Cancer & Cannabis & a little bit more

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From: "Lanny" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, April 06, 2008 8:27 PM
Subject: Cancer & Cannabis & a little bit more

> Hi Folks,
> I just got back from the Cannabis Therapeutics Conference in Pacific
> Grove and I am excited about all the new information out there about
> the health and medical benefits of cannabis and the research that
> backs it up. You need to know about this information and I want to
> help you get it. After all, I am a RN and one of the major
> responsibilities of nurses is to educate.
> When I started MAPP in 1999, my primary goal was to educate the
> community about how cannabis can make a person healthier.
> Unfortunately, I got so wrapped up in the legal aspects that I
> completely lost sight of my original goal. With the opening of the
> THCF Medical Clinic in Riverside and its patient classroom, I have
> seized the opportunity to do what I originally wanted to do.
> I have begun a concerted effort to educate the Inland Empire
> community about the health and medical benefits of cannabis. The THCF
> patient classroom and the TV and radio shows are part of the outreach.
> Another outreach is the emails I send out about what is happening here
> in the Inland Empire. These emails are long on legal and minimal on
> health. That is about to change.
> This email is going to be about cannabis and cancer. I will continue
> to send out emails about the legal stuff going on in the Inland
> Empire, but about once or twice a month, I will send out emails on
> various health related issues and cannabis. I will try to make the
> emails as concise as possible, and will provide you with attachments
> and links for further information.
> Before I get into the discussion on cannabis and cancer and its role
> in preventing cancer, I would like to thank everyone who responded to
> my last email about my courtroom difficulties. I am thrilled to let
> everyone know that the email was effective and I now have an attorney
> representing me in this Alice In Wonderland court case that I am
> involved in.
> I have no doubt that I will be found not guilty as my accuser has
> absolutely no basis for his claim and his statements to the police are
> bogus. Without an attorney, however, I would no doubt fall victim to a
> court system that is stacked against anyone without the benefits of a
> knowledgeable attorney. Unless the case is dropped by the SB DA’s
> office, I imagine there will be a court trial sometime in late April
> or May. I will keep you posted.
> One other item of importance – the case against Stacey and the two
> managers of the Palm Desert dispensary, Cannahelp, has been dismissed
> due to a faulty search warrant. The dismissal was based on both the
> fact that Cannahelp was a legitimate business and that the officer who
> obtained the search warrant was not adequately trained in the handling
> of medical marijuana cases. The Riverside County DA’s office is
> determined to continue to spend taxpayer money on this stupid case and
> will appeal the decision. However, it is an uphill battle as appellate
> courts generally give judges wide latitude in determining the validity
> of a search warrant. Hopefully this will be the end of this vindictive
> and malicious prosecution and Stacey can get on with his life. For
> more information go to:
> Although ONDCP (Office of National Drug Control Policy) has been
> spending millions of taxpayer dollars on advertisements and printed
> material declaring that marijuana causes cancer, the truth is just the
> opposite – marijuana can prevent cancer. You read that right –
> prevent cancer. Recent research has shown that the cannabinoids found
> in marijuana can not only halt the spread of cancer but can also kill
> cancer cells. Read on.
> Lung cancer <;
> , the most common cause of cancer-related death in men and the second
> most common in women, is responsible for 1.3 million deaths
> <;
> worldwide annually. Smoking
> <;
> is by far the main contributor to lung cancer. In the United States,
> smoking is estimated to account for 87% of lung cancer cases. The
> government’s argument that smoking marijuana causes lung cancer is
> based on studies that show marijuana contains the same carcinogens
> (cancer causing agents) that are found in tobacco and it is these
> carcinogens that are directly responsible for causing lung cancer.
> To incriminate marijuana as a cancer causing agent even more, the
> studies that showed marijuana contains the same carcinogens as tobacco
> also showed that the carcinogens found in marijuana smoke are more
> concentrated. This is the basis of the for the ONDCP’s claims that
> smoking one marijuana cigarette is the same as smoking four tobacco
> cigarettes.
> A study conducted in 2005 by Dr. Donald Tashkin at the UCLA School of
> Medicine demonstrated that people who smoke marijuana are at less risk
> of developing lung cancer than tobacco smokers.
