Marijuana: The Super Antibiotic Of The Future

“Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era,” Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the Assistant Director General for the World Health Organization’s Health Security department, said last year after the WHO released its first ever global report on antibiotic resistance. “Common infections and minor injuries, which have been treatable for decades, can once again kill,” he continued, explaining how antibiotic resistant bacteria are now one of the top health concerns of the world.
The horrible irony is that the evolution of bacteria into “superbugs” is driven in large part by the antibiotics that were designed to treat them in the first place. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) for example, which causes over 10,000 deaths each year according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), is a direct byproduct of over-using antibiotics, which bred a stronger and more dangerous version of the common Staph aureus bacteria.
The situation has become so severe that in late 2014, President Obama issued an executive order devoted to combating antibiotic resistant bacteria, which he called “a serious threat to public health and the economy.”
Obama even allotted $1.2 billion to the annual budget for the establishment of a special task force devoted to the issue, one that would develop an action plan for stopping the fast spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria like MRSA.
In 2008, however, a first of its kind study conducted by a team of British and Italian researchers had already found that one of the world’s most commonly cultivated plants could stop MRSA in its tracks: marijuana.
Specifically, the team tested five of marijuana’s most common cannabinoids against six different MRSA strains of “clinical relevance”, including epidemic EMRSA strains, which are the ones responsible for hospital outbreaks. They found that every single one of the cannabinoids tested showed “potent activity” against a wide variety of the bacteria.
Cannabinoids are substances unique to the cannabis plant that have wide-ranging medicinal properties: they fight cancer, reverse inflammation and act as powerful antioxidants. Now we know that they are also some of the most powerful antibiotics on earth.
“Everything points towards these compounds having been evolved by the plants as antimicrobial defenses that specifically target bacterial cells,” said Simon Gibbons, one of the authors of the study and head of the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry at the University College London School of Pharmacy, in a follow up interview in the MIT Technological Review.
Amazingly, the cannabinoids even showed “exceptional activity” against a strain of the MRSA that had developed extra proteins for increased resistance to antibiotics, showing that cannabis remained effective despite the bacteria’s adaptations.
“The actual mechanism by which they kill the bugs is still a mystery…” said Gibbons. “I really cannot hazard a guess how they do it, but their high potency as antibiotics suggests there must be a very specific mechanism.”
The researchers recommend cannabis as the source of new and effective antibiotic products that can be used in institutional settings right now.
“The most practical application of cannabinoids would be as topical agents to treat ulcers and wounds in a hospital environment, decreasing the burden of antibiotics,” said Giovanni Appendino, a professor at Italy’s Piemonte Orientale University and co-author of the study.
Since two of the most potently antibacterial cannabinoids were not psychoactive at all and appear in abundance in the common and fast-growing hemp plant, producing the antibiotics of the future could be quick and simple.
“What this means is, we could use fiber hemp plants that have no use as recreational drugs to cheaply and easily produce potent antibiotics,”

Croatia Legalises Marijuana for Medical Use

Croatia has become the first Balkan country to allow patients to legally buy and use marijuana products to treat serious illnesses, although so far none are available for doctors to prescribe.
The purchase and use of marijuana for medical purposes became legal in Croatia on Thursday as the country became the first Balkan state to join the global trend towards softening legislation on the drug.

A medical committee set up by the health ministry decided in January this year that the state should proceed with its legalisation because it can be useful for treating some illnesses, according to what it said was “the latest scientific and medical knowledge”.

Doctors will be able to prescribe medicine, teas and ointment containing THC, the active element in cannabis, to their patients. Regulations permit each patient to receive up to 0.75 grammes of THC per month.

Currently there are no producers of medical marijuana or related products in Croatia, while no foreign companies that sell such products have shown any interest in entering the Croatian market.

The health ministry has insisted that it will ensure that all THC-based medicines prescribed by Croatian doctors will available to patients by allowing pharmaceutical wholesalers to import such products.

But Vjekoslava Amerl Sakic, a doctor specialising in family medicine, told Croatian newspaper 24 Sata that “up to four months could pass before the first marijuana-based products are available to patients”.

She explained that the ministry will decide which specific medicines are allowed “only when the first [THC-based] substance is imported and when our [Croatian health service] laboratories process it”.

