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Cancer patients denied cannabis, made to do chemo instead

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Several studies by top medical researchers, including from Harvard University, have concluded that the drug cannabis sativa (aka marijuana) provides more effective treatment for different types cancer than chemotherapy, without the severe side effects associated with the exposure to radiation.

But patients who seek this alternative form of therapy in Malta are denied access to cannabis-based products, on the pretext that the plant from which they are derived is listed on the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance of 1971.

One local patient, who asked not to be named, contacted MaltaToday to recount his own experiences after reading an article about the medical properties of marijuana in our Wednesday edition.

Study: Cannabis Increases Cognitive Function in Middle-Aged People

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A study published by the American Journal of Epidemiology found that cannabis consumption may actually increase cognitive function in middle-aged individuals. The study also found the current illicit drug use – including LSD, magic mushrooms, cocaine and ecstasy – had no negative effect on a person’s cognitive function.

For the study, roughly 9,000 participants were surveyed at age 42 on their drug use, and then surveyed again at age 50, and were tested using various cognitive functioning tests. Researchers found that those who had a history of, and currently used illicit drugs (with cannabis by far being the most popular), performed either as well, or better in these test.

University Lecturer Receives Prestigious Neuroscience Award for Work With Cannabinoids

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Dr. Eric Downer, an investigator and lecturer at the Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience at the University College Cork in Ireland, has become the newest recipient of the prestigious Neuroscience Ireland Early Career Investigator Award for his pioneering work using cannabinoids to treat multiple sclerosis.

‘It is an important time in the field of cannabinoid-based scientific research, particularly in terms of cannabis-based therapies associated with MS’, says Dr Downer, “My research has indicated that MS patient cells, and not cells isolated from healthy individuals, respond to cannabinoid therapy in terms of boosting protective intracellular signaling events.”

Cannabinoid Receptor Activation Can Combat Skin Cancer, According to New study

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A new study published by the National Institute of Health has found that activation of the body’s cannabinoid receptors can combat skin cancer.

According to researchers at the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Pisa in Italy; “Cannabinoids are implicated in the control of cell proliferation, but little is known about the role of the endocannabinoid system in human malignant melanoma [the deadliest form of skin cancer]. This study was aimed at characterizing the in vitro antitumor activity of anandamide [a naturally occurring cannabinoid] in A375 melanoma cells.”

Cannabis Treats Primary Symptom of Multiple Sclerosis, Says Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study

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A study published last year by the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgey and Psychiatry, as well as the National Institute of Health, found that cannabis can treat the primary symptom of multiple sclerosis, muscle stiffness The study followed the gold standard of scientific research, being double-blind, placebo-controlled and used human subjects.

According to the study’s official objective; “Here we report the results of the Multiple Sclerosis and Extract of Cannabis (MUSEC) study that aimed to substantiate the patient based findings of previous studies.”