> The study of 2,200 people in Los Angeles found that even heavy
> marijuana smokers were no more likely to develop lung, head or neck
> cancer than non-users, in contrast with tobacco users, whose risk
> increases the more they smoke.
> A very surprising finding was found in data that suggested that
> people who smoked marijuana were less likely to develop lung cancer
> than people who had never smoked anything at all. Since marijuana
> smoke contains carcinogens and the only difference between the
> non-smokers and the marijuana smokers was their use of cannabis, then
> it is not an unreasonable hypothesis that marijuana can prevent the
> development of cancer.
> In 2003, Dr. Manual Guzman of the School of Biology at the
> Complutense University in Madrid Spain published a research paper
> research conducted on the brains of laboratory rats utilizing the
> cannabinoids found in cannabis demonstrated significant anti cancer
> activity. In his 2003 paper Dr. Guzman wrote:
> Cannabinoids inhibit tumor growth in laboratory animals. They do so
> by modulating key cell-signalling pathways, thereby inducing direct
> growth arrest and death of tumor cells, as well as by inhibiting tumor
> angiogenesis and metastasis.
> Cannabinoids are selective antitumor compounds, as they can kill
> tumor cells without affecting their non-transformed counterparts. It
> is probable that cannabinoid receptors regulate cell-survival and
> cell-death pathways differently in tumor and non-tumor cells.
> (If you would like a copy of Dr. Guzman’s paper, send me an email
> and I will send you an electronic copy.)
> There has been additional research in the last few years that
> validates and expands on Dr. Guzman’s research. According to a
> review published in the January 2008 issue of the journal Cancer
> Research, the cannabinoids found in cannabis inhibit cancer cell
> proliferation and should be clinically tested as chemotherapeutic
> Investigators at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and
> Public Health reported that the administration of cannabinoids halts
> the spread of a wide range of cancers, including brain cancer
> <;
> , prostate cancer
> <;
> , breast cancer
> <;
> , lung cancer
> <;
> , skin cancer
> <;
> , pancreatic cancer
> <;
> , and lymphoma
> <;
> .
> The authors of the study wrote that cannabinoids “offer potential
> applications as anti-tumor drugs, based on the ability of some members
> of this class to limit inflammation, cell proliferation, and cell
> survival. There is overwhelming evidence to suggest that cannabinoids
> can be explored as chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of
> cancer." Cannabis offer significant advantages over standard
> chemotherapy treatments because the cannabinoids in cannabis are both
> non-toxic and can uniquely target malignant cells while ignoring
> healthy ones.
> In November 2007, researchers at the California Pacific Medical
> Center Research Institute published a report showing that the
> administration of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid cannabidiol found
> in cannabis can inhibit the spread of breast cancer. (If you would
> like a copy of that research paper, I can send you an electronic copy
> of it as well – just ask).
> Is the evidence incontrovertible that cannabis can inhibit the spread
> of cancer, kill cancer cells and prevent the development of cancer? No
> it is not – but tens of millions of people are flocking to stores
> spending billions of dollars and ingesting all kinds of supplements on
> way less evidence then there is to support the anti-cancer properties
> of cannabis.
> When taking any kind of medicine or supplement, the question you need
> to decide is if the claimed benefits of this product outweigh the
> risks. Many times the answer is no because many medicines and even
> supplements sold over the counter have significant debilitating and
> even deadly side effects.
> Cannabis, however, is not one of these products as there has never
> been a single death attributed to cannabis or any other significant
> debilitating consequences. Further the vast majority of cannabis users
> report numerous beneficial effects of taking cannabis including stress
> reduction, insomnia relief and a general feeling of well being.
> If cannabis can indeed prevent the development of cancer, then the
> appropriate ingestion of cannabis would seem to be desirable in the
> same way that the appropriate ingestion of calcium supplements can
> prevent or at least delay the onset of osteoporosis. Since for the
> vast majority of people, cannabis has no negative side effects and
> only beneficial effects, it would seem that the regular appropriate
> ingestion of cannabis as a cancer preventative agent would be a
> prudent course of action.
> Lanny
> 760-799-2055
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