4th January 2016 – Happy 2016 everyone

We say good bye to a year where Cannabinoid science again moved significantly forward.

St George’s Hospital, University of London has now carried out research on the six most common cannabinoids. “These agents are able to interfere with the development of cancerous cells, stopping them in their tracks and preventing them from growing,” Dr. Liu said. “In some cases, by using specific dosage patterns, they can destroy cancer cells on their own..

Of the six cannabinoids studied by the team, led by Dr. Wai Liu, each demonstrated anti-cancer properties as effective as those seen in THC. Importantly, they had an increased synergistic effect on cancer cells when combined with each other — this is called the “entourage effect”. More different cannabinoids are better than one or two. So now there are at least six anti-cancer cannabinoids, with 400 or more, yet to explore. Cannabinoid science increasingly looks like one of the most exciting new branches of medicine and it also provides insight as to why the whole plant is more effective than a synthethetic cannabinoid medicine using only a small number of cannabinoids.
Where cannabinoids are concerned, variety really is the spice of life.

As a consequence Cannabis oil can no longer be thought of as simply one cannabinoid THC (Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol), we need to think about cannabinoids. One cannabinoid CBG (Cannabigerol) is now looking particularly effective for colon cancer http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25269802. Another cannabinoid THCv (Tetrahydrocannabivarin) is looking very interesting for suppressing appetite and promoting weight loss. http://theleafonline.com/c/science/2014/06/cannabinoid-profiles-a-crash-course-in-thcv/.
The science is moving forwards and accelerating and it’s happening all over the world.

In Australia, a millionaire has donated $33.7 million to the University of Sydney to fund medical cannabis research. This visionary donation came as a result of his family’s successful experience treating their Granddaughter’s Dravet’s syndrome when conventional medicine didn’t work. It is inspiring to see just how powerful parent power can be, as no parent would want another child to suffer in such a way. Parents around the world are tired of waiting for inept politicians to wake up to the science and they are the main drivers of the laws being changed. Here’s to the power of Love.

Just before Christmas President Obama managed to sneak through a bill that denies any federal forces of funding to prosecute Medical cannabis dispensaries and their patients. It doesn’t make it legal in every state but it is a huge shift in the financing of federal policing.
The sting in the tail is that Military veterans are not covered and this is a disaster, more than 22 American veterans commit suicide daily suffering with PTSD. As part of talking therapy both cannabis and MDMA are the best routes though PTSD. We are at a loss to understand why supposedly patriotic people should want to deny their brave soldiers, relief from their living nightmare. How can they be that callous? http://thefreethoughtproject.com/fed-govt-ends-war-state-medical-marijuana-initiatives-denies-access-veterans/#IQAzQUOB5Muh5O2p.99

Finally and looking forward, the United Nations will be voting on Cannabis at UNGASS 2016, 19-21 April in New York. Drug Policy reform is such an important issue, certainly the scientific advances in Medical Cannabis should be evidence enough but this is also about undoing the harm of 79 years of demonisation, The Great Deception, when the UN first criminalised Cannabis back in 1937.

The war on drugs has been an ill-conceived and unmitigated disaster that has only boosted crime globally and cost far too many lives.
If only a fraction of that misspent public money had gone into researching cannabis properly as soon as we found out that we all have an EndoCannabinoid System (ECS) that keeps us healthy. That discovery was twenty six years ago. . .

So, to New Beginnings, less suffering, more lives being saved and crucially . . . here’s to the Year of the ECS.

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