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New Study: THC May Treat Inflammatory Diseases and Cancer By Altering Genes

An intriguing new government funded study published by the Journal of Biological Chemistry has found that THC may actually alter certain genes in our body, which may result in a positive effect on a number of conditions, especially cancers and inflammatory diseases.

Researchers using rat models found that THC positively altered 13 different microRNAs, including mir-690, which is strongly linked to inflammatory responses; the study claims that; “Among the differentially expressed, miRNA-690 was highly overexpressed in THC-MDSC (~16 fold)”.

Cannabinoids Can Treat Acute Lung Injury, According to New Study

A new study published in the journal PLOS One as well as the National Institute of Health has found that cannabinoids can be an effective treatment for acute lung injury, or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), which is a condition caused by damage or disease to the lungs, which is often life-threatening.

Switzerland Approves Cannabis Derived Sativex As Prescription Medicine

London, UK, 27 November 2013: GW Pharmaceuticals a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel therapeutics from its proprietary cannabinoid product platform, announced that it has received regulatory approval for its prescription medicine Sativex® in Switzerland. A full marketing authorization has been granted by the Swissmedic authorities in the treatment of moderate to severe spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients who have not responded adequately to other anti-spasticity medications. Launch timing is dependent on completion of pricing and reimbursement procedures. Sativex will be commercialized in Switzerland by GW’s European partner, Almirall S.A.

Study: Many IBD Patients Report Subjective Relief From Cannabis

Boston, MA: An estimated one-in-six patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) report using cannabis therapeutically, according to survey data published in the journal Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.

Researchers assessed survey responses from 292 IBD patients seeking treatment at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Crohn's and Colitis Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Investigators reported that over half of all respondents possessed first-hand experience with cannabis, and that just over 16 percent had used it to mitigate symptoms of the disease.

Czech Republic Issue First Cannabis Import Licence, Still no Medical Cannabis Available

The Czech Republic this week awarded its first license for the wholesale import of cannabis but it may do little to help the country’s foundering medical marijuana initiative get off the ground half-a-year after such use was made legal.

The country’s Ministry of Health said Tuesday it had issued a license to the Czech agriculture equipment company Elkoplast Slusovice s.r.o. to import cannabis for pharmaceutical resale to patients who have a doctor’s prescription for the drug.

The company said it would import three kilograms of cannabis initially but it remains uncertain when it can launch sales to pharmacies.

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