, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Sufferers of Crohn’s disease, a painful inflammatory bowel disease, may want to look at medical marijuana as a saviour: In a recent study, the disease achieved “complete remission” in nearly half the subjects that smoked medical marijuana on a regular basis. Published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the study found the drug’s anti-inflammatory properties could help quiet symptoms in many patients, …

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Smoking marijuana might not cause lung cancer…and could even fight it

In Cancer, Feature Stories, Research Updates and News by Dr. Tim Sandle, Ph.D.

A new research study indicates that smoking marijuana in low or medium quantities is unlikely to cause lung cancer. This means that medical cannabis smoking is probably considerably safer than puffing away at tobacco. The finding comes from a new study conducted by Professor Donald P. Tashkin, emeritus professor of medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. Professor Tashkin, …

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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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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 …

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Emerging Clinical Applications For Cannabis & Cannabinoids

In Feature Stories, Research Updates and News by Chris Hogg

A Review of the Recent Scientific Literature, 2000 — 2012 (This report appears on the NORML site – the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws – all content is presented here with permission of the NORML Foundation.) Humans have cultivated and consumed the flowering tops of the female cannabis plant, colloquially known as marijuana, since virtually the beginning of recorded history. …