She said that doctors also need to evaluate all the possible side-effects, dosages and conditions of use for THC products, which can only come after the lab research.

According to the recommendations from the medical committee, herbal products made from cannabis can be used as additional medicine for treating tumours, AIDS, multiple sclerosis and child epilepsy.

Although it is not scientifically proven that any of these products cure or limit the effects of these illnesses, it is believed that they ease symptoms when used alongside conventional treatment, the committee said.

But cannabis products should not be used by people who suffer from Parkinson’s Disease, ordinary epilepsy, depression or other psychiatric disorders, it warned.

Cannabis helps heal broken bones

 

At this point, it’s no secret that medical cannabis is useful for a variety of ailments. It can relieve glaucoma, reverse damage from smoking cigarettes and improve lung health, combat the severe seizure disorder Davet’s Syndrome, and can even stop cancer from spreading by turning off the Id-1 gene. And now, we can add healing broken bones to the list of cannabis medicinal uses.

According to a study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research by Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University, cannabidiol, an element in cannabis that does not result in psychoactive effects, rats with broken legs healed faster after 8 weeks than rats that were not given cannabidiol.

The lead of the study, Yankel Gabet of Tel Aviv’s Bone Research Laboratory, found that cannabidiol made bones stronger during the healing process and can help prevent future fractures. CBD enhances the maturation of collagen, the protein that “holds the body together.”

“After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future,” Gabet said.

In earlier research conducted by Gabet, CBD receptors stimulated bone formation and prevent bone loss. This could open up cannabis as a treatment for osteoporosis.

Still, the DEA, or Drug Enforcement Administration in the United States classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, meaning that it is among the most dangerous drugs and has “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”

Cannabis Can Cure Cancer

 

In a surprising move, CNN is reporting that marijuana may be a potential cure for certain types of cancer after numerous studies have shown the viability of cannabis as a potential cancer treatment. The report of marijuana being a potential cure was less surprising than the fact that it was covered prominently by a mainstream media outlet.
The stunning admission comes as Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, has gone on record stating,

“It’s time for a medical marijuana revolution.”

The research, cited by CNN, was conducted in numerous preclinical studies on mice and rats, as well as human cells. It has shown “that cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells,” according to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institute of Health.

Additionally, the National Cancer Institute reports that a study in mice “showed that cannabinoids may protect against inflammation of the colon and may have potential in reducing the risk of colon cancer, and possibly in its treatment.”

In another “laboratory study of delta-9-THC, human liver cancer cells showed that the substance damaged or killed the cancer cells. The same study of delta-9-THC in mouse models of liver cancer showed that it had antitumor effects,” according to the National Cancer Institute.

Positive signs were also shown in studies regarding breast cancer as “a laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative breast cancer cells showed that it caused cancer cell death while having little effect on normal breast cells. Studies in mouse models of metastatic breast cancer showed that cannabinoids may lessen the growth, number, and spread of tumors.”

The preliminary research is extremely promising and holds hope for numerous new treatments for numerous different types of cancer. The problem is that the U.S. federal government treats possession of marijuana as a criminal act.

Even the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a US federal government research institute whose mission includes “bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction,” has officially admitted that marijuana extracts can kill cancer cells.
Currently, however, the U.S. government classifies cannabis as a Schedule I drug, meaning that the government considers it to have no acceptable medical usage or value. Other drugs classified as Schedule I are LSD, heroin, ecstasy (MDMA), and peyote.
To do research on marijuana, scientists need approval from numerous federal departments and approval is extremely rare. Subsequently, this designation has prevented researchers from conducting clinical trials of cannabis as a treatment for cancer in humans.

Imagine the possibilities if possessing this plant wouldn’t get you kidnapped and locked in a cage, or killed.

The system is laid out in such a way that it creates a dynamic where physicians refuse to even consider cannabis, despite seeing evidence that it works. Without it being legitimized through clinical research and practice standards, doctors fear professional repercussions and potentially losing their license to practice medicine.
According to Dr. Gupta,

“There is now promising research into the use of marijuana that could impact tens of thousands children and adults, including treatment for cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s, to name a few. With regard to pain alone, marijuana could greatly reduce the demand for narcotics and simultaneously decrease the number of accidental painkiller overdoses, which are the greatest cause of preventable death in this country.”

