What we intend for this page is to give you the real facts about marijuana’s medical benefits and to pay respects and give credit where it is due. Doctors Tashkin, Melamede, McAllister, Abrams, Mechoulam, Guzman, Hergenrather, Bearman, Grinspoon, and several others have all done some great research dealing with a wide range of uses. We will post pertinent information under our “Medical” Category in the future, and we’ll continue our Doctors’ tribute and research compiling on this page as well.
First, we’d like to mention that the US Health Department holds several patents for cannabinoids, which are basic elements of the cannabis or marijuana plant. What we found on the US Patent Office’s website is quite profound. Indeed, this patent for “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants” states in part, “The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.” The “Other References” and “Claims” freely offered by the Health Dept. clearly prove that they know that cannabis does in fact have medicinal value, and the US Patent Office approved the patent by these findings.
A search for all patents with the word “cannabinoid” in the title turned up 119 results on January 7, 2011, and now 125 on January 27th. Six new cannabinoid related patents in just the past 20 days! UPDATE: 2/16/2012, there are now 148 cannabinoid patents. Many are not for cannabinoids themselves, but rather the cannabinoid receptors we are all born with and other elements reacting to them. However, these facts do further validate the fact that there is no lack of government approved research on marijuana.
What If Cannabis Cured Cancer
On to the doctors, their research, and videos. Let’s start with the documentary, What If Cannabis Cured Cancer by Len Richmond. It is by far one of the best collections of cannabinoid research to date, very detailed and definitive, and you get to hear from MANY world renowned cannabis researchers.
The Science of Cannabis
Dr. Donald Abrams, whom has conducted several NIDA funded studies, gives a wonderful analysis of the current medical marijuana, or cannabinoid research in this piece. Find out more about the California Cannabis Research Medical Group and the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, O’Shaughnessy’s Journal ( A Global Medical Journal of sorts all to do about cannabis ), and GW Pharma’s extensive research here and on Project CBD‘s website, which is where Dr. Abrams’ video is shared from.
Cannabis Science, Inc.
Dr. Robert Melamede of Cannabis Science, Inc. (CBIS on the stock market), is leading the way to whole plant, phytocannabinoid based pharmaceutical products. Their research is quite extensive.
Dr. Donald Tashkin’s NIDA funded study was to compare cancer rates in non-smokers, tobacco smokers, marijuana smokers, and dual smokers. Going in, he believed that marijuana smokers would have the highest rate of cancer, but ended up surprising himself with the actual results. Not only was there virtually no correlation between smoking marijuana and lung cancer, the results even suggested some protective effects. Watch him tell it in his own words above.
California Pacific Medical Center
Dr. Sean McAllister’s research got some media coverage in late 2007. He leads the team’s research highlighted in the short video above. He and others at the California Pacific Medical Center have research with preliminary results of tumor cell growth reduction using “many different classes of cannabinoid compounds that work through specific cellular receptors.”
Dr. Raphael Mechoulam was the first to isolate THC, or Delta9 Tetrahydrocannabinol in 1964. He is recognized as one of the world’s experts on cannabinoid-based medicines. More info about his work can be found here. Below is his presentation on Cannabinoid System in Neuroprotection
Dr. Lester Grinspoon is one of the most influential marijuana activists of all time. He is the Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the author or co-author of over 160 journal articles. He has a list of medical uses for cannabis that is in the thousands. Here is a Guest Editorial of his from the Journal of American Medical Association, and I strongly recommend his website, RX Marijuana, particularly this page to read more about Dr. Grinspoon himself.
Dr Manuel Guzman, whom is featured in the first video on this page, has done tremendous work at Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. They are taking the lead on cannabinoid research, doing animal trials, curing cancer! Here is his team’s submission to the National Institute of Health regarding cannabis and glioma, or brain cancer. The report is based off of their in-vivo treatment studies using mice, and from tumor biopsies that were obtained from 2 recurrent glioblastoma multiforme patients who had been treated with THC.
We feel that this is just a short list of credible resources, but adequate enough to validate the fact that marijuana genuinely is an effective medication. Any questions or notable exclusions, please feel free to let us know below!
Here are some additional links pertaining to the efficacy of medical marijuana. This section will most likely grow as quickly as our movement has lately, so stop back once in a while.
The Medical Marijuana Action Network Team