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Study: Medical marijuana compound can help treat breast cancer

In Cancer, Top Stories by Walter McDaniel

Recent findings published in the British Journal of Pharmacology have shown that treatment with CBD (cannabidiol) compounds found in marijuana may reduce the spread of breast cancer throughout the body by up to 75%. In all the studies mentioned in this article, the scientists used mice with different cancers and injected or otherwise gave them quantities of medical marijuana compounds. …

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Here’s what you need to know about first human trials using marijuana to treat brain cancer

In Cancer, Top Stories by David Silverberg

GW Pharmaceuticals announced recently it has commenced a Phase 1b/2a clinical human trial for the treatment of Recurrent Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), causing brain cancer, using marijuana as medicine. As GW explains it in a release: This study follows several years of pre-clinical research conducted by GW in the field of glioma which has demonstrated that cannabinoids inhibit the viability of …

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The top 4 myths debunked on cancer and medical marijuana

In Feature Stories by JustinK

Does smoking marijuana cause cancer? Are Big Pharma drugs more helpful for cancer patients than medical marijuana? Should cancer sufferers worry about getting addicted to marijuana? The Medical Marijuana Review investigates some of the most common myths relating to marijuana and cancer, so read about the facts behind the fiction. On September 8, a petition on whitehouse.gov called for Dahlia’s …

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Marijuana may protect cancer patients from drug’s side effects

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new study revealed marijuana’s CBD cannabinoid could protect the heart from the side effects of the cancer drug  Doxil (generically known as doxorubicin). The study, published in the September issue of Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology,  found that when lab rats were given small doses of the CBD cannabinoid,  in conjunction with a standard doses of Doxil, there was no detectable heart issues associated with …

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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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Melissa Etheridge: Medical marijuana ‘opened my mind to a new way of thinking about my body’

In Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Music star Melissa Etheridge says using medical marijuana helped her cope with her breast cancer chemotherapy, and she thinks marijuana legalization should be on the horizon in the U.S., according to her guest editorial on CNN.com. Etheridge says  she turned to marijuana every day during chemo after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. “It gave me an appetite so …

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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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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. …