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Scientific Study using CBD shows reduction of seizures by 39%

25 May

Author: Michelle Pancake

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Above is the chemical structure of Cannabidiol or CBD , one of 113 active cannabinoids in cannabis (image credit wikimedia commons)

A groundbreaking article by CNN highlights a scientific study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showing that cannabidiol (CBD) is medically beneficial. The 14-day, double-blind, placebo-controlled human trial resulted in significantly reduced seizures in children with a severe epilepsy disorder called Dravet Syndrome. These children suffer from seizures at rates from 4 to 1,717 seizures per month, causing developmental delays, speech and lanugage problems, behavioral issues and movement problems. The study’s results show that those given CBD had 39% less seizures, compared to those given the placebo who had 13% less seizures. Nearly all did experience side effects, drowsyness most common, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. Amazingly, 5% of the 120 children became entirely seizure-free during the 14-week study.

This study is a necessary step to move marijuana off of the schedule 1 controlled substance list, which makes it difficult to do federally approved studies on its possible medicinal values. As schedule 1 it is currently considered to have virtually no medicinal value, and high potential for abuse. Many populations are already using marijuana to treat medical conditions, so this study could improve access by  opening the door for more research studies, and possibly drop marijuana from schedule 1 to reflect it’s true medicinal value.

Read the CNN article HERE

Read the original study HERE

VIDEO: Mother’s Struggle with Cerebral Palsy and Access to Cannabis

25 Nov

Witness a glimpse of the daily struggle this mother with Cerebral Palsy endures, followed by the miraculous relief and control gained by smoking marijuana.

She was forced to drive the streets to locate medicine due to living in a state without medical marijuana, risking the loss of her children if caught using marijuana. Moving to California, a state which had decriminalized medical marijuana, improved her and her children’s lives by guaranteeing safety and access to medicine.

Want to know more about Jacqueline Patterson’s story? click HERE for an article with more details.

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Goddess Info Graph

15 Nov

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Article: Cannabis Does Not Kill Brain Cells, It Protects Them

13 Nov

An intriguing article in the Huffington post by Dr. David Bearman contradicts the common misconception that marijuana kills brain cells, proving it could help traumatic brain injuries heal by actually preventing cell death.

Access the article HERE

The Week in Marijuana News

28 Oct

National

Gallup: For First Time, Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana

Gallup released the results of a survey asking participants if they believe that marijuana use should be legalized in the United States. The results were historic to say the least. For the first time a majority of Americans favor the legalization of Marijuana at a grand total of 58%. There has been a dramatic change in opinion since 1969 when Gallup first asked the question in which only 12% of Americans favored the legalization of marijuana.

You can read the rest of the results from Gallup here.

The Gazette: Families of children with epilepsy moving to Colorado, drawn by success of marijuana oil

We shared on our Facebook page the story of a Coloradan family who found success treating their daughter’s seizures with CBD oil. Now, as The Gazette reports, families are migrating to Colorado (one of the two states in the United States with fully legalized marijuana, in hopes of treating their own children with the same method. These so called “marijuana refugees” are separating families and starting new lives in Colorado to hopefully achieve the same success that others have found using CBD oil to treat seizures.

Here is the YouTube video documenting the story of Charlotte, the little girl who suffered from about 300 seizures a week due to Dravet’s syndrome, but found enormous success from CBD oil.

You can read the whole Gazette article here.

Did you know that the Goddess delivers CBD oil? Check it out here.

Time: 8 Things We Won’t Miss When Pot is Legal Everywhere

In light of poll results from Gallup, Time published a list of the eight things none of us will miss when marijuana is legalized everywhere in the US (hopefully sooner rather than later). Our favorites from the list? The “ritual apologies by world-class athletes” and other high profile people who get caught smoking marijuana, and the ending of what Time estimates are 658,00 arrests every year for marijuana possession.

Read the whole list and dream of the future here.

International

The Washington Post: Growers celebrate as Uruguay prepares to legalize marijuana cultivation, distribution

Uruguay is closer than any other country in the world to having full consumption and cultivation laws instated. If voted into law, “Uruguayans will be able to grow up to six plants in their homes,” and “cooperatives of up to 45 members will be able to cultivate up to 99 plants for their own use” the Washington Post reports. The effort to legalize is apart of the country’s list of left leaning social reforms and an attempt to curb the the illegal drug trade which is estimated to have at least $30 million running through it’s veins.

