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Study: Habitual Marijuana Smoking Not Associated With Increased Risk Of Lung Cancer

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Toronto, Canada: Subjects who regularly inhale cannabis smoke possess no greater risk of contracting lung cancer than do those who consume it occasionally or not at all, according to data published online ahead of print in the International Journal of Cancer.

An international team of investigators from Canada, New Zealand, Great Britian, and the United States analyzed data from six case-control studies involving over 5,000 subjects (2,159 cases and 2,985 controls) from around the world.

Authors concluded, "Results from our pooled analyses provide little evidence for an increased risk of lung cancer among habitual or long-term cannabis smokers."

Marijuana Rated Highly Effective By Cancer Patients

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A large portion of cancer patients who try medical marijuana find it highly effective for symptom relief, a new survey shows.

One of marijuana’s most accepted benefits is the treatment of symptoms associated with cancer and cancer chemotherapy. Marinol, a synthetic THC pill, has been available to cancer patients since the 1980s, and a number of countries now allow the use of cannabis in its natural form.

Blocking brain’s ‘internal marijuana’ may trigger early Alzheimer’s deficits, study shows

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A-beta, a substance suspected as a prime culprit in Alzheimer’s disease, may start impairing learning and memory long before plaques form in the brain.

A new study led by investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine has implicated the blocking of endocannabinoids — signaling substances that are the brain’s internal versions of the psychoactive chemicals in marijuana and hashish — in the early pathology of Alzheimer’s disease.

Marijuana, Empathy, and Severe Cases of Autism, Part I

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You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.” - John Steinbeck, writer, 1902-1968

Empathy and the Simulation Theory

I have always been fascinated to see in how many ways a marijuana high can enhance empathic skills in users. My interest in this effect of marijuana was first sparked when I experienced it myself about 15 years ago. I noticed it with excitement because I had already had a long standing philosophical interest and research focus on empathy.