Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Cannabis a cancer cure?

"Cannabinoids may therefore offer a therapeutic option in the treatment of highly invasive cancers. "

Inhibition of Cancer Cell Invasion by Cannabinoids via Increased Expression of Tissue Inhibitor of Matrix Metalloproteinases-1 / Robert Ramer, Burkhard Hinz
Institute of Toxicology and Pharmacology, University of Rostock, Rostock, Germany

Cannabinoids, in addition to having palliative benefits in cancer therapy, have been associated with anticarcinogenic effects. Although the antiproliferative activities of cannabinoids have been intensively investigated, little is known about their effects on tumor invasion.

Example of a Invasive Squamous Cell Cancer, in this case on the cervix. Those at increased risk for cervical neoplasia include women with multiple sexual partners, HPV infection (particularly the high risk HPV types), cigarette smokers and those with impaired immune systems. There is more to Cannabis Therapuetics than just the emerging treatment research. The New Zealand Health Select Commitee in 1998 identified that the law surrounding cannabis was an imediment to broader health promotion issues. These include teen sexual health and other risk taking behavours notably binge alcohol and early tobacco uptake.

Blair Anderson

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