Read the full Washington Post article here

Opinion

CNN: Marijuana is safer than alcohol

CNN’s opinion writer Dan Riffle, a prosecutor for the organization that was behind the campaign to legalize marijuana in Colorado, lays out the bones of the one of the arguments for marijuana legalization: that alcohol (a regulated substance) is far worse for the body and society than cannabis. The parallels between America’s failed alcohol prohibition, and it’s failing war on drugs are intriguing to say the least. Much like how making alcohol illegal put power and money in the hands of criminal bootleggers, the criminal crackdown on marijuana has only empowered the threateningly powerful and violent drug cartels. In addition Riffle lays out the alarming statistics revolving the harmful effects of alcohol, which are quite frightening.

Read his full piece here:

Research Behind the Cannabis Cancer Cure

17 Oct

Looking for some research links?

The Goddess Delivers won’t ever offer you medical advice, but we will point you in the direction of accredited professionals and interesting studies that can help identify helpful side effects from the use of cannabis.

Here are some of those studies!

Stay tuned for a list of doctors.

Brain Cancer
1. This study indicates that Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other cannabinoids can inhibit tumor growth in two out of the nine patients. This study was done by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Complutense University in Madrid. Published in the British Journal of Cancer. Cannabis was delivered to patients was targeted without psychoactive effects. http://www.nature.com/bjc/journal/v95/n2/abs/6603236a.html
2. The Journal of Neuroscience published this study indicating that THC may reduces neuronal injury in rats and that  cannabinoids protect the brain against neurodegeneration. http://www.jneurosci.org/content/21/17/6475.abstract
3. This one argues that the CBD cannabinoid (cannabidiol) can cause a conclusive drop in the viability of brain tumor cell lines. Published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics it concludes that CBDs produce antitumor activity. http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/308/3/838.abstract

Breast Cancer
4. The California Pacific Medical Centre published this study in the US library of Medicine to support that CBD can inhibits human breast cancer cell proliferation as well as significantly reducing tumor mass. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20859676
5. Study published in The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics shows that THC as well as CBD can reduces breast cancer cell growth. http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/early/2006/05/25/jpet.106.105247
6. The Journal of Molecular Cancer published a study arguing that THC can reduce tumor growth and numbers and that cannabanoids may impair tumor angiogenesis, induce cancer cell apoptosis, and inhibit cancer cell proliferation. http://www.molecular-cancer.com/content/9/1/196
7. This study indicates that cannabinoids may inhibit human breast cancer cell proliferation. It was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) http://www.pnas.org/content/95/14/8375.full.pdf+html

Lung Cancer
8. The Harvard Medical Experimental Medicine Department suggests that THC inhibits epithelial growth factor induced lung cancer cell migration, and should be further studied to control the growth and metastasis of lung cancers. It was published in the Journal Oncogene. http://www.nature.com/onc/journal/v27/n3/abs/1210641a.html
9. Cannabinoids can decrease cancer cell invasiveness, at least that is what the Institute of Toxicology and Pharmacology from the Department of General Surgery in Germany published in the US National Library of Medicine. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22198381?dopt=Abstract
10. Harvard Medical School also found that cannabinoids might be a possible treatment to combat lung cancer cells. The study was published by the US National Library of Medicine. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21097714?dopt=Abstract

Prostate Cancer
11. The US National Library of Medicine put out a study that shows a possible decrease in prostatic cancer cells by use of cannabinoid receptors. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12746841?dopt=Abstract
12. They also found that cannabis might be an effective treatment for prostate cancer. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3339795/?tool=pubmed
13. Last but not least they published that cannabinoid receptor activation can induce prostate carcinoma cell apoptosis which means it might inhibits cancer cells.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22594963
Blood Cancer
14. The Swedish Cancer Society funded a study that indicates that cannabinoids can inhibit growth and induce apoptosis in matle cell lymphoma. They published the study in the journal Molecular Pharmacology. http://molpharm.aspetjournals.org/content/70/5/1612.abstract
15. The International Journal of Cancer argues that cannabinoids can have antiproliferative and pro apoptotic effects on various cancers and mantle cell lymphoma. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ijc.23584/abstract
16. Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology from Virginia Commonwealth University did a study that shows that cannabinoids can induce apoptosis in leukemia cells. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16908594

Oral Cancer
17. The US National Library of Medicine supports the idea that cannabinoids can inhibit cellular respiration and are toxic to malignant oral tumors. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20516734

Liver Cancer
18. The US National Library of Medicine shows that THC reduces the growth and viability of human HCC cell lines (hepatocellular liver carcinoma cell line). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21475304

Pancreatic Cancer
19. The American Journal of Cancer suggests that cannabinoid administration can induce apoptosis, reduces growth of tumor cells, inhibits the spreading of pancreatic tumor cells. http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/66/13/6748.abstract