Currently, a bipartisan bill, authored by Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York — titled the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act of 2015, is in the Senate. This act would ease many of the current restrictions, simplifying the study of cannabis for research.
Dr. Gupta hits the nail on the head when he poignantly stated:

“We should legalize medical marijuana. We should do it nationally. And, we should do it now.”

The potential benefits from research into the medical uses for cannabis know no bounds. We could quite possibly be at the precipice of one of the greatest medical breakthroughs of our collective lives. If only the federal government would get out of the way and allow science to study this potential cure for cancer.

The time is now for us to make the changes we want to see happen; a medical revolution is taking place before our eyes. Please share this article with everyone you know to help awaken people to the potentially life-saving properties of cannabis and the cutting edge research that is proving it.
Source: thefreethoughtproject.com

Read more at http://www.theinfopost.org/2015/09/msm-finally-admits-it-cannabis-can-cure.html#ZHudaVoQGvRzuelr.99

New Cannabinoid Strain

 

Enhancements in medical marijuana research have increased substantially since the legalization of marijuana. With states like Colorado receiving $10 million in research funding, we will continue to see an increase in the knowledge and benefits of marijuana. As restrictions on cannabis testing continue to decrease, we will finally see the true reasoning behind the Government and pharmaceutical bond.

Medical marijuana patients are currently able to purchase various strains with high-THC and high-CBD levels. CBG marijuana strains are practically unavailable on the market right now, but this won’t be true for long.

Cannabigerol (CBG) is a minor cannabinoid found during the early stages of the marijuana growing cycle and extracted from budding plants during their flowering stage. This makes it difficult to obtain in large quantities. Industrial hemp was recently discovered as a producer of higher levels of CBG than most cannabis strains. After further research proved the reasoning of this to be because of a recessive gene, breeders took note. Using this information, the breeders were able to create strains with a recessive gene that increases the CBG level.

This year new, researchers studying CBG in mice discovered neuroprotective effects with Huntington’s disease and have shown promising results in slowing down colon cancer. CBG marijuana strains will hopefully be used therapeutically as an antidepressant, and as a functioning painkiller. Researchers suggest that CBG marijuana strains will also be beneficial for the treatment of psoriasis, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and skin diseases.

CBG is effective in a range of treatment and therapies, according to a report by Ethan B Russo, published in the British Journal of Pharmacology. These include:

Producing modest antifungal effects
Inhibiting keratinocyte proliferation — may be useful in treatment of psoriasis
In conjunction with l-limonene (citrus terpene found in cannabis), CBG shows promising results to fight breast cancer
Pure CBG and CBD cannabinoids can powerfully inhibit .
Medical marijuana patients are seeing the benefits from legalization in certain states with the boost in medical marijuana availability. The business is booming, and different strains with different benefits are being introduced rapidly to the market.

Teams of chemists in California and Oregon have developed lab testing, which is becoming an industry trend. Lab testing allows patients to be matched with a strain based on the cannabinoids profile. A Cannabinoid profile allows the patient to see the breakdown of cannabinoids in their medicine to an exact percentage. This has lead to an increase of interest in minor cannabinoids from patients, like CBD and CBG marijuana strains.
You won’t find many CBG marijuana strains currently on the market, but thanks to breeders like those at TGA genetics Subcool Seeds, the breed Mikey Kush exists. Mikey Kush strain is a Sativa-dominant strain testing with high levels of CBG and THC levels of 28.6%. CBG marijuana strains are becoming more available in Europe, and will most likely start to be seen on the shelves in North American soon. Research will surely continue, and as public interest increases, growers will be encouraged to produce high-CBG strains themselves.

Health effects of cannabinoids

With the advancement in CBG marijuana strains, it will permit growers to create CBD-CBG hybrid strains. This will introduce a whole new possibility into the future of marijuana strains. The future of medical marijuana seems positive, and both researchers and growers sound particularly optimistic about the CBG marijuana strain.

Source : http://www.thestonerscookbook.com

Legalize a Life Changing Medicine For My Son and Many Others in the United States

Jonathon is 17. He was born with cerebral palsy and other serious health problems, and has had severe seizures since the day he was born. We have tried every type of medicine but many have serious side effects and he continues to have up to 5 two minute-long seizures a week. We are at our wits’ end. Each time Jonathon has an episode, it could be his last. He risks further brain injury, suffocation, and even pneumonia each time. Watching him seize is any mother’s nightmare.

There is a drug, readily available right now, that has the potential to relieve my son’s suffering and possibly save his life. The only problem is I can’t get my hands on it, because, in the state of Indiana, CBD oil – a cannabis plant derivative – is illegal. That means families like mine, who have loved ones who suffer from debilitating seizures, have two choices: we can break the law by acquiring medicinal marijuana illegally (CBD OIL) or we can move to another state, where it is legal to get our children the help they need. Neither case is optimal.

CBD oil has been effective in reducing the number of seizures children endure, and because it is a non-psychoactive compound, it doesn’t produce the “high” feeling commonly associated with pot. There is no good reason why this potentially life-saving treatment is being withheld from children like my son.

Please join me in asking the state of Indiana to legalize CBD oil for medical use so that thousands of children across Indiana have a chance at a better life.

I should not have to move out of state to get the medicine that could change my son’s life, especially if it’s already available for medical use in 15 states. Even states as conservative as Alabama and Mississippi have realized this medicine has could save lives and have legalized it in recent years.

I believe all Americans should have the same right to medications regardless of their zip code. I believe that I should have the chance to give my child a possible life-changing medicine. Please, my son may not have a long life, but the least I can do is fight to make sure it’s the best it can be. Please help me change lives. Sign my petition and ask the state of Indiana to legalize CBD oil for medical use. Legalize a Life Changing Medicine For My Son and Many Others in the United States
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Good News from Australia

 

Medicinal Cannabis To Be Legalised In Victoria
In an Australian first, the Andrews Labor Government will legalise access to locally manufactured medicinal cannabis products for use in exceptional circumstances from 2017.
The Victorian Law Reform Commission was asked to advise how to amend the law in order to allow people in exceptional circumstances to safely access medicinal cannabis products.

The Victorian Law Reform Commission’s Report on Medicinal Cannabis, tabled in Parliament , includes 42 recommendations and addresses key issues including:

Cultivation, manufacture and supply of high quality medicinal cannabis products within Victoria
Patient eligibility
Appropriate clinical oversight involving specialists, general practitioners, nurses and pharmacists
The need for ongoing research and clinical trials.
The Commission also recommends that eligibility for the scheme be based on the following conditions and corresponding symptoms:

Severe muscle spasms or severe pain resulting from multiple sclerosis
Severe pain, nausea, vomiting or wasting arising from cancer, HIV/AIDS (of the treatment thereof)
Severe seizures resulting from epileptic conditions where other treatment options have failed or have intolerable side effects
Severe chronic pain with the approval of two specialists
As a priority, the Government will provide access to medicinal cannabis for children with severe epilepsy in early 2017.

Cannabis continues to be interest, Despite Efforts to Suppress It

For Big Pharma would suffer a severe financial blow if something natural was allowed to be used for a wide array of health problems. The medical mafia would lose a grip on its treatment tyranny, and all the auxiliary wings of the cancer industry would lose their businesses raising money for “cancer cures” from Big Pharma, even as many already do exist outside the Medical Mafia matrix. This is especially true when it comes to the highly vilified plant – cannabis.

But this whole episode of hemp and marijuana suppression shouldn’t have happened in the first place. It appears the roots of oppression were in early 20th Century America, when John D. Rockefeller established allopathic medical education and certification for the benefit of his burgeoning pharmaceutical and oil empires.

Rockefeller’s oil and pharmaceutical influence was (and is) worldwide. The Rockefeller clan merged with the largest international pharmaceutical company, the German company I.G. Farben, to increase pharmaceutical influence internationally. Things got even worse in 1930s USA when even industrial non-THC hemp was banned in the States.

That ban was accomplished by industry insiders in the executive branch who were protecting their financial interests in forestry’s timber to paper industry, synthetic textiles, and petroleum based plastics, apparently in response to a newly patented hemp shredder.

This modern shredder would enable rapid access to hemp fibers and replace those other environmentally unsustainable uses, had just been created and promoted by Mechanics Illustrated magazine as the key to a new billion dollar industry involving hemp.

International and domestic medical research on cannabis has opened up considerably over the last few decades, no thanks to USA health and law enforcement agencies. In 1974, the National Institute of Health (NIH) funded The Virginia Medical College to do research proving marijuana destroyed the immune system and brain cells. Instead, the researchers discovered that cancer cells were destroyed leading to complete ‘cures’ in lab rats.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) stopped the research immediately. Shortly after that, President Gerald Ford mandated that only pharmaceutical companies would be funded for marijuana research. Fortunately, their efforts to synthetically reproduce cannabis’s healing properties have failed. Here’s that story.

“Spiritual
Hemp or Cannabis Oil Replacing Medical Marijuana Smoking

Rick Simpson was forced to leave his native Canada and settle in Europe because he was under threat of arrest for producing hemp/cannabis oil in Nova Scotia and treating mainstream medicine’s “incurables” for free. His mistake was naively trying to get a legal exemption for the oil in Canada, then continuing to help others after being turned down by the court system.

Rick’s revelation after this was that the cancer industry does not want a ‘cure’. That would bring down a huge house of dollars for many. Coming to the USA would have been worse for his desire to spread the word on cannabis hemp oil. So he became an expat in Europe while spreading the word on cannabis oil’s medicinal use.

Now Rick is free to return to Canada as he travels Europe spreading the gospel of cannabis solutions. He explains it’s only because of his rapid rise to international notoriety and as long as he avoids lecturing and mainstream media exposure in America, which he enjoys throughout Europe and Israel.

Rick’s methods involve a somewhat risky solvent, naptha, that demands caution and large amounts of the whole plant. But a safer, easier method for making smaller amounts of the oil with grain alcohol is demonstrated here.

See the documentary “Run From the Cure”, which you can view here.

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Cannabis eases chronic pain better than commonly prescribed opioids, study suggests

More effectively than conventional medicines, according to a new study likely to flame the debate on the medical use of marijuana.

Researchers from the Australian National Drug and Alcohol centre found that patients with chronic pain who used the drug said it eased their symptoms better opioid medications, which are highly addictive and can cause accidental overdoses.

The study analysed 1,500 patients, aged in their late 40s and early 50s, who suffered from conditions including back pain, migraines and arthritis, and were being prescribed with heavy-duty opioid medications, such as morphine and oxycodone.

more effectively than conventional medicines, according to a new study likely to flame the debate on the medical use of marijuana.

Researchers from the Australian National Drug and Alcohol centre found that patients with chronic pain who used the drug said it eased their symptoms better opioid medications, which are highly addictive and can cause accidental overdoses.

The study analysed 1,500 patients, aged in their late 40s and early 50s, who suffered from conditions including back pain, migraines and arthritis, and were being prescribed with heavy-duty opioid medications, such as morphine and oxycodone.

Degenhardt, from the National Drug and Alcohol Centre and the University of Melbourne led the study. Her team discovered that nearly 13 per cent of the patients had used the illegal drug in the past year on top of their prescribed medication.

In comparison, only 4.7 per cent of the rest of the population used cannabis, she wrote in the journal ‘Drug and Alcohol Dependence’.

Degenhardt, from the National Drug and Alcohol Centre and the University of Melbourne led the study. Her team discovered that nearly 13 per cent of the patients had used the illegal drug in the past year on top of their prescribed medication.

In comparison, only 4.7 per cent of the rest of the population used cannabis, she wrote in the journal ‘Drug and Alcohol Dependence’.

“One in three said they found it very effective to relieve their pain, that’s a score of ten out of ten,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald. “Now these are all subjective scores, but it means there is definitely a group of people who think that taking it was very beneficial.”

Degenhart added that the study raised vital questions over whether cannabis should be more seriously explored as source of pain relief, as well as the negative effects of drugs, such as patient dependence.

Dr Nicholas Lintzeris, the co-author of the study and an associate professor of addiction medicine at the University of Sydney, said a huge number of Australians were seeking help for addiction to pain medications, as doctors are left with little choice but to prescribe strong painkillers. This was caused by a lack of access to treatments such as massage, he said.

The findings come after a father who was arrested for allegedly giving his two-year-old daughter cannabis oil sparked a debate on the drug’s use in medicine this month.