MORE DOPE ON DOPE, MEDICAL: ALZHEIMER’S, TOO?

As a long-term smoker, I had been treated to nonsense in various media about the supposed effects of weed.  News about our favorite plant through the years went from “Marijuana Ring Arrested” to reports on the first day of legal, over-the-counter sale in Colorado.  Some years ago I read that cannabis substances remain as stored in fatty tissue.  This made a bit more sense than “gateway drug” and other silliness.  Since it stayed somewhere, I joked to myself that perhaps THC could prevent or control cancer.

That “joke” wasn’t very funny to begin with, and now the only joke is on me.  A November 13th article from Alter-Net, originally from The Nation, listed five benefits from smoking, including the possibility of tumor suppression. The Sutter Health, California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco study focused on CBD, one of the won’t-get-you-stoned substances found in the weed, and mentioned progress in treating convulsive and related illnesses through CBD.

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From the Scripps Institute, La Jolla, California, comes this shocker:

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have found that the active ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, inhibits the formation of amyloidal plaque, the primary pathological marker for Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, the study said, THC is “a considerably superior inhibitor of [amyloidal plaque] aggregation to several currently approved drugs for treating the disease.”

 If these findings prove true, they are the strongest argument in favor of legalization yet.  While we potheads rejoice in our upcoming legitimacy, we will try not to think about all those whose lives could have been saved or at least made more comfortable if Marijuana had been legal all along.

Here are the links:

CPMC

http://www.cpmc.org/professionals/research/programs/addiction.html

SCRIPPS http://www.scripps.edu/news/press/2006/080906.htm

 

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