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    can't quite put it into words..., 2008-06-25 08:02:17 | Main | short term memory..., 2008-06-26 14:03:26

    cancer is a gateway to death:

    Thanks to modern pharmaceutical technologies and corporate research and development efforts, funded by massive patent rents extorted from the sick and dying, a radical new miracle oncology drug could slam the door on cancer mortality. What? Oh, nevermind:

    The first experiment documenting pot's potent anti-cancer effects took place in 1974 at the Medical College of Virginia at the behest federal bureaucrats. The results of that study, reported in an Aug. 18, 1974, Washington Post newspaper feature, were that marijuana's primary psychoactive component, THC, "slowed the growth of lung cancers, breast cancers and a virus-induced leukemia in laboratory mice, and prolonged their lives by as much as 36 percent."

    Despite these favorable preliminary findings (eventually published the following year in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute), U.S. government officials refused to authorize any follow-up research until conducting a similar -- though secret -- preclinical trial in the mid-1990s. That study, conducted by the U.S. National Toxicology Program to the tune of $2 million, concluded that mice and rats administered high doses of THC over long periods had greater protection against malignant tumors than untreated controls.

    However, rather than publicize their findings, the U.S. government shelved the results, which only became public after a draft copy of its findings were leaked to the medical journal AIDS Treatment News, which in turn forwarded the story to the national media.

    via somebody who reads the huffpo so I don't have to.


:: posted by buermann @ 2008-06-25 12:18:07 CST | link





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