Marijuana: Benefits, Reviews, Warnings?


Marijuana: Benefits, Reviews, Warnings?
New research confirms the anti-tumor properties of cannabis

The medicinal uses of cannabis have been known for thousands of years and in recent years they multiply investigation and evidence on the therapeutic effectiveness of the plant and its derivatives in a number of chronic and degenerative diseases.

But research collides with cultural prejudices the interests of the pharmaceutical lobby and also with legal hurdles, particularly in some countries, including Italy, which on this ground, as noted by the Association for Cannabis Therapeutics (ACT), lags far behind the USA and most European nations.

A recent study conducted by researchers at the State University of New York (SUNY), has demonstrated anti-tumor properties of delta-8-THC and delta-9-THC, the active ingredients of cannabis, on line Tu183 cell carcinoma of the oral cavity.

The human mouth cancer is a highly malignant tumor and the mechanism of action, discovered by scientists, is based on the inhibition of respiration of cancer cells highly resistant to conventional chemotherapy.

The anti-cancer potential of cannabis are not new to the scientific community. Last year, researchers at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island found that a moderate long-term use of marijuana was associated with a significant reduction in squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck.

In 2008 a scientific paper published in Cancer Research reported studies on the inhibition of proliferation by cannabinoids in various types of cancer: brain, prostate, breast, lung, skin, pancreas and lymphoma.

According to Lester Grinspoon, professor emeritus of psychiatry at Harvard University and author of Marijuana, the forbidden medicine, the time is ripe to rethink the legislation on marijuana: "New laws would give relief to millions of sufferers of AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis and other debilitating diseases. "


In two ways can the assumptions Hashish and marijuana:

inhaled, namely smoking in the form of rolled cigarettes manually ("joint") or in special pipe ("chillums")
In the first case, the effects are more immediate and you have a few minutes after inhalation, reaching their peak after about ten minutes and then disappear altogether within two to three hours. If mixed with food that is ingested, the effects occur after 45-120 minutes and have a longer shelf life.



Cannabis contains approximately 460 chemicals of which 60 are cannabinoids, compounds of the class of terpenoids (very different from chemical compounds called "alkaloids" that we find in coca or opium because it does not contain nitrogen and are obtained by addition reactions between phenols and terpenes becoming apolar molecules characterized by low solubility in water) which are non-polar molecules and in the fresh plant are weakly acidic, while with the drying, aging and heating are converted into neutral substances, much more active.

Cannabinoids are mainly concentrated in the resin which is produced by hairs (trichomes) ghiandolati that mostly localized goblets of female flowers and leaves